All the "a"s in Gruber's 2010 SAT guide

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aback

surprised; startled.

abandon

to leave; to give up; to discontinue.

abase

to humiliate; to humble; to lower.

abash

ashamed; embarrassed.

abate

to lessen; to decrease.

abdicate

to yield; to give up.

abduct

To kidnap, carry off by force.

aberration

a state or condition markedly different from the norm; an abnormality.

abet

assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing.

abeyance

temporary cessation or suspension.

abhor

to detest; to hate strongly

abide

put up with something or somebody unpleasant.

abjure

to renounce certain rights; to repudiate under oath; to avoid rejection.

ablution

a washing; cleansing.

abominate

to detest; to dislike strongly.

aborigine

original inhabitant.

abortive

unsuccessful.

abound

to be abundant or plentiful.

aboveboard

without concealment or deception.

abrade

to wear away.

abridge

to shorten.

abrogate

revoke formally.

abscond

to leave secretly; to flee.

absolve

to clear from blame, responsibility, or guilt.

abstemious

moderate or sparing in eating or drinking.

abstinence

act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite.

abstract

(two meanings) a summary; to remove.

abstruse

difficult to understand.

absurd

irrational; ridiculous.

abut

to border upon; to adjoin

abysmal

horrifying; extremely bad.

abyss

bottomless pit; anything infinite.

academic

(two meanings) pertaining to school; unrealistic.

accede

to agree or express agreement.

accelerate

to gain in speed; to quicken.

accessible

capable of being reached.

access

approach; admittance.

accessory

something additional.

acclaim

to greet with approval.

acclimate

to adapt; to get used to.

acclivity

an upwards incline.

accolade

honor; reward; approval.

accommodate

provide a service or favor for someone.

accomplice

a partner in crime.

accord

approval.

accost

to approach and speak to.

accoutrement

equipment; outfit.

accredit

to approve; to certify.

accretion

to increase.

accrue

to gather; to accumulate.

acerbic

to be bitter; nasty.

Achilles' heel

a weakness.

acknowledge

to admit to; to confess.

acme

the highest point; peak.

acoustics

the study of the physical properties of sound.

acquiesce

agreement.

acquit

NOT GUILTY

acrid

bitter in the taste of smell; sarcastic.

acrimonious

harshness of speech or behavior.

acronym

a word formed from the initial letters of a word.

acrophobia

fear of heights.

actuate

put in motion or move to act.

acumen

mental keenness; shrewdness.

acute

sharp;; keen.

ad infinitum

endlessly; forever.

ad lib

to act or speak to without preparation.

adage

a familiar saying.

adamant

stubborn; unyielding.

adapt

to adjust; to change.

addendum

something added as a supplement.

addled

confused

adduce

to give an example in proving something.

adept

highly skilled.

adherent

sticking fast to something; a follower or supporter.

adipose

a fatty

adjacent

up against something; nearby.

adjudicate

to judge

adjunct

(two meanings) an assistant; a part of something that is not essential.

admonish

to warn.

ado

fuss; trouble.

adonis

any handsome young man, derived from the Greek mythology character loved by Aphrodite.

adorn

to dress up; to decorate.

adroit

skillful; clever.

adulation

servile flattery; excessive praise.

adulterate

to violate; to make impure.

advent

the eve of a special event.

adventitious

accidental; nonessential.

adversary

an opponent; an enemy.

adversity

a misfortune; distress.

advocate

to recommend.

aegis

a shield; protection; sponsorship.

aesthetic

pertaining to beauty.

affable

friendly; agreeable.

affectation

a false attitude; insincerity.

affiliate

to associate or unite with.

affinity

an attraction to something.

affirmation

a confirmation; a statement of something true.

affix

to attach.

affliction

great suffering; hardship.

affluence

wealth

affront

an insult.

aftermath

result.

agape

open-mouthed; surprised.

agenda

a list of objectives for a program.

aggrandize

to enlarge or expand.

aggravate

to worsen something already bad; to anger someone even further.

aggregate

to gather together.

aghast

shocked; terrified.

agile

able to move quickly.

agitate

to upset; to stir something up.

agnostic

one who doubts the existence of God.

agoraphobia

fear of open places.

agrarian

pertaining to farmers and agriculture in general.

ague

fever; plague

alacrity

liveliness; willingness.

albatross

(two meanings) a large seabird; a burden

ableit

although

alchemy

chemistry of the Middle Ages.

alias

an assumed name aside from a real name.

alien

strange; foreign.

alienate

to estrange; to make others unfriendly towards someone.

alimentary

furnishing food or nourishment.

allay

to relieve or to calm.

alleged

so-called; supposed.

allegory

a visible symbol representing an abstract idea.

allegro

rapid; quick, as seen in music.

alleviate

provide physical relief, as from pain.

allocate

distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose.

allude

to hint at.

alluring

tempting; fascinating; charming.

alluvial

pertaining to soil deposits left by running water.

aloft

up in the air; high.

aloof

reserved; cool; indifferent.

alter

to change.

altercation

an argument; disagreement.

altruism

unselfishness.

amalgamate

to combine; to unite; to blend.

amass

to collect or to gather.

amazon

tall, strong, warrior from the Brazilian Amazon forests.

ambidextrous

equally skilled with either the left hand or the right hand, especially in writing.

ambient

surrounding; on all sides

ambiguous

unclear; open to having more than one interpretation.

ambivalence

mixed feelings or emotions.

ambrosial

very nourishing; pleasing to taste and smell. Derived from the "food of the gods" in Greek mythology.

ambulatory

able to walk about.

ambuscade

hidden or secret attack.

ameliorate

to improve.

amenable

very agreeable; responsive.

amend

to change; to alter.

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