1. someone new to a field or activity

    Synonyms : beginner, initiate, novice, tyro
    Type Of : unskilled person


  1. a deep opening in the earth's surface

    Type Of : gap, opening


  1. remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing

    Synonyms : erase, rub out, score out, wipe off
    Type Of : delete, cancel
  2. remove completely from recognition or memory

    Synonyms : obliterate
    Type Of : blur, dim, slur
    Examples :
    • efface the memory of the time in the camps
  3. make inconspicuous

    Type Of : humble
    Examples :
    • efface oneself


  1. powerfully persuasive

    Synonyms : cogent, weighty
    Examples :
    • a telling presentation
  2. an act of narration

    Synonyms : recounting, relation
    Type Of : yarn, narration, recital
  3. disclosing information or giving evidence about another

    Synonyms : singing, tattle
    Type Of : revealing, disclosure, revelation
  4. disclosing unintentionally something concealed

    Synonyms : revealing, telltale
    Examples :
    • a telling smile
  5. producing a strong effect

    Synonyms : impressive
    Examples :
    • a telling gesture
  6. informing by words

    Synonyms : apprisal, notification
    Type Of : making known, informing


  1. reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot

    Synonyms : catch
    Type Of : hit
  2. come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)

    Synonyms : acquire, develop, grow, produce
    Type Of : change
  3. leave immediately; used usually in the imperative form

    Synonyms : bugger off, buzz off, fuck off, scram
    Type Of : leave, go away, go forth
  4. perceive by hearing

    Synonyms : catch
    Type Of : hear
    Examples :
    • She didn't get his name when they met the first time
  5. undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)

    Synonyms : have, suffer, sustain
    Type Of : have, experience, receive
  6. make (offspring) by reproduction

    Synonyms : beget, bring forth, engender, father, generate, mother, sire
    Type Of : make, create
  7. give certain properties to something

    Synonyms : make
    Type Of : modify, alter, change
    Examples :
    • get someone mad
  8. be a mystery or bewildering to

    Synonyms : amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex
    Type Of : bedevil, befuddle, fuddle, fox, throw, confound, confuse, discombobulate
  9. suffer from the receipt of

    Synonyms : catch
    Type Of : suffer, hurt, ache
  10. receive as a retribution or punishment

    Synonyms : receive
  11. take vengeance on or get even

    Synonyms : fix, pay back, pay off
    Type Of : get even, get back
    Examples :
    • We'll get them!
  12. achieve a point or goal

    Synonyms : have, make
    Type Of : rack up, score, tally, hit
  13. move into a desired direction of discourse

    Synonyms : aim, drive
    Type Of : mean, intend
  14. go through (mental or physical states or experiences)

    Synonyms : experience, have, receive
    Type Of : undergo
    Examples :
    • get an idea
    • get nauseous
  15. irritate

    Synonyms : get under one's skin
    Type Of : irritate, rag, nark, nettle, get to, chafe, vex, get at, bother, devil, gravel, rile, annoy
    Examples :
    • Her childish behavior really get to me
    • His lying really gets me
  16. take the first step or steps in carrying out an action

    Synonyms : begin, commence, get down, set about, set out, start, start out
    Examples :
    • Let's get down to work now
  17. succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase

    Synonyms : capture, catch
    Type Of : prehend, seize, clutch
  18. apprehend and reproduce accurately

    Synonyms : catch
    Type Of : reproduce
  19. enter or assume a certain state or condition

    Synonyms : become, go
    Type Of : change state, turn
    Examples :
    • It must be getting more serious
  20. attract and fix

    Synonyms : arrest, catch
    Type Of : pull, draw, draw in, attract, pull in
  21. receive a specified treatment (abstract)

    Synonyms : find, incur, obtain, receive
    Type Of : change
  22. earn or achieve a base by being walked by the pitcher

    Synonyms : draw
    Type Of : effectuate, effect, set up
  23. be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness

    Synonyms : contract, take
    Type Of : come down, sicken
  24. cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition

    Synonyms : have, let
    Type Of : make
  25. come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

    Synonyms : acquire
  26. cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner

    Synonyms : cause, have, induce, make, stimulate
  27. reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress

    Synonyms : arrive, come
    Examples :
    • She didn't get to Chicago until after midnight
  28. go or come after and bring or take back

    Synonyms : bring, convey, fetch
    Type Of : transmit, transfer, channelise, transport, channel, channelize
  29. grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of

    Synonyms : catch
    Type Of : understand
    Examples :
    • did you get it?
    • She didn't get the joke
    • I just don't get him
  30. acquire as a result of some effort or action

    Type Of : acquire
    Examples :
    • You cannot get water out of a stone
    • Where did she get these news?
  31. a return on a shot that seemed impossible to reach and would normally have resulted in a point for the opponent

    Type Of : return
  32. communicate with a place or person; establish communication with, as if by telephone

    Type Of : intercommunicate, communicate
    Examples :
    • The operator couldn't get Kobe because of the earthquake
  33. evoke an emotional response

    Type Of : stir, touch
    Examples :
    • Brahms's `Requiem' gets me every time
  34. overcome or destroy

    Type Of : destroy, ruin
  35. purchase

    Type Of : purchase, buy
    Examples :
    • What did you get at the toy store?
  36. reach and board

    Type Of : catch
  37. reach by calculation

    Examples :
    • What do you get when you add up these numbers?


  1. ostentatiously rich and superior in quality

    Synonyms : deluxe, gilded, grand, lush, luxurious, opulent, princely


  1. used of riotously drunken merrymaking

    Synonyms : bacchanal, bacchic, carousing, orgiastic
    Examples :
    • a night of bacchanalian revelry


  1. a message that makes a pledge

    Synonyms : commitment
    Type Of : substance, message, subject matter, content
  2. a short message (as in a book or musical work or on a photograph) dedicating it to someone or something

    Synonyms : inscription
    Type Of : message
  3. the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action

    Synonyms : allegiance, commitment, loyalty
    Type Of : cooperation
  4. a ceremony in which something (as a building) is dedicated to some goal or purpose

    Type Of : observance, ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony
  5. complete and wholehearted fidelity

    Type Of : fidelity, faithfulness


  1. in these times

    Synonyms : nowadays, today
    Examples :
    • it is solely by their language that the upper classes nowadays are distinguished
    • we now rarely see horse-drawn vehicles on city streets
  2. at the present moment

    Synonyms : at present
    Examples :
    • goods now on sale
    • the now-aging dictator
    • they are now abroad
    • it could happen any time now
  3. without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening

    Synonyms : at once, directly, forthwith, immediately, instantly, like a shot, right away, straight off, straightaway
    Examples :
    • Come here now!
  4. the momentary present

    Type Of : nowadays, present
    Examples :
    • it worked up to right now


  1. engage or hire for work

    Synonyms : employ, engage
    Antonyms : fire
    Examples :
    • They hired two new secretaries in the department
  2. hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services

    Synonyms : charter, lease, rent
    Type Of : undertake, contract
  3. engage for service under a term of contract

    Synonyms : charter, engage, lease, rent, take
    Type Of : get, acquire
  4. a newly hired employee

    Type Of : employee
    Examples :
    • the new hires need special training
  5. the act of hiring something or someone

    Type Of : human activity, human action, deed, act
    Examples :
    • he signed up for a week's car hire