1. act of ascertaining or fixing the value or worth of

    Synonyms : rating
    Type Of : assessment, judgement, judgment
  2. an appraisal of the value of something

    Synonyms : rating, valuation
    Type Of : appraisal, assessment


  1. someone who organizes a business venture and assumes the risk for it

    Synonyms : enterpriser
    Type Of : businessperson, bourgeois


  1. property of a personal character that is portable but not used in business

    Synonyms : personal effects
    Type Of : personal estate, personal property, personalty, private property
    Examples :
    • she left some of her personal effects in the house
    • I watched over their effects until they returned


  1. a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction

    Synonyms : blowup, detonation
    Type Of : discharge
  2. the act of exploding or bursting

    Synonyms : burst
    Type Of : change of integrity
    Examples :
    • the explosion of the firecrackers awoke the children
  3. the terminal forced release of pressure built up during the occlusive phase of a stop consonant

    Synonyms : plosion
    Type Of : tone ending, release
  4. a golf shot from a bunker that typically moves sand as well as the golf ball

    Type Of : golf stroke, swing, golf shot
  5. a sudden great increase

    Type Of : increase
    Examples :
    • the population explosion
    • the information explosion
  6. a sudden outburst

    Type Of : outburst, ebullition, effusion, blowup, gush
    Examples :
    • an explosion of laughter
    • an explosion of rage
  7. the noise caused by an explosion

    Type Of : noise
    Examples :
    • the explosion was heard a mile away


  1. in good time

    Synonyms : betimes
  2. during an early stage

    Synonyms : early on
    Examples :
    • early on in her career
  3. before the usual time or the time expected

    Synonyms : ahead of time, too soon
    Antonyms : late
    Examples :
    • she graduated early
  4. belonging to the distant past

    Synonyms : former, other
    Examples :
    • the early inhabitants of Europe
  5. at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time

    Antonyms : middle, late
    Examples :
    • early morning
    • an early warning
    • early diagnosis
    • an early death
    • took early retirement
    • an early spring
    • early varieties of peas and tomatoes mature before most standard varieties
  6. being or occurring at an early stage of development

    Antonyms : late
    Examples :
    • in an early stage
    • early forms of life
    • early man
    • an early computer
  7. expected in the near future

    Examples :
    • look for an early end to the negotiations
  8. of an early stage in the development of a language or literature

    Antonyms : late, middle
  9. very young

    Examples :
    • at an early age


  1. exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category

    Synonyms : change, commute, convert
    Type Of : replace
  2. the act of changing one thing for another thing

    Synonyms : interchange
    Type Of : group action
    Examples :
    • Adam was promised immortality in exchange for his disobedience
  3. give to, and receive from, one another

    Synonyms : change, interchange
    Type Of : transfer
  4. put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items

    Synonyms : interchange, replace, substitute
    Type Of : alter, change, modify
  5. reciprocal transfer of equivalent sums of money (especially the currencies of different countries)

    Synonyms : interchange
    Type Of : commerce, commercialism, mercantilism
  6. exchange a penalty for a less severe one

    Synonyms : commute, convert
    Type Of : alter, modify, change
  7. a workplace that serves as a telecommunications facility where lines from telephones can be connected together to permit communication

    Synonyms : central, telephone exchange
    Type Of : workplace, work
  8. the act of putting one thing or person in the place of another:

    Synonyms : commutation, substitution
    Type Of : change
  9. (sports) an unbroken sequence of several successive strokes

    Synonyms : rally
    Type Of : group action
  10. change over, change around, as to a new order or sequence

    Synonyms : switch, switch over
    Type Of : reverse, turn, change by reversal
  11. a mutual expression of views (especially an unpleasant one)

    Type Of : conversation
    Examples :
    • they had a bitter exchange
  12. a workplace for buying and selling; open only to members

    Type Of : work, workplace
  13. chemical process in which one atom or ion or group changes places with another

    Type Of : chemical phenomenon
  14. (chess) gaining (or losing) a rook in return for a knight or bishop

    Type Of : capture
    Examples :
    • black lost the exchange
  15. (chess) the capture by both players (usually on consecutive moves) of pieces of equal value

    Type Of : capture
    Examples :
    • the endgame began after the exchange of queens
  16. hand over one and receive another, approximately equivalent

    Type Of : reassign, transfer
    Examples :
    • exchange prisoners
    • exchange employees between branches of the company
  17. the act of giving something in return for something received

    Type Of : transaction, dealings, dealing
    Examples :
    • deductible losses on sales or exchanges of property are allowable


  1. indicating exactness or preciseness

    Synonyms : just, precisely, properly
    Examples :
    • he was doing precisely (or exactly) what she had told him to do
  2. in a precise manner

    Synonyms : incisively, precisely
    Antonyms : inexactly
  3. just as it should be

    Synonyms : on the button, on the dot, on the nose, precisely


  1. earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages

    Synonyms : bring in, clear, gain, make, pull in, realise, realize, take in
    Type Of : acquire, get
    Examples :
    • She earns a lot in her new job
  2. acquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions

    Synonyms : garner, win
    Type Of : get, acquire


  1. a course that the student can select from among alternatives

    Synonyms : elective course
    Type Of : course of study, course, course of instruction, class
  2. not compulsory

    Synonyms : facultative
    Examples :
    • elective surgery
    • an elective course of study
  3. subject to popular election

    Synonyms : elected
    Antonyms : appointive
    Examples :
    • elective official


  1. have a wish or desire to know something

    Synonyms : inquire, wonder
    Type Of : query, question
  2. conduct an inquiry or investigation of

    Synonyms : inquire, investigate
    Type Of : probe, examine
  3. address a question to and expect an answer from

    Synonyms : ask, inquire
    Type Of : intercommunicate, communicate