1. just preceding something else in time or order

    Synonyms : old
    Examples :
    • the previous owner
  2. too soon or too hasty

    Synonyms : premature
    Examples :
    • our condemnation of him was a bit previous
  3. (used especially of persons) of the immediate past

    Synonyms : former, late
    Examples :
    • the previous occupant of the White House


  1. slang for a paunch

    Synonyms : bay window, corporation, potbelly, tummy
    Type Of : paunch, belly
  2. a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination

    Synonyms : can, commode, crapper, potty, stool, throne, toilet
    Type Of : plumbing fixture
  3. a resistor with three terminals, the third being an adjustable center terminal; used to adjust voltages in radios and TV sets

    Synonyms : potentiometer
    Type Of : potential divider, voltage divider
  4. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent

    Synonyms : batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, lot, mass, mess, mickle, mint, mountain, muckle, passel, peck, pile, plenty, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad
    Type Of : large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity
  5. a container in which plants are cultivated

    Synonyms : flowerpot
    Type Of : container
  6. street names for marijuana

    Synonyms : dope, gage, grass, green goddess, locoweed, mary jane, sens, sess, skunk, smoke, weed
    Type Of : marihuana, cannabis, marijuana, ganja
  7. the quantity contained in a pot

    Synonyms : potful
    Type Of : containerful
  8. the cumulative amount involved in a game (such as poker)

    Synonyms : jackpot, kitty
    Type Of : stakes, wager, stake, bet
  9. metal or earthenware cooking vessel that is usually round and deep; often has a handle and lid

    Type Of : vessel, cooking utensil, cookware
  10. plant in a pot

    Type Of : plant, implant, engraft, imbed, embed
    Examples :
    • He potted the palm


  1. goods or money obtained illegally

    Synonyms : booty, dirty money, loot, pillage, plunder, swag
    Type Of : stolen property
  2. to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open

    Synonyms : jimmy, lever, prise, pry
    Type Of : open up, open
  3. regard highly; think much of

    Synonyms : esteem, prise, respect, value
    Type Of : regard, consider, reckon, see, view
    Examples :
    • We prize his creativity
  4. something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition or for winning a lottery

    Synonyms : award
    Type Of : gift
    Examples :
    • the prize was a free trip to Europe
  5. something given as a token of victory

    Synonyms : trophy
    Type Of : honor, award, accolade, honour, laurels
  6. hold dear

    Synonyms : appreciate, treasure, value
    Type Of : regard, reckon, see, consider, view
    Examples :
    • I prize these old photographs
  7. of superior grade

    Synonyms : choice, prime, quality, select
    Examples :
    • prize carnations


  1. mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully landscaped complex of shops representing leading merchandisers; usually includes restaurants and a convenient parking area; a modern version of the traditional marketplace

    Synonyms : center, mall, shopping center, shopping centre, shopping mall
    Type Of : outlet, retail store, sales outlet, mercantile establishment
    Examples :
    • a good plaza should have a movie house
  2. a public square with room for pedestrians

    Synonyms : piazza, place
    Type Of : public square, square


  1. involving advantage or good

    Synonyms : positive
    Examples :
    • a plus (or positive) factor
  2. a useful or valuable quality

    Synonyms : asset
    Type Of : quality
  3. the arithmetic operation of summing; calculating the sum of two or more numbers

    Synonyms : addition, summation
    Type Of : arithmetic operation
    Examples :
    • four plus three equals seven
  4. on the positive side or higher end of a scale

    Antonyms : minus
    Examples :
    • a plus value
    • temperature of plus 5 degrees
    • a grade of C plus


  1. be persistent, refuse to stop

    Synonyms : hang in, hang on, hold on, persevere
    Type Of : continue, preserve, bear on, carry on, uphold
    Examples :
    • he persisted to call me every night
    • The child persisted and kept asking questions
  2. continue to exist

    Synonyms : die hard, endure, prevail, run
    Type Of : continue
  3. stay behind

    Synonyms : remain, stay


  1. a railroad employee who assists passengers (especially on sleeping cars)

    Synonyms : pullman porter
    Type Of : employee
  2. someone who guards an entrance

    Synonyms : door guard, doorkeeper, doorman, gatekeeper, hall porter, ostiary
    Type Of : guard
  3. United States composer and lyricist of musical comedies (1891-1946)

    Synonyms : cole albert porter, cole porter
  4. United States writer of short stories whose pen name was O. Henry (1862-1910)

    Synonyms : o. henry, william sydney porter
  5. a very dark sweet ale brewed from roasted unmalted barley

    Synonyms : porter's beer
    Type Of : ale
  6. United States writer of novels and short stories (1890-1980)

    Synonyms : katherine anne porter
  7. a person employed to carry luggage and supplies

    Type Of : manual laborer, jack, labourer, laborer
  8. carry luggage or supplies

    Type Of : carry, transport
    Examples :
    • They portered the food up Mount Kilimanjaro for the tourists

pull off

  1. remove by drawing or pulling

    Synonyms : draw away, draw off
    Type Of : remove, take, take away, withdraw
  2. be successful; achieve a goal

    Synonyms : bring off, carry off, manage, negociate
    Type Of : succeed, bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, win
  3. pull or pull out sharply

    Synonyms : pick off, pluck, tweak
    Type Of : draw, pull
  4. cause to withdraw

    Type Of : remove

pull down

  1. tear down so as to make flat with the ground

    Synonyms : dismantle, level, rase, raze, take down, tear down
    Type Of : destroy, destruct
  2. cause to come or go down

    Synonyms : cut down, down, knock down, push down
    Type Of : strike


  1. capable of preventing conception or impregnation

    Synonyms : antifertility, contraceptive
  2. warding off

    Synonyms : cautionary
    Examples :
    • the swastika...a very ancient prophylactic symbol occurring among all peoples
  3. contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse

    Synonyms : condom, rubber, safe, safety
    Type Of : contraceptive, contraceptive device, birth control device, preventative, preventive, prophylactic device
  4. remedy that prevents or slows the course of an illness or disease

    Synonyms : preventative, preventive
    Type Of : remedy, therapeutic, cure, curative
  5. preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease

    Synonyms : preventative, preventive
    Examples :
    • vaccines are prophylactic
    • a prophylactic drug