enlist

  1. engage somebody to enter the army

    Synonyms : draft, muster in
    Antonyms : discharge
    Type Of : enrol, recruit, enroll, enter, inscribe
  2. hire for work or assistance

    Synonyms : engage
    Type Of : procure, secure
  3. join the military

    Type Of : sign up

elegy

  1. a mournful poem; a lament for the dead

    Synonyms : lament
    Type Of : poem, verse form

elaborate

  1. make more complex, intricate, or richer

    Synonyms : complicate, rarify, refine
    Type Of : change, modify, alter
  2. add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing

    Synonyms : dilate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate
    Type Of : clear up, elucidate, clarify
    Examples :
    • She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation
  3. marked by complexity and richness of detail

    Synonyms : luxuriant
    Examples :
    • an elaborate lace pattern
  4. work out in detail

    Synonyms : work out
    Type Of : develop, make grow
    Examples :
    • elaborate a plan
  5. developed or executed with care and in minute detail

    Synonyms : detailed, elaborated
    Examples :
    • the elaborate register of the inhabitants prevented tax evasion
    • the carefully elaborated theme
  6. produce from basic elements or sources; change into a more developed product

    Type Of : create, make, produce
    Examples :
    • The bee elaborates honey

expatiate

  1. add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing

    Synonyms : dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expand, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate
    Type Of : clear up, elucidate, clarify

epaulet

  1. adornment consisting of an ornamental cloth pad worn on the shoulder

    Synonyms : epaulette
    Type Of : adornment

eddy

  1. flow in a circular current, of liquids

    Synonyms : purl, swirl, whirl, whirlpool
    Type Of : course, run, feed, flow
  2. a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself

    Synonyms : twist
    Type Of : stream, current
  3. founder of Christian Science in 1866 (1821-1910)

    Synonyms : mary baker eddy, mary morse baker eddy

expostulate

  1. reason with (somebody) for the purpose of dissuasion

    Type Of : argue, reason

exigency

  1. a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action

    Synonyms : emergency, pinch
    Type Of : crisis
  2. a pressing or urgent situation

    Type Of : crisis
    Examples :
    • the health-care exigency

equivocal

  1. open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead

    Synonyms : ambiguous
    Antonyms : unequivocal
    Examples :
    • an equivocal statement
    • the polling had a complex and equivocal (or ambiguous) message for potential female candidates
    • the officer's equivocal behavior increased the victim's uneasiness
    • popularity is an equivocal crown
    • an equivocal response to an embarrassing question
  2. open to question

    Examples :
    • aliens of equivocal loyalty
    • his conscience reproached him with the equivocal character of the union into which he had forced his son
  3. uncertain as a sign or indication

    Examples :
    • the evidence from bacteriologic analysis was equivocal

expiate

  1. make amends for

    Synonyms : aby, abye, atone
    Type Of : compensate, correct, redress, right
    Examples :
    • expiate one's sins