1. call forth

    Synonyms : breed, spawn
    Type Of : cause, do, make
  2. make (offspring) by reproduction

    Synonyms : beget, bring forth, father, generate, get, mother, sire
    Type Of : create, make


  1. grant freedom to; as from slavery or servitude

    Synonyms : affranchise
    Type Of : liberate, set free
    Examples :
    • Slaves were enfranchised in the mid-19th century
  2. grant voting rights

    Antonyms : disenfranchise
    Type Of : accord, allot, grant


  1. make easier

    Synonyms : alleviate, facilitate
    Type Of : help, assist, aid
  2. lessen the intensity of or calm

    Synonyms : allay, relieve, still
    Type Of : solace, soothe, comfort, console
    Examples :
    • The news eased my conscience
  3. lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate

    Synonyms : comfort
    Type Of : assuage, alleviate, relieve, palliate
    Examples :
    • ease the pain in your legs
  4. freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)

    Synonyms : relaxation, repose, rest
    Type Of : inactivity
  5. freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort

    Synonyms : easiness, simpleness, simplicity
    Antonyms : difficulty
    Type Of : quality
    Examples :
    • he rose through the ranks with apparent ease
    • they put it into containers for ease of transportation
  6. freedom from constraint or embarrassment

    Synonyms : informality
    Type Of : naturalness
    Examples :
    • I am never at ease with strangers
  7. a freedom from financial difficulty that promotes a comfortable state

    Synonyms : comfort
    Type Of : affluence, richness
    Examples :
    • a life of luxury and ease
  8. the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress)

    Synonyms : relief
    Type Of : comfortableness, comfort
    Examples :
    • getting it off his conscience gave him some ease
  9. move gently or carefully

    Type Of : locomote, travel, go, move
    Examples :
    • He eased himself into the chair


  1. a representative form or pattern

    Synonyms : model
    Type Of : representation, internal representation, mental representation
    Examples :
    • I profited from his example
  2. something to be imitated

    Synonyms : exemplar, good example, model
    Type Of : ideal
  3. an occurrence of something

    Synonyms : case, instance
    Type Of : happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
    Examples :
    • but there is always the famous example of the Smiths
  4. an item of information that is typical of a class or group

    Synonyms : illustration, instance, representative
    Type Of : information
    Examples :
    • this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome
    • there is an example on page 10
  5. punishment intended as a warning to others

    Synonyms : deterrent example, lesson, object lesson
    Type Of : monition, admonition, word of advice, warning
    Examples :
    • they decided to make an example of him
  6. a task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding

    Synonyms : exercise
    Type Of : lesson
    Examples :
    • you must work the examples at the end of each chapter in the textbook


  1. appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use

    Synonyms : defalcate, malversate, misappropriate, peculate
    Type Of : rip, rip off, steal
    Examples :
    • The accountant embezzled thousands of dollars while working for the wealthy family