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water

Synonyms of water in English:

noun

  • 1 a glass of water
    H2O
  • 2 a house down by the water
    sea, ocean;
    lake, river;
    drink
  • verb

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  • 1 water the plants
    sprinkle, moisten, dampen, wet, spray, splash;
    soak, douse, souse, drench, saturate;
    hose (down)
  • 2 my mouth watered
    moisten, become wet, salivate
    informaldrool
  • Word links

    aqueous relating to or containing water
    aqua-, hydro- forming words meaning ‘relating to water,’ such as aqualung (‘an apparatus enabling divers to breathe under water’) or hydroelectric (‘relating to the generation of electricity using flowing water’)

    Phrases

    hold water

    1
    your story just doesn't hold water
    be tenable, ring true, bear scrutiny, make sense, stand up, hold up, be convincing, be plausible, be sound

    water down

    2
  • 1.1 staff had watered down the drinks
    dilute, thin (out), weaken;
    adulterate, doctor, mix
    informalcut
  • 2.1 the proposals were watered down
    moderate, temper, mitigate, tone down, soften, tame;
    understate, play down, soft-pedal
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