1. have a desire for something or someone who is not present

    Synonyms : ache, pine, yearn, yen
    Type Of : yearn, hanker, long
  2. lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief

    Synonyms : pine away, waste
    Type Of : weaken
  3. become feeble

    Synonyms : fade
    Type Of : degenerate, deteriorate, devolve, drop
    Examples :
    • The prisoner has been languishing for years in the dungeon


  1. without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers

    Synonyms : arrant, complete, consummate, double-dyed, everlasting, gross, perfect, pure, sodding, staring, stark, thorough, thoroughgoing, unadulterated
    Examples :
    • utter nonsense
  2. articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise

    Synonyms : express, give tongue to, verbalise, verbalize
    Examples :
    • He uttered a curse
  3. complete and absolute

    Synonyms : blank
    Examples :
    • utter seriousness
  4. express in speech

    Synonyms : mouth, speak, talk, verbalise, verbalize
    Type Of : communicate, intercommunicate
  5. express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

    Synonyms : emit, let loose, let out
    Examples :
    • He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand
  6. put into circulation

    Type Of : pass around, circulate, pass on, distribute
    Examples :
    • utter counterfeit currency


  1. affected by blight; anything that mars or prevents growth or prosperity

    Synonyms : blighted
  2. having the character or disposition harmed by pampering or oversolicitous attention

    Synonyms : spoiled
  3. (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition

    Synonyms : bad, spoiled
    Examples :
    • a refrigerator full of spoilt food


  1. extremely sharp or severe

    Synonyms : intense
    Examples :
    • acute pain
    • felt acute annoyance
  2. having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

    Synonyms : discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp
    Examples :
    • an acute observer of politics and politicians
  3. ending in a sharp point

    Synonyms : acuate, needlelike, sharp
  4. a mark placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation

    Synonyms : acute accent, ague
    Type Of : accent mark, accent
  5. having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course

    Antonyms : chronic
    Examples :
    • acute appendicitis
    • the acute phase of the illness
    • acute patients
  6. of critical importance and consequence

    Examples :
    • an acute (or critical) lack of research funds
  7. of an angle; less than 90 degrees

    Antonyms : obtuse


  1. a source of difficulty

    Synonyms : trouble
    Type Of : difficulty
    Examples :
    • what's the problem?
  2. a state of difficulty that needs to be resolved

    Synonyms : job
    Type Of : difficulty
    Examples :
    • she and her husband are having problems
    • urban problems such as traffic congestion and smog
  3. a question raised for consideration or solution

    Type Of : question, head
    Examples :
    • our homework consisted of ten problems to solve


  1. a notable achievement

    Synonyms : effort, exploit
    Type Of : accomplishment, achievement
    Examples :
    • he performed a great feat


  1. put up with something or somebody unpleasant

    Synonyms : abide, brook, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate
    Type Of : permit, allow, let, countenance
    Examples :
    • I cannot bear his constant criticism
  2. have on one's person

    Synonyms : wear
    Type Of : have, feature
    Examples :
    • bear a scar
  3. bring forth

    Synonyms : turn out
    Type Of : create, make
  4. take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person

    Synonyms : accept, assume, take over
    Type Of : take
    Examples :
    • She agreed to bear the responsibility
  5. behave in a certain manner

    Synonyms : acquit, behave, carry, comport, conduct, deport
    Type Of : hold, carry, move, act
  6. cause to be born

    Synonyms : birth, deliver, give birth, have
    Type Of : produce, bring forth
  7. have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices

    Synonyms : hold
    Type Of : have got, hold, have
    Examples :
    • She bears the title of Duchess
  8. contain or hold; have within

    Synonyms : carry, contain, hold
    Type Of : include
  9. bring in

    Synonyms : pay, yield
    Type Of : earn, gain, make, pull in, realise, bring in, take in, realize, clear
    Examples :
    • interest-bearing accounts
  10. support or hold in a certain manner

    Synonyms : carry, hold
  11. be pregnant with

    Synonyms : carry, expect, gestate, have a bun in the oven
    Type Of : birth, deliver, have, give birth
    Examples :
    • She is bearing his child
  12. an investor with a pessimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to fall and so sells now in order to buy later at a lower price

    Antonyms : bull
    Type Of : investor
  13. have

    Type Of : have, feature
    Examples :
    • bear a resemblance
    • bear a signature
  14. massive plantigrade carnivorous or omnivorous mammals with long shaggy coats and strong claws

    Type Of : carnivore
  15. move while holding up or supporting

    Type Of : carry, transport
    Examples :
    • bear a heavy load
    • bear news
    • bearing orders


  1. the larva of the housefly and blowfly commonly found in decaying organic matter

    Type Of : grub


  1. having no personal preference

    Synonyms : impersonal
    Examples :
    • a neutral observer
  2. having no hue

    Synonyms : achromatic
    Examples :
    • neutral colors like black or white
  3. having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive

    Synonyms : indifferent, inert
  4. having no net electric charge

    Synonyms : electroneutral
  5. lacking distinguishing quality or characteristics

    Examples :
    • a neutral personality that made no impression whatever
  6. one who does not side with any party in a war or dispute

    Type Of : person, individual, mortal, somebody, soul, someone
  7. possessing no distinctive quality or characteristics

    Antonyms : negative, positive
  8. not supporting or favoring either side in a war, dispute, or contest


  1. perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment

    Synonyms : at sea, baffled, befuddled, bemused, bewildered, confused, lost, mazed, mixed-up
    Examples :
    • a cloudy and confounded philosopher