Definition of synthetic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    synthetic

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//sɪnˈθetɪk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɪnˈθetɪk//
     
     
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  1. 1artificial; made by combining chemical substances rather than being produced naturally by plants or animals synonym man-made synthetic drugs/fabrics shoes with synthetic soles synthetic dyes Synonymsartificialsynthetic false man-made fake imitationThese words all describe things that are not real, or not naturally produced or grown.artificial made or produced to copy something natural; not real:artificial flowers artificial lightsynthetic made by combining chemical substances rather than being produced naturally by plants or animals:synthetic drugs shoes with synthetic solesfalse not natural:false teeth a false beard man-made made by people; not natural:man-made fibres such as nylonfake made to look like something else; not real:a fake-fur jacketimitation [only before noun] made to look like something else; not real:She would never wear imitation pearls.Patterns artificial/​synthetic/​man-made fabrics/​fibres/​materials/​products artificial/​synthetic/​fake/​imitation fur/​leather artificial/​synthetic/​false/​fake/​imitation diamonds/​pearls
  2. 2 (also agglutinative) (linguistics) (of languages) using changes to the ends of words rather than separate words to show the functions of words in a sentence compare analytic
  3. Word Origin late 17th cent.: from French synthétique or modern Latin syntheticus, from Greek sunthetikos, based on suntithenai ‘place together’.
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