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English verb: suck up

1. suck up (contact) take in, also metaphorically

SamplesThe sponge absorbs water well.
She drew strength from the minister's words.

Synonymsabsorb, draw, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck, take in, take up

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)blot, mop, mop up, sponge up, wipe up

2. suck up (emotion) ingratiate oneself to; often with insincere behavior

SamplesShe is playing up to the chairman.

Synonymscotton up, cozy up, play up, shine up, sidle up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)ingratiate

3. suck up (communication) try to gain favor by cringing or flattering

SamplesHe is always kowtowing to his boss.

Synonymsbootlick, fawn, kotow, kowtow, toady, truckle

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)blandish, flatter

Narrower (hyponym)court favor, court favour, curry favor, curry favour

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