queer, vandalize, trash, SI. cook, Inf. upset the or [s.o.'s] applecart.
3. pamper, indulge, lavish, gratify; dote on, coddle, baby, overprotect; corrupt, pervert.
4. defile, debase, vitiate; foul, befoul, soil, sully, blacken, smear, smudge, stain.
5. botch, bungle, mess up, butcher, Dial, butch, hash or hash up or make a hash of, make sad work of, SI. bitch or bitch up, SI. screw or screw up, SI. gum up the works, SI. louse up.
6. decompose, decay, rot, addle, putrefy; go bad, sour, turn; mold, mildew.
7. spoiling for eager, desirous of, longing for, hungry, craving, Inf. looking for, Inf. after, Inf. out to get.
-n. 8. Often spoils booty, Archaic, boot, loot, plunder, pillage, Archaic, prey, Scot. Obs. reif; stolen goods, Inf. steal, SI. hot goods, SI. boodle, SI. the take, SI. the goods, SI. swag.
9. Usu. spoils Chiefly U.S. political patronage, sinecures, SI. plums; emoluments, advantages, perquisites, Inf. perks.
10. Usu. spoils prize, winnings, reward, recompense; profits, earnings, wages, salary; gain, grab, pickings, takings, Inf. haul.
11. Usu. spoils valuables, treasures, gifts; possessions, purchases, goods; riches, hoardings, savings; stock, cache.
12. Usu. spoils waste, refuse, offscourings, scour-ings, sweepings; rubbish, trash, garbage, slag, sprue, dross, sordes; dregs, draff, sediment, settlings, deposit, lees, grounds; residue, remainder, rest, leftovers; cinders, ashes, embers, soot, smut; Chem. precipitate. spoilage, n. 1. (usu. used in reference to foodstuffs) decomposition, decay, putrefaction, putrescence; putrefying, rotting, addling, souring; mold, mildew; disintegration, dissolution, deterioration.
2. damaged goods, discount goods, markdowns, seconds, factory rejects, irregulars.
3. residue, rest, leftovers, dregs; rubbish, trash, garbage. spoken, adj. oral, vocal, vocalized, voiced, sounded, intoned; pronounced, enunciated, articulated; uttered, said, told, recited, stated, expressed, declared; verbal, word of mouth, parol, nuncupative, viva-voce; unwritten, unrecorded, undocumented, spokesman, n. 1. mouthpiece, voice, spokeswomen, spokesperson; public relations man, P.R. person, press agent, ad man, copywriter; mediator, intermediator, intermediary, intercessor, interceder, intermedium, medium, go-between, messenger, middleman; negotiator, arbitrator, umpire, referee; interagent, agent, proxy, surrogate, stand-in, representative, Inf. rep, delegate, elected official, appointed official, minister, diplomat; advocate, espouser, propagandist, activist, champion, defender, backer; attorney, defense attorney, prosecuting attorney, prosecutor, lawyer, counselor-at-law, counselor, counsel, councilor, barrister, solicitor; pleader, apologist, friend of the court, Law. amicus curiae; instrument, tool, operative, puppet, cat's- paw, front.
2. speechmaker, addresser, Inf stumper, reciter; orator, declaimer, rhetorician, Speech, elocutionist; spellbinder, silver-tongued devil, smooth talker, salesman, saleswoman; speaker, keynoter, valedictorian, salutatorian; chairman, chairwoman, chair, (of a jury) foreman, prolocutor, moderator, interlocutor, emcee, host, announcer, broadcaster, anchorman, reader; lecturer, preacher, sermonizer, Boanerges, expositor, expounder; haranguer, ranter, talker, Inf. spouter, Inf. spieler, SI. jawsmith.
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.