1. loss of bodily sensation with or without loss of consciousness

    Synonyms : anaesthesia
    Type Of : physiological condition, physiological state, physical condition


  1. give or delegate power or authority to

    Synonyms : authorise, empower
    Type Of : appoint, charge
    Examples :
    • She authorized her assistant to sign the papers
  2. grant authorization or clearance for

    Synonyms : authorise, clear, pass
    Type Of : allow, countenance, permit, let
    Examples :
    • The rock star never authorized this slanderous biography


  1. to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

    Synonyms : assert, aver, avow, swan, swear, verify
    Type Of : declare
  2. establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

    Synonyms : confirm, corroborate, substantiate, support, sustain
    Antonyms : negate
  3. say yes to


  1. take revenge for a perceived wrong

    Synonyms : retaliate, revenge
    Type Of : penalise, penalize, punish
    Examples :
    • He wants to avenge the murder of his brother


  1. personal knowledge or information about someone or something

    Synonyms : conversance, conversancy, familiarity
    Type Of : information
  2. a person with whom you are acquainted

    Synonyms : friend
    Antonyms : stranger
    Type Of : person, soul, someone, individual, mortal, somebody
    Examples :
    • I have trouble remembering the names of all my acquaintances
  3. a relationship less intimate than friendship

    Synonyms : acquaintanceship
    Type Of : relationship


  1. the combination of two or more commercial companies

    Synonyms : merger, uniting
    Type Of : consolidation, integration


  1. a person who refrains from drinking intoxicating beverages

    Synonyms : abstinent, nondrinker
    Type Of : individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
  2. someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline

    Synonyms : ascetic
    Type Of : religious person

alter ego

  1. a very close and trusted friend who seems almost a part of yourself

    Type Of : friend


  1. forsaken by owner or inhabitants

    Synonyms : derelict, deserted
    Examples :
    • weed-grown yard of an abandoned farmhouse
  2. unrestrained and uninhibited

    Examples :
    • an abandoned sadness born of grief


  1. give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect

    Synonyms : look, seem
    Type Of : be
    Examples :
    • This appears to be a very difficult problem
    • They appeared like people who had not eaten or slept for a long time
  2. be issued or published

    Synonyms : come out
    Type Of : materialize, materialise, happen
    Examples :
    • Did your latest book appear yet?
  3. come into being or existence, or appear on the scene

    Synonyms : come along
    Antonyms : disappear
    Examples :
    • Homo sapiens appeared millions of years ago
  4. seem to be true, probable, or apparent

    Synonyms : seem
    Type Of : be
    Examples :
    • It appears that the weather in California is very bad
  5. appear as a character on stage or appear in a play, etc.

    Type Of : perform, execute, do
    Examples :
    • Gielgud appears briefly in this movie
    • She appeared in `Hamlet' on the London stage
  6. come into sight or view

    Antonyms : disappear
    Examples :
    • He suddenly appeared at the wedding
    • A new star appeared on the horizon
  7. present oneself formally, as before a (judicial) authority

    Examples :
    • He had to appear in court last month
    • She appeared on several charges of theft