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English noun: rat

1. rat (animal) any of various long-tailed rodents similar to but larger than a mouse

Broader (hypernym)gnawer, rodent

Narrower (hyponym)bandicoot rat, black rat, brown rat, jerboa rat, mole rat, Norway rat, Oryzomys palustris, pocket rat, Rattus norvegicus, Rattus rattus, rice rat, roof rat

2. rat (person) someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike

Synonymsblackleg, scab, strikebreaker

Broader (hypernym)worker

3. rat (person) a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible

SamplesOnly a rotter would do that.
Kill the rat.
Throw the bum out.
You cowardly little pukes!.
The British call a contemptible person a `git'.

Synonymsbum, crumb, dirty dog, git, lowlife, puke, rotter, scum bag, skunk, so-and-so, stinker, stinkpot

Broader (hypernym)disagreeable person, unpleasant person

4. rat (person) one who reveals confidential information in return for money

Synonymsbetrayer, blabber, informer, squealer

Broader (hypernym)informant, source

Narrower (hyponym)canary, copper's nark, fink, grass, nark, sneak, sneaker, snitch, snitcher, stool pigeon, stoolie, stoolpigeon, supergrass

5. rat (artifact) a pad (usually made of hair) worn as part of a woman's coiffure

Broader (hypernym)pad

Part meronymcoif, coiffure, hair style, hairdo, hairstyle

English verb: rat

1. rat (social) desert one's party or group of friends, for example, for one's personal advantage

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

Broader (hypernym)defect, desert

2. rat (social) employ scabs or strike breakers in

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)employ, engage, hire

Domain categoryindustry, manufacture

3. rat (social) take the place of work of someone on strike

Synonymsblackleg, fink, scab

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)do work, work

4. rat (contact) give (hair) the appearance of being fuller by using a rat

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)fill out, pad

5. rat (contact) catch rats, especially with dogs

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)capture, catch

6. rat (communication) give away information about somebody

SamplesHe told on his classmate who had cheated on the exam.

Synonymsbetray, denounce, give away, grass, shit, shop, snitch, stag, tell on

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

Broader (hypernym)inform

Narrower (hyponym)sell out

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