1. make timid or fearful

    Type Of : fright, frighten, affright, scare
    Examples :
    • Her boss intimidates her
  2. to compel or deter by or as if by threats

    Type Of : discourage


  1. a person who is physically weak and ineffectual

    Synonyms : doormat, wuss
    Type Of : mortal, individual, somebody, someone, soul, person


  1. hit something or somebody as if with a sandbag

    Synonyms : sandbag
    Type Of : hit
  2. make senseless or dizzy by or as if by a blow

    Synonyms : stupefy
    Type Of : immobilise, immobilize
    Examples :
    • stun fish
  3. overcome as with astonishment or disbelief

    Synonyms : bedaze, daze
    Type Of : desensitise, desensitize
    Examples :
    • The news stunned her


  1. provided with a secure reputation

    Synonyms : recognized
  2. generally approved or compelling recognition

    Synonyms : accepted, recognized


  1. fully extended in width

    Synonyms : outspread
    Examples :
    • outspread wings
    • with arms spread wide
  2. strew or distribute over an area

    Synonyms : scatter, spread out
    Type Of : pass around, pass on, distribute, circulate
    Examples :
    • He spread fertilizer over the lawn
  3. distributed or spread over a considerable extent

    Synonyms : dispersed
    Examples :
    • eleven million Jews are spread throughout Europe
  4. distribute or disperse widely

    Synonyms : distribute
    Antonyms : gather
    Examples :
    • The invaders spread their language all over the country
  5. process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space

    Synonyms : spreading
    Type Of : travel, change of location
  6. become distributed or widespread

    Synonyms : propagate
    Type Of : move
    Examples :
    • the infection spread
    • Optimism spread among the population
  7. act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time

    Synonyms : spreading
    Type Of : extension
  8. a tasty mixture to be spread on bread or crackers or used in preparing other dishes

    Synonyms : paste
    Type Of : condiment
  9. decorative cover for a bed

    Synonyms : bed cover, bed covering, bedcover, bedspread, counterpane
    Type Of : bed clothing, bedding, bedclothes
  10. cause to become widely known

    Synonyms : broadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, diffuse, disperse, disseminate, distribute, pass around, propagate
    Type Of : publicize, air, bare, publicise
    Examples :
    • spread information
  11. a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures

    Synonyms : gap
    Type Of : disparity
    Examples :
    • the spread between lending and borrowing costs
  12. farm consisting of a large tract of land along with facilities needed to raise livestock (especially cattle)

    Synonyms : cattle farm, cattle ranch, ranch
    Type Of : farm
  13. spread out or open from a closed or folded state

    Synonyms : open, spread out, unfold
    Type Of : undo
    Examples :
    • spread your arms
  14. spread across or over

    Synonyms : overspread
    Type Of : cover, continue, extend
    Examples :
    • A big oil spot spread across the water
  15. two facing pages of a book or other publication

    Synonyms : facing pages, spread head, spreadhead
    Type Of : page
  16. become widely known and passed on

    Synonyms : circulate, go around
    Type Of : travel, move, locomote, go
    Examples :
    • the rumor spread
  17. a haphazard distribution in all directions

    Synonyms : scatter
    Type Of : dispersion, distribution
  18. a meal that is well prepared and greatly enjoyed

    Synonyms : banquet, feast
    Type Of : repast, meal
    Examples :
    • they put out quite a spread
  19. move outward

    Synonyms : diffuse, fan out, spread out
    Type Of : distribute
  20. cover by spreading something over

    Type Of : cover
    Examples :
    • spread the bread with cheese
  21. prepared or arranged for a meal; especially having food set out

    Examples :
    • a table spread with food
  22. the expansion of a person's girth (especially at middle age)

    Type Of : girth
    Examples :
    • she exercised to avoid that middle-aged spread
  23. distribute over a surface in a layer

    Examples :
    • spread cheese on a piece of bread


  1. a middle way between two extremes

    Synonyms : via media
    Type Of : cooperation
  2. an accommodation in which both sides make concessions

    Type Of : accommodation
    Examples :
    • the newly elected congressmen rejected a compromise because they considered it `business as usual'
  3. expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute

    Type Of : expose, endanger, peril, queer, scupper
    Examples :
    • The nuclear secrets of the state were compromised by the spy
  4. make a compromise; arrive at a compromise

    Type Of : agree
    Examples :
    • nobody will get everything he wants; we all must compromise
  5. settle by concession

    Type Of : determine, square off, square up, settle


  1. made for or formed by carving (`carven' is archaic or literary)

    Synonyms : carven
    Antonyms : uncarved
    Examples :
    • the carved fretwork
    • an intricately carved door


  1. dark and dismal as of the rivers Acheron and Styx in Hades

    Synonyms : acherontic, stygian


  1. designating or involving an equation whose terms are of the first degree

    Synonyms : linear
  2. characterized or produced by addition

    Antonyms : subtractive
    Examples :
    • an additive process
  3. something added to enhance food or gasoline or paint or medicine

    Type Of : add-on, improver, addition


  1. the ability to deal resourcefully with unusual problems

    Synonyms : imagination, resourcefulness
    Type Of : ingeniousness, inventiveness, ingenuity, cleverness
    Examples :
    • a man of resource
  2. a source of aid or support that may be drawn upon when needed

    Type Of : plus, asset
    Examples :
    • the local library is a valuable resource
  3. available source of wealth; a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed

    Type Of : assets