1. providing food and services

    Type Of : business, job, line, line of work, occupation


  1. a development that complicates a situation

    Synonyms : ramification
    Type Of : development
  2. puzzling complexity

    Synonyms : complicatedness, knottiness, tortuousness
    Type Of : complexity, complexness
  3. any disease or disorder that occurs during the course of (or because of) another disease

    Type Of : disease
    Examples :
    • bed sores are a common complication in cases of paralysis
  4. a situation or condition that is complex or confused

    Type Of : state of affairs, situation
    Examples :
    • her coming was a serious complication
  5. the act or process of complicating

    Type Of : interference, hindrance, hinderance


  1. a particular society at a particular time and place

    Synonyms : civilisation, culture
    Type Of : society
    Examples :
    • early Mayan civilization
  2. a society in an advanced state of social development (e.g., with complex legal and political and religious organizations)

    Synonyms : civilisation
    Type Of : society
    Examples :
    • the people slowly progressed from barbarism to civilization
  3. the social process whereby societies achieve an advanced stage of development and organization

    Synonyms : civilisation
    Type Of : social process
  4. the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste

    Synonyms : civilisation, refinement
    Type Of : excellence
    Examples :
    • he is remembered for his generosity and civilization


  1. compulsory military service

    Synonyms : draft, muster, selective service
    Type Of : militarization, mobilisation, mobilization, militarisation


  1. a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes)

    Synonyms : stream
    Type Of : flow, flowing
    Examples :
    • the raft floated downstream on the current
  2. a flow of electricity through a conductor

    Synonyms : electric current
    Type Of : electrical phenomenon
    Examples :
    • the current was measured in amperes
  3. dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas

    Synonyms : flow, stream
    Type Of : line, course
    Examples :
    • the current of history
  4. occurring in or belonging to the present time

    Antonyms : noncurrent
    Examples :
    • current events
    • the current topic
    • current negotiations
    • current psychoanalytic theories
    • the ship's current position


  1. the campaign of a candidate to be elected

    Synonyms : campaigning, candidature, electioneering, political campaign
    Type Of : campaign, crusade, movement, drive, effort, cause


  1. the size of something as given by the distance around it

    Synonyms : perimeter
    Type Of : size
  2. the boundary line encompassing an area or object

    Synonyms : circuit
    Type Of : border, borderline, boundary line, delimitation, mete
    Examples :
    • he had walked the full circumference of his land
    • a danger to all races over the whole circumference of the globe
  3. the length of the closed curve of a circle

    Type Of : length


  1. free movement or passage (as of cytoplasm within a cell or sap through a plant)

    Type Of : travel, change of location
    Examples :
    • ocean circulation is an important part of global climate
    • a fan aids air circulation
  2. (library science) the count of books that are loaned by a library over a specified period

    Type Of : count
  3. movement through a circuit; especially the movement of blood through the heart and blood vessels

    Type Of : organic phenomenon
  4. number of copies of a newspaper or magazine that are sold

    Type Of : count
    Examples :
    • by increasing its circulation the newspaper hoped to increase its advertising
  5. the dissemination of copies of periodicals (as newspapers or magazines)

    Type Of : spreading, public exposure, airing, dissemination
  6. the spread or transmission of something (as news or money) to a wider group or area

    Type Of : spread, spreading


  1. a body serving in an administrative capacity

    Type Of : administrative body, administrative unit
    Examples :
    • student council
  2. a meeting of people for consultation

    Type Of : group meeting, meeting
    Examples :
    • emergency council
  3. (Christianity) an assembly of theologians and bishops and other representatives of different churches or dioceses that is convened to regulate matters of discipline or doctrine

    Type Of : assembly


  1. commonly used or practiced; usual

    Synonyms : accustomed, habitual, wonted
    Examples :
    • took his customary morning walk
  2. in accordance with convention or custom

    Examples :
    • sealed the deal with the customary handshake