English dictionary


as |æz| — a very poisonous metallic element that has three allotropic forms; arsenic and arsenic compounds are used as herbicides and insecticides and various alloys; found in arsenopyrite and orpiment and realgar

asbestine |æsˈbestɪn| — Resembling or relating to asbestos.

asbestos |æsˈbestəs| — a fibrous amphibole; used for making fireproof articles; inhaling fibers can cause asbestosis or lung cancer

ascend |əˈsend| — travel up

ascendance |əˈsendəns| — the state that exists when one person or group has power over another

ascendancy |əˈsendənsɪ| — the state that exists when one person or group has power over another

ascendant |əˈsendənt| — position or state of being dominant or in control

ascendence |əˈsendəns| — the state that exists when one person or group has power over another

ascendency |əˈsendənsɪ| — the state that exists when one person or group has power over another

ascendent |əˈsendənt| — position or state of being dominant or in control

ascending |əˈsendɪŋ| — the act of changing location in an upward direction

ascension |əˈsenʃn| — (Christianity) celebration of the Ascension of Christ into heaven; observed on the 40th day after Easter

ascensional |əˈsenʃənl| — tending to rise

ascensive  — tending or directed upward

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

ascertain |ˌæsərˈteɪn| — establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study

ascertainment |ˌæsəˈteɪnmənt| — The act of ascertaining.

ascetic |əˈsetɪk| — someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline

ascetical  — practicing great self-denial

asceticism |əˈsetɪsɪzəm| — the doctrine that through renunciation of worldly pleasures it is possible to achieve a high spiritual or intellectual state

ascorbic |əˈskɔːrbɪk| — Of or pertaining to ascorbic acid or its derivatives

Ascot |ˈæskɑːt| — a cravat with wide square ends; secured with an ornamental pin

ascribable |əˈskraɪbəbəl| — capable of being assigned or credited to

ascribe |əˈskraɪb| — attribute or credit to

ascription |əˈskrɪpʃn| — assigning some quality or character to a person or thing

asepsis |ˌeɪˈsepsɪs| — (of non-living objects) the state of being free of pathogenic organisms

aseptic |ˌeɪˈseptɪk| — free of or using methods to keep free of pathological microorganisms

asepticize  — To render aseptic; to sterilize; to cleanse of pathogenic materials.

asepticized  — simple past tense and past participle of asepticize

asexual |ˌeɪˈsekʃʊəl| — not having or involving sex

ash |æʃ| — the residue that remains when something is burned

ash-bin |ˈæʃ bɪn| — a bin that holds rubbish until it is collected

ash-key |ˈæʃ kiː| — winged seed of the ash tree

ash-pan |ˈæʃ pæn| — a receptacle fitted beneath the grate in which ashes collect and are removed

ashamed |əˈʃeɪmd| — feeling shame or guilt or embarrassment or remorse

ashbin |ˈæʃbɪn| — a bin that holds rubbish until it is collected

ashcan |ˈæʃkæn| — a bin that holds rubbish until it is collected

ashen |ˈæʃn| — anemic looking from illness or emotion

ashery  — A depository for ashes.

ashes |ˈæʃəz| — plural form of ash

ashlar |ˈæʃlər| — a rectangular block of hewn stone used for building purposes

ashler |ˈæʃlə| — Alternative form of ashlar.

ashore |əˈʃɔːr| — towards the shore from the water

ashpit  — A pit for the disposal of ashes.

ashtray |ˈæʃtreɪ| — a receptacle for the ash from smokers' cigars or cigarettes

ashy |ˈæʃɪ| — of a light grey

Asian |ˈeɪʃn| — a native or inhabitant of Asia

Asiatic |ˌeɪʃɪˈætɪk| — a native or inhabitant of Asia

aside |əˈsaɪd| — a line spoken by an actor to the audience but not intended for others on the stage

asinine |ˈæsɪnaɪn| — extremely silly or stupid

ask |æsk| — make a request or demand for something to somebody

askance |əˈskæns| — with suspicion or disapproval

askant |əˈskænt| — (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy

askew |əˈskjuː| — turned or twisted to one side

asking |ˈæskɪŋ| — the verbal act of requesting

aslant |əˈslænt| — over or across in a slanting direction

asleep |əˈsliːp| — lacking sensation

aslope |əˈsləʊp| — having an oblique or slanted direction

asocial |eɪˈsəʊʃəl| — given to avoiding association with others

asp |æsp| — of southern Europe; similar to but smaller than the adder

asparagus |əˈspærəɡəs| — plant whose succulent young shoots are cooked and eaten as a vegetable

aspect |ˈæspekt| — a distinct feature or element in a problem

aspen |ˈæspən| — any of several trees of the genus Populus having leaves on flattened stalks so that they flutter in the lightest wind

asperity |æˈsperətɪ| — something hard to endure

asperse |əˈspərs| — charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone

aspersion |əˈspɜːʒən| — a disparaging remark

asphalt |ˈæsfɔːlt| — mixed asphalt and crushed gravel or sand; used especially for paving but also for roofing

asphodel |ˈasfəˌdel| — any of various chiefly Mediterranean plants of the genera Asphodeline and Asphodelus having linear leaves and racemes of white or pink or yellow flowers

asphyxia |æsˈfɪksɪə| — a condition in which insufficient or no oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged on a ventilatory basis; caused by choking or drowning or electric shock or poison gas

asphyxiant |æsˈfɪksiːənt| — That can cause asphyxiation

asphyxiate |əsˈfɪksɪeɪt| — deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing

asphyxiation |əsˌfɪksɪˈeɪʃn| — the condition of being deprived of oxygen (as by having breathing stopped)

asphyxy |æsˈfɪksɪ| — (medicine, obsolete) asphyxiation, typically resulting in death; asphyxia

aspic |ˈæspɪk| — savory jelly based on fish or meat stock used as a mold for meats or vegetables

aspidistra |ˌæspɪˈdɪstrə| — evergreen perennial with large handsome basal leaves; grown primarily as a foliage houseplant

aspirant |əˈspaɪərənt| — an ambitious and aspiring young person

aspirate |ˈæspərət| — a consonant pronounced with aspiration

aspiration |ˌæspəˈreɪʃn| — a will to succeed

aspirator |ˈæspɪreɪtər| — a pump that draws air or another gas through a liquid

aspire |əˈspaɪər| — have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal

aspirin |ˈæsprɪn| — the acetylated derivative of salicylic acid; used as an analgesic anti-inflammatory drug (trade names Bayer, Empirin, and St. Joseph) usually taken in tablet form; used as an antipyretic; slows clotting of the blood by poisoning platelets

aspiring |əˈspaɪərɪŋ| — desiring or striving for recognition or advancement

ass |æs| — the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

assagai |ˈæsəɡaɪ| — the slender spear of the Bantu-speaking people of Africa

assail |əˈseɪl| — attack someone physically or emotionally

assailable |əˈseɪləbəl| — not defended or capable of being defended

assailant |əˈseɪlənt| — someone who attacks

assassin |əˈsæsn| — a murderer (especially one who kills a prominent political figure) who kills by a surprise attack and often is hired to do the deed

assassinate |əˈsæsəneɪt| — murder; especially of socially prominent persons

assassinated |əˈsæsəˌnetəd| — murdered by surprise attack for political reasons

assassination |əˌsæsəˈneɪʃn| — an attack intended to ruin someone's reputation

assassinator |əˈsæsɪneɪtə| — a murderer (especially one who kills a prominent political figure) who kills by a surprise attack and often is hired to do the deed

assault |əˈsɔːlt| — close fighting during the culmination of a military attack

assaulter |əˈsɔːltə| — someone who attacks

assay |əˈseɪ| — an appraisal of the state of affairs

assaying |əˈseɪɪŋ| — Present participle of assay.

assegai |ˈæsəɡaɪ| — the slender spear of the Bantu-speaking people of Africa

assemblage |əˈsemblɪdʒ| — a group of persons together in one place

assemble |əˈsembl| — create by putting components or members together

assembled |əˈsembəld| — simple past tense and past participle of assemble

assembling |əˈsembəlɪŋ| — the act of gathering something together

assembly |əˈsemblɪ| — a group of machine parts that fit together to form a self-contained unit

assemblyman |əˈsemblɪmən| — someone who is a member of a legislative assembly

assent |əˈsent| — agreement with a statement or proposal to do something

assentation |ˌæsenˈteɪʃən| — Insincere or obsequious assent; hypocritical or pretended concurrence.

assert |əˈsɜːrt| — state categorically

assertion |əˈsɜːrʃn| — a declaration that is made emphatically (as if no supporting evidence were necessary)

assertive |əˈsɜːrtɪv| — aggressively self-assured

assertiveness |əˈsɜːrtɪvnəs| — aggressive self-assurance; given to making bold assertions

assess |əˈses| — evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of

assessable |əˈsesəbl| — capable of being assessed especially for the purpose of taxation

assessment |əˈsesmənt| — the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth

assessor |əˈsesər| — an official who evaluates property for the purpose of taxing it

asset |ˈæset| — a useful or valuable quality

asseverate |əˈsevəreɪt| — state categorically

asseveration |əˌsevəˈreɪʃən| — a declaration that is made emphatically (as if no supporting evidence were necessary)

asshole |ˈæshəʊl| — insulting terms of address for people who are stupid or irritating or ridiculous

assiduity |ˌæsɪˈdjuːətɪ| — great and constant diligence and attention

assiduous |əˈsɪdʒʊəs| — marked by care and persistent effort

assiduously |əˈsɪdʒʊəslɪ| — with care and persistence

assiduousness |əˈsɪdjʊəsnəs| — great and constant diligence and attention

assign |əˈsaɪn| — give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)

assignation |ˌæsɪɡˈneɪʃn| — a secret rendezvous (especially between lovers)

assigned |əˈsaɪnd| — appointed to a post or duty

assignee |ˌæsaɪˈniː| — (law) the party to whom something is assigned (e.g., someone to whom a right or property is legally transferred)

assignment |əˈsaɪnmənt| — a duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces)

assimilate |əˈsɪməleɪt| — take up mentally

assimilated |əˈsɪməˌletəd| — simple past tense and past participle of assimilate

assimilation |əˌsɪməˈleɪʃn| — the state of being assimilated; people of different backgrounds come to see themselves as part of a larger national family

assist |əˈsɪst| — the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

assistance |əˈsɪstəns| — the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

assistant |əˈsɪstənt| — a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

assisted |əˈsɪstəd| — having help; often used as a combining form

assistive  — giving assistance

assize |əˈsaɪz| — the regulation of weights and measures of articles offered for sale

associate |əˈsəʊʃɪeɪt| — a person who joins with others in some activity or endeavor

associated |əˈsəʊʃɪeɪtɪd| — simple past tense and past participle of associate

association |əˌsəʊʃɪˈeɪʃn| — a formal organization of people or groups of people

associational  — of or relating to associations or associationism

associative |əˈsəʊʃɪətɪv| — characterized by or causing or resulting from the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination

assoil  — pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

assonance |ˈæsənəns| — the repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words

assonant |ˈæsənənt| — having the same sound (especially the same vowel sound) occurring in successive stressed syllables

assort |əˈsɔːrt| — keep company with; hang out with

assorted |əˈsɔːrtəd| — consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds

assortment |əˈsɔːrtmənt| — a collection containing a variety of sorts of things

assuage |əˈsweɪdʒ| — cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

assuagement |əˈsweɪdʒmənt| — the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced

assuasive |əˈsweɪsɪv| — freeing from fear and anxiety

assume |əˈsuːm| — take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof

assumed |əˈsuːmd| — adopted in order to deceive

assumedly  — In an assumed manner; presumably.

assuming |əˈsuːmɪŋ| — excessively forward

assumption |əˈsʌmpʃn| — a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn

assumptive |əˈsəm(p)tɪv| — excessively forward

assurance |əˈʃʊrəns| — freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities

assure |əˈʃʊr| — make certain of

assured |əˈʃʊrd| — marked by assurance; exhibiting confidence

assuredly |əˈʃʊrədlɪ| — without a doubt

assuredness |əˈʃʊərɪdnɪs| — great coolness and composure under strain

assurer |əˈʃʊərə| — An insurer; an underwriter.

Assyrian |əˈsɪrɪən| — an inhabitant of ancient Assyria

astable |eɪˈsteɪb(ə)l| — Not stable.

astatic |eɪˈstætɪk| — not static or stable

aster |ˈæstər| — any of various chiefly fall-blooming herbs of the genus Aster with showy daisylike flowers

asterisk |ˈæstərɪsk| — a star-shaped character * used in printing

asterism |ˈastəˌrɪzəm| — (mineralogy) a star-shaped figure with six rays that is seen in some crystal structures under reflected or transmitted light

astern |əˈstɜːrn| — stern foremost or backward

asteroid |ˈæstərɔɪd| — any of numerous small celestial bodies composed of rock and metal that move around the sun (mainly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter)

asthenia |æsˈθiːniːə| — an abnormal loss of strength

asthma |ˈæzmə| — respiratory disorder characterized by wheezing; usually of allergic origin

asthmatic |æzˈmætɪk| — a person suffering from asthma

astigmatism |əˈstɪɡmətɪzəm| — (ophthalmology) impaired eyesight resulting usually from irregular conformation of the cornea; common in nearsighted people

astir |əˈstər| — out of bed

astonish |əˈstɑːnɪʃ| — affect with wonder

astonished |əˈstɑːnɪʃt| — filled with the emotional impact of overwhelming surprise or shock

astonishing |əˈstɑːnɪʃɪŋ| — surprising greatly

astonishingly |əˈstɑːnɪʃɪŋlɪ| — in an amazing manner; to everyone's surprise

astonishment |əˈstɑːnɪʃmənt| — the feeling that accompanies something extremely surprising

astound |əˈstaʊnd| — affect with wonder

astounding |əˈstaʊndɪŋ| — bewildering or striking dumb with wonder

astraddle |əˈstradl| — with one leg on each side

astragal |ˈastrəɡəl| — the bone in the ankle that articulates with the leg bones to form the ankle joint

astragali |əsˈtræɡəlaɪ| — plural form of astragalus

astragalus |əˈstraɡələs| — large genus of annual or perennial herbs or shrubs of north temperate regions; largest genus in the family Leguminosae

astrakhan |ˈæstrəkən| — the fur of young lambs

astral |ˈæstrəl| — being or relating to or resembling or emanating from stars

astray |əˈstreɪ| — away from the right path or direction

astriction  — The act of binding; restriction; obligation.

astride |əˈstraɪd| — with one leg on each side

astringe  — constrict or bind or draw together

astringency |əˈstrɪndʒəsɪ| — a sharp astringent taste; the taste experience when a substance causes the mouth to pucker

astringent |əˈstrɪndʒənt| — a drug that causes contraction of body tissues and canals

astrolabe |ˈæstrəleɪb| — an early form of sextant

astrologer |əˈstrɑːlədʒər| — someone who predicts the future by the positions of the planets and sun and Moon

astrology |əˈstrɑːlədʒɪ| — a pseudoscience claiming divination by the positions of the planets and sun and moon

astronaut |ˈæstrənɔːt| — a person trained to travel in a spacecraft

astronautics |ˌæstrəˈnɑːtɪks| — the theory and practice of navigation through air or space

astronomer |əˈstrɑːnəmər| — a physicist who studies astronomy

astronomic |ˌæstrəˈnɒmɪk| — inconceivably large

astronomical |ˌæstrəˈnɑːmɪkl| — inconceivably large

astronomy |əˈstrɑːnəmɪ| — the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole

astrophotography |ˌæstrɒfəˈtɑːɡrəfɪ| — (astronomy, photography) A specialized kind of photography, comprised of concepts and techniques that pertain to the production of photographic images of astronomical objects.

astrophysical |ˌæstrəʊˈfɪzɪkəl| — of or concerned with astrophysics

astrophysicist |ˌæstrəʊˈfɪzɪsɪst| — an astronomer who studies the physical properties of celestial bodies

astrophysics |ˌæstrəʊˈfɪzɪks| — the branch of astronomy concerned with the physical and chemical properties of celestial bodies

astute |əˈstuːt| — marked by practical hardheaded intelligence

astuteness |əˈstuːtnəs| — intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings)

asunder |əˈsʌndər| — into parts or pieces

aswirl |əˈswərl| — In a swirl

asylum |əˈsaɪləm| — a shelter from danger or hardship

asymmetric |ˌeɪsɪˈmetrɪk| — characterized by asymmetry in the spatial arrangement or placement of parts or components

asymmetrical |ˌesəˈmetrɪkəl| — irregular in shape or outline

asymmetry |ˌeɪˈsɪmətrɪ| — (mathematics) a lack of symmetry

asymptomatic |ˌeɪsɪmptəˈmætɪk| — having no symptoms of illness or disease

asymptotic |ˌæsɪmpˈtɒtɪk| — relating to or of the nature of an asymptote

asynchronous |eɪˈsɪŋkrənəs| — (digital communication) pertaining to a transmission technique that does not require a common clock between the communicating devices; timing signals are derived from special characters in the data stream itself

asyndetic |ˌæsɪnˈdetɪk| — lacking conjunctions

asyndeton |æˈsɪndɪtən| — the omission of conjunctions where they would normally be used

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