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English noun: lock

1. lock (artifact) a fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed

Broader (hypernym)fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast

Narrower (hyponym)combination lock, cylinder lock, door latch, doorlock, latch, lever lock, padlock, sash fastener, sash lock, window lock

Part holonymbolt, deadbolt, keyhole, tumbler

Part meronymdoor, drawer, gate, lid

2. lock (body) a strand or cluster of hair

Synonymscurl, ringlet, whorl

Broader (hypernym)hair

Narrower (hyponym)crimp, dreadlock, forelock, sausage curl

Part meronymcoif, coiffure, hair style, hairdo, hairstyle

3. lock (artifact) a mechanism that detonates the charge of a gun

Broader (hypernym)mechanism

Part meronymfirearm, piece, small-arm

4. lock (artifact) enclosure consisting of a section of canal that can be closed to control the water level; used to raise or lower vessels that pass through it

Synonymslock chamber

Broader (hypernym)enclosure

Part meronymcanal

5. lock (artifact) a restraint incorporated into the ignition switch to prevent the use of a vehicle by persons who do not have the key

Synonymsignition lock

Broader (hypernym)constraint, restraint

Part meronymignition switch

6. lock (act) any wrestling hold in which some part of the opponent's body is twisted or pressured

Broader (hypernym)wrestling hold

Narrower (hyponym)hammerlock, headlock

English verb: lock

1. lock (contact) fasten with a lock

SamplesLock the bike to the fence.

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

Broader (hypernym)fasten, fix, secure

Narrower (hyponym)bolt, padlock

Antonymsunlock, unlock

2. lock (contact) keep engaged

SamplesEngaged the gears.

Synonymsengage, mesh, operate

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)flip, ride, switch, throw

Antonymsdisengage, withdraw

3. lock (change) become rigid or immoveable

SamplesThe therapist noticed that the patient's knees tended to lock in this exercise.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)engage


4. lock (contact) hold in a locking position

SamplesHe locked his hands around her neck.

Synonymsinterlace, interlock

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

Broader (hypernym)hold, take hold

5. lock (contact) become engaged or intermeshed with one another

SamplesThey were locked in embrace.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)bosom, embrace, hug, squeeze

6. lock (emotion) hold fast (in a certain state)

SamplesHe was locked in a laughing fit.

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)overcome, overpower, overtake, overwhelm, sweep over, whelm

7. lock (contact) place in a place where something cannot be removed or someone cannot escape

SamplesThe parents locked her daughter up for the weekend.
She locked her jewels in the safe.

Synonymslock away, lock in, lock up, put away, shut away, shut up

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

Broader (hypernym)confine

8. lock (motion) pass by means through a lock in a waterway

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)go across, go through, pass

9. lock (creation) build locks in order to facilitate the navigation of vessels

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)build, construct, make

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