2. inadequate, insufficient, unsatisfactory; short, scarce, sketchy, skimpy; scanty, meager, exiguous,
deficit, n. monetary deficiency, shortage, shortfall; loss, arrears, indebtedness; red ink.
defile, v. 1. pollute, taint, dirty, soil, poison, befoul, make filthy, begrime; spot, smear, blot, blur, smudge, smirch, draggle, spatter, besmear, daub; maculate, stain, tarnish.
2. ravish, rape, deprive of virginity, deflower; assault, attack, force, mistreat, abuse; debauch, deprave.
3. desecrate, profane, debase, treat sacrilegiously; contaminate, infect, make impure, vitiate.
4. sully, dishonor, disgrace, asperse, blacken; deprecate, defame, denigrate.
defilement, n. 1. pollution, contamination, filth, taint, foulness, maculation; smudging, spotting, smearing.
2. rape, sexual abuse, forced sexual intercourse, attack; defloration, violation, incest, depravity.
3. desecration, profaning, debasement, corruption; degradation, vitiation, wickedness.
4. sullying, denigration, deprecation, disgracing,
definable, adj. 1. determinable, fixable; ascertainable, perceptible, appreciable, visible, evident; describ-able, explicable.
2. definite, finite, fixed; clear-cut, precise, exact, specific.
define, v. 1. explain, expound, spell out, elucidate, throw light on; construe, interpret, translate, literalize.
2. demarcate, mark out, limit, delimit, bound, circumscribe, compass, encompass; determine, fix, establish, lay down, prescribe.
3. describe, delineate, outline, set out; characterize, specify, represent, depict, render; exemplify, illustrate; entitle, designate, denominate, label.
definite, adj. 1. specific, particular, definitive, defined, determinate, determined, fixed; limited, bound, circumscribed, encompassed, delineated.
2. clear, clear-cut, sharp-cut, unambiguous, unequivocal; explicity, graphic, obvious, manifest, plain, express; precise, exact, accurate, correct; indisputable, well-grounded, established, confirmed; well-founded, valid, substantial, solid, concrete.
3. positive, certain, sure, decided, settled; conclusive, decisive, final.
definitely, adv. clearly, plainly, obviously, explicitly; unequivocally, indisputably, absolutely; positively, certainly, surely, to be sure; finally, decidedly, conclusively, once and for all.
definition, n. 1. demarcation, delineation, delimitation, circumscription, encompassment; determination, fixing, settlement, settling.
2. explanation, elucidation, expounding, exposition; illustration, exemplification, commentary.
3. distinctness, sharpness, clearness, clarity; discernibleness, apparentness, perceptibility, visibility.
definitive, adj. exhaustive, thorough, complete, consummate, most reliable, perfect; absolute, unqualified, categorical, exact, accurate; decisive, conclusive, terminative, final, crowning, ultimate; determinate, determined, settled, positive, unquestionable; defining, settling, limiting,
deflate, v. 1. let the air out, release the air from, collapse, blow out, flatten, wind, take the wind out of; exhaust, empty, void, deplete; shrink, constrict, contract; compress, squeeze, press.
2. reduce, lower, decrease, diminish; devalue, depreciate, depress.
My Account / Test History
When someone calls you, you answer the phone (or pick up the phone).
When you make a statement or some comments, we usually say the other person replies or responds.
When you ask a question, we usually say the other person answers. However, this is not 100% - reply and respond can also be used for answering a question.
When used as a noun (with a, an, the and possessive pronouns like my, your, his, her, etc.) the words answer and reply don't change - but the noun form of "respond" is response.