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English adjective: spruce

1. spruce marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners

SamplesA dapper young man.
A jaunty red hat.

Synonymsdapper, dashing, jaunty, natty, raffish, rakish, snappy, spiffy

Similarfashionable, stylish

Antonymsunfashionable, unstylish

English noun: spruce

1. spruce (plant) light soft moderately strong wood of spruce trees; used especially for timbers and millwork

Broader (hypernym)wood

Substance meronymspruce

2. spruce (plant) any coniferous tree of the genus Picea

Broader (hypernym)conifer, coniferous tree

Narrower (hyponym)black spruce, Brewer's spruce, Colorado blue spruce, Colorado spruce, eastern spruce, Engelmann spruce, Engelmann's spruce, Norway spruce, oriental spruce, Picea abies, Picea breweriana, Picea engelmannii, Picea glauca, Picea mariana, Picea obovata, Picea orientalis, Picea pungens, Picea rubens, Picea sitchensis, red spruce, Siberian spruce, silver spruce, Sitka spruce, spruce pine, weeping spruce, white spruce, yellow spruce

Member meronymgenus Picea, Picea

Substance holonymspruce

English verb: spruce

1. spruce (change) make neat, smart, or trim

SamplesSpruce up your house for Spring.
Titivate the child.

Synonymsslick up, smarten up, spiff up, spruce up, titivate, tittivate

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

Broader (hypernym)beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify

2. spruce (body) dress and groom with particular care, as for a special occasion

SamplesHe spruced up for the party.

Synonymsslick up, smarten up, spruce up

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

Broader (hypernym)groom, neaten

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