1. an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining

    Synonyms : complaint, ill
    Type Of : disorder, upset


  1. depending on free oxygen or air

    Synonyms : aerophilic, aerophilous
    Antonyms : anaerobic
    Examples :
    • aerobic fermentation
  2. based on or using the principles of aerobics; enhancing respiratory and circulatory efficiency

    Antonyms : anaerobic
    Examples :
    • aerobic dance
    • running is very aerobic


  1. someone who originates or causes or initiates something

    Synonyms : generator, source
    Type Of : shaper, maker
  2. writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)

    Synonyms : writer
    Type Of : communicator
  3. be the author of

    Type Of : indite, write, compose, pen
    Examples :
    • She authored this play


  1. a particular environment or surrounding influence

    Synonyms : ambiance, ambience
    Type Of : status, condition
    Examples :
    • there was an atmosphere of excitement
  2. the mass of air surrounding the Earth

    Synonyms : air
    Type Of : part, region
    Examples :
    • there was great heat as the comet entered the atmosphere
  3. the weather or climate at some place

    Synonyms : atmospheric state
    Type Of : conditions, weather, weather condition, atmospheric condition
    Examples :
    • the atmosphere was thick with fog
  4. a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing

    Synonyms : air, aura
    Type Of : quality
    Examples :
    • an atmosphere of defeat pervaded the candidate's headquarters
  5. a unit of pressure: the pressure that will support a column of mercury 760 mm high at sea level and 0 degrees centigrade

    Synonyms : atm, standard atmosphere, standard pressure
    Type Of : pressure unit
  6. the envelope of gases surrounding any celestial body

    Type Of : gas


  1. a blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body

    Synonyms : arteria, arterial blood vessel
    Type Of : blood vessel
  2. a major thoroughfare that bears important traffic

    Type Of : thoroughfare


  1. sclerosis of the arterial walls

    Synonyms : arterial sclerosis, coronary-artery disease, hardening of the arteries, induration of the arteries
    Type Of : induration, sclerosis


  1. having help; often used as a combining form

    Synonyms : assisted


  1. move forward, also in the metaphorical sense

    Synonyms : go on, march on, move on, pass on, progress
    Antonyms : recede
    Type Of : move, travel, go, locomote
  2. being ahead of time or need

    Synonyms : beforehand
    Examples :
    • gave advance warning
  3. a change for the better; progress in development

    Synonyms : betterment, improvement
    Type Of : transformation, transmutation, shift
  4. a movement forward

    Synonyms : progress, progression
    Type Of : travel, change of location
  5. give a promotion to or assign to a higher position

    Synonyms : elevate, kick upstairs, promote, raise, upgrade
    Type Of : depute, delegate, assign, designate
    Examples :
    • Women tend not to advance in the major law firms
  6. an amount paid before it is earned

    Synonyms : cash advance
    Type Of : sum, amount, amount of money, sum of money
  7. a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others

    Synonyms : approach, feeler, overture
    Type Of : proffer, proposition, suggestion
    Examples :
    • she rejected his advances
  8. situated ahead or going before

    Synonyms : advanced, in advance
    Examples :
    • an advance party
    • at that time the most advanced outpost was still east of the Rockies
  9. increase or raise

    Synonyms : boost, supercharge
    Type Of : increase
  10. increase in price or value

    Synonyms : rise
    Type Of : increase, step-up
    Examples :
    • the news caused a general advance on the stock market
  11. obtain advantages, such as points, etc.

    Synonyms : gain, gain ground, get ahead, make headway, pull ahead, win
  12. develop in a positive way

    Synonyms : come along, come on, get along, get on, progress, shape up
    Type Of : develop
  13. move forward

    Synonyms : set ahead
    Type Of : set
    Examples :
    • we have to advance clocks and watches when we travel eastward
  14. the act of moving forward (as toward a goal)

    Synonyms : advancement, forward motion, onward motion, procession, progress, progression
    Antonyms : retreat
    Type Of : movement, motion, move
  15. rise in rate or price

    Synonyms : gain
    Type Of : rise, mount, climb, wax
  16. contribute to the progress or growth of

    Synonyms : boost, encourage, further, promote
    Type Of : support, back up
  17. bring forward for consideration or acceptance

    Synonyms : throw out
    Type Of : propose, suggest, advise
    Examples :
    • advance an argument
  18. cause to move forward

    Synonyms : bring forward
    Antonyms : back
    Type Of : displace, move
  19. develop further

    Type Of : meliorate, ameliorate, amend, improve, better
  20. pay in advance

    Type Of : loan, lend
    Examples :
    • Can you advance me some money?


  1. someone concerned with the science or art or business of cultivating the soil

    Synonyms : agriculturist, cultivator, grower, raiser
    Type Of : farmer, granger, husbandman, sodbuster


  1. skillful performance or ability without difficulty

    Synonyms : adeptness, deftness, facility, quickness
    Type Of : skillfulness