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English noun: knock

1. knock (event) the sound of knocking (as on a door or in an engine or bearing)

SamplesThe knocking grew louder.


Broader (hypernym)sound

2. knock (cognition) negative criticism


Broader (hypernym)criticism, critique

3. knock (event) a vigorous blow

SamplesThe sudden knock floored him.
He took a bash right in his face.
He got a bang on the head.

Synonymsbang, bash, belt, smash

Broader (hypernym)blow, bump

4. knock (event) a bad experience

SamplesThe school of hard knocks.

Broader (hypernym)bad luck, misfortune

5. knock (act) the act of hitting vigorously

SamplesHe gave the table a whack.

Synonymsbelt, rap, whack, whang

Broader (hypernym)blow

English verb: knock

1. knock (contact) deliver a sharp blow or push :

SamplesHe knocked the glass clear across the room.

Synonymsstrike hard

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)strike

2. knock (contact) rap with the knuckles

SamplesKnock on the door.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)knap, rap

3. knock (contact) knock against with force or violence

SamplesMy car bumped into the tree.


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

Broader (hypernym)collide with, hit, impinge on, run into, strike

4. knock (perception) make light, repeated taps on a surface

SamplesHe was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently.

Synonymspink, rap, tap

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, sound

5. knock (perception) sound like a car engine that is firing too early

SamplesThe car pinged when I put in low-octane gasoline.
The car pinked when the ignition was too far retarded.

Synonymsping, pink

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)go, sound

6. knock (communication) find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws

SamplesThe paper criticized the new movie.
Don't knock the food--it's free.

Synonymscriticise, criticize, pick apart

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)comment, notice, point out, remark

Narrower (hyponym)admonish, assail, assault, attack, bawl out, belabor, belabour, belittle, berate, blame, blast, call down, call on the carpet, censure, chew out, chew up, chide, come down, criminate, crucify, denounce, deplore, disparage, dress down, find fault, harsh on, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lash out, lecture, nitpick, pick, pick at, pillory, rag, rebuke, remonstrate, reprehend, reprimand, reprimand, reproof, reprove, round, savage, scold, snipe, take to task, trounce

Entailevaluate, judge, pass judgment


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