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Definition 1: a (large) military dining room where service personnel eat or relax - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for mess in the sense of this definition

(mess is a kind of ...) a room used for dining

(... is a kind of mess ) a mess for the exclusive use of officers

(mess is a part of ...) planned meals for athletes in training (usually served in a mess hall)

(mess belongs to category ...) the military forces of a nation

"their military is the largest in the region" "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

Definition 2: a meal eaten in a mess hall by service personnel - [noun denoting food]

(mess is a kind of ...) the food served and eaten at one time

Definition 3: soft semiliquid food - [noun denoting food]

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

  • a mess of porridge

(mess is a kind of ...) a source of materials to nourish the body

Definition 4: (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent - [noun denoting quantity]

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

  • a batch of letters
  • a deal of trouble
  • a lot of money
  • he made a mint on the stock market
  • see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos
  • it must have cost plenty
  • a slew of journalists
  • a wad of money

Synonyms for mess in the sense of this definition

(mess is a kind of ...) an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude

(... is a kind of mess ) an overwhelming number or amount

"a flood of requests" "a torrent of abuse"

(... is a kind of mess ) a mass of hay piled up in a barn for preservation

Definition 5: a state of confusion and disorderliness - [noun denoting state]

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

  • the house was a mess
  • she smoothed the mussiness of the bed

Synonyms for mess in the sense of this definition

(mess is a kind of ...) a condition in which things are not in their expected places

"the files are in complete disorder"

Definition 6: informal terms for a difficult situation - [noun denoting state]

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

  • he got into a terrible fix
  • he made a muddle of his marriage

Synonyms for mess in the sense of this definition

(mess is a kind of ...) a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome

"grappling with financial difficulties"

(... is a kind of mess ) a poor job; a mess

"they made a real dog's breakfast of that job"

Definition 7: make a mess of or create disorder in - [verb of change]

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

  • He messed up his room

Synonyms for mess in the sense of this definition

(mess is a kind of ...) bring disorder to

Definition 8: eat in a mess hall - [verb of consumption]

(mess is a kind of ...) eat a meal; take a meal

"We did not eat until 10 P.M. because there were so many phone calls" "I didn't eat yet, so I gladly accept your invitation"

(mess belongs to category ...) the military forces of a nation

"their military is the largest in the region" "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

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