Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun licking

2 senses of licking

Sense 1
defeat, licking -- (an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest; "it was a narrow defeat"; "the army's only defeat"; "they suffered a convincing licking")
       => ending, conclusion, finish -- (event whose occurrence ends something; "his death marked the ending of an era"; "when these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show")
       => failure -- (an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose; "the surprise party was a complete failure")

Sense 2
beating, thrashing, licking, drubbing, lacing, trouncing, whacking -- (the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows)
       => corporal punishment -- (the infliction of physical injury on someone convicted of committing a crime)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb lick

4 senses of lick

Sense 1
cream, bat, clobber, drub, thrash, lick -- (beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight; "We licked the other team on Sunday!")
       => beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish -- (come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship"; "We beat the competition"; "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game")

Sense 2
lick, lap -- (pass the tongue over; "the dog licked her hand")
       => stroke -- (touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions; "He stroked his long beard")

Sense 3
solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick, work -- (find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of; "did you solve the problem?"; "Work out your problems with the boss"; "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out"; "did you get it?"; "Did you get my meaning?"; "He could not work the math problem")
       => understand -- (know and comprehend the nature or meaning of; "She did not understand her husband"; "I understand what she means")

Sense 4
lap, lap up, lick -- (take up with the tongue; "The cat lapped up the milk"; "the cub licked the milk from its mother's breast")
       => drink, imbibe -- (take in liquids; "The patient must drink several liters each day"; "The children like to drink soda")

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