English dictionary


acacia |əˈkeɪʃə| — any of various spiny trees or shrubs of the genus Acacia

academe |ˈækəˌdim| — the academic world

academia |ˌækəˈdiːmiə| — the academic world

academic |ˌækəˈdemɪk| — an educator who works at a college or university

academically |ˌækəˈdemɪkli| — in regard to academic matters

academician |ˌækədəˈmɪʃn| — someone elected to honorary membership in an academy

academy |əˈkædəmi| — a secondary school (usually private)

acanthus |əˈkænθəs| — any plant of the genus Acanthus having large spiny leaves and spikes or white or purplish flowers; native to Mediterranean region but widely cultivated

acarid  — very small free-living arachnid that is parasitic on animals or plants; related to ticks

acarpous |eɪˈkɑːrpəs| — producing no fruit

acarus  — any of several mites of the order Acarina

accede |əkˈsiːd| — yield to another's wish or opinion

accelerate |əkˈseləreɪt| — move faster

accelerated |ækˈseləˌretəd| — speeded up, as of an academic course

acceleration |əkˌseləˈreɪʃn| — an increase in rate of change

accelerator |əkˈseləreɪtər| — a pedal that controls the throttle valve

accelerometer |əkˌseləˈrɑːmɪtər| — an instrument for measuring the acceleration of aircraft or rockets

accent |ˈæksent| — distinctive manner of oral expression

accented |ˈæksentɪd| — (used of syllables) bearing the principle stress, usually accompanied by a change in pitch

accentual |ækˈsentʃuːəl| — of or pertaining to accent or stress

accentuate |əkˈsentʃueɪt| — to stress, single out as important

accentuation |əkˌsentʃuˈeɪʃn| — the use or application of an accent; the relative prominence of syllables in a phrase or utterance

accept |əkˈsept| — consider or hold as true

acceptability |əkˌseptəˈbɪləti| — satisfactoriness by virtue of conforming to approved standards

acceptable |əkˈseptəbl| — judged to be in conformity with approved usage

acceptance |əkˈseptəns| — the mental attitude that something is believable and should be accepted as true

acceptation |ˌæksepˈteɪʃn| — acceptance as true or valid

accepted |əkˈseptəd| — generally approved or compelling recognition

accepting |ækˈseptɪŋ| — tolerating without protest

acceptor |əkˈseptər| — (chemistry) in the formation of a coordinate bond it is the compound to which electrons are donated

access |ˈækses| — the right to enter

accessary |əkˈsesəri| — someone who helps another person commit a crime

accessibility |əkˌsesəˈbɪləti| — the quality of being at hand when needed

accessible |əkˈsesəbl| — capable of being read with comprehension

accession |ækˈseʃn| — a process of increasing by addition (as to a collection or group)

accessorial |ˌæksɪˈsɔːriːəl| — nonessential but helpful

accessory |əkˈsesəri| — clothing that is worn or carried, but not part of your main clothing

accidence |ˈæksɪdəns| — the part of grammar that deals with the inflections of words

accident |ˈæksɪdənt| — an unfortunate mishap; especially one causing damage or injury

accident-prone |ˈæksɪdənt ˌproʊn| — having more than the average number of accidents

accidental |ˌæksɪˈdentl| — a musical notation that makes a note sharp or flat or natural although that is not part of the key signature

accidentally |ˌæksɪˈdentəli| — without advance planning

accipiter |akˈsipədər| — type genus of the family Accipitridae

accipitrine |akˈsɪpɪtrʌɪn| — of or relating to or belonging to the genus Accipiter (or to typical hawks)

acclaim |əˈkleɪm| — enthusiastic approval

acclamation |ˌækləˈmeɪʃn| — enthusiastic approval

acclimate |ˈækləmeɪt| — get used to a certain climate

acclimation |ˌækləˈmeɪʃən| — adaptation to a new climate (a new temperature or altitude or environment)

acclimatization |əˌklaɪmətaɪˈzeɪʃən| — adaptation to a new climate (a new temperature or altitude or environment)

acclimatize |əˈklaɪmətaɪz| — get used to a certain climate

acclivity |əˈklɪvɪti| — an upward slope or grade (as in a road)

accolade |ˈækəleɪd| — a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

accommodate |əˈkɑːmədeɪt| — be agreeable or acceptable to

accommodating |əˈkɑːmədeɪtɪŋ| — obliging; willing to do favors

accommodation |əˌkɑːməˈdeɪʃn| — making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances

accommodative |əˈkɑːməˌdetɪv| — willing to adjust to differences in order to obtain agreement

accompaniment |əˈkʌmpənimənt| — an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another

accompanist |əˈkʌmpənɪst| — a person who provides musical accompaniment (usually on a piano)

accompany |əˈkʌmpəni| — be present or associated with an event or entity

accompanying |əˈkəmpəniɪŋ| — occurring with or following as a consequence

accomplice |əˈkɑːmplɪs| — a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan (especially an unethical or illegal plan)

accomplish |əˈkɑːmplɪʃ| — put in effect

accomplished |əˈkɑːmplɪʃt| — highly skilled

accomplishment |əˈkɑːmplɪʃmənt| — the action of accomplishing something

accord |əˈkɔːrd| — harmony of people's opinions or actions or characters

accordance |əˈkɔːrdns| — concurrence of opinion

accordant |əˈkɔːrdnt| — in keeping

according |əˈkɔːrdɪŋ| — (followed by `to') in agreement with or accordant with

accordingly |əˈkɔːrdɪŋli| — (sentence connectors) because of the reason given

accordion |əˈkɔːrdiən| — a portable box-shaped free-reed instrument; the reeds are made to vibrate by air from the bellows controlled by the player

accost |əˈkɔːst| — speak to someone

accouchement |əˈkuːʃmɒŋ| — the parturition process in human beings; having a baby; the process of giving birth to a child

accoucheur |ʌkuːˈʃyɑː| — a physician specializing in obstetrics

accoucheuse |ʌkuːˈʃyz| — a woman skilled in aiding the delivery of babies

account |əˈkaʊnt| — a record or narrative description of past events

accountability |əˌkaʊntəˈbɪləti| — responsibility to someone or for some activity

accountable |əˈkaʊntəbl| — liable to account for one's actions

accountancy |əˈkaʊntənsi| — the occupation of maintaining and auditing records and preparing financial reports for a business

accountant |əˈkaʊntənt| — someone who maintains and audits business accounts

accounting |əˈkaʊntɪŋ| — a convincing explanation that reveals basic causes

accouter  — provide with military equipment

accoutre |əˈkuːtər| — provide with military equipment

accoutrement |əˈkuːtəm(ə)nt| — clothing that is worn or carried, but not part of your main clothing

accredit |əˈkredɪt| — grant credentials to

accreditation |əˌkredɪˈteɪʃn| — the act of granting credit or recognition (especially with respect to educational institution that maintains suitable standards)

accredited |əˈkredətəd| — given official approval to act

accrete |əˈkriːt| — grow together (of plants and organs)

accretion |əˈkriːʃn| — an increase by natural growth or addition

accrue |əˈkruː| — grow by addition

accrued |əˈkruːd| — periodically accumulated over time

acculturate |əˈkʌltʃəreɪt| — assimilate culturally

acculturation |əˌkəltʃəˈreɪʃən| — the adoption of the behavior patterns of the surrounding culture

acculturative  — of or relating to acculturation

accumbent |əˈkəmbənt| — lying down; in a position of comfort or rest

accumulate |əˈkjuːmjəleɪt| — get or gather together

accumulated |əˈkjuːmjəˌletəd| — periodically accumulated over time

accumulation |əˌkjuːmjəˈleɪʃn| — an increase by natural growth or addition

accumulative |əˈkjuːmjələtɪv| — increasing by successive addition

accumulator |əˈkjuːmjəleɪtər| — a person who is employed to collect payments (as for rent or taxes)

accuracy |ˈækjərəsi| — the quality of being near to the true value

accurate |ˈækjərət| — (of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth; strictly correct

accurately |ˈækjərətli| — with few mistakes

accurse |əˈkəːs| — curse or declare to be evil or anathema or threaten with divine punishment

accursed |əˈkɜːrsɪd| — under a curse

accurst |əˈkɝːst| — under a curse

accusation |ˌækjuˈzeɪʃn| — a formal charge of wrongdoing brought against a person; the act of imputing blame or guilt

accusative |əˈkjuːzətɪv| — the case of nouns serving as the direct object of a verb

accusatorial |əkjuːzəˈtɔːriːəl| — specifically indicating a form of prosecution in which one is publicly accused of and tried for a crime and in which the judge is not also the prosecutor

accusatory |əˈkjuːzətɔːri| — containing or expressing accusation

accuse |əˈkjuːz| — bring an accusation against; level a charge against

accused |əˈkjuːzd| — a defendant in a criminal proceeding

accuser |əˈkjuːzər| — someone who imputes guilt or blame

accusing |əˈkjuːzɪŋ| — containing or expressing accusation

accustom |əˈkʌstəm| — make psychologically or physically used (to something)

accustomed |əˈkʌstəmd| — commonly used or practiced; usual

ace |eɪs| — the smallest whole number or a numeral representing this number

acephalous |eɪˈsefələs| — lacking a head or a clearly defined head

acerate  — narrow and long and pointed; as pine leaves

acerb |əˈsərb| — sour or bitter in taste

acerbate |əˈsɜːbɪt| — cause to be bitter or resentful

acerbic |əˈsɜːrbɪk| — sour or bitter in taste

acerbity |əˈsɝːbəti| — a sharp bitterness

acetate |ˈæsɪteɪt| — a salt or ester of acetic acid

acetic |əˈsetɪk| — relating to or containing acetic acid

acetify |əˈsetəˌfaɪ| — make sour or more sour

acetous |ˈæsɪtəs| — tasting or smelling like vinegar

acetylcholine |əˌsetəlˈkolin| — a neurotransmitter that is a derivative of choline; released at the ends of nerve fibers in the somatic and parasympathetic nervous systems

acetylene |əˈsetəliːn| — a colorless flammable gas used chiefly in welding and in organic synthesis

ache |eɪk| — a dull persistent (usually moderately intense) pain

achievable |əˈtʃiːvəbl| — capable of existing or taking place or proving true; possible to do

achieve |əˈtʃiːv| — to gain with effort

achievement |əˈtʃiːvmənt| — the action of accomplishing something

achiever |əˈtʃiːvər| — a person with a record of successes

Achilles |əˈkɪliz| — a mythical Greek hero of the Iliad; a foremost Greek warrior at the siege of Troy; when he was a baby his mother tried to make him immortal by bathing him in a magical river but the heel by which she held him remained vulnerable--his `Achilles' heel'

aching |ˈeɪkɪŋ| — a dull persistent (usually moderately intense) pain

achromatic |ˌakrəˈmadik| — having no hue

achromatism |eɪˈkroʊmətɪzəm| — the visual property of being without chromatic color

acid |ˈæsɪd| — any of various water-soluble compounds having a sour taste and capable of turning litmus red and reacting with a base to form a salt

acidic |əˈsɪdɪk| — being sour to the taste

acidification |əˌsɪdəfəˈkeɪʃən| — the process of becoming acid or being converted into an acid

acidify |əˈsɪdɪfaɪ| — make sour or more sour

acidity |əˈsɪdəti| — the property of being acidic

acidulate |əˈsɪdʒʊleɪt əˈsɪdjʊleɪt| — make sour or more sour

acidulous |əˈsɪdʒələs| — being sour to the taste

acinus |ˈasənəs| — one of the small drupes making up an aggregate or multiple fruit like a blackberry

ack-ack |ˌæk ˈæk| — artillery designed to shoot upward at airplanes

acknowledge |əkˈnɑːlɪdʒ| — declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of

acknowledged |ækˈnɑːlɪdʒd| — generally accepted

acknowledgement |əkˈnɑːlɪdʒmənt| — the state or quality of being recognized or acknowledged

acknowledgment |ɪkˈnɑlɪdʒmənt, æk-| — the state or quality of being recognized or acknowledged

acme |ˈækmi| — the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development

acne |ˈækni| — an inflammatory disease involving the sebaceous glands of the skin; characterized by papules or pustules or comedones

acolyte |ˈækəlaɪt| — someone who assists a priest or minister in a liturgical service; a cleric ordained in the highest of the minor orders in the Roman Catholic Church but not in the Anglican Church or the Eastern Orthodox Churches

aconite |ˈækənaɪt| — any of various usually poisonous plants of the genus Aconitum having tuberous roots and palmately lobed leaves and blue or white flowers

acorn |ˈeɪkɔːrn| — fruit of the oak tree: a smooth thin-walled nut in a woody cup-shaped base

acoustic |əˈkuːstɪk| — a remedy for hearing loss or deafness

acoustical |əˈkuːstɪkəl| — of or relating to the science of acoustics

acoustician |ˌækuːˈstɪʃn| — a physicist who specializes in acoustics

acoustics |əˈkustɪks| — the study of the physical properties of sound

acquaint |əˈkweɪnt| — cause to come to know personally

acquaintance |əˈkweɪntəns| — personal knowledge or information about someone or something

acquaintanceship |əˈkweɪntənsʃəp| — a relationship less intimate than friendship

acquainted |əˈkweɪntɪd| — having fair knowledge of

acquiesce |ˌækwiˈes| — to agree or express agreement

acquiescence |ˌækwiˈesns| — acceptance without protest

acquiescent |ˌækwiˈesnt| — willing to carry out the orders or wishes of another without protest

acquire |əˈkwaɪər| — come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

acquired |əˈkwaɪərd| — gotten through environmental forces

acquirement |əˈkwaɪəmənt| — an ability that has been acquired by training

acquirer |əˈkwaɪərər| — a person who acquires something (usually permanently)

acquiring |əˈkwaɪrɪŋ| — the act of acquiring something

acquisition |ˌækwɪˈzɪʃn| — the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something

acquisitive |əˈkwɪzətɪv| — eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas

acquisitiveness |əˈkwɪzətɪvnəs| — strong desire to acquire and possess

acquit |əˈkwɪt| — pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

acquittal |əˈkwɪtl| — a judgment of not guilty

acquittance |əˈkwitns| — a legal document evidencing the discharge of a debt or obligation

acquitted |əˈkwɪtəd| — declared not guilty of a specific offense or crime; legally blameless

acre |ˈeɪkər| — a unit of area (4840 square yards) used in English-speaking countries

acreage |ˈeɪkərɪdʒ| — an area of ground used for some particular purpose (such as building or farming)

acrid |ˈækrɪd| — strong and sharp

acridity |əˈkrɪdɪtiː| — having an acrid smell

acrimonious |ˌækrɪˈmoʊniəs| — marked by strong resentment or cynicism

acrimony |ˈækrɪmoʊni| — a rough and bitter manner

acrobat |ˈækrəbæt| — an athlete who performs acts requiring skill and agility and coordination

acrobatic |ˌækrəˈbætɪk| — vigorously active

acrobatics |ˌækrəˈbætɪks| — the gymnastic moves of an acrobat

acronym |ˈækrənɪm| — a word formed from the initial letters of the several words in the name and pronounced as one word

acropolis |əˈkrɑːpəlɪs| — the citadel in ancient Greek towns

across |əˈkrɔːs| — to the opposite side

across-the-board  — broad in scope or content

acrostic |əˈkrɔːstɪk| — a puzzle where you fill a square grid with words reading the same down as across

acrylic |əˈkrɪlɪk| — polymerized from acrylonitrile

act |ˌeɪ siː ˈtiː| — a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body

act up |ˈækt ʌp| — misbehave badly; act in a silly or improper way

acting |ˈæktɪŋ| — the performance of a part or role in a drama

actinia |ækˈtɪniːə| — a genus of sea anemone common in rock pools

actinic |akˈtinik| — relating to or exhibiting actinism

actinism |ˈæktɪnɪzəm| — the property of radiation that enables it to produce photochemical effects

actinium |ækˈtɪniəm| — a radioactive element of the actinide series; found in uranium ores

action |ˈækʃn| — something done (usually as opposed to something said)

actionable |ˈækʃənəbl| — affording grounds for legal action

activate |ˈæktɪveɪt| — put in motion or move to act

activated |ˈæktɪˌvetəd| — (of sewage) treated with aeration and bacteria to aid decomposition

activation |ˌæktɪˈveɪʃn| — stimulation of activity in an organism or chemical

activator |ˈæktəˌvetər| — (biology) any agency bringing about activation; a molecule that increases the activity of an enzyme or a protein that increases the production of a gene product in DNA transcription

active |ˈæktɪv| — chemical agent capable of activity

actively |ˈæktɪvli| — in an active manner

activism |ˈæktɪvɪzəm| — a policy of taking direct action to achieve a political or social goal

activist |ˈæktɪvɪst| — a militant reformer

activity |ækˈtɪvəti| — any specific behavior

actor |ˈæktər| — a theatrical performer

actress |ˈæktrəs| — a female actor

actual |ˈæktʃuəl| — taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated

actuality |ˌæktʃuˈæləti| — the state of actually existing objectively

actualize |ˈæktʃuəlaɪz| — make real or concrete; give reality or substance to

actually |ˈæktʃuəli| — in actual fact

actuarial |ˌæktʃuˈeriəl| — of or relating to the work of an actuary

actuary |ˈæktʃueri| — someone versed in the collection and interpretation of numerical data (especially someone who uses statistics to calculate insurance premiums)

actuate |ˈæktʃueɪt| — put in motion or move to act

actuated |ˈæktʃueɪtɪd| — moved to action

actuation |ˌæktʃuˈeɪʃən| — the act of propelling

actuator |ˈæktjuːˌetər| — a mechanism that puts something into automatic action

acuity |əˈkjuːəti| — sharpness of vision; the visual ability to resolve fine detail (usually measured by a Snellen chart)

acumen |ˈækjəmən| — a tapering point

acuminate |əˈkjuːmɪnət| — make sharp or acute; taper; make (something) come to a point

acupuncture |ˈækjupʌŋktʃər| — treatment of pain or disease by inserting the tips of needles at specific points on the skin

acute |əˈkjuːt| — a mark placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation

acutely |əˈkjuːtli| — in a keen or penetrating way

acuteness |əˈkjuːtnəs| — a sensitivity that is keen and highly developed