1. run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along

    Synonyms : absquatulate, bolt, decamp, go off, make off, run off
    Type Of : flee, fly, take flight
    Examples :
    • the accountant absconded with the cash from the safe


  1. a state of misfortune or affliction

    Synonyms : hard knocks, hardship
    Type Of : bad luck, ill luck, tough luck, misfortune
    Examples :
    • debt-ridden farmers struggling with adversity
  2. a stroke of ill fortune; a calamitous event

    Type Of : misfortune, bad luck


  1. condition of heightened watchfulness or preparation for action

    Synonyms : qui vive
    Type Of : preparation, preparedness, readiness
    Examples :
    • bombers were put on alert during the crisis
  2. warn or arouse to a sense of danger or call to a state of preparedness

    Synonyms : alarm
    Type Of : warn
    Examples :
    • We alerted the new neighbors to the high rate of burglaries
  3. engaged in or accustomed to close observation

    Synonyms : watchful
    Antonyms : unalert
    Examples :
    • caught by a couple of alert cops
    • alert enough to spot the opportunity when it came
    • constantly alert and vigilant, like a sentinel on duty
  4. mentally perceptive and responsive

    Synonyms : alive, awake
    Examples :
    • an alert mind
    • alert to the problems
  5. quick and energetic

    Synonyms : brisk, lively, merry, rattling, snappy, spanking, zippy
  6. a warning serves to make you more alert to danger

    Synonyms : alerting
    Type Of : warning
  7. an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger

    Synonyms : alarm, alarum, warning signal
    Type Of : signaling, sign, signal


  1. profoundly honored

    Synonyms : revered, venerable
  2. of or befitting a lord

    Synonyms : grand, lordly
    Examples :
    • of august lineage
  3. the month following July and preceding September

    Synonyms : aug
    Type Of : gregorian calendar month