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V. restore to good condition; renew. We renovated our kitchen, replacing the old cabinets and countertop and installing new appliances.
N. fame. For many years an unheralded researcher, Barbara McClintock gained international renown when she won the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. renowned, ADJ.
ADJ. capable of being repaired. Fortunately, the damage to our car was reparable, and after two weeks in the shop it looks brand new.
V. revoke; annul. What would the effect on our society be if we decriminalized drug use by
repealing the laws against the possession and sale of narcotics?
V. (1) drive away; (2) disgust. In the game Zombie Attack, your goal is to repel the zombie hordes, driving them away from Gotham City. At first, the Beast's ferocious appearance repelled Beauty, but she came to love the tender heart hidden behind that beastly exterior.
ADJ. driving away; unattractive. Mosquitoes find the odor so repellent that they leave any spot where this liquid has been sprayed. also N.
N. result or impact (of an event, etc.); rebound; reverberation. The brothers' quarrel had serious repercussions, for it led to their estrangement.
N. list of works of music, drama, etc., a performer is prepared to present. The opera company decided to include Madame Butterfly in its repertoire for the following season.
V. fill up again. Before she could take another backpacking trip, Carla had to replenish her stock of freeze-dried foods.
ADJ. filled to the brim or to the point of being stuffed; abundantly supplied. The movie star's memoir was replete with juicy details about the love life of half of Hollywood.
N. copy. Are you going to hang this replica of the Declaration of Independence in the classroom or in the auditorium?
ADJ. deserving blame. Shocked by the viciousness of the bombing, politicians of every party uniformly condemned the terrorists' reprehensible deed.
V. restrain; crush; oppress. Anne's parents tried to curb her impetuosity without repressing her boundless high spirits.
N. temporary stay. During the twenty-four-hour reprieve, the lawyers sought to make the stay of execution permanent. also V.
V. reprove severely; rebuke. Every time Ermengarde made a mistake in class, she was
afraid that Miss Minchin would reprimand her and tell her father how badly she was doing in school. also N.
N. retaliation. I am confident that we are ready for any reprisals the enemy may undertake.
N. musical repetition; repeat performance; recurrent action. We enjoyed the soprano's solo
in Act I so much that we were delighted by its reprise in the finale.
V. express disapproval or disappointment. He never could do anything wrong without
imagining how the look on his mother's face would reproach him afterwards. reproachful, ADJ.
V. censure; rebuke. Though Aunt Bea at times had to reprove Opie for inattention in church, she believed he was at heart a God-fearing lad.
V. (1) refuse to have anything to do with; (2) reject as untrue or unauthorized; (3) refuse to pay. Angered by Cordelia's refusal to express her love for him in flattering words, King Lear repudiates his daughter, disinheriting her. The lawyer maintained that this new evidence would repudiate the allegations against her client. On separating from Tony, Tina announced that she would repudiate all debts incurred by her soon-to-be ex-husband.
ADJ. Ioathsome; hateful. Whereas some people like earthworms, others find them repugnant and view them with disgust.
N. (1) distaste; (2) act of driving back. Hating bloodshed, she viewed war with repulsion. Even defensive battles distressed her, for the repulsion of enemy forces is never accomplished bloodlessly.
ADJ. respectable. If you want to buy antiques, look for a reputable dealer; far too many dealers today pass off fakes as genuine antiques.
ADJ. supposed. Though he is the reputed father of the child, no one can be sure. repute, N.
N. necessary requirement. Many colleges state that a student must offer three years of a language as a requisite for admission.
V. cancel. Because of the public outcry against the new taxes, the senator proposed a bill to rescind the unpopular financial measure.
N. indignation; bitterness; displeasure. Not wanting to appear a sore loser, Bill tried to hide his resentment of Barry's success.
N. (1) backup supply; (2) body of troops not part of the regular military forces; (3) place set aside for specific purpose; (4) formal but distant manner. Australia supplies much of the world's uranium from its abundant uranium reserves. Reluctant to enlist in the regular army, Don considered joining the reserves. On their African safari, Tom and Susan visited some fascinating big game reserves. Although Mark's air of reserve attracted some girls, it put off Judy, who felt his aloofness showed a lack of warmth.
N. remainder; balance. In his will, he requested that after payment of debts, taxes, and funeral expenses, the residue be given to his wife. residual, ADJ.
ADJ. accepting one's fate; unresisting; patiently submissive. Resigned to his downtrodden existence, Bob Cratchit was too meek to protest Scrooge's bullying. resignation, N.
ADJ. elastic; having the power of springing back. Highly resilient, steel makes excellent bedsprings. resilience, N.
N. (1) firmness of purpose; (2) formal expression of intent; (2) solving of a problem.
Nothing could shake Philip's resolution that his children would get the best education that money
could buy. The symphony board passed a resolution to ban cell phone use during concerts. Friar Laurence hoped for a peaceful resolution of the conflict between the feuding Montagues and
N. determination; firmness of purpose. How dare you question my resolve to take up skydiving!
Of course I haven't changed my mind!
V. (1) decide; (2) settle; solve. Holmes resolved to travel to Bohemia to resolve the dispute between Irene Adler and the king.
N. state of reacting readily to appeals, orders, etc. The audience cheered and applauded, delighting the performers by its responsiveness.
N. reparation; indemnification. He offered to make restitution for the window broken by his son.
N. moderation or self-control; controlling force; restriction. Control yourself, young lady! Show some restraint!
N. taking up again; recommencement. During summer break, Don had not realized how much he missed university life; at the resumption of classes, however, he felt marked excitement and pleasure. resume, V.
V. rise again; flow to and fro. It was startling to see the spirit of nationalism resurge as the Soviet Union disintegrated into a loose federation of ethnic and national groups. resurgence, N.
V. keep; employ. Fighting to retain his seat in Congress, Senator Foghorn retained a new
manager to head his reelection campaign.
N. repayment in kind (usually for bad treatment). Because everyone knew the Princeton Band had stolen Brown's mascot, the whole Princeton student body expected some sort of retaliation from Brown. retaliate, V.
ADJ. able to retain or keep; able to remember. Priding herself on her retentive memory, she claimed she never forgot a face.
N. reserve; uncommunicativeness; inclination to silence. Fearing his competitors might get advance word about his plans from talkative staff members, Hughes preferred reticence from his employees to loquacity. reticent, ADJ.
N. quick sharp reply. Even when it was advisable for her to keep her mouth shut, she was always ready with a quick retort. also V.
V. (1) withdraw; (2) draw back. When I saw how Fred and his fraternity brothers had trashed the frat house, I decided to retract my offer to let them use our summer cottage for the weekend. Startled, the crab retracts its claws; then, scuttling backwards, it withdraws. retraction, N.
V. cut down; economize. In order to be able to afford to send their children to college, they would have to retrench. retrenchment, N.
N. vengeance; compensation; punishment for offenses. The evangelist maintained that an angry deity would exact retribution from the sinners.
V. recover; find and bring in. The dog was intelligent and quickly learned to retrieve the game killed by the hunter.
ADJ. taking effect before its enactment (as a law) or imposition (as a tax). Because the new pension law was retroactive to the first of the year, even though Martha had retired in February she was eligible for the pension.
V. go backwards; degenerate. instead of advancing, our civilization seems to have
retrograded in ethics and culture. also ADJ.
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