still1 W1S1 [stıl] adv
1.) up to a particular point in time and continuing at that moment
I still haven't finished painting the spare room.
Do you still have Julie's phone number?
see usage noteyet1
2.) in spite of what has just been said or done
Clare didn't do much work, but she still passed the exam.
[sentence adverb]
The hotel was terrible. Still, we were lucky with the weather.
3.) still more/further/another/other
used to emphasize that something increases more, there is more of something etc
Kevin grew still more depressed.
4.) better/harder/worse etc still also still better/harder/worse etc
even better, harder etc than something else
Dan found biology difficult, and physics harder still.
WORD CHOICE: still, always
Use still to say that a previous situation has not changed, and is continuing at the time of speaking : He still lives (NOT always lives) with his parents. | They still haven't sold their house. | I still get upset when I think about it.
Always means 'all the time' or 'every time' : I always see him on Tuesdays.
Still usually comes before the verb, or before the main verb if there is an auxiliary : She still calls me regularly. | Is he still crying? |I can still remember them.
!! Still comes after the verb 'be' : It was still dark outside. | You are still my best friend.
!! Still usually comes before any negative word : She still isn't ready. | I'm still not tired. | They still can't decide.
!! Do not say 'still now' : I still think (NOT still now think) he's the best player ever.
still 2
still2 adj
[: Old English; Origin: stille]
1.) not moving
We stood still and watched as the deer came closer.
Keep still while I tie your shoe.
the still waters of the lake
2.) quiet and calm
The house was completely still.
3.) not windy
a hot still day
4.) BrE a still drink does not contain gas
still or sparkling mineral water
5.) still waters run deep
used to say that someone who is quiet may have very strong feelings or a lot of knowledge
>stillness n [U]
Somewhere in the stillness of the night an owl hooted.
still 3
still3 n
[Sense: 1,3; Date: 1600-1700; Origin: STILL2]
[Sense: 2; Date: 1500-1600; Origin: distill]
1.) a photograph of a scene from a film
2.) a piece of equipment for making alcoholic drinks from grain or potatoes
3.) the still of the night/evening etc
literary the calm and quiet of the night etc
still 4
still4 v literary
1.) [I and T]
to stop moving or make something stop moving
The ground beneath them trembled, then stilled.
2.) [I and T]
if a noise stills or is stilled, it stops
The murmurs stilled.
He stilled their protests with a wave of his hands.
3.) [I]
if a doubt or fear is stilled, it becomes weaker or goes away

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