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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



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


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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