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stuff

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1 a skill, an ability, or knowledge that makes a person able to do a particular job
  • a guy who has the stuff it takes to be head of a major corporation

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2 the basic elements from which something can be developed
  • reading, writing, and arithmetic—the stuff of an education

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3 the quality or qualities that make a thing what it is
  • the real stuff of nobility of character isn't riches or a title, but honor and integrity

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4 transportable items that one owns
  • gather up your stuff so that we can get going

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5 items needed for the performance of a task or activity
  • missed a great photo opportunity because all of my camera stuff was at home

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stuff

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1 to close up so that no empty spaces remain
  • stuffed the box with tissue paper so the contents wouldn't rattle around

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2 to fill with food to capacity
  • kids who stuff themselves with junk food after school and then don't have any room for supper

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3 to fit (people or things) into a tight space
  • stuffed all the kids into the back of the car

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4 to prevent passage through by filling with something
  • I can't smell anything, as my nose is all stuffed

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5 to put into (something) as much as can be held or contained
  • stuffed a whole suitcase with gifts for her relatives in Mexico

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The first known use of stuff was in the 14th century

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“Stuff.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/stuff. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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