1. worthy of high praise

    Synonyms : applaudable, commendable, praiseworthy
    Examples :
    • applaudable efforts to save the environment
    • laudable motives of improving housing conditions


  1. take exception to

    Synonyms : challenge, dispute
    Type Of : repugn, contend, contest


  1. signal with the hands or nod

    Synonyms : beckon
    Type Of : motion, gesture, gesticulate
    Examples :
    • She waved to her friends
    • He waved his hand hospitably
  2. move or swing back and forth

    Synonyms : brandish, flourish
    Type Of : displace, move
    Examples :
    • She waved her gun
  3. (physics) a movement up and down or back and forth

    Synonyms : undulation
    Type Of : movement, motion
  4. an undulating curve

    Synonyms : undulation
    Type Of : curved shape, curve
  5. one of a series of ridges that moves across the surface of a liquid (especially across a large body of water)

    Synonyms : moving ridge
    Type Of : movement, motion
  6. move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion

    Synonyms : flap, roll, undulate
    Type Of : move
    Examples :
    • the waves rolled towards the beach
  7. twist or roll into coils or ringlets

    Synonyms : curl
    Type Of : twist
  8. the act of signaling by a movement of the hand

    Synonyms : wafture, waving
    Type Of : motion, gesture
  9. a hairdo that creates undulations in the hair

    Type Of : hairdo, hairstyle, coif, coiffure, hair style
  10. a member of the women's reserve of the United States Navy; originally organized during World War II but now no longer a separate branch

    Type Of : adult female, woman, reservist
  11. a movement like that of a sudden occurrence or increase in a specified phenomenon

    Type Of : motility, motion, move, movement
    Examples :
    • a wave of settlers
    • troops advancing in waves
  12. a persistent and widespread unusual weather condition (especially of unusual temperatures)

    Type Of : conditions, atmospheric condition, weather condition, weather
    Examples :
    • a heat wave
  13. set waves in

    Type Of : coif, coiffure, do, dress, set, arrange, coiffe
    Examples :
    • she asked the hairdresser to wave her hair
  14. something that rises rapidly

    Type Of : rise
    Examples :
    • a wave of emotion swept over him
    • there was a sudden wave of buying before the market closed
    • a wave of conservatism in the country led by the hard right


  1. periapsis in Earth orbit; the point in its orbit where a satellite is nearest to the Earth

    Antonyms : apogee
    Type Of : periapsis, point of periapsis


  1. having committed unrighteous acts

    Synonyms : sinful, unholy
  2. naughtily or annoyingly playful

    Synonyms : arch, impish, implike, mischievous, pixilated, prankish, puckish
    Examples :
    • a wicked prank
  3. intensely or extremely bad or unpleasant in degree or quality

    Synonyms : severe, terrible
    Examples :
    • under wicked fire from the enemy's guns
    • a wicked cough
  4. highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust

    Synonyms : disgustful, disgusting, distasteful, foul, loathly, loathsome, repellant, repellent, repelling, revolting, skanky, yucky
    Examples :
    • a wicked stench
  5. morally bad in principle or practice

    Antonyms : virtuous


  1. of the greatest importance

    Synonyms : all-important, all important, essential, of the essence
    Examples :
    • crucial information
  2. of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis

    Synonyms : important
    Antonyms : noncrucial
    Examples :
    • a crucial moment in his career
    • a crucial election
    • a crucial issue for women
  3. having crucial relevance

    Examples :
    • crucial to the case


  1. disposed to warfare or hard-line policies

    Synonyms : hawkish, warlike
    Examples :
    • militant nations
  2. engaged in war

    Synonyms : belligerent, war-ridden, warring
  3. showing a fighting disposition

    Synonyms : competitive
    Examples :
    • militant in fighting for better wages for workers
  4. a militant reformer

    Synonyms : activist
    Type Of : meliorist, reformer, crusader, social reformer, reformist


  1. cause to be immersed

    Synonyms : plunge
  2. thrust or throw into

    Synonyms : plunge
    Type Of : penetrate, perforate
  3. enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing

    Synonyms : bury, eat up, swallow, swallow up
    Type Of : close in, shut in, inclose, enclose
  4. devote (oneself) fully to

    Synonyms : absorb, engross, engulf, plunge, soak up, steep
    Type Of : rivet, center, centre, concentrate, focus, pore
    Examples :
    • He immersed himself into his studies


  1. pleasing to the sense of taste

    Synonyms : mouth-watering, savory
  2. an aromatic or spicy dish served at the end of dinner or as an hors d'oeuvre

    Synonyms : savory
    Type Of : dainty, treat, goody, kickshaw, delicacy
  3. morally wholesome or acceptable

    Synonyms : savory
  4. either of two aromatic herbs of the mint family

    Synonyms : savory
    Type Of : herb
  5. having an agreeably pungent taste

    Synonyms : piquant, savory, zesty


  1. a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own

    Type Of : partisan, drumbeater, zealot