English dictionary


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

academe |ˈækəˌdɪm| — the academic world

academia |ˌækəˈdiːmɪə| — the academic world

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

academical |ˌækəˈdemɪkəl| — (rare) Belonging to the school of Plato; believing in Plato's philosophy; sceptical . [First attested in the late 16th century.]

academically |ˌækəˈdemɪklɪ| — in regard to academic matters

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

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

academy-figure |əˈkædəmɪˌjɪɡə| — (painting) A drawing usually half life-size, in crayon or pencil, after a nude model.

acanthi |əˈkænθaɪ| — Plural form of acanthus

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

accedence  — The act of acceding

accelerant |əkˈselərənt| — (chemistry) Any substance that can bond, mix, or disturb another substance and cause an increase in the speed of a natural or artificial chemical process.

accelerate |əkˈseləreɪt| — move faster

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

accelerating |ækˈseləˌretɪŋ| — Present participle of accelerate.

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 |əkˈsentʃʊeɪt| — to stress, single out as important

accentuated |ækˈsentʃəˌwetəd| — simple past tense and past participle of accentuate

accentuating |ækˈsentʃəˌwetɪŋ| — Present participle of accentuate.

accentuation |əkˌsentʃʊˈeɪʃn| — 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 |əkˌseptəˈbɪlətɪ| — 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

accepter |ækˈseptər| — A person who accepts; a taker.

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 |əkˈsesərɪ| — someone who helps another person commit a crime

accessibility |əkˌsesəˈbɪlətɪ| — 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

accessories |ækˈsesərɪz| — plural form of accessory

accessory |əkˈsesərɪ| — 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 ˌprəʊn| — 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 |ˌæksɪˈdentəlɪ| — without advance planning

accidents |ˈæksədənts| — plural form of accident

accipiter |akˈsɪpədər| — type genus of the family Accipitridae

accipitral  — Pertaining to, or of the nature of, a falcon or hawk; hawklike - Lowell

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

acclaim |əˈkleɪm| — enthusiastic approval

acclaimed |əˈkleɪmd| — Greatly praised or lauded, revered, highly respected.

acclaiming |əˈkleɪmɪŋ| — Present participle of acclaim.

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

acclivous |əˈklaɪvəs| — sloping upward; rising as a hillside.

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

accommodate |əˈkɑːmədeɪt| — be agreeable or acceptable to

accommodated |əˈkɑːməˌdeɪtəd| — simple past tense and past participle of accommodate

accommodating |əˈkɑːmədeɪtɪŋ| — obliging; willing to do favors

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

accommodation-bill |əˌkɒməˈdeɪʃənbɪl| — (banking) A bill of exchange endorsed by a reputable third party acting as a guarantor, as a favor and without compensation.

accommodation-ladder |əˌkɒməˈdeɪʃənˌlædə| — (nautical) a flight of stairs or a ladder for lowering over the side of a ship for access to and from a small boat.

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

accompaniment |əˈkʌmpənɪmənt| — 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 |əˈkʌmpənɪ| — be present or associated with an event or entity

accompanying |əˈkəmpənɪɪŋ| — 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

accomplishing |əˈkɑːmplɪʃɪŋ| — Present participle of accomplish.

accomplishment |əˈkɑːmplɪʃmənt| — the action of accomplishing something

accomplishments |əˈkɑːmplɪʃmənts| — plural form of accomplishment

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 |əˈkɔːrdɪŋlɪ| — (sentence connectors) because of the reason given

accordion |əˈkɔːrdɪən| — 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 |əkuːˈʃɜː| — a physician specializing in obstetrics

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

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

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

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

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

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

accountant-general |əˈkaʊntəntˌdʒenərəl| — A head or superintending accountant in certain public offices.

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

accounts |əˈkaʊnts| — plural form of account

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

accoutrements |əˈkuːtəmənts| — plural form of accoutrement; this plural form more common than singular.

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

accrediting |əˈkredətɪŋ| — Present participle of accredit.

accrescence  — (rare) Continuous growth; an accretion.

accrescent  — Growing; increasing.

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

accreted |əˈkriːtɪd| — simple past tense and past participle of accrete

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

accrue |əˈkruː| — grow by addition

accrued |əˈkruːd| — periodically accumulated over time

accruing |əˈkruːɪŋ| — Present participle of accrue.

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 |ˈækjərəsɪ| — 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 |ˈækjərətlɪ| — with few mistakes

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

accursed |əˈkɜːrsɪd| — under a curse

accursing  — Present participle of accurse.

accurst |əˈkɜːst| — under a curse

accusation |ˌækjʊˈzeɪʃn| — 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 |əˈkjuːzətɔːrɪ| — 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

acerbated  — simple past tense and past participle of acerbate

acerbic |əˈsɜːrbɪk| — sour or bitter in taste

acerbity |əˈsɜːbətɪ| — a sharp bitterness

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

acetic |əˈsetɪk| — relating to or containing acetic acid

acetified  — simple past tense and past participle of acetify

acetify |əˈsetəˌfaɪ| — make sour or more sour

acetous |ˈæsɪtəs| — tasting or smelling like vinegar

acetylcholine |ˌasɪtaɪlˈkəʊliːn| — 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

acheless |ˈeɪklɪs| — without an ache

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

achieve |əˈtʃiːv| — to gain with effort

achieved |əˈtʃiːvd| — Simple past tense and past participle of achieve.

achievement |əˈtʃiːvmənt| — the action of accomplishing something

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

Achilles |əˈkɪlɪz| — 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 |ˌakrəˈmadɪk| — having no hue

achromatism |eɪˈkrəʊmətɪzəm| — 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

acid-proof |ˈæsɪdpruːf| — Alternative spelling of acidproof.

acidic |əˈsɪdɪk| — being sour to the taste

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

acidified |əˈsɪdəˌfaɪd| — simple past tense and past participle of acidify

acidify |əˈsɪdɪfaɪ| — make sour or more sour

acidity |əˈsɪdətɪ| — the property of being acidic

acidize |ˈæsɪˌdaɪz| — To impregnate with acid; acidify.

acidly |ˈæsɪdlɪ| — sourly; tartly

acidproof  — Resistant to the corrosive effects of acid.

acidulate |əˈsɪdʒʊleɪt əˈsɪdjʊleɪt| — make sour or more sour

acidulated |əˈsɪdjʊleɪtɪd| — simple past tense and past participle of acidulate

acidulation  — the act of acidulating

acidulous |əˈsɪdʒələs| — being sour to the taste

acidy  — Like an acid, somewhat acid.

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| — the state or quality of being recognized or acknowledged

aclinic |əˈklɪnɪk| — (physics) Without inclination or dipping.

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

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

acock |əˈkɑːk| — In a cocked or turned-up fashion.

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 |əˈkʊstɪks| — 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

acquest |əˈkwest| — (rare) Acquisition; the thing gained.

acquiesce |ˌækwɪˈes| — to agree or express agreement

acquiescence |ˌækwɪˈesns| — acceptance without protest

acquiescent |ˌækwɪˈesnt| — 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

acquirements |əˈkwaɪəmənts| — plural form of acquirement

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 |əˈkwɪtns| — 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 |ˌækrɪˈməʊnɪəs| — marked by strong resentment or cynicism

acrimony |ˈækrɪməʊnɪ| — 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

acropoleis |əˈkrɒpəlaɪs| — plural form of acropolis

acropolis |əˈkrɑːpəlɪs| — the citadel in ancient Greek towns

across |əˈkrɔːs| — to the opposite side

across-the-board |əˈkrɔːs ðə ˈbɔːrd| — 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 |ˈækt| — 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 |akˈtɪnɪk| — relating to or exhibiting actinism

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

actinium |ækˈtɪnɪəm| — 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

actions |ˈækʃənz| — plural form of 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 |ˈæktɪvlɪ| — 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 |ækˈtɪvətɪ| — any specific behavior

actor |ˈæktər| — a theatrical performer

actorish  — Of or pertaining to an actor or theatrical acting; like an actor.

actress |ˈæktrəs| — a female actor

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

actuality |ˌæktʃʊˈælətɪ| — the state of actually existing objectively

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

actually |ˈæktʃʊəlɪ| — in actual fact

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

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

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

actuated |ˈæktʃʊeɪtɪd| — moved to action

actuation |ˌæktʃʊˈeɪʃən| — the act of propelling

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

acuity |əˈkjuːətɪ| — 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 |ˈækjʊpʌŋktʃər| — 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 |əˈkjuːtlɪ| — in a keen or penetrating way

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

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