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English noun: seal

1. seal (artifact) fastener consisting of a resinous composition that is plastic when warm; used for sealing documents and parcels and letters

Synonymssealing wax

Broader (hypernym)fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast

Substance holonymlac

2. seal (artifact) a device incised to make an impression; used to secure a closing or to authenticate documents


Broader (hypernym)device

Narrower (hyponym)bulla, cachet, great seal, handstamp, rubber stamp, signet

3. seal (substance) the pelt or fur (especially the underfur) of a seal

SamplesA coat of seal.


Broader (hypernym)fur, pelt

4. SEAL (person) a member of a Naval Special Warfare unit who is trained for unconventional warfare

SamplesSEAL is an acronym for Sea Air and Land.

SynonymsNavy SEAL

Broader (hypernym)bluejacket, navy man, sailor, sailor boy

Member meronymNaval Special Warfare, NSW

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

5. seal (communication) a stamp affixed to a document (as to attest to its authenticity or to seal it)

SamplesThe warrant bore the sheriff's seal.

Broader (hypernym)impression, stamp

6. seal (communication) an indication of approved or superior status

Synonymscachet, seal of approval

Broader (hypernym)accolade, award, honor, honour, laurels

7. seal (artifact) a finishing coat applied to exclude moisture

Broader (hypernym)coat, coating

Narrower (hyponym)undercoat, underseal

8. seal (artifact) fastener that provides a tight and perfect closure

Broader (hypernym)fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast

Narrower (hyponym)break seal, gasket, piston ring, washer

9. seal (animal) any of numerous marine mammals that come on shore to breed; chiefly of cold regions

Broader (hypernym)pinnatiped, pinniped, pinniped mammal

Narrower (hyponym)crab-eating seal, crabeater seal, eared seal, earless seal, hair seal, true seal

English verb: seal

1. seal (contact) make tight; secure against leakage

SamplesSeal the windows.

ExamplesThey want to seal the doors

Synonymsseal off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)close, shut

Narrower (hyponym)calk, caulk, pack, reseal, waterproof

Verb groupseal

2. seal (contact) close with or as if with a seal

SamplesShe sealed the letter with hot wax.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)close, fill up

Entailfasten, fix, secure

Verb groupseal, seal off


3. seal (cognition) decide irrevocably

SamplesSealing dooms.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)decide, determine, make up one's mind

4. seal (contact) affix a seal to

SamplesSeal the letter.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)affix, stick on

5. seal (contact) cover with varnish


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)coat, surface

Narrower (hyponym)shellac, shellack

6. seal (competition) hunt seals

ExamplesIn the summer they like to go out and seal

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)hunt, hunt down, run, track down

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