1. highly attractive and able to arouse hope or desire

    Synonyms : alluring, enticing, tempting
    Examples :
    • the voice was low and beguiling
  2. misleading by means of pleasant or alluring methods

    Examples :
    • taken in by beguiling tales of overnight fortunes


  1. stick to firmly

    Synonyms : adhere, bind, hold fast, stick, stick to
    Type Of : attach
  2. (criminal law) money that must be forfeited by the bondsman if an accused person fails to appear in court for trial

    Synonyms : bail, bail bond
    Type Of : recognizance, recognisance
    Examples :
    • a $10,000 bond was furnished by an alderman
  3. a certificate of debt (usually interest-bearing or discounted) that is issued by a government or corporation in order to raise money; the issuer is required to pay a fixed sum annually until maturity and then a fixed sum to repay the principal

    Synonyms : bond certificate
    Type Of : debt instrument, certificate, certificate of indebtedness, security, obligation
  4. a superior quality of strong durable white writing paper; originally made for printing documents

    Synonyms : bond paper
    Type Of : writing paper
  5. create social or emotional ties

    Synonyms : attach, bind, tie
    Type Of : relate
    Examples :
    • The grandparents want to bond with the child
  6. a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)

    Synonyms : hamper, shackle, trammel
    Type Of : constraint, restraint
  7. bring together in a common cause or emotion

    Synonyms : draw together
    Type Of : unify, unite
  8. the property of sticking together (as of glue and wood) or the joining of surfaces of different composition

    Synonyms : adherence, adhesion, adhesiveness
    Type Of : stickiness
  9. a connection based on kinship or marriage or common interest

    Synonyms : alliance
    Type Of : connexion, connectedness, connection
    Examples :
    • their friendship constitutes a powerful bond between them
  10. United States civil rights leader who was elected to the legislature in Georgia but was barred from taking his seat because he opposed the Vietnam War (born 1940)

    Synonyms : julian bond
  11. British secret operative 007 in novels by Ian Fleming

    Synonyms : james bond
  12. a connection that fastens things together

    Synonyms : attachment
    Type Of : connexion, connector, connective, connecter, connection
  13. an electrical force linking atoms

    Synonyms : chemical bond
    Type Of : attractive force, attraction
  14. issue bonds on

    Type Of : mortgage

back out

  1. make a retreat from an earlier commitment or activity

    Synonyms : back away, crawfish, crawfish out, pull back, pull in one's horns, retreat, withdraw
  2. move out of a space backwards

    Type Of : back


  1. a person born in the generation following the baby boom when the birth rate fell dramatically

    Synonyms : baby buster
    Type Of : person, somebody, someone, soul, mortal, individual
  2. a person who breaks horses

    Synonyms : bronco buster, broncobuster
    Type Of : horseback rider, horseman, equestrian
  3. an informal form of address for a man

    Synonyms : dude, fellow
    Type Of : man, adult male
    Examples :
    • Hey buster, what's up?
  4. a person (or thing) that breaks up or overpowers something

    Type Of : individual, someone, soul, somebody, mortal, person
    Examples :
    • dam buster
    • sanction buster
    • crime buster
  5. a robust child

    Type Of : youngster, child, fry, kid, minor, nestling, nipper, shaver, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke


  1. a product of your creative thinking and work

    Synonyms : inspiration
    Type Of : product, production
    Examples :
    • after years of work his brainchild was a tangible reality


  1. combination breakfast and lunch; usually served in late morning

    Type Of : meal, repast
  2. eat a meal in the late morning

    Type Of : eat
    Examples :
    • We brunch in Sundays

bad debt

  1. a debt that is unlikely to be repaid

    Type Of : debt

brain drain

  1. depletion or loss of intellectual and technical personnel

    Type Of : drain


  1. a curved piece of wood; when properly thrown will return to thrower

    Synonyms : throw stick, throwing stick
    Type Of : missile, projectile
  2. a miscalculation that recoils on its maker

    Synonyms : backfire
    Type Of : misestimation, miscalculation, misreckoning
  3. return to the initial position from where it came; like a boomerang

    Type Of : return


  1. a senior member of the Christian clergy having spiritual and administrative authority; appointed in Christian churches to oversee priests or ministers; considered in some churches to be successors of the twelve Apostles of Christ

    Type Of : priest
  2. (chess) a piece that can be moved diagonally over unoccupied squares of the same color

    Type Of : chess piece, chessman
  3. port wine mulled with oranges and cloves

    Type Of : mulled wine