Did you know?

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

flesh

 - 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
verb British English pronunciation: flesh /fleʃ/ 
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theyflesh
he/she/itfleshes
present participlefleshing
past tensefleshed
past participlefleshed

phrasal verb

flesh out

[transitive]
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theyflesh out
he/she/itfleshes out
present participlefleshing out
past tensefleshed out
past participlefleshed out
to add more details about something in order to make it easier to understand or imagine

Her stories flesh out the world in which these historical characters lived.

emoji

a small digital image … which is used in electronic communication to express emotion or other simple concepts

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

flop

a complete failure

Open Dictionary

major on (doing) sth

to have or do a lot of something; to focus on a particular thing

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