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sex

sex

 
pronunciation:
seks
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
phrases:
sex up
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the sum of the qualities and characteristics that distinguish living things as being either male or female based on their physical role in reproduction.
Sex plays a role in the coloring of birds: a male bird often has more brilliant colors than its female counterpart.
definition 2: the fact of a particular person or other organism being either female or male as determined by reproductive function.
They were anxious to know the sex of the new baby.
synonyms:
gender, sexuality
definition 3: males or females as distinct groups.
The sexes were educated separately and differently at the time.
definition 4: sexual activity, esp. sexual intercourse.
The movie explores various issues concerning love and sex.Because of the medication, he seems to have lost interest in sex.
synonyms:
coitus, intercourse, lovemaking
similar words:
congress
definition 5: the urge or instinct to engage in sexual activity.
The police think these crimes were not motivated by sex.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: sexed, sexes, sexing
definition: to determine the gender of.
The researcher sexed and labeled the animals for the study.
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phrase: sex up