1. held from above and hanging down

    Synonyms : pendant, pendent
  2. (of a clause) unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence

    Synonyms : subordinate
    Antonyms : independent
    Examples :
    • a subordinate (or dependent) clause functions as a noun or adjective or adverb within a sentence
  3. being under the power or sovereignty of another or others

    Synonyms : subject
    Examples :
    • a dependent prince
  4. a person who relies on another person for support (especially financial support)

    Synonyms : dependant
    Type Of : receiver, recipient
  5. contingent on something else

    Synonyms : dependant, qualified
  6. addicted to a drug

    Synonyms : dependant, drug-addicted, hooked, strung-out
  7. relying on or requiring a person or thing for support, supply, or what is needed

    Antonyms : independent
    Examples :
    • dependent children
    • dependent on moisture


  1. involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm

    Synonyms : unsafe
    Antonyms : safe
    Examples :
    • a dangerous criminal
    • a dangerous bridge
    • unemployment reached dangerous proportions
  2. causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm

    Synonyms : grave, grievous, life-threatening, serious, severe
    Examples :
    • a dangerous operation


  1. English physician who first described Down's syndrome (1828-1896)

    Synonyms : john l. h. down
  2. understood perfectly

    Synonyms : down pat, mastered
    Examples :
    • had his algebra problems down
  3. soft fine feathers

    Synonyms : down feather
    Type Of : plumage, feather, plume
  4. extending or moving from a higher to a lower place

    Synonyms : downward
    Examples :
    • the down staircase
    • the downward course of the stream
  5. fine soft dense hair (as the fine short hair of cattle or deer or the wool of sheep or the undercoat of certain dogs)

    Synonyms : pile
    Type Of : hair
  6. spatially or metaphorically from a higher to a lower level or position

    Synonyms : downward, downwardly, downwards
    Antonyms : up
    Examples :
    • don't fall down
    • rode the lift up and skied down
    • prices plunged downward
  7. lower than previously

    Synonyms : depressed
    Examples :
    • prices are down
  8. filled with melancholy and despondency

    Synonyms : blue, depressed, dispirited, down in the mouth, downcast, downhearted, gloomy, grim, low, low-spirited
    Examples :
    • downcast after his defeat
    • feeling discouraged and downhearted
  9. eat up completely, as with great appetite

    Synonyms : consume, demolish, devour, go through
    Type Of : eat up, finish, polish off
    Examples :
    • Some people can down a pound of meat in the course of one meal
  10. cause to come or go down

    Synonyms : cut down, knock down, pull down, push down
    Type Of : strike
    Examples :
    • The policeman downed the heavily armed suspect
    • The mugger knocked down the old lady after she refused to hand over her wallet
  11. improve or perfect by pruning or polishing

    Synonyms : fine-tune, polish, refine
    Type Of : ameliorate, meliorate, amend, improve, better
  12. drink down entirely

    Synonyms : belt down, bolt down, drink down, kill, pop, pour down, toss off
    Type Of : drink, imbibe
    Examples :
    • He downed three martinis before dinner
  13. shoot at and force to come down

    Synonyms : land, shoot down
  14. (American football) a complete play to advance the football

    Type Of : turn, play
    Examples :
    • you have four downs to gain ten yards
  15. becoming progressively lower

    Examples :
    • the down trend in the real estate market
  16. being or moving lower in position or less in some value

    Antonyms : up
    Examples :
    • lay face down
    • the moon is down
    • our team is down by a run
    • down by a pawn
    • the stock market is down today
  17. being put out by a strikeout

    Examples :
    • two down in the bottom of the ninth
  18. bring down or defeat (an opponent)

    Type Of : defeat, overcome, get the better of
  19. not functioning (temporarily or permanently)

    Examples :
    • we can't work because the computer is down
  20. shut

    Examples :
    • the shades were down
  21. (usually plural) a rolling treeless highland with little soil

    Type Of : upland, highland
  22. away from a more central or a more northerly place

    Antonyms : up
    Examples :
    • was sent down to work at the regional office
    • worked down on the farm
    • came down for the wedding
    • flew down to Florida
  23. to a lower intensity

    Antonyms : up
    Examples :
    • he slowly phased down the light until the stage was completely black


  1. an inclination to withhold approval from some person or group

    Synonyms : disfavor, disfavour, dislike
    Type Of : tendency, inclination, disposition
  2. a feeling of disliking something or what someone is doing

    Antonyms : approval
    Type Of : dislike
  3. the act of disapproving or condemning

    Antonyms : approval
    Type Of : assessment, judgement, judgment
  4. the expression of disapproval

    Antonyms : approval
    Type Of : message, content, subject matter, substance


  1. something that people do or cause to happen

    Synonyms : act, human action, human activity
    Type Of : event
  2. a legal document signed and sealed and delivered to effect a transfer of property and to show the legal right to possess it

    Synonyms : deed of conveyance, title
    Type Of : official document, instrument, legal document, legal instrument
    Examples :
    • he signed the deed


  1. introduce democratic reforms; of nations

    Synonyms : democratise
    Type Of : alter, change, modify
  2. become (more) democratic; of nations

    Synonyms : democratise
    Type Of : change


  1. issue commands or orders for

    Synonyms : order, prescribe
    Type Of : visit, bring down, impose, inflict
  2. a guiding principle

    Type Of : principle
    Examples :
    • the dictates of reason
  3. an authoritative rule

    Type Of : prescript, rule
  4. rule as a dictator

    Type Of : rule, govern
  5. say out loud for the purpose of recording

    Type Of : read
    Examples :
    • He dictated a report to his secretary


  1. a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning

    Synonyms : upset
    Type Of : physiological condition, physiological state, physical condition
    Examples :
    • the doctor prescribed some medicine for the disorder
  2. bring disorder to

    Synonyms : disarray
    Antonyms : order
    Type Of : alter, change, modify
  3. a condition in which things are not in their expected places

    Synonyms : disorderliness
    Antonyms : order
    Type Of : status, condition
    Examples :
    • the files are in complete disorder
  4. disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed

    Synonyms : cark, disquiet, distract, perturb, trouble, unhinge
    Type Of : disturb, trouble, upset
  5. a disturbance of the peace or of public order

    Antonyms : order
    Type Of : state


  1. attractiveness to the opposite sex

    Synonyms : desirableness, oomph, sex appeal
    Type Of : attractiveness
  2. the quality of being worthy of desiring

    Synonyms : desirableness
    Antonyms : undesirability
    Type Of : good, goodness


  1. the point in time at which something must be completed

    Type Of : point, point in time