1. serving or used in place of another

    Synonyms : alternate, substitute
    Examples :
    • an alternative plan
  2. one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen

    Synonyms : choice, option
    Type Of : deciding, decision making
    Examples :
    • there is no other alternative
  3. necessitating a choice between mutually exclusive possibilities

    Examples :
    • alternative possibilities were neutrality or war
  4. pertaining to unconventional choices

    Examples :
    • an alternative life style


  1. tried unsuccessfully

    Examples :
    • attempted murder


  1. without anybody else or anything else

    Synonyms : solo, unaccompanied
    Examples :
    • the child stayed home alone
    • the pillar stood alone, supporting nothing
  2. without any others being included or involved

    Synonyms : entirely, exclusively, only, solely
    Examples :
    • the burden of proof rests on the prosecution alone
  3. lacking companions or companionship

    Synonyms : lone, lonely, solitary
    Examples :
    • he was alone when we met him
    • she is alone much of the time
  4. exclusive of anyone or anything else

    Synonyms : only
    Examples :
    • she alone believed him
    • cannot live by bread alone
  5. radically distinctive and without equal

    Synonyms : unequaled, unequalled, unique, unparalleled
    Examples :
    • he is alone in the field of microbiology
    • this theory is altogether alone in its penetration of the problem
  6. isolated from others

    Examples :
    • could be alone in a crowded room
    • was alone with her thoughts
    • I want to be alone


  1. stop sleeping

    Synonyms : arouse, awaken, come alive, wake, wake up, waken
    Type Of : turn, change state
  2. mentally perceptive and responsive

    Synonyms : alert, alive
    Examples :
    • awake to the dangers of her situation
    • was now awake to the reality of his predicament
  3. not in a state of sleep; completely conscious

    Antonyms : asleep
    Examples :
    • lay awake thinking about his new job
    • still not fully awake


  1. pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression

    Synonyms : show
    Type Of : feigning, pretending, simulation, pretense, pretence
    Examples :
    • they try to keep up appearances
  2. formal attendance (in court or at a hearing) of a party in an action

    Synonyms : appearing, coming into court
    Type Of : attendance, attending
  3. outward or visible aspect of a person or thing

    Synonyms : visual aspect
    Type Of : quality
  4. a mental representation

    Type Of : mental representation, representation, internal representation
    Examples :
    • I tried to describe his appearance to the police
  5. the act of appearing in public view

    Antonyms : disappearance
    Type Of : arrival
    Examples :
    • the rookie made a brief appearance in the first period
    • it was Bernhardt's last appearance in America
  6. the event of coming into sight

    Antonyms : disappearance
    Type Of : happening, occurrent, natural event, occurrence


  1. anew

    Synonyms : once again, once more, over again
    Examples :
    • she tried again
    • they rehearsed the scene again


  1. physically disturbed or set in motion

    Antonyms : unagitated
    Examples :
    • the agitated mixture foamed and bubbled
  2. troubled emotionally and usually deeply

    Antonyms : unagitated
    Examples :
    • agitated parents


  1. so surprisingly impressive as to stun or overwhelm

    Synonyms : astonishing, staggering, stupefying
    Examples :
    • an astounding achievement
  2. bewildering or striking dumb with wonder

    Synonyms : dumbfounding, dumfounding


  1. murdered by surprise attack for political reasons

    Examples :
    • the 20th century has seen too many assassinated leaders


  1. nervous and unable to relax

    Synonyms : fidgety, fretful, itchy