1. being joined in close association

    Synonyms : attached, connected
    Examples :
    • affiliated clubs


  1. growing old

    Synonyms : ageing, aging


  1. the act of validating; finding or testing the truth of something

    Synonyms : substantiation, validation
    Type Of : finding, determination
  2. any factual evidence that helps to establish the truth of something

    Synonyms : cogent evidence
    Type Of : grounds, evidence
    Examples :
    • if you have any proof for what you say, now is the time to produce it
  3. (printing) an impression made to check for errors

    Synonyms : test copy, trial impression
    Type Of : impression, printing
  4. read for errors

    Synonyms : proofread
    Type Of : see, ascertain, assure, check, control, ensure, insure, see to it
    Examples :
    • I should proofread my manuscripts
  5. activate by mixing with water and sometimes sugar or milk

    Type Of : change, alter, modify
    Examples :
    • proof yeast
  6. a formal series of statements showing that if one thing is true something else necessarily follows from it

    Type Of : statement, argument
  7. a measure of alcoholic strength expressed as an integer twice the percentage of alcohol present (by volume)

    Type Of : amount, measure, quantity
  8. a trial photographic print from a negative

    Type Of : print, photographic print
  9. knead to reach proper lightness

    Type Of : knead, work
    Examples :
    • proof dough
  10. make or take a proof of, such as a photographic negative, an etching, or typeset

    Type Of : produce, create, make
  11. make resistant (to harm)

    Type Of : strengthen
    Examples :
    • proof the materials against shrinking in the dryer
  12. (used in combination or as a suffix) able to withstand

    Examples :
    • temptation-proof
    • childproof locks


  1. completely wanting or lacking

    Synonyms : barren, destitute, free, innocent
    Examples :
    • the sentence was devoid of meaning


  1. someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)

    Synonyms : ancestor, ascendant, ascendent, root
    Type Of : relative, relation
  2. anything that precedes something similar in time

    Synonyms : forerunner
    Type Of : temporal relation
    Examples :
    • phrenology was an antecedent of modern neuroscience
  3. a preceding occurrence or cause or event

    Type Of : cause
  4. preceding in time or order

    Antonyms : subsequent
  5. the referent of an anaphor; a phrase or clause that is referred to by an anaphoric pronoun

    Type Of : referent


  1. full of spirit and vitality

    Examples :
    • a sprightly young girl
    • a sprightly dance


  1. a very boastful and talkative person

    Synonyms : boaster, braggart, bragger, line-shooter, vaunter
    Type Of : egoist, egotist, swellhead


  1. command against

    Synonyms : disallow, forbid, interdict, nix, prohibit, proscribe
    Type Of : require, command
    Examples :
    • Mother vetoed the trip to the chocolate store
  2. vote against; refuse to endorse; refuse to assent

    Synonyms : blackball, negative
    Type Of : controvert, contradict, oppose
    Examples :
    • The President vetoed the bill
  3. a vote that blocks a decision

    Type Of : vote, voting, balloting, ballot
  4. the power or right to prohibit or reject a proposed or intended act (especially the power of a chief executive to reject a bill passed by the legislature)

    Type Of : powerfulness, power


  1. a collection of things (goods or works of art etc.) for public display

    Synonyms : exhibition, expo
    Type Of : assemblage, aggregation, collection, accumulation
  2. a systematic interpretation or explanation (usually written) of a specific topic

    Synonyms : expounding
    Type Of : interpretation
  3. an account that sets forth the meaning or intent of a writing or discourse

    Type Of : account, explanation
    Examples :
    • we would have understood the play better if there had been some initial exposition of the background
  4. (music) the section of a movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes first occur

    Type Of : section, subdivision


  1. in the state that someone is in between puberty and adulthood

    Type Of : immatureness, immaturity
  2. the time period between the beginning of puberty and adulthood

    Type Of : time of life