Did you know?

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

artificial

 - definition
 
 
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 entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
adjective British English pronunciation: artificial /ˌɑː(r)tɪˈfɪʃ(ə)l/
  1. 1
    made by people and used instead of something natural

    The growers use both natural and artificial light.

    The product contains no artificial colours, flavours, or preservatives.

  2. 2
    caused or created as a result of human influence or action

    Our new policies are designed to break down artificial barriers to women's advancement.

  3. 4
    something that looks or sounds artificial does not seem real

    To some people, the clarity of CD sound seems artificial.

derived words

artificiality

 British English pronunciation: artificiality /ˌɑː(r)tɪfɪʃiˈæləti/  noun [uncountable]

artificially

 British English pronunciation: artificially /ˌɑː(r)tɪˈfɪʃəli/  adverb

infobesity

the condition of continually consuming large amounts of information, especially when this has a negative effect on a person's well-being and ability to concentrate

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

drive-by handshake

a brief handshake that is made without pausing or making eye contact, because you are upset or angry

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