season

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: season

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n
one of the natural periods into which the year is divided by the equinoxes and solstices or atmospheric conditions
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v
lend flavor to
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: season
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n one of the natural periods into which the year is divided by the equinoxes and solstices or atmospheric conditions

“the regular sequence of the seasons
Synonyms:
time of year
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harvest, harvest time
the season for gathering crops
haying, haying time
the season for cutting and drying and storing grass as fodder
autumn, fall
the season when the leaves fall from the trees
spring, springtime
the season of growth
summer, summertime
the warmest season of the year; in the northern hemisphere it extends from the summer solstice to the autumnal equinox
winter, wintertime
the coldest season of the year; in the northern hemisphere it extends from the winter solstice to the vernal equinox
rainy season
one of the two seasons in tropical climates
dry season
one of the two seasons in tropical climates
monsoon
rainy season in southern Asia when the southwestern monsoon blows, bringing heavy rains
Type of:
period, period of time, time period
an amount of time

n a period of the year marked by special events or activities in some field

“he celebrated his 10th season with the ballet company”
“she always looked forward to the avocado season
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growing season
the season during which a crop grows best
seedtime
the time during which seeds should be planted
sheepshearing
the time or season when sheep are sheared
holiday season
a time when many people take holidays
high season, peak season
the season when travel is most active and rates are highest
off-season
the season when travel is least active and rates are lowest
preseason
a period prior to the beginning of the regular season which is devoted to training and preparation
baseball season
the season when baseball is played
basketball season
the season when basketball is played
exhibition season
the time before the regular games begin when football or baseball teams play practice games
fishing season
the season during which it is legal to catch fish
football season
the season when football is played
hockey season
the season when hockey is played
hunting season
the season during which it is legal to kill a particular species
social season
the season for major social events
theatrical season
the season when new plays are produced
Whitsun, Whitsuntide, Whitweek
Christian holiday; the week beginning on Whitsunday (especially the first 3 days)
spring training
preseason training during the spring
triple-crown season
a season of baseball during which a player wins the triple crown
Type of:
period, period of time, time period
an amount of time

n a recurrent time marked by major holidays

“it was the Christmas season
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Michaelmastide
the season of Michaelmas
Lammastide
the season of Lammas
Eastertide
the Easter season
Twelfthtide
the season of Epiphany
Allhallowtide
the season of All Saints' Day
Christmas, Christmastide, Christmastime, Noel, Yule, Yuletide
period extending from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6
Advent
the season including the four Sundays preceding Christmas
Shrovetide
immediately preceding Lent
Lent, Lententide
a period of 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday
Type of:
period, period of time, time period
an amount of time
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v lend flavor to

Season the chicken breast after roasting it”
Synonyms:
flavor, flavour
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sauce
dress (food) with a relish
curry
season with a mixture of spices; typical of Indian cooking
resinate
impregnate with resin to give a special flavor to
spice, spice up, zest
add herbs or spices to
savor, savour
give taste to
salt
add salt to
ginger
add ginger to in order to add flavor
pepper
add pepper to

v make more temperate, acceptable, or suitable by adding something else; moderate

Synonyms:
mollify, temper
Type of:
weaken
lessen the strength of

v make fit

“This trip will season even the hardiest traveller”
Synonyms:
harden
Type of:
toughen
make tough or tougher
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