1. a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently

    Synonyms : being
    Type Of : living thing, animate thing
  2. a system considered analogous in structure or function to a living body

    Type Of : system, scheme
    Examples :
    • the social organism


  1. consume all of one's attention or time

    Synonyms : absorb, engage, engross
    Type Of : interest
  2. be on the mind of

    Synonyms : concern, interest, worry
  3. require (time or space)

    Synonyms : take, use up
    Type Of : expend, use
  4. occupy the whole of

    Synonyms : fill
    Type Of : be
  5. assume, as of positions or roles

    Synonyms : fill, take
    Type Of : work, do work
    Examples :
    • the young prince will soon occupy the throne
  6. march aggressively into another's territory by military force for the purposes of conquest and occupation

    Synonyms : invade
    Type Of : assail, attack
  7. keep busy with

    Synonyms : busy
    Type Of : work
  8. live (in a certain place)

    Synonyms : lodge in, reside
    Type Of : live, dwell, inhabit, populate


  1. most desirable possible under a restriction expressed or implied

    Synonyms : optimum
    Examples :
    • optimal concentration of a drug


  1. conjoining contradictory terms (as in `deafening silence')

    Type Of : figure, figure of speech, image, trope


  1. the act of noticing or paying attention

    Synonyms : notice, observance
    Type Of : attending, attention
  2. the act of observing; taking a patient look

    Synonyms : observance, watching
    Type Of : look, looking at, looking
  3. a remark expressing careful consideration

    Synonyms : reflection, reflexion
    Type Of : remark, input, comment
  4. facts learned by observing

    Type Of : fact
    Examples :
    • he reported his observations to the mayor
  5. the act of making and recording a measurement

    Type Of : measure, mensuration, measurement, measuring


  1. with objectivity

    Antonyms : subjectively
    Examples :
    • we must look at the facts objectively


  1. conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual

    Synonyms : bizarre, eccentric, flakey, flaky, freakish, freaky, gonzo, off-the-wall, outre
    Examples :
    • the outlandish clothes of teenagers


  1. unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech

    Synonyms : buttery, fulsome, oily, smarmy, soapy, unctuous
    Examples :
    • oleaginous hypocrisy
  2. containing an unusual amount of grease or oil

    Synonyms : greasy, oily, sebaceous
    Examples :
    • oleaginous seeds


  1. force somebody to do something

    Synonyms : compel, obligate
    Type Of : get, have, stimulate, induce, make, cause
  2. provide a service or favor for someone

    Synonyms : accommodate
    Antonyms : disoblige
    Type Of : abide by, comply, follow
    Examples :
    • We had to oblige him
  3. bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted

    Synonyms : bind, hold, obligate
    Type Of : relate


  1. get on top of; deal with successfully

    Synonyms : get over, master, subdue, surmount
    Type Of : trounce, beat, vanquish, crush, beat out, shell
  2. overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli

    Synonyms : overpower, overtake, overwhelm, sweep over, whelm
    Type Of : arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise
  3. overcome, usually through no fault or weakness of the person that is overcome

    Synonyms : get the best, have the best
    Type Of : crush, trounce, vanquish, shell, beat, beat out
  4. win a victory over

    Synonyms : defeat, get the better of
    Examples :
    • You must overcome all difficulties