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Synonyms and Antonyms of bounce

  1. 1 to drive or force out <the bar doesn't hesitate to bounce customers for getting rowdy> Synonyms banish, boot (out), eject, cast out, chase, dismiss, drum (out), expel, extrude, kick out, oust, out, rout, run off, throw out, turf (out) [chiefly British], turn outRelated Words deforce, deport, displace, dispossess, evict, exile, expatriate, ostracize, read out, shut out; ax (or axe), can, cashier, defenestrate, discharge, fire, muster out, pink-slip, release, remove, retire, sack, terminateNear Antonyms accept, admit, receive, take, take in; welcome; entertain, harbor, house, lodge, shelter

  2. 2 to strike and fly off at an angle <most of my shots bounce off the rim of the basket> Synonyms glance, carom, rebound, ricochet, skim, skipRelated Words brush, graze, nudge, rake, shave, sweep; bump, contact, hit, kiss, touch; sideswipe; reflect

  3. 3 to let go from office, service, or employment <I'll bounce you if I catch you talking that way again> Synonyms ax (or axe), dismiss, can, cashier, discharge, fire, muster out, pink-slip, release, remove, retire, sack, terminate, turn offRelated Words downsize, excess, furlough, lay off, trim; boot (out), chuck (out), drum (out), kick out, throw out, unseat; separateNear Antonyms keep; reemploy, rehire; contract, subcontract; recruitAntonyms employ, engage, hire, retain, sign (up or on), take on

  4. 4 to set before the mind for consideration <we bounced several script suggestions off the producers, but they weren't interested in any of them> Synonyms advance, propose, offer, pose, proffer, propound, suggest, voteRelated Words move; nominate, recommend; present, submit, tender, trot out; file, lay, lodge; arrange, calculate, chart, contrive, cover, frame, map, plan, plot, shape

  5. 5 to move with a light springing step <the girl bounced excitedly alongside her parents as they hurried toward the entrance to the amusement park> Synonyms skip, bound, hop, lollop, lope, tripRelated Words caper, frisk, gambol, romp; skim, skitter; jump, leap, vaultNear Antonyms lumber, plod, trudge

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