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{adj: abashed, chagrined, embarrassed} feeling or caused to feel uneasy and self-conscious
"felt abashed at the extravagant praise"
"chagrined at the poor sales of his book"
"was embarrassed by her child's tantrums"

{adj: abnormal} departing from the normal in e.g. intelligence and development
"they were heartbroken when they learned their child was abnormal"
"an abnormal personality"
<-> normal

{adj: accountable} liable to account for one's actions
"governments must be accountable to someone beside themselves"
"fully accountable for what they did"
"the court held the parents answerable for their minor child's acts of vandalism"
"he was answerable to no one"

{adj: acrobatic, athletic, gymnastic} vigorously active
"an acrobatic dance"
"an athletic child"
"athletic playing"
"gymnastic exercises"

{adj: adopted} having been taken into a specific relationship
"an adopted child"

{adj: advanced} farther along in physical or mental development
"the child's skeletal age was classified as `advanced'"
"children in the advanced classes in elementary school read far above grade average"

{adj: aggravated, provoked} incited, especially deliberately, to anger
"aggravated by passive resistance"
"the provoked animal attacked the child"

{adj: ailing, indisposed, peaked, poorly, sickly, unwell, under the weather, seedy} somewhat ill or prone to illness
"my poor ailing grandmother"
"feeling a bit indisposed today"
"you look a little peaked"
"feeling poorly"
"a sickly child"
"is unwell and can't come to work"

{adj: anal, anal retentive} a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated on the anal region; fixation at this stage is said to result in orderliness, meanness, stubbornness, compulsiveness, etc.
<-> oral

{adj: annoying, bothersome, galling, irritating, nettlesome, pesky, pestering, pestiferous, plaguy, plaguey, teasing, vexatious, vexing} causing irritation or annoyance
"tapping an annoying rhythm on his glass with his fork"
"aircraft noise is particularly bothersome near the airport"
"found it galling to have to ask permission"
"an irritating delay"
"nettlesome paperwork"
"a pesky mosquito"
"swarms of pestering gnats"
"a plaguey newfangled safety catch"
"a teasing and persistent thought annoyed him"
"a vexatious child"
"it is vexing to have to admit you are wrong"

{adj: answerable} morally or legally responsible to a higher authority
"parents are answerable for their child's acts"

{adj: antsy, fidgety, fretful, itchy, restless} unable to relax or be still
"a constant fretful stamping of hooves"
"itchy for excitement"
"a restless child"

{adj: any, whatever, whatsoever} one or some or every or all without specification
"give me any peaches you don't want"
"not any milk is left"
"any child would know that"
"pick any card"
"any day now"
"cars can be rented at almost any airport"
"at twilight or any other time"
"beyond any doubt"
"need any help we can get"
"give me whatever peaches you don't want"
"no milk whatsoever is left"

{adj: argumentative} given to or characterized by argument
"an argumentative discourse"
"argumentative to the point of being cantankerous"
"an intelligent but argumentative child"
<-> unargumentative

{adj: authoritarian, dictatorial, overbearing} expecting unquestioning obedience
"he was imperious and dictatorial"
"the timid child of authoritarian parents"
"insufferably overbearing behavior toward the waiter"

{adj: battered} exhibiting symptoms resulting from repeated physical and emotional injury
"a battered child"
"the battered woman syndrome"

{adj: beautiful} delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admiration
"a beautiful child"
"beautiful country"
"a beautiful painting"
"a beautiful theory"
"a beautiful party"
<-> ugly

{adj: begotten} (of offspring) generated by procreation
"naturally begotten child"

{adj: big, bighearted, bounteous, bountiful, freehanded, handsome, giving, liberal, openhanded} given or giving freely
"was a big tipper"
"the bounteous goodness of God"
"bountiful compliments"
"a freehanded host"
"a handsome allowance"
"Saturday's child is loving and giving"
"a liberal backer of the arts"
"a munificent gift"
"her fond and openhanded grandfather"

{adj: big, enceinte, expectant, gravid, great, large, heavy, with child} in an advanced stage of pregnancy
"was big with child"
"was great with child"

{adj: biological} of parents and children; related by blood
"biological child"
<-> adoptive

{adj: bookish, studious} characterized by diligent study and fondness for reading
"a bookish farmer who always had a book in his pocket"
"a quiet studious child"

{adj: born} brought into existence
"he was a child born of adultery"
<-> unborn

{adj: bratty, brattish} (used of an ill-mannered child) impolitely unruly

{adj: brimful, brimfull, brimming} filled to capacity
"a brimful cup"
"I am brimful of chowder"
"a child brimming over with curiosity"
"eyes brimming with tears"

{adj: chastised, corrected, disciplined} punished for misbehavior
"the chastised child sat humbly in the corner"

{adj: child-centered} designed to promote a child's personal qualities rather than to provide training or information

{adj: childlike, childly} befitting a young child
"childlike charm"

{adj: classy, posh, swish} elegant and fashionable
"classy clothes"
"a classy dame"
"a posh restaurant"
"a swish pastry shop on the Rue du Bac"- Julia Child

{adj: compassionate} showing merciful compassion
"sparing the child's mother was a compassionate act"

{adj: concerned} feeling or showing worry or solicitude
"concerned parents of youthful offenders"
"was concerned about the future"
"we feel concerned about accomplishing the task at hand"
"greatly concerned not to disappoint a small child"
<-> unconcerned

{adj: confusing} causing confusion or disorientation
"a confusing jumble of road signs"
"being hospitalized can be confusing and distressing for a small child"

{adj: contrary, obstinate, perverse, wayward} resistant to guidance or discipline
"Mary Mary quite contrary"
"an obstinate child with a violent temper"
"a perverse mood"
"wayward behavior"

{adj: craved, desired} wanted intensely
"the child could no longer resist taking one of the craved cookies"
"it produced the desired effect"

{adj: curious} eager to investigate and learn or learn more (sometimes about others' concerns)
"a curious child is a teacher's delight"
"a trap door that made me curious"
"curious investigators"
"traffic was slowed by curious rubberneckers"
"curious about the neighbor's doings"
<-> incurious

{adj: cute, precious} obviously contrived to charm
"an insufferably precious performance"
"a child with intolerably cute mannerisms"

{adj: defenseless, defenceless} lacking protection or support
"a defenseless child"

{adj: defined} clearly characterized or delimited
"lost in a maze of words both defined and undefined"
"each child has clearly defined duties"
<-> undefined

{adj: despiteful, spiteful, vindictive} showing malicious ill will and a desire to hurt; motivated by spite
"a despiteful fiend"
"a truly spiteful child"
"a vindictive man will look for occasions for resentment"

{adj: difficult, hard} not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure
"a difficult task"
"nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access"
"difficult times"
"a difficult child"
"found himself in a difficult situation"
"why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"
<-> easy

{adj: dirty, soiled, unclean} soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime
"dirty unswept sidewalks"
"a child in dirty overalls"
"dirty slums"
"piles of dirty dishes"
"put his dirty feet on the clean sheet"
"wore an unclean shirt"
"mining is a dirty job"
"Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves"
<-> clean

{adj: discomfited, embarrassed} caused to feel self-conscious and uncomfortable
"was discomfited by the personal questions"
"the child felt embarrassed by the attention of the adults"

{adj: doleful, mournful} filled with or evoking sadness
"the child's doleful expression"
"stared with mournful eyes"
"mournful news"

{adj: drowsy, drowsing, dozy} half asleep
"made drowsy by the long ride"
"it seemed a pity to disturb the drowsing (or dozing) professor"
"a tired dozy child"
"the nodding (or napping) grandmother in her rocking chair"

{adj: dry} without a mucous or watery discharge
"a dry cough"
"that rare thing in the wintertime; a small child with a dry nose"
<-> phlegmy

{adj: dutiful, duteous} willingly obedient out of a sense of duty and respect
"a dutiful child"
"a dutiful citizen"
"Patient Griselda was a chaste and duteous wife";

{adj: encouraging, supporting} furnishing support and encouragement
"the anxious child needs supporting and accepting treatment from the teacher"

{adj: fanciful, imaginary, imagined, notional} not based on fact; dubious
"the falsehood about some fanciful secret treaties"- F.D.Roosevelt
"a small child's imaginary friends"
"her imagined fame"
"to create a notional world for oneself"

{adj: favored, favorite, favourite, best-loved, pet, preferred, preferent} preferred above all others and treated with partiality
"the favored child"

{adj: firstborn, eldest} first in order of birth
"the firstborn child"

{adj: flinty, granitic, obdurate, stony} showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings
"the child's misery would move even the most obdurate heart"

{adj: forgiving} inclined or able to forgive and show mercy
"a kindly forgiving nature"
"a forgiving embrace to the naughty child"
<-> unforgiving

{adj: forward} used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty
"a forward child badly in need of discipline"
<-> backward

{adj: foster, surrogate} providing or receiving nurture or parental care though not related by blood or legal ties
"foster parent"
"foster child"
"foster home"
"surrogate father"

{adj: fractious, refractory, recalcitrant} stubbornly resistant to authority or control
"a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness"
"a refractory child"

{adj: fresh, impertinent, impudent, overbold, smart, saucy, sassy, wise} improperly forward or bold
"don't be fresh with me"
"impertinent of a child to lecture a grownup"
"an impudent boy given to insulting strangers"
"Don't get wise with me!"

{adj: fretful, querulous, whiney, whining, whiny} habitually complaining
"a whining child"

{adj: frightened, scared} made afraid
"the frightened child cowered in the corner"
"too shocked and scared to move"

{adj: heedless, thoughtless, unheeding} marked by or paying little heed or attention
"We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals; we know now that it is bad economics"--Franklin D. Roosevelt
"heedless of danger"
"heedless of the child's crying"
<-> heedful

{adj: helpful} of service or assistance
"a child who is helpful around the house can save the mother many steps"

{adj: homely, plain} lacking in physical beauty or proportion
"a homely child"
"several of the buildings were downright homely"
"a plain girl with a freckled face"

{adj: hyperactive, overactive} more active than normal
"a hyperactive child"

{adj: incessant, perpetual, endless} occurring so frequently as to seem ceaseless or uninterrupted
"a child's incessant questions"
"your perpetual (or continual) complaints"

{adj: innocent, guiltless, clean-handed} free from evil or guilt
"an innocent child"
"the principle that one is innocent until proved guilty"
<-> guilty

{adj: innocent, ingenuous} lacking in sophistication or worldliness
"a child's innocent stare"
"his ingenuous explanation that he would not have burned the church if he had not thought the bishop was in it"

{adj: kidnapped, kidnaped, abducted} (of persons) seized and detained unlawfully, often for ransom
"the father restored the kidnapped (or abducted) child to the mother"

{adj: late, later} at or toward an end or late period or stage of development
"the late phase of feudalism"
"a later symptom of the disease"
"later medical science could have saved the child"
<-> early

{adj: lineal, direct} in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child
"lineal ancestors"
"lineal heirs"
"a direct descendant of the king"
"direct heredity"
<-> collateral

{adj: lone, lonesome, only, sole, solitary} being the only one; single and isolated from others
"the lone doctor in the entire county"
"a lonesome pine"
"an only child"
"the sole heir"
"the sole example"
"a solitary instance of cowardice"
"a solitary speck in the sky"

{adj: lost} no longer in your possession or control; unable to be found or recovered
"a lost child"
"lost friends"
"his lost book"
"lost opportunities"
<-> found

{adj: lovable, loveable} having characteristics that attract love or affection
"a mischievous but lovable child"
<-> hateful

{adj: lying, mendacious} given to lying
"a lying witness"
"a mendacious child"

{adj: maladjusted} poorly adjusted to demands and stresses of daily living
"a maladjusted child"
<-> adjusted

{adj: manipulative} skillful in influencing or controlling others to your own advantage
"the early manipulative techniques of a three-year-old child"

{adj: mere} being nothing more than specified
"a mere child"

{adj: messy, mussy} dirty and disorderly
"a mussy fussy bedroom"
"a child's messy eating habits"

{adj: motivated} provided with a motive or given incentive for action
"a highly motivated child can learn almost anything"
"a group of politically motivated men"
<-> unmotivated

{adj: neglected, unattended} lacking a caretaker
"a neglected child"
"many casualties were lying unattended"

{adj: normal} being approximately average or within certain limits in e.g. intelligence and development
"a perfectly normal child"
"of normal intelligence"
"the most normal person I've ever met"
<-> abnormal

{adj: obtrusive, noticeable} undesirably noticeable
"the obtrusive behavior of a spoiled child"
"equally obtrusive was the graffiti"
<-> unobtrusive

{adj: oral} a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated in the mouth; fixation at this stage is said to result in dependence, selfishness, and aggression
<-> anal

{adj: outstanding, prominent, salient, spectacular, striking} having a quality that thrusts itself into attention
"an outstanding fact of our time is that nations poisoned by anti semitism proved less fortunate in regard to their own freedom"
"a new theory is the most prominent feature of the book"
"salient traits"
"a spectacular rise in prices"
"a striking thing about Picadilly Circus is the statue of Eros in the center"
"a striking resemblance between parent and child"

{adj: overheated} heated beyond a safe or desirable point
"the child became overheated"
"overheated metal"

{adj: pleased, proud of} feeling pleasurable satisfaction over something by which you measures your self-worth
"proud of their child"

{adj: precocious} characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development or maturity (especially in mental aptitude)
"a precocious child"
"a precocious achievement"
<-> retarded

{adj: prone} having a tendency (to); often used in combination
"a child prone to mischief"

{adj: puerile} of or characteristic of a child
"puerile breathing"

{adj: scraggy, boney, scrawny, skinny, underweight, weedy} being very thin
"a child with skinny freckled legs"
"a long scrawny neck"

{adj: shaky, shivering, trembling} vibrating slightly and irregularly; as e.g. with fear or cold or like the leaves of an aspen in a breeze
"a quaking bog"
"the quaking child asked for more"
"quivering leaves of a poplar tree"
"with shaking knees"
"seemed shaky on her feet"
"sparkling light from the shivering crystals of the chandelier"
"trembling hands"

{adj: sleepy, sleepy-eyed, sleepyheaded} ready to fall asleep
"beginning to feel sleepy"
"a sleepy-eyed child with drooping eyelids"
"sleepyheaded students"

{adj: spastic} suffering from spastic paralysis
"a spastic child"

{adj: spoiled, spoilt} having the character or disposition harmed by pampering or oversolicitous attention
"a spoiled child"

{adj: sweet-faced} having a pleasing face or one showing a sweet disposition
"a sweet-faced child"

{adj: sweet} pleasing to the senses
"the sweet song of the lark"
"the sweet face of a child"

{adj: taken} be affected with an indisposition
"the child was taken ill"
"couldn't tell when he would be taken drunk"

{adj: traumatic} psychologically painful;"few experiences are more traumatic than losing a child";

{adj: triangular, trilateral, tripartite, three-party, three-way} involving three parties or elements
"the triangular mother-father-child relationship"
"a trilateral agreement"
"a tripartite treaty"
"a tripartite division"
"a three-way playoff"

{adj: tubercular, tuberculous} constituting or afflicted with or caused by tuberculosis or the tubercle bacillus
"a tubercular child"
"tuberculous patients"
"tubercular meningitis"

{adj: uncomfortable} conducive to or feeling mental discomfort
"this kind of life can prove disruptive and uncomfortable"
"the uncomfortable truth"
"grew uncomfortable beneath his appraising eye"
"an uncomfortable way of surprising me just when I felt surest"
"the teacher's presence at the conference made the child very uncomfortable"
<-> comfortable

{adj: ungrateful, thankless, unthankful} not feeling or showing gratitude
"ungrateful heirs"
"How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is / To have a thankless child!"- Shakespeare
<-> grateful

{adj: unmanageable, difficult} difficult to manage or control
"a difficult child", "an unmanageable situation"
<-> manageable

{adj: unnatural} not in accordance with or determined by nature; contrary to nature
"an unnatural death"
"the child's unnatural interest in death"
<-> natural

{adj: usual} occurring or encountered or experienced or observed frequently or in accordance with regular practice or procedure
"grew the usual vegetables"
"the usual summer heat"
"came at the usual time"
"the child's usual bedtime"
<-> unusual

{adj: well-behaved, well behaved} (usually of children) someone who behaves in a manner that the speaker believes is correct
"a well-behaved child"

{adv: alone, solo, unaccompanied} without anybody else
"the child stayed home alone"
"he flew solo"

{adv: angelically} like an angel
"the child was sleeping angelically"

{adv: apparently, seemingly, ostensibly, on the face of it} from appearances alone
"irrigation often produces bumper crops from apparently desert land"
"the child is seemingly healthy but the doctor is concerned"
"had been ostensibly frank as to his purpose while really concealing it"-Thomas Hardy
"on the face of it the problem seems minor"

{adv: away} indicating continuing action; continuously or steadily
"he worked away at the project for more than a year"
"the child kept hammering away as if his life depended on it"

{adv: backward, backwards} in a manner or order or direction the reverse of normal
"it's easy to get the `i' and the `e' backward in words like `seize' and `siege'"
"the child put her jersey on backward"

{adv: defenseless, defenceless, defenselessly, defencelessly} without defense
"the child was standing in the middle of the crossfire, defenselessly"

{adv: desperately} in intense despair
"the child clung desperately to her mother"

{adv: equally, as, every bit} to the same degree (often followed by `as')
"they were equally beautiful"
"birds were singing and the child sang as sweetly"
"sang as sweetly as a nightingale"
"he is every bit as mean as she is"

{adv: far and wide, far and near} over great areas or distances; everywhere
"he traveled far and wide"
"the news spread far and wide"
"people came from far and near"
"searched for the child far and near"

{adv: frantically} in an uncontrolled manner
"they searched frantically for their child"

{adv: grammatically} in a grammatical manner
"this child already speaks grammatically"
<-> ungrammatically

{adv: heinously, monstrously} in a terribly evil manner
"the child was heinously murdered"

{adv: illegitimately, out of wedlock} of biological parents not married to each other
"this child was born illegitimately"
<-> legitimately

{adv: in loco parentis} in place of the parents
"we had to punish this child in loco parentis"

{adv: in utero} in the uterus
"the child was infected in utero from the mother"

{adv: innately} in an innate manner
"the child is said to be innately disposed to learn language"

{adv: legitimately} in a lawfully recognized manner
"let's get married so our child can be born legitimately"
<-> illegitimately

{adv: merely, simply, just, only, but} and nothing more
"I was merely asking"
"it is simply a matter of time"
"just a scratch"
"he was only a child"
"hopes that last but a moment"

{adv: no end} on and on for a long time
"the child cried no end"

{adv: no, no more} referring to the degree to which a certain quality is present
"he was no heavier than a child"

{adv: pathetically, pitiably} in a manner arousing sympathy and compassion
"the sick child cried pathetically"

{adv: patiently, with patience} in a patient manner
"he patiently played with the child"
<-> impatiently

{adv: piggyback, pickaback, pig-a-back} on the back or shoulder or astraddle on the hip
"she carried her child piggyback"

{adv: precociously} in a precocious manner
"her child behaves precociously"

{adv: prematurely} (of childbirth) before the end of the normal period of gestation
"the child was born prematurely"

{adv: psychologically} with regard to psychology
"war that caught them in its toils either psychologically or physically"
"the event was very damaging to the child psychologically"

{adv: securely, firmly} in a secure manner; in a manner free from danger
"she held the child securely"

{adv: softly, quietly} with low volume
"speak softly but carry a big stick"
"she spoke quietly to the child"
"the radio was playing softly"
<-> loudly

{adv: soothingly} in a soothing manner
"the mother talked soothingly to her child"

{adv: successively, in turn} in proper order or sequence
"talked to each child in turn"
"the stable became in turn a chapel and then a movie theater"

{adv: ungrammatically} in an ungrammatical manner
"this child speaks ungrammatically"
<-> grammatically

{n: Berith, Berit, Brith, Bris, Briss} the Jewish rite of circumcision performed on a male child on the eighth day of his life

{n: Black, Shirley Temple Black, Shirley Temple} popular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928)

{n: El Nino} the Christ child

{n: Gesell, Arnold Gesell, Arnold Lucius Gesell} United States psychologist noted for his work in child development (1880-1961)

{n: Hall, G. Stanley Hall, Granville Stanley Hall} United States child psychologist whose theories of child psychology strongly influenced educational psychology (1844-1924)

{n: Leboyer method of childbirth, Leboyer method} a method of childbirth that tries to minimize the trauma for the newborn; delivery occurs in a quiet dimly lit room and the infant's head is not pulled and immediate bonding between mother and child is encouraged

{n: Lego, Lego set} (trademark) a child's plastic construction set for making mechanical models

{n: Meccano, Meccano set} a child's construction set for making mechanical models

{n: Menuhin, Yehudi Menuhin, Sir Yehudi Menuhin} British violinist (born in the United States) who began his career as a child prodigy in the 1920s (1916-1999)

{n: Montessori, Maria Montesorri} Italian educator who developed a method of teaching mentally handicapped children and advocated a child-centered approach (1870-1952)

{n: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart} prolific Austrian composer and child prodigy; master of the classical style in all its forms of his time (1756-1791)

{n: Spock, Benjamin Spock} United States pediatrician whose many books on child care influenced the upbringing of children around the world (1903-1998)

{n: acting out} a (usually irritating) impulsive and uncontrollable outburst by a problem child or a neurotic adult

{n: adoptee} someone (such as a child) who has been adopted

{n: adoption} a legal proceeding that creates a parent-child relation between persons not related by blood; the adopted child is entitled to all privileges belonging to a natural child of the adoptive parents (including the right to inherit)

{n: adoptive parent, adopter} a person who adopts a child of other parents as his or her own child

{n: affection, affectionateness, fondness, tenderness, heart, warmness, warmheartedness, philia} a positive feeling of liking
"he had trouble expressing the affection he felt"
"the child won everyone's heart"
"the warmness of his welcome made us feel right at home"

{n: agalactia, agalactosis} a condition in which milk is not secreted in the mother's breasts after her child has been delivered

{n: allowance} an amount allowed or granted (as during a given period)
"travel allowance"
"my weekly allowance of two eggs"
"a child's allowance should not be too generous"

{n: anal stage, anal phase} (psychoanalysis) the second sexual and social stage of a child's development during which bowel control is learned

{n: anklet} a shoe for a child or woman that has a strap around the ankle

{n: army brat} the child of a career officer of the United States Army

{n: baa-lamb} child's word for a sheep or lamb

{n: baby buggy, baby carriage, carriage, perambulator, pram, stroller, go-cart, pushchair, pusher} a small vehicle with four wheels in which a baby or child is pushed around

{n: baby talk, babytalk, motherese} an adult's imitation of the speech of a young child

{n: baby talk, babytalk} the developing speech of a young child

{n: baby, babe, infant} a very young child (birth to 1 year) who has not yet begun to walk or talk
"isn't she too young to have a baby?"

{n: bairn} a child: son or daughter

{n: bastard, by-blow, love child, illegitimate child, illegitimate, whoreson} the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents

{n: behalf} as the agent of or on someone's part (usually expressed as "on behalf of" rather than "in behalf of")
"the guardian signed the contract on behalf of the minor child"
"this letter is written on behalf of my client";

{n: bib} a napkin tied under the chin a child while eating

{n: biggin} a child's tight-fitting cap; often ties under the chin

{n: birth, nativity, nascency, nascence} the event of being born
"they celebrated the birth of their first child"
<-> death

{n: birthright} a right or privilege that you are entitled to at birth
"free public education is the birthright of every American child"

{n: birth} the time when something begins (especially life)
"they divorced after the birth of the child"
"his election signaled the birth of a new age"
<-> death

{n: blessed event, happy event} the live birth of a child

{n: bonding} a close personal relationship that forms between people (as between husband and wife or parent and child)

{n: buster} a robust child

{n: capaciousness, roominess, spaciousness, commodiousness} spatial largeness and extensiveness (especially inside a building)
"the capaciousness of Santa's bag astounded the child"
"roominess in this size car is always a compromise"
"his new office lacked the spaciousness that he had become accustomed to"

{n: caregiver} a person who is responsible for attending to the needs of a child or dependent adult

{n: carnal abuse} any lascivious contact by an adult with the sexual organs of a child (especially not involving sexual intercourse)

{n: changeling} a child secretly exchanged for another in infancy

{n: cherub} an angel of the second order whose gift is knowledge; usually portrayed as a winged child

{n: child abuse} the physical or emotional or sexual mistreatment of children

{n: child neglect} failure of caretakers to provide adequate emotional and physical care for a child

{n: child pornography, kiddie porn, kiddy porn} the illegal use of children in pornographic pictures or films

{n: child prodigy, infant prodigy, wonder child} a prodigy whose talents are recognized at an early age
"Mozart was a child prodigy"

{n: child support} court-ordered support paid by one spouse to the other who has custody of the children after the parents are separated

{n: child welfare agency, child welfare service} an administrative unit responsible for social work concerned with the welfare and vocational training of children

{n: child's body} the body of a human child

{n: child's game} a game enjoyed by children

{n: child's room} a bedroom for a child

{n: child, baby} an immature childish person
"he remained a child in practical matters as long as he lived"
"stop being a baby!"

{n: child, kid, youngster, minor, shaver, nipper, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, fry, nestling} a young person of either sex
"she writes books for children"
"they're just kids"
"`tiddler' is a British term for youngsters"

{n: child, kid} a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age
"they had three children"
"they were able to send their kids to college"
<-> parent

{n: childbirth, childbearing, accouchement, vaginal birth} the parturition process in human beings; having a baby; the process of giving birth to a child

{n: childcare, child care} a service involving care for other people's children

{n: childhood, puerility} the state of a child between infancy and adolescence

{n: childhood} the time of person's life when they are a child

{n: childishness, puerility} a property characteristic of a child

{n: child} a member of a clan or tribe
"the children of Israel"

{n: choo-choo} a child's word for locomotive

{n: cinch, breeze, picnic, snap, duck soup, child's play, pushover, walkover, piece of cake} any undertaking that is easy to do
"marketing this product will be no picnic"

{n: cousin, first cousin, cousin-german, full cousin} the child of your aunt or uncle

{n: couvade} a custom among some peoples whereby the husband of a pregnant wife is put to bed at the time of bearing the child

{n: cow, moo-cow} female of domestic cattle: "`moo-cow' is a child's term"

{n: crooning} singing in a soft low tone
"her crooning soon put the child to sleep"

{n: crying, weeping, tears} the process of shedding tears (usually accompanied by sobs or other inarticulate sounds)
"I hate to hear the crying of a child"
"she was in tears"

{n: cub, lad, laddie, sonny, sonny boy} a male child (a familiar term of address to a boy)

{n: cystic fibrosis, CF, fibrocystic disease of the pancreas, pancreatic fibrosis, mucoviscidosis} the most common congenital disease; the child's lungs and intestines and pancreas become clogged with thick mucus; caused by defect in a single gene; there is no cure

{n: delivery, obstetrical delivery} the act of delivering a child

{n: developmental age} a measure of a child's development (in body size or motor skill or psychological function) expressed in terms of age norms

{n: developmental psychology, genetic psychology, child psychology} the branch of psychology that studies the social and mental development of children

{n: diaper rash, diaper dermatitis} dermatitis of the thighs and buttocks of infants; supposedly caused by ammonia in the urine in the child's diapers

{n: dollhouse, doll's house} a house so small that it is likened to a child's plaything

{n: ejection, exclusion, expulsion, riddance} the act of forcing out someone or something
"the ejection of troublemakers by the police"
"the child's expulsion from school"

{n: emancipation} freeing someone from the control of another; especially a parent's relinquishing authority and control over a minor child

{n: erythroblastosis fetalis} severe anemia in newborn babies; the result of Rh incompatibility between maternal and fetal blood; typically occurs when the child of an Rh-negative mother inherits Rh-positive blood from the father; can be diagnosed before birth by amniocentesis

{n: exception} an instance that does not conform to a rule or generalization
"all her children were brilliant; the only exception was her last child"
"an exception tests the rule"

{n: female child, girl, little girl} a youthful female person
"the baby was a girl"
"the girls were just learning to ride a tricycle"
<-> boy, male child

{n: female offspring} a child who is female
<-> male offspring

{n: fib, story, tale, tarradiddle, taradiddle} a trivial lie
"he told a fib about eating his spinach"
"how can I stop my child from telling stories?"

{n: filial duty} duty of a child to its parents

{n: filial love} the love of a child for a parent

{n: foster home} a household in which an orphaned or delinquent child is placed (usually by a social-service agency)

{n: foster-child, foster child, fosterling} a child who is raised by foster parents

{n: foster-mother, foster mother} a woman who is a foster parent and raises another's child

{n: foster-nurse} a nurse who raises another woman's child as her own

{n: foster-parent, foster parent} a person who acts as parent and guardian for a child in place of the child's natural parents but without legally adopting the child

{n: foundling, abandoned infant} a child who has been abandoned and whose parents are unknown

{n: game} the game equipment needed in order to play a particular game
"the child received several games for his birthday"

{n: genius, mastermind, brain, brainiac, Einstein} someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality
"Mozart was a child genius"
"he's smart but he's no Einstein"

{n: godfather} any man who serves as a sponsor for a child at baptism

{n: godmother} any woman who serves as a sponsor for a child at baptism

{n: gold} something likened to the metal in brightness or preciousness or superiority etc.
"the child was as good as gold"
"she has a heart of gold"

{n: governess} a woman entrusted with the care and supervision of a child (especially in a private home)

{n: grandchild} a child of your son or daughter

{n: great grandchild} a child of your grandson or granddaughter

{n: hands, custody} (with `in') guardianship over; in divorce cases it is the right to house and care for and discipline a child
"my fate is in your hands"
"too much power in the president's hands"
"your guests are now in my custody"
"the mother was awarded custody of the children"

{n: hide-and-seek, hide and go seek} a game in which a child covers his eyes while the other players hide then tries to find them

{n: highchair, feeding chair} a chair for feeding a very young child; has four long legs and a footrest and a detachable tray

{n: hippie, hippy, hipster, flower child} someone who rejects the established culture; advocates extreme liberalism in politics and lifestyle

{n: hobby, hobbyhorse, rocking horse} a child's plaything consisting of an imitation horse mounted on rockers; the child straddles it and pretends to ride

{n: hopscotch} a game in which a child tosses a stone into an area drawn on the ground and then hops through it and back to regain the stone

{n: incest} sexual intercourse between persons too closely related to marry (as between a parent and a child)

{n: indulgence, lenience, leniency} a disposition to yield to the wishes of someone
"too much indulgence spoils a child"

{n: infantilism} an abnormal condition in which an older child or adult retains infantile characteristics

{n: interpretation, interpreting, rendition, rendering} an explanation of something that is not immediately obvious
"the edict was subject to many interpretations"
"he annoyed us with his interpreting of parables"
"often imitations are extended to provide a more accurate rendition of the child's intended meaning"

{n: introject} (psychoanalysis) a parental figures (and their values) that you introjected as a child; the voice of conscience is usually a parent's voice internalized

{n: jump rope} a child's game or a cardiopulmonary exercise in which the player jumps over a swinging rope

{n: kachina} a carved doll wearing the costume of a particular Pueblo spirit; usually presented to a child as a gift

{n: kiddy} a young child

{n: lamb, dear} a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)

{n: latchkey child} a school-age child who is home without adult supervision for part of the day (especially after school until a parent returns home from work)

{n: leapfrog} a game in which one child bends down and another leaps over

{n: leapfrog} advancing as if in the child's game, by leaping over obstacles or competitors
"the company still believes the chip is a leapfrog in integration and will pay huge dividends"

{n: learner, scholar, assimilator} someone (especially a child) who learns (as from a teacher) or takes up knowledge or beliefs

{n: learning, acquisition} the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge
"the child's acquisition of language"

{n: lullaby, cradlesong, berceuse} a quiet song intended to lull a child to sleep

{n: lullaby, cradlesong} a quiet song that lulls a child to sleep

{n: male child, boy} a youthful male person
"the baby was a boy"
"she made the boy brush his teeth every night"
"most soldiers are only boys in uniform"
<-> female child, girl

{n: male offspring, man-child} a child who is male
<-> female offspring

{n: maternal-infant bonding} the attachment that forms between an infant and its mother beginning at birth
"maternal-infant bonding influences the child's psychological and physical development"

{n: meconium} thick dark green mucoid material that is the first feces of a newborn child

{n: model, role model} someone worthy of imitation
"every child needs a role model"

{n: mother, female parent} a woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother)
"the mother of three children"

{n: mud pie} a mass of mud that a child has molded into the shape of pie

{n: musical chairs, going to Jerusalem} a child's game in which N players march to music around N-1 chairs; when the music abruptly stops the players scramble to sit and the player who does not find a chair is eliminated; then a chair is removed and the march resumes until only the winner is seated

{n: nullipara} (obstetrics) a woman who has never give birth to a child

{n: nursery, baby's room} a child's room for a baby

{n: orphanage, orphanhood} the condition of being a child without living parents
"his early orphanage shaped his character as an adult"

{n: orphan} a child who has lost both parents

{n: overindulgence, excess} excessive indulgence
"the child was spoiled by overindulgence"

{n: parent} a father or mother; one who begets or one who gives birth to or nurtures and raises a child; a relative who plays the role of guardian
<-> child

{n: parturiency, labor, labour, confinement, lying-in, travail, childbed} concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of labor to the birth of a child
"she was in labor for six hours"

{n: passive immunity} an impermanent form of acquired immunity in which antibodies against a disease are acquired naturally (as through the placenta to an unborn child) or artificially (as by injection of antiserum)

{n: paternity suit, bastardy proceeding} a lawsuit filed to determine the father of a child born out of wedlock (and to provide for the support of the child once paternity is determined)

{n: paternity test} a test based on blood groups to determine whether a particular man could be the biological father of a particular child; negative results prove he was not the father but positive results show only that he could be

{n: peanut} a young child who is small for his age

{n: pederast, paederast, child molester} a man who has sex (usually sodomy) with a boy as the passive partner

{n: phallic stage, phallic phase} (psychoanalysis) the third stage in a child's development when awareness of and manipulation of the genitals is supposed to be a primary source of pleasure

{n: philosophy} any personal belief about how to live or how to deal with a situation
"self-indulgence was his only philosophy"
"my father's philosophy of child-rearing was to let mother do it"

{n: pickaninny, piccaninny, picaninny} (offensive) a Black child

{n: piggy bank, penny bank} a child's coin bank (often shaped like a pig)

{n: pillow fight} a child's game of fighting with pillows

{n: pisha paysha} (Yiddish) a card game for two players one of whom is usually a child; the deck is place face down with one card face upward; players draw from the deck alternately hoping to build up or down from the open card; the player with the fewest cards when the deck is exhausted is the winner

{n: play, child's play} activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules
"Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child"

{n: playbox, play-box} a box for a child's toys and personal things (especially at a boarding school)

{n: pleonasm} using more words than necessary
"a tiny little child"

{n: poster boy} a male poster child

{n: poster child} a child afflicted by some disease or deformity whose picture is used on posters to raise money for charitable purposes
"she was the poster child for muscular dystrophy"

{n: poster girl} a female poster child

{n: posthumous birth} birth of a child after the father has died

{n: posthumous birth} birth of a child by Caesarean section after the death of the mother

{n: preschooler, kindergartner, kindergartener} a child who attends a preschool or kindergarten

{n: primipara, para I} (obstetrics) woman who has been delivered of a child for the first time

{n: progeria} a rare abnormality marked by premature aging (grey hair and wrinkled skin and stooped posture) in a child

{n: puppy fat} fat on the body of a baby or child; disappears at adolescence

{n: quack-quack} child's word for a duck

{n: raising, rearing, nurture} the properties acquired as a consequence of the way you were treated as a child

{n: reality principle} (psychoanalysis) the governing principle of the ego; the principle that as a child grows it becomes aware of the real environment and the need to accommodate to it
<-> pleasure principle

{n: restitution, return, restoration, regaining} getting something back again
"upon the restitution of the book to its rightful owner the child was given a tongue lashing"

{n: rocker} an attendant who rocks a child in a cradle

{n: school phobia} a child's sudden fear of attending school

{n: schoolchild, school-age child, pupil} a young person attending school (up through senior high school)

{n: scooter} child's two-wheeled vehicle operated by foot

{n: second cousin} a child of a first cousin

{n: security blanket} a blanket (or toy) that a child carries around in order to reduce anxiety

{n: seraph} an angel of the first order; usually portrayed as the winged head of a child

{n: shadow} an inseparable companion
"the poor child was his mother's shadow"

{n: shoofly} a child's rocking chair with the seat built between two flat sides that are shaped to resemble an animal (such as a swan or duck)

{n: sleep, slumber} a natural and periodic state of rest during which consciousness of the world is suspended
"he didn't get enough sleep last night"
"calm as a child in dreamless slumber"

{n: snowsuit} a child's overgarment for cold weather

{n: sprog} a child

{n: startle reflex, Moro reflex} a normal reflex of young infants; a sudden loud noise causes the child to stretch out the arms and flex the legs

{n: stepchild} a child of your spouse by a former marriage

{n: stick horse} a child's plaything consisting on an imitation horse's head on one end of a stick

{n: street urchin, guttersnipe} a child who spends most of his time in the streets especially in slum areas

{n: sunsuit} a child's garment consisting of a brief top and shorts

{n: support, keep, livelihood, living, bread and butter, sustenance} the financial means whereby one lives
"each child was expected to pay for their keep"
"he applied to the state for support"
"he could no longer earn his own livelihood"

{n: surrogate mother} a woman who bears a child for a couple where the wife is unable to do so
"a surrogate mother is artificially inseminated with the father's semen and carries the fetus to term"

{n: tag} a game in which one child chases the others; the one who is caught becomes the next chaser

{n: teddy, teddy bear} plaything consisting of a child's toy bear (usually plush and stuffed with soft materials)

{n: terror, brat, little terror, holy terror} a very troublesome child

{n: toddler, yearling, tot, bambino} a young child

{n: tooth fairy} a fairy that is said to leave money at night under a child's pillow to compensate for a baby tooth falling out

{n: top, whirligig, teetotum, spinning top} a conical child's plaything tapering to a steel point on which it can be made to spin
"he got a bright red top and string for his birthday"

{n: transplant, transplantation, organ transplant} an operation moving an organ from one organism (the donor) to another (the recipient)
"he had a kidney transplant"
"the long-term results of cardiac transplantation are now excellent"
"a child had a multiple organ transplant two months ago"

{n: ugly duckling} an ugly or unpromising child who grows into a beautiful or worthy person

{n: unselfconsciousness} the quality of being not self-conscious; unawareness of yourself or of others' views of yourself
"he had the unselfconsciousness of a child"
<-> self-consciousness

{n: urchin} poor and often mischievous city child

{n: urine, piss, pee, piddle, weewee, water} liquid excretory product
"there was blood in his urine"
"the child had to make water"

{n: vermin} any of various small animals or insects that are pests; e.g. cockroaches or rats
"cereals must be protected from mice and other vermin"
"he examined the child's head for vermin"
"boys in the village have probably been shooting vermin"

{n: visitation right} the right granted by a court to a parent (or other relative) who is deprived of custody of a child to visit the child on a regular basis

{n: wagon, coaster wagon} a child's four-wheeled toy cart sometimes used for coasting

{n: waif, street child} a homeless child especially one forsaken or orphaned
"street children beg or steal in order to survive"

{n: weaning, ablactation} the act of substituting other food for the mother's milk in the diet of a child or young mammal

{n: wet nurse, wet-nurse, wetnurse, amah} a woman hired to suckle a child of someone else

{n: wiggler, wriggler, squirmer} one who can't stay still (especially a child)
"the toddler was a real wiggler on plane trips"

{n: wiggliness} a jerky back and forth kind of mobility
"he walked with the wiggliness of a child on high heels"

{v: admonish, reprove} take to task
"He admonished the child for his bad behavior"

{v: affect, impress, move, strike} have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
"This child impressed me as unusually mature"
"This behavior struck me as odd"

{v: age} make older
"The death of his child aged him tremendously"
<-> rejuvenate

{v: apologize, apologise, excuse, justify, rationalize, rationalise} defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
"rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"
"he rationalized his lack of success"

{v: baptize, baptise, christen} administer baptism to
"The parents had the child baptized"

{v: bastardize, bastardise} declare a child to be illegitimate

{v: bathe, bath} clean one's body by immersion into water
"The child should bathe every day"

{v: bind, tie, attach, bond} create social or emotional ties
"The grandparents want to bond with the child"

{v: bloat} make bloated or swollen
"Hunger bloated the child's belly"

{v: bond, bring together, draw together} bring together in a common cause or emotion
"The death of their child had drawn them together"

{v: call on the carpet, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast} censure severely or angrily
"The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"
"The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"
"The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"

{v: carry to term} carry out a pregnancy
"She decided to carry the child to term, even though the foetus was shown to be defective"
<-> miscarry

{v: check, retard, delay} slow the growth or development of
"The brain damage will retard the child's language development"

{v: cheer, cheer up, jolly along, jolly up} cause (somebody) to feel happier or more cheerful
"She tried to cheer up the disappointed child when he failed to win the spelling bee"

{v: civilize, civilise} raise from a barbaric to a civilized state
"The wild child found wandering in the forest was gradually civilized"

{v: clasp} grasp firmly
"The child clasped my hands"
<-> unclasp

{v: cling, hang} hold on tightly or tenaciously
"hang on to your father's hands"
"The child clung to his mother's apron"

{v: color, colorize, colorise, colourise, colourize, colour, color in, colour in} add color to
"The child colored the drawings"
"Fall colored the trees"
"colorize black and white film"
<-> discolor

{v: comb, ransack} search thoroughly
"They combed the area for the missing child"

{v: complete} bring to a whole, with all the necessary parts or elements
"A child would complete the family"

{v: confront} be face to face with
"The child screamed when it confronted the man in the halloween costume"

{v: cover} provide with a covering or cause to be covered
"cover her face with a handkerchief"
"cover the child with a blanket"
"cover the grave with flowers"
<-> uncover

{v: cradle} hold gently and carefully
"He cradles the child in his arms"

{v: curse, beshrew, damn, bedamn, anathemize, anathemise, imprecate, maledict} wish harm upon ; invoke evil upon
"The bad witch cursed the child"
<-> bless

{v: dandle} pet
"the grandfather dandled the small child"

{v: depress, deject, cast down, get down, dismay, dispirit, demoralize, demoralise} lower someone's spirits ; make downhearted
"These news depressed her"
"The bad state of her child's health demoralizes her"
<-> elate

{v: develop, grow} grow emotionally or mature
"The child developed beautifully in her new kindergarten"
"When he spent a summer at camp, the boy grew noticeably and no longer showed some of his old adolescent behavior"

{v: dimple} produce dimples while smiling
"The child dimpled up to the adults"

{v: disapprove, reject} deem wrong or inappropriate
"I disapprove of her child rearing methods"
<-> approve

{v: dismiss, send packing, send away, drop} stop associating with
"They dropped her after she had a child out of wedlock"

{v: distress} cause mental pain to
"The news of her child's illness distressed the mother"

{v: document} record in detail
"The parents documented every step of their child's development"

{v: dodge} make a sudden movement in a new direction so as to avoid
"The child dodged the teacher's blow"

{v: draw close} pull towards oneself
"He drew the crying child close"

{v: dress, clothe, enclothe, garb, raiment, tog, garment, habilitate, fit out, apparel} provide with clothes or put clothes on
"Parents must feed and dress their child"
<-> undress

{v: dress, get dressed} put on clothes
"we had to dress quickly"
"dress the patient"
"Can the child dress by herself?"
<-> undress

{v: drown} die from being submerged in water, getting water into the lungs, and asphyxiating
"The child drowned in the lake"

{v: entangle, tangle, mat, snarl} twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
"The child entangled the cord"
<-> disentangle, unsnarl

{v: entrust, leave} put into the care or protection of someone
"He left the decision to his deputy"
"leave your child the nurse's care"

{v: exclaim, cry, cry out, outcry, call out, shout} utter aloud ; often with surprise, horror, or joy
"`I won!' he exclaimed"
"`Help!' she cried"
"`I'm here,' the mother shouted when she saw her child looking lost"

{v: expect} look forward to the birth of a child
"She is expecting in March"

{v: expel, eject, chuck out, exclude, throw out, kick out, turf out, boot out, turn out} put out or expel from a place
"The child was expelled from the classroom"

{v: fail, neglect} fail to do something ; leave something undone
"She failed to notice that her child was no longer in his crib"
"The secretary failed to call the customer and the company lost the account"

{v: fall apart, go to pieces} lose one's emotional or mental composure
"She fell apart when her only child died"

{v: fatten, fat, flesh out, fill out, plump, plump out, fatten out, fatten up} make fat or plump
"We will plump out that poor starving child"

{v: feed, give} give food to
"Feed the starving children in India"
"don't give the child this tough meat"
<-> starve

{v: fidget} move restlessly
"The child is always fidgeting in his seat"

{v: filiate} fix the paternity of
"The court filiated the child born out of wedlock"

{v: fill, fill up, make full} make full, also in a metaphorical sense
"fill a container"
"fill the child with pride"
<-> empty

{v: garnishee, garnish} take a debtor's wages on legal orders, such as for child support
"His employer garnished his wages in order to pay his debt"

{v: grab} take or grasp suddenly
"She grabbed the child's hand and ran out of the room"

{v: have a bun in the oven, bear, carry, gestate, expect} be pregnant with
"She is bearing his child"
"The are expecting another child in January"
"I am carrying his child"

{v: jump, leap, bound, spring} move forward by leaps and bounds
"The horse bounded across the meadow"
"The child leapt across the puddle"
"Can you jump over the fence?"

{v: keep away} prevent from coming close
"I tried to keep the child away from the pool"

{v: keep step, keep pace} maintain the same pace
"The child cannot keep step with his big brother"

{v: know} be able to distinguish, recognize as being different
"The child knows right from wrong"

{v: lament, keen} express grief verbally
"we lamented the death of the child"

{v: legitimate} make (an illegitimate child) legitimate ; declare the legitimacy of (someone)
"They legitimized their natural child"

{v: look} have a certain outward or facial expression
"How does she look?"
"The child looks unhappy"
"She looked pale after the surgery"

{v: look} perceive with attention ; direct one's gaze towards
"She looked over the expanse of land"
"Look at your child!"
"Look--a deer in the backyard!"

{v: lose} suffer the loss of a person through death or removal
"She lost her husband in the war"
"The couple that wanted to adopt the child lost her when the biological parents claimed her"

{v: lynch} kill without legal sanction
"The blood-thirsty mob lynched the alleged killer of the child"

{v: massage, rub down, knead} manually manipulate (someone's body), usually for medicinal or relaxation purposes
"She rubbed down her child with a sponge"

{v: mature, maturate, grow} develop and reach maturity ; undergo maturation
"He matured fast"
"The child grew fast"

{v: mire, muck, mud, muck up} soil with mud, muck, or mire
"The child mucked up his shirt while playing ball in the garden"

{v: miss} be absent
"The child had been missing for a week"

{v: mourn} feel sadness
"She is mourning her dead child"

{v: muss, tussle} make messy or untidy
"the child mussed up my hair"

{v: order, tell, enjoin, say} give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
"I said to him to go home"
"She ordered him to do the shopping"
"The mother told the child to get dressed"

{v: overdramatize, overdramatise} present in an overly dramatic manner
"She is overdramatizing her child's failure in the physics class"

{v: overdress, overclothe} dress excessively
"You should not overclothe the child--she will be too hot"

{v: overexpose} expose excessively
"As a child, I was overexposed to French movies"
<-> underexpose

{v: penetrate} insert the penis into the vagina or anus of
"Did the molester penetrate the child?"

{v: persevere, persist, hang in, hang on, hold on} be persistent, refuse to stop
"he persisted to call me every night"
"The child persisted and kept asking questions"

{v: picture, depict, render, show} show in, or as in, a picture
"This scene depicts country life"
"the face of the child is rendered with much tenderness in this painting"

{v: piggyback} support on the back and shoulders
"He piggybacked her child so she could see the show"

{v: pop} cause to burst with a lound, explosive sound
"The child popped the balloon"

{v: prevent, keep} prevent from doing something or being in a certain state
"We must prevent the cancer from spreading"
"His snoring kept me from falling asleep"
"Keep the child from eating the marbles"
<-> let

{v: pronounce, articulate, enounce, sound out, enunciate, say} speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way

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