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master

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of master

  1. 1 coming before all others in importance thought of themselves as belonging to humanity's master race Synonyms of master arch, big, capital, cardinal, central, chief, dominant, first, grand, great, greatest, highest, key, leading, main, foremost, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, overbearing, overmastering, overriding, paramount, predominant, preeminent, premier, primal, primary, principal, prior, sovereign (also sovran), supremeWords Related to master distinguished, eminent, illustrious, noble, notable, noteworthy, outstanding, prestigious, signal, star, stellar, superior; high-level, senior, top; important, influential, major, mighty, momentous, significant; incomparable, matchless, unequaled (or unequalled), unparalleled, unsurpassed; celebrated, famed, famous, renownedNear Antonyms of master inconsequential, inconsiderable, insignificant, minor, negligible, slight, trifling, trivial, unimportant; collateral, inferior, secondary, subordinate, subsidiaryAntonyms of master last, least

  2. 2 having or showing exceptional knowledge, experience, or skill in a field of endeavor a master craftsman who makes fine wood furniture of his own designs Synonyms of master accomplished, ace, adept, compleat, complete, consummate, crack, crackerjack, educated, experienced, expert, good, great, proficient, masterful, masterly, practiced (also practised), professed, skilled, skillful, versed, veteran, virtuosoWords Related to master adroit, clever, deft, dexterous (also dextrous), handy, slick, sure-handed; gifted, talented; polished, refined; effective, effectual, efficient, workmanlike; able, capable, competent, employable, fit, fitted, habile, qualified; educated, knowledgeable, schooled, taught, trained, tutored; all-around (also all-round), well-rounded; long-term, old; multiskilled, multitalentedNear Antonyms of master incapable, incompetent, inept, unable, unfit, unfitted, unqualified, weak; artless, crude, rude; ineffective, ineffectual, inefficient; talentless, ungifted, untalented; ignorant, unschooled, untaught, untrained, untutored; beginning, green, inexperienced, new, raw, unseasoned, untested, untried, would-be; primitive, rough, unpolished; awkward, clumsy, ham-fisted, ham-handed, heavy-handedAntonyms of master amateur, amateurish, inexperienced, inexpert, jackleg, unprofessional, unseasoned, unskilled, unskillful


master

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of master

  1. 1 a person with a high level of knowledge or skill in a field a master at chess Synonyms of master ace, adept, artist, authority, cognoscente, connoisseur, crackerjack (also crackajack), dab [chiefly British], dab hand [chiefly British], fiend, geek, guru, hand, hotshot, maestro, expert, maven (also mavin), meister, past master, proficient, scholar, shark, sharp, virtuoso, whiz, wizardWords Related to master pro, professional; consultant, hired gun, specialist; addict, aficionado (also afficionado), buff, devotee, enthusiast, fan; craftsman, journeyman; all-rounder [British], jack-of-all-trades, Renaissance man; mistressNear Antonyms of master apprentice, beginner, neophyte, novice; dabbler, dilettante; layman, nonprofessionalAntonyms of master amateur, inexpert, nonexpert

  2. 2 one that defeats an enemy or opponent little did the tennis pro know that his new student would someday become his master Synonyms of master beater, conqueror, victor, subduer, trimmer, vanquisher, whipper, winnerWords Related to master champ, champion, finalist, placer; dominator, overdog, ruler, subjugator, top dogNear Antonyms of master punching bag, pushover, quitter; failure, flop, washout; underdogAntonyms of master loser

  3. 3 the person (as an employer or supervisor) who tells people and especially workers what to do I'm the master of this operation, and you'll do what I say Synonyms of master boss man, captain, chief, foreman, head, headman, helmsman, honcho, jefe, kingpin, leader, boss, taskmasterWords Related to master directress, mistress; administrator, commander, director, executive, general, governor, hierarch, higher-up; leadman, manager, overseer, principal, skipper, standard-bearer, steward, straw boss, superintendent, superior, supervisor; dominator, lord, overlord, potentate, ruler, sovereign (also sovran); figurehead; slave driver; baron, czar (also tsar or tzar), king, magnate, mogul, president, prince; big cheese, big gun, bigwig, top dog, top gun; cohead, coleader; employer, gaffer [British], ganger [British]; micromanager; subchief, subdirectorNear Antonyms of master dependent, inferior, junior, secondary, subject, subordinate, underling


master

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of master

  1. 1 to achieve a victory over finally mastered her longtime opponent at chess Synonyms of master best, conquer, defeat, dispatch, do down [British], get, get around, lick, beat, overbear, overcome, overmatch, prevail (over), skunk, stop, subdue, surmount, take, trim, triumph (over), upend, win (against), worstWords Related to master sweep; edge (out), nose out, pip [British]; annihilate, blow away, blow out, bomb, break, bury, clobber, cream, crush, drub, finish, flatten, overwhelm, rout, shellac, skin, slaughter, smoke [slang], snow under, thrash, trounce, upset, wallop, wax [slang], whip; cap, excel, flourish, score, succeed; knock off, knock over, overpower, overthrow, subjugate, unseat, vanquish; ace (out), better, eclipse, exceed, excel, outdistance, outdo, outfight, outshine, outstrip, overtop, surpass, top, transcendNear Antonyms of master fall, give up, go down, go under; collapse, fail, flop, flunk, fold, wash outAntonyms of master lose (to)

  2. 2 to acquire complete knowledge, understanding, or skill in I think I've mastered algebra at last Synonyms of master get, learn, pick upWords Related to master apprehend, comprehend, grasp, know, understand; absorb, assimilate, digest, drink (in), imbibe; ascertain, descry, detect, determine, dig up, discern, discover, examine, find out, hear, hit (on or upon), run down, scare up, search (for), see, track (down), tumble (to), unearth; major (in), study; memorizeNear Antonyms of master forget; misunderstand; miss, overlook; disregard, ignore, neglectAntonyms of master unlearn



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