1. withdrawing into the background; making yourself inconspicuous

    Synonyms : self-effacement
    Type Of : withdrawal
  2. shortening of the uterine cervix and thinning of its walls as it is dilated during labor

    Type Of : biological process, organic process


  1. qualified for by right according to law

    Examples :
    • we are all entitled to equal protection under the law


  1. the act of vindicating or defending against criticism or censure etc.

    Synonyms : vindication
    Type Of : clearing
  2. the condition of being relieved from blame or obligation

    Type Of : condition, status


  1. embody the essential characteristics of or be a typical example of

    Synonyms : epitomise, typify
    Type Of : represent, stand for, symbolise, symbolize, typify


  1. carve or cut a design or letters into

    Synonyms : etch
    Type Of : carve, chip at
    Examples :
    • engrave the pen with the owner's name
  2. carve or cut into a block used for printing or print from such a block

    Synonyms : etch
    Type Of : print
    Examples :
    • engrave a letter
  3. carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface

    Synonyms : grave, inscribe, scratch
    Type Of : chip at, carve
    Examples :
    • engrave a pen
    • engraved the trophy cup with the winner's name
  4. impress or affect deeply

    Type Of : move, impress, affect, strike
    Examples :
    • The event engraved itself into her memory


  1. cause to be alert and energetic

    Synonyms : arouse, brace, energise, perk up, stimulate
    Antonyms : de-energize
    Type Of : affect
  2. raise to a higher energy level

    Synonyms : energise, excite
    Type Of : change, alter, modify


  1. an abnormally egotistical person

    Type Of : egoist, egotist, swellhead


  1. feeling great rapture or delight

    Synonyms : enraptured, rapt, rapturous, rhapsodic


  1. in an ecstatic manner

    Synonyms : rapturously, rhapsodically
    Examples :
    • he reacted ecstatically to my plan to travel to Africa


  1. angular distance above the horizon (especially of a celestial object)

    Synonyms : alt, altitude, el
    Type Of : angular position
  2. the event of something being raised upward

    Synonyms : lift, raising
    Type Of : ascent, rise, rising, ascension
    Examples :
    • an elevation of the temperature in the afternoon
  3. the act of increasing the wealth or prestige or power or scope of something

    Synonyms : aggrandisement, aggrandizement
    Type Of : increase, step-up
    Examples :
    • his elevation to cardinal
  4. the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development

    Synonyms : acme, height, meridian, peak, pinnacle, summit, superlative, tiptop, top
    Type Of : degree, stage, point, level
  5. a raised or elevated geological formation

    Synonyms : natural elevation
    Type Of : formation, geological formation
  6. (ballet) the height of a dancer's leap or jump

    Type Of : leap
    Examples :
    • a dancer of exceptional elevation
  7. distance of something above a reference point (such as sea level)

    Type Of : distance
    Examples :
    • there was snow at the higher elevations
  8. drawing of an exterior of a structure

    Type Of : architectural plan, plan