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English noun: sack

1. sack (artifact) a bag made of paper or plastic for holding customer's purchases

Synonymscarrier bag, paper bag, poke

Broader (hypernym)bag

Narrower (hyponym)doggie bag, doggy bag, grocery bag

2. sack (shape) an enclosed space

SamplesThe trapped miners found a pocket of air.

Synonymspocket, pouch, sac

Broader (hypernym)cavity, enclosed space

3. sack (quantity) the quantity contained in a sack


Broader (hypernym)containerful

4. sack (food) any of various light dry strong white wine from Spain and Canary Islands (including sherry)

Broader (hypernym)white wine

5. sack (artifact) a woman's full loose hiplength jacket


Broader (hypernym)jacket

6. sack (artifact) a hanging bed of canvas or rope netting (usually suspended between two trees); swings easily


Broader (hypernym)bed

7. sack (artifact) a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist

Synonymschemise, shift

Broader (hypernym)dress, frock

8. sack (act) the plundering of a place by an army or mob; usually involves destruction and slaughter

SamplesThe sack of Rome.

Broader (hypernym)pillage, pillaging, plundering

9. sack (act) the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)

Synonymsdischarge, dismissal, dismission, firing, liberation, release, sacking

Broader (hypernym)conclusion, ending, termination

Narrower (hyponym)conge, congee, deactivation, dishonorable discharge, honorable discharge, inactivation, removal, Section Eight, superannuation

English verb: sack

1. sack (possession) plunder (a town) after capture

SamplesThe barbarians sacked Rome.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)take

Entaildestroy, ruin

2. sack (social) terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position

SamplesThe boss fired his secretary today.
The company terminated 25% of its workers.

Synonymscan, dismiss, displace, fire, force out, give notice, give the axe, give the sack, send away, terminate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)remove

Narrower (hyponym)clean out, dismiss, drop, furlough, lay off, pension off, retire, send away, send packing, squeeze out

Antonymshire, employ, engage

3. sack (possession) make as a net profit

SamplesThe company cleared $1 million.

Synonymsclear, net, sack up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)benefit, gain, profit

Verb groupbring in, clear, clear, earn, gain, make, net, pull in, realise, realize, take in

4. sack (contact) put in a sack

SamplesThe grocer sacked the onions.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)case, encase, incase

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