1. (ophthalmology) eyesight abnormality resulting from the eye's faulty refractive ability; distant objects appear blurred

    Synonyms : nearsightedness, shortsightedness
    Antonyms : hyperopia
    Type Of : ametropia


  1. act between parties with a view to reconciling differences

    Synonyms : arbitrate, intercede, intermediate, liaise
    Type Of : negociate, negotiate, talk terms
    Examples :
    • He mediated a settlement
  2. being neither at the beginning nor at the end in a series

    Synonyms : in-between, middle
    Examples :
    • in a mediate position
  3. acting through or dependent on an intervening agency

    Antonyms : immediate
    Examples :
    • the disease spread by mediate as well as direct contact
  4. occupy an intermediate or middle position or form a connecting link or stage between two others

    Type Of : lie
    Examples :
    • mediate between the old and the new


  1. the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes

    Synonyms : conjugation, coupling, pairing, sexual union, union
    Type Of : sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice
    Examples :
    • the mating of some species occurs only in the spring


  1. of or relating to macroeconomics


  1. a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends

    Synonyms : intrigue
    Type Of : game, plot, secret plan


  1. a person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformed

    Synonyms : freak, lusus naturae, monster
    Type Of : mutant, mutation, sport, variation
  2. something hideous or frightful

    Type Of : malformation, miscreation
    Examples :
    • they regarded the atom bomb as a monstrosity


  1. an extremely old-fashioned conservative

    Type Of : conservative, conservativist


  1. a party of guests wearing costumes and masks

    Synonyms : masque, masquerade, masquerade party
    Type Of : party
  2. shield from light

    Synonyms : block out
    Type Of : cover
  3. hide under a false appearance

    Synonyms : cloak, dissemble
    Type Of : disguise
    Examples :
    • He masked his disappointment
  4. make unrecognizable

    Synonyms : disguise
    Type Of : hide, conceal
    Examples :
    • The herb masks the garlic taste
  5. a covering to disguise or conceal the face

    Type Of : covering, disguise
  6. activity that tries to conceal something

    Type Of : hiding, concealment, concealing
    Examples :
    • no mask could conceal his ignorance
    • they moved in under a mask of friendship
  7. a protective covering worn over the face

    Type Of : protection, protective cover, protective covering
  8. cover with a sauce

    Type Of : cover
    Examples :
    • mask the meat
  9. put a mask on or cover with a mask

    Antonyms : unmask
    Type Of : cover


  1. a party of guests wearing costumes and masks

    Synonyms : mask, masque, masquerade party
    Type Of : party
  2. making a false outward show

    Synonyms : charade
    Type Of : pretence, feigning, pretending, pretense, simulation
    Examples :
    • a beggar's masquerade of wealth
  3. a costume worn as a disguise at a masquerade party

    Synonyms : fancy dress, masquerade costume
    Type Of : disguise, costume
  4. pretend to be someone or something that you are not

    Type Of : impersonate, personate, pose
  5. take part in a masquerade

    Type Of : disguise, mask


  1. relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent

    Synonyms : parental, paternal
  2. related on the mother's side

    Synonyms : enate, enatic
    Examples :
    • my maternal grandmother
  3. characteristic of a mother

    Antonyms : paternal
    Examples :
    • warm maternal affection for her guest
  4. relating to or derived from one's mother

    Examples :
    • maternal genes