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Definition 1: primitive multicellular marine animal whose porous body is supported by a fibrous skeletal framework; usually occurs in sessile colonies - [noun denoting animal]

Synonyms for sponge in the sense of this definition

(sponge is a kind of ...) any animal lacking a backbone or notochord; the term is not used as a scientific classification

(... is a kind of sponge ) a siliceous sponge (with glassy spicules) of the class Hyalospongiae

(... is a member of sponge) coextensive with the subkingdom Parazoa: sponges

Definition 2: a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for sponge in the sense of this definition

(sponge is a kind of ...) a person who accepts the leadership of another

Definition 3: someone able to acquire new knowledge and skills rapidly and easily - [noun denoting person]

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

  • she soaks up foreign languages like a sponge

Synonyms for sponge in the sense of this definition

(sponge is a kind of ...) someone (especially a child) who learns (as from a teacher) or takes up knowledge or beliefs

Definition 4: a porous mass of interlacing fibers that forms the internal skeleton of various marine animals and usable to absorb water or any porous rubber or cellulose product similarly used - [noun denoting substance]

(sponge is a kind of ...) a material having capacity or tendency to absorb another substance

Definition 5: wipe with a sponge, so as to clean or moisten - [verb of contact]

(sponge is a kind of ...) rub with a circular motion

"wipe the blackboard" "He passed his hands over the soft cloth"

Definition 6: erase with a sponge; as of words on a blackboard - [verb of contact]

(sponge is a kind of ...) remove by or as if by rubbing or erasing

"Please erase the formula on the blackboard--it is wrong!"

Definition 7: soak up with a sponge - [verb of contact]

(sponge is a kind of ...) to wash or wipe with or as if with a mop

"Mop the hallway now" "He mopped her forehead with a towel"

Definition 8: gather sponges, in the ocean - [verb of contact]

(sponge is a kind of ...) assemble or get together

"gather some stones" "pull your thoughts together"

Definition 9: ask for and get free; be a parasite - [verb of possession]

Synonyms for sponge in the sense of this definition

(sponge is a kind of ...) come into possession of

"How did you obtain the visa?"

(... is a kind of sponge ) live off somebody's generosity

"This young man refuses to work and is freeloading"

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