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


  1. the act of reconnoitring (especially to gain information about an enemy or potential enemy)

    Synonyms : reconnaissance mission
    Type Of : intelligence, intelligence activity, intelligence operation
    Examples :
    • an exchange of fire occurred on a reconnaissance mission


  1. the act of reviving a person and returning them to consciousness

    Type Of : revivification, resurgence, revitalisation, revitalization, revival
    Examples :
    • although he was apparently drowned, resuscitation was accomplished by artificial respiration


  1. an occurrence of rebounding or springing back

    Synonyms : resiliency
    Type Of : backlash, rebound, recoil, repercussion
  2. the physical property of a material that can return to its original shape or position after deformation that does not exceed its elastic limit

    Synonyms : resiliency
    Type Of : elasticity, snap


  1. arouse again

    Type Of : raise, fire, kindle, provoke, arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke
    Examples :
    • rekindle hopes
    • rekindle her love
  2. kindle anew, as of a fire

    Type Of : conflagrate, inflame, enkindle, kindle


  1. European strong-scented perennial herb with grey-green bitter-tasting leaves; an irritant similar to poison ivy

    Synonyms : herb of grace, ruta graveolens
    Type Of : herb, herbaceous plant
  2. sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment

    Synonyms : regret, ruefulness, sorrow
    Type Of : unhappiness, sadness
    Examples :
    • to his rue, the error cost him the game
  3. feel remorse for; feel sorry for; be contrite about

    Synonyms : regret, repent
    Type Of : feel, experience
  4. (French) a street or road in France

    Type Of : street
  5. leaves sometimes used for flavoring fruit or claret cup but should be used with great caution: can cause irritation like poison ivy

    Type Of : herb


  1. capable of arousing and holding the attention

    Synonyms : absorbing, engrossing, fascinating, gripping


  1. find the solution

    Synonyms : solve
    Type Of : reckon, cypher, figure, calculate, cipher, work out, compute
  2. reach a decision

    Synonyms : purpose
    Type Of : make up one's mind, decide, determine
    Examples :
    • he resolved never to drink again
  3. bring to an end; settle conclusively

    Synonyms : adjudicate, decide, settle
    Type Of : terminate, end
  4. reach a conclusion after a discussion or deliberation

    Synonyms : conclude
    Type Of : hold, concord, concur, agree
  5. the trait of being resolute

    Synonyms : firmness, firmness of purpose, resoluteness, resolution
    Type Of : trait
  6. a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote

    Synonyms : declaration, resolution
    Type Of : written document, document, papers
  7. cause to go into a solution

    Synonyms : break up, dissolve
    Type Of : change integrity
  8. understand the meaning of

    Synonyms : answer
    Type Of : figure out, work out, work, lick, solve, puzzle out
  9. make clearly visible

    Type Of : make out, tell apart, spot, recognize, recognise, pick out, distinguish, discern
    Examples :
    • can this image be resolved?


  1. apprehending and responding with speed and sensitivity

    Synonyms : quick
    Examples :
    • a ready wit
  2. make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc

    Synonyms : fix, gear up, prepare, set, set up
    Type Of : modify, alter, change
    Examples :
    • Get the children ready for school!
  3. prepare for eating by applying heat

    Synonyms : cook, fix, make, prepare
    Type Of : create from raw material, create from raw stuff
  4. completely prepared or in condition for immediate action or use or progress

    Antonyms : unready
    Examples :
    • get ready
    • she is ready to resign
    • the bridge is ready to collapse
    • I am ready to work
    • ready for action
    • ready for use
    • the soup will be ready in a minute
    • ready to learn to read
  5. made suitable and available for immediate use

    Examples :
    • dinner is ready
  6. mentally disposed

    Examples :
    • he was ready to believe her
  7. (of especially money) immediately available

    Examples :
    • he seems to have ample ready money
    • a ready source of cash
  8. poised for action

    Type Of : preparedness, preparation, readiness
    Examples :
    • their guns were at the ready