to make less in amount, degree, force "The weatherman said that the storm would abate."
to shrink from in fear; disgust or hatred; detest "I abhor baiting my fishhook with worms."
a place where one lives or stays; home; residence "He remained in his abode."
so clearly untrue or unreasonable as to be ridiculous "It was absurd to say the baby could reach the counter."
lively, busy, agile "Last night I babysat for a very active two-year old."
to give advice or an opinion to; counsel "The lawyer will advise her client."
in opposition to "The student council voted against school uniforms."
the edible, nutlike kernel of the small, dry peachlike fruit of a tree "Modesto is known as an almond growing region."
to fill with great surprise or sudden wonder "The musician's talent will amaze the audience."
odd and funny; ludicrous; pranks, capers "The antics of the little monkey made him seem almost human."
to name or select officially for an office, position "We will appoint a chairman."
to dispute or quarrel. "My friend and I often argue over trivial details.
to put in the correct, proper, or suitable order "The librarian will arrange the books."
to go upward "My ears always pop when planes ascend."
a white crystalline drug used as a pain and fever remedy "The doctor prescribed aspirin and bed rest for my cold."
a romantic or sentimental song with the same melody for each stanza "The singer sang a beautiful ballad."
a ticket or paper by which a vote is registered; act or method of voting "The class president was elected by a written ballot."
a tropical American tree that yields an extremely light and buoyant wood used for airplane models, rafts "The balsa provides wood for models."
a person legally declared unable to pay his debts "The store's owner was bankrupt and had to go out of business."
to tease or make fun of in a playful, good-natured way "The children banter with each other."
a cereal grass; grain used in making soups, malts and as feed for animals "My mother added barley to the soup to thicken it."
not bringing useful results, unproductive; unprofitable "The barren field was eroding."
to trade for goods or services without using money "The market offered to barter groceries for custodial work."
a washbowl or sink "Rinse your contact lenses over a basin with the drain closed."
to take as true; to have confidence in the promise of another "I believe in my religion."
promotion of welfare or prosperity "This project will benefit all mankind."
to confuse or overwhelm "Her idea would boggle your mind."
condensed; short; outline of an argument "Her synopsis of the story was very brief."
a person who commits burglary "The burglar was brought to trial."
a commercial or industrial enterprise "Starting a new business requires money and dedication."
the trainmen's car on a freight train, usually at the rear "The caboose was the last car."
a large kettle or boiler "The stew simmered in the caldron."
one's progress through life or in a particular vocation "She chose her career carefully."
earthenware or glass baking dish, or food cooked in one "Please bring a vegetable casserole to the pot luck."
one of the divisions used in a system of classification "This chemistry book should be placed in the science category."
a person in a novel, story or play "The author created a very believable character in this novel."
a food prepared from ground cacao beans. "For dessert we are serving chocolate cake."
music written for group singing "The group joined together for the chorus."
the part of a garment that encircles the neck; band or chain or leather for the neck of a dog, cat or other pet "Laddie wore a jeweled collar."
to enforce or constrain, as to do something "The new laws compel judges to issue the maximum sentence."
a programmable electronic device that performs operations on data at high speed "Knowing how to use a computer can help you get a better job."
to change from one form to another "We learned how to convert fractions to decimals."
a protecting escort, as for ships or troops; a group traveling together "Destroyers will convoy the troopships."
the source of coconut meat or coconut oil "Hawaii produces a great amount of copra."
an enclosure for holding or capturing horses or other livestock; pen; to confine; roundup "The wild horses were penned in the corral on the ranch."
spoiled; contaminated; morally unsound "The corrupt official accepted a bribe."
a person or animal that moves along close to the ground; lowest gear in a truck; one-piece garment for a baby; vine with tendrils "The small bird was a creeper searching for insects."
a painful muscle spasm or cramp in the neck or back, etc. "Watching the tennis match gave her a crick in the neck."
deep red color "The sky, at sunset, became beautifully crimson."
a turning point in the course of anything; decisive or crucial time, stage of event "His fever reached its crisis at three in the morning."
usual practice of behaving; habit; duties or taxes imposed by a government on imported or exported goods "Having parties at Halloween was the custom of the neighborhood."
to make moist; to deaden, depress or lessen "She was asked to dampen the clothes so they could be ironed later."
small and neat; trim; active and smart "He looked dapper in the new suit from his tailor."
things known or assumed; facts or figures for information "The computer analyst fed the data into the machine."
overwhelm with noise "The volume of the loudspeaker will deafen the audience."
to unload from or leave a ship or aircraft "We will proceed to debark the material as soon as the plane stops."
decode "I could not decipher the doctor's handwriting."
lack of something for completeness; deficiency; forsake one's cause and join the opposition "It was on sale because of a defect in the pattern."
to turn or make bend to one side; swerve "They used their shields to deflect the arrows."
skillful in a quick, sure and easy way; dexterous "With deft fingers, she continued knitting the sweater."
to press down; push or pull down; lower "If you depress this button, water comes out."
distance from the top downward; deepness; intensity, as of colors "They dropped a stone in the well to try to determine its depth."
to cease; stop; abstain from action "The librarian urged them to desist their discussion so others could study and concentrate."
usually the sweet course of a dinner; pie; cake, puddings, etc. "Lemon pie is my favorite dessert."
to tear down; demolish; to break up; ruin; crush "The demolition crew will destroy the whole building."
to take something desirable away from "Frowning will detract from the beauty of her face."
completely without; empty or destitute "Crippled badly from the accident, he was devoid of any way to resume his former occupation."
wordbook, lexicon "If you can't spell the beginning of a word, it is hard to look it up in a dictionary."
consisting of the exact words of the writer or speaker; to show the way to "It was a direct quotation by the speaker."
to throw away, abandon; get rid of as having no value "They planned to discard the unwanted clothing."
training that develops self-control or character "In obedience classes, pet owners learn to discipline their pets consistently."
causing gloom; depressing; bleak; dreary "It was a dark and dismal day."
to break up; rend asunder; to disturb or interrupt "Bringing up the subject will disrupt the orderliness of this meeting."
clearly perceived or marked off; plain, well-defined; individual "The medal he received showed a distinct and special honor."
to draw the mind away in another direction; divert "In order to take it from the child, we had to distract his attention by allowing him to pet the cat."
to cause sorrow or misery; pain; suffering "Arthritic pain causes distress in her stiff knee when she walks.
to be nervously excited or confused "Before the curtain rose, she was all in a dither."
not giving in readily; persistent; stubborn "He showed a dogged resistance to all arguments."
sleeping; quiet; still; inoperative; inactive "Some plants and animals are dormant during the cold weather."
the system to be followed in taking doses, as of medicine "He forgot to take his dosage of cough medicine."
foolishly fond; excessively "Sometimes a doting parent can cause problems for the child."
not neat or stylish in dress or appearance; shabby "Many of the candidates appeared dowdy."
soft and fluffy, like down "The child petted the downy chick."
slow moving; lethargic; dull; boring "Some of us are draggy, especially in the early morning."
inspiring dread; terrible or awesome "The volcano's eruption was dreadful."
a fine, mistlike rain "The drizzle was just enough to make the sidewalks slippery."
of two; having or composed of two parts or kinds; double "He had a dual personality, sometimes very kind, sometimes very aloof and severe."
lacking light; dim; shadowy "In the dusky room, he could only identify outlines."
the partial or total obscuring of the sun when the moon comes between it and the earth; or of the moon when the earth's shadow is cast upon it. "We studied the lunar eclipse in class."
an official proclamation or public order made by authority or decree "The edict issued by the King had to be obeyed by all."
to rub out, as from a surface; erase; wipe out; obliterate "They tried to efface the memory."
to avoid or escape from by quickness, cunning, evade "We will try to elude the traffic congestion."
to board a ship, airplane; to begin a journey, an enterprise "We embark on our journey to Europe at 7:00 p.m."
a visible symbol of a thing, class of people; a sign "The cross is an emblem of Christianity."
to cover or decorate with designs; to carve, raise or print a design so it is above the surface; embellish; ornament "She asked her sister to emboss the new chair."
to develop or evolve as something new, improved "A new town will emerge after construction."
to engage services or labor for pay "The new business is seeking to employ fifty qualified workers."
to set up a campsite; to put in a camp "The meadow along the river looked like a good site to encamp."
to charm; bewitch; set a spell on as by magic; delight "Her acting will enchant all who see the play."
to give approval to; support; sanction "The community will endorse the candidate."
provide with money, talent, quality or property, etc. "In her will, she will endow the hospital with a permanent income."
to devour greedily "The hungry man seemed to engorge his meal."
to occupy one's whole attention "This book will thoroughly engross him."
to swallow up; overwhelm "The raging river will engulf the house."
sufficient "Do you have enough clothes for your trip?"
to give greater value, importance, effectiveness, etc., to "The new class will enrich the curriculum."
mistake "Be careful that you don't make an error in spelling this word."
burst forth or out; to break out in a rash "Lava will erupt from the volcano."
designating any, or of any, of the basic groups or divisions of mankind, having the same customs, characteristics, history or language "His ethnic background was Italian."
to be better or greater than; superior to "Tests showed he would excel in Social Studies."
any of a number of sides or aspects, as of a personality "They had never seen the generous facet of his personality."
not hard to do or achieve "After years of practice, her violin playing appeared facile."
having or showing a strong sense of duty or responsibility "My dog is a very faithful companion."
any acute shortage "The people were suffering from the famine."
the lightweight body covering of birds "Use the feather duster to clean these figurines."
the second month of the year "Valentine's Day is February 14th."
without force or effectiveness "Their feeble attempt was not successful."
anything made up or imagined, as a statement or story "The librarian directed us to the fiction section."
burning with fire; blazing; intensely emotional "We watched the fire flaming and casting sparks high in the air."
thin and easily broken or damaged; poorly made and fragile "The door was flimsy and could not be locked."
moving or flowing smoothly; able to write or speak easily, expressively "The teacher was fluent in three languages."
noisy fight or loud quarrel; brawl "They were having a fracas in the hall."
supply, provide or equip; to put furniture into a room "They decided to furnish the den with modern pieces."
stately; imposing "The gallant ship cruised into the harbor."
the entire range or extent, as of emotions "The actress demonstrated the gamut of emotions."
to confuse or mix up unintentionally "Although she had studied the poem, she started to garble it when it was her turn to recite."
remarkable intellectual aptitude "Only a genius can join Mensa, the high IQ society."
large, cud-chewing animal with a very long neck "Seeing the giraffe made our trip to the zoo more enjoyable."
to shine or sparkle with reflected light, as a wet or polished surface "The new car did glisten in the sunlight."
having a smooth, shiny appearance or finish "The glossy cat was sleeping in the window."
a beef stew with onion, paprika and caraway seeds. "My Hungarian grandmother's favorite dish was goulash."
to exercise authority over; rule, administer; direct or control "The officials will govern in an orderly manner."
the system of word structures and word arrangements of a given language at a given time "In order to speak the language, an understanding of grammar is helpful."
a very hard, crystalline, plutonic rock, gray to pink in color, consisting of feldspar, quartz, and smaller amounts of other minerals "The polished granite shone in the sunlight."
to feed on (growing grass, herbage, a pasture, etc.) "The cattle will graze on the slopes all winter."
of, like, or containing sand; brave; plucky "Water from the creek left a gritty substance in the bottom of the cup."
thin, easily digested broth made of meal with water or milk "The hot, tasty gruel did not hurt her sore throat as she swallowed."
to annoy or harass by interrupting with questions or taunts "The audience began to heckle the speaker."
a joint or device on which a door, gate, lid, etc., swings "The hinge needed oiling."
to walk lamely or awkwardly; limp "The horse tried to hobble to the corral."
frank and open "The store owner had an honest face."
to respect greatly; regard highly; esteem "The family met to honor the visiting grandparents."
impossible to solve, deal with, teach, etc. "After working on the problem for ten hours, it appeared hopeless."
having or showing ill will; unfriendly; antagonistic "The lion appeared hostile as the hunter approached."
discomfort or pain caused by lack of food "My hunger pangs kept me from concentrating on the test."
person who does no work; wastes time; lazy person "No one ever saw him doing things, so they thought him an idler."
to set fire to; cause to burn "They will ignite the trees with a torch."
to disregard deliberately; pay no attention to; refuse to consider "The driver appeared to ignore the road signs."
to bar or hinder the progress of; obstruct or delay "Some members tried to impede the program."
mischievous "The child gave him an impish grin and then ran down the street."
to force on another or others without right or invitation; obtrude "Although she did not receive an invitation, she tried to impose on the family."
to set in motion, to urge to action; stir up, rouse "The news of the riot may incite others to act."
to lead in; install, as in office; initiate; enroll in the services "The chairman used a candlelight ceremony to induct new members."
having few or no active properties "The inert gas is not considered to be a danger."
a vague idea or notion; suspicion "She had an inkling that the biggest present was for her."
existing naturally rather than acquired; possessed at birth, inherent "He has an innate talent for math."
to insert into something else; a map set inside the border of a larger one; a piece of material sewed into a garment "The inset shows the downtown section of the city."
to fill with high or reverent emotion; stimulate to creativity or action "The concert did inspire him to be a musician."
fast, incoherent, nonsensical talk; gibberish "No one could understand the jabber of the twins."
a short coat "This blue jacket would look nice with your new skirt."
having sharp projecting points; notched or ragged "The jagged edge scratched the smooth surface of the table."
incoherent speech; gibberish; specialized vocabulary and idioms of those in their own line of work "She recognized the jargon of classmates taking computer classes."
that part of the cargo thrown overboard to lighten the ship in danger; discardings "Some of the jetsam they threw overboard might be sorely missed later."
formerly old slang for five cents, a nickel; small car or bus which travels a regular route and charges a low fare for passengers to ride "The driver of the jitney now charges passengers a dollar."
to bump or push, as in a crowd; elbow or shove roughly "As the number increased, the crowd began to jostle the players."
a brief account of daily events "We kept a journal of our vacation."
fiber used for stuffing mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows, etc. "After such a long time of use, the kapok had to be replaced."
a metal container for boiling or cooking "I'll boil some water in the kettle for your tea."
bits of dry wood or other easily-lighted material for starting a fire "The campers gathered kindling for the fire."
loosely, prepared according to traditional Jewish recipes "The kosher pickles were very tasty."
to dip out and pour as with a ladle "The cook will ladle the soup for each customer."
an outward expression of sorrow; lamentation; wail "A long lament was heard in the garden."
an attorney "You should consult your lawyer before signing this contract."
an informative talk given before an audience, class, etc., and usually prepared beforehand "The history lecture was very interesting."
any of a genus of plants grown for its edible green leaves "I'll begin washing the lettuce for the salad."
a document, printed tag, permit, etc., indicating that such permission had been granted "The officer asked to see the man's license."
a flash of light in the sky caused by the discharge of atmospheric electricity from one cloud to another or between a cloud and the earth "The lightning flashed in the sky."
an arm, leg, or wing "He was very lucky; only one limb was broken in the accident."
to cause to or to bring to a straight row or conformity; in alignment "The astronomer was lining up his telescope to look at the stars."
a linking or being linked "The investigator studied the linkage between the clues."
having no interest in what is going on about one, as a result of illness, weariness, dejection, etc., spiritless; languid "The listless dog lay on the floor by the fire."
alone, solitary "I was very lonely when I first moved to town."
not confined or restrained; free; unbound "The sails were loose in the breeze."
clearheaded; rational "The lucid thinker explained the axiom."
a cookie made chiefly of egg whites, sugar and coconut or almond paste "I'll bring some macaroon cookies for the bake sale."
the working parts of a machine or instrument "The workers had the day off when the machinery broke down."
a fish, commonly used in cat food. "Canned mackerel is my cat's favorite food."
a piece of iron or steel that attracts metal "We use a magnet on our refrigerator to hold our shopping list."
a food product usually made from vegetable oils and skim milk "Would you like margarine or butter on your toast?"
a musical piece made up of tunes or passages from various works "The chorus performed the medley very well."
a way of doing anything "What method did you use to arrive at your answer?"
circular or random motion of or as a herd or crowd "The ducks were milling around the bread crumbs."
imitative; inclined to copy; to ape; make believe; mock "The actor could mimic many of his fellow artists."
a low indistinct sound "Sitting on the patio, I could hear the murmur of the wind in the trees."
to tell in writing or speech "The teacher began to narrate the story."
any very delicious drink; sweetish liquid in flowers gathered by bees to make honey "The icy cold lemonade was like nectar."
a frightening or oppressing dream "I had a really scary nightmare last night."
the ordinal number 9th "In many districts ninth grade is the first year of high school."
member of a tribe of people having no permanent home; wanderer "Like a nomad, he roamed all over the world."
a written or printed sign giving some public information, warning or rule "The public meeting notice was posted all over town."
covered with small nubs, or lumps; having a rough, knotted surface "The nubby fabric was rough to touch."
longer than broad; elongated, specif., (a) rectangular and longer in one direction than in the other, esp. longer horizontally, (b) elliptical "They wondered what was in the oblong box."
something that stands in the way or opposes "Scaling the wall was the final challenge of the obstacle course."
to take place; happen "The celebration will occur next week."
the condition of being offended, esp. of feeling hurt, resentful, or angry; umbrage "His friend took offense from the joke."
of the eyes; sense of sight "The optic nerve was not damaged."
the flower of a tropical plant "As we stepped off the plane in Hawaii, we were given an orchid lei."
a large, swift-running bird of Africa and the Near East, the largest and most powerful of living birds: it has a long neck, very long legs with two toes on each foot, and small, useless wings; the white tail and wing feathers of the male are used in millinery and as trimming "The white ostrich feather adorned her new hat."
due; unpaid; because of "The balance owing was ten dollars."
an unstable, pale-blue gas, with a penetrating odor; it is an allotropic form of oxygen "The ozone layer is very important for man's survival."
a wrapped or boxed thing or group of things "I hope the package will arrive in the mail today."
a short publication with no cover "Please send me your pamphlet about summer camp."
extending in the same direction and same distance apart "Center Avenue runs parallel to Maple Street."
a person who takes part in some activity in common with another or others "His partner kept the books, and he did the purchasing."
permission, right, or a chance to pass "The hunters received passage through the field."
offering no opposition or resistance; submissive; yielding; patient "The passive cat was carried to the veterinarian's office."
something that helps time pass enjoyably "Cooking and making pastry is my favorite pastime."
to graze or feed on (grass, etc.) "The cattle will pasture in the meadow."
a regular, mainly unvarying way of acting or doing "The psychologist will study the animal's behavior pattern."
human beings "A large group of people gathered to watch the parade."
to cause to be alarmed, agitated, or upset; disturb or trouble greatly "The loudspeaker may perturb the musician in the adjoining room."
annoying; disagreeable; troublesome "We all swatted at the pesky mosquitoes."
coloring matter, usually insoluble powder, mixed with oil or water, etc., to make paints; coloring matter in the cells, tissues of plants, animals "Pigment in some plants is increased when they grow in full sun."
person who wanders; traveler to shrine or holy place; any member of the English Puritans who founded Plymouth colony in 1620 "Priscilla was the bride of a pilgrim."
to rob or despoil by force, esp. in warfare "The military will plunder the village after the battle."
opposite in character, nature, direction, etc. "The twins were polar in their taste in music."
a cloak like a blanket with a hole in the middle for the head "The warm poncho is valuable in winter weather."
share; part of "They were willing to give up a portion of their food."
large and heavy in a dignified, stately way; stout; corpulent "He bought his clothing in the section for portly men."
to have as an attribute, quality, faculty, etc. "The man is known to possess wisdom."
the position or carriage of the body in standing or sitting; bearing "Good posture is important for good health."
any dry substance in the form of very fine, dustlike particles, produced by crushing, grinding, etc. "Without rain, the soil became a powder."
to make ready, usually for a specific purpose "How are you going to prepare for the spelling competition?"
preceding in time; earlier; previous "References from a prior employer were needed."
to advance or go on; to move along or to be carried on; come forth "After answering this question, please proceed to the next."
quick to act or do; ready; punctual; done, spoken, without delay "A good example will help to prompt him to turn in his homework."
succeed; thrive; grow vigorously; wealth; good fortune "Having found the right soil conditions, his crop began to prosper."
improperly curious or inquisitive "Someone was prying into her personal affairs."
a small carnivore of North America, usually nocturnal "A raccoon raided our campsite while we were asleep."
to summon or bring together for a common purpose; assist; support a cause "He was sent to rally the retreating troops."
growing luxuriantly; flourishing "The roses were rampant in the garden."
consideration paid for the release of a captured person "The kidnapper demanded $500,000 in ransom for the child."
small round fleshy red or black berry "These raspberry preserves won a blue ribbon at the county fair."
a placement in a certain rank or class "The program received the top rating."
sharp-edged cutting instrument for shaving or cutting off hair "No one was allowed to use his razor."
to act in return or reciprocally "The director did not expect the actress to react that way."
to take into one's hand or possession "I hope I receive a portable CD player for my birthday."
to get back; recover, as by paying a fee "The renter wants to redeem his deposit."
a place of safety; shelter; safe retreat "The deer sought a refuge from the hunters."
to soften in temper; become less severe, stern, stubborn "Perhaps he will relent and allow you to go if you promise to return early."
what is left over; remainder; residue "The small piece of cloth left from the bolt will sell as a remnant."
to give, hand over, submit, as for approval; to give in return "When you finish shopping, the clerk will render a bill for payment."
to free or save from danger, imprisonment, evil, etc. "He was a hero because the rescue had been a success."
to keep in mind "After studying the words for six weeks, we should retain most of them."
to get and bring back "That dog certainly loves to retrieve the ball."
to inflict damage, injury, or punishment in return for an injury, insult, etc. "The leaders plotted revenge for the bombing."
any puzzling, perplexing, or apparently inexplicable person or thing, as a difficult problem or enigmatic saying: enigma "Rita recited the riddle, and Roger responded."
a variety of lettuce "Caesar salad recipes usually call for romaine lettuce."
one of two or more persons sharing a room "Luckily, my roommate at camp didn't snore."
the remains of a fallen building, city, etc., or something destroyed, devastated, decayed, etc. "The explorer discovered the ruin deep within the jungle."
definite talk not based on knowledge; hearsay; gossip "We have heard a rumor that there will be no test tomorrow."
to make or cause to make an irregular succession of soft sounds "The leaves rustle in the wind."
freedom from danger; security "Safety precautions are very important both at home and at school."
very bright red with a slightly orange tone "The scarlet car captured everyone's attention."
a cutting instrument with handles and a pair of blades "Using sewing scissors for cutting paper makes them dull."
illegible or careless handwriting; scrawl "The doctor's scribble was hard to read."
to run hastily; scamper "The rabbits will scurry through the woods."
free from fear, care, doubt, or anxiety; not worried, troubled, or apprehensive "Within the fort, the cavalry felt secure."
sentinel, esp. any of the military guard posted to warn of danger "The sentry would not open the gate to anyone without identification."
a school term or period of study "The fall session of school was about to end."
not firm; weak, unsteady; trembling, not dependable; questionable "After the earthquake, the walls were shaky."
a person who herds and takes care of sheep "The shepherd guarded the flock during the night."
a sign or event fixed or understood as the occasion for prearranged combined action "The bugle will signal the attack."
person who habitually doubts, questions or suspends judgment on generally accepted matters "He was such a skeptic that he was known as 'Doubting Thomas'."
a brief encounter between small groups, usually an incident of a battle "The skirmish was quickly forgotten after the peace treaty was signed."
to become less active, intense, brisk "The runners began to slacken their pace."
emitting smoke, especially in large quantities "A smoky fire doesn't provide much warmth."
the hard fat about the kidneys and loins of beef and mutton "I asked the butcher to prepare the suet I need for the plum pudding."
to enclose on all sides; encircle "For safety reasons we needed to surround our pool with a fence."
any method used to gain an end; esp., skillful methods or procedure "Although successful, his tactics were questioned."
to dull or discolor the surface of a metal object; to spoil, mar or debase a memory; lose luster from oxidation "Silver needs to be polished often or it will tarnish."
duty or tax placed by a government on imports and some exports; any list or scale of prices, charges etc. "We felt the tariff was too high."
applied science "The rate of technology seems to increase every day."
extraordinary; astounding "We saw a terrific movie last night."
a doorsill, a beginning point "The guest paused at the threshold, stunned by the beauty of the room."
the movement or number of automobiles along a street "There is a lot more traffic on the freeway these days."
something given, done, or said, as a gift, testimonial, etc., to show gratitude, respect, honor, or praise "Their success was a tribute to his leadership."
the action or instance of lifting up from beneath, especially the earth's crust "Ancient volcanoes caused a great deal of upheaval in this area."
loud, confused noise; din "The uproar was very difficult to quiet."
that can be used to advantage; helpful "The fork is a useful implement."
an instrument or container used in a household "A ladle is the proper utensil to use for serving soup."
any preparation of killed microorganisms, living weakened organisms, etc., introduced into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease by causing the formation of antibodies "The polio vaccine was a tremendous advance in medicine."
a former member of the armed forces "Only one World War I veteran attended the ceremony this year."
watchful staying awake; a watch kept for a period of time "While others slept, he kept his lonely vigil."
an evil person; scoundrel "In a melodrama the audience boos whenever the villain appears."
the quantity, strength, or loudness of sound "The volume of the music was deafening."
a bird which sings in trills, runs or quavers; songster "Though we could not see him, we heard the melodious song of the warbler."
state of giving off moderate degree of heat; moderate, mild heat "We could feel the warmth of the sun on our faces."
to make a clear, shrill cry; said of some birds and animals "We heard the birds whistle in the trees."
to reduce, destroy, or get rid of gradually, as if by whittling away with a knife "We hope to whittle down the cost of the project."
to make a quick, hissing or rushing sound of something moving swiftly through the air "At takeoff, the rocket will whoosh by the airport."
distance from side to side; breadth "We have to measure the width of the shelf to make sure it will fit the space."
the action of a person or thing that wires "The electrician did the wiring very quickly."
a smooth compact yarn from long wool fibers, or the fabric made from the yarn "These worsted wool trousers will last a long time."
that in which something is wrapped; covering; cover "The gum wrapper was a shiny silver."
an act of yawning or opening wide "The movie was boring, and the audience began to yawn."
an animal one year old or in its second year "The rancher brought the yearling into the barn."
to give up formally (a high office, authority, throne, etc.) "The king plans to abdicate his throne."
lower part of the trunk of the human body; in, on or for the abdomen "The abdominal bandage seemed too tight."
abnormal or deviant "Her rude, aberrant behavior was quite a shock."
to cancel or repeal by authority "Congress must abrogate the new tax law."
a colorless, poisonous, highly flammable gaseous hydrocarbon "This most brilliant of the illuminating gases is acetylene."
stinging, caustic "Those acrimonious remarks will make you unpopular."
discharge of duty; being set free by the court "From lack of evidence submitted, the judge decreed an acquittal."
the time of life between puberty and maturity; youth "During adolescence, one is often uncertain."
sensitive to art and beauty "In order to help develop their children's aesthetic tastes, many family trips to art galleries were planned."
close relationship "Fish have an affinity with water."
a jumbled heap, mass, etc. "The agglomeration of articles for the rummage sale was staggering."
feeling great horror or dismay "Upon seeing the tornado's destruction, he was aghast."
most abundant metal element in the Earth's crust "Don't put aluminum foil in the microwave."
not clear "The treaty is very ambiguous."
anything that is or seems to be out of its proper time in history "A black and white television is an anachronism today."
a thing or person greatly detested "Censorship is anathema to Americans."
no name known or acknowledged; name withheld "The poem read was written by an anonymous poet."
no longer used or useful; obsolete "The old cabin contained some antiquated relics of the olden days."
the direct opposite "Love is the antithesis of hate."
spurious; counterfeit "The apocryphal memories of the countess cannot be admitted as evidence."
the first advocate of a view point or reform "The student body president was an apostle for year-round school."
a strange figure appearing suddenly and thought to be a ghost "After hearing the spooky story, the children thought they saw an apparition."
to take for one's own, often without right "I wish my roommate would not appropriate my clothes."
large pipe made for bringing water from a distant source "The aqueduct provided the farmers with the much needed water for crops."
the perfect example of a type or group "Mickey Mouse is the archetype for cartoon characters."
the act of ascending "We watched the balloon's ascension into the clouds."
religious doctrine where self-denial is practiced to reach a higher spiritual state "Trappist monks practice asceticism."
sooth, ease "Saying 'I'm sorry' is a way to assuage your guilt ."
a wasting away of body tissue, organ, or the failure of an organ or part to grow or develop, as because of insufficient nutrition "Without proper nutrition, the muscles will atrophy."
not graceful, clumsy "My walk was very awkward right after my cast was removed."
an address or sermon delivered to a graduating class at commencement "The graduating seniors and their families will attend the baccalaureate."
one's particular area of authority, activity, interest "The coach's bailiwick is tennis."
a railing "The balustrade around the porch was made of cedar."
a heavy, prolonged attack of words, blows "Suddenly the speaker was under a barrage of questions."
a large group of soldiers arrayed for battle; any large group joined in some activity "He had command of a battalion during World War II."
happening every two years "The reunion is held on a biennial basis."
of or in two languages; capable of using two languages with equal skill "He was offered the position because he was bilingual in English and Spanish."
marked by extreme contrasts and incongruities of color, design, or style "Her purple and orange hair was bizarre."
loud, rowdy "The security officer had to quiet the boisterous group."
a broad often landscaped thoroughfare "Sometimes using the boulevard is faster than taking the freeway."
green vegetable high in vitamins "The consumption of broccoli has increased in recent years."
the tendency of a body to float in a fluid "Filling the raft with more air will increase its buoyancy."
beautiful handwriting; penmanship "Calligraphy is an art - a talent to be thankful for."
loyalty and warm, friendly feeling among comrades "Within the Girl Scout troop, there was great camaraderie."
disguise or concealment of this kind "The tanks' camouflage prevented enemy planes from seeing them."
statement of the main parts of a subject; conditional surrender "Their leader decided that capitulation was best."
cancer causing "Scientists seem to discover a new carcinogen every day."
a device in which air is mixed with gasoline spray to make an explosive mixture in an internal combustion engine "The carburetor in the truck had to be replaced."
meat-eating "The lion is a carnivorous animal."
any great upheaval that causes sudden and violent changes "The weakened government could not withstand another cataclysm."
calamity "The Northridge Earthquake was a catastrophe."
radiating or departing from the center "The road was banked to counteract the centrifugal force."
a soft leather made from the hide of a chamois, deer or sheep "The gloves were made of chamois leather."
lighting fixture hanging from a ceiling, with branches for candles or bulbs "The chandelier swayed, and we hurried out from under it."
completely confused or disordered condition "The era of the Hundred Years' War was very chaotic."
fake "The phony scientist was a charlatan."
imaginary "Her fears are as chimerical as the hallucinations of insanity."
the noble qualities a medieval knight was supposed to have; courage, honor and readiness to help the weak, and to protect women "We loved his chivalry, seemingly borrowed from the knights of old."
one of the DNA containing bodies in a cell nucleus "This particular gene is found at the end of chromosome 23."
a motion-picture cameraman "Cecil B. DeMille was a great cinematographer."
a line that goes around or encloses a circle "When drawing a snowman, the head usually has a smaller circumference than the body."
keen perception or insight "His clairvoyance with a crystal ball was amazing."
a small, exclusive group of people "She refused to join the clique of students."
of coercion or tending to coerce "During the American Revolution, the colonists fought against the coercive government of Great Britain."
associate in office "His colleague is going to attend the same workshop."
conversational "The politician's colloquial language endeared him to small town voters."
to mingle together; intermix, blend "The separate tribes began to commingle through marriage."
feeling or showing compassion "The compassionate nurse listened to the patient's tale."
expression of sympathy with another in grief "A note of condolence is appropriate at time of death."
an inference, theory, or prediction based on guesswork; guess "After hearing the facts, she knew that her conjecture was wrong."
a person who has expert knowledge and keen discrimination in some field, especially in the fine arts or in matters of taste "His discerning taste buds made him a connoisseur of good wine."
an opinion held by all or most "The consensus of party professionals was sought."
full of contempt; scornful; disdainful "The speaker was very contemptuous of the hecklers."
extremely involved; intricate "The convoluted plot was difficult to understand."
a communication by exchange of letters "Please file this correspondence alphabetically."
to imitate or copy, especially with intent to deceive "There is a way to check if a bill is counterfeit."
the act or art of criticizing; criticism "The director did not like the critique of his movie."
a crescent roll "A hot, buttery croissant was enjoyed by each one attending the festive brunch."
a crucifying or being crucified "The punishment of crucifixion was practiced in ancient times."
an overwhelming defeat or rout "His resignation from power caused the greatest debacle in the history of his country."
to reduce speed; slow down "The driver began to decelerate as he rounded the bend."
shedding leaves annually "The fall colors on the deciduous trees are beautiful."
a shop where sandwich items meats and cheeses are sold "Let's stop at the delicatessen to pick up things for our picnic."
lowering the rate of muscular or nervous activity; to sadden or lower "The medicine was given as a depressant."
large apparatus for lifting and moving heavy objects; tall tapering framework over an oil well "The workmen used a derrick to take the piano up to the 7th floor."
to point or mark out; specify; appoint "I will designate one of my friends to chair this committee."
skill in using one's mind; cleverness "Her mental dexterity was amazing."
the separation of crystalloids from colloids as the elimination of impurities from the blood during kidney failure "One of our child movie stars has to be hospitalized for dialysis."
division into two (contrasting) halves, pairs of sets "Reconciling the dichotomy between public and private interests is a difficult job."
distinguish between "The shopper tried to differentiate between the two sweaters."
broken down; shabby and neglected "We bought a dilapidated house and tried to repair it."
predicament; a situation in which one must choose between alternatives "His dilemma was in having to decide on which color paint to use."
to change the manner or appearance of in order to prevent recognition "I will need a mask to disguise myself for the Halloween Party."
not in proportion "The harsh punishment was disproportionate to the infraction."
to scatter seed; to sow widely; spread abroad "When the dandelion becomes that feathery little puffball, the breezes cause it to disseminate."
a formal and lengthy discourse or treatise on some subject "The student completed her dissertation for the degree of doctor."
a successful guess; clever conjecture "Her divination of the winner was accurate."
overflowing with enthusiasm, high spirits "After winning the game, the fans were ebullient."
of the church "His writings were based on ecclesiastical discipline."
any of the levels of responsibility or importance in an organization "She worked in the echelon where major decisions were made."
an inflammatory, itching disease of the skin "A victim of eczema, she could not wear makeup on her face."
to bring about; cause to happen; effect "The team members are trying to effectuate change in spring training rules."
advocating, or characterized by the belief that all men should have equal political, social and economic rights "The country's government was egalitarian."
the omission of a word or words necessary for complete grammatical construction but understood in the context "Add ellipsis where I have indicated on the rough draft of the legal pleading."
to cause to feel self-conscious, ill at ease "He did not want to embarrass himself in front of his friends."
to try to equal or surpass; to rival successfully "The baby birds strutted back and forth trying to emulate the actions of their parents."
to put in concise form; condense "We tried to encapsulate the week's news in five minutes."
the study of insects "My career in entomology began with a fascination about butterflies."
lasting a very short time "The sunset was ephemeral in its beauty."
a short statement of the main points of a book, report, incident; abstract; summary; representative or typical of a class "He was the epitome of jockeys everywhere - slim, wiry and brisk."
two or more meanings; purposely vague; misleading; ambiguous "Her answer was equivocal, but we couldn't get a definite opinion."
beyond the understanding or knowledge or most people "Few people attended the esoteric lecture on holography."
The origin and development of a word, affix, phrase, etc. "The origin and development of words is a branch of linguistics called etymology."
speech or writing in praise of a person, event or thing; commendation "We listened with full hearts to the eulogy on President Kennedy."
a feeling of vigor, well-being, or high spirits "The team had the euphoria that comes from winning."
to exasperate; annoy; irritate; embitter "He intended to exacerbate the already tense situation by making an exorbitant demand."
to relieve of a burden; unload; free from guilt; absolve "This alibi would prove his innocence and exonerate him of the crime."
useful for effecting a desired result "It was expedient for him to alter the facts."
the skill, knowledge, judgment of an expert "She was known for her expertise in music."
an oath or exclamation "She shouted an expletive when the car would not start."
to deprive of ownership; dispossess "The state will expropriate acreage for the new airport."
joking, or trying to be jocular, esp. at an inappropriate time "His mother could not tolerate his facetious remarks."
a temperature scale "Normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit."
not easy to please; very critical or discriminating "With fastidious attention to detail, the musician practiced the piece again."
capable of being done or carried out; possible; practicable "Chartering a bus seems the most feasible method of transportation."
well-chosen; appropriate; apt; yielding great pleasure "He was a felicitous choice for the new position."
fierce; savage; violently cruel "The lion has a ferocious growl."
imaginary happening; not real; false; pretended; assumed for disguise "Some novelists use a fictitious name under which they write."
to obstruct the passage of a bill by making long speeches, introducing irrelevant issues, etc. "The senator carried out his filibuster, ignoring remarks from the floor."
to cheat; to get something by trickery "Students find many ways to finagle their way out of homework."
the sky, viewed poetically as a solid arch or vault "The sun and the moon are both seen in the firmament at that time."
long, narrow, deep cleft or crack; dividing or breaking into parts "The ice, breaking up, opened a wide fissure between the floes."
to make speechless with amazement; astonish "Seeing a dog climb a tree may flabbergast you."
grow vigorously; thrive; prosper "These plants will flourish if you give them proper water and fertilizer."
to move back and forth, up and down; to be continually changing "Bank interest rates fluctuate from time to time."
to lose, give up, or be deprived of "You forfeit privileges by not registering."
deceitful; based on trickery; intentional deception "The investigation proved the papers to be fraudulent."
a dish of meat cut into pieces and stewed in a gravy "Chicken fricassee tastes good on a cold evening."
large Spanish ship of the 15th/16th century "The galleon had four decks at the stern."
to jump and skip about in play; frolic "To gambol about the dance floor is to have a good time."
lacking social grace; tactless "My companion's gauche remarks to the staff were very embarrassing."
a geographical dictionary "The gazetteer portion of this dictionary contains more than seven thousand place names."
branch of medicine dealing with the elderly "As the population ages, geriatrics will become more lucrative."
a connoisseur of fine food and drink "A good gourmet restaurant covets a recommendation from a food critic."
circumstance thought to be unjust; resentment or complaint "Many thought she had reason for her grievance."
candid, frank; open "His guileless smile made instant friendships."
to deliver a long, scolding speech "I hope the coach doesn't harangue us for the lousy game we played."
worrying or annoying with repeated attacks "Sexual harassment in the workplace will not be tolerated."
friendly, sincere, cordial way; with zest, enthusiasm "He laughed heartily, thoroughly enjoying the play."
leadership or dominance, especially that of one state or nation over others "The Chinese say the Soviets are establishing military hegemony over the free world."
heavy bleeding "Jim had a bad hemorrhage in his arm after the auto accident."
an inflammation of the liver "Exposure to the hepatitis virus prevents a person from donating blood."
feeding on plants "Deer and sheep are herbivorous animals."
friendly, kind and solicitous toward guests; favoring comfort of new arrivals; receptive or open to new ideas "Southern people are said to be most hospitable even to strangers."
human; human characteristics or nature; mankind; people "Humanity everywhere does not always have the same kindness or sympathy."
anything of mixed origin, unlike parts "Rock and roll is a hybrid of blues and jazz."
science of health and its maintenance; sanitary practices; cleanness "We are taught hygiene for the preservation of health and prevention of disease."
obvious and intentional exaggeration "A clown uses hyperbole to make the stunts funnier."
a person who has hypochondria "The hypochondriac made his tenth visit to the hospital in ten days."
a pretending to be what one is not, or to feel what one does not feel "The senator showed his hypocrisy by saying he was for the bill and then voting against it."
the doctrines, opinions, or way of thinking of an individual class, etc. "Democracy is the American ideology."
personal peculiarity or mannerism "It was her idiosyncrasy to wear earmuffs in warm weather."
shame and dishonor "What he did brought ignominy to his friends and family."
resistance to disease; projection against disease "Having a childhood disease does not always develop an immunity to it."
deadlock "Russia and the United States reached an impasse in their negotiations."
having no money "I am sorry to announce that the school board is in an impecunious situation as a result of Proposition 13."
not showing proper respect or manners "The impertinent child must be taught some manners."
that cannot be disconcerted, disturbed, or excited; impassive "The imperturbable cat sat in the midst of the moving."
any article or device used or needed for a given activity; fulfill "The hammer and the saw are needed by the carpenter to implement his job."
to introduce into office with ceremonies "Every four years we inaugurate a President."
lacking harmony or agreement "Hiking boots were incongruous to the wet suit outfit."
that cannot be corrected, improved, or reformed "They held out little hope for the prisoner because he was incorrigible."
showing doubt or disbelief "Their eyes were large with incredulous joy."
lacking prudence; unwise; careless "She was indiscreet in going shopping during school hours."
not easily discouraged "Even after three unsuccessful attempts, the new skier was indomitable."
motive; incentive; persuasion "As an inducement for entering into the contract, she would receive a percentage of sales."
a tendency to remain in a fixed condition without change "The nation was declining due to inertia."
lacking sound judgment; foolish "He was infatuated by the John Wayne movie and decided to become a cowboy."
feebleness; weakness; frailty or ailment; defect We realized his infirmity kept him a captive of a wheelchair."
unfriendly; hostile "The inimical participants at the rally prevented the audience from having fun."
lacking restraint or moderation "The press and public took an inordinate interest in everything he did."
constantly wanting more; that cannot be satisfied or appeased "After two banana splits, we knew he had an insatiable appetite."
that cannot be easily understood "Charley Chan was often inscrutable."
sly hint or suggestion "Your insinuation of unfairness on my part is unjust."
stopping and starting again at intervals; periodic "Heavy traffic forced us into intermittent driving."
in, or directly into, a vein or veins "The doctor prescribed intravenous feeding for the patient."
to lead on with deception "The salesman intended to inveigle me into buying the car."
easily angered; quick-tempered "The irascible old man is constantly picking fights."
not reparable; that cannot be repaired, mended, remedied "If the condors disappear, that will be an irreparable loss."
a neck; a narrow passage; narrow strip of land, having water at each side and connecting two larger bodies of land "The Isthmus of Panama connects Central America and South America."
a large festive gathering "They scheduled a jamboree in the town park for this weekend."
a slender metal-tipped shaft thrown for distance "The next javelin thrower holds the Olympic record for this event."
having, applying, or showing sound judgment; wise and careful "The judicious driver stopped at the crosswalk."
an Eskimo canoe, or one similar "The ocean was too rough to go out in the kayak."
a light yellowish brown color "The soldiers wore their khaki uniforms."
understanding or skill gained by experience or learning "Two weeks of tennis lessons increased my knowledge of the game."
listless; languid "Tom was lackadaisical in the hot, humid weather."
sluggish "She was a languid person, lacking force and quickness."
inflammation of the voice box "I always get laryngitis at the end of a cold."
worthy of honor; distinguished; pre-eminent, especially among poets "Rudyard Kipling was a poet laureate of England."
without haste; deliberate; slow; unhurried "He strolled leisurely along the boardwalk."
mildness; permissiveness "The judge was known for his leniency with first time offenders."
a cancerous disease of the tissues and often the blood "The leukemia patient needed a bone marrow transplant."
an officer empowered to act for a higher official "The lieutenant brought the message to the meeting."
giving off light; shining; bright "The moon was luminous in the night."
a strong violent whirlpool; a great turmoil "Their dog's illness caused the family a maelstrom of emotions."
wrongful conduct, especially by a public official "The mayor's malfeasance resulted in a recall election."
capable of being changed, molded, trained, etc. "Tin is a very malleable metal."
any movement or procedure intended as a skillful or shrewd step toward some objective "The large ship's maneuver brought it closer to port."
a party at which people wear masks and costumes "What are you wearing to the masquerade ball?"
ordinary; commonplace "Because the service was only mediocre, we left a small tip."
change of form, shape, structure, or substance "The metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly is one of nature's miracles."
the action, art or instance of imitating "With your gift of mimicry, you should be in show business."
something much smaller than the usual size "That is an impressive collection of miniature cars."
consisting of many things of different sorts "Most people have a drawer for all their miscellaneous things."
conduct that is often playful but causes harm or annoyance "My mischievous puppy chewed the corner off my favorite book."
an East Indian soup of meat, etc., flavored with curry "Mother had a very special recipe for mulligatawny."
very generous in giving; lavish "The president thanked the donor for her munificence."
a set of beliefs and attitudes developing around an object "The true mystique of jogging cannot be appreciated by non-runners."
affected with or tending to cause stomach distress "I felt nauseous after eating too much ice cream."
of the sea or navigation "This fish restaurant has a nautical decor."
short fictional story "The novelette was made into a movie script."
of or relating to marriage or a wedding "The nuptial ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m."
going out of use; becoming outmoded "Phonograph records are becoming obsolescent."
fact or event making something possible; happening; occurrence "A chance meeting was the occasion of the renewal of their friendship."
happening; event; something that takes place "The second occurrence of the conference will not be until next year."
a form of government in which the ruling power belongs to a few persons "Political office was restricted to those who knew a member of the oligarchy."
having infinite knowledge "Goethe was omniscient in his era."
formation of a word by imitating the natural sound associated with the object or action involved "He used onomatopoeia to create sounds in his poetry."
not letting light pass through; not transparent or translucent "The window shade was opaque, emitting no light at all."
a physician specializing in diseases of the eye "The ophthalmologist had to dilate the patient's eyes."
traditional; conservative in belief "He was very orthodox in his beliefs and practices."
any of various thick-skinned, hoofed mammals "The pachyderm house at the zoo is home for the elephants."
personal belongings; articles used in a particular activity "Bring along your fishing paraphernalia when we go camping next week."
miserly "Scrooge was a parsimonious man."
partial sterilization of a fluid by exposure to heat "The dairy will pasteurize the milk before bottling."
the father and ruler of a family "The family patriarch always sits at the head of the table."
capable of being noticed "The difference between the two brands of hot dogs is hardly perceptible."
lasting or active throughout the whole year "To cut down on yardwork I planted mostly perennial plants."
fatal; deadly "The common cold is usually not a pernicious disease."
the state or quality of being perpetual "Perpetuity is implied in the fundamental law of all national governments."
a medicinal material or product "The pharmaceutical company introduced its newest drug."
highly remarkable "Abraham Lincoln had a phenomenal memory."
thick, stringy mucus discharged from the throat, as during a cold "The mixture of honey and lemon helped to rid his throat of phlegm."
a rapid whirling or turning on the toe or ball of the foot "The ballerina performed the pirouette perfectly."
to take (ideas, writings, etc.) from (another) and pass them off as one's own "The teacher told the class not to plagiarize any work."
seemingly true; seemingly honest, trustworthy, etc. "The story he gave us sounded plausible."
vulgar, coarse, or common "She has such a plebeian taste in home decorating."
for attendance by all members "The plenary session of the association was called to order by the president."
a disease of the lungs characterized by inflammation and congestion "Seniors, particularly, are advised to have flu shots to guard against pneumonia developing as a secondary infection."
Mexican and Central American plant with yellow flowers surrounded by tapering red leaves resembling petals "The name of the poinsettia plant is often mispronounced."
happening after ones death "The athlete's posthumous induction into the Hall of Fame was very emotional."
to cause to happen before expected "The jolt may precipitate an explosion."
a person or thing that goes before "Elvis was the precursor of rock and roll."
to exhibit (a play, movie, etc.) for the first time "The audience was filled with anticipation while waiting for the premiere performance to commence."
an exclusive right or privilege exercised by virtue of rank, office, etc. "It is the prerogative of the senior class to sit in this section."
foresight or foreknowledge "Facing the downpour, she was thankful for her prevision to bring an umbrella."
a person, thing or act so extraordinary as to inspire wonder "Mozart was a child prodigy."
extremely wasteful; recklessly extravagant "The profligate spender was soon penniless."
children, descendants, or offspring collectively "The old man's progeny gathered at his home to celebrate."
to multiply rapidly "As nuclear weapons proliferate, we are all concerned."
conformity with what is proper or fitting "An etiquette book gives rules of propriety."
an extinct flying reptile "The rendition of the pterodactyl was my favorite part of the dinosaur exhibit."
beauty; comeliness "The damsel's pulchritude was apparent to everyone."
an algebraic term involving the square and no higher power of an unknown quantity "Solve this quadratic equation for the value of x."
to question "Use the query command when you want to search a database for information."
extravagantly chivalrous or romantically idealistic "Patrolling the streets with knights in white armor is the quixotic method of solving crime."
light, good-natured ridicule or satire "Sir Winston Churchill's raillery often provoked laughter."
relationship, esp. a close one; agreement; harmony "She and her sister enjoyed a friendly rapport."
a rascal; rogue "The rapscallion ran off with the money."
written acknowledgement; to mark paid "The receipt showed the invoice had been paid in full."
done or felt equally by both sides "They had a reciprocal feeling of admiration for each other."
the act of restoring friendly relations "The treaty provided for a reconciliation between the two countries."
an exploratory survey or examination "The corporal led a special squad on a reconnaissance mission."
the quality or state of being redolent, fragrant, aromatic "I liked the redolence of the pine boughs."
to make seem fresh or new again "A long vacation will rejuvenate him."
to think, talk or write about remembered events or experiences "We sat at the table to reminisce about our childhood experiences."
a planned meeting; a place for a planned meeting "We will rendezvous at the Park and Ride, then go on together to the party."
to send back or return to the country of birth, citizenship, or allegiance "We hope they will repatriate our prisoners of war."
the stock of special skills, devices, techniques of a particular person or particular field of endeavor "The ball player's repertoire was amazing."
a box, chest, closet, or room in which things may be placed for safe keeping "The jewels were missing from the repository."
a place where water is stored in quantity "During the drought the reservoir was dangerously low."
recovering strength, spirits, good humor, etc., quickly; buoyant "The American people are very resilient; they bounce back no matter what happens."
to revive from apparent death or from unconsciousness. "The paramedic's attempts to resuscitate the crash victim were unsuccessful."
to return like for like "The government plans to retaliate for the terrorism."
having application to or effect on things prior to its enactment "The retroactive pay increase was appreciated by all of the workers."
a dreamy, fanciful, or visionary notion or daydream "Her reverie was broken by his loud arrival."
the art of speaking correctly "I have to prepare a ten minute speech for my rhetoric class tomorrow."
a glancing rebound "If you hit the ball here, it will ricochet off the table and land in the pocket."
a foolishly involved, fussy, or time-wasting procedure "Registration for school is full of rigmarole."
ornament made of ribbons gathered in the shape of a rose "He wore a rosette in the buttonhole of his lapel."
very sacred, holy, or inviolable "The congregation felt the church was sacrosanct."
bloodthirsty "Some corsairs were very sanguinary."
A small flat-bottomed bag, sometimes with a shoulder strap "Before backpacks became popular, schoolchildren usually carried their books in a satchel."
variety of onion; long stem and almost bulbless root "We prefer the scallion rather than the large white or yellow onion."
a systemic or organized design "That's a very nice color scheme you have picked out."
a split or division in an organized group or society "The selection of a new minister caused a schism in the church."
in football, the play that follows the snap of the ball "The tailback carried the ball twenty yards from the line of scrimmage."
very pleasing, attractive esp. to the taste; delicious "Not a crumb of the scrumptious cake was left."
to withdraw from an organization "South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union."
to make a smooth transition, as from one topic to another "The speaker was noted for an ability to segue between opening jokes and the serious topic at hand."
a scientist who studies earthquakes "The seismologist confirmed that the earthquake was centered twenty miles offshore."
the palace of a Turkish sultan "The crown jewels were located in the seraglio."
not disturbed or troubled "The serene lake did not have a ripple on the surface."
a table napkin "A serviette depicting Christmas scenes was at everyone's place."
a continued attempt to gain possession of something "During the Civil War, the siege of Vicksburg lasted 186 days."
an outline of a figure, garment, etc. "Jean's face was a silhouette against the screen."
detective, or to act like a detective "It took a real sleuth to determine the origin of that word."
done or made seriously and thoughtfully "The veterans hold a solemn ceremony on Memorial Day."
showing care, attention, or concern "The parents were solicitous about the child's health."
either of two points on the sun's ecliptic at which it is farthest north or south of the equator "In the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice comes just before Christmas."
sleepy; drowsy "The somnolent truck driver stopped for coffee."
of, like, or characteristic of a sophomore or sophomores, often regarded as self-assured, opinionated, though immature "The sophomoric antics of our government were exposed."
having an involuntary contraction, temporarily or intermittently "She had a spasmodic tic in her right eyelid."
the use of the spectroscope to study optics "The study of optics is aided by spectroscopy."
an upright bar, post or support "Be sure you tie the sail securely to the stanchion."
sculpture, a collection of statues "The statuary lining the rose garden beckoned the visitors."
an expedient used to evade, escape or conceal "The students pretended to be sick as a subterfuge to taking the test."
clearly and briefly stated "The commander's orders to his men were succinct."
give away to; yield or submit "We expected him to succumb to persuasion."
not needed, unnecessary, irrelevant "I have cut down every superfluous expense."
acting in a secret, stealthy way "The conspirators held a surreptitious meeting."
supervision or inspection "The police kept the prisoners under constant surveillance."
slender, lithe "You look very svelte in that new outfit."
to share or understand another's feelings; express pity "They could sympathize with their neighbors who had been robbed."
the putting together of parts or elements so as to form a whole "A good composition is the synthesis of many skills."
a device for indicating speed of rotation "Some sports cars have a tachometer located next to the speedometer."
habitually unwilling to talk; reserved in speech "The taciturn farmer watched as we fixed our car."
serving to cure or heal; curative "The therapeutic treatment hastened his recovery."
a dictionary of synonyms "This word processing program features an excellent thesaurus, making it easy for the user to find appropriate synonyms."
a land turtle "In one of Aesop's fables the tortoise wins a race against the hare."
providing insecure footing or support "It was a very treacherous climb along the rock cliffs."
resentment; offense "I take umbrage at that outrageous remark."
not being in accordance with what is right or just "Such unconscionable behavior will result in expulsion from school."
not hurt, uninjured, unharmed "She was unscathed by their criticism."
of or having to do with utility; usefulness "A garbage can is a very utilitarian gift."
having patches, stripes or marks of different colors "This variegated ivy would look nice on the trellis."
light theater featuring variety acts "Bob Hope started his career as a vaudeville actor."
a subjective sensation of dizziness in which an individual feels that he, or his surrounding, is whirling about sickeningly "With too much stress, she suffered from vertigo."
someone whose voice can seemingly be made to come from another source "The conversation between the ventriloquist and the wooden dummy delighted the audience."
a short, delicate literary sketch "The vignette was a great work by the promising author."
fear or hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything foreign or strange "Xenophobia limits people from learning about others."
a musical percussion instrument "The xylophone is an instrument in the percussion family."
very eager; very enthusiastic "The politician's zealous supporters campaigned vigorously."
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