♦♦1) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ, oft ADJ about n If you are positive about things, you are hopeful and confident, and think of the good aspects of a situation rather than the bad ones.
Be positive about your future and get on with living a normal life...
Her husband became much more positive and was soon back in full-time employment.
...a positive frame of mind.Syn:Ant:Derived words:positively ADV-GRADED ADV after v
You really must try to start thinking positively.2) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A positive fact, situation, or experience is pleasant and helpful to you in some way.
The parting from his sister had a positive effect on John...
Working abroad should be an exciting and positive experience for all concerned.Syn:Ant:N-SING: the NThe positive in a situation is the good and pleasant aspects of it.
Work on the positive, creating beautiful, loving and fulfilling relationships.3) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n If you make a positive decision or take positive action, you do something definite in order to deal with a task or problem.
There are positive changes that should be implemented in the rearing of animals...
He was expected to make a very positive contribution to the 1996 Games organisation...
Having a good diet gives me a sense that I'm doing something positive and that I'm in control.Ant:4) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n A positive response to something indicates agreement, approval, or encouragement.
There's been a positive response to the UN Secretary-General's recent peace efforts.Ant:Derived words:positively ADV ADV after v
He responded positively and accepted the fee of ₤1000 I had offered.5) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ If you are positive about something, you are completely sure about it.
I'm as positive as I can be about it...
`She's never late. You sure she said eight?' - `Positive.'Syn:6) ADJ: ADJ n Positive evidence gives definite proof of the truth or identity of something.
There was no positive evidence that any birth defects had arisen as a result of Vitamin A intake.Syn:Derived words:positively ADV ADV with v
He has positively identified the body as that of his wife.7) ADJ If a medical or scientific test is positive, it shows that something has happened or is present.
If the test is positive, a course of antibiotics may be prescribed...
He was stripped of his Olympic Hundred Metres gold medal after testing positive for steroids.Ant:8) ADJ: ADJ n (emphasis) You can use positive to emphasize a noun. [OLD-FASHIONED]→ See also positively
Good day to you, Bernard! It's a positive delight to see you...
He was in a positive fury...
The man was being a positive embarrassment.Syn:9) ADJ: ADJ n A positive number is greater than zero.
It's really a simple numbers game with negative and positive numbers.Ant:10) ADJ: usu ADJ n If something has a positive electrical charge, it has the same charge as a proton and the opposite charge to an electron. [TECHNICAL]Ant:Derived words:positively ADV ADV adj
The atom was pictured as a small positively charged core or nucleus.
English dictionary. 2008.