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English verb: buoy up

1. buoy up (communication) become more cheerful


SamplesAfter a glass of wine, he lightened up a bit.


Synonymslighten, lighten up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)cheer, cheer up, chirk up

2. buoy up (emotion) make more cheerful


SamplesThe conversation lightened me up a bit.


Synonymslighten, lighten up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)cheer


Causebuoy up, lighten, lighten up


Antonymsweigh down, weigh on

3. buoy up (contact) keep afloat


SamplesThe life vest buoyed him up.


Synonymsbuoy


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)hold, hold up, support, sustain









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