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Synonyms for fathom
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  1. fathomverb

    puzzle out, fathom out, figure out, work out

  2. fathomverb

    To encircle with outstretched arms, especially to take a measurement; to embrace.

    puzzle out, work out, fathom out, figure out

  3. fathomverb

    To measure the depth of, take a sounding of.

    work out, figure out, puzzle out, fathom out

  4. fathomverb

    To get to the bottom of; to manage to comprehend (a problem etc.).

    I can't for the life of me fathom what this means.

    puzzle out, fathom out, work out, figure out

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. fathom

    gauge, pierce, measure, sound, probe

    survey, glance, scan, overlook, miss, graze, skim

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fathom, fthmnoun

    a linear unit of measurement (equal to 6 feet) for water depth


  2. fathom, fthmverb

    (mining) a unit of volume (equal to 6 cubic feet) used in measuring bodies of ore


  3. penetrate, fathom, bottomverb

    come to understand

    click, imbue, riddle, dawn, infiltrate, permeate, perforate, diffuse, sink in, penetrate, come home, get through, bottom, fall into place, sound, pervade, get across, interpenetrate

  4. fathom, soundverb

    measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line

    sound, vocalise, penetrate, voice, vocalize, bottom, go

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. fathomnoun

    six feet, two yards

  2. fathomverb

    sound, try the depth of, measure by a sounding-line

  3. fathomverb

    divine, penetrate, reach, understand, comprehend

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How to use fathom in a sentence?

  1. William Shakespeare, "The Tempest", Act 1 scene 2:

    Full fathom five thy father lies; Of his bones are coral made; Those are pearls that were his eyes: Nothing of him that doth fade But doth suffer a sea-change Into something rich and strange.

  2. Brett Hull:

    Being productive at that age is a remarkable feat and it's hard to fathom that he could really do it.

  3. Arnold Donald:

    As we continue our discussions with Cuba, and in anticipation of Fathom travelers being on equal footing with those who travel by air, we are accepting bookings from all travelers, including Cuba-born individuals, however, if Cuba’s decision is delayed beyond May 1, we will delay the start of our sailings.

  4. Bob Jones:

    I take serious issue when somebody who's done a little non-fighting time in Iraq, and is not a Middle East or Islamic scholar, claims to know better than our President and Secretary of State how to fathom the motivations of terrorists, or how to refer to them beyond the term that best describes them -- terrorists.

  5. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush:

    With regards to women's health funding broadly, I misspoke, as there are countless community health centers, rural clinics, and other women's health organizations that need to be fully funded. They provide critical services to all, but particularly low-income women who don't have the access they need, i was referring to the hard-to-fathom $ 500 million in federal funding that goes to Planned Parenthood -- an organization that was callously participating in the unthinkable practice of selling fetal organs. Democrats and Republicans agree we absolutely must defund them and redirect those funds to other women's health organizations.

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  • سبر الغورArabic
  • клафтер, проумявам, фатом, разбирамBulgarian
  • comprendre, sondejar, braça, abraçarCatalan, Valencian
  • sáh, proniknout, porozumět do hloubkyCzech
  • fatte, favn, begribeDanish
  • Klafter, verstehen, umarmen, Faden, ergründen, loten, ausloten, begreifen, sondierenGerman
  • ahondar, abrazar, comprender, braza, profundizar, sondar, sondearSpanish
  • süldEstonian
  • syli, syleillä, luodata, käsittääFinnish
  • favnurFaroese
  • saisir, comprendre, brasseFrench
  • brazaGalician
  • थाह लेनाHindi
  • kitalál, megért, öl, átölel, rájönHungarian
  • comprendere, braccio, capireItalian
  • hiroJapanese
  • ჩასწვდება, სწვდებაGeorgian
  • aronui, mārō, whangangaMāori
  • depaMalay
  • vademDutch
  • favnNorwegian
  • sążeńPolish
  • sondar, compreender, braçaPortuguese
  • înțelege, apuca, braț, pătrunde, îmbrățișa, măsura, sonda, fathomRomanian
  • расследовать, морская сажень, постигать, обхватить, понимать, измерять, делать промер лотом, выяснять, осознавать, фатом, исследовать, фадом, разузнаватьRussian
  • tr=vyamaSanskrit
  • хват, hvatSerbo-Croatian
  • siahaSlovak
  • objeti, izmeriti, dognati, seženjSlovene
  • omfamna, famna om, loda, famnSwedish
  • ஆழத்தைTamil
  • kulaçTurkish
  • 捉摸Chinese

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