1. feel happiness or joy

    Synonyms : joy
    Type Of : feel, experience
  2. be ecstatic with joy

    Synonyms : triumph, wallow
    Type Of : be on cloud nine, exult, jump for joy, walk on air
  3. to express great joy

    Synonyms : exuberate, exult, jubilate, triumph
    Type Of : chirk up, cheer, cheer up


  1. memorization by repetition

    Synonyms : rote learning
    Type Of : committal to memory, memorisation, memorization


  1. the act of making less strict

    Synonyms : liberalisation, liberalization
    Type Of : easement, alleviation, relief, easing
  2. (physics) the exponential return of a system to equilibrium after a disturbance

    Synonyms : relaxation behavior
    Type Of : exponential decay, exponential return
  3. a feeling of refreshing tranquility and an absence of tension or worry

    Synonyms : easiness
    Type Of : quietness, tranquillity, tranquility, quietude
  4. freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)

    Synonyms : ease, repose, rest
    Type Of : inactivity
  5. a method of solving simultaneous equations by guessing a solution and then reducing the errors that result by successive approximations until all the errors are less than some specified amount

    Synonyms : relaxation method
    Type Of : mathematical operation, operation, mathematical process
  6. an occurrence of control or strength weakening

    Synonyms : loosening, slackening
    Type Of : weakening
    Examples :
    • the relaxation of requirements
  7. (physiology) the gradual lengthening of inactive muscle or muscle fibers

    Type Of : increment, increase, growth


  1. the act of arousing

    Synonyms : arousal
    Type Of : change of state
  2. capable of arousing enthusiasm or excitement

    Synonyms : stirring
    Examples :
    • a rousing sermon
  3. rousing to activity or heightened action as by spurring or goading

    Examples :
    • tossed a rousing political comment into the conversation


  1. of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies

    Synonyms : blood-red, carmine, cerise, cherry, cherry-red, crimson, red, reddish, ruby, ruby-red, scarlet
  2. inclined to a healthy reddish color often associated with outdoor life

    Synonyms : florid, rubicund, sanguine
    Examples :
    • a ruddy complexion


  1. the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up

    Synonyms : debris, detritus, dust, junk
    Type Of : rubbish, scrap, trash


  1. exchange or buy back for money; under threat

    Synonyms : redeem
    Type Of : interchange, change, exchange
  2. money demanded for the return of a captured person

    Synonyms : ransom money
    Type Of : cost
  3. payment for the release of someone

    Type Of : payment, defrayment, defrayal
  4. the act of freeing from captivity or punishment

    Type Of : recovery, retrieval


  1. be bright by reflecting or casting light

    Synonyms : shine
    Type Of : give out, emit, give off
    Examples :
    • Drive carefully--the wet road reflects
  2. reflect deeply on a subject

    Synonyms : chew over, contemplate, excogitate, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, ruminate, speculate, think over
    Type Of : think, cogitate, cerebrate
  3. to throw or bend back (from a surface)

    Synonyms : reverberate
    Examples :
    • Sound is reflected well in this auditorium
  4. give evidence of a certain behavior

    Type Of : evidence, attest, demonstrate, certify, manifest
    Examples :
    • His lack of interest in the project reflects badly on him
  5. give evidence of the quality of

    Type Of : attest, demonstrate, certify, evidence, manifest
    Examples :
    • The mess in his dorm room reflects on the student
  6. manifest or bring back

    Type Of : point, show, designate, indicate
    Examples :
    • This action reflects his true beliefs
  7. show an image of

    Type Of : show
    Examples :
    • her sunglasses reflected his image


  1. provided with a secure reputation

    Synonyms : recognized
  2. generally approved or compelling recognition

    Synonyms : accepted, recognized


  1. in the recent past

    Synonyms : late, lately, latterly, of late
    Examples :
    • he was in Paris recently