1. two words that can be interchanged in a context are said to be synonymous relative to that context

    Synonyms : equivalent word
    Antonyms : antonym
    Type Of : word


  1. tending to entice into a desired action or state

    Antonyms : unseductive


  1. not taken up by scheduled activities

    Synonyms : free
    Examples :
    • spare time on my hands
  2. thin and fit

    Synonyms : trim
    Examples :
    • the spare figure of a marathon runner
  3. refrain from harming

    Synonyms : save
    Type Of : refrain, forbear
  4. lacking embellishment or ornamentation

    Synonyms : bare, plain, unembellished, unornamented
  5. an extra car wheel and tire for a four-wheel vehicle

    Synonyms : fifth wheel
    Type Of : car wheel
  6. give up what is not strictly needed

    Synonyms : dispense with, give up, part with
    Type Of : give
    Examples :
    • he asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey
  7. more than is needed, desired, or required

    Synonyms : excess, extra, redundant, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus
    Examples :
    • sleeping in the spare room
  8. an extra component of a machine or other apparatus

    Synonyms : spare part
    Type Of : component, constituent, element
  9. lacking in magnitude or quantity

    Synonyms : bare, scanty
    Examples :
    • a spare diet
  10. a score in tenpins; knocking down all ten after rolling two balls

    Type Of : score
  11. kept in reserve especially for emergency use

    Examples :
    • a spare tire
    • spare parts
  12. save or relieve from an experience or action

    Type Of : exempt, relieve, free
    Examples :
    • I'll spare you from having to apologize formally
  13. use frugally or carefully

    Type Of : use, expend


  1. electronic equipment that provides visual images of varying electrical quantities

    Synonyms : cathode-ray oscilloscope, cro, oscilloscope
    Type Of : electronic equipment
  2. a magnifier of images of distant objects

    Synonyms : telescope
    Type Of : magnifier
  3. an area in which something acts or operates or has power or control:

    Synonyms : ambit, compass, orbit, range, reach
    Type Of : extent
    Examples :
    • within the scope of an investigation
  4. the state of the environment in which a situation exists

    Synonyms : background, setting
    Type Of : environment


  1. the trait of being serious

    Synonyms : earnestness, serious-mindedness, seriousness
    Type Of : trait
  2. an earnest and sincere feeling

    Synonyms : earnestness, seriousness
    Type Of : solemnity, gravity
  3. a quality of naturalness and simplicity

    Synonyms : unassumingness
    Type Of : naturalness
    Examples :
    • the simple sincerity of folk songs
  4. the quality of being open and truthful; not deceitful or hypocritical

    Antonyms : insincerity
    Type Of : truthfulness
    Examples :
    • his sincerity inspired belief
    • they demanded some proof of my sincerity


  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. hang on during a trial of endurance

    Synonyms : last out, outride, ride out
  2. stay the same; remain in a certain state

    Synonyms : remain, rest
    Antonyms : change
    Type Of : be
    Examples :
    • stay alone
  3. stay put (in a certain place)

    Synonyms : stay put, stick, stick around
    Antonyms : move
    Type Of : stay in place
    Examples :
    • We are staying in Detroit; we are not moving to Cincinnati
  4. the state of inactivity following an interruption

    Synonyms : arrest, check, halt, hitch, stop, stoppage
    Type Of : inactiveness, inactivity, inaction
    Examples :
    • the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow
  5. dwell

    Synonyms : abide, bide
    Type Of : stay on, remain, continue
    Examples :
    • You can stay with me while you are in town
    • stay a bit longer--the day is still young
  6. overcome or allay

    Synonyms : appease, quell
    Type Of : fulfil, conform to, fill, fit, fulfill, meet, satisfy
  7. stop or halt

    Synonyms : delay, detain
    Type Of : retard, check, delay
    Examples :
    • Please stay the bloodshed!
  8. continue in a place, position, or situation

    Synonyms : continue, remain, stay on
    Type Of : be
    Examples :
    • After graduation, she stayed on in Cambridge as a student adviser
  9. stay behind

    Synonyms : persist, remain
    Examples :
    • The smell stayed in the room
  10. a judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted

    Type Of : fiat, rescript, order, decree, edict
    Examples :
    • the Supreme Court has the power to stay an injunction pending an appeal to the whole Court
  11. a thin strip of metal or bone that is used to stiffen a garment (e.g. a corset)

    Type Of : slip, strip
  12. continuing or remaining in a place or state

    Type Of : deed, human action, human activity, act
    Examples :
    • they had a nice stay in Paris
    • a lengthy hospital stay
    • a four-month stay in bankruptcy court
  13. fasten with stays

    Type Of : secure, fix, fasten
  14. (nautical) brace consisting of a heavy rope or wire cable used as a support for a mast or spar

    Type Of : brace, bracing
  15. stop a judicial process

    Type Of : block, halt, kibosh, stop
    Examples :
    • The judge stayed the execution order
  16. remain behind

    Antonyms : depart
    Examples :
    • I had to stay at home and watch the children


  1. something of sentimental value

    Synonyms : keepsake, relic, token
    Type Of : object, physical object
  2. a reminder of past events

    Synonyms : memento
    Type Of : reminder


  1. a record or narrative description of past events

    Synonyms : account, chronicle, history
    Type Of : record
    Examples :
    • a history of France
    • the story of exposure to lead
  2. a trivial lie

    Synonyms : fib, tale, taradiddle, tarradiddle
    Type Of : lie, prevarication
  3. a short account of the news

    Synonyms : account, news report, report, write up
    Type Of : news
    Examples :
    • the story was on the 11 o'clock news
  4. a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale

    Synonyms : floor, level, storey
    Type Of : construction, structure
  5. a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program

    Synonyms : narration, narrative, tale
    Type Of : content, subject matter, message, substance
  6. a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events

    Type Of : fiction


  1. a program that controls the execution of other programs

    Synonyms : executive program, supervisory program
    Type Of : program, computer programme, computer program, programme
  2. one who supervises or has charge and direction of

    Type Of : higher-up, superordinate, superior