Did you know?

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

apparatus

 - definitions and thesaurus
Close

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.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun apparatus pronunciation in British English /ˌæpəˈreɪtəs/ 
Word Forms
Close
singularapparatus
pluralapparatuses or apparatus
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the machines, tools, and equipment needed for doing something, especially something technical or scientific

    They were setting up the apparatus for the experiment.

    breathing apparatus

  2. 2
    [singular] the people and organizations involved in some aspect of government

    changes within the administrative apparatus of the ruling party

  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] medical the organs responsible for the way a part of the body or mind works
    Synonyms and related words for this sense of apparatus

likebait

web content which is specifically intended to make Facebook users click the 'Like' button associated with it

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

Grexit

the possibility of Greece leaving the Eurozone …

add a word

Blog

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