1. a person who pays more attention to formal rules and book learning than they merit

    Synonyms : bookworm, scholastic
    Type Of : bookman, scholar, scholarly person, student


  1. a person who receives support and protection from an influential patron who furthers the protege's career

    Type Of : receiver, recipient


  1. a petty misdeed

    Synonyms : indiscretion
    Type Of : misbehavior, misbehaviour, misdeed


  1. taking on different forms

    Examples :
    • eyes...of that baffling protean grey which is never twice the same


  1. an insufficient quantity or number

    Synonyms : dearth
    Type Of : scarceness, scarcity


  1. a person who backs a politician or a team etc.

    Synonyms : admirer, booster, champion, friend, supporter
    Type Of : proponent, advocator, advocate, exponent
  2. the principal character in a work of fiction

    Synonyms : agonist
    Type Of : fictional character, fictitious character, character


  1. be a regular customer or client of

    Synonyms : keep going, patronage, patronise, support
    Type Of : nurture, foster
    Examples :
    • We patronize this store
  2. assume sponsorship of

    Synonyms : patronise, sponsor
    Type Of : support
  3. do one's shopping at; do business with; be a customer or client of

    Synonyms : buy at, frequent, patronise, shop, shop at, sponsor
    Antonyms : boycott
    Type Of : back up, support
  4. treat condescendingly

    Synonyms : condescend, patronise
    Type Of : interact


  1. an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion

    Synonyms : collapse
    Type Of : illness, malady, unwellness, sickness
    Examples :
    • the commander's prostration demoralized his men
  2. abject submission; the emotional equivalent of prostrating your body

    Type Of : submission, compliance
  3. the act of assuming a prostrate position

    Type Of : motility, move, motion, movement


  1. a regular customer

    Synonyms : frequenter
    Type Of : client, customer
  2. someone who supports or champions something

    Synonyms : sponsor, supporter
    Type Of : helper, benefactor
  3. the proprietor of an inn

    Type Of : proprietor, owner


  1. (prosody) a system of versification

    Synonyms : poetic rhythm, rhythmic pattern
    Type Of : versification
  2. the study of poetic meter and the art of versification

    Synonyms : metrics
    Type Of : poetics
  3. the patterns of stress and intonation in a language

    Synonyms : inflection
    Type Of : manner of speaking, delivery, speech