to gradually change your behaviour and attitudes to be successfully in new situation*modify, alter, make alterations to, change, adjust, make adjustments to, convert, transform, redesign, restyle, refashion, remodel, reshape, revamp, rework, redo, reconstruct, reorganize; customize, tailor; improve, make improvements to, amend, refine; informal tweak. ANTONYMS preserve. publicly recommend or support: voters supported candidates who advocated an Assembly ***recommend, prescribe, commend, advise, favour, approve of, support, back, uphold, subscribe to, champion, campaign on behalf of, stand up for, speak for, argue for, plead for, press for, lobby for, urge, promote, espouse, endorse, sanction, vouch for; informal plug, push. ANTONYMS reject. ..[ mass noun ] help, typically of a practical naturehelp or support (someone or something) in the achievement of something: women were aided in childbirth by midwives | [ no obj. ] : research was conducted to aid in making decisions***help, assist, abet, come to the aid of, give assistance to, lend a hand to, be of service to; avail, succour, sustain; support, back, back up, second, stand by, uphold. ANTONYMS hinder. ..1 judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind: a classic novel | a classic car1 a work of art of recognized and established value: his books have become classics**a classic of the genre: definitive example, model, epitome, paradigm, exemplar, prototype; outstanding example, paragon, great work, masterpiece, masterwork; established work, standard; Frenchpièce de résistance. 1 including or dealing with all or nearly all elements or aspects of something**inclusive, all-inclusive, complete; thorough, full, extensive, all-embracing, overarching, umbrella, exhaustive, in-depth, encyclopedic, universal, catholic, eclectic; far-reaching, radical, sweeping, across the board, blanket, wholesale; broad, wide, wide-ranging, broad-ranging; widespread, nationwide, countrywide, coast-to-coast; detailed, compendious; cross-disciplinary, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary; informal wall-to-wall. ANTONYMS partial, selective, limited. ..1 establish the truth or correctness of (something previously believed or suspected to be the case2 administer the religious rite of confirmation to1 written records confirm the archaeological evidence: corroborate, bear out, verify, show the truth of, prove, validate, authenticate, substantiate, give substance to, justify, vouch for, vindicate, give credence to, support, uphold, back up. ANTONYMS contradict; repudiate. 1 opposite in nature, direction, or meaning: he ignored contrary advice and agreed on the deal2 |kənˈtrɛːri| perversely inclined to disagree or to do the opposite of what is expected or desired:*1 |(stress on the first syllable)|right-wing commentators expressed the contrary view: opposite, opposing, opposed, contradictory, clashing, conflicting, antithetical, incompatible, irreconcilable; different, differing, contrasting, inconsistent, incongruous; reverse, counter; rare oppugnant, antipathic. ANTONYMS compatible, same. ..1 two people or things of the same sort considered together: a couple of girls were playing marbles3 informal an indefinite small number:** pair, duo, duology, twosome, set of two, match; doublets, twins; brace, span, yoke; two, two of a kind; rare duplet, dyad, duad, doubleton; archaic twain. ..1 a period of ten years. he taught at the university for nearly a decade ***dissipation, dissoluteness, degeneracy, debauchery, corruption, depravity, loucheness, vice, sinfulness, perversion, moral decay, immorality, lack of morals, lack of principles, lack of restraint, lack of control, lack of self-control, immoderateness, intemperance, licentiousness, wantonness, self-indulgence, hedonism, epicureanism; rare sybaritism, voluptuousness. ANTONYMS morality. .clearly stated or decided; not vague or doubtful: we had no definite plans**1 I need a definite answer: explicit, specific, express, precise, exact, defined, well defined, clear-cut; determined, fixed, established, confirmed, direct; concrete, hard, plain, outright. ANTONYMS vague, indefinite. .. [ with obj. ] state that one refuses to admit the truth or existence of: both firms deny any responsibility for the tragedy** the report was denied by several witnesses: contradict, repudiate, gainsay, declare untrue, dissent from, disagree with, challenge, contest, oppose; retract, take back, back-pedal; disprove, debunk, explode, discredit, refute, rebut, invalidate, negate, nullify, quash; informal shoot full of holes, shoot down (in flames); Law disaffirm; rare controvert, confute, negative. ANTONYMS confirm. ..1 recognize or ascertain what makes (someone or something) different2 technical make or become different in the process of growth or development** he is no longer able to differentiate between fantasy and reality | birds can differentiate colours: distinguish, discriminate, make a distinction, draw a distinction, see a difference, discern a difference, tell the difference; discern, tell apart, recognize, identify, pick out, determine, contrast. ..1 [ no obj. ] (dispose of) get rid of by throwing away or giving or selling to someone else**1 the chief disposed his attendants in a circle: arrange, order, place, put, position, orient, array, spread out, range, set up, form, organize, seat, stand; marshal, muster, gather, group, assemble; informal park, plant, pop, stick; rare posit ..1 (of a process or system) characterized by constant change, activity, or progress: a dynamic economy2 (of a person) positive in attitude and full of energy and new ideas**energetic, spirited, active, lively, zestful, vital, vigorous, strong, forceful, powerful, potent, positive, effective, effectual, high-powered, aggressive, driving, pushing, bold, enterprising; electric, magnetic, flamboyant, passionate, fiery; informal go-getting, zippy, peppy, sparky, high-octane, full of get-up-and-go, full of vim and vigour, full of beans, gutsy, spunky, ballsy, feisty, have-a-go, go-ahead; N. Amer. informal go-go. ANTONYMS half-hearted; lethargic. ..1 completely remove or get rid of (something)**remove, get rid of, abolish, put an end to, do away with, banish; end, stop, terminate, eradicate, destroy, annihilate, stamp out, obliterate, wipe out, extinguish, quash, finish off; informal give something the chop, knock something on the head. ..supply with the necessary items for a particular purpose:* provide, furnish, supply, issue, fit out, kit out, rig out, deck out, stock, provision, arm; array, attire, dress, outfit, accoutre; informal fix up. ..1 remove or take out, especially by effort or force: the fossils are extracted from the chalk2 Mathematics calculate (a root of a number)** take out, draw out, bring out, pull out, remove, withdraw, pluck out, fish out, prize out, extricate; wrench out, tear out, uproot, unsheathe; produce; free, release; rare deracinate. ANTONYMS insert. ..1 similar in every detail; exactly alike: four girls in identical green outfits | the passage on the second floor was identical to the one below** a contingent of businessmen wearing identical lapel badges: similar, alike, (exactly) the same, indistinguishable, uniform, twin, interchangeable, undifferentiated, homogeneous, of a piece, cut from the same cloth; corresponding, correspondent, commensurate, equivalent, matching, like, parallel, analogous, comparable, cognate, equal; informal like (two) peas in a pod, much of a muchness, (like) Tweedledum and Tweedledee. ANTONYMS different, unlike. ..1 (pl.ideologies) a system of ideas and ideals, especially one which forms the basis of economic or political theory and policy: the ideology of republicanism.2 [ mass noun ] archaic the science of ideas; the study of their origin and nat**beliefs, ideas, ideals, principles, doctrine, creed, credo, teaching, dogma, theory, thesis, tenets, canon(s); conviction(s), persuasion, opinions, position, ethics, morals. ..deduce or conclude (something) from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements: [ with clause ] : from these facts we can infer that crime has been increasing ***deduce, reason, work out, conclude, come to the conclusion, draw the inference, conjecture, surmise, theorize, hypothesize; gather, understand, presume, assume, take it, come to understand, glean, extrapolate, reckon; read between the lines; N. Amer. figure; Brit. informal suss, suss out; archaic collect. ..1 place, fit, or push (something) into something else: Claudia inserted her key in the lock***1 he inserted a tape in the recorder: put, place, press, push, thrust, slide, slip, load, fit, position, slot, lodge, install; drive, wedge, work, tuck; informal pop, stick, shove, bung, jam. ANTONYMS take out, extract. take part in something so as to prevent or alter a result or course of events: he acted outside his authority when he intervened in the dispute | [ with infinitive ] : their forces intervened to halt the attack**1 had the war not intervened, they might have married: occur, happen, take place, arise, crop up, materialize, come about; result, ensue, follow, supervene; literary come to pass, befall, betide; archaic hap. 1 cause (a person or place) to be or remain alone or apart from others: a country which is isolated from the rest of the world***1 she tried to isolate herself from her family | the area was evacuated and isolated until the danger had passed: separate, set apart, segregate, detach, cut off, keep apart, cocoon, insulate, quarantine, keep in solitude, sequester, cloister, seclude, divorce, shut away, alienate, distance, exclude, keep out; cordon off, form a ring around, put a cordon sanitaire around, seal off, close off, fence off, rope off, screen off, tape off, curtain off, shut off, partition off. ANTONYMS integrate. (the media) [ treated as sing. or pl. ] the main means of mass communication (broadcasting, publishing, and the Internet) regarded collectively: their demands were publicized by the media***television is the most powerful medium available: means of communication, means/mode of expression, means, method, way, form, agency, channel, forum; avenue, approach, vehicle; voice, organ, instrument, implement, mechanism, apparatus, instrumentality. 1 a way or manner in which something occurs or is experienced, expressed, or done: his preferred mode of travel was a kayak**1 an extremely informal mode of policing: manner, way, fashion, means, method, system, style, approach, technique, procedure, process, methodology, modus operandi, form, routine, practice. ..1 a fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, especially one whose cause or explanation is in question: glaciers are interesting natural phenomena*** 1 war was not a rare phenomenon in the 18th century: occurrence, event, happening, fact, situation, circumstance, experience, case, incident, episode, sight, appearance, thing. formally forbid (something) by law, rule, or other authority: all ivory trafficking between nations is prohibited*** 1 a law to prohibit the dumping of nuclear waste at sea: forbid, ban, bar, interdict, veto, proscribe, make illegal, place an embargo on, embargo, disallow, outlaw; taboo; Law enjoin, restrain. ANTONYMS permit, authorize. ..the preparation and issuing of a book, journal, or piece of music for public sale: the publication of her first novel*** 1 he is the author of numerous publications: book, volume, hardback, paperback, title, work, tome, opus, treatise, manual, register, almanac, yearbook, compendium; newspaper, paper, magazine, periodical, part-work, newsletter, gazette, bulletin, journal, report, daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly, annual, comic, organ, booklet, brochure, catalogue, magalogue; informal glossy, rag, mag, zine, fanzine. 1 repeat or copy out (words from a text or speech written or spoken by another person): I realized she was quoting passages from Shakespeare | [ no obj. ] : he quoted from the scriptures****1 he quoted a sentence from a speech by Lord Denning: recite, repeat, say again, reproduce, restate, retell, echo, iterate, parrot; take, extract, excerpt, derive; misquote; archaic ingeminate. 1 allow or enable to escape from confinement; set free: the government announced that the prisoners would be released***1 the government released some 150 prisoners: free, set free, let go, allow to leave, set/let/turn loose, let out, liberate, set at liberty, deliver, rescue, ransom, emancipate; historical manumit. ANTONYMS imprison. to a moderate extent or by a moderate amount; rather: matters have improved somewhat since then | [ as submodifier ] : a somewhat thicker book***1 matters have improved somewhat since then: a little, a bit, a little bit, to a limited extent/degree, to a certain degree, to some extent, to some degree, (up) to a point, in some measure, rather, quite, within limits; N. Amer. informal some; informal kind of, sort of, ish. ANTONYMS massively, hugely. 1 [ no obj. ] accept or yield to a superior force or to the authority or will of another person: the original settlers were forced to submit to Bulgarian rule*** the countess had submitted under duress | you are submitting to male domination: give in, yield, give way, back down, cave in, bow, capitulate, relent, defer, agree, consent, accede, conform, acquiesce, comply, accept; surrender, lay down one's arms, raise/show/wave the white flag, knuckle under, humble oneself, bend the knee, kowtow, fall; informal throw in the towel/sponge. ANTONYMS defy. continue to live or exist, especially in spite of danger or hardship: against all odds the child survived***1 one passenger survived by escaping through a hole in the fuselage: remain alive, live, sustain oneself, cling to life, pull through, get through, hold on, hold out, make it, keep body and soul together. 1 a statement or theory that is put forward as a premise to be maintained or proved: his central thesis is that psychological life is not part of the material world***1 the central thesis of his lecture: theory, contention, argument, line of argument, proposal, proposition, premise, assumption, presumption, hypothesis, postulation, surmise, supposition; belief, idea, notion, opinion, view; theme, subject, topic, text, matter; theorem. a matter dealt with in a text, discourse, or conversation; a subject: her favourite topic of conversation is her partner**he brought the conversation round to the topic of food and drink: subject, subject matter, theme, issue, matter, point, talking point, question, concern, argument, discussion, thesis, text, concept, field, area, keynote, leitmotif. 1 cause (something) to pass on from one person or place to another: knowledge is transmitted from teacher to pupil | (as adj.transmitted) : sexually transmitted diseases**** 1 modems are used for transmitting data between computers: transfer, pass on, hand on, communicate, convey, impart, channel, carry, bear, relay, dispatch, mediate; disseminate, spread, circulate, diffuse, radiate. ANTONYMS receive. 1 being or happening at the end of a process; final: their ultimate aim was to force his resignation***1 the decline and ultimate collapse of the Empire: eventual, last, final, concluding, conclusive, terminal, end, endmost, furthest; resulting, ensuing, consequent, subsequent. ANTONYMS immediate. 1 the decline and ultimate collapse of the Empire: eventual, last, final, concluding, conclusive, terminal, end, endmost, furthest; resulting, ensuing, consequent, subsequent. ANTONYMS immediate. 1 able to be seen: the church spire is visible from miles away**** light from the fires was visible for many miles | he made a visible effort to control himself: perceptible, perceivable, seeable, observable, noticeable, easily seen, detectable, discernible, recognizable, in view, in sight, on view, on display; evident, self-evident, in evidence, apparent, manifest, transparent, plain, plain to see, clear, clear-cut, conspicuous, obvious, patent, palpable, tangible, unmistakable, unconcealed, undisguised, distinct, distinguishable, prominent, salient, striking, arresting, blatant, glaring, writ large; informal as plain as the nose on your face, as plain as a pikestaff, sticking out like a sore thumb, standing out a mile, right under one's nose, staring someone in the face, written all over someone; archaic sensible. ANTONYMS invisible, hidden.