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1    one of the four equal periods into which the year is divided by the equinoxes and solstices, resulting from the apparent movement of the sun north and south of the equator during the course of the earth's orbit around it. These periods (spring, summer, autumn, and winter) have their characteristic weather conditions in different regions, and occur at opposite times of the year in the N and S hemispheres  
2    a period of the year characterized by particular conditions or activities  
the rainy season     
3    the period during which any particular species of animal, bird, or fish is legally permitted to be caught or killed  
open season on red deer     
4    a period during which a particular entertainment, sport, etc., takes place  
a season at the National Theatre, the football season, the tourist season     
5    (esp. formerly) a period of fashionable social events in a particular place  
the London season     
6    any definite or indefinite period  
7    any of the major periods into which the ecclesiastical calendar is divided, such as Lent, Advent, or Easter  
8    sometimes cap   Christmas (esp. in the phrases compliments of the season, Season's greetings)  
9    a period or time that is considered proper, suitable, or natural for something  
10    in good season   early enough  
11    in season  
a    (of game) permitted to be caught or killed  
b    (of fresh food) readily available  
c      (Also)    in, on heat   (of some female mammals) sexually receptive  
d    appropriate  
12    tr   to add herbs, salt, pepper, or spice to (food)  
13    tr   to add zest to  
14    (in the preparation of timber) to undergo or cause to undergo drying  
15    tr; usually passive   to make or become mature or experienced  
seasoned troops     
16    tr   to mitigate or temper  
to season one's admiration with reticence     
     (C13: from Old French seson, from Latin satio a sowing, from serere to sow)  
  seasoned      adj  
  seasoner      n  
  seasonless      adj  

close season   , closed season  
1    the period of the year when it is prohibited to kill certain game or fish  
2      (Sport)   the period of the year when there is no domestic competition  
high season  
      n   the most popular time of year at a holiday resort, etc.  
off season  
      adj   off-season when prenominal  
1    denoting or occurring during a period of little activity in a trade or business  
2    such a period  
3    in an off-season period  
open season  
1    a specified period of time in the year when it is legal to hunt or kill game or fish protected at other times by law  
2    often foll by: on   a time when criticism or mistreatment is common  
open season on women employees     
season ticket  
      n   a ticket for a series of events, number of journeys, etc., within a limited time, usually obtained at a reduced rate  
silly season  
      n     (Brit)   a period, usually during the hot summer months, when journalists fill space reporting on frivolous events and activities  
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1    division, interval, juncture, occasion, opportunity, period, spell, term, time, time of year  
2    colour, enliven, flavour, lace, leaven, pep up, salt, salt and pepper, spice  
3    acclimatize, accustom, anneal, discipline, habituate, harden, inure, mature, prepare, toughen, train  
4    mitigate, moderate, qualify, temper  

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