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English adjective: master

1. master most important element

SamplesThe chief aim of living.
The main doors were of solid glass.
The principal rivers of America.
The principal example.
Policemen were primary targets.
The master bedroom.
A master switch.

Synonymschief, main, primary, principal

Similarimportant, of import


English noun: master

1. master (person) an artist of consummate skill

SamplesA master of the violin.
One of the old masters.


Broader (hypernym)artist, creative person

Narrower (hyponym)old master

2. master (person) a person who has general authority over others

Synonymslord, overlord

Broader (hypernym)ruler, swayer

Narrower (hyponym)feudal lord, seigneur, seignior

3. master (person) a combatant who is able to defeat rivals

Synonymssuperior, victor

Broader (hypernym)battler, belligerent, combatant, fighter, scrapper

Narrower (hyponym)conqueror, vanquisher

4. master (person) directs the work of others

Broader (hypernym)employer

Narrower (hyponym)postmaster, spymaster, station agent, stationmaster

5. master (person) presiding officer of a school

Synonymsheadmaster, schoolmaster

Broader (hypernym)head, head teacher, principal, school principal

Narrower (hyponym)housemaster

6. master (artifact) an original creation (i.e., an audio recording) from which copies can be made

Synonymsmaster copy, original

Broader (hypernym)creation

7. master (person) an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship

Synonymscaptain, sea captain, skipper

Broader (hypernym)officer, ship's officer

Instance hyponymCaptain Kidd, Kidd, William Kidd

8. master (person) someone who holds a master's degree from academic institution

Broader (hypernym)bookman, scholar, scholarly person, student

9. master (person) an authority qualified to teach apprentices


Broader (hypernym)authority

Narrower (hyponym)past master

10. master (artifact) key that secures entrance everywhere

Synonymsmaster key, passe-partout, passkey

Broader (hypernym)key

Narrower (hyponym)skeleton key

English verb: master

1. master (cognition) be or become completely proficient or skilled in

SamplesShe mastered Japanese in less than two years.

Synonymsget the hang

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)know

Entailacquire, drill, exercise, larn, learn, practice, practise

2. master (competition) get on top of; deal with successfully

SamplesHe overcame his shyness.

Synonymsget over, overcome, subdue, surmount

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish

Narrower (hyponym)bulldog

3. master (social) have dominance or the power to defeat over

SamplesHer pain completely mastered her.
The methods can master the problems.


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

Broader (hypernym)command, control

Narrower (hyponym)command, subject, subjugate

4. master (cognition) have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of

SamplesDo you control these data?.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)know

Narrower (hyponym)cinch


Verb groupcontrol, operate

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