taken up

  1. having or showing excessive or compulsive concern with something

    Synonyms : haunted, obsessed, preoccupied
    Examples :
    • he was taken up in worry for the old woman


  1. from first to last

    Synonyms : end-to-end
  2. used to refer to cited works

    Synonyms : passim


  1. any of several tropical and subtropical treelike herbs of the genus Musa having a terminal crown of large entire leaves and usually bearing hanging clusters of elongated fruits

    Synonyms : banana tree
    Type Of : herbaceous plant, herb
  2. elongated crescent-shaped yellow fruit with soft sweet flesh

    Type Of : edible fruit


  1. very pleasantly inviting

    Synonyms : tantalising, tantalizing
    Examples :
    • a tempting repast
  2. highly attractive and able to arouse hope or desire

    Synonyms : alluring, beguiling, enticing
    Examples :
    • a tempting invitation


  1. talk socially without exchanging too much information

    Synonyms : chaffer, chat, chatter, chew the fat, chit-chat, chitchat, claver, confab, confabulate, gossip, natter, shoot the breeze, visit
    Type Of : converse, discourse
  2. censure severely or angrily

    Synonyms : bawl out, berate, call down, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, scold, take to task, trounce
    Type Of : criticize, pick apart, knock, criticise
  3. talk incessantly and tiresomely

    Synonyms : rattle on, yack, yack away, yap away
    Type Of : speak, verbalise, mouth, talk, utter, verbalize
  4. chew (food); to bite and grind with the teeth

    Synonyms : chew, manducate, masticate
    Type Of : grind, grate
    Examples :
    • He jawed his bubble gum
  5. holding device consisting of one or both of the opposing parts of a tool that close to hold an object

    Type Of : holding device
  6. the bones of the skull that frame the mouth and serve to open it; the bones that hold the teeth

    Type Of : lineament, feature
  7. the part of the skull of a vertebrate that frames the mouth and holds the teeth

    Type Of : bone, os


  1. a speech of violent denunciation

    Synonyms : broadside, philippic
    Type Of : declamation, denouncement, denunciation


  1. by necessity

    Synonyms : inescapably, inevitably, unavoidably


  1. a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation

    Synonyms : bias, preconception
    Type Of : partisanship, partiality
  2. influence (somebody's) opinion in advance

    Synonyms : prepossess
    Type Of : work, act upon, influence
  3. disadvantage by prejudice

    Type Of : disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour


  1. the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises

    Synonyms : understanding
    Type Of : statement
    Examples :
    • they had an agreement that they would not interfere in each other's business
  2. compatibility of observations

    Synonyms : correspondence
    Type Of : compatibility
    Examples :
    • there was no agreement between theory and measurement
  3. the thing arranged or agreed to

    Synonyms : arrangement
    Type Of : provision, planning, preparation
  4. harmony of people's opinions or actions or characters

    Synonyms : accord
    Antonyms : disagreement
    Type Of : harmony, concord, concordance
    Examples :
    • the two parties were in agreement
  5. the determination of grammatical inflection on the basis of word relations

    Synonyms : concord
    Type Of : grammatical relation
  6. the verbal act of agreeing

    Antonyms : disagreement
    Type Of : speech act


  1. highly skilled

    Synonyms : complete
    Examples :
    • an accomplished pianist
  2. settled securely and unconditionally

    Synonyms : effected, established
    Examples :
    • that smoking causes health problems is an accomplished fact
  3. successfully completed or brought to an end

    Synonyms : completed, realised, realized
    Examples :
    • his mission accomplished he took a vacation