Synonyms and Antonyms of strike

  1. 1 a work stoppage by a body of workers intended to force an employer to meet their demands the nurses will go on strike tomorrow unless they're finally given a pay raise Synonyms of strike walkout Words Related to strike sympathetic strike, sympathy strike; go-slow [British], job action, sick-out, sit-down, sit-in, slowdown; lockout

  2. 2 the act or action of setting upon with force or violence the first strike was directed at a munitions warehouse Synonyms of strike aggression, assault, attempt, blitz, blitzkrieg, charge, coup de main, descent, offense (or offence), offensive, onset, onslaught, raid, rush, attackWords Related to strike ambuscade, ambush; counteraggression, counterassault, counterattack, counteroffensive, counterstrike; sally, sortie; envelopment, flanking; breakthrough, foray, incursion, invasion; pillage, ravage, sack; air raid, bombardment, bombing; siege, storm; barrage, cannonade, fusillade, hail, salvo, volley; whammyNear Antonyms of strike defense, defensive, guard, shield; opposition, resistance; protection, security, shelter

  3. 3 a feature of someone or something that creates difficulty for achieving success kids born into poverty already have a strike against them Synonyms of strike debit, disbenefit, downside, drawback, handicap, incommodity, liability, minus, negative, disadvantageWords Related to strike albatross, millstone, stranglehold; disability, impairment; failing, shortcoming; bar, catch, check, clog, crimp, embarrassment, hindrance, hitch, hurdle, impediment, interference, let, manacle, obstacle, obstruction, rub, shackle, stop, trammelNear Antonyms of strike vantage; head start, jump, lead, margin, start; ascendancy (also ascendency), better, command, control, drop, mastery, predominance, superiority, supremacy, transcendence, upper hand; prerogative, privilege; break, opportunity; aid, assistance, helpAntonyms of strike advantage, asset, edge, plus

  4. 4 a forceful coming together of two things the strike of a hammer against a nail always has a satisfying sound when you're building something yourself Synonyms of strike bump, collision, concussion, crash, impingement, jar, jolt, jounce, kick, shock, slam, smash, impact, wallopWords Related to strike blow, buffet, hit, knock, punch, rap, slap, thump; bashing, battering, bludgeoning, clobbering, hammering, lambasting, licking, pounding, pummeling (also pummelling), thrashing; contact, encounter, meeting, touch

  5. 5 an unexpected benefit or advantage resulting from the uncertain course of events she's made one strike after another since she began speculating in real estate Synonyms of strike break, flukeWords Related to strike accident, chance, circumstance, hap, happenchance, happenstance, hazard, luck



Synonyms and Antonyms of strike

  1. 1 to refuse to work in order to force an employer to meet demands the union is calling for its members to strike until the mining company agrees to meet safety standards Synonyms of strike walk, walk out Words Related to strike sit in; lock out

  2. 2 to act upon (a person or a person's feelings) so as to cause a response we were struck by the willingness of total strangers to go out of their way to help us Synonyms of strike impact, impress, influence, move, reach, affect, sway, tell (on), touchWords Related to strike carry away, dazzle, enrapture, entrance, enthrall (or enthral), ravish, transport; bias, color; inspire, stir; engage, interest, involve, penetrate, pierce; afflict, agitate, bother, concern, discomfort, discompose, disquiet, distress, disturb, fluster, harass, harry, perturb, pester, plague, smite, strain, stress, trouble, try, upset, worry, wring; allure, attract, bewitch, captivate, charm, enchant, fascinateNear Antonyms of strike bore, jade, pall, tire, weary; underwhelm

  3. 3 to enter the mind of it struck her later that no one at the bank had asked for identification Synonyms of strike come (to), cross, dawn (on), occurWords Related to strike recall, recollect, remember, reminisce; con, learn, memorize; appear, arrive, emerge, materializeNear Antonyms of strike forget, unlearn; disregard, ignore, neglect, overlook

  4. 4 to come into usually forceful contact with something the thump of hailstones striking the cars in the parking lot Synonyms of strike bang, bash, bump, collide, crash, impact, impinge, knock, ram, slam, smash, hit, swipe, thudWords Related to strike bounce, carom, clunk, glance, rebound, ricochet, skim, skip; contact, land, touch; brush, graze, kiss, nudge, scrape, shave, sweep; bulldoze, jostle, muscle, press, pushNear Antonyms of strike miss, skirt

  5. 5 to deliver a blow to (someone or something) usually in a strong vigorous manner the driver of the car behind me applied his brakes too late and struck my car from the rear Synonyms of strike bang, bash, bat, belt, biff, bludgeon, bob, bonk, bop, box, bust, clap, clip, clobber, clock, clout, crack, hammer, knock, nail, paste, pound, punch, rap, slam, slap, slog, slug, smack, smite, sock, hit, swat, swipe, tag, thump, thwack, wallop, whack, whale, zapWords Related to strike batter, beat, buffet, bung, chop, cuff, drub, lace, lambaste (or lambast), lick, mangle, maul, pelt, pepper, pommel, pummel, rough; scuff; bunt, flick, stroke, tap; bump, butt, jab, jostle, kick, knee, poke, prod, push, shove, stamp; bowl (down or over), cream, deck, dump [slang], fell, floor, knock down, level; rabbit-punch, sucker punch; cane, club, cudgel, flail, flog, lash, sap, slash, sledge, sledgehammer, spear, stab, switch, thrash, whip; bean, brain, conk, skull

  6. 6 to take apart the stagehands struck the sets the morning after the play closed Synonyms of strike break down, demount, dismantle, dismember, dismount, knock down, disassemble, take downWords Related to strike detach, disengage; break up, disaggregate, disarticulate, disconnect, disjoin, disjoint, dissever, disunite, divide, separateNear Antonyms of strike build, erect, pitch; combine, uniteAntonyms of strike assemble, construct

  7. 7 to take sudden, violent action against a rattlesnake strikes its prey with lightning speed Synonyms of strike assail, assault, beset, bushwhack, charge, descend (on or upon), go in (on), jump (on), pounce (on or upon), raid, rush, set on, sic (also sick), storm, attack, trash, turn (on)Words Related to strike bum-rush, gang up (on), mob, swarm; mug, rob; ambuscade, ambush, surprise (also surprize), waylay; blitz, bomb, bombard, nuke; barrage, cannon, cannonade; bang away (at), batter, buffet, plaster; beleaguer, besiege, press; harry, loot, pillage, plunder, ravage, sack; foray, invade, overrun; envelop, flankNear Antonyms of strike cover, defend, guard, protect, secure, shield

  8. 8 to cast a spell on the only way that she's going to get a man is if she strikes one Synonyms of strike charm, enchant, ensorcell (or ensorcel), hex, overlook, spell, bewitchWords Related to strike curse, jinx, possess, voodoo; attract, beguile, captivate, fascinate, mesmerize, spellbind; entice, lure, seduce, temptNear Antonyms of strike bless

Synonym Discussion of strike

affect, influence, touch, impress, strike, sway mean to produce or have an effect upon. affect implies the action of a stimulus that can produce a response or reaction.
    • the sight affected her to tears
influence implies a force that brings about a change (as in nature or behavior).
    • our beliefs are influenced by our upbringing
touch may carry a vivid suggestion of close contact and may connote stirring, arousing, or harming.
    • plants touched by frost
    • his emotions were touched by her distress
impress stresses the depth and persistence of the effect.
    • only one of the plans impressed him
strike, similar to but weaker than impress, may convey the notion of sudden sharp perception or appreciation.
    • struck by the solemnity of the occasion
sway implies the acting of influences that are not resisted or are irresistible, with resulting change in character or course of action.
    • politicians who are swayed by popular opinion

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