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60 terms

Vocabulary Units 1-3

this is vocabulary only (no sun. or ant.)
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adage
(n.) a proverb, wise saying
bonanza
(n.) a rich mass of ore in a mine
churlish
(adj.) lacking politeness or good manners
citadel
(n.) a fortress that overlooks and protects a city
collaborate
(v.) to work with
decree
(n.) an order having the force of law
discordant
(adj.) disagreeable in sound
evolve
(v.) to develop gradually
excerpt
(n.) a passage taken from a book, article, etc.
grope
(v.) to feel about hesitantly with the hands
hover
(v.) to float or hang suspended over
jostle
(v.) to make or force one's way by pushing or elbowing
laggard
(n.) a person who moves slowly or falls behind
(adj.) falling behind
plaudits
(n. pl.) applause
preclude
(v.) to make impossible
revert
(v.) to return, go back
rubble
(n.) roken stone or bricks
servile
(adj.) of or relating to a slave
vigil
(n.) a watch, especially at night
wrangle
(v.) to quarrel or argue in a noisy, angry way
(n.) a noisy quarrel
antics
(n. pl.) ridiculous and unpredictable behavior or actions
avowed
(adj., part.) declared openly and without shame
banter
(v.) to exchange playful remarks, tease
bountiful
(adj.) giving freely, generous; plentiful
congested
(adj., part.) overcrowded
detriment
(n.) harm or loss
durable
(adj.) sturdy; (n. pl.) consumer goods used repeatedly over a series of years
enterprising
(adj.) energetic
frugal
(adj.) economical
gingerly
(adj., adv.) with extreme care or caution
glut
(v.) to provide more than is needed or wanted; (n.) an oversupply
incognito
(adj., adv.) in a disguised state; (n.) the state of being disguised
invalidate
(v.) to make valueless
legendary
(adj.) described in well-known stories
maim
(v.) to cripple
minimize
(v.) to make as small as possible
oblique
(adj.) slanting or sloping
veer
(v.) to change direction or course suddenly
venerate
(v.) to regard with reverence, to look up to with great respect
wanton
(adj.) reckless; (n.) a spoiled, pampered person
allot
(v.) to assign or distribute in shares or portions
amass
(v.) to bring together
audacious
(adj.) bold
comply
(v.) to yield to a request or command
devoid
(adj.) not having or using
elite
(n.) the choice part of a group of people or things; (adj.) superior
grapple
(n.) an iron hook used to grab and hold; (v.) to come to grips with
incapacitate
(v.) to deprive of strength or ability
instigate
(v.) to urge on
longevity
(n.) long life, long duration
myriad
(adj.) in very great numbers; (n.) a very great number
perspective
(n.) a point of view or general standpoint from which different things are viewed
perturb
(v.) to trouble, make uneasy
prodigious
(adj.) immense
relevant
(adj.) connected with or related to the matter at hand
skittish
(adj.) extremely nervous and easily frightened
tether
(n.) a rope or chain used to fasten something to a fixed object; (v.) to fasten with a rope or chain
unison
(n.) a sounding together
vie
(v.) to compete
willful
(adj.) stubbornly self-willed