educate

  1. create by training and teaching

    Synonyms : develop, prepare, train
    Type Of : learn, teach, instruct
  2. teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment

    Synonyms : civilise, civilize, cultivate, school, train
    Type Of : down, refine, polish, fine-tune
  3. give an education to

    Type Of : amend, meliorate, better, ameliorate, improve
    Examples :
    • We must educate our youngsters better

solely

  1. without any others being included or involved

    Synonyms : alone, entirely, exclusively, only
    Examples :
    • did it solely for money

disabuse

  1. free somebody (from an erroneous belief)

    Type Of : inform

accepted

  1. generally approved or compelling recognition

    Synonyms : recognised, recognized
    Examples :
    • several accepted techniques for treating the condition

incise

  1. make an incision into by carving or cutting

    Type Of : cut

droll

  1. comical in an odd or whimsical manner

    Examples :
    • a droll little man with a quiet tongue-in-cheek kind of humor

overawed

  1. overcome by a feeling of awe

commonplace

  1. not challenging; dull and lacking excitement

    Synonyms : humdrum, prosaic, unglamorous, unglamourous
  2. a trite or obvious remark

    Synonyms : banality, bromide, cliche, platitude
    Type Of : comment, input, remark, truism
  3. repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

    Synonyms : banal, hackneyed, old-hat, shopworn, stock, threadbare, timeworn, tired, trite, well-worn
    Examples :
    • his remarks were trite and commonplace
  4. completely ordinary and unremarkable

    Examples :
    • air travel has now become commonplace
    • commonplace everyday activities

hindrance

  1. the act of hindering or obstructing or impeding

    Synonyms : hinderance, interference
    Type Of : act, deed, human action, human activity
  2. something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

    Synonyms : balk, baulk, check, deterrent, handicap, hinderance, impediment
    Type Of : difficulty
  3. any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome

    Synonyms : encumbrance, hinderance, hitch, incumbrance, interference, preventative, preventive
    Type Of : impedimenta, obstructor, impediment, obstructer, obstruction

complement

  1. something added to complete or embellish or make perfect

    Synonyms : accompaniment
    Type Of : adjunct
    Examples :
    • a fine wine is a perfect complement to the dinner
  2. number needed to make up a whole force

    Synonyms : full complement
    Type Of : workforce, hands, manpower, men, work force
    Examples :
    • a full complement of workers
  3. a complete number or quantity

    Type Of : count
    Examples :
    • a full complement
  4. a word or phrase used to complete a grammatical construction

    Type Of : construction, grammatical construction, expression
  5. either of two parts that mutually complete each other

    Type Of : counterpart, vis-a-vis, opposite number
  6. make complete or perfect; supply what is wanting or form the complement to

    Type Of : balance, equilibrise, equilibrize, equilibrate
    Examples :
    • I need some pepper to complement the sweet touch in the soup
  7. one of a series of enzymes in the blood serum that are part of the immune response

    Type Of : enzyme