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English verb: suck up

1. suck up (contact) take in, also metaphorically


SamplesThe sponge absorbs water well.
She drew strength from the minister's words.


Synonymsabsorb, draw, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck, take in, take up


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)blot, mop, mop up, sponge up, wipe up

2. suck up (emotion) ingratiate oneself to; often with insincere behavior


SamplesShe is playing up to the chairman.


Synonymscotton up, cozy up, play up, shine up, sidle up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)ingratiate

3. suck up (communication) try to gain favor by cringing or flattering


SamplesHe is always kowtowing to his boss.


Synonymsbootlick, fawn, kotow, kowtow, toady, truckle


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)blandish, flatter


Narrower (hyponym)court favor, court favour, curry favor, curry favour









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