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Oxford Thesaurus - An A-Z Dictionary Of Synonyms

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statue n. sculpture, figure, figurine, statuette, carving, casting, model, bronze, image, icon or ikon, effigy, representation; bust, atlas, caryatid, colossus, figurehead, Biblical graven image: A statue of Disraeli stands in the market square of Aylesbury.


adj. imposing, impressive, majestic, regal, stately, magnificent, noble, dignified, august, grand, well-proportioned,

comely, handsome, queenly, Junoesque: Julie's statuesque figure was well set off by the draped silk gown.


n. 1 eminence, prominence, pre-eminence, standing, stature,

importance, significance, repute, reputation, rank, station:

Few could approach Keith's status as a pathologist. 2 See

standing, 5, above.


adj. 1 steadfast, loyal, firm, unflinching, steady,

unshrinking, unswerving, dependable, reliable, (tried and) true, devoted, true-blue, trusty, trusted, faithful, unfaltering, undeviating, unwavering: Charles has always been a staunch supporter of the party. 2 strong, solid, sturdy, sound, well-built, stout, substantial, well-constructed, well-made, tough, rugged, long-lasting; watertight, seaworthy: The ship's staunch oaken hull has withstood much abuse over the years.

stay° v. 1 remain, stop, continue, tarry, wait, stand, Colloq freeze: Stay where you are or I'll shoot! 2 remain, stop, lodge, sojourn, abide, reside, dwell, live, visit: I heard that Sheila was back in town, staying at her aunt's. 3 keep, remain, continue to be: I was having trouble staying awake. 4 stop, arrest, thwart, prevent, put an end to, halt, interrupt, block, check; curb, retard, slow, impede, foil, obstruct, hamper, hinder, discourage, deter; delay, postpone, put off, discontinue, defer, Technical prorogue: Only one man has the authority to stay the execution. What can be done to stay the advance of the killer bees? 5 linger, loiter, wait, tarry, stop, remain, Archaic bide: I like this part of the world and plan to stay here a while.

--n. 6 stop, stoppage, arrest, set-back, check, halt, prevention, discontinuance, discontinuation, interruption,

blockage, delay, postponement, deferment, deferral, reprieve: Have you been able to arrange a stay in carrying out the sentence? 7 stopover, sojourn, visit, stop: We really enjoyed our stay at Fred's house in Fort Lauderdale.

stayý n. 1 guy, line, rope, cable, chain, support, brace, reinforcement; Technical head-stay, (running) backstay, forestay, mainstay, mizen-stay: If one of those stays gives way, the entire structure may fall.

--v. 2 support, strengthen, secure, reinforce, brace, buttress, gird, shore (up): The mast is stayed by two steel cables, fore and aft.

steadfast adj. resolute, determined, persevering, resolved, single-minded, steady, unflinching, unfaltering, unwavering, unswerving, indefatigable, dependable, immovable, stable, firm, fixed, constant, persistent, unflagging, tireless, enduring, dedicated, deep-rooted, faithful, true, loyal, staunch: For

years Janet has been steadfast in supporting the cause. Stephen was a steadfast friend and will never be forgotten.

steady adj. 1 stable, firm, solid, substantial, sound, stout, strong: Is this chair steady enough to stand on? 2 even, regular, uniform, habitual, invariable, unvarying, unfluctuating, unwavering, undeviating, changeless, unchanging, continuous, constant; perpetual, non-stop, round-the-clock, persistent, uninterrupted, unbroken, unrelieved, unceasing, ceaseless, incessant, relentless, unremitting, never-ending, unending, endless: Steady trade winds could be relied on to carry vessels

to the Caribbean. Inflation has remained steady for a year. How do the children manage to survive on a steady diet of junk food? The economists fear a steady rise in inflation. 3 unflinching, unblinking, fixed, constant, unfaltering, continuous, direct:

The boy began to quail under the headmaster's steady gaze. 4 calm, cool, balanced, equable, controlled: Steady nerves are needed to handle this new breed of fighter plane. 5 devoted, firm, staunch, faithful, loyal, long-standing, inveterate, consistent, confirmed, persistent: The Pendergasts have always been steady supporters of the museum. 6 staid, sedate, sober, dignified, poised, sophisticated, civilized, sensible, down-to-earth, settled, serious, level-headed, reliable, Colloq

unflappable: WANTED: Steady person as housekeeper to eccentric


--adv. 7 firmly, solidly: His wife was holding the ladder steady while he mended the gutter. 8 go steady. keep company, date, socialize: Is Jane still going steady with Hubert?

--n. 9 boyfriend, girlfriend, (regular) fellow or girl, sweetheart, Colloq guy, gal, woman, man: Yes, Hubert is still Jane's steady. 10 regular, habitu‚, customer, frequenter, familiar face: Gil has been a steady here ever since we opened.

--v. 11 stabilize, hold fast; brace, secure, support, strengthen: Prices steadied after the first hour of trading. To steady the table, merely tighten the screws holding the legs.

steal v. 1 take (away), appropriate, filch, shoplift, pilfer,

purloin, make or walk off or away with, get away with; embezzle, misappropriate, peculate; Colloq lift, pinch, hook, snitch, borrow, US boost, liberate, heist, hijack, Slang swipe, Brit

nick, prig, US hoist: The thieves stole only the emeralds, leaving the diamonds. The bookkeeper stole the money by diverting it into his own account. 2 plagiarize, pirate, copy, imitate, appropriate, usurp, take: He claims that the story of the film was stolen from his short story. 3 sneak, creep, slip, tiptoe, prowl, lurk, skulk, Colloq pussyfoot: Silently, we stole into the garden at the rear of the house.

--n. 4 bargain, (good) buy, Colloq give-away: At that price, the rug was a steal!

stealing n. theft, robbery, robbing, larceny, pilferage, shoplifting, poaching, embezzlement, peculation, thievery, thieving, filching, burglary, plagiarism, plagiarizing, piracy, pirating: Stealing from the church poor-box must be one of the lowest things a person can do.

stealth n. furtiveness, secrecy, clandestineness, surreptitiousness, sneakiness, slyness, underhandedness: What the thieves lacked in stealth they compensated for in knowledge of art.

stealthy adj. stealthful, furtive, secretive, secret, sly, clandestine, surreptitious, sneaky, sneaking, skulking, covert, undercover, underhand(ed), backstairs, hugger-mugger, closet: He was as

stealthy as a cat in his movements. They were stealthy collectors of pornography.

steamy adj. 1 humid, steaming, damp, moist, muggy, sticky, dank, sweaty, sweltering, sodden, sultry, boiling, wet: We were not prepared for the steamy jungle of equatorial Africa. 2 steamed (up), fogged (up), befogged, misty, misted, hazy, clouded,


cloudy, beclouded, dim, blurred: Every time I take a hot


shower, the bathroom mirror gets all steamy. 3 erotic,


passionate, (sexually) exciting, arousing, hot, Colloq sexy,


Slang horny: The film was notorious for its steamy scenes.


n. 1 sword, dagger, blade, knife, dirk, stiletto: He saw the


flash of the cold steel in the moonlight.


--v. 2 brace, nerve, stiffen, fortify, grit one's teeth, bear


up, bite the bullet, screw up one's courage (to the sticking


point); inure, insulate, protect: People must learn to steel


themselves against criticism in this business.


adj. 1 greyish, grey: His steely blue eyes pierced deep into


her soul. 2 iron, tough, indurate, adamant, adamantine, hard,


strong, rugged, unyielding, flinty, sturdy: She was a woman of


steely determination.


adj. 1 sheer, abrupt, precipitous, bluff, sharp, nearly


vertical or perpendicular or upright: In those days, a car had


to be in first gear to climb such a steep hill. 2 expensive,


dear, high, overpriced, exorbitant, excessive, extravagant,


extortionate, Colloq stiff: The house prices in the city centre


were much too steep for all but the highest-paid executives.


v. 1 soak, submerge, souse, drench, immerse, saturate, douse,


wet, ret; pickle, marinate: Before cooking, the meat has to be


steeped in brine for at least six hours to tenderize it. 2


imbue, fill, saturate, immerse, inundate; bury: He learnt


Japanese by steeping himself in the language for six months.


v. 1 guide, pilot, conduct, direct; manage, control, channel:


Steer the boat closer to the pier. David has steered the company


to greater profits than ever before. 2 steer clear of. avoid,


dodge, keep away from, shun, circumvent, give (something or


someone) a wide berth: You'd best steer clear of Melissa when

she's angry.

--n. 3 Usually, bum steer. (bad or poor) tip or suggestion or hint; (bad or poor) guidance or advice or information: He avoids me because I once gave him a bum steer on a horse.


adj. 1 astral, star, sidereal: The sidereal year is based on


stellar calculations. 2 chief, starring, principal, leading,


main, headlining: For years Lee has been a stellar performer on


the golf circuit.


n. 1 trunk, stalk, stock; Technical peduncle, pedicel, petiole,


shoot: Three white blossoms are borne on each stem of the


plant. 2 bows, prow, stem-post: The ship shook from stem to



--v. 3 come, arise, develop, derive, issue, flow, generate, originate, spring, emanate, sprout, grow, descend, result, proceed: The dispute stems from basic differences in the ways the parties regard property.

stemý v. 1 check, stop, halt, stanch or staunch, arrest, stay, curb, control, quell, suppress; retard, slow, lessen, diminish,

reduce, cut (back (on)): The government introduced legislation to stem immigration. I was able to stem the bleeding by applying the tourniquet. 2 stem the tide (of). resist, withstand, go or

make headway or advance or make progress against, prevail over or against: They were unable to stem the tide of public


stench n. stink, reek, noisomeness, mephitis, fetor or foetor, foul odour, effluvium, Colloq Brit pong: A terrible stench emanated from the cupboard. For decades their government has wallowed in the stench of corruption.


n. secretary, amanuensis, stenotypist, tachygrapher, phonographer: The court stenographer read back part of the testimony.


n. shorthand, stenotypy, tachygraphy, speedwriting: Her qualification in stenography proved most useful.


n. 1 movement, move: The steps of the dance were very


intricate. 2 footfall, footstep, tread: I think I hear


father's step on the stair. 3 footstep, footprint, trace,


spoor, track, trace, mark, impression; imprint, vestige: In his


master's steps he trod, where the snow lay dinted. 4 action,


initiative, measure, activity, procedure, move, motion: What


steps are needed to improve the situation? 5 stage, move,


gradation, degree, progression: Can we not proceed from one to


the other in easy steps? 6 pace, footstep, stride: My mother's


cottage is just a few steps away, at the bottom of the garden. 7


in step (with). in keeping (with), in harmony or agreement


(with), harmonious (with), agreeable (with), according (with or


to), concordant (with), attuned (to), in tune (with), consonant


(with), consistent (with), appropriate (to), fitting (for);


conventional, traditional, routine: Do you think that her ideas


of discipline are in step with the times? I am not sure they are


in step at all. 8 out of step (with). out of keeping (with), out


of or not in harmony or agreement (with), not harmonious (with),


not agreeable (with), not according (with or to), discordant


(with), not concordant (with), not attuned (to), out of tune


(with), not consonant (with), inconsistent (with), inappropriate


(to), not fitting (for); offbeat, unconventional, eccentric,


Slang kinky: You must admit that her views are out of step with


the committee's. 9 step by step. gradually, a step at a time,


slowly, steadily: The way to unravel the problem is to analyse


it step by step. 10 steps. a course, way, route, direction,


path, movement, passage; journey, journeying, travels,


travelling: After leaving the village, I directed my steps


southward, towards the coast. b stairway, stairs, stair,


staircase, stepladder, US and Canadian stoop: Claire walked


down the steps to greet me. 11 take steps. proceed, move, begin


or start or commence to act or to take action, do something: We


must take steps to prevent this from happening again. 12 watch


one's step. tread carefully or cautiously, be cautious or


careful, exercise care or caution, be wary or discreet, be on


the qui vive, be or remain alert, be on one's guard, have or


keep one's wits about one, take care or heed, Colloq pussyfoot


about: You must really watch your step with Marnie to avoid


upsetting her.


--v. 13 move, walk, look; pace, stride: Step lively or you'll


miss your last chance to see the elephants. 14 step down. a

resign, abdicate, quit, bow out, retire: Don't you think it time you stepped down from the chairmanship? b decrease,

diminish, reduce: Using this transformer, we can step down the voltage gradually. 15 step in. intervene, interfere, intercede, become involved: It seemed the right time for us to step in and take over the company. 16 step on it. hurry (up), make haste, hasten, speed up: He'd better step on it if he is going to

catch his plane. 17 step out. a go outside or out of doors,

leave: Would you mind stepping out for a few minutes while we settle this in private? b go out, socialize: Notice how quickly Genevieve has started stepping out again after her bereavement. c become disinvolved, withdraw, secede: Our firm stepped out of the negotiations when we saw who was bidding. 18 step up. a improve, progress: George has certainly stepped up in the world since I knew him at university. b increase, accelerate, raise, intensify, boost, escalate, up, speed up: They stepped up the pace until she could no longer keep up with them.

sterile adj. 1 barren, fruitless, unfruitful, childless, unproductive, infertile, infecund: The first great disappointment of Napoleon's life was that Josephine was sterile. 2 pure, aseptic, uninfected, unpolluted, uncontaminated, disinfected, sanitary, sterilized, germ-free, antiseptic: Make sure that you always use a sterile bandage for a wound. 3 barren, unproductive, stale, effete: Vanessa's greatest fear was that her mind would become sterile and she would run out of ideas.

sterilize v. 1 purify, disinfect, cleanse, clean, fumigate, depurate, Technical autoclave: Sterilize the instruments before using them. 2 castrate (males), emasculate (males), geld (horses), spay (female animals), alter (animals), neuter (animals),

caponize (male fowl), eunuchize (males), Technical ovariectomize (females), vasectomize (males), Colloq fix (animals), cut (male animals), Slang tie (someone's) tubes: Steers - that is,

sterilized bulls - yield tenderer meat.

sterling adj. 1 genuine, authentic, real, true, pure: Is this candle-snuffer sterling silver? 2 excellent, superior, superb, superlative, first-class, exceptional, matchless, peerless, unequalled, nonpareil, incomparable, fine, very good, worthy, estimable, admirable: Commander Ian Johnston has acquitted himself as an officer of sterling character.


adj. 1 austere, severe, strict, stringent, demanding, critical,


rigid, rigorous, flinty, steely, authoritarian, uncompromising,


hard, tough, inflexible, firm, immovable, unmoved, unrelenting,


unremitting, steadfast, resolute, determined, unyielding,


adamant, adamantine, obdurate, hard-hearted, stony,


stony-hearted, unsparing, unforgiving, unsympathetic, harsh:


Discipline in the French Foreign Legion is said to be quite


stern. 2 serious, frowning, grim, forbidding, grave, gloomy,


dour, sombre, saturnine, lugubrious, gruff, taciturn, crabby,


crabbed, crusty, churlish, sour: Beneath that terribly stern


exterior he really is a pussy-cat.


n. 1 gallimaufry, goulash, salmagundi, hash, mess, olla


podrida, olio, mixture, mishmash, Brit hotchpotch, US also


hodgepodge: His book is a stew of many different opinions, none


of them his own. 2 state of excitement or alarm or anxiety,


dither, pother, bother, lather, sweat, Colloq tizzy, state: She


really worked herself up into a stew over the boy Paula is


engaged to.


--v. 3 simmer, seethe, agonize, fret, dither, chafe, burn,


smoulder, Colloq get steamed (up) (over or about), work


(oneself) (up) into a sweat or lather or state (over): Paula's


father is all stewed up over her leaving school to get married.

stick° v. 1 pierce, thrust, stab, transfix, pin, spike, impale, spear, spit, run through, poke, gore, jab, prick, puncture, punch, penetrate, drill, bore, riddle, perforate: He stuck the wild boar with his spear. 2 put, drop, place, deposit, Colloq shove, plonk, plunk, plop: Stick another ice cube in my drink, would you? 3 put, poke, push, thrust, prod, dig; insert: She stuck her head out of the window to get a better look. Stop sticking your finger in my ribs! 4 attach, fasten, affix, fix, nail, pin, tack; glue, cement, paste, gum, weld, solder, bind, tie, tape, wire; bond, melt, fuse, unite, join: What shall we used to stick the poster to the wall? How can I stick the pieces of the vase together again? 5 Often, stick together. cohere, adhere,

stay or remain or cleave or cling together: I cannot make these parts stick together. 6 hold, last, endure, go through, be

upheld, be or remain effective, remain attached: The prosecutor was unable to make a charge of murder stick. 7 linger, dwell, remain (fixed), continue, stay; be or become lodged or stopped or fixed or fast or immovable or stationary, be or become

entangled or enmired or bogged down: Something sticks in my mind about your leaving next week. We were stuck in the Sunday traffic for hours. The wheel is stuck in the sand. 8 burden,

weigh down, encumber, saddle with, charge, impose on, force on: We stuck Tony with the nasty job of changing the tyre. 9

baffle, puzzle, bewilder, perplex, confuse, stump, stop, nonplus: I was totally stuck for a solution. 10 stand, abide, tolerate, endure, bear: I can't stick people watching me while I am painting. 11 stick around or about. wait, tarry, linger,

stay, stand by, remain, Colloq hang around or about or on: Can you stick around for a few minutes after the meeting? 12 stick at. stop at, hesitate at, pause at, scruple at, be deterred or

put off by, take exception to, shrink from or at, balk at: Barnes sticks at nothing to get his way. 13 stick by. support, be loyal or faithful to, stand by: Arnold will stick by you, come what may. 14 stick it (out). persevere, persist, stand fast, bear it, be resolute, soldier on, hold (one's) ground,

grin and bear it, see it through, weather it, Colloq US tough it out: It was a very hard job, but I stuck it out to the very

end. 15 stick out or up. protrude, jut (out), extend, project, poke (out); bulge, obtrude, stand out, overhang, beetle: Stick out your tongue. What is sticking out of your ear? Balconies stick out from all sides of the building. 16 stick together. a unite, unify, join (forces), consolidate, merge, confederate,

amalgamate, cooperate, work together: The family always sticks together at times of crisis. b See 5, above. 17 stick up. a

rob, mug, Colloq hold up, US heist: They stuck up a bank courier this morning, in broad daylight! b put up, post, affix, display: We went round town sticking up posters for our candidate. 18 stick up for. rally to the support of, support, stand by or up for, defend, speak for or in behalf of, take up

the cudgels for; put one's money where one's mouth is, have the courage of one's convictions: A person must stick up for what he thinks is right. 19 stick with. persevere, persist, stay or remain or continue with, not change one's mind about: Stick with me, kid, and you'll wear diamonds. I'll stick with the smoked eel as a starter.

stický n. 1 stake, twig, branch, baton, wand, staff, rod, cane, pole, pike, walking-stick: We put a stick in the ground to mark the place. 2 person, man, fellow, chap, Colloq guy, Brit geezer, bloke: Desmond isn't such a bad old stick after all. 3 the sticks. the country, the provinces, the countryside, the


backwoods, the bush, Brit the hinterland or US the hinterlands,


Australian the outback, US the boondocks, the boonies: He hates


the city and now lives somewhere in the sticks. 4 wrong end of


the stick. misunderstanding, misreading, misconstruction,


misinterpretation: When it comes to understanding a regulation,


Ed always seems to get hold of the wrong end of the stick.



n. (old) fogy or fogey, conservative, anachronism, Colloq


fuddy-duddy, fossil, square, back number: Her husband was a


terrible stick-in-the-mud and would never try anything new.


adj. 1 gluey, gummy, viscous, tacky, glutinous, viscid, Colloq


gooey: Children, please keep your sticky fingers off the car


windows. 2 awkward, ticklish, tricky, sensitive, delicate,


uncomfortable, discomfiting, discomforting, embarrassing, Slang


hairy: Inviting Steve with his ex-wife might be a bit sticky,


don't you think? 3 humid, clammy, dank, damp, muggy, close,


sultry, oppressive, sweltering: The weather was oppressive and


sticky, and they kept the fan on constantly.


adj. 1 firm, rigid, inelastic, unbending, inflexible, hard,

unbendable, tough, solid, solidified, stiffened, unyielding, brittle: The table napkins were so stiff with starch that I almost cracked one. 2 severe, harsh, punitive, hurtful, punishing, abusive, torturous, distressing, afflictive, painful, overwhelming, unbearable, tormenting, merciless, excruciating, cruel, drastic, US cruel and unusual: The government here has stiff penalties for drug traffickers. 3 strong, potent,

powerful, overpowering, alcoholic: After that kind of an ordeal, you could use a stiff drink, I'm sure. 4 vigorous, energetic, staunch, dogged, tenacious, resolute, resolved, determined, stubborn, obstinate, unyielding, indomitable, relentless: They met with stiff opposition in trying to capture the fort. 5 strong, steady, powerful, fresh, brisk, spanking, gusty, forceful, howling: We had to reduce sail because of a stiff westerly wind. 6 excessive, exorbitant, high, steep, expensive, dear: They are asking a pretty stiff price these days for a bottle of good vintage port. 7 cool, haughty, rigid, wooden, stuffy, aloof, tense, intense, unrelaxed, forced, pompous, stilted, mannered, ceremonious, austere, formal, chilly, cold, unfriendly, standoffish, reserved, snobbish, Colloq snooty, Slang uptight: Vince is warm and friendly, but