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Definition 1: obtain with difficulty - [verb of possession]

Samples where eke out or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He eked out some information from the archives

Synonyms for eke out in the sense of this definition

(eke out is a kind of ...) come into possession of

"How did you obtain the visa?"

Definition 2: make by laborious and precarious means - [verb of possession]

Samples where eke out or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He eked out a living as a painter

Synonyms for eke out in the sense of this definition

(eke out is a kind of ...) earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages

"How much do you make a month in your new job?" "She earns a lot in her new job" "this merger brought in lots of money" "He clears $5,000 each month"

Definition 3: supplement what is thought to be deficient - [verb of possession]

Samples where eke out or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He eked out his meager pay by giving private lessons
  • Braque eked out his collages with charcoal

Synonyms for eke out in the sense of this definition

(eke out is a kind of ...) add as a supplement to what seems insufficient

"supplement your diet"

Definition 4: live from day to day, as with some hardship - [verb of stative]

Samples where eke out or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He eked out his years in great poverty

(eke out is a kind of ...) lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style

"we had to live frugally after the war"

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