1. natural abilities or qualities

    Synonyms : endowment, gift, natural endowment
    Type Of : natural ability
  2. a person who possesses unusual innate ability in some field or activity

    Type Of : expert


  1. someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another

    Synonyms : attendant, attender
    Type Of : help, assistant, supporter, helper
  2. something that can be used as an official medium of payment

    Synonyms : legal tender, stamp
    Type Of : medium of exchange, monetary system
  3. a boat for communication between ship and shore

    Synonyms : cutter, pinnace, ship's boat
    Type Of : boat
  4. physically untoughened

    Synonyms : untoughened
    Antonyms : tough
    Examples :
    • tender feet
  5. propose a payment

    Synonyms : bid, offer
  6. hurting

    Synonyms : raw, sensitive, sore
    Examples :
    • the tender spot on his jaw
  7. a formal proposal to buy at a specified price

    Synonyms : bid
    Type Of : offering, offer
  8. make tender or more tender as by marinating, pounding, or applying a tenderizer

    Synonyms : tenderise, tenderize
    Type Of : alter, change, modify
    Examples :
    • tenderize meat
  9. having or displaying warmth or affection

    Synonyms : affectionate, fond, lovesome
    Examples :
    • a tender glance
  10. (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail

    Synonyms : crank, cranky, tippy
  11. ship that usually provides supplies to other ships

    Synonyms : supply ship
    Type Of : ship
  12. car attached to a locomotive to carry fuel and water

    Type Of : railcar, railway car, railroad car, car
  13. easy to cut or chew

    Antonyms : tough
    Examples :
    • tender beef
  14. given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality

    Antonyms : tough
    Examples :
    • a tender heart
    • a tender smile
    • tender loving care
    • tender memories
    • a tender mother
  15. make a tender of; in legal settlements

    Type Of : proffer, offer
  16. offer or present for acceptance

    Type Of : present, give, gift
  17. (of plants) not hardy; easily killed by adverse growing condition

    Examples :
    • tender green shoots
  18. young and immature

    Examples :
    • at a tender age


  1. in the near future

    Synonyms : before long, presently, soon
    Examples :
    • the book will appear shortly
  2. in a concise manner; in a few words

    Synonyms : briefly, concisely, in brief, in short
    Examples :
    • to put it shortly
  3. in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner

    Synonyms : curtly, short
    Examples :
    • he said shortly that he didn't like it


  1. register electronically

    Synonyms : tape
    Antonyms : erase
    Type Of : enter, put down
    Examples :
    • They recorded her singing
  2. sound recording consisting of a disk with a continuous groove; used to reproduce music by rotating while a phonograph needle tracks in the groove

    Synonyms : disc, disk, phonograph record, phonograph recording, platter
    Type Of : audio, audio recording, sound recording
  3. indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments

    Synonyms : read, register, show
    Type Of : indicate
  4. a compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone

    Synonyms : book, record book
    Type Of : fact
    Examples :
    • Al Smith used to say, `Let's look at the record'
    • his name is in all the record books
  5. be aware of

    Synonyms : register
  6. the sum of recognized accomplishments

    Synonyms : track record
    Type Of : accomplishment, achievement
    Examples :
    • the lawyer has a good record
    • the track record shows that he will be a good president
  7. a list of crimes for which an accused person has been previously convicted

    Synonyms : criminal record
    Type Of : list, listing
    Examples :
    • he ruled that the criminal record of the defendant could not be disclosed to the court
    • the prostitute had a record a mile long
  8. make a record of; set down in permanent form

    Synonyms : enter, put down
    Type Of : preserve, save
  9. a document that can serve as legal evidence of a transaction

    Type Of : document
    Examples :
    • they could find no record of the purchase
  10. an extreme attainment; the best (or worst) performance ever attested (as in a sport)

    Type Of : attainment
    Examples :
    • he tied the Olympic record
    • coffee production last year broke all previous records
    • Chicago set the homicide record
  11. anything (such as a document or a phonograph record or a photograph) providing permanent evidence of or information about past events

    Type Of : evidence
    Examples :
    • the film provided a valuable record of stage techniques
  12. the number of wins versus losses and ties a team has had

    Type Of : number
    Examples :
    • at 9-0 they have the best record in their league


  1. United States writer of a novel about slavery that advanced the abolitionists' cause (1811-1896)

    Synonyms : harriet beecher stowe, harriet elizabeth beecher stowe


  1. in an amazing manner; to everyone's surprise

    Synonyms : amazingly, surprisingly


  1. lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike

    Synonyms : contempt, disdain, scorn
    Type Of : dislike
    Examples :
    • the despite in which outsiders were held is legendary
  2. contemptuous disregard

    Type Of : disregard, neglect
    Examples :
    • she wanted neither favor nor despite


  1. tried unsuccessfully

    Examples :
    • attempted murder


  1. kill intentionally and with premeditation

    Synonyms : bump off, dispatch, hit, murder, off, polish off, remove
    Type Of : kill


  1. impaired by diminution

    Synonyms : lessened, vitiated, weakened
  2. (of an organ or body part) diminished in size or strength as a result of disease or injury or lack of use

    Synonyms : atrophied, wasted
  3. made to seem smaller or less (especially in worth)

    Synonyms : belittled, small
  4. (of musical intervals) reduction by a semitone of any perfect or minor musical interval

    Examples :
    • a diminished fifth