1 to point (a weapon, missile, etc) or direct (a blow) at a particular person or object; level
2 tr to direct (satire, criticism, etc) at a person, object, etc
3 intr; foll by at or an infinitive to propose or intend ⇒ "we aim to leave early"
4 intr; often foll by at or for to direct one's efforts or strive (towards) ⇒ "to aim at better communications", "to aim high"
1 tr to prohibit, esp officially, from action, display, entrance, sale, etc; forbid ⇒ "to ban a book", "to ban smoking"
2 tr (formerly in South Africa) to place (a person suspected of illegal political activity) under a government order restricting his movement and his contact with other people
a revolution opposed to a previous revolution and aimed at reversing its effects
1 the exercise of political authority over the actions, affairs, etc, of a political unit, people, etc, as well as the performance of certain functions for this unit or body; the action of governing; political rule and administration
2 the system or form by which a community, etc, is ruled ⇒ "tyrannical government"
3a the executive policy-making body of a political unit, community, etc; ministry or administration ⇒ "yesterday we got a new government"
3b (capital when of a specific country) ⇒ "the British Government"
4a the state and its administration ⇒ "blame it on the government"
4b (as modifier) ⇒ "a government agency"
5 regulation; direction
1 when tr, may take a clause as object to put forward (a plan, motion, etc) for consideration or action
2 tr to nominate, as for a position
3 tr to plan or intend (to do something) ⇒ "I propose to leave town now"
4 tr to announce the drinking of (a toast) to (the health of someone, etc)
5 intr often foll by to to make an offer of marriage (to someone)
1 intr to accomplish an aim, esp in the manner desired ⇒ "he succeeded in winning"
2 intr to happen in the manner desired ⇒ "the plan succeeded"
3 intr to acquit oneself satisfactorily or do well, as in a specified field ⇒ "to succeed in publishing"
4 when intr, often foll by to to come next in order (after someone or something)
5 when intr, often foll by to to take over an office, post, etc (from a person) ⇒ "he succeeded to the vice presidency"
6 intr usually foll by to to come into possession (of property, etc); inherit
7 intr to have a result according to a specified manner ⇒ "the plan succeeded badly"
8 intr to devolve upon ⇒ "the estate succeeded to his son"
1 tr to live after the death of (another) ⇒ "he survived his wife by 12 years"
2 to continue in existence or use after (a passage of time, an adversity, etc)
3 (informal) to endure (something) ⇒ "I don't know how I survive such an awful job"
if someone says that something is true according to a particular person, book, or other source of information, they are indicating where they got their information ⇒ "According to him, everyone had gone." ⇒ "The road was forty kilometres long according to my map." ⇒ "the gospel according to St Matthew"
1 resting in the same plane; without bends or irregularities
2 silky to the touch ⇒ "smooth velvet"
3 lacking roughness of surface; flat
4 tranquil or unruffled ⇒ "smooth temper"
5 lacking obstructions or difficulties
6a suave or persuasive, esp as suggestive of insincerity
6b (in combination) ⇒ "smooth-tongued"
7 (of the skin) free from hair
8 of uniform consistency ⇒ "smooth batter"
9 not erratic; free from jolts ⇒ "smooth driving"
10 not harsh or astringent ⇒ "a smooth wine"
11 having all projections worn away ⇒ "smooth tyres"
1 covered or daubed with an adhesive or viscous substance ⇒ "sticky fingers"
2 having the property of sticking to a surface
3 (of weather or atmosphere) warm and humid; muggy
4 (of prices) tending not to fall in deflationary conditions
5 (informal) difficult, awkward, or painful ⇒ "a sticky business"
6 (US, informal) sentimental
7 (of a website) encouraging users to visit repeatedly
1 coordinating but on the other hand ⇒ "I like to go swimming whereas Sheila likes to sail"
1 away or not present
2 lacking; missing
3 inattentive; absent-minded
1 the date on which an event occurred in some previous year ⇒ "a wedding xxx"
2 the celebration of this
3 of or relating to an anniversary
4 recurring every year, esp on the same date
1 of, relating to, or characterizing God or a deity
3 of, relating to, or associated with religion or worship ⇒ "the divine liturgy"
4 of supreme excellence or worth
5 (informal) splendid; perfect
6 See the divine
7 a priest, esp one learned in theology
8 to perceive or understand (something) by intuition or insight
9 to conjecture (something); guess
10 to discern (a hidden or future reality) as though by supernatural power
11 tr to search for (underground supplies of water, metal, etc) using a divining rod
1 of or relating to the face
2 a beauty treatment for the face, involving cleansing, massage, and cosmetic packs
1 not serious or sensible in content, attitude, or behaviour; silly ⇒ "a frivolous remark"
2 unworthy of serious or sensible treatment; unimportant ⇒ "frivolous details"
1 sometimes capital (Christianity)
1a the abode of God and the angels
1b a place or state of communion with God after death Compare hell
2 usually plural the sky, firmament or space surrounding the earth
3 (in any of various mythologies) a place, such as Elysium or Valhalla, to which those who have died in the gods' favour are brought to dwell in happiness
4 a place or state of joy and happiness
5 singular or plural; sometimes capital God or the gods, used in exclamatory phrases of surprise, exasperation, etc ⇒ "for heaven's sake", "heavens above"
1 Also called: major planet. any of the eight celestial bodies, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, that revolve around the sun in elliptical orbits and are illuminated by light from the sun
2 Also called: extrasolar planet. any other celestial body revolving around a star, illuminated by light from that star
3 (astrology) any of the planets of the solar system, excluding the earth but including the sun and moon, each thought to rule one or sometimes two signs of the zodiac See also house (sense 9)
1 a finish or gloss
2 the act of polishing or the condition of having been polished
3 a substance used to produce a smooth and shiny, often protective surface
4 elegance or refinement, esp in style, manner, etc
1 the gas or vapour into which water is changed when boiled
2 the mist formed when such gas or vapour condenses in the atmosphere
3 any vaporous exhalation
(informal) power, energy, or speed
1 a small thin branch of a tree
2a any long thin piece of wood
2b such a piece of wood having a characteristic shape for 2c a special purpose ⇒ "a walking stick", "a hockey stick"
a baton, wand, staff, or rod
3 an object or piece shaped like a stick ⇒ "a stick of celery", "a stick of dynamite"
a person who performs dangerous acts in a film, television programme, etc in place of an actor
1 an official on a bus who collects fares, checks tickets, etc
2 Also called (esp US): director. a person who conducts an orchestra, choir, etc
3 a person who leads or guides
4 (US & Canadian) a railway official in charge of a train
5 a substance, body, or system that conducts electricity, heat, etc
a person whose occupation is the installation, maintenance, and repair of electrical devices
in charge of
1 to set or demand (a price) ⇒ "he charges too much for his services"
2 tr to hold financially liable; enter a debit against
3 tr to enter or record as an obligation against a person or his account
4 tr to accuse or impute a fault to (a person, etc), as formally in a court of law
5 tr to command; place a burden upon or assign responsibility to ⇒ "I was charged to take the message to headquarters"
6 to make a rush at or sudden attack upon (a person or thing)
7 tr to fill (a receptacle) with the proper or appropriate quantity
working less hours than full-time
a person who installs and repairs pipes, fixtures, etc, for water, drainage, and gas
1 when intr, often foll by from to give up tenure of (a job, office, etc)
2 tr to reconcile (oneself) to; yield ⇒ "to resign oneself to death"
3 tr to give up (a right, claim, etc); relinquish ⇒ "he resigned his claim to the throne"
1 postpositive usually foll by for having control or authority (over)
2 postpositive foll by to being accountable for one's actions and decisions (to) ⇒ "to be responsible to one's commanding officer"
3 (of a position, duty, etc) involving decision and accountability
4 often foll by for being the agent or cause (of some action) ⇒ "to be responsible for a mistake"
5 able to take rational decisions without supervision; accountable for one's own actions ⇒ "a responsible adult"
6 able to meet financial obligations; of sound credit
1 also tr to give up or to cause (a person) to give up his work, a post, etc, esp on reaching pensionable age (in Britain and Australia usually 65 for men, 60 for women)
2 to go away, as into seclusion, for recuperation, etc
3 to go to bed
4 to recede or disappear ⇒ "the sun retired behind the clouds"
5 to withdraw from a sporting contest, esp because of injury
6 also tr to pull back (troops, etc) from battle or an exposed position or (of troops, etc) to fall back
7 tr to remove (bills, bonds, shares, etc) from circulation by taking them up and paying for them
8 to remove (money) from circulation
1 not permanent; provisional ⇒ "temporary accommodation"
2 lasting only a short time; transitory ⇒ "temporary relief from pain"
a person, esp a secretary or other office worker, employed on a temporary basis Often shortened to: temp
a person who takes part in a contest; competitor
Member of Parliament
1 may take a clause as object or an infinitive to feel sorry, repentant, or upset about
2 to bemoan or grieve the death or loss of
a sense of repentance, guilt, or sorrow, as over some wrong done or an unfulfilled ambition
4 a sense of loss or grief
5 plural a polite expression of sadness, esp in a formal refusal of an invitation
a set of programmes that have the same subject or tell stories about the same characters
1 an indication of choice, opinion, or will on a question, such as the choosing of a candidate, by or as if by some recognized means, such as a ballot ⇒ "10 votes for Jones"
2 the opinion of a group of persons as determined by voting ⇒ "it was put to the vote", "do not take a vote", "it came to a vote"
3 a body of votes or voters collectively ⇒ "the Jewish vote"
4 the total number of votes cast ⇒ "the vote decreased at the last election"
5 the ticket, ballot, etc, by which a vote is expressed
6a the right to vote; franchise; suffrage
6b a person regarded as the embodiment of this right
7 a means of voting, such as a ballot
8 (mainly British) a grant or other proposition to be voted upon
1 work at a regular job done in addition to regular working hours
1b (as modifier) ⇒ "overtime pay"
2 the rate of pay established for such work
3 time in excess of a set period
4 (sport, US & Canadian) extra time
1 feeling or showing care and compassion ⇒ "a caring attitude"
2 of or relating to professional social or medical care ⇒ "nursing is a caring job"
the practice or profession of providing social or medical care
1 a call to engage in a fight, argument, or contest
2 a questioning of a statement or fact; a demand for justification or explanation
3 a demanding or stimulating situation, career, object, etc
4 a demand by a sentry, watchman, etc, for identification or a password
5 (US) an assertion that a person is not entitled to vote or that a vote is invalid
6 (law) a formal objection to a person selected to serve on a jury (challenge to the polls) or to the whole body of jurors (challenge to the array)
1 the selection by vote of a person or persons from among candidates for a position, esp a political office
2 a public vote on an official proposition
3 the act or an instance of choosing
4a the doctrine of Calvin that God chooses certain individuals for salvation without reference to their faith or works
4b the doctrine of Arminius and others that God chooses for salvation those who, by grace, persevere in faith and works
1 the innate capacity of an animal to respond to a given stimulus in a relatively fixed way
2 inborn intuitive power
3 a natural and apparently innate aptitude
4 (rare) postpositive often foll by with
4a animated or impelled (by)
4b imbued or infused (with)
1 to induce, urge, or prevail upon successfully ⇒ "he finally persuaded them to buy it"
2 to cause to believe; convince ⇒ "even with the evidence, the police were not persuaded"
1 a large bag made of coarse cloth, thick paper, etc, used as a container
2 Also called: sackful. the amount contained in a sack, sometimes used as a unit of measurement
3a a woman's loose tube-shaped dress
3b Also called: sacque. a woman's full loose hip-length jacket, worn in the 18th and mid-20th centuries
4 short for rucksack
5 (cricket, Australian) a run scored off a ball not struck by the batsman: allotted to the team as an extra and not to the individual batsman Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): bye
1 of or relating to space
2 existing or happening in space