1. French writer whose novels described the sordid side of city life (1804-1857)

    Synonyms : eugene sue
  2. institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against

    Synonyms : action, litigate, process
    Type Of : challenge


  1. in music

    Synonyms : lento
  2. without speed (`slow' is sometimes used informally for `slowly')

    Synonyms : easy, slow, tardily
    Antonyms : quickly
    Examples :
    • he spoke slowly


  1. an elaborate and systematic plan of action

    Synonyms : scheme
    Type Of : plan of action
  2. the branch of military science dealing with military command and the planning and conduct of a war

    Type Of : military science


  1. shabby and untidy

    Synonyms : seedy
    Examples :
    • a surge of ragged scruffy children


  1. a large and hurried swallow

    Synonyms : draft, draught, gulp
    Type Of : drink, swallow, deglutition
  2. strike heavily, especially with the fist or a bat

    Synonyms : slog, slug
    Type Of : hit
  3. to swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught

    Synonyms : gulp, quaff
    Type Of : imbibe, drink


  1. almost not

    Synonyms : barely, hardly, scarcely
    Examples :
    • he was scarce sixteen years old
    • they scarcely ever used the emergency generator
  2. only a very short time before

    Synonyms : barely, hardly, just, scarcely
    Examples :
    • had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open
    • would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave
  3. deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand

    Antonyms : abundant
    Examples :
    • fresh vegetables were scarce during the drought


  1. of a quantity that can fulfill a need or requirement but without being abundant

    Antonyms : insufficient
    Examples :
    • sufficient food


  1. the property of being sustainable

    Type Of : property


  1. (language) communication by word of mouth

    Synonyms : language, oral communication, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, voice communication
    Type Of : auditory communication
    Examples :
    • his speech was garbled
  2. the mental faculty or power of vocal communication

    Synonyms : language
    Type Of : faculty, module, mental faculty
  3. the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience

    Synonyms : address
    Type Of : speech act
  4. words making up the dialogue of a play

    Synonyms : actor's line, words
    Type Of : line
    Examples :
    • the actor forgot his speech
  5. a lengthy rebuke

    Synonyms : lecture, talking to
    Type Of : rebuke, reproof, reprimand, reprehension, reproval
  6. your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally

    Synonyms : delivery, manner of speaking
    Type Of : style, expressive style
    Examples :
    • her speech was barren of southernisms
    • I detected a slight accent in his speech
  7. something spoken

    Type Of : utterance, vocalization
    Examples :
    • he could hear them uttering merry speeches
  8. the exchange of spoken words

    Type Of : speech production, speaking
    Examples :
    • they were perfectly comfortable together without speech


  1. mate with

    Synonyms : serve
    Type Of : pair, copulate, couple, mate
  2. be used by; as of a utility

    Synonyms : serve
    Type Of : run, function, work, operate, go
  3. a means of serving

    Synonyms : avail, help
    Type Of : helpfulness
  4. tableware consisting of a complete set of articles (silver or dishware) for use at table

    Synonyms : table service
    Type Of : tableware
  5. (sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play

    Synonyms : serve
    Type Of : tennis shot, tennis stroke
  6. the act of delivering a writ or summons upon someone

    Synonyms : service of process, serving
    Type Of : delivery, bringing
    Examples :
    • he accepted service of the subpoena
  7. periodic maintenance on a car or machine

    Synonyms : inspection and repair, overhaul
    Type Of : upkeep, maintenance, care
  8. the act of public worship following prescribed rules

    Synonyms : divine service, religious service
    Type Of : religious ritual, religious ceremony
    Examples :
    • the Sunday service
  9. the act of mating by male animals

    Synonyms : servicing
    Type Of : sexual union, mating, pairing, coupling, conjugation, union
  10. a force that is a branch of the armed forces

    Synonyms : armed service, military service
    Type Of : personnel, force
  11. Canadian writer (born in England) who wrote about life in the Yukon Territory (1874-1958)

    Synonyms : robert william service
  12. a company or agency that performs a public service; subject to government regulation

    Type Of : company
  13. an act of help or assistance

    Antonyms : disservice
    Type Of : help, assistance, assist, aid
    Examples :
    • he did them a service
  14. employment in or work for another

    Type Of : work, employment
    Examples :
    • he retired after 30 years of service
  15. (law) the acts performed by an English feudal tenant for the benefit of his lord which formed the consideration for the property granted to him

    Type Of : activity
  16. make fit for use

    Type Of : tune up, tune
    Examples :
    • service my truck
    • the washing machine needs to be serviced
  17. the performance of duties by a waiter or servant

    Type Of : accommodation
    Examples :
    • that restaurant has excellent service
  18. work done by one person or group that benefits another

    Type Of : work
    Examples :
    • budget separately for goods and services