1. draw from specific cases for more general cases

    Synonyms : generalise, generalize, infer
    Type Of : conclude, reason, reason out
  2. estimate the value of

    Synonyms : interpolate
    Type Of : work out, figure, reckon, cipher, calculate, compute, cypher
  3. gain knowledge of (an area not known or experienced) by extrapolating

    Type Of : infer, derive, deduct, deduce


  1. not belonging to that in which it is contained; introduced from an outside source

    Synonyms : foreign
    Examples :
    • water free of extraneous matter
  2. coming from the outside

    Synonyms : external, outside
    Examples :
    • extraneous light in the camera spoiled the photograph
    • relying upon an extraneous income
  3. not pertinent to the matter under consideration

    Synonyms : immaterial, impertinent, orthogonal
    Examples :
    • an issue extraneous to the debate
  4. not essential

    Examples :
    • the ballet struck me as extraneous and somewhat out of keeping with the rest of the play


  1. hand over to the authorities of another country

    Synonyms : deliver, deport
    Type Of : expel, kick out, throw out
    Examples :
    • They extradited the fugitive to his native country so he could be tried there


  1. praise, glorify, or honor

    Synonyms : exalt, glorify, laud, proclaim
    Type Of : praise
    Examples :
    • extol the virtues of one's children


  1. a collection of things (goods or works of art etc.) for public display

    Synonyms : exhibition, expo
    Type Of : assemblage, aggregation, collection, accumulation
  2. a systematic interpretation or explanation (usually written) of a specific topic

    Synonyms : expounding
    Type Of : interpretation
  3. an account that sets forth the meaning or intent of a writing or discourse

    Type Of : account, explanation
    Examples :
    • we would have understood the play better if there had been some initial exposition of the background
  4. (music) the section of a movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes first occur

    Type Of : section, subdivision


  1. speed up the progress of; facilitate

    Synonyms : hasten
    Type Of : help, aid, assist
    Examples :
    • This should expedite the process
  2. process fast and efficiently

    Type Of : litigate, process, sue, action
    Examples :
    • I will try to expedite the matter


  1. a means to an end; not necessarily a principled or ethical one

    Type Of : agency, means, way
  2. appropriate to a purpose; practical

    Examples :
    • in the circumstances it was expedient to express loyalty
  3. serving to promote your interest

    Antonyms : inexpedient
    Examples :
    • was merciful only when mercy was expedient


  1. a person who is voluntarily absent from home or country

    Synonyms : exile, expat
    Type Of : absentee
    Examples :
    • American expatriates
  2. expel from a country

    Synonyms : deport, exile
    Antonyms : repatriate
    Type Of : throw out, expel, kick out
  3. move away from one's native country and adopt a new residence abroad

    Type Of : emigrate


  1. freeing from evil spirits

    Synonyms : dispossession
    Type Of : supernaturalism


  1. performed comprehensively and completely; not superficial or partial

    Synonyms : thorough, thoroughgoing
    Examples :
    • an exhaustive study