- Very difficult, requiring much effort
- Doing wordly wise every week is such an arduous task.
Synonyms: backbreaking, burdensome, exhausting, fatiguing, formidable, grueling, harsh, heavy, labored, laborious, painful, punishing, rigorous, rough, severe, strenuous, taxing, tiring, tough, troublesome, trying, uphill
Antonyms: easy, facile, motivating
- Careful and shrewd, watching over your own interests.
- Jason is canny when guarding his candy.
Synonyms: able, acute, adroit, astute, cagey, careful, cautious, circumspect, cunning, dexterous, discreet, foxy*, frugal, ingenious, intelligent, judicious, knowing, nimble-witted, perspicacious, prudent, quick, quick-witted
Antonyms: foolish, inept, silly
- The greatest moment of an event
- The climax of the Giver was when he found out what release was.
Synonyms: ahigh spot, highlight, intensification, limit, maximum, top, turning point, utmost
- anticlimax, cliffhanger
- to sign the back of a check before cashing it
- I have to stamp the back of each scrip check to endorse it.
- to approve of or support
- We endorse Gene Masuda for City Council
- To be favorably associated with a product in return for payment
Synonyms: advocate, affirm, approve, attest, authenticate, bless, boost, certify, champion, commend, confirm, defend, favor, recommend
Antonyms: disapprove, oppose, protest, reject, repel, unauthorize
Tiger Woods gets paid a fortune to endorse golf gear.
- Happy and excited
- I was exuberant when you got a 9.7 at States
- Also used as exuberence
- Your exuberance showed when you could not stop smiling
Synonyms: bold, courageous, daring, dauntless, fearless, gallant, gritty, gutsy, heroic, nerveless, plucky, resolute, unafraid, undaunted, unflinching, valiant, valorous
Antonyms: cowardly, meek, timid
- courageous, feeling or showing no fear.
- The intrepid hiker reached the top of the waterfall even though the water was gushing.
- 1. to start burning
- The newspaper kindled the fire
- Also used as kindling. We used small twigs as kindling to start the campfire.
Synonyms: blaze, burn, fire, flame, flare, glow, ignite, inflame, light, set alight, set fire
Antonyms: extinguish, put out
- 2. to become excited, stir up
- The thought of new apps kindled my interest in the Nook Color.
Synonyms: agitate, animate, arouse, awaken, bestir, burn up, challenge, egg on, exasperate, fire up, foment, inspire, key up, provoke, rally, rouse, sharpen, stimulate, stir, thrill, turn on, wake, waken
Antonyms: disenchant, turn off
- Producing wealth or profit
- I hope you picked lucrative stocks for your project.
Synonyms: advantageous, cost effective, fruitful, gainful, good, high-income, money-making, paying, profitable, worthwhile
Antonyms: poorly paid, unprofitable
- A wise or loyal friend or adviser
- Think Yoda
Synonyms: coach, confidant, consultant, counsel, counselor, director, doctor, expert, friend, guide, helper, instructor, judge, partner, teacher, tutor
- An interest, idea or feeling that you cannot get out of your mind.
- Is Jason finally over his obsession with Star Wars?
Synonyms: attraction, compulsion, delusion, enthusiasm, fancy, fascination, hang-up, idée fixe, infatuation, mania, preoccupation
- friendly and pleasing
- I like people who are personable and easy to get along with.
Synonyms: sociable, agreeable, all heart, all right*, amiable, attractive, charming, easygoing, gregarious, likable, nice, okay, pleasant, pleasing, presentable
Antonyms: disagreeable, unfriendly, unsociable
- Able to do something very well, skilled
- You are proficient at level 5 but not yet at level 6.
- Also used as proficiency. My proficiency in typing helps me to work fast.
accomplished, adept, apt, capable, clever, competent, consummate, effective, effectual, efficient, experienced, expert, finished, gifted, pro, qualified, savvy, sharp, skillful,*, talented, trained, up to speed
Antonyms: clumsy, incompetent, inept, unable, unskilled
- not enough or just barely enough, small in size
- I can't get Jason to eat even a scanty amount of vegetables.
Synonyms: bare, barely sufficient, close, deficient, failing, insufficient, limited, little, meager, minimal, narrow, poor, rare, restricted, short, skimpy, slender,sparse, stingy, thin
Antonyms: abundant, ample, plentiful
- 1. A narrow body of water connecting 2 larger ones.
- The Strait of Gibraltar connects the Med & the Atlantic.
- Synonyms: inlet, narrows, sound
- 2. Trouble or need
- We are in desperate straits this week with all these tests and papers due!
- Synonyms: dilemma, distress, embarrassment, emergency, exigency, extremity, hardship, plight, predicament
Antonyms: advantage, solution, success
- great enjoyment or excitement.
- Personable people seem to have such a zest for life.
- Also used as zestful - I feel zestful after a nice shower.
Synonyms: energy, gusto, bounce, cheer, delectation, delight, eagerness, ecstasy, elation, enjoyment, enthusiasm, fervor, happiness, pleasure, satisfaction
Antonyms: apathy, indifference, laziness, lethargy