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compass

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of compass

  1. 1 a guiding or motivating purpose or principle a young go-getter who lost his moral compass in the course of his quest for fame and fortune Synonyms of compass cynosure, direction, focus, lodestar (also loadstar), polestar Words Related to compass benchmark, criterion, grade, mark, measure, par, standard, touchstone, yardstick; aim, ambition, aspiration, dream, goal, intention, object, objective, purpose, target

  2. 2 an area over which activity, capacity, or influence extends within the compass of my voice Synonyms of compass ambit, amplitude, breadth, range, confines, dimension(s), extent, reach, realm, scope, sweep, widthWords Related to compass gamut, spectrum, spread; bailiwick, circle, demesne, department, discipline, domain, element, fief, fiefdom, field, province, region, specialty, sphere, terrain; frontier; horizon, panorama

  3. 3 the line or relatively narrow space that marks the outer limit of something within the compass of the city walls Synonyms of compass borderline, bound, boundary, brim, circumference, border, confines, edge, edging, end, frame, fringe, hem, margin, perimeter, periphery, rim, skirt, skirting, vergeWords Related to compass ambit; brink, crest, curb, cusp, lip; ceiling, maximum; demarcation, extent, limitation, measure, mere, restriction, termination; borderland, frontier, march, outskirts, pale, selvage; lap; shoreNear Antonyms of compass center, core, heart; inner, inside, interior, middle, within


compass

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of compass

  1. 1 to carry through (as a process) to completion attempting more than his modest abilities could compass Synonyms of compass accomplish, achieve, bring off, carry off, carry out, commit, perform, do, execute, follow through (with), fulfill (or fulfil), make, negotiate, perpetrate, prosecute, pull off, put throughWords Related to compass bring about, effect, effectuate, implement; ace, nail; engage (in), practice (also practise); work (at); reduplicate, reenact, repeat; actualize, attain, realize; complete, end, finish, wind upNear Antonyms of compass fail; skimp, slight, slur

  2. 2 to travel completely around the great age of exploration, when ships of sail compassed the earth Synonyms of compass circle, circuit, circumnavigate, circumvent, encircle, girdle, orbit, ring, roundWords Related to compass circumambulate, cross, perambulate, traverse

  3. 3 to engage in a secret plan to accomplish evil or unlawful ends the rebels are compassing the assassination of the king Synonyms of compass collude, plot, connive, conspire, contrive, intrigue, machinate, put up, schemeWords Related to compass counterplot; brew, concoct, cook (up), devise, hatch; engineer, jockey, maneuver, manipulate; design, frame, lay out, map, plan, shape

  4. 4 to form a circle around a mysterious isle, compassed by treacherous seas Synonyms of compass circle, surround, embrace, encircle, enclose (also inclose), encompass, environ, gird, girdle, ring, wreatheWords Related to compass circumscribe, close in, cordon (off), fence (in), hem (in), wall; beset, besiege, entrench (also intrench), invest, swarm

  5. 5 to have a clear idea of the concept that the earth is billions of years old is one that the average mind struggles to compass Synonyms of compass appreciate, apprehend, assimilate, behold, catch, catch on (to), cognize, comprehend, conceive, cotton (to or on to), decipher, decode, dig, discern, get, grasp, grok, intuit, know, make, make out, perceive, recognize, register, savvy, see, seize, sense, tumble (to), twig, understandWords Related to compass absorb, digest, take in; realize; fathom, penetrate, pierceNear Antonyms of compass misapprehend, misconceive, misconstrue, misinterpret, misperceive, misread, mistake, misunderstandAntonyms of compass miss



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