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SOBER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sober mean? 

SOBER (adjective)
  The adjective SOBER has 4 senses:

1. not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)
2. dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises
3. lacking brightness or color; dull
4. completely lacking in playfulness

  Familiarity information: SOBER used as an adjective is uncommon.


SOBER (verb)
  The verb SOBER has 3 senses:

1. cause to become sober
2. become more realistic
3. become sober after excessive alcohol consumption

  Familiarity information: SOBER used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SOBER (adjective)


Sense 1sober [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)

Similar:

uninebriated; unintoxicated (not inebriated)

dry; teetotal (practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages)

drug-free (characteristic of a person not taking illegal drugs or of a place where no illegal drugs are used)

cold sober; stone-sober (totally sober)

Antonym:

intoxicated (stupefied or excited by a chemical substance (especially alcohol))


Sense 2sober [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises

Synonyms:

grave; solemn; sober; sedate

Context examples:

a grave God-fearing man / a quiet sedate nature / as sober as a judge / a solemn promise / the judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence

Similar:

serious (concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities)


Sense 3sober [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking brightness or color; dull

Synonyms:

sombre; somber; drab; sober

Context examples:

drab faded curtains / sober Puritan grey / children in somber brown clothes

Similar:

colorless; colourless (weak in color; not colorful)


Sense 4sober [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Completely lacking in playfulness

Synonyms:

unplayful; sober; serious

Attribute:

fun; playfulness (a disposition to find (or make) causes for amusement)


SOBER (verb)


Sense 1sober [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to become sober

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

A sobering thought

Hypernyms (to "sober" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something

Sentence examples:

The bad news will sober him
The performance is likely to sober Sue


Sense 2sober [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become more realistic

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

sober; sober up

Context example:

After thinking about the potential consequences of his plan, he sobered up

Hypernyms (to "sober" is one way to...):

become; get; go (enter or assume a certain state or condition)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 3sober [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become sober after excessive alcohol consumption

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

sober up; sober

Context example:

Keep him in bed until he sobers up

Hypernyms (to "sober" is one way to...):

become; get; go (enter or assume a certain state or condition)

"Sober" entails doing...:

booze; drink; fuddle (consume alcohol)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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