1. a kind of sideboard or buffet

    Synonyms : credenza
    Type Of : buffet, sideboard, counter
  2. the mental attitude that something is believable and should be accepted as true

    Synonyms : acceptance
    Type Of : attitude, mental attitude
    Examples :
    • he gave credence to the gossip


  1. in an admirable manner

    Synonyms : admirably, laudably, praiseworthily
  2. worthy of high praise

    Synonyms : applaudable, laudable, praiseworthy
    Examples :
    • a commendable sense of purpose


  1. very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold

    Synonyms : emaciated, gaunt, haggard, pinched, skeletal, wasted
  2. of or relating to a cadaver or corpse

    Synonyms : cadaveric
    Examples :
    • we had long anticipated his cadaverous end


  1. an appraisal of the state of affairs

    Synonyms : assay
    Type Of : appraisal, assessment
    Examples :
    • a check on its dependability under stress
  2. be verified or confirmed; pass inspection

    Synonyms : check out
    Examples :
    • These stories don't check!
  3. make cracks or chinks in

    Synonyms : chink
    Type Of : crack
    Examples :
    • The heat checked the paint
  4. a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something

    Synonyms : chip
    Type Of : mar, defect, blemish
  5. examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition

    Synonyms : check into, check out, check over, check up on, go over, look into, suss out
    Type Of : examine, study, analyze, analyse, canvass
    Examples :
    • check the brakes
  6. develop (a child's or animal's) behavior by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control

    Synonyms : condition, discipline, train
    Type Of : make grow, develop
  7. become fractured; break or crack on the surface only

    Synonyms : break, crack
    Type Of : change
  8. lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

    Synonyms : contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate
    Type Of : keep back, restrain, hold back, keep
  9. the state of inactivity following an interruption

    Synonyms : arrest, halt, hitch, stay, stop, stoppage
    Type Of : inaction, inactivity, inactiveness
    Examples :
    • held them in check
  10. find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort

    Synonyms : ascertain, determine, find out, learn, see, watch
  11. slow the growth or development of

    Synonyms : delay, retard
    Type Of : modify, alter, change
  12. a written order directing a bank to pay money

    Synonyms : bank check, cheque
    Type Of : order of payment, bill of exchange, draft
    Examples :
    • he paid all his bills by check
  13. be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something

    Synonyms : ascertain, assure, control, ensure, insure, see, see to it
    Type Of : verify
  14. mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on

    Synonyms : checker, chequer
    Type Of : draw
  15. additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct

    Synonyms : confirmation, substantiation, verification
    Type Of : cogent evidence, proof
  16. a mark indicating that something has been noted or completed etc.

    Synonyms : check mark, tick
    Type Of : mark
    Examples :
    • as he called the role he put a check mark by each student's name
  17. the act of inspecting or verifying

    Synonyms : check-out procedure, checkout
    Type Of : review, inspection
    Examples :
    • they made a check of their equipment
    • the pilot ran through the check-out procedure
  18. something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

    Synonyms : balk, baulk, deterrent, handicap, hinderance, hindrance, impediment
    Type Of : difficulty
  19. the bill in a restaurant

    Synonyms : chit, tab
    Type Of : invoice, account, bill
    Examples :
    • he asked the waiter for the check
  20. put a check mark on or near or next to

    Synonyms : check off, mark, mark off, tick, tick off
    Type Of : verify
    Examples :
    • Please check each name on the list
  21. be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics

    Synonyms : agree, correspond, fit, gibe, jibe, match, tally
    Type Of : equal, be
    Examples :
    • The handwriting checks with the signature on the check
  22. hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of

    Synonyms : arrest, contain, hold back, stop, turn back
    Type Of : defend
  23. the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess

    Synonyms : bridle, curb
    Type Of : restraint
  24. abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey

    Type Of : stop, halt
  25. arrest the motion (of something) abruptly

    Type Of : stop
    Examples :
    • He checked the flow of water by shutting off the main valve
  26. a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard)

    Type Of : weave
    Examples :
    • she wore a skirt with checks
  27. block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey

    Type Of : obstruct, stymy, stymie, embarrass, hinder, blockade, block
  28. (chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king

    Type Of : chess move
  29. consign for shipment on a vehicle

    Type Of : consign, charge
    Examples :
    • check your luggage before boarding
  30. decline to initiate betting

    Type Of : move, go
  31. hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping

    Type Of : consign, charge
  32. make an examination or investigation

    Type Of : examine, see
    Examples :
    • check into the rumor
    • check the time of the class
  33. obstructing an opponent in ice hockey

    Type Of : obstruction
  34. place into check

    Type Of : attack, aggress
    Examples :
    • He checked my kings
  35. stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution

    Type Of : stop, halt
    Examples :
    • She checked for an instant and missed a step
  36. stop in a chase especially when scent is lost

    Type Of : stop, halt
    Examples :
    • The dog checked
  37. verify by consulting a source or authority

    Type Of : verify
    Examples :
    • check the spelling of this word
    • check your facts
  38. write out a check on a bank account

    Type Of : cut, issue, make out, write out


  1. patterned with alternating squares of color

    Synonyms : checked, chequered
  2. marked by changeable fortune

    Examples :
    • a checkered business career


  1. forbid the public distribution of ( a movie or a newspaper)

    Synonyms : ban
    Type Of : criminalise, criminalize, illegalise, illegalize, outlaw
  2. a person who is authorized to read publications or correspondence or to watch theatrical performances and suppress in whole or in part anything considered obscene or politically unacceptable

    Type Of : official, functionary
  3. someone who censures or condemns

    Type Of : someone, individual, mortal, person, somebody, soul
  4. subject to political, religious, or moral censorship

    Type Of : valuate, measure, evaluate, value, assess, appraise
    Examples :
    • This magazine is censored by the government


  1. an abject coward

    Synonyms : poltroon, recreant
    Type Of : coward
  2. lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful

    Synonyms : recreant
    Examples :
    • the craven fellow turned and ran
    • a craven proposal to raise the white flag


  1. determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason

    Synonyms : impulsive, whimsical
    Examples :
    • a capricious refusal
    • authoritarian rulers are frequently capricious
  2. changeable

    Synonyms : freakish
    Examples :
    • a capricious summer breeze


  1. an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system

    Synonyms : component, element
    Type Of : portion, part
    Examples :
    • a component or constituent element of a system
  2. an abstract part of something

    Synonyms : component, element, factor, ingredient
    Type Of : division, section, part
    Examples :
    • two constituents of a musical composition are melody and harmony
  3. something determined in relation to something that includes it

    Synonyms : component, component part, part, portion
    Type Of : relation
    Examples :
    • the animal constituent of plankton
  4. constitutional in the structure of something (especially your physical makeup)

    Synonyms : constitutional, constitutive, organic
  5. (grammar) a word or phrase or clause forming part of a larger grammatical construction

    Synonyms : grammatical constituent
    Type Of : syntagma, syntagm
  6. a member of a constituency; a citizen who is represented in a government by officials for whom he or she votes

    Type Of : elector, voter
    Examples :
    • needs continued support by constituents to be re-elected


  1. affording an abundant supply

    Synonyms : ample, plenteous, plentiful, rich
    Examples :
    • copious provisions
  2. large in number or quantity (especially of discourse)

    Synonyms : voluminous
    Examples :
    • she took copious notes