1. an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity

    Synonyms : break, disruption, gap
    Type Of : holdup, delay
  2. a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something

    Synonyms : break, intermission, pause, suspension
    Type Of : time interval, interval
  3. some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity

    Synonyms : break
    Type Of : occurrent, happening, natural event, occurrence
    Examples :
    • the telephone is an annoying interruption


  1. (of a clause) capable of standing syntactically alone as a complete sentence

    Synonyms : main
    Antonyms : dependent
    Examples :
    • the main (or independent) clause in a complex sentence has at least a subject and a verb
  2. (of political bodies) not controlled by outside forces

    Synonyms : autonomous, self-governing, sovereign
  3. a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics)

    Synonyms : fencesitter, mugwump
    Type Of : individualist
  4. a writer or artist who sells services to different employers without a long-term contract with any of them

    Synonyms : free-lance, free lance, freelance, freelancer, self-employed person
    Type Of : worker
  5. free from external control and constraint

    Antonyms : dependent
    Examples :
    • an independent mind
    • a series of independent judgments
    • fiercely independent individualism
  6. not controlled by a party or interest group


  1. investigate scientifically

    Synonyms : look into
    Type Of : examine, analyse, analyze, canvass, study
    Examples :
    • Let's investigate the syntax of Chinese
  2. conduct an inquiry or investigation of

    Synonyms : enquire, inquire
    Type Of : examine, probe
    Examples :
    • The district attorney's office investigated reports of possible irregularities


  1. the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation

    Synonyms : brainstorm, brainwave
    Type Of : understanding, discernment, savvy, apprehension
  2. a feeling of understanding

    Synonyms : perceptiveness, perceptivity
    Type Of : sensibility
  3. clear or deep perception of a situation

    Synonyms : penetration
    Type Of : perception
  4. grasping the inner nature of things intuitively

    Synonyms : sixth sense
    Type Of : intuition


  1. make sense of; assign a meaning to

    Synonyms : construe, see
    Type Of : understand
    Examples :
    • How do you interpret his behavior?
  2. make sense of a language

    Synonyms : read, translate, understand
    Type Of : understand
  3. give an interpretation or rendition of

    Synonyms : render
    Type Of : perform, do, execute
  4. restate (words) from one language into another language

    Synonyms : render, translate
    Type Of : retell, ingeminate, reiterate, iterate, repeat, restate
    Examples :
    • Can you interpret the speech of the visiting dignitaries?
  5. create an image or likeness of

    Synonyms : represent
    Type Of : re-create
  6. give an interpretation or explanation to

    Synonyms : rede
    Type Of : explain, explicate


  1. come to see in an official or professional capacity

    Synonyms : visit
  2. examine carefully for accuracy with the intent of verification

    Synonyms : audit, scrutinise, scrutinize
    Type Of : study, examine, analyse, canvass, analyze
  3. look over carefully

    Type Of : see, examine
    Examples :
    • Please inspect your father's will carefully


  1. elevated ideals or conduct; the quality of believing that ideals should be pursued

    Synonyms : high-mindedness, noble-mindedness
    Type Of : grandeur, magnanimousness, nobility, nobleness
  2. impracticality by virtue of thinking of things in their ideal form rather than as they really are

    Type Of : impracticality
  3. (philosophy) the philosophical theory that ideas are the only reality

    Type Of : philosophical theory, philosophical doctrine


  1. come into a new country and change residency

    Antonyms : emigrate
    Type Of : transmigrate, migrate
    Examples :
    • Many people immigrated at the beginning of the 20th century
  2. introduce or send as immigrants

    Type Of : bring in, introduce
    Examples :
    • Britain immigrated many colonists to America
  3. migrate to a new environment

    Type Of : migrate, transmigrate
    Examples :
    • only few plants can immigrate to the island


  1. (usually followed by `to') full of eagerness

    Synonyms : raring
    Examples :
    • impatient to begin
  2. restless or short-tempered under delay or opposition

    Antonyms : patient
    Examples :
    • impatient with the slower students
    • impatient of criticism


  1. the ability to form mental images of things or events

    Synonyms : imagery, imaging, mental imagery
    Type Of : representational process
    Examples :
    • he could still hear her in his imagination
  2. the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses

    Synonyms : imaginativeness, vision
    Type Of : creative thinking, creativeness, creativity
    Examples :
    • popular imagination created a world of demons
    • imagination reveals what the world could be
  3. the ability to deal resourcefully with unusual problems

    Synonyms : resource, resourcefulness
    Type Of : inventiveness, ingeniousness, ingenuity, cleverness