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sat vocab 1

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abase
(v.) to humiliate, degrade
abate
(v.) to reduce, lessen
abdicate
(v.) to give up a position, usually one of leadership
abduct
(v.) to kidnap, take by force
aberration
(n.)something that differs from the norm
abet
(v.) to aid, help, encourage
abhor
(v.) to hate, detest
abide
1. (v.) to put up with; 2. (v.) to remain
abject
(adj.) wretched, pitiful
abjure
(v.) to reject, renounce
abnegation
(n.) denial of comfort to oneself
abort
(v.) to give up on a half-finished project or effort
abridge
1. (v.) to cut down, shorten; 2. (adj.) shortened
abrogate
(v.) to abolish, usually by authority
abscond
(v.) to sneak away and hide
absolution
(n.) freedom from blame, guilt, sin
abstain
(v.) to freely choose not to commit an action
abstruse
(adj.) hard to comprehend
accede
(v.) to agree
accentuate
(v.) to stress, highlight
accessible
(adj.) obtainable, reachable
acclaim
(n.) high praise
accolade
(n.) high praise, special distinction
accommodating
(adj.) helpful, obliging, polite
accord
(n.) an agreement
accost
(v.)to confront verbally
accretion
(n.) slow growth in size or amount
acerbic
(adj.) biting, bitter in tone or taste
acquiesce
(v.) to agree without protesting
acrimony
(n.) bitterness, discord
acumen
(n.) keen insight
acute
1. (adj.) sharp, severe; 2. (adj.) having keen insight
adamant
(adj.) impervious, immovable, unyielding
adept
(adj.) extremely skilled
adhere
1. (n.) to stick to something; 2. (n.) to follow devoutly
admonish
(v.) to caution, criticize, reprove
adorn
(v.) to decorate
adroit
(adj.) skillful, dexterous
adulation
(n.) extreme praise
adumbrate
(v.) to sketch out in a vague way
adverse
(adj.) antagonistic, unfavorable, dangerous
advocate
1. (v.) to argue in favor of something; 2. (n.) a person who argues in favor of something
aerial
(adj.) somehow related to the air
aesthetic
(adj.) artistic, related to the appreciation of beauty
affable
(adj.) friendly, amiable
affinity
(n.) a spontaneous feeling of closeness
affluent
(adj.) rich, wealthy
affront
(n.) an insult
aggrandize
(v.) to increase or make greater
aggregate
1. (n.) a whole or total; 2. (v.) to gather into a mass