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English noun: pioneer

1. pioneer (person) someone who helps to open up a new line of research or technology or art

Synonymsgroundbreaker, innovator, trailblazer

Broader (hypernym)conceiver, mastermind, originator

2. pioneer (person) one the first colonists or settlers in a new territory

SamplesThey went west as pioneers with only the possessions they could carry with them.

Broader (hypernym)colonist, settler

Narrower (hyponym)backwoodsman, bushman, frontiersman, frontierswoman, mountain man

Instance hyponymBowie, Chapman, James Bowie, Jim Bowie, John Chapman, Johnny Appleseed

English verb: pioneer

1. pioneer (creation) open up an area or prepare a way

SamplesShe pioneered a graduate program for women students.

Synonymsopen up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)innovate, introduce

2. pioneer (creation) take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of

SamplesThis South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cause, do, make

Narrower (hyponym)activate, actuate, arrange, attempt, constitute, devise, establish, found, get up, innovate, institute, introduce, machinate, mount, organise, organize, plant, prepare, set about, set off, spark, spark off, stage, strike up, touch off, trigger, trigger off, trip, undertake

3. pioneer (cognition) open up and explore a new area

SamplesPioneer space.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)explore

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