1. a situation in which no progress can be made or no advancement is possible

    Synonyms : dead end, impasse, stalemate, standstill
    Type Of : situation


  1. decrease in value of an asset due to obsolescence or use

    Synonyms : wear and tear
    Type Of : non-cash expense, financial loss
  2. a communication that belittles somebody or something

    Synonyms : derogation, disparagement
    Type Of : disrespect, discourtesy
  3. a decrease in price or value

    Antonyms : appreciation
    Type Of : reduction, step-down, decrease, diminution
    Examples :
    • depreciation of the dollar against the yen


  1. an official lowering of a nation's currency; a decrease in the value of a country's currency relative to that of foreign countries

    Type Of : regulation, regulating
  2. the reduction of something's value or worth

    Type Of : decrease, reduction, diminution, step-down


  1. unable to speak because of hereditary deafness

    Synonyms : mute, silent
  2. slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity

    Synonyms : dense, dim, dull, obtuse, slow
    Examples :
    • dumb officials make some really dumb decisions
  3. temporarily incapable of speaking

    Synonyms : speechless
    Examples :
    • struck dumb
  4. lacking the power of human speech

    Examples :
    • dumb animals


  1. someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another

    Synonyms : adherent
    Type Of : follower


  1. affecting extreme elegance in dress and manner

    Synonyms : dandyish, foppish


  1. the speech act of making something evident

    Synonyms : revealing, revelation
    Type Of : speech act


  1. brought low in spirit

    Synonyms : chapfallen, chopfallen, crestfallen
    Examples :
    • left us fatigued and deflated spiritually


  1. official notice that you have been fired from your job

    Synonyms : dismission, pink slip
    Type Of : notice
  2. a judgment disposing of the matter without a trial

    Synonyms : judgement of dismissal, judgment of dismissal
    Type Of : judgement, judicial decision, judgment
  3. the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)

    Synonyms : discharge, dismission, firing, liberation, release, sack, sacking
    Type Of : ending, termination, conclusion
  4. permission to go; the sending away of someone

    Type Of : permission


  1. any substance that promotes digestion

    Type Of : substance
  2. relating to or having the power to cause or promote digestion

    Examples :
    • digestive juices
    • a digestive enzyme
    • digestive ferment