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master

mas·ter

master

 
 
pronunciation:
mae str
parts of speech:
noun, adjective, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a person with power or authority; one who rules or controls.
The duke was a harsh master to his servants.The captain is the master of the ship.Have you told the master of your plans to marry?
synonyms:
captain, chief, commander, head, overlord, ruler
similar words:
king, lord, mistress, operator, overseer, taskmaster
definition 2: a captain of a merchant ship.
synonyms:
captain, skipper
definition 3: a person who owns a slave or animal.
The master decided to sell off some of his slaves.When his master calls for him, the dog usually obeys.
synonyms:
owner
antonyms:
slave
similar words:
ace, keeper, mistress, slave driver, tamer
definition 4: one who is highly skilled or expert.
He was a master of realistic painting.
synonyms:
ace, adept, expert, maestro, master hand
antonyms:
amateur, apprentice
similar words:
artist, genius, lord, mastermind, maven, pro, virtuoso, whiz
definition 5: a person whose teachings have great effect on others.
They saw him as their master and tried to follow his teachings.
synonyms:
sage
similar words:
guide, guru, leader, teacher
definition 6: one who overcomes or defeats another; victor.
We shall fight and then we shall see who is master.
synonyms:
champion, conqueror, victor, winner
definition 7: a schoolteacher or head of a school.
The Latin master gave the boys some translations to do.
similar words:
academic, headmaster, headmistress, mistress, schoolmaster, schoolmistress, teacher
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: principal; main.
synonyms:
cardinal, chief, dominant, head, leading, main, predominant, primary, prime, principal
definition 2: governing; controlling.
synonyms:
chief, commanding, controlling, dominant, governing, ruling
definition 3: being highly skilled or expert.
a master carpenter
synonyms:
accomplished, adept, consummate, expert, masterful, masterly
similar words:
ace, adroit, polished, practiced, pro, proficient, skilled, skillful
definition 4: being an original copy.
a master list
synonyms:
original
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: mastered, mastering, masters
definition 1: to develop skill or expertness at.
He mastered chess quickly.
synonyms:
pick up
similar words:
conquer, grasp, learn
definition 2: to overcome; defeat; conquer.
You must master your passions.
synonyms:
conquer, control, govern, overcome, subdue
similar words:
bridle, curb, defeat, manage, restrain, suppress, tame, vanquish
derivation: masterless (adj.)
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