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The surroundings within which something begins or develops (Researchers use a ~ of nutritious gelatin to grow bacteria in laboratories)
A society ruled or controlled by women (Anthropological research suggests that the early society of Crete was a ~)
To register as a student at a college or university (Oberlin was the first American college to allow both women and men to ~)
The male head of a family or tribe (The ~ was honored as the chief historian of the tribe)
A family inheritance (Islamic law allows a woman to retain all rights to her ~ when she marries)
Business clientele; customers (Because of its efficiency and courtesy the new bank has attracted the ~ of many business people)
To treat someone as an inferior ("Don't ~ me," the patient said when the doctor dismissed her questions)
Pertaining to brothers; brotherly (Although separated for many years, the brothers still retained a fierce ~ loyalty)
To socialize with an enemy population (Warning the troops not to ~, the commander declared off limits all taverns and restaurants in the occupied town)
Like an uncle (We appreciated his ~ gestures like trips to the ball part and treats of ice cream)
Marriage to two mates (Mr. Rochester would have committed ~ if he had married Jane Eyre while his wife was still alive)
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