English dictionary


apace |əˈpeɪs| — (poetic, literary) quickly

Apache |əˈpætʃi| — any member of Athapaskan tribes that migrated to the southwestern desert (from Arizona to Texas and south into Mexico); fought a losing battle from 1861 to 1886 with the United States and were resettled in Oklahoma

apanage |ˈæpənɪdʒ| — any customary and rightful perquisite appropriate to your station in life

apart |əˈpɑːrt| — separated or at a distance in place or position or time

apartheid |əˈpɑːrtaɪt| — a social policy or racial segregation involving political and economic and legal discrimination against people who are not Whites; the former official policy in South Africa

apartment |əˈpɑːrtmənt| — a suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house

apathetic |ˌæpəˈθetɪk| — showing little or no emotion or animation

apathetically |ˌæpəˈθetɪkəli| — in an apathetic manner

apathy |ˈæpəθi| — an absence of emotion or enthusiasm

apatite |ˈæpəˌtaɪt| — a common complex mineral consisting of calcium fluoride phosphate or calcium chloride phosphate; a source of phosphorus

ape |eɪp| — any of various primates with short tails or no tail at all

ape-man |ˈeɪpmæn| — hypothetical organism formerly thought to be intermediate between apes and human beings

apelike |ˈeɪˌplaɪk| — resembling apes

aper  — someone who copies the words or behavior of another

aperient |əˈpɪərɪənt| — a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels

aperiodic |ˌeɪˌpɪəriˈɒdɪk| — not recurring at regular intervals

aperitif |əˌperəˈtiːf| — alcoholic beverage taken before a meal as an appetizer

aperture |ˈæpətʃər| — a device that controls amount of light admitted

apery |ˈeɪpəriː| — the act of mimicking; imitative behavior

apex |ˈeɪpeks| — the highest point (of something)

aphasia |əˈfeɪziə| — inability to use or understand language (spoken or written) because of a brain lesion

aphelion |æˈfiːliən| — apoapsis in solar orbit; the point in the orbit of a planet or comet that is at the greatest distance from the sun

aphid |ˈeɪfɪd| — any of various small plant-sucking insects

aphis |ˈeɪfɪs| — type genus of the Aphididae: injurious to fruit trees and vegetables

aphonia |eɪˈfoʊniːə| — a disorder of the vocal organs that results in the loss of voice

aphonic |eɪˈfɒnɪk| — being without sound through injury or illness and thus incapable of all but whispered speech

aphorism |ˈæfərɪzəm| — a short pithy instructive saying

aphoristic |ˌæfəˈrɪstɪk| — terse and witty and like a maxim

aphrodisiac |ˌæfrəˈdɪziæk| — a drug or other agent that stimulates sexual desire

Aphrodite |ˌæfrəˈdaɪti| — goddess of love and beauty and daughter of Zeus in ancient mythology; identified with Roman Venus

apian |ˈeɪpiən| — relating to or having the characteristics of bees

apiarian |eɪpiːˈeriːən| — relating to bees or beekeeping

apiarist |ˈeɪpiərɪst| — a farmer who keeps bees for their honey

apiary |ˈeɪpieri| — a shed containing a number of beehives

apical |ˈæpɪkəl| — situated at an apex

apiculture |ˈeɪpɪkʌltʃər| — the cultivation of bees on a commercial scale for the production of honey

apiculturist  — a farmer who keeps bees for their honey

apiece |əˈpiːs| — to or from every one of two or more (considered individually)

apis |ˈæpɪs| — type genus of the Apidae: honeybees

apish |ˈeɪpɪʃ| — being or given to servile imitation

aplomb |əˈplɑːm| — great coolness and composure under strain

apnea |ˈæpniə| — transient cessation of respiration

apocalypse |əˈpɑːkəlɪps| — a cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the ruling powers of evil

apocalyptic |əˌpɑːkəˈlɪptɪk| — prophetic of devastation or ultimate doom

apocarpous |ˌæpəˈkɑːrpəs| — (of ovaries of flowering plants) consisting of carpels that are free from one another as in buttercups or roses

apocope |əˈpɑːkəpi| — abbreviation of a word by omitting the final sound or sounds

apocrypha |əˈpɑːkrɪfə| — 14 books of the Old Testament included in the Vulgate (except for II Esdras) but omitted in Jewish and Protestant versions of the Bible; eastern Christian churches (except the Coptic Church) accept all these books as canonical; the Russian Orthodox Church

apocryphal |əˈpɑːkrɪfl| — being of questionable authenticity

apodal |ˈæpədl| — (of snakes and eels) naturally footless

apogee |ˈæpədʒiː| — a final climactic stage

apolitical |ˌeɪpəˈlɪtɪkl| — politically neutral

Apollo |əˈpɑːloʊ| — (Greek mythology) Greek god of light; god of prophecy and poetry and music and healing; son of Zeus and Leto; twin brother of Artemis

apologetic |əˌpɑːləˈdʒetɪk| — offering or expressing apology

apologetics |əˌpɒləˈdʒetɪks| — the branch of theology that is concerned with the defense of Christian doctrines

apologia |ˌæpəˈloʊdʒiə| — a formal written defense of something you believe in strongly

apologise |əˈpɒlədʒaɪz| — defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning

apologist |əˈpɑːlədʒɪst| — a person who argues to defend or justify some policy or institution

apologize |əˈpɑːlədʒaɪz| — acknowledge faults or shortcomings or failing

apologue |ˈæpəˌlɔːɡ| — a short moral story (often with animal characters)

apology |əˈpɑːlədʒi| — an expression of regret at having caused trouble for someone

apophthegm |ˈæpəθem| — a short pithy instructive saying

apoplectic |ˌæpəˈplektɪk| — pertaining to or characteristic of apoplexy

apoplexy |ˈæpəpleksi| — a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain

apostasy |əˈpɑːstəsi| — the state of having rejected your religious beliefs or your political party or a cause (often in favor of opposing beliefs or causes)

apostate |əˈpɑːsteɪt| — a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc.

apostatize |əˈpɑːstəˌtaɪz| — abandon one's beliefs or allegiances

apostle |əˈpɑːsl| — an ardent early supporter of a cause or reform

apostolic |ˌæpəˈstɑːlɪk| — of or relating to or deriving from the Apostles or their teachings

apostolical |ˌæpəsˈtɒlɪkəl| — proceeding from or ordered by or subject to a pope or the papacy regarded as the successor of the Apostles

apostrophe |əˈpɑːstrəfi| — address to an absent or imaginary person

apostrophize |əˈpɑːstrəfaɪz| — use an apostrophe

apothecary |əˈpɑːθəkeri| — a health professional trained in the art of preparing and dispensing drugs

apothegm |ˈæpəθem| — a short pithy instructive saying

apotheosis |əˌpɑːθiˈoʊsɪs| — model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal

apotheosize |əˈpɒθɪəsʌɪz| — deify or glorify

appal |əˈpɔːl| — strike with disgust or revulsion

Appalachian |ˌæpəˈleɪtʃən| — a native or inhabitant of Appalachia

appall |əˈpɒl| — strike with disgust or revulsion

appalling |əˈpɔːlɪŋ| — an experience that appalls

appallingly |əˈpɔːlɪŋli| — to an appalling extent

appanage |ˈapənij| — any customary and rightful perquisite appropriate to your station in life

apparatus |ˌæpəˈrætəs| — equipment designed to serve a specific function

apparel |əˈpærəl| — clothing in general

apparent |əˈpærənt| — clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

apparently |əˈpærəntli| — from appearances alone

apparition |ˌæpəˈrɪʃn| — a ghostly appearing figure

appeal |əˈpiːl| — earnest or urgent request

appealable |əˈpiːləbəl| — capable of being appealed especially to a higher tribunal

appealing |əˈpiːlɪŋ| — able to attract interest or draw favorable attention

appear |əˈpɪr| — give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect

appearance |əˈpɪrəns| — outward or visible aspect of a person or thing

appearing |əˈpɪrɪŋ| — formal attendance (in court or at a hearing) of a party in an action

appeasable |əˈpiːzəbl| — capable of being pacified

appease |əˈpiːz| — cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

appeasement |əˈpiːzmənt| — the act of appeasing (as by acceding to the demands of)

appellant |əˈpelənt| — the party who appeals a decision of a lower court

appellate |əˈpelət| — of or relating to or taking account of appeals (usually legal appeals)

appellation |ˌæpəˈleɪʃn| — identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others

appellative |əˈpelətɪv| — identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others

append |əˈpend| — add to the very end

appendage |əˈpendɪdʒ| — an external body part that projects from the body

appendant |əˈpendənt| — affixed as an appendage

appendicitis |əˌpendəˈsaɪtɪs| — inflammation of the vermiform appendix

appendix |əˈpendɪks| — supplementary material that is collected and appended at the back of a book

apperceive  — perceive in terms of a past experience

apperception |ˌæpərˈsepʃən| — the process whereby perceived qualities of an object are related to past experience

appertain |ˌæpərˈteɪn| — be a part or attribute of

appetence |ˈæpɪtəns| — a feeling of craving something

appetency |ˈæpɪtənsiː| — a feeling of craving something

appetite |ˈæpɪtaɪt| — a feeling of craving something

appetizer |ˈæpɪtaɪzər| — food or drink to stimulate the appetite (usually served before a meal or as the first course)

appetizing |ˈæpɪtaɪzɪŋ| — appealing to or stimulating the appetite especially in appearance or aroma

applaud |əˈplɔːd| — clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval

applause |əˈplɔːz| — a demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together

apple |ˈæpl| — fruit with red or yellow or green skin and sweet to tart crisp whitish flesh

applejack |ˈæpldʒæk| — distilled from hard cider

applesauce |ˈæpəlˌsɒs| — puree of stewed apples usually sweetened and spiced

appliance |əˈplaɪəns| — a device or control that is very useful for a particular job

applicability |əˌplɪkəˈbɪləti| — relevance by virtue of being applicable to the matter at hand

applicable |əˈplɪkəbl| — capable of being applied; having relevance

applicant |ˈæplɪkənt| — a person who requests or seeks something such as assistance or employment or admission

application |ˌæplɪˈkeɪʃn| — the act of bringing something to bear; using it for a particular purpose

applicator |ˈæplɪkeɪtər| — a device for applying a substance

applied |əˈplaɪd| — concerned with concrete problems or data rather than with fundamental principles

applique |əˈpliːkeɪ| — a decorative design made of one material sewn over another

apply |əˈplaɪ| — put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

appoint |əˈpɔɪnt| — create and charge with a task or function

appointed |əˈpoin(t)əd| — selected for a job

appointee |əˌpɔɪnˈtiː| — an official who is appointed

appointive |əˈpoin(t)iv| — relating to the act of appointing

appointment |əˈpɔɪntmənt| — the act of putting a person into a non-elective position

apportion |əˈpɔːrʃn| — distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose

apportionment |əˈpɔːrʃnmənt| — the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan

apposite |ˈæpəzɪt| — being of striking appropriateness and pertinence

apposition |ˌæpəˈzɪʃn| — a grammatical relation between a word and a noun phrase that follows

appositional  — relating to or being in apposition

appraisal |əˈpreɪzl| — the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth

appraise |əˈpreɪz| — evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of

appraiser |əˈpreɪzər| — one who estimates officially the worth or value or quality of things

appreciable |əˈpriːʃəbl| — enough to be estimated or measured

appreciably |əˈpriːʃəbli| — to a noticeable degree

appreciate |əˈpriːʃieɪt| — recognize with gratitude; be grateful for

appreciation |əˌpriːʃiˈeɪʃn| — understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something

appreciative |əˈpriːʃətɪv| — feeling or expressive of gratitude

apprehend |ˌæprɪˈhend| — get the meaning of something

apprehensible |ˌaprəˈhensəb(ə)l| — capable of being apprehended or understood

apprehension |ˌæprɪˈhenʃn| — fearful expectation or anticipation

apprehensive |ˌæprɪˈhensɪv| — quick to understand

apprehensiveness |ˌæprɪˈhensɪvnəs| — fearful expectation or anticipation

apprentice |əˈprentɪs| — works for an expert to learn a trade

apprenticeship |əˈprentɪʃɪp| — the position of apprentice

apprise |əˈpraɪz| — inform (somebody) of something

apprize |əˈpraɪz| — inform (somebody) of something

appro |ˈæproʊ| — an informal British abbreviation of approval

approach |əˈproʊtʃ| — ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation

approachability |əˌproʊtʃəˈbɪləti| — the attribute of being easy to meet or deal with

approachable |əˈproʊtʃəbl| — capable of being read with comprehension

approaching |əˈproʊtʃɪŋ| — the event of one object coming closer to another

approbate |ˈæprəˌbeɪt| — approve or sanction officially

approbation |ˌæprəˈbeɪʃn| — official approval

approbative  — expressing or manifesting praise or approval

approbatory |əˈproʊbətɔːriː| — expressing or manifesting praise or approval

appropriate |əˈproʊpriət| — give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause

appropriately |əˈproʊpriətli| — in accordance with what is appropriate or suitable for the circumstances

appropriateness |əˈproʊpriətnəs| — appropriate conduct; doing the right thing

appropriation |əˌproʊpriˈeɪʃn| — money set aside (as by a legislature) for a specific purpose

approval |əˈpruːvl| — the formal act of approving

approve |əˈpruːv| — give sanction to

approved |əˈpruːvd| — established by authority; given authoritative approval

approving |əˈpruːvɪŋ| — the formal act of approving

approvingly |əˈpruːvɪŋli| — in an approving manner

approximate |əˈprɑːksɪmət| — be close or similar

approximately |əˈprɑːksɪmətli| — (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct

approximation |əˌprɑːksɪˈmeɪʃn| — an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth

appurtenance |əˈpɜːrtɪnəns| — equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles needed for a particular operation or sport etc.

appurtenant |əˈpərt(ə)nənt| — furnishing added support

apricot |ˈæprɪkɑːt| — Asian tree having clusters of usually white blossoms and edible fruit resembling the peach

April |ˈeɪprəl| — the month following March and preceding May

apron |ˈeɪprən| — a garment of cloth or leather or plastic that is tied about the waist and worn to protect your clothing

apropos |ˌæprəˈpoʊ| — of an appropriate or pertinent nature

apse |æps| — a domed or vaulted recess or projection on a building especially the east end of a church; usually contains the altar

apsis |ˈapsəs| — a domed or vaulted recess or projection on a building especially the east end of a church; usually contains the altar

apt |æpt| — (usually followed by `to') naturally disposed toward

apterous |ˈaptərəs| — (of insects) without wings

apteryx  — nocturnal flightless bird of New Zealand having a long neck and stout legs; only surviving representative of the order Apterygiformes

aptitude |ˈæptɪtuːd| — inherent ability

aptly |ˈæptli| — with competence; in a competent capable manner

aptness |ˈæptnəs| — a disposition to behave in a certain way