1. a theory of organic evolution claiming that new species arise and are perpetuated by natural selection

    Type Of : evolutionism, theory of evolution, theory of organic evolution


  1. fixed or established especially by order or command

    Synonyms : appointed, ordained, prescribed


  1. being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)

    Synonyms : addiction, dependance, dependency, habituation
    Type Of : physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state
  2. the state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else

    Synonyms : dependance, dependency
    Type Of : state


  1. pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law

    Synonyms : condemn, sentence
    Type Of : declare
  2. decree or designate beforehand

    Synonyms : designate, destine, fate
    Type Of : ordain
  3. an unpleasant or disastrous destiny

    Synonyms : day of reckoning, doomsday, end of the world
    Type Of : fate, destiny
    Examples :
    • everyone was aware of the approaching doom but was helpless to avoid it
  4. make certain of the failure or destruction of

    Type Of : secure, assure, ensure, guarantee, insure
    Examples :
    • This decision will doom me to lose my position


  1. to cause someone to lose clear vision, especially from intense light

    Synonyms : bedazzle, daze
    Type Of : blind
    Examples :
    • She was dazzled by the bright headlights
  2. amaze or bewilder, as with brilliant wit or intellect or skill

    Type Of : amaze, astonish, astound
    Examples :
    • Her arguments dazzled everyone
    • The dancer dazzled the audience with his turns and jumps
  3. brightness enough to blind partially and temporarily

    Type Of : brightness


  1. harassed by persistent nagging

    Synonyms : henpecked
  2. controlled or ruled by superior authority or power


  1. act of getting or draining something such as electricity or a liquid from a source

    Synonyms : drawing off
    Type Of : drain
    Examples :
    • the drawing of water from the well
  2. players buy (or are given) chances and prizes are distributed by casting lots

    Synonyms : lottery
    Type Of : gambling game, game of chance
  3. the act of moving a load by drawing or pulling

    Synonyms : draft, draught
    Type Of : pulling, pull
  4. the creation of artistic pictures or diagrams

    Synonyms : drafting, draftsmanship
    Type Of : art, artistic production, artistic creation
    Examples :
    • he learned drawing from his father
  5. an illustration that is drawn by hand and published in a book, magazine, or newspaper

    Type Of : artwork, graphics, art, nontextual matter
    Examples :
    • it is shown by the drawing in Fig. 7
  6. a representation of forms or objects on a surface by means of lines

    Type Of : representation
    Examples :
    • drawings of abstract forms
    • he did complicated pen-and-ink drawings like medieval miniatures


  1. make one's home in a particular place or community

    Synonyms : domiciliate, reside, shack
    Type Of : dwell, live, inhabit, populate
  2. housing that someone is living in

    Synonyms : abode, dwelling, dwelling house, habitation, home
    Type Of : housing, lodging, living accommodations
  3. (law) the residence where you have your permanent home or principal establishment and to where, whenever you are absent, you intend to return; every person is compelled to have one and only one domicile at a time

    Synonyms : legal residence
    Type Of : abode, residence


  1. with great urgency

    Synonyms : urgently
    Examples :
    • the soil desperately needed potash
  2. in intense despair

    Examples :
    • the child clung desperately to her mother


  1. a licensed medical practitioner

    Synonyms : doc, dr., md, medico, physician
    Type Of : medical man, medical practitioner
    Examples :
    • I felt so bad I went to see my doctor
  2. restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken

    Synonyms : bushel, fix, furbish up, mend, repair, restore, touch on
    Type Of : improve, better, amend, meliorate, ameliorate
  3. a person who holds Ph.D. degree (or the equivalent) from an academic institution

    Synonyms : dr.
    Type Of : scholarly person, bookman, student, scholar
    Examples :
    • she is a doctor of philosophy in physics
  4. (Roman Catholic Church) a title conferred on 33 saints who distinguished themselves through the orthodoxy of their theological teaching

    Synonyms : doctor of the church
    Type Of : theologist, theologiser, theologian, theologizer
  5. alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive

    Synonyms : doctor up, sophisticate
    Type Of : dilute, debase, stretch, adulterate, load
  6. children take the roles of physician or patient or nurse and pretend they are at the physician's office

    Type Of : child's play, play
    Examples :
    • the children explored each other's bodies by playing the game of doctor
  7. give medical treatment to

    Type Of : care for, treat