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

3 senses of sober

Sense 1
sober -- (cause to become sober; "A sobering thought")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Sense 2
sober up, sober -- (become more realistic; "After thinking about the potential consequences of his plan, he sobered up")
       => become, go, get -- (enter or assume a certain state or condition; "He became annoyed when he heard the bad news"; "It must be getting more serious"; "her face went red with anger"; "She went into ecstasy"; "Get going!")

Sense 3
sober up, sober -- (become sober after excessive alcohol consumption; "Keep him in bed until he sobers up")
       => become, go, get -- (enter or assume a certain state or condition; "He became annoyed when he heard the bad news"; "It must be getting more serious"; "her face went red with anger"; "She went into ecstasy"; "Get going!")

Antonyms of adj sobering

1 sense of sobering

Sense 1
sobering -- (tending to make sober or more serious; "the news had a sobering effect")

INDIRECT (VIA serious) -> frivolous -- (not serious in content or attitude or behavior; "a frivolous novel"; "a frivolous remark"; "a frivolous young woman")

Similarity of adj sobering

1 sense of sobering

Sense 1
sobering -- (tending to make sober or more serious; "the news had a sobering effect")
       => serious (vs. frivolous) -- (concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities; "a serious student of history"; "a serious attempt to learn to ski"; "gave me a serious look"; "a serious young man"; "are you serious or joking?"; "Don't be so serious!")

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