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chain

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of chain

  1. 1 a series of things linked together <the chain of events that led the American colonies to seek independence from Great Britain> Synonyms catena, catenation, concatenation, consecution, nexus, progression, sequence, string, train Related Words chain reaction; belt, circle, cycle, vicious circle (also vicious cycle); continuum, gamut, gauntlet (also gantlet), scale, spectrum; flow, river, stream; file, line, queue, range, row, succession

  2. 2 something that makes movement or progress difficult <this community will grow and prosper only after it has thrown off the chains of ignorance and prejudice> Synonyms balk, bar, block, encumbrance, clog, cramp, crimp, deterrent, drag, embarrassment, fetter, handicap, hindrance, holdback, hurdle, impediment, inhibition, interference, let, manacle, obstacle, obstruction, shackles, stop, stumbling block, trammelRelated Words catch, hitch, rub, snag; barrier, blockade, blockage, brick wall, stone wall; arrest, bit, brake, check, constraint, curb, hobble, rein, restraint; embargo, stoppage; delay, holdup, stall; burden, cumber, load; danger, hazard, peril, reef; adversity, difficulty, disadvantage, drawback, hardshipNear Antonyms catalyst, goad, impetus, incentive, spur, stimulant, stimulus; advantage, break, edge; aid, assistance, benefit, boost, handmaiden (also handmaid), help

  3. 3 something that physically prevents free movement <chains on the prisoner's ankles> Synonyms band, bind, bracelet, bond, cuff(s), fetter, handcuff(s), irons, ligature, manacle(s), shackleRelated Words captivity, confinement, constraint, curb, enchainment, enslavement, hindrance, immurement, imprisonment, incarceration, restraint, restriction; entanglement, net, trammel, trap; collar, straitjacket (also straightjacket); fastener, hobble, hold, hold-down, holding, tie




chain

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of chain

  1. 1 to confine or restrain with or as if with chains <chaining up the dog in the backyard> Synonyms bind, enchain, enfetter, fetter, gyve, handcuff, manacle, pinion, shackle, trammelRelated Words bit, hobble, hog-tie, iron, lash, secure, tie, truss; attach, fasten, join, link; confine, constrain, curb, hamper, hinder, impede; limit, restrict; entangle, tangleNear Antonyms emancipate, free, liberate, loose, release, rescue; undo, unfasten, untangle, untie; detach, disengageAntonyms unbind, unfetter, unshackle

  2. 2 to put or bring together so as to form a new and longer whole <the prosecutor meticulously and brilliantly chained all the evidence together in his closing argument> Synonyms catenate, connect, compound, concatenate, conjugate, couple, hitch, hook, interconnect, interlink, join, link, yokeRelated Words articulate, dovetail, integrate, interlock, intermesh; cord, string, wire; cement, coalesce, combine, fuse, unite, weldNear Antonyms detach, disengage, divide, part, split; cleave, rupture, sever, sunderAntonyms disconnect, disjoin, disjoint, dissever, disunite, separate, unchain, uncouple, unhitch, unlink, unyoke




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