1. decide upon or fix definitely

    Synonyms : define, fix, limit, set, specify
    Type Of : choose, pick out, take, select
  2. reach, make, or come to a decision about something

    Synonyms : decide, make up one's mind
  3. find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort

    Synonyms : ascertain, check, find out, learn, see, watch
  4. establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study

    Synonyms : ascertain, find, find out
  5. shape or influence; give direction to

    Synonyms : influence, mold, regulate, shape
    Type Of : cause, do, make
    Examples :
    • experience often determines ability
  6. fix conclusively or authoritatively

    Synonyms : set
  7. settle conclusively; come to terms

    Synonyms : settle, square off, square up
    Type Of : resolve, conclude
  8. fix in scope; fix the boundaries of

    Type Of : delineate, delimit, delimitate, specify, define
    Examples :
    • the tree determines the border of the property


  1. having or making a high-pitched sound such as that made by a mouse or a rusty hinge

    Synonyms : screaky, screechy, squeaky, squealing


  1. choose not to consume

    Synonyms : desist, refrain
    Antonyms : consume
    Examples :
    • I abstain from alcohol
  2. refrain from voting

    Type Of : forbear, refrain


  1. a member of the aristocracy

    Synonyms : blue blood, patrician
    Type Of : leader


  1. difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge

    Synonyms : deep, recondite
    Examples :
    • the professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them


  1. a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride

    Synonyms : yard
    Type Of : linear measure, linear unit
  2. the relative speed of progress or change

    Synonyms : rate
    Type Of : temporal property
    Examples :
    • he lived at a fast pace
    • the pace of events accelerated
  3. measure (distances) by pacing

    Synonyms : step
    Type Of : quantify, measure
  4. the rate of moving (especially walking or running)

    Synonyms : gait
    Type Of : rate
  5. the rate of some repeating event

    Synonyms : tempo
    Type Of : rate
  6. a step in walking or running

    Synonyms : stride, tread
    Type Of : step
  7. the distance covered by a step

    Synonyms : footstep, step, stride
    Type Of : indefinite quantity
    Examples :
    • he stepped off ten paces from the old tree and began to dig
  8. go at a pace

    Type Of : locomote, travel, go, move
    Examples :
    • The horse paced
  9. regulate or set the pace of

    Type Of : shape, mold, influence, regulate, determine
  10. walk with slow or fast paces

    Type Of : walk
    Examples :
    • He paced up and down the hall


  1. a decoration of color or interest that is added to relieve plainness

    Type Of : decoration, ornamentation, ornament
  2. the action of decorating yourself with something colorful and interesting

    Type Of : decoration


  1. the process of extracting moisture

    Synonyms : dehydration, desiccation, drying up
    Type Of : extraction
  2. the process of becoming a vapor

    Synonyms : vapor, vaporisation, vaporization, vapour
    Type Of : physical change, phase transition, phase change, state change


  1. incapable of being resisted

    Synonyms : overpoweringly, overwhelmingly


  1. great coolness and composure under strain

    Synonyms : aplomb, assuredness, poise, sang-froid
    Type Of : calmness, calm, composure, equanimity
    Examples :
    • keep your cool
  2. marked by calm self-control (especially in trying circumstances); unemotional

    Synonyms : coolheaded, nerveless
    Examples :
    • play it cool
    • keep cool
    • stayed coolheaded in the crisis
  3. make cool or cooler

    Synonyms : chill, cool down
    Antonyms : heat
    Type Of : alter, modify, change
  4. loose heat

    Synonyms : chill, cool down
    Antonyms : heat
    Type Of : change state, turn
    Examples :
    • The air cooled considerably after the thunderstorm
  5. lose intensity

    Synonyms : cool down, cool off
    Type Of : change
    Examples :
    • His enthusiasm cooled considerably
  6. being satisfactory or in satisfactory condition

    Synonyms : all right, fine, hunky-dory, o.k., ok, okay
  7. fashionable and attractive at the time; often skilled or socially adept

    Examples :
    • he's a cool dude
    • that's cool
    • Mary's dress is really cool
    • it's not cool to arrive at a party too early
  8. inducing the impression of coolness; used especially of greens and blues and violets when referring to color

    Antonyms : warm
    Examples :
    • cool greens and blues and violets
    • the cool sound of rushing water
  9. neither warm nor very cold; giving relief from heat

    Antonyms : warm
    Examples :
    • a cool autumn day
    • a cool room
    • cool summer dresses
    • cool drinks
    • a cool breeze
  10. psychologically cool and unenthusiastic; unfriendly or unresponsive or showing dislike

    Antonyms : warm
    Examples :
    • relations were cool and polite
    • a cool reception
    • cool to the idea of higher taxes
  11. the quality of being at a refreshingly low temperature

    Type Of : low temperature, frigidity, coldness, cold, frigidness
    Examples :
    • the cool of early morning
  12. used of a quantity or amount (especially of money) for emphasis

    Examples :
    • a cool million bucks