1. an event marking a unique or important historical change of course or one on which important developments depend

    Synonyms : turning point, watershed
    Type Of : juncture, occasion
  2. a mark showing the boundary of a piece of land

    Type Of : reference point, reference, point of reference
  3. an anatomical structure used as a point of origin in locating other anatomical structures (as in surgery) or as point from which measurements can be taken

    Type Of : bodily structure, body structure, anatomical structure, structure, complex body part
  4. the position of a prominent or well-known object in a particular landscape

    Type Of : position, place
    Examples :
    • the church steeple provided a convenient landmark


  1. deeply absorbed in thought

    Synonyms : bemused, preoccupied
    Examples :
    • lost in thought
  2. not caught with the senses or the mind

    Synonyms : missed
    Examples :
    • words lost in the din
  3. perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment

    Synonyms : at sea, baffled, befuddled, bemused, bewildered, confounded, confused, mazed, mixed-up
    Examples :
    • she felt lost on the first day of school
  4. unable to function; without help

    Synonyms : helpless
  5. people who are destined to die soon

    Synonyms : doomed
    Type Of : people
  6. having lost your bearings; confused as to time or place or personal identity

    Synonyms : confused, disoriented
  7. incapable of being recovered or regained

    Examples :
    • his lost honor
  8. no longer in your possession or control; unable to be found or recovered

    Antonyms : found
    Examples :
    • a lost child
    • lost friends
    • his lost book
    • lost opportunities
  9. not gained or won

    Antonyms : won
    Examples :
    • a lost battle
    • a lost prize
  10. spiritually or physically doomed or destroyed

    Antonyms : saved
    Examples :
    • lost souls
    • a lost generation
    • a lost ship
    • the lost platoon


  1. actually being performed at the time of hearing or viewing

    Synonyms : unrecorded
    Antonyms : recorded
    Examples :
    • a live television program
    • brought to you live from Lincoln Center
    • live entertainment involves performers actually in the physical presence of a live audience
  2. have life, be alive

    Synonyms : be
    Examples :
    • My grandfather lived until the end of war
  3. capable of erupting

    Synonyms : alive
    Examples :
    • a live volcano
    • the volcano is very much alive
  4. possessing life

    Synonyms : alive
    Examples :
    • the happiest person alive
    • the nerve is alive
    • doctors are working hard to keep him alive
    • burned alive
    • a live canary
  5. elastic; rebounds readily

    Synonyms : bouncy, lively, resilient, springy
    Examples :
    • a lively tennis ball
  6. be an inhabitant of or reside in

    Synonyms : dwell, inhabit, populate
    Type Of : be
    Examples :
    • People lived in Africa millions of years ago
  7. support oneself

    Synonyms : exist, subsist, survive
    Examples :
    • Can you live on $2000 a month in New York City?
  8. continue to live and avoid dying

    Synonyms : endure, go, hold out, hold up, last, live on, survive
    Examples :
    • The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents
    • One crash victim died, the other lived
  9. charged or energized with electricity

    Synonyms : hot
    Examples :
    • a live wire
  10. have firsthand knowledge of states, situations, emotions, or sensations

    Synonyms : experience, know
    Type Of : experience, go through, see
    Examples :
    • I have lived a kind of hell when I was a drug addict
    • The holocaust survivors have lived a nightmare
    • I lived through two divorces
  11. abounding with life and energy

    Examples :
    • the club members are a really live bunch
  12. charged with an explosive

    Examples :
    • live ammunition
    • a live bomb
  13. exerting force or containing energy

    Antonyms : dead
    Examples :
    • live coals
    • tossed a live cigarette out the window
    • got a shock from a live wire
    • live ore is unmined ore
    • a live bomb
    • a live ball is one in play
  14. highly reverberant

    Examples :
    • a live concert hall
  15. in current use or ready for use

    Examples :
    • live copy is ready to be set in type or already set but not yet proofread
  16. lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style

    Examples :
    • we had to live frugally after the war
  17. of current relevance

    Examples :
    • a live issue
    • still a live option
  18. pursue a positive and satisfying existence

    Examples :
    • You must accept yourself and others if you really want to live


  1. lock up or confine, in or as in a jail

    Synonyms : gaol, immure, imprison, incarcerate, jail, jug, put away, put behind bars, remand
    Type Of : detain, confine
  2. hang (back) or fall (behind) in movement, progress, development, etc.

    Synonyms : dawdle, fall back, fall behind
    Type Of : follow
  3. the time between one event, process, or period and another

    Synonyms : interim, meantime, meanwhile
    Type Of : time interval, interval
  4. the act of slowing down or falling behind

    Synonyms : retardation, slowdown
    Type Of : delay, holdup
  5. one of several thin slats of wood forming the sides of a barrel or bucket

    Synonyms : stave
    Type Of : slat, spline
  6. cover with lagging to prevent heat loss

    Type Of : cover
    Examples :
    • lag pipes
  7. throw or pitch at a mark, as with coins

    Type Of : flip, pitch, sky, toss


  1. anything that is owed to someone else

    Type Of : possession


  1. unwillingness to do something contrary to your custom

    Synonyms : loth, reluctant
    Examples :
    • loath to admit a mistake
  2. (usually followed by `to') strongly opposed

    Synonyms : antipathetic, antipathetical, averse, indisposed, loth
    Examples :
    • loath to go on such short notice


  1. irregularly slashed and jagged as if torn

    Synonyms : lacerated
    Examples :
    • lacerate leaves
  2. having edges that are jagged from injury

    Synonyms : lacerated, mangled, torn
  3. cut or tear irregularly

    Type Of : snap, bust, tear, rupture
  4. deeply hurt the feelings of; distress

    Type Of : spite, wound, bruise, hurt, injure, offend


  1. any long and tedious address or recital

    Type Of : address, speech
    Examples :
    • the patient recited a litany of complaints
    • a litany of failures
  2. a prayer consisting of a series of invocations by the priest with responses from the congregation


  1. driven by lust; preoccupied with or exhibiting lustful desires

    Synonyms : lewd, libidinous, lustful


  1. characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort

    Synonyms : arduous, backbreaking, grueling, gruelling, hard, heavy, operose, punishing, toilsome
    Examples :
    • spent many laborious hours on the project