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  1. stick
    IPA[stik]
  2. verb

    • 1. push a sharp or pointed object into or through (something):

      he stuck his fork into the sausage the candle was stuck in a straw-covered bottle
    • 2. fix something on (a point or pointed object):

      stick the balls of wool on knitting needles
    • 3. (of a pointed object) be or remain fixed with its point embedded in (something):

      there was a slim rod sticking into the ground beside me
    • 4. stab or pierce with a sharp object:

      he screamed like a stuck pig
      Synonym : pierce, penetrate, puncture, prick, spike, stab, stab, run through, transfix, impale, spit, spear
    • 5. insert, thrust, or push:

      a youth with a cigarette stuck behind one ear she stuck out her tongue at him
    • 6. protrude or extend in a certain direction:

      his front teeth stick out Sue's hair was sticking up at all angles
      Synonym : protrude, jut out, project, stand out, extend, poke out, obtrude, bulge, overhang, beetle, be goofy, protuberate, impend
    • 7. put somewhere, typically in a quick or careless way:

      just stick that sandwich on my desk
      Synonym : put, place, set, put down, set down, lay, lay down, deposit, situate, position, leave, stow, dump, bung, park, plonk, pop, plunk
    • 8. used to express angry dismissal of a particular thing:

      he told them they could stick the job—he didn't want it anyway
    • 9. cause to incur an expense or loss:

      she stuck me for all of last month's rent
    • 10. fasten or cause to adhere to an object or surface:

      she stuck the stamp on the envelope
      Synonym : affix, attach, fasten, fix, paste, glue, gum, tape, sellotape, pin, tack, weld, solder
    • 11. be or become convincing, established, or regarded as valid:

      the authorities couldn't make the charges stick the name stuck and Anastasia she remained
      Synonym : be upheld, hold, be believed, gain credence, be regarded as valid, hold water
    • 12. (in blackjack and similar card games) decline to add to one's hand.

    • 13. adhere or cling to a substance or surface:

      the plastic seats stuck to my skin if you heat the noodles in the microwave, they tend to stick together
    • 14. be fixed in a particular position or unable to move or be moved:

      Sara tried to open the window but it was stuck we got stuck in a traffic jam the cat's stuck up a tree
    • 15. be or become fixed or jammed in one place as a result of an obstruction:

      he drove into a bog, where his wheels stuck fast
      Synonym : become trapped, become jammed, jam, catch, become wedged, become lodged, become fixed, become embedded, become immobilized, become unable to move, get bogged down
    • 16. be unable to progress with a task or find the answer or solution to something:

      I'm doing the crossword and I'm stuck
    • 17. remain in a static condition; fail to progress:

      he lost a lot of weight but had stuck at 210 pounds
    • 18. be or remain in a specified place or situation, typically one perceived as tedious or unpleasant:

      I don't want to be stuck in an office all my life
    • 19. be at a loss for or in need of:

      I'm not usually stuck for words
    • 20. be unable to get rid of or escape from:

      like it or not, she and Grant were stuck with each other
    • 21. be infatuated with:

      he's too good for Jenny, even though she's so stuck on him
    • 22. accept or tolerate (an unpleasant or unwelcome person or situation):

      I can't stick Geoffrey—he's a real old misery
      Synonym : tolerate, put up with, take, stand (for), accept, stomach, swallow, endure, bear, support, brook, submit to, take something lying down, thole, abide, wear, be doing with, suffer
    • 23. put up with or persevere with something difficult or disagreeable:

      I decided to stick it out for another couple of years
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: stick, 3rd person present: sticks, gerund or present participle: sticking, past tense: stuck, past participle: stuck

    • noun

      a thin piece of wood that has fallen or been cut from a tree.

      a long piece of wood used for support in walking or as a weapon with which to hit someone or something.

    • verb

      push a sharp or pointed object into or through (something):

      fix something on (a point or pointed object):

    • noun

      a thin piece of wood that has fallen or been cut off a tree.

      a long, thin piece of wood used for support in walking or as a weapon.

    • past and past participle of stick
    • past participle of stick
    • continue or confine oneself to doing or using (a particular thing)

      not move or digress from (a path or a subject)

    • noun

      a long, thin implement with a curved end, used to hit or direct the puck or ball in ice hockey or field hockey:

      used in reference to a sharp increase in a variable following a period of little or no change, graphically represented as an upward-curving line resembling the shape of a hockey stick:

    • noun

      a flash drive.

      a type of memory card.

    • continue to support or be loyal to (someone), typically during difficult times

      adhere to (a commitment, belief, or rule)

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