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Definition 1: the act of hitting vigorously - [noun denoting act]

Samples where knock or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he gave the table a whack

Synonyms for knock in the sense of this definition

(knock is a kind of ...) a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

"a blow on the head"

Definition 2: negative criticism - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for knock in the sense of this definition

(knock is a kind of ...) a serious examination and judgment of something

"constructive criticism is always appreciated"

Definition 3: a vigorous blow - [noun denoting event]

Samples where knock or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the sudden knock floored him
  • he took a bash right in his face
  • he got a bang on the head

Synonyms for knock in the sense of this definition

(knock is a kind of ...) an impact (as from a collision)

"the bump threw him off the bicycle"

Definition 4: the sound of knocking (as on a door or in an engine or bearing) - [noun denoting event]

Samples where knock or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the knocking grew louder

Synonyms for knock in the sense of this definition

(knock is a kind of ...) the sudden occurrence of an audible event

"the sound awakened them"

Definition 5: a bad experience - [noun denoting event]

Samples where knock or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the school of hard knocks

(knock is a kind of ...) unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event

Definition 6: find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws - [verb of communication]

Samples where knock or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The paper criticized the new movie
  • Don't knock the food--it's free

Synonyms for knock in the sense of this definition

(knock is a kind of ...) make or write a comment on

"he commented the paper of his colleague"

(... is a kind of knock ) criticize harshly

"the teacher keeps harshing on the same kid"

(... is a kind of knock ) attack in speech or writing

"The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"

(... is a kind of knock ) be overly critical; criticize minor details

(... is a kind of knock ) express a negative opinion of

"She disparaged her student's efforts"

(... is a kind of knock ) harass with constant criticism

"Don't always pick on your little brother"

(... is a kind of knock ) speak out against

"He denounced the Nazis"

(... is a kind of knock ) criticize or reprimand harshly

"The critics came down hard on the new play"

(... is a kind of knock ) attack verbally with harsh criticism

"She was belabored by her fellow students"

(... is a kind of knock ) express strong disapproval of

"We deplore the government's treatment of political prisoners"

(... is a kind of knock ) express strong disapproval of

(... is a kind of knock ) censure severely or angrily

"The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car" "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister" "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"

(... is a kind of knock ) take to task

"He admonished the child for his bad behavior"

(... is a kind of knock ) criticize harshly or violently

"The press savaged the new President" "The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage"

(... is a kind of knock ) rebuke formally

(knock implies ...) form a critical opinion of

"I cannot judge some works of modern art" "How do you evaluate this grant proposal?" "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people"

Definition 7: knock against with force or violence - [verb of contact]

Samples where knock or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • My car bumped into the tree

Synonyms for knock in the sense of this definition

(knock is a kind of ...) hit against; come into sudden contact with

"The car hit a tree" "He struck the table with his elbow"

Definition 8: rap with the knuckles - [verb of contact]

Samples where knock or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • knock on the door

(knock is a kind of ...) strike sharply

"rap him on the knuckles"

Definition 9: deliver a sharp blow or push - [verb of contact]

Samples where knock or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He knocked the glass clear across the room

Synonyms for knock in the sense of this definition

(knock is a kind of ...) deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon

"The teacher struck the child" "the opponent refused to strike" "The boxer struck the attacker dead"

Definition 10: make light, repeated taps on a surface - [verb of perception]

Samples where knock or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently

Synonyms for knock in the sense of this definition

(knock is a kind of ...) make a certain noise or sound

"She went `Mmmmm'" "The gun went `bang'"

Definition 11: sound like a car engine that is firing too early - [verb of perception]

Samples where knock or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the car pinged when I put in low-octane gasoline
  • The car pinked when the ignition was too far retarded

Synonyms for knock in the sense of this definition

(knock is a kind of ...) make a certain noise or sound

"She went `Mmmmm'" "The gun went `bang'"

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