SAT Vocab Words Take II

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abase
to humble or humiliate
abate
to make less in about, degree, force
abbreviate
to make short
abdicate
to give up formally a high office, throne, or authority
aberration
a departure from what is right, true, or correct
abet
to incite, sanction, or help in wrongdoing
abeyance
temporary suspension, as of an activity or function
abhor
to shrink from in fear, disgust, or hatred; detest
abide by
to submit to, put up with
ability
a being able; power to do something
abject
of the lowest degree; miserable; wretched
abjure
to give up (rights, allegiance, etc.) on oath; renounce
ablution
a washing of the body, especially as a religious ceremony
abnegate
to deny and refuse, give up (rights, claims, etc); renounce
abolish
to do away with, as an institution
abominate
to have feelings of hatred and disgust for; loathe
abortive
coming to nothing; unsuccessful; fruitless
abrade
to scrape or rub off; wear away by scraping or rubbing
abrasive
scraping or rubbing, annoyingly harsh or jarring
abridge
to reduce in scope or extent; shorten
abrogate
to cancel or appeal by authority; annul
abscond
to go away hastily and secretly; run away and hide, especially in order to escape the law
absolution
a formal freeing from guilt or obligation; forgiveness
abstain
to hold oneself back; voluntarily do without; refrain
abstemious
moderate, especially in eating and drinking
abstruse
hard to understand, recondite, deep
abut
to join end to end
accede
to enter upon the duties of an office, attain to
accelerate
to increase in speed
accept
to take what is offered or give; receive, especially willingly
access
the act of coming toward or near to; approach
acclaim
to greet with loud approval; applaud
acclimate
to accustom to a new environment
acclivity
an upward slope of ground
accumulate
to gather over a period of time; to pile up
accustom
to make familiar by custom
acerbity
a sour, astringent quality
acoustic
pertaining to hearing or with sound
acquiesce
to agree or consent quietly without protest, but without enthusiasm
acquit
to release from a duty or obligation
acrimony
bitterness or harshness or temper, manner, or speech; asperity
actuate
to put into action or motion
acumen
keenness and quickness in understanding and dealing with a situation; shrewdness
adamant
inflexible;hard
adaptable
able to adjust or be made suitable to new circumstances
adduce
bring forward as a reason or example
adept
highly skilled; expert
adequate
sufficient; good enough fro what is required or needed
adhere
to stick fast; stay attached
adjourn
to close a session or meeting for a time