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English noun: sex

1. sex (act) activities associated with sexual intercourse

SamplesThey had sex in the back seat.

Synonymssex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice

Broader (hypernym)activity, bodily function, bodily process, body process

Narrower (hyponym)arousal, autoeroticism, autoerotism, bestiality, bisexuality, bondage, breeding, carnal abuse, carnal knowledge, coition, coitus, conception, congress, conjugation, copulation, coupling, facts of life, foreplay, gayness, heterosexualism, heterosexuality, homoeroticism, homosexualism, homosexuality, intercourse, lechery, love, love life, lovemaking, making love, mating, outercourse, pairing, perversion, pleasure, procreation, promiscuity, promiscuousness, queerness, relation, reproduction, safe sex, sex act, sexual congress, sexual intercourse, sexual love, sexual perversion, sexual relation, sexual union, sleeping around, stimulation, straightness, union, zooerastia, zooerasty

Attributeheterosexual, homosexual

2. sex (group) either of the two categories (male or female) into which most organisms are divided

SamplesThe war between the sexes.

Broader (hypernym)category, class, family

3. sex (feeling) all of the feelings resulting from the urge to gratify sexual impulses

SamplesHe wanted a better sex life.
The film contained no sex or violence.

Synonymssexual urge

Broader (hypernym)feeling

4. sex (attribute) the properties that distinguish organisms on the basis of their reproductive roles

SamplesShe didn't want to know the sex of the foetus.

Synonymsgender, sexuality

Broader (hypernym)physiological property

Narrower (hyponym)androgyny, bisexuality, femaleness, feminineness, hermaphroditism, maleness, masculinity

Attributeandrogynous, asexual, female, male, nonsexual, sexual

English verb: sex

1. sex (emotion) stimulate sexually

SamplesThis movie usually arouses the male audience.

Synonymsarouse, excite, turn on, wind up

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

Broader (hypernym)excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir

Narrower (hyponym)tempt

2. sex (cognition) tell the sex (of young chickens)

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)differentiate, distinguish, secern, secernate, separate, severalise, severalize, tell, tell apart

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