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sober

so·ber

sober

 
 
pronunciation:
so br
parts of speech:
adjective, transitive verb & intransitive verb
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not having drunk any alcohol; not intoxicated.
synonyms:
straight
antonyms:
drunk, high, inebriate, intoxicated
definition 2: habitually abstaining from alcoholic drinks; temperate.
a sober lifestyle
synonyms:
abstinent, on the wagon, teetotal, temperate
antonyms:
drunken, intemperate
similar words:
abstemious
definition 3: serious or thoughtful; solemn.
a sober attitude toward work and family
synonyms:
considered, levelheaded, serious, solemn, steady, thoughtful
antonyms:
convivial, frivolous, gay, giddy, jocose
similar words:
careful, earnest, grave, judicious, moderate, practical, profound, prudent, rational, reasonable, responsible, sane, sedate, sensible, solid, somber, staid, straight, temperate
definition 4: subdued or conservative in color or style.
sober attire
synonyms:
conservative, discreet
antonyms:
flamboyant, loud
similar words:
austere, drab, formal, somber, staid, straight, traditional
definition 5: plain and unadorned; not extravagant.
the sober details of the case
synonyms:
objective, plain, unvarnished
similar words:
austere, clear, impartial, lucid, modest, prosaic, simple, sound, straight, unadorned, unadulterated, unpretentious
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part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: sobered, sobering, sobers
definition: to make or become sober (often fol. by up).
His war experience sobered him.She sobered up after many years of drinking.
antonyms:
inebriate
similar words:
abstain, detoxify, moderate, straighten out, take the pledge, teetotal
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derivations: soberingly (adv.), soberly (adv.), soberness (n.)
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