1. bestow a quality on

    Synonyms : add, bestow, bring, contribute, impart
    Type Of : alter, modify, change
    Examples :
    • Her presence lends a certain cachet to the company
  2. give temporarily; let have for a limited time

    Synonyms : loan
    Antonyms : borrow
    Type Of : give
    Examples :
    • I will lend you my car
  3. have certain characteristics of qualities for something; be open or vulnerable to

    Type Of : be
    Examples :
    • This story would lend itself well to serialization on television
    • The current system lends itself to great abuse


  1. pay close attention to; give heed to

    Synonyms : heed, mind
    Type Of : obey
  2. listen and pay attention

    Synonyms : hear, take heed
    Type Of : concentrate, pore, centre, focus, rivet, center
  3. hear with intention

    Type Of : comprehend, perceive


  1. a narrative poem of popular origin

    Synonyms : ballad
    Type Of : verse form, poem
  2. characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy

    Synonyms : laic, secular
    Examples :
    • the lay ministry
  3. put in a horizontal position

    Synonyms : put down, repose
    Type Of : put, place, set, pose, position
    Examples :
    • lay the books on the table
    • lay the patient carefully onto the bed
  4. a narrative song with a recurrent refrain

    Synonyms : ballad
    Type Of : vocal, song
  5. put into a certain place or abstract location

    Synonyms : place, pose, position, put, set
    Type Of : move, displace
  6. impose as a duty, burden, or punishment

    Type Of : impose, levy
    Examples :
    • lay a responsibility on someone
  7. lay eggs

    Type Of : put down, repose
    Examples :
    • This hen doesn't lay
  8. not of or from a profession

    Examples :
    • a lay opinion as to the cause of the disease
  9. prepare or position for action or operation

    Type Of : organise, organize, prepare, devise, machinate, get up
    Examples :
    • lay a fire
    • lay the foundation for a new health care plan


  1. with minimally restricted freedom in commerce

    Synonyms : individualistic


  1. a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually

    Synonyms : alcoholic, alky, boozer, dipsomaniac, soaker, souse
    Type Of : drunk, drunkard, inebriate, rummy, sot, wino
  2. tender and full of juice

    Synonyms : succulent
    Examples :
    • lush fruits
  3. having strong sexual appeal

    Synonyms : juicy, luscious, red-hot, toothsome, voluptuous
  4. ostentatiously rich and superior in quality

    Synonyms : deluxe, gilded, grand, luxurious, opulent, princely, sumptuous
    Examples :
    • these architecture magazines are full of the lush interiors of the rich and famous
  5. produced or growing in extreme abundance

    Synonyms : exuberant, luxuriant, profuse, riotous


  1. in the recent past

    Synonyms : lately, latterly, of late, recently
    Examples :
    • lately the rules have been enforced
    • as late as yesterday she was fine
    • feeling better of late
  2. at or toward an end or late period or stage of development

    Synonyms : later
    Antonyms : early
    Examples :
    • the late phase of feudalism
    • a later symptom of the disease
    • later medical science could have saved the child
  3. to an advanced time

    Synonyms : deep
    Examples :
    • talked late into the evening
  4. later than usual or than expected

    Synonyms : belatedly, tardily
    Antonyms : early
    Examples :
    • the train arrived late
    • we awoke late
    • the children came late to school
    • I belatedly wished her a happy birthday
  5. after the expected or usual time; delayed

    Synonyms : belated, tardy
    Examples :
    • a belated birthday card
    • I'm late for the plane
    • the train is late
  6. (used especially of persons) of the immediate past

    Synonyms : former, previous
    Examples :
    • our late President is still very active
  7. of the immediate past or just previous to the present time

    Synonyms : recent
    Examples :
    • a late development
    • their late quarrel
  8. being or occurring at an advanced period of time or after a usual or expected time

    Antonyms : early, middle
    Examples :
    • late evening
    • late 18th century
    • a late movie
    • took a late flight
    • had a late breakfast
  9. having died recently

    Examples :
    • her late husband
  10. of a later stage in the development of a language or literature; used especially of dead languages

    Antonyms : early, middle


  1. grant use or occupation of under a term of contract

    Synonyms : lease, rent
    Type Of : give
  2. a brutal terrorist group active in Kashmir; fights against India with the goal of restoring Islamic rule of India

    Synonyms : army of the pure, army of the righteous, lashkar-e-taiba, lashkar-e-tayyiba, lashkar-e-toiba
  3. make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen

    Synonyms : allow, permit
    Antonyms : prevent
  4. a serve that strikes the net before falling into the receiver's court; the ball must be served again

    Synonyms : net ball
    Type Of : serve, service
  5. consent to, give permission

    Synonyms : allow, countenance, permit
    Type Of : consent, go for, accept
    Examples :
    • I won't let the police search her basement
  6. cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition

    Synonyms : get, have
    Type Of : get, make
    Examples :
    • This let me in for a big surprise
  7. actively cause something to happen

    Type Of : cause, get, stimulate, make, have, induce
    Examples :
    • I let it be known that I was not interested
  8. leave unchanged

    Type Of : let alone, leave behind, leave, leave alone
    Examples :
    • let it be


  1. the ability to read and write

    Antonyms : illiteracy
    Type Of : accomplishment, acquirement, acquisition, attainment, skill


  1. decrease in size, extent, or range

    Synonyms : decrease, diminish, fall
    Type Of : change magnitude
  2. make smaller

    Synonyms : decrease, minify
    Type Of : modify, change, alter
  3. wear off or die down

    Synonyms : subside
    Type Of : weaken


  1. framework consisting of an ornamental design made of strips of wood or metal

    Synonyms : fretwork, latticework
    Type Of : frame, framework
  2. small opening (like a window in a door) through which business can be transacted

    Synonyms : grille, wicket
    Type Of : opening
  3. an arrangement of points or particles or objects in a regular periodic pattern in 2 or 3 dimensions

    Type Of : arrangement, organisation, organization, system