Synonyms for lock


1. lock, fastener, fastening, holdfast, fixing
usage: a fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed
2. lock, curl, ringlet, whorl, hair
usage: a strand or cluster of hair
3. lock, mechanism
usage: a mechanism that detonates the charge of a gun
4. lock, lock chamber, enclosure
usage: enclosure consisting of a section of canal that can be closed to control the water level; used to raise or lower vessels that pass through it
5. lock, ignition lock, restraint, constraint
usage: a restraint incorporated into the ignition switch to prevent the use of a vehicle by persons who do not have the key
6. lock, wrestling hold
usage: any wrestling hold in which some part of the opponent's body is twisted or pressured


1. lock, fasten, fix, secure
usage: fasten with a lock; "lock the bike to the fence"
2. engage, mesh, lock, operate, move, displace
usage: keep engaged; "engaged the gears"
3. lock, engage
usage: become rigid or immoveable; "The therapist noticed that the patient's knees tended to lock in this exercise"
4. lock, interlock, interlace, hold, take hold
usage: hold in a locking position; "He locked his hands around her neck"
5. interlock, lock, embrace, hug, bosom, squeeze
usage: become engaged or intermeshed with one another; "They were locked in embrace"
6. lock, overwhelm, overpower, sweep over, whelm, overcome, overtake
usage: hold fast (in a certain state); "He was locked in a laughing fit"
7. lock in, lock away, lock, put away, shut up, shut away, lock up, confine
usage: place in a place where something cannot be removed or someone cannot escape; "The parents locked her daughter up for the weekend"; "She locked her jewels in the safe"
8. lock, pass, go through, go across
usage: pass by means through a lock in a waterway
9. lock, construct, build, make
usage: build locks in order to facilitate the navigation of vessels
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