1. devouring or craving food in great quantities

    Synonyms : edacious, esurient, rapacious, ravening, voracious, wolfish
    Examples :
    • ravenous as wolves
  2. extremely hungry

    Synonyms : esurient, famished, sharp-set, starved
    Examples :
    • a ravenous boy


  1. come to terms

    Synonyms : conciliate, make up, patch up, settle
    Type Of : concur, agree, concord, hold
  2. bring into consonance or accord

    Synonyms : harmonise, harmonize
    Type Of : adjust, set, correct
  3. make (one thing) compatible with (another)

    Synonyms : accommodate, conciliate
    Type Of : harmonise, harmonize
  4. accept as inevitable

    Synonyms : resign, submit
    Type Of : accept


  1. not fully developed in mature animals

    Synonyms : vestigial
    Examples :
    • rudimentary wings
  2. being or involving basic facts or principles

    Synonyms : fundamental, underlying
    Examples :
    • these rudimentary truths
  3. being in the earliest stages of development

    Examples :
    • rudimentary plans


  1. not responding to treatment

    Synonyms : stubborn
    Examples :
    • a refractory case of acne
  2. stubbornly resistant to authority or control

    Synonyms : fractious, recalcitrant
    Examples :
    • a refractory child
  3. lining consisting of material with a high melting point; used to line the inside walls of a furnace

    Synonyms : furnace lining
    Type Of : liner, lining
  4. temporarily unresponsive or not fully responsive to a process or stimulus

    Examples :
    • the refractory period of a muscle fiber


  1. awkwardly simple and provincial

    Synonyms : bumpkinly, hick, unsophisticated
    Examples :
    • rustic farmers
  2. characteristic of the fields or country

    Synonyms : agrestic
    Examples :
    • rustic stone walls
  3. characteristic of rural life

    Synonyms : countrified, countryfied
    Examples :
    • rustic awkwardness
  4. an unsophisticated country person

    Type Of : common person, commoner, common man


  1. part with a possession or right

    Synonyms : free, give up, release, resign
    Type Of : give, pass, pass on, hand, turn over, reach
    Examples :
    • I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest
  2. do without or cease to hold or adhere to

    Synonyms : dispense with, forego, foreswear, forgo, waive
    Examples :
    • relinquish the old ideas
  3. release, as from one's grip

    Synonyms : let go, let go of, release
    Examples :
    • relinquish your grip on the rope--you won't fall
  4. turn away from; give up

    Synonyms : foreswear, quit, renounce
    Type Of : give up, abandon


  1. being in a tense state

    Synonyms : edgy, high-strung, highly strung, jittery, jumpy, nervy, overstrung, uptight
  2. impatient especially under restriction or delay

    Examples :
    • the government has done nothing to ease restrictions and manufacturers are growing restive


  1. use a surgical instrument to hold open (the edges of a wound or an organ)

    Synonyms : draw back, pull back
    Type Of : pull
  2. formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure

    Synonyms : abjure, forswear, recant, resile
    Type Of : repudiate, disown, renounce
    Examples :
    • He retracted his earlier statements about his religion
  3. pull away from a source of disgust or fear

    Synonyms : shrink back
    Type Of : cringe, quail, shrink, squinch, flinch, funk, wince, recoil
  4. pull inward or towards a center

    Synonyms : draw in
    Type Of : draw in, draw, pull, pull in, attract
    Examples :
    • The cat retracted his claws


  1. gnaw into; make resentful or angry

    Synonyms : eat into, fret, grate
    Type Of : annoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex
    Examples :
    • The injustice rankled her


  1. the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced

    Synonyms : alleviation, assuagement
    Type Of : comfort
    Examples :
    • as he heard the news he was suddenly flooded with relief
  2. sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background

    Synonyms : embossment, relievo, rilievo, sculptural relief
    Type Of : sculpture
  3. a change for the better

    Synonyms : easing, moderation
    Type Of : change, alteration, modification
  4. assistance in time of difficulty

    Synonyms : ministration, succor, succour
    Type Of : aid, assist, assistance, help
    Examples :
    • the contributions provided some relief for the victims
  5. the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance)

    Synonyms : alleviation, easement, easing
    Type Of : decrease, diminution, reduction, step-down
    Examples :
    • he asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain
  6. a pause for relaxation

    Synonyms : respite, rest, rest period
    Type Of : break, pause, interruption, suspension, intermission
  7. someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)

    Synonyms : backup, backup man, fill-in, reliever, stand-in, substitute
    Type Of : peer, equal, compeer, match
  8. the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress)

    Synonyms : ease
    Type Of : comfortableness, comfort
    Examples :
    • he enjoyed his relief from responsibility
  9. aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped

    Type Of : social welfare, public assistance, welfare
    Examples :
    • he has been on relief for many years
  10. (law) redress awarded by a court

    Type Of : redress, damages, indemnification, indemnity, restitution, amends
    Examples :
    • was the relief supposed to be protection from future harm or compensation for past injury?
  11. the act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged

    Type Of : release, liberation, freeing
    Examples :
    • he asked for troops for the relief of Atlanta