1. a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement

    Synonyms : arguing, argument, contention, contestation, disceptation, disputation, tilt
    Type Of : conflict, difference, difference of opinion, dispute


  1. artificially formal

    Synonyms : artificial, hokey, stilted
    Examples :
    • contrived coyness
  2. showing effects of planning or manipulation

    Examples :
    • a novel with a contrived ending


  1. characterized by great caution and wariness

    Synonyms : cagey, cagy
    Examples :
    • chary of the risks involved
    • a chary investor


  1. organized so as to give configuration to

    Examples :
    • a magnet is surrounded by a configured field


  1. raise trivial objections

    Synonyms : cavil, chicane
    Type Of : object
  2. any of various freshwater fish of the family Cyprinidae

    Type Of : cyprinid fish, cyprinid
  3. the lean flesh of a fish that is often farmed; can be baked or braised

    Type Of : freshwater fish


  1. terseness and economy in writing and speaking achieved by expressing a great deal in just a few words

    Synonyms : concision, pithiness, succinctness
    Type Of : terseness


  1. a buoy with a round bottom and conical top

    Synonyms : can buoy
    Type Of : buoy
  2. a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination

    Synonyms : commode, crapper, pot, potty, stool, throne, toilet
    Type Of : plumbing fixture
  3. a room or building equipped with one or more toilets

    Synonyms : bathroom, john, lav, lavatory, privy, toilet
    Type Of : room
  4. terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position

    Synonyms : dismiss, displace, fire, force out, give notice, give the axe, give the sack, sack, send away, terminate
    Type Of : remove
  5. the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

    Synonyms : arse, ass, backside, behind, bottom, bum, buns, butt, buttocks, derriere, fanny, fundament, hind end, hindquarters, keister, nates, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, seat, stern, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush
    Type Of : body part
  6. preserve in a can or tin

    Synonyms : put up, tin
    Type Of : keep, preserve
  7. the quantity contained in a can

    Synonyms : canful
    Type Of : containerful
  8. airtight sealed metal container for food or drink or paint etc.

    Synonyms : tin, tin can
    Type Of : container


  1. located on or near or bordering on a coast

    Antonyms : inland
    Examples :
    • coastal marshes
    • coastal waters
    • the Atlantic coastal plain
  2. of or relating to a coast

    Examples :
    • coastal erosion


  1. transmit or serve as the medium for transmission

    Synonyms : carry, channel, convey, impart, transmit
    Type Of : bring, convey, take
    Examples :
    • Many metals conduct heat
  2. take somebody somewhere

    Synonyms : direct, guide, lead, take
    Examples :
    • He conducted us to the palace
  3. lead, as in the performance of a composition

    Synonyms : direct, lead
    Type Of : do, perform, execute
    Examples :
    • conduct an orchestra; Barenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years
  4. manner of acting or controlling yourself

    Synonyms : behavior, behaviour, doings
    Type Of : activity
  5. direct the course of; manage or control

    Synonyms : carry on, deal
    Type Of : deal, manage, handle, care
    Examples :
    • You cannot conduct business like this
  6. behave in a certain manner

    Synonyms : acquit, bear, behave, carry, comport, deport
    Type Of : bear, carry, move, hold, act
    Examples :
    • They conducted themselves well during these difficult times
  7. (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people

    Synonyms : behavior, behaviour, demeanor, demeanour, deportment
    Type Of : trait
  8. lead musicians in the performance of

    Type Of : perform
    Examples :
    • Bernstein conducted Mahler like no other conductor
    • she cannot conduct modern pieces


  1. relating to or used in chemistry

    Synonyms : chemic
    Examples :
    • chemical engineer
    • chemical balance
  2. material produced by or used in a reaction involving changes in atoms or molecules

    Synonyms : chemical substance
    Type Of : material, stuff
  3. of or made from or using substances produced by or used in reactions involving atomic or molecular changes

    Examples :
    • chemical fertilizer