English dictionary


vac |væk| — informal term for vacation

vacancy |ˈveɪkənsi| — being unoccupied

vacant |ˈveɪkənt| — void of intelligence or thought

vacantly |ˈveɪkəntli| — in a vacant manner

vacate |vəˈkeɪt| — leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily

vacation |vəˈkeɪʃn| — leisure time away from work devoted to rest or pleasure

vacationer |veˈkeɪʃənər| — someone on vacation; someone who is devoting time to pleasure or relaxation rather than to work

vacationist |vəˈkeɪʃənɪst| — someone on vacation; someone who is devoting time to pleasure or relaxation rather than to work

vaccinate |ˈvæksɪneɪt| — perform vaccinations or produce immunity in by inoculation

vaccination |væksəˈneɪʃən| — taking a vaccine as a precaution against contracting a disease

vaccine |vækˈsiːn| — immunogen consisting of a suspension of weakened or dead pathogenic cells injected in order to stimulate the production of antibodies

vaccinia |vəˈtʃiːniə| — a local infection induced in humans by inoculation with the virus causing cowpox in order to confer resistance to smallpox; normally lasts three weeks and leaves a pitted scar

vacillate |ˈvæsəleɪt| — be undecided about something; waver between conflicting positions or courses of action

vacillating |ˈvæsəˌletɪŋ| — uncertain in purpose or action

vacillation |ˌvæsəˈleɪʃn| — indecision in speech or action

vacuity |vəˈkjuːəti| — the absence of matter

vacuolate  — formed into or containing one or more vacuoles or small membrane-bound cavities within a cell

vacuous |ˈvækjuəs| — devoid of intelligence or thought

vacuum |ˈvækjuəm| — the absence of matter

vacuum-clean  — clean with a vacuum cleaner

vagabond |ˈvæɡəbɑːnd| — anything that resembles a vagabond in having no fixed place

vagabondage |ˈvæɡʌˌbɑːndɪdʒ| — travelling about without any clear destination

vagary |ˈveɪɡəri| — an unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person's behavior, etc.)

vagina |vəˈdʒaɪnə| — the lower part of the female reproductive tract; a moist canal in female mammals extending from the labia minora to the uterus

vaginal |vəˈdʒaɪnəl| — of or relating to the vagina

vagrancy |ˈveɪɡrənsi| — the state of wandering from place to place; having no permanent home or means of livelihood

vagrant |ˈveɪɡrənt| — a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support

vague |veɪɡ| — not clearly expressed or understood

vaguely |ˈveɪɡli| — in a vague way

vagueness |ˈveɪɡnəs| — unclearness by virtue of being poorly expressed or not coherent in meaning

vain |veɪn| — characteristic of false pride; having an exaggerated sense of self-importance

vainglorious |veɪnˈɡlɔːrɪəs| — feeling self-importance

vainglory |ˌveɪnˈɡlɔːri| — outspoken conceit

vainly |ˈveɪnli| — to no avail

valance |ˈvæləns| — a decorative framework to conceal curtain fixtures at the top of a window casing

vale |veɪl| — a long depression in the surface of the land that usually contains a river

valediction |ˌvælɪˈdɪkʃn| — a farewell oration (especially one delivered during graduation exercises by an outstanding member of a graduating class)

valedictorian |ˌvælɪdɪkˈtɔːriən| — the student with the best grades who usually delivers the valedictory address at commencement

valedictory |ˌvælɪˈdɪktəri| — a farewell oration (especially one delivered during graduation exercises by an outstanding member of a graduating class)

valence |ˈveɪləns| — (biology) a relative capacity to unite or react or interact as with antigens or a biological substrate

Valenciennes |vəˌlɒnsɪˈen| — a town in northeastern France long noted for its lace industry

valency |ˈveɪlənsi| — the phenomenon of forming chemical bonds

valentine |ˈvæləntaɪn| — a sweetheart chosen to receive a greeting on Saint Valentine's Day

valerian |vəˈlɪriən| — a plant of the genus Valeriana having lobed or dissected leaves and cymose white or pink flowers

valet |ˈvæleɪ| — a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer

valetudinarian |ˌvælɪtjuːdɪˈneərɪən| — weak or sickly person especially one morbidly concerned with his or her health

valetudinarianism |vælɪˌˌtʊdˈneriːəˌˌnɪzəm| — the state of being weak in health or body (especially from old age)

valetudinary |vælɪˈtuːdneriː| — of or relating to or characteristic of a person who is a valetudinarian

Valhalla |vælˈhælə| — (Norse mythology) the hall in which the souls of heros slain in battle were received by Odin

valiance |ˈvalɪəns| — the qualities of a hero or heroine; exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger (especially in battle)

valiancy |ˈvæljʌnsiː| — the qualities of a hero or heroine; exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger (especially in battle)

valiant |ˈvæliənt| — having or showing valor

valid |ˈvælɪd| — still legally acceptable

validate |ˈvælɪdeɪt| — declare or make legally valid

validated |ˈvælədetəd| — declared or made legally valid

validation |ˌvæləˈdeɪʃən| — the act of validating; finding or testing the truth of something

validity |vəˈlɪdəti| — the quality of being valid and rigorous

valise |vəˈliːs| — a small overnight bag for short trips

Valkyrie |vælˈkɪri| — (Norse mythology) one of the maidens of Odin who chose heroes to be slain in battle and conducted them to Valhalla

valley |ˈvæli| — a long depression in the surface of the land that usually contains a river

valor |ˈvælər| — the qualities of a hero or heroine; exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger (especially in battle)

valorous |ˈvælərəs| — having or showing valor

valour |ˈvælər| — the qualities of a hero or heroine; exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger (especially in battle)

valse |vals| — a ballroom dance in triple time with a strong accent on the first beat

valuable |ˈvæljuəbl| — something of value

valuation |ˌvæljuˈeɪʃn| — an appraisal of the value of something

value |ˈvæljuː| — a numerical quantity measured or assigned or computed

valued |ˈvæljuːd| — (usually used in combination) having value of a specified kind

valueless |ˈvæljuːləs| — of no value

valuer |ˈvæljuːər| — someone who assesses the monetary worth of possessions

valve |vælv| — a structure in a hollow organ (like the heart) with a flap to insure one-way flow of fluid through it

valvular |ˈvalvyələr| — relating to or operating by means of valves

vamoose |vəˈmuːs| — leave suddenly

vamp |væmp| — a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men

vampire |ˈvæmpaɪər| — (folklore) a corpse that rises at night to drink the blood of the living

van |væn| — any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques in a given field (especially in the arts)

vanadium |vəˈneɪdiəm| — a soft silvery white toxic metallic element used in steel alloys; it occurs in several complex minerals including carnotite and vanadinite

vandal |ˈvændl| — someone who willfully destroys or defaces property

vandalism |ˈvændəlɪzəm| — willful wanton and malicious destruction of the property of others

vandalize |ˈvændəlaɪz| — destroy wantonly, as through acts of vandalism

Vandyke |ˌvænˈdaɪk| — Flemish painter of numerous portraits (1599-1641)

vane |veɪn| — mechanical device attached to an elevated structure; rotates freely to show the direction of the wind

vanguard |ˈvænɡɑːrd| — the leading units moving at the head of an army

vanilla |vəˈnɪlə| — any of numerous climbing plants of the genus Vanilla having fleshy leaves and clusters of large waxy highly fragrant white or green or topaz flowers

vanillin |vəˈnɪlɪn| — a crystalline compound found in vanilla beans and some balsam resins; used in perfumes and flavorings

vanish |ˈvænɪʃ| — get lost, as without warning or explanation

vanishing |ˈvænɪʃɪŋ| — a sudden or mysterious disappearance

vanity |ˈvænəti| — feelings of excessive pride

vanquish |ˈvæŋkwɪʃ| — come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

vanquisher |ˈvæŋkwɪʃə| — someone who is victorious by force of arms

vantage |ˈvan(t)ij| — place or situation affording some advantage (especially a comprehensive view or commanding perspective)

vapid |ˈvæpɪd| — lacking taste or flavor or tang

vapidity |vəˈpɪdɪti| — the quality of being vapid and unsophisticated

vapor |ˈveɪpər| — a visible suspension in the air of particles of some substance

vaporization |vepərəˈzeɪʃən| — annihilation by vaporizing something

vaporize |ˈveɪpəraɪz| — kill with or as if with a burst of gunfire or electric current or as if by shooting

vaporizer |ˈveɪpəˌraɪzər| — a device that puts out a substance in the form of a vapor (especially for medicinal inhalation)

vaporous |ˈveɪpərəs| — so thin as to transmit light

vapour |ˈveɪpər| — a visible suspension in the air of particles of some substance

vapourish |ˈveɪpərɪʃ| — resembling or characteristic of vapor

var  — a unit of electrical power in an AC circuit equal to the power dissipated when 1 volt produces a current of 1 ampere

varan |ˈværən| — any of various large tropical carnivorous lizards of Africa and Asia and Australia; fabled to warn of crocodiles

variability |veriəˈbɪləti| — the quality of being subject to variation

variable |ˈveriəbl| — something that is likely to vary; something that is subject to variation

variableness |ˈveərɪəblnəs| — the quality of being subject to variation

variance |ˈveriəns| — an event that departs from expectations

variant |ˈveriənt| — an event that departs from expectations

variation |ˌveriˈeɪʃn| — an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change

varicella |ˌverəˈselə| — an acute contagious disease caused by herpes varicella zoster virus; causes a rash of vesicles on the face and body

varicolored  — having a variety of colors

varicoloured |ˈveərɪkʌləd| — having a variety of colors

varicose |ˈværɪkoʊs| — abnormally swollen or knotty

varied |ˈverid| — widely different

variegate |ˈveriːəˌɡeɪt| — change the appearance of, especially by marking with different colors

variegated |ˈverɪɡeɪtɪd| — having a variety of colors

variegation |ˌveərɪˈɡeɪʃən| — variability in coloration

variety |vəˈraɪəti| — a collection containing a variety of sorts of things

variform |ˌveərɪˈfɔːrm| — varying in form or shape

variola |vəˈraɪələ| — a highly contagious viral disease characterized by fever and weakness and skin eruption with pustules that form scabs that slough off leaving scars

variolous  — relating to small pox

variometer |ˌveriːˈɑːmɪtər| — a measuring instrument for measuring variations in a magnetic field

variorum |ˈveərɪɔːrəm| — an edition containing various versions of a text or notes by various scholars or editors

various |ˈveriəs| — of many different kinds purposefully arranged but lacking any uniformity

variously |ˈveriəsli| — in diverse ways

varment |ˈvɑːmɪnt| — any usually predatory wild animal considered undesirable; e.g., coyote

varmint |ˈvɑːrmɪnt| — an irritating or obnoxious person

varnish |ˈvɑːrnɪʃ| — a coating that provides a hard, lustrous, transparent finish to a surface

varnished |ˈvɑːrnɪʃt| — having a coating of stain or varnish

varsity |ˈvɑːrsəti| — a British abbreviation of `university'; usually refers to Oxford University or Cambridge University

vary |ˈveri| — become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence

varying |ˈveriɪŋ| — marked by diversity or difference

vascular |ˈvæskjələr| — of or relating to or having vessels that conduct and circulate fluids

vase |veɪs| — an open jar of glass or porcelain used as an ornament or to hold flowers

vaseline |ˈvæsəliːn| — a trademarked brand of petroleum jelly

vassal |ˈvæsl| — a person holding a fief; a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord

vassalage |ˈvæsəlɪdʒ| — the state of a serf

vast |væst| — unusually great in size or amount or degree or especially extent or scope

vastly |ˈvæstli| — to an exceedingly great extent or degree

vastness |ˈvæstnəs| — unusual largeness in size or extent or number

vat |ˌviː eɪ ˈtiː| — a tax levied on the difference between a commodity's price before taxes and its cost of production

vatic |ˈvadik| — resembling or characteristic of a prophet or prophecy

Vatican |ˈvætɪkən| — the residence of the Catholic Pope in the Vatican City

vaticinate |vəˈtɪsəˌneɪt| — predict or reveal through, or as if through, divine inspiration

vaticination |ˌvætɪsəˈneɪʃən| — knowledge of the future (usually said to be obtained from a divine source)

vaudeville |ˈvɔːdəvɪl| — a variety show with songs and comic acts etc.

vault |vɔːlt| — a burial chamber (usually underground)

vaulted |ˈvɒltəd| — having a hemispherical vault or dome

vaulting |ˈvɔːltɪŋ| — (architecture) a vaulted structure

vaunt |vɔːnt| — extravagant self-praise