1. the quality of being loyal

    Synonyms : trueness
    Antonyms : disloyalty
    Type Of : fidelity, faithfulness
  2. the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action

    Synonyms : allegiance, commitment, dedication
    Type Of : cooperation
    Examples :
    • they felt no loyalty to a losing team
  3. feelings of allegiance

    Type Of : love


  1. the activity of leading

    Synonyms : leading
    Type Of : activity
    Examples :
    • his leadership inspired the team
  2. the body of people who lead a group

    Synonyms : leaders
    Type Of : body
    Examples :
    • the national leadership adopted his plan
  3. the ability to lead

    Type Of : power, ability
    Examples :
    • he believed that leadership can be taught
  4. the status of a leader

    Type Of : position, status
    Examples :
    • they challenged his leadership of the union


  1. become extravagant; indulge (oneself) luxuriously

    Synonyms : wanton
    Type Of : consume, ware, waste, squander
  2. enjoy to excess

    Synonyms : indulge
    Type Of : exhaust, consume, run through, deplete, wipe out, eat, eat up, use up
  3. thrive profusely or flourish extensively

    Type Of : flourish, expand, boom, thrive


  1. (used of persons' bodies) capable of moving or bending freely

    Synonyms : supple
  2. (used of e.g. personality traits) readily adaptable

    Synonyms : supple
    Examples :
    • a limber imagination
  3. attach the limber

    Synonyms : limber up
    Type Of : attach
    Examples :
    • limber a cannon
  4. a two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle used to pull a field gun or caisson

    Type Of : horse-drawn vehicle
  5. cause to become limber

    Type Of : warm up
    Examples :
    • The violist limbered her wrists before the concert
  6. (used of artifacts) easily bent


  1. beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment

    Synonyms : flagellation, flogging, tanning, whipping
    Type Of : beating, drubbing, lacing, licking, thrashing, trouncing, whacking
  2. rope that is used for fastening something to something else

    Type Of : rope, fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast
    Examples :
    • the boats were held together by lashings
  3. violently urging on by whipping or flogging

    Examples :
    • looked at the lashing riders


  1. censure severely or angrily

    Synonyms : bawl out, berate, call down, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, rag, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, scold, take to task, trounce
    Type Of : knock, criticize, pick apart, criticise
  2. teaching by giving a discourse on some subject (typically to a class)

    Synonyms : lecturing
    Type Of : teaching, instruction, pedagogy
  3. deliver a lecture or talk

    Synonyms : talk
    Type Of : learn, instruct, teach
    Examples :
    • Did you ever lecture at Harvard?
  4. a speech that is open to the public

    Synonyms : public lecture, talk
    Type Of : address, speech
    Examples :
    • he attended a lecture on telecommunications
  5. a lengthy rebuke

    Synonyms : speech, talking to
    Type Of : reproval, rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof
    Examples :
    • a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline


  1. a usually secretive or illicit sexual relationship

    Synonyms : affair, affaire, amour, intimacy, involvement
    Type Of : sexual relationship
  2. a channel for communication between groups

    Synonyms : contact, inter-group communication, link
    Type Of : channel, communication channel, line
    Examples :
    • he provided a liaison with the guerrillas


  1. a serving (of wine) poured out in honor of a deity

    Type Of : serving, helping, portion
  2. (facetious) a serving of an alcoholic beverage

    Type Of : drink
  3. the act of pouring a liquid offering (especially wine) as a religious ceremony

    Type Of : religious ritual, religious ceremony


  1. anything that serves as an enticement

    Synonyms : bait, come-on, hook, sweetener
    Type Of : enticement, temptation
  2. provoke someone to do something through (often false or exaggerated) promises or persuasion

    Synonyms : entice, tempt
    Type Of : stimulate, provoke
    Examples :
    • He lured me into temptation
  3. qualities that attract by seeming to promise some kind of reward

    Synonyms : come-on, enticement
    Type Of : attraction, attractiveness
  4. something used to lure fish or other animals into danger so they can be trapped or killed

    Synonyms : bait, decoy
    Type Of : device


  1. the mathematical value toward which a function goes as the independent variable approaches infinity

    Synonyms : limit point, point of accumulation
    Type Of : indefinite quantity
  2. decide upon or fix definitely

    Synonyms : define, determine, fix, set, specify
    Type Of : pick out, select, take, choose
  3. the greatest possible degree of something

    Synonyms : bound, boundary
    Type Of : extent
    Examples :
    • to the limit of his ability
  4. restrict or confine within limits

    Synonyms : circumscribe, confine to
    Type Of : decrease, lessen, minify
    Examples :
    • I limit you to two visits to the pub a day
  5. place limits on (extent or amount or access)

    Synonyms : bound, confine, restrict, throttle, trammel
    Examples :
    • limit the time you can spend with your friends
  6. the boundary of a specific area

    Synonyms : demarcation, demarcation line
    Type Of : bounds, bound, boundary
  7. final or latest limiting point

    Synonyms : terminal point, terminus ad quem
    Type Of : end, ending
  8. the greatest amount of something that is possible or allowed

    Synonyms : limitation
    Type Of : indefinite quantity
    Examples :
    • there are limits on the amount you can bet
    • it is growing rapidly with no limitation in sight
  9. as far as something can go

    Type Of : extremity