1. bend the knees and bow in a servile manner

    Synonyms : genuflect, scrape
    Type Of : bow
  2. a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission

    Synonyms : kotow
    Type Of : bow, obeisance, bowing
  3. try to gain favor by cringing or flattering

    Synonyms : bootlick, fawn, kotow, suck up, toady, truckle
    Type Of : flatter, blandish
    Examples :
    • He is always kowtowing to his boss


  1. acting with a specific goal

    Synonyms : calculating, calculative, scheming, shrewd
  2. acting together in secret toward a fraudulent or illegal end

    Synonyms : collusive


  1. the founder of a family

    Synonyms : father, forefather
    Type Of : ascendent, ascendant, antecedent, root, ancestor
  2. make (offspring) by reproduction

    Synonyms : beget, bring forth, engender, father, generate, get, mother
    Type Of : make, create
  3. a title of address formerly used for a man of rank and authority

    Type Of : lord, nobleman, noble
  4. male parent of an animal especially a domestic animal such as a horse

    Type Of : male


  1. a trite or obvious remark

    Synonyms : banality, cliche, commonplace, platitude
    Type Of : truism, input, remark, comment
  2. any of the salts of hydrobromic acid; formerly used as a sedative but now generally replaced by safer drugs

    Type Of : halide


  1. the state of a child between infancy and adolescence

    Synonyms : puerility
    Type Of : immaturity, immatureness
  2. the time of person's life when they are a child

    Type Of : time of life


  1. more than is needed, desired, or required

    Synonyms : excess, extra, spare, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus
    Examples :
    • yet another book on heraldry might be thought redundant
    • skills made redundant by technological advance
  2. repetition of same sense in different words

    Synonyms : pleonastic, tautologic, tautological
    Examples :
    • at the risk of being redundant I return to my original proposition


  1. situated away from an area's coast or border

    Antonyms : coastal


  1. restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken

    Synonyms : bushel, doctor, fix, furbish up, mend, repair, touch on
    Type Of : amend, meliorate, ameliorate, improve, better
  2. return to its original or usable and functioning condition

    Synonyms : reconstruct
    Type Of : renew, regenerate
    Examples :
    • restore the forest to its original pristine condition
  3. bring back into original existence, use, function, or position

    Synonyms : reestablish, reinstate
    Type Of : change, modify, alter
    Examples :
    • restore law and order
    • restore the emperor to the throne
  4. give or bring back

    Synonyms : restitute
    Type Of : repay, return, refund, give back
  5. return to life; get or give new life or energy

    Synonyms : regenerate, rejuvenate
    Type Of : renew, regenerate
    Examples :
    • The week at the spa restored me


  1. of an unusually noticeable or exceptional or remarkable kind (not used with a negative)

    Synonyms : quite a, quite an
    Examples :
    • her victory was quite something
    • she's quite a girl
    • quite a film
    • quite a walk
    • we've had quite an afternoon
  2. to a degree (not used with a negative)

    Synonyms : rather
    Examples :
    • quite tasty
    • quite soon
    • quite ill
    • quite rich


  1. a witty amusing person who makes jokes

    Synonyms : card, wag
    Type Of : humourist, humorist
  2. mental ability

    Synonyms : brain, brainpower, learning ability, mental capacity, mentality
    Type Of : intelligence
  3. a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter

    Synonyms : humor, humour, witticism, wittiness
    Type Of : content, message, substance, subject matter