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SAT Reading Book 3 1-100

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abasement
n degradation, dishonor
abate
v to reduce in amount, degree, intensity, etc; lessen
aberration
n something departing from the right, normal, or usual course
abhorrence
n a feeling of extreme repugnance or aversion; utter loathing; abomination
abide
v to put up with; tolerate; stand
abolish
v to do away with; put an end to
abolition
n the legal prohibition and ending of slavery, especially of slavery of blacks in the US
abound
v to occur or exist in great quantities or numbers
abrasion
n a scraped spot or area; the result of rubbing or abrading
abreast
Adj side by side; beside each other in a line
abridgement
n the action of reducing or lessoning in duration, length, scope, etc.
absentee
n a person who is missing, especially from work or school
abstraction
n an abstract or general idea or term
absurdity
n the state or quality of being utterly senseless, illogical or untrue
abundance
n an ample quantity
abuse
v to use wrongly or improperly; misuse
accelerate
v to cause faster or greater activity, development, progress, advancement, etc
accentuate
v to give emphasis or prominence to
accessible
Adj easy to approach, reach, enter, speak with, or use
accessory
n a subordinate or supplementary part, object, or the like, used mainly for convenience, attractiveness, safety, etc
acclaim
n an enthusiastic approval, expression of enthusiasm
accolade
n a mark of acknowledgement
accompanist
n a person who provides a musical support to another musician or to a singer
accord
v to grant; bestow
accost
v to confront boldly
account
v to think of as
accountability
n the state of being liable, or answerable
accumulate
v to gather or collect, often in gradual degrees
accumulation
n the action or process of accumulating: the state of being or having accumulated
acoustical
Adj pertaining to the sense or organs of hearing, to sound, or to the science of sound
acquaintance
n a person known to one, but usually not a close friend
acquisitive
Adj tending or seeking to acquire and own
acronym
n a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words in a set phrase or series of words
actuality
n actual existence; reality
acuity
n sharpness; acuteness; keenness
acumen
n keeness and depth of perception
adage
n a saying often in metaphorical form that embodies a common observation
adaptation
n the state of making suitable to requirements or conditions; adjustment
adept
Adj very skilled; proficient; expert
adequately
Adv as much or as good as necessary for some requirement
adjustment
n the adaptation to a particular condition, position, or purpose
admonish
v to express warning or disapproval to especially in a gentle, earnest, or solicitous manner
adolescent
n a person growing to manhood or womanhood; youthful
adroitly
Adv cleverly skillful, resourceful, or ingenious
adroitness
n skill, cleverness, or resourcefulness in handling situations
adulation
n obsequious flattery or praise; extreme admiration
adventist
n a member of any of certain Christian denominations that maintain that the Second Advent of Christ is imminent
adversary
n a person, group, or force that opposes or attacks; opponent; enemy; foe
advocate
n a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, cause, etc
aerate
v to expose to the action or effect of air or to cause air to circulate through
aerodynamically
Adv the branch of mechanics that deals with the motion of air and other gases and with the effects of such motion on bodies in the medium
aesthete
n one having or affecting sensitivity to the beautiful especially in art
aesthetic
Adj having a sense of the beautiful; characterized by a love of beauty
affability
n being pleasant and at ease in talking to others
affair
n an event or a performance; a particular action, operation, or proceeding
affected
Adj having or showing an attitude or mode of behavior that is not natural or genuinely felt
affectionate
Adj fond attachment, devotion, or love
affinity
n a natural liking for or attraction to a person, thing, idea, etc
affliction
n a state of pain, distress, or grief; misery
afoot
Adj in the process of development
agent
n a natural force or object producing or used for obtaining specific results
aggrandize
v to widen in scope, increase in size or intensity
aggrandizement
n the act of making greater, or increasing
aggregation
n a group or mass of distinct or varied things, persons, etc
aghast
Adj struck with overwhelming shock or amazement; filled with sudden fright or horror
agnostic
Adj a person who denies or doubts the possibility of ultimate knowledge in some area of study
agonizing
Adj accompanied by, filled with, or resulting in agony or distress
agrarian
Adj relating to land, land tenure, or the division of landed property
aide
n an assistant or helper, especially a confidential one
ailment
n a physical disorder or illness, especially of a minor or chronic nature
akimbo
Adj having the hand on the hip and the elbow turned outward
alacrity
n promptness in response
alcove
n a small recessed section of a room
ale
n a malt beverage, darker, heavier, and more bitter than beer, containing about 6 percent alcohol by volume
alert
v to advise or warn; cause to be on guard
alienate
v to make unfriendly, hostile, or indifferent especially where attachment formerly existed
alight
Adj provided with light; lighted up
align
v to bring into line or alignment
allege
v to assert without proof
allegiance
n loyalty or devotion to some person, group, cause, or the like
allegory
n the expression by means of symbolic fictional figures and actions of truths or generalizations about human existence
alleviate
v to make more bearable
allocate
v to set apart for a particular purpose; assign or allot
allotment
n a portion assigned or distributed
allude
v to make indirect reference
allure
n the power of attraction
allusion
n a passing or casual reference; an incidental mention of something, either directly or by implication
aloofness
n the quality removed or distant either physically or emotionally
alter
v to become different
altercation
n a heated or angry dispute; noisy argument or controversy
alternation
n succession; repeated rotation
altruism
n the principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others
alumni(us)
n a former associate, employee, member, or the like
amalgam
n a mixture of different elements
amalgamation
n the action or process of mixing or combining
amass
v to gather for oneself; collect as one's own
ambiance
n the mood, character, quality, tone, atmosphere, etc, particularly of an environment or milieu
ambition
n an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction
ambivalence
n simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings
amiable
Adj having or showing pleasant, good-natured personal qualities; affable