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English noun: fence

1. fence (artifact) a barrier that serves to enclose an area


Broader (hypernym)barrier

Narrower (hyponym)backstop, chainlink fence, hedge, hedgerow, paling, picket fence, rail fence, stone wall, wall, weir

Part meronymfence line

2. fence (person) a dealer in stolen property

Broader (hypernym)bargainer, dealer, monger, trader

Domain usagecolloquialism

English verb: fence

1. fence (contact) enclose with a fence

SamplesWe fenced in our yard.

Synonymsfence in

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

Broader (hypernym)close in, enclose, inclose, shut in

2. fence (possession) receive stolen goods

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)have, receive

3. fence (competition) fight with fencing swords

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)contend, fight, struggle

Narrower (hyponym)block, deflect, parry

4. fence (competition) surround with a wall in order to fortify

Synonymsfence in, palisade, surround, wall

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)protect

Narrower (hyponym)circumvallate, stockade

5. fence (communication) have an argument about something

Synonymsargue, contend, debate

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

Broader (hypernym)converse, discourse

Narrower (hyponym)altercate, argufy, bicker, brabble, dispute, niggle, oppose, pettifog, quarrel, quibble, scrap, spar, squabble, stickle

Entaildiffer, disagree, dissent, take issue

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