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perk1

 
 
pronunciation:
puhrk
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
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Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: perks, perking, perked
definition 1: to recover good spirits or energy (usu. fol. by "up").
He'd been a little depressed, but he perked up at the good news.Everyone in the meeting perked up at the mention of lunch.
similar words:
lighten
definition 2: to stick upward or outward (often fol. by "up").
The dog's ears perked up at the sound of another dog in the distance.
definition 3: to assume an insolent or jaunty manner by thrusting the head or neck up and forward.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to raise (the ears, head, or the like) in order to hear better or to see or be seen (often fol. by "up" or "out").
The cat perked its head up when it sensed its owner's approaching footsteps.
definition 2: to improve the appearance of (usu. fol. by "up").
Fresh paint perked up the house.
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derivation: perkish (adj.)