1. (used of soaps or cleaning agents) having a substance (an abrasive or filler) added to increase effectiveness

    Synonyms : reinforced
    Examples :
    • the built liquid detergents

burn off

  1. use up (energy)

    Synonyms : burn, burn up
    Type Of : eat up, exhaust, run through, use up, wipe out, consume, deplete, eat
    Examples :
    • burn off calories through vigorous exercise
  2. clear land of its vegetation by burning it off

    Type Of : denudate, strip, denude, bare


  1. make numb or insensitive

    Synonyms : benumb, dull, numb
    Type Of : desensitize, desensitise
  2. make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation

    Synonyms : deaden
    Type Of : modify, alter, change
    Examples :
    • Terror blunted her feelings
  3. characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion

    Synonyms : candid, forthright, frank, free-spoken, outspoken, plainspoken, point-blank, straight-from-the-shoulder
    Examples :
    • blunt talking and straight shooting
    • a blunt New England farmer
  4. devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment

    Synonyms : crude, stark
    Examples :
    • the blunt truth
  5. make dull or blunt

    Synonyms : dull
    Type Of : alter, change, modify
  6. having a broad or rounded end

    Examples :
    • thick marks made by a blunt pencil
  7. make less intense

    Type Of : weaken
    Examples :
    • blunted emotions
  8. make less sharp

    Type Of : modify, change, alter
    Examples :
    • blunt the knives
  9. used of a knife or other blade; not sharp

    Examples :
    • a blunt instrument


  1. any very large body of (salt) water

    Synonyms : main
    Type Of : body of water, water
  2. slightly salty (especially from containing a mixture of seawater and fresh water)

    Synonyms : brackish
    Examples :
    • the briny deep


  1. the handle of a broom

    Synonyms : broom handle
    Type Of : grip, handgrip, handle, hold


  1. a flock of birds (especially when gathered close together on the ground)

    Type Of : flock
    Examples :
    • we were visited at breakfast by a bevy of excited ducks
  2. a large gathering of people of a particular type

    Type Of : assemblage, gathering
    Examples :
    • he was surrounded by a bevy of beauties in bathing attire
    • a bevy of young beach boys swarmed around him


  1. a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people

    Synonyms : adage, proverb, saw
    Type Of : expression, locution, saying


  1. derive or receive pleasure from; get enjoyment from; take pleasure in

    Synonyms : enjoy, relish, savor, savour
    Examples :
    • She relished her fame and basked in her glory
  2. be exposed

    Type Of : lie
    Examples :
    • The seals were basking in the sun


  1. the act of excluding someone by a negative vote or veto

    Synonyms : blackball
    Type Of : ejection, exclusion, expulsion, riddance


  1. make (offspring) by reproduction

    Synonyms : bring forth, engender, father, generate, get, mother, sire
    Type Of : create, make