bang. -v. 7. prick, poke, stick, goad, prod, prompt, thrust, jog, jolt; push, drive, press, propel, hound, whip, lash, flog; speed, speed up, accelerate, hurry, hasten, quicken, Obs. festinate.
8. incite, provoke, actuate, instigate, set in motion, look for trouble, Inf. start something; foment, agitate, excite, arouse, rouse, whip up, work up, stir up, wind up, inflame, enflame, kindle, touch off; stimulate, animate, whet, reanimate, enliven, liven up, vivify, bestir; boost, embolden, build up; encourage, egg on, urge on.
9. wound, strike, cut, lacerate, gash, slash, slice; pierce, puncture, stab, lancinate, spike, spit, impale, penetrate, slit. 10. gallop, race, sprint, whisk, bolt, dart, fly, post, dash, clap spurs, ride hard, tear along, cover ground, burn up the road, fly like or race with the wind. 11. make haste, proceed hurriedly, make strides or rapid strides, make time, open up, Inf. move out; press forward, press on, push on, carry on, plunge ahead. spurious, adj. 1. counterfeit, fraudulent, imitation, fake, Inf. phony, forged; not genuine, bogus, supposititious, bastardly, Australian, bunyip; unreal, false, insincere, mock, ersatz, synthetic; pretended, feigned, simulated, sham, make-believe; artifical, factitious, contrived, SI. hokey, fictitious; put-on, pseudo; specious, meretricious, theatrical.
2. bastard, illegitimate, misbegotten, baseborn, unlawfully begotten, out-of-wedlock. spurn, v. 1. reject, refuse, repudiate, turn away, cast out, cast aside, turn down, SI. give thumbs down to, slam the door in [s.o.'s] face; scorn, slur, rebuff, disregard, ignore, snub; brush off, cut, Inf. give [s.o.] the cold shoulder, Inf. cold-shoulder, Inf. give [s.o.] the go-by; refuse to associate with, not have anything to do with, not want any part of, turn one's back upon, wash one's hands of.
2. despise, disdain, contemn, scout, hold in contempt; sneer at, sneeze at, curl one's lip at, look down upon, look down one's nose at, turn one's nose up at, spit upon. -n. 3. rejection, repudiation, refusal; disregard, Inf. the go-by, Inf. the cold shoulder.
4. contumely, contempt, disdain, scorn; derision, ridicule, mockery, raillery, jeering, sneering, scoffing.
5. kick, boot. spurt, v. 1. spout, squirt, shoot out or up, spray, project; gush, jet, spring, burst forth, well forth or up or out; surge, swell, swash; pour, effuse, stream, flow, issue, emanate; emerge, come out, debouch, disembogue.
2. have a burst of energy, accelerate, increase one's speed, double-time, Inf. pour it on, SI. step on it; race, race like the wind, sprint, fly, flit, whiz, whisk; speed, zoom, zip, career, rip, scour, scud, Inf. scorch, SI. burn up the road, Chiefly Brit, hare, Inf. clip, Inf. barrel.
3. disgorge, spit out, expel, eject, discharge, emit, send forth; vomit, regurgitate, throw up, spit up, heave, be or get sick, puke, SI. retch, SI. barf, SI. upchuck, SI. blow lunch. -n. 4. gush, outgush, spate, squirt, shoot, spray, projection; gust, blast, explosion; jet, spring, fountain, geyser, well, outwell, flood; ebullition, outrush, outpour, outpouring, efflux, outflux, effluence, effusion; outstream, stream, flow, tide, emanation; surge, swell, swash.
5. burst, burst of energy, sprint, rush, spree, spell or period of increased activity, flash or moment of increased activity, impulse, spell or moment of inspiration, SI. tear; acceleration, increase, increment, heightening, raise.
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.