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English adjective: sober

1. sober not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)


Similarcold sober, drug-free, dry, stone-sober, teetotal, uninebriated, unintoxicated


Antonymsdrunk, inebriated, intoxicated

2. sober dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises


SamplesA grave God-fearing man.
A quiet sedate nature.
As sober as a judge.
A solemn promise.
The judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence.


Synonymsgrave, sedate, solemn


Similarserious


Antonymsfrivolous

3. sober lacking brightness or color; dull


SamplesDrab faded curtains.
Sober Puritan grey.
Children in somber brown clothes.


Synonymsdrab, somber, sombre


Similarcolorless, colourless


Antonymscolorful, colourful

4. sober completely lacking in playfulness


Synonymsserious, unplayful


Attributefun, playfulness


Antonymsplayful


English verb: sober

1. sober (change) cause to become sober


SamplesA sobering thought.


ExamplesThe bad news will sober him, The performance is likely to sober Sue


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


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

2. sober (change) become more realistic


SamplesAfter thinking about the potential consequences of his plan, he sobered up.


Synonymssober up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)become, get, go

3. sober (change) become sober after excessive alcohol consumption


SamplesKeep him in bed until he sobers up.


Synonymssober up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)become, get, go


Entailbooze, drink, fuddle









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