1. give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect

    Synonyms : appear, look
    Type Of : be
    Examples :
    • She seems to be sleeping
  2. seem to be true, probable, or apparent

    Synonyms : appear
    Type Of : be
    Examples :
    • It seems that he is very gifted
  3. appear to exist

    Type Of : be
    Examples :
    • There seems no reason to go ahead with the project now
  4. appear to one's own mind or opinion

    Type Of : appear
    Examples :
    • I seem to be misunderstood by everyone
    • I can't seem to learn these Chinese characters


  1. express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be a symbol

    Synonyms : represent, stand for, symbolise, typify
    Type Of : mean, intend
    Examples :
    • What does the Statue of Liberty symbolize?
  2. represent or identify by using a symbol; use symbols

    Synonyms : symbolise
    Type Of : represent
    Examples :
    • The poet symbolizes love in this poem
    • These painters believed that artists should symbolize


  1. overly sweet

    Synonyms : cloying, syrupy, treacly


  1. defense against financial failure; financial independence

    Synonyms : protection
    Type Of : assets
    Examples :
    • his pension gave him security in his old age
  2. a formal declaration that documents a fact of relevance to finance and investment; the holder has a right to receive interest or dividends

    Synonyms : certificate
    Type Of : official document, legal document, instrument, legal instrument
  3. an electrical device that sets off an alarm when someone tries to break in

    Synonyms : security measure, security system
    Type Of : electrical device
  4. a department responsible for the security of the institution's property and workers

    Synonyms : security department
    Type Of : section, department
    Examples :
    • the head of security was a former policeman
  5. a guarantee that an obligation will be met

    Synonyms : surety
    Type Of : warrant, guarantee, warrantee, warranty
  6. property that your creditor can claim in case you default on your obligation

    Synonyms : surety
    Type Of : transferred property, transferred possession
    Examples :
    • bankers are reluctant to lend without good security
  7. measures taken as a precaution against theft or espionage or sabotage etc.

    Synonyms : security measures
    Type Of : safeguard, guard, precaution
    Examples :
    • military security has been stepped up since the recent uprising
  8. freedom from anxiety or fear

    Type Of : fearlessness, bravery
    Examples :
    • the watch dog gave her a feeling of security
  9. the state of being free from danger or injury

    Antonyms : insecurity
    Type Of : safety
    Examples :
    • we support the armed services in the name of national security


  1. an ability that has been acquired by training

    Synonyms : accomplishment, acquirement, acquisition, attainment
    Type Of : power, ability
  2. ability to produce solutions in some problem domain

    Synonyms : science
    Type Of : power, ability
    Examples :
    • the skill of a well-trained boxer


  1. stressing a normally weak beat


  1. showing signs of wear and tear

    Synonyms : moth-eaten, ratty, tatty
    Examples :
    • shabby furniture
  2. mean and unworthy and despicable

    Examples :
    • shabby treatment


  1. hurl as if with a sling

    Synonyms : catapult
    Type Of : cast, hurl, hurtle
  2. a plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic between the arms; used to propel small stones

    Synonyms : catapult, slingshot
    Type Of : toy, plaything
  3. bandage to support an injured forearm; consisting of a wide triangular piece of cloth hanging from around the neck

    Synonyms : scarf bandage, triangular bandage
    Type Of : patch, bandage
  4. a shoe that has a strap that wraps around the heel

    Synonyms : slingback
    Type Of : shoe
  5. a highball with liquor and water with sugar and lemon or lime juice

    Type Of : highball
  6. a simple weapon consisting of a looped strap in which a projectile is whirled and then released

    Type Of : arm, weapon, weapon system
  7. hang loosely or freely; let swing

    Type Of : hang, hang up
  8. hold or carry in a sling

    Type Of : carry, hold, bear
    Examples :
    • he cannot button his shirt with his slinged arm
  9. move with a sling

    Type Of : move, displace
    Examples :
    • sling the cargo onto the ship


  1. the evasion of work or duty

    Synonyms : goldbricking, goofing off, shirking, soldiering
    Type Of : dodging, escape, evasion


  1. cylinder forming a long narrow part of something

    Synonyms : shank
    Type Of : cylinder
  2. a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ

    Synonyms : stalk
    Type Of : plant organ
  3. stop the flow of a liquid

    Synonyms : halt, stanch, staunch
    Type Of : check
    Examples :
    • stem the tide
  4. (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed

    Synonyms : base, radical, root, root word, theme
    Type Of : word form, descriptor, signifier, form
    Examples :
    • thematic vowels are part of the stem
  5. a turn made in skiing; the back of one ski is forced outward and the other ski is brought parallel to it

    Synonyms : stem turn
    Type Of : turn, turning
  6. front part of a vessel or aircraft

    Synonyms : bow, fore, prow
    Type Of : front
  7. cause to point inward

    Type Of : orient
    Examples :
    • stem your skis
  8. grow out of, have roots in, originate in

    Type Of : originate in
    Examples :
    • The increase in the national debt stems from the last war
  9. remove the stem from

    Type Of : withdraw, remove, take, take away
    Examples :
    • for automatic natural language processing, the words must be stemmed
  10. the tube of a tobacco pipe

    Type Of : tubing, tube