Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word


 - definition

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb spruce pronunciation in American English /sprus/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesprucing
past tensespruced
past participlespruced

phrasal verb

spruce up

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyspruce up
he/she/itspruces up
present participlesprucing up
past tensespruced up
past participlespruced up
to improve the appearance of someone or something

The Convention Center has been spruced up for the occasion.

Open Dictionary

selfie stick

an expandable stick which you attach to a mobile phone or camera to help you take a selfie …

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog