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sun

sun

 
 
pronunciation:
suhn
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
place in the sun, under the sun
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: (often cap.) the central star of the solar system around which the earth and other planets revolve and from which heat and light issue.
 
definition 2: this star in a particular location or at a particular time.
the morning sun
definition 3: a star.
definition 4: the radiant energy given off by the sun; sunlight.
Can you feel the sun on your face?
definition 5: an area illuminated by sunlight.
The dog likes to sit in the sun.
antonyms:
shade
phrase: place in the sun
phrase: under the sun
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: sunned, sunning, suns
definition 1: to expose to the sun's rays.
The lizard sunned itself on the rock.
definition 2: to heat or dry through such exposure.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to expose oneself to the sun; sunbathe.
derivation: sunlike (adj.)
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Are you looking for the word son (a person's male child)? Sun and son sound alike but have different meanings.
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  • sunburn:
    a burn of the skin caused by the sun.
  • sunglasses:
    special eyeglasses that protect your eyes from the sun.
  • sunlight:
    the light of the sun.
  • sunny:
    having a lot of sun; bright.
  • sunrise:
    the time of day when the sun appears to move above the horizon.
  • sunset:
    the time of day when the sun appears to move below the horizon.
  • sunshine:
    the light of the sun.
  • suntan:
    a tan color of the skin caused by the sun.
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