noun. protection; sponsorship; The peacekeeping force entered the area under the __________ of the United Nations.
noun. a showy, ornamental object with little practical use; a trinket; When returning from his travel abroad, Father usually brought a colorful ____________ for each child.
adjective. willing to please; agreeable; Jared was _________ toward his boss, carrying out her orders with alacrity and always speaking respectfully to her.
verb. to join together; to unite; The meeting was convened to discuss _____________ the multifarious companies into a single large corporation.
verb. to strengthen or make firm; The candidate's primary victories ______ed her position as presidential front-runner.
noun. the act of plundering or destroying; also, the loss or damage that results; Though no lives were lost, the _____________ inflicted by the hurricane were severe.
noun. a sudden understanding of the meaning, essence, or reality of something; After many days of agonizing introspection, Gabrielle had an __________ in which the choice to make became unexpectedly clear.
noun. a waiting period or temporary ban on activity; Hoping to ease the hostility developing between the two countries, the diplomats requested a one-month _______ on troop movements.
adjective. hanging loosely or swinging freely; The __ branches of the weeping willow grazed the ground.
verb. to be a sign of; to indicate what will happen; The high election turnout __________s a renewed interest in town government.
noun. an omen; ominous significance; The radical new car design may be a ___ of things to come.
adjective. of momentous or ominous significance; foreboding; There are still those who think that the alignment of the planets is a ___________ event.
adj. concerned with practical solutions rather than abstract theory; Always ___________, Dorothy was more interested in how she could use the new machine than in the theory behind its design.
verb. to delay or suspend punishment; The condemned man will be executed unless ____________ by the governor.
noun. a relief or respite, especially when temporary; Commuters were relieved when the rail line due to be shut down was granted a ____________.
adjective. extremely loud or powerful in sound; The principal was a charismatic speaker whose ___________ voice commanded instant attention.
noun. the condition of holding property, and office, or a position; also the period during which it is held; The professor's __________ at the college ended when she was fired.
adjective. done or carried out by one of two or more parties rather than in concert with others; Instead of consulting with other countries, France made a ___________ decision to resume nuclear testing in the Pacific.
adjective. capable of living, growing, or developing; Less than half of last year's corn seed turned out to be ____________; the rest did not produce any plants.
adjective. capable of success; workable; Although Young-sook's strategy for recycling the city's refuse seemed the most __________ one, it received only a modicum support.