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abandon
noun the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry; a feeling of extreme emotional intensity; verb stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims; leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch; give up with the intent of never claiming again; forsake, leave behind; leave behind empty; move out of
ability
noun the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment; possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done
able
adj. (usually followed by `to') having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something; having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity; have the skills and qualifications to do things well; having a strong healthy body
abortion
noun termination of pregnancy; failure of a plan
about
adj. on the move; adv. in the area or vicinity; all around or on all sides; in or to a reversed position or direction; to or among many different places or in no particular direction; (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; in rotation or succession; (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct
above
adj. appearing earlier in the same text; adv. at an earlier place; in or to a place that is higher; noun an earlier section of a written text
abroad
adj. in a foreign country; adv. to or in a foreign country; in a place across an ocean; far away from home or one's usual surroundings
absence
noun failure to be present; the state of being absent; the time interval during which something or somebody is away; epilepsy characterized by paroxysmal attacks of brief clouding of consciousness (a possible other abnormalities)
absolute
adj. perfect or complete or pure; not capable of being violated or infringed; complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers; without conditions or limitations; not limited by law; expressing finality with no implication of possible change; noun something that is conceived to be absolute; something that does not depends on anything else and is beyond human control
absolutely
adv. totally and definitely; without question; completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers
absorb
verb cause to become one with; engage or engross wholly; take up mentally; assimilate or take in; take in, also metaphorically; become imbued; take up, as of debts or payments; suck or take up or in; engross (oneself) fully
abstract
adj. existing only in the mind; separated from embodiment; dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention; not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature; noun a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance; a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory; verb consider a concept without thinking of a specific example; consider abstractly or theoretically; consider apart from a particular case or instance; give an abstract (of); make off with belongings of others
abuse
noun a rude expression intended to offend or hurt; cruel or inhumane treatment; improper or excessive use; verb use wrongly or improperly or excessively; use foul or abusive language towards; change the inherent purpose or function of something; treat badly
ac
noun an electric current that reverses direction sinusoidally; a radioactive element of the actinide series; found in uranium ores
Academic
adj. hypothetical or theoretical and not expected to produce an immediate or practical result; marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects; associated with academia or an academy; noun an educator who works at a college or university
accelerate
verb move faster; cause to move faster
accent
noun a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation; distinctive manner of oral expression; the relative prominence of a syllable or musical note (especially with regard to stress or pitch); the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people; special importance or significance; verb put stress on; utter with an accent; to stress, single out as important
accept
verb tolerate or accommodate oneself to; consider or hold as true; be sexually responsive to, used of a female domesticated mammal; react favorably to; consider right and proper; give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to; receive (a report) officially, as from a committee; receive willingly something given or offered; admit into a group or community; be designed to hold or take; make use of or accept for some purpose; take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person
acceptable
adj. worthy of acceptance or satisfactory; adequate for the purpose; judged to be in conformity with approved usage; meeting requirements
acceptance
noun the act of taking something that is offered; (contract law) words signifying consent to the terms of an offer (thereby creating a contract); banking: a time draft drawn on and accepted by a bank; the state of being acceptable and accepted; the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception; a disposition to tolerate or accept people or situations; the mental attitude that something is believable and should be accepted as true
access
noun the act of approaching or entering; a way of entering or leaving; (computer science) the operation of reading or writing stored information; the right to obtain or make use of or take advantage of something (as services or membership); a code (a series of characters or digits) that must be entered in some way (typed or dialed or spoken) to get the use of something (a telephone line or a computer or a local area network etc.); the right to enter; verb reach or gain access to; obtain or retrieve from a storage device; as of information on a computer
accessible
adj. capable of being reached; easy to get along with or talk to; friendly; easily obtained; capable of being read with comprehension
accident
noun anything that happens by chance without an apparent cause; a mishap; especially one causing injury or death
accommodate
verb make compatible with; provide with something desired or needed; have room for; hold without crowding; make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose; provide a service or favor for someone; provide housing for; be agreeable or acceptable to
accompany
verb go or travel along with; perform an accompaniment to; be associated with; be a companion to somebody
accomplish
verb put in effect; to gain with effort
accomplishment
noun the action of accomplishing something; an ability that has been acquired by training
according
adj. (followed by `to') as reported or stated by; (followed by `to') in agreement with or accordant with
account
noun the quality of taking advantage; importance or value; a statement of recent transactions and the resulting balance; a formal contractual relationship established to provide for regular banking or brokerage or business services; a record or narrative description of past events; an itemized statement of money owed for goods shipped or services rendered; a short account of the news; a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.; the act of informing by verbal report; grounds; verb furnish a justifying analysis or explanation; keep an account of; be the sole or primary factor in the existence, acquisition, supply, or disposal of something; to give an account or representation of in words
accountability
noun responsibility to someone or for some activity
accounting
noun a system that provides quantitative information about finances; a convincing explanation that reveals basic causes; a bookkeeper's chronological list of related debits and credits of a business; forms part of a ledger of accounts; the occupation of maintaining and auditing records and preparing financial reports for a business; a statement of recent transactions and the resulting balance
accuracy
noun the quality of being near to the true value; (mathematics) the number of significant figures given in a number
accurate
adj. conforming exactly or almost exactly to fact or to a standard or performing with total accuracy; (of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth ; strictly correct
accurately
adv. with few mistakes; strictly correctly
accusation
noun an assertion that someone is guilty of a fault or offence; a formal charge of wrongdoing brought against a person; the act of imputing blame or guilt
accuse
verb bring an accusation against; level a charge against; blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against
achieve
verb to gain with effort
achievement
noun the action of accomplishing something
acid
adj. having the characteristics of an acid; harsh or corrosive in tone; being sour to the taste; noun street name for lysergic acid diethylamide; any of various water-soluble compounds having a sour taste and capable of turning litmus red and reacting with a base to form a salt
acknowledge
verb accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority; accept as legally binding and valid; express obligation, thanks, or gratitude for; report the receipt of; declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of; express recognition of the presence or existence of, or acquaintance with
acquire
verb win something through one's efforts; locate (a moving entity) by means of a tracking system such as radar; come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes); take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; gain through experience; gain knowledge or skills; come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
acquisition
noun the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something; something acquired; an ability that has been acquired by training; the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge
across
adv. transversely; to the opposite side
act
noun something that people do or cause to happen; a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body; a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program; a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet; a manifestation of insincerity; verb behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; discharge one's duties; play a role or part; perform on a stage or theater; perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure; be suitable for theatrical performance; behave unnaturally or affectedly; have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected
action
noun something done (usually as opposed to something said); the most important or interesting work or activity in a specific area or field; an act by a government body or supranational organization; the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism; the trait of being active and energetic and forceful; the series of events that form a plot; the state of being active; a military engagement; a judicial proceeding brought by one party against another; one party prosecutes another for a wrong done or for protection of a right or for prevention of a wrong; a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); verb institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against; put in effect
active
adj. characterized by energetic activity; engaged in full-time work; full of activity or engaged in continuous activity; tending to become more severe or wider in scope; disposed to take action or effectuate change; (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt; (of e.g. volcanos) capable of erupting; expressing action rather than a state of being; used of verbs (e.g. `to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running' in `running water'); expressing that the subject of the sentence has the semantic function of actor: "Hemingway favors active constructions"; exerting influence or producing a change or effect; of the sun; characterized by a high level activity in sunspots and flares and radio emissions; in operation; taking part in an activity; engaged in or ready for military or naval operations; noun a person devoted to the active life; the voice used to indicate that the grammatical subject of the verb is performing the action or causing the happening denoted by the verb; chemical agent capable of activity
actively
adv. in an active manner
activist
adj. advocating or engaged in activism; noun a militant reformer
activity
noun any specific behavior; (chemistry) the capacity of a substance to take part in a chemical reaction; the trait of being active; moving or acting rapidly and energetically; an organic process that takes place in the body; a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); the state of being active
actor
noun a theatrical performer; a person who acts and gets things done
actress
noun a female actor
actual
adj. presently existing in fact and not merely potential or possible; being or existing at the present moment; taking place in reality; not pretended or imitated; existing in act or fact; being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something; existing in fact whether with lawful authority or not
actually
adv. used to imply that one would expect the fact to be the opposite of that stated; surprisingly; in actual fact; as a sentence modifier to add slight emphasis; at the present moment
ad
adv. in the Christian era; used before dates after the supposed year Christ was born; noun a public promotion of some product or service
adapt
verb make fit for, or change to suit a new purpose; adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions
add
noun a condition (mostly in boys) characterized by behavioral and learning disorders; verb make an addition (to); join or combine or unite with others; increase the quality, quantity, size or scope of; make an addition by combining numbers; state or say further; constitute an addition; determine the sum of; bestow a quality on
addition
noun the act of adding one thing to another; a component that is added to something to improve it; a suburban area laid out in streets and lots for a future residential area; a quantity that is added; the arithmetic operation of summing; calculating the sum of two or more numbers; something added to what you already have
additional
adj. further or added
address
noun the stance assumed by a golfer in preparation for hitting a golf ball; (computer science) the code that identifies where a piece of information is stored; written directions for finding some location; written on letters or packages that are to be delivered to that location; a sign in front of a house or business carrying the conventional form by which its location is described; the manner of speaking to another individual; the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience; the place where a person or organization can be found or communicated with; social skill; verb adjust and aim (a golf ball) at in preparation of hitting; speak to; give a speech to; speak to someone; put an address on (an envelope); direct a question at someone; address or apply oneself to something, direct one's efforts towards something, such as a question; access or locate by address; greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name; deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression
adequate
adj. (sometimes followed by `to') meeting the requirements especially of a task; about average; acceptable; enough to meet a purpose
adjust
verb adapt or conform oneself to new or different conditions; alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard; make correspondent or conformable; decide how much is to be paid on an insurance claim; place in a line or arrange so as to be parallel or straight
adjustment
noun the act of adjusting something to match a standard; making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances; the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment); an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances; the process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions)
administer
verb give or apply (medications); administer ritually; of church sacraments; work in an administrative capacity; supervise; administer or bestow, as in small portions
administration
noun the act of administering medication; a method of tending to (especially business) matters; the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something; the tenure of a president
administrative
adj. of or relating to or responsible for administration
administrator
noun someone who manages a government agency or department; the party appointed by a probate court to distribute the estate of someone who dies without a will or without naming an executor; someone who administers a business
admire
verb feel admiration for; look at with admiration
admission
noun the act of admitting someone to enter; an acknowledgment of the truth of something; the fee charged for admission
admit
verb declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of; allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of; allow to enter; grant entry to; serve as a means of entrance; give access or entrance to; afford possibility; admit into a group or community; have room for; hold without crowding
adolescent
adj. in the state of development between puberty and maturity; displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity; being of the age 13 through 19; relating to or peculiar to or suggestive of an adolescent; noun a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity
adopt
verb take into one's family; take up and practice as one's own; choose and follow; as of theories, ideas, policies, strategies or plans; take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own; put into dramatic form; take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities
adoption
noun the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception; a legal proceeding that creates a parent-child relation between persons not related by blood; the adopted child is entitled to all privileges belonging to a natural child of the adoptive parents (including the right to inherit); the appropriation (of ideas or words etc) from another source
adult
adj. (of animals) fully developed; noun any mature animal; a fully developed person from maturity onward
advance
adj. situated ahead or going before; being ahead of time or need; noun increase in price or value; an amount paid before it is earned; the act of moving forward toward a goal; a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others; a change for the better; progress in development; a movement forward; verb rise in rate or price; develop further; bring forward for consideration or acceptance; move forward, also in the metaphorical sense; cause to move forward; move forward; pay in advance; develop in a positive way; increase or raise; obtain advantages, such as points, etc.; give a promotion to or assign to a higher position; contribute to the progress or growth of
advanced
adj. (of societies) highly developed especially in technology or industry; far along in time; comparatively late in a course of development; ahead in development; complex or intricate; at a higher level in training or knowledge or skill; farther along in physical or mental development; ahead of the times; situated ahead or going before
advantage
noun benefit resulting from some event or action; the quality of having a superior or more favorable position; (tennis) first point scored after deuce; verb give an advantage to
adventure
noun a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful); verb take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome; put at risk
advertising
noun the business of drawing public attention to goods and services; a public promotion of some product or service
advice
noun a proposal for an appropriate course of action
advise
verb inform (somebody) of something; give advice to; make a proposal, declare a plan for something
adviser
noun an expert who gives advice
advocate
noun a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea; a lawyer who pleads cases in court; verb speak, plead, or argue in favour of; push for something
aesthetic
adj. concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste; aesthetically pleasing; relating to or dealing with the subject of aesthetics; noun (philosophy) a philosophical theory as to what is beautiful
affair
noun a vaguely specified social event; a usually secretive or illicit sexual relationship; a vaguely specified concern
affect
noun the conscious subjective aspect of feeling or emotion; verb act physically on; have an effect upon; have an effect upon; have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; make believe with the intent to deceive; connect closely and often incriminatingly
afford
verb be able to spare or give up; afford access to; have the financial means to do something or buy something; be the cause or source of
afraid
adj. filled with fear or apprehension; filled with regret or concern; used often to soften an unpleasant statement; feeling worry or concern or insecurity; having feelings of aversion or unwillingness
African
adj. of or relating to the nations of Africa or their peoples; noun a native or inhabitant of Africa
after
adj. located farther aft; adv. behind or in the rear; happening at a time subsequent to a reference time
afternoon
noun the part of the day between noon and evening; a conventional expression of greeting or farewell
afterward
adv. happening at a time subsequent to a reference time
again
adv. anew
age
noun how long something has existed; a time in life (usually defined in years) at which some particular qualification or power arises; a late time of life; a prolonged period of time; an era of history having some distinctive feature; verb begin to seem older; get older; make older; grow old or older
agency
noun a business that serves other businesses; an administrative unit of government; the state of being in action or exerting power; how a result is obtained or an end is achieved; the state of serving as an official and authorized delegate or agent
agenda
noun a temporally organized plan for matters to be attended to; a list of matters to be taken up (as at a meeting)
agent
noun an active and efficient cause; capable of producing a certain effect; a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission; a representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations; any agent or representative of a federal agency or bureau; a substance that exerts some force or effect; the semantic role of the animate entity that instigates or causes the happening denoted by the verb in the clause
aggression
noun violent action that is hostile and usually unprovoked; deliberately unfriendly behavior; the act of initiating hostilities; a disposition to behave aggressively; a feeling of hostility that arouses thoughts of attack
aggressive
adj. having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends; characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight; tending to spread quickly
ago
adj. gone by; or in the past; adv. in the past
agree
verb consent or assent to a condition, or agree to do something; be in accord; be in agreement; achieve harmony of opinion, feeling, or purpose; be agreeable or suitable; show grammatical agreement; be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics; go together
agreement
noun compatibility of observations; the thing arranged or agreed to; the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises; the verbal act of agreeing; the determination of grammatical inflection on the basis of word relations; harmony of people's opinions or actions or characters
agricultural
adj. relating to or used in or promoting agriculture or farming; relating to rural matters
agriculture
noun the class of people engaged in growing food; the practice of cultivating the land or raising stock; a large-scale farming enterprise; the federal department that administers programs that provide services to farmers (including research and soil conservation and efforts to stabilize the farming economy); created in 1862
ahead
adj. having the leading position or higher score in a contest; adv. at or in the front; ahead of time; in anticipation; in a forward direction; leading or ahead in a competition; to a different or a more advanced time (meaning advanced either toward the present or toward the future); to a more advanced or advantageous position; toward the future; forward in time
aid
noun the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; a resource; a gift of money to support a worthy person or cause; the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something; verb improve the condition of; give help or assistance; be of service
aide
noun someone who acts as assistant; an officer who acts as military assistant to a more senior officer
AIDS
noun a serious (often fatal) disease of the immune system transmitted through blood products especially by sexual contact or contaminated needles
aim
noun the action of directing something at an object; the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable); an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies; verb propose or intend; direct (a remark) toward an intended goal; aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment; have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal; specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public; move into a desired direction of discourse; intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
air
adj. relating to or characteristic of or occurring in the air; noun a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing; medium for radio and television broadcasting; the region above the ground; a mixture of gases (especially oxygen) required for breathing; the stuff that the wind consists of; once thought to be one of four elements composing the universe (Empedocles); travel via aircraft; a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; the mass of air surrounding the Earth; a slight wind (usually refreshing); verb expose to warm or heated air, so as to dry; broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television; be broadcast; expose to cool or cold air so as to cool or freshen; make public; expose to fresh air
aircraft
noun a vehicle that can fly
airline
noun a commercial enterprise that provides scheduled flights for passengers; a hose that carries air under pressure
airplane
noun an aircraft that has a fixed wing and is powered by propellers or jets
airport
noun an airfield equipped with control tower and hangers as well as accommodations for passengers and cargo
aisle
noun passageway between seating areas as in an auditorium or passenger vehicle or between areas of shelves of goods as in stores; part of a church divided laterally from the nave proper by rows of pillars or columns; a long narrow passage (as in a cave or woods)
alarm
noun a device that signals the occurrence of some undesirable event; an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger; fear resulting from the awareness of danger; a clock that wakes sleeper at preset time; verb warn or arouse to a sense of danger or call to a state of preparedness; fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised
album
noun a book of blank pages with pockets or envelopes; for organizing photographs or stamp collections etc; one or more recordings issued together; originally released on 12-inch phonograph records (usually with attractive record covers) and later on cassette audio tape and compact disc
alcohol
noun a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent; any of a series of volatile hydroxyl compounds that are made from hydrocarbons by distillation
alien
adj. being or from or characteristic of another place or part of the world; not contained in or deriving from the essential nature of something; noun a form of life assumed to exist outside the Earth or its atmosphere; a person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does not owe allegiance to your country; anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found; verb transfer property or ownership; arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness
alike
adj. having the same or similar characteristics; adv. in a like manner; equally
alive
adj. capable of erupting; possessing life; (often followed by `with') full of life and spirit; (followed by `to' or `of') aware of; having life or vigor or spirit; (usually followed by `to') showing acute awareness; mentally perceptive; in operation
all
adj. completely given to or absorbed by; quantifier; used with either mass or count nouns to indicate the whole number or amount of or every one of a class; adv. to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')
allegation
noun statements affirming or denying certain matters of fact that you are prepared to prove; (law) a formal accusation against somebody (often in a court of law)
alleged
adj. declared but not proved; doubtful or suspect
allegedly
adv. according to what has been alleged
alley
noun a narrow street with walls on both sides; a lane down which a bowling ball is rolled toward pins
alliance
noun a formal agreement establishing an association or alliance between nations or other groups to achieve a particular aim; an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty; a connection based on kinship or marriage or common interest; the state of being allied or confederated; the act of forming an alliance or confederation
allow
verb allow or plan for a certain possibility; concede the truth or validity of something; give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause; allow the presence of or allow (an activity) without opposing or prohibiting; let have; grant as a discount or in exchange; consent to, give permission; make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen; allow the other (baseball) team to score; make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain; afford possibility
ally
noun a friendly nation; an associate who provides assistance; verb become an ally or associate, as by a treaty or marriage
almost
adv. (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished
alone
adj. radically distinctive and without equal; exclusive of anyone or anything else; isolated from others; lacking companions or companionship; adv. without anybody else; without any others being included or involved
along
adv. with a forward motion; in accompaniment or as a companion; in addition (usually followed by `with'); to a more advanced state; in line with a length or direction (often followed by `by' or `beside')
alongside
adv. side by side
alphabetical
adj. arranged in order according to the alphabet; relating to or expressed by a writing system that uses an alphabet
already
adv. prior to a specified or implied time
also
adv. in addition
alter
verb remove the ovaries of; make an alteration to; make or become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence; cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby
alternative
adj. necessitating a choice between mutually exclusive possibilities; pertaining to unconventional choices; allowing a choice; noun one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen
altogether
adv. with everything included or counted; to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly'); with everything considered (and neglecting details); noun informal terms for nakedness
aluminum
noun a silvery ductile metallic element found primarily in bauxite
always
adv. at all times; all the time and on every occasion; forever; throughout all time; at any time or in any event; seemingly without interruption; often and repeatedly
AM
noun modulation of the amplitude of the (radio) carrier wave; a master's degree in arts and sciences; a radioactive transuranic metallic element; discovered by bombarding uranium with helium atoms
amazing
adj. inspiring awe or admiration or wonder; surprising greatly
ambassador
noun a diplomat of the highest rank; accredited as representative from one country to another; an informal representative
ambition
noun a strong drive for success; a cherished desire; verb have as one's ambition
ambitious
adj. having a strong desire for success or achievement; requiring full use of your abilities or resources
amendment
noun the act of amending or correcting; a statement that is added to or revises or improves a proposal or document (a bill or constitution etc.)
American
adj. of or relating to or characteristic of the continents and islands of the Americas; of or relating to the United States of America or its people or language or culture; noun a native or inhabitant of a North American or Central American or South American country; a native or inhabitant of the United States; the English language as used in the United States
amount
noun how much of something is available; how much there is of something that you can quantify; a quantity obtained by the addition of a group of numbers; a quantity of money; verb be tantamount or equivalent to; develop into; add up in number or quantity
analysis
noun an investigation of the component parts of a whole and their relations in making up the whole; the abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts in order to study the parts and their relations; a branch of mathematics involving calculus and the theory of limits; sequences and series and integration and differentiation; a form of literary criticism in which the structure of a piece of writing is analyzed; the use of closed-class words instead of inflections: e.g., `the father of the bride' instead of `the bride's father'; a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud
analyst
noun a licensed practitioner of psychoanalysis; someone who is skilled at analyzing data; an expert who studies financial data (on credit or securities or sales or financial patterns etc.) and recommends appropriate business actions
analyze
verb subject to psychoanalytic treatment; make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features; consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning; break down into components or essential features
ancestor
noun someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)
ancient
adj. very old; belonging to times long past especially of the historical period before the fall of the Western Roman Empire; noun a person who lived in ancient times; a very old person
angel
noun the highest waterfall; has more than one leap; flow varies seasonally; spiritual being attendant upon God; invests in a theatrical production; person of exceptional holiness
anger
noun a strong emotion; a feeling that is oriented toward some real or supposed grievance; the state of being angry; belligerence aroused by a real or supposed wrong (personified as one of the deadly sins); verb make angry; become angry
angle
noun a member of a Germanic people who conquered England and merged with the Saxons and Jutes to become Anglo-Saxons; the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians; a biased way of looking at or presenting something; verb fish with a hook; move or proceed at an angle; present with a bias; seek indirectly; to incline or bend from a vertical position
angry
adj. feeling or showing anger; (of the elements) as if showing violent anger; severely inflamed and painful
animal
adj. of the nature of or characteristic of or derived from an animal or animals; marked by the appetites and passions of the body; noun a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
ankle
noun a gliding joint between the distal ends of the tibia and fibula and the proximal end of the talus
anniversary
noun the date on which an event occurred in some previous year (or the celebration of it)
announce
verb announce publicly or officially; foreshadow or presage; make known; make an announcement; give the names of
announcement
noun a formal public statement; a public statement about something that is happening or going to happen
annual
adj. completing its life cycle within a year; occurring or payable every year; noun a reference book that is published regularly once every year; a plant that completes its entire life cycle within the space of a year
annually
adv. without missing a year; by the year; every year (usually with reference to a sum of money paid or received)
anonymous
adj. having no known name or identity or known source; not known or lacking marked individuality
another
adj. any of various alternatives; some other
answer
noun a nonverbal reaction; the principle pleading by the defendant in response to plaintiff's complaint; in criminal law it consists of the defendant's plea of `guilty' or `not guilty' (or nolo contendere); in civil law it must contain denials of all allegations in the plaintiff's complaint that the defendant hopes to controvert and it can contain affirmative defenses or counterclaims; a statement (either spoken or written) that is made in reply to a question or request or criticism or accusation; the speech act of replying to a question; a statement that solves a problem or explains how to solve the problem; verb understand the meaning of; give the correct answer or solution to; react to a stimulus or command; respond to a signal; give a defence or refutation of (a charge) or in (an argument); reply or respond to; be satisfactory for; meet the requirements of or serve the purpose of; match or correspond; be liable or accountable; be sufficient; be adequate, either in quality or quantity
anticipate
verb be a forerunner of or occur earlier than; realize beforehand; be excited or anxious about; act in advance of; deal with ahead of time; regard something as probable or likely; make a prediction about; tell in advance
anxiety
noun a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune; a relatively permanent state of anxiety occurring in a variety of mental disorders
anxious
adj. eagerly desirous; causing or fraught with or showing anxiety
any
adj. one or some or every or all without specification; adv. to any degree or extent
anymore
adv. at the present or from now on; usually used with a negative
anything
noun a thing of any kind
anyway
adv. used to indicate that a statement explains or supports a previous statement; in any way whatsoever
anywhere
adv. at or in or to any place
apart
adj. remote and separate physically or socially; having characteristics not shared by others; not living together as man and wife; adv. not taken into account or excluded from consideration; into parts or pieces; separated or at a distance in place or position or time; one from the other; away from another or others; placed or kept separate and distinct as for a purpose
apartment
noun a suite of rooms usually on one floor of an apartment house
apologize
verb acknowledge faults or shortcomings or failing; defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning
apology
noun a poor example; an expression of regret at having caused trouble for someone; a formal written defense of something you believe in strongly
apparent
adj. clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment; appearing as such but not necessarily so
apparently
adv. from appearances alone; unmistakably (`plain' is often used informally for `plainly')
appeal
noun (law) a legal proceeding in which the appellant resorts to a higher court for the purpose of obtaining a review of a lower court decision and a reversal of the lower court's judgment or the granting of a new trial; attractiveness that interests or pleases or stimulates; request for a sum of money; earnest or urgent request; verb request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection; take a court case to a higher court for review; challenge (a decision); cite as an authority; resort to; be attractive to
appear
verb come into sight or view; come into being or existence, or appear on the scene; be issued or published; appear as a character on stage or appear in a play, etc.; seem to be true, probable, or apparent; present oneself formally, as before a (judicial) authority; give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
appearance
noun the act of appearing in public view; pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression; formal attendance (in court or at a hearing) of a party in an action; outward or visible aspect of a person or thing; a mental representation; the event of coming into sight
apple
noun fruit with red or yellow or green skin and sweet to tart crisp whitish flesh; native Eurasian tree widely cultivated in many varieties for its firm rounded edible fruits
application
noun a diligent effort; the work of applying something; the act of bringing something to bear; using it for a particular purpose; a verbal or written request for assistance or employment or admission to a school; a program that gives a computer instructions that provide the user with tools to accomplish a task; liquid preparation having a soothing or antiseptic or medicinal action when applied to the skin
apply
verb ask (for something); refer (a word or name) to a person or thing; apply oneself to; be pertinent or relevant or applicable; put into service; make work or employ (something) for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; apply to a surface; give or convey physically; ensure observance of laws and rules; avail oneself to; be applicable to; as to an analysis
appoint
verb furnish; create and charge with a task or function; assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to
appointment
noun (law) the act of disposing of property by virtue of the power of appointment; the act of putting a person into a non-elective position; the job to which you are (or hope to be) appointed; (usually plural) furnishings and equipment (especially for a ship or hotel); a meeting arranged in advance; a person who is appointed to a job or position
appreciate
verb increase the value of; gain in value; be fully aware of; realize fully; recognize with gratitude; be grateful for; hold dear
appreciation
noun an increase in price or value; understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something; an expression of gratitude; a favorable judgment; delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)
approach
noun the act of drawing spatially closer to something; a relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting green; ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation; a close approximation; the temporal property of becoming nearer in time; the event of one object coming closer to another; a way of entering or leaving; a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others; the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing; verb make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion; come near in time; move towards; begin to deal with; come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character
appropriate
adj. suitable for a particular person or place or condition etc; suitable and fitting; meant or adapted for an occasion or use; being of striking appropriateness and pertinence; appropriate for achieving a particular end; implies a lack of concern for fairness; verb take possession of by force, as after an invasion; give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
approval
noun a message expressing a favorable opinion; a feeling of liking something or someone good; acceptance as satisfactory; the formal act of approving
approve
verb judge to be right or commendable; think well of; give sanction to
approximately
adv. (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct
Arab
noun a member of a Semitic people originally from the Arabian peninsula and surrounding territories who speaks Arabic and who inhabits much of the Middle East and northern Africa; a spirited graceful and intelligent riding horse native to Arabia
architect
noun someone who creates plans to be used in making something (such as buildings)
architecture
noun the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their esthetic effect; an architectural product or work; the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings; (computer science) the structure and organization of a computer's hardware or system software
are
noun a unit of surface area equal to 100 square meters
area
noun a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function; the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary; a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve; a subject of study; a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography); a particular environment or walk of life
arena
noun a playing field where sports events take place; the central area of an ancient Roman amphitheater where contests and spectacles were held; especially an area that was strewn with sand; a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments; a particular environment or walk of life
argue
verb present reasons and arguments; give evidence of; have an argument about something
argument
noun a variable in a logical or mathematical expression whose value determines the dependent variable; if f(x)=y, x is the independent variable; a summary of the subject or plot of a literary work or play or movie; a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true; a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal; a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement
arise
verb result or issue; rise to one's feet; originate or come into being; get up and out of bed; move upward; take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance; come into existence; take on form or shape
arm
noun the part of an armchair or sofa that supports the elbow and forearm of a seated person; any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm; a human limb; technically the part of the superior limb between the shoulder and the elbow but commonly used to refer to the whole superior limb; the part of a garment that is attached at the armhole and that provides a cloth covering for the arm; any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting; an administrative division of some larger or more complex organization; verb prepare oneself for a military confrontation; supply with arms
armed
adj. (used of persons or the military) characterized by having or bearing arms; (used of plants and animals) furnished with bristles and thorns; having arms or arms as specified; used especially in combination
army
noun a large number of people united for some specific purpose; a permanent organization of the military land forces of a nation or state; the army of the United States of America; the agency that organizes and trains soldiers for land warfare
around
adv. in circumference; by a circular or circuitous route; in a circle or circular motion; to a particular destination either specified or understood; (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct; in the area or vicinity; from beginning to end; throughout; all around or on all sides; in or to a reversed position or direction; to or among many different places or in no particular direction
arrange
verb arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events; make arrangements for; put into a proper or systematic order; adapt for performance in a different way; arrange attractively; plan, organize, and carry out (an event); set (printed matter) into a specific format
arrangement
noun the act of arranging and adapting a piece of music; an organized structure for arranging or classifying; an orderly grouping (of things or persons) considered as a unit; the result of arranging; the spatial property of the way in which something is placed; the thing arranged or agreed to; a piece of music that has been adapted for performance by a particular set of voices or instruments
array
noun an arrangement of aerials spaced to give desired directional characteristics; especially fine or decorative clothing; an impressive display; an orderly arrangement; verb align oneself with a group or a way of thinking; lay out orderly or logically in a line or as if in a line
arrest
noun the state of inactivity following an interruption; the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); verb hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; take into custody; attract and fix; cause to stop
arrival
noun accomplishment of an objective; the act of arriving at a certain place; someone who arrives (or has arrived)
arrive
verb reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress; succeed in a big way; get to the top
arrow
noun a projectile with a straight thin shaft and an arrowhead on one end and stabilizing vanes on the other; intended to be shot from a bow; a mark to indicate a direction or relation
art
noun the creation of beautiful or significant things; the products of human creativity; works of art collectively; a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation; photographs or other visual representations in a printed publication
article
noun one of a class of artifacts; nonfictional prose forming an independent part of a publication; (grammar) a determiner that may indicate the specificity of reference of a noun phrase; a separate section of a legal document (as a statute or contract or will); verb bind by a contract; especially for a training period
articulate
adj. expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language; consisting of segments held together by joints; verb express or state clearly; speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way; put into words or an expression; provide with a joint
artifact
noun a man-made object taken as a whole
artificial
adj. artificially formal; contrived by art rather than nature; not arising from natural growth or characterized by vital processes
artist
noun a person whose creative work shows sensitivity and imagination
artistic
adj. satisfying aesthetic standards and sensibilities; relating to or characteristic of art or artists; aesthetically pleasing
as
adv. to the same degree (often followed by `as'); noun a United States territory on the eastern part of the island of Samoa; a very poisonous metallic element that has three allotropic forms; arsenic and arsenic compounds are used as herbicides and insecticides and various alloys; found in arsenopyrite and orpiment and realgar
ash
noun any of various deciduous pinnate-leaved ornamental or timber trees of the genus Fraxinus; strong elastic wood of any of various ash trees; used for furniture and tool handles and sporting goods such as baseball bats; the residue that remains when something is burned; verb convert into ashes
Asian
adj. denoting or characteristic of the biogeographic region including southern Asia and the Malay Archipelago as far as the Philippines and Borneo and Java; of or relating to or characteristic of Asia or the peoples of Asia or their languages or culture; noun a native or inhabitant of Asia
aside
adv. in reserve; not for immediate use; on or to one side; out of the way (especially away from one's thoughts); placed or kept separate and distinct as for a purpose; not taken into account or excluded from consideration; in a different direction; noun a line spoken by an actor to the audience but not intended for others on the stage; a message that departs from the main subject
ask
verb make a request or demand for something to somebody; consider obligatory; request and expect; inquire about; direct or put; seek an answer to; address a question to and expect an answer from; require or ask for as a price or condition; require as useful, just, or proper
asleep
adj. dead; in a state of sleep; lacking sensation; adv. into a sleeping state; in the sleep of death
aspect
noun a characteristic to be considered; a distinct feature or element in a problem; the beginning or duration or completion or repetition of the action of a verb; the feelings expressed on a person's face; the visual percept of a region
ass
noun hardy and sure-footed animal smaller and with longer ears than the horse; a pompous fool; slang for sexual intercourse; the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
assault
noun a threatened or attempted physical attack by someone who appears to be able to cause bodily harm if not stopped; close fighting during the culmination of a military attack; thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1946; the crime of forcing a woman to submit to sexual intercourse against her will; verb attack in speech or writing; attack someone physically or emotionally; force (someone) to have sex against their will
assemble
verb create by putting components or members together; get people together; collect in one place
assembly
noun the social act of assembling; a group of machine parts that fit together to form a self-contained unit; a group of persons gathered together for a common purpose; the act of constructing something (as a piece of machinery); a public facility to meet for open discussion
assert
verb state categorically; insist on having one's opinions and rights recognized; assert to be true; to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
assess
verb estimate the value of (property) for taxation; charge (a person or a property) with a payment, such as a tax or a fine; place a value on; judge the worth of something; set or determine the amount of (a payment such as a fine)
assessment
noun the market value set on assets; an amount determined as payable; the act of judging or assessing a person or situation or event; the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth
asset
noun a useful or valuable quality
assign
verb select something or someone for a specific purpose; decide as to where something belongs in a scheme; transfer one's right to; give out or allot; attribute or credit to; attribute or give; make undue claims to having; give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)
assignment
noun the act of distributing something to designated places or persons; a duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces); an undertaking that you have been assigned to do (as by an instructor); the instrument by which a claim or right or interest or property is transferred from one person to another; the act of putting a person into a non-elective position; (law) a transfer of property by deed of conveyance
assist
noun (sports) the act of enabling another player to make a good play; the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; verb act as an assistant in a subordinate or supportive function; work for or be a servant to; give help or assistance; be of service
assistance
noun the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; a resource
assistant
adj. of or relating to a person who is subordinate to another; noun a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
associate
adj. having partial rights and privileges or subordinate status; noun any event that usually accompanies or is closely connected with another; a person who joins with others in some activity; a degree granted by a two-year college on successful completion of the undergraduates course of studies; a person who is frequently in the company of another; verb make a logical or causal connection; bring or come into association or action; keep company with; hang out with
associated
adj. related to or accompanying; joined in some kind of relationship (as a colleague or ally or companion etc.)
association
noun the act of consorting with or joining with others; the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination; (ecology) a group of organisms (plants and animals) that live together in a certain geographical region and constitute a community with a few dominant species; a formal organization of people or groups of people; (chemistry) any process of combination (especially in solution) that depends on relatively weak chemical bonding; a relation resulting from interaction or dependence; the state of being connected together as in memory or imagination; a social or business relationship
assume
verb take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof; take up someone's soul into heaven; occupy or take on; seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession; take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities; put clothing on one's body; make a pretence of; take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person
assumption
noun the act of taking possession of or power over something; the act of assuming or taking for granted; a hypothesis that is taken for granted; (Christianity) the taking up of the body and soul of the Virgin Mary when her earthly life had ended; celebration in the Roman Catholic Church of the Virgin Mary's being taken up into heaven when her earthly life ended; corresponds to the Dormition in the Eastern Orthodox church; audacious (even arrogant) behavior that you have no right to; a statement that is assumed to be true and from which a conclusion can be drawn
assure
verb assure somebody of the truth of something with the intention of giving the listener confidence; inform positively and with certainty and confidence; be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something; make a promise or commitment; make certain of; cause to feel sure; give reassurance to
astronomer
noun a physicist who studies astronomy
at
noun 100 at equal 1 kip in Laos; a highly unstable radioactive element (the heaviest of the halogen series); a decay product of uranium and thorium
athlete
noun a person trained to compete in sports
athletic
adj. having a sturdy and well proportioned body; relating to or befitting athletics or athletes; vigorously active
atmosphere
noun the mass of air surrounding the Earth; the envelope of gases surrounding any celestial body; the weather or climate at some place; a particular environment or surrounding influence; a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing; a unit of pressure: the pressure that will support a column of mercury 760 mm high at sea level and 0 degrees centigrade
atop
adv. on, to, or at the top
attach
verb be attached; be in contact with; become attached; cause to be attached; take temporary possession of as a security, by legal authority; create social or emotional ties
attack
noun a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase; an offensive move in a sport or game; the act of attacking; (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons); strong criticism; the onset of a corrosive or destructive process (as by a chemical agent); a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition; ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation; intense adverse criticism; verb begin to injure; set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task; attack in speech or writing; take the initiative and go on the offensive; launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with; attack someone physically or emotionally
attempt
noun earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something; the act of attacking; verb enter upon an activity or enterprise; make an effort or attempt
attend
verb give heed (to); take charge of or deal with; be present at (meetings, church services, university), etc.; to accompany as a circumstance or follow as a result; work for or be a servant to
attendance
noun the act of being present (at a meeting or event etc.); the number of people that are present; the frequency with which a person is present
attention
noun a courteous act indicating affection; a motionless erect stance with arms at the sides and feet together; assumed by military personnel during drill or review; the faculty or power of mental concentration; the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others; a general interest that leads people to want to know more; the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something
attitude
noun a theatrical pose created for effect; a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways; position of aircraft or spacecraft relative to a frame of reference (the horizon or direction of motion); the arrangement of the body and its limbs
attorney
noun a professional person authorized to practice law; conducts lawsuits or gives legal advice
attract
verb exert a force on (a body) causing it to approach or prevent it from moving away; direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes; be attractive to
attraction
noun the quality of arousing interest; being attractive or something that attracts; a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts; an entertainment that is offered to the public; the force by which one object attracts another; an entertainer who attracts large audiences
attractive
adj. pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm; having the properties of a magnet; the ability to draw or pull; having power to arouse interest
attribute
noun an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity; a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished; verb attribute or credit to; decide as to where something belongs in a scheme
auction
noun the public sale of something to the highest bidder; a variety of bridge in which tricks made in excess of the contract are scored toward game; now generally superseded by contract bridge; verb sell at an auction
audience
noun a gathering of spectators or listeners at a (usually public) performance; the part of the general public interested in a source of information or entertainment; a conference (usually with someone important); an opportunity to state your case and be heard
aunt
noun the sister of your father or mother; the wife of your uncle
author
noun someone who originates or causes or initiates something; writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay); verb be the author of
authority
noun official permission or approval; the power or right to give orders or make decisions; an authoritative written work; an expert whose views are taken as definitive; (usually plural) persons who exercise (administrative) control over others; freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities; an administrative unit of government
authorize
verb grant authorization or clearance for; give or delegate power or authority to
auto
noun a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine
automatic
adj. operating with minimal human intervention; independent of external control; like the unthinking functioning of a machine; without volition or conscious control; noun a pistol that will keep firing until the ammunition is gone or the trigger is released; light machine gun
automatically
adv. in a reflex manner; in a mechanical manner; by a mechanism
automobile
noun a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; verb travel in an automobile
autonomy
noun immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence; personal independence
availability
noun the quality of being at hand when needed
available
adj. obtainable or accessible and ready for use or service; convenient for use or disposal; not busy; not otherwise committed
average
adj. lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered; around the middle of a scale of evaluation of physical measures; approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value; lacking exceptional quality or ability; relating to or constituting the middle value of an ordered set of values (or the average of the middle two in a set with an even number of values); relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution; noun a statistic describing the location of a distribution; verb compute the average of; achieve or reach on average; amount to or come to an average, without loss or gain
avoid
verb stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something; refrain from doing something; refrain from certain foods or beverages; prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; declare invalid
await
verb look forward to the probable occurrence of
awake
adj. not in a state of sleep; completely conscious; (usually followed by `to') showing acute awareness; mentally perceptive; not unconscious; especially having become conscious; verb stop sleeping
award
noun a grant made by a law court; a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction; something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition or for winning a lottery; verb give, especially as an honor or reward; give as judged due or on the basis of merit
aware
adj. (sometimes followed by `of') having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception; aware or knowing; bearing in mind; attentive to
awareness
noun having knowledge of; state of elementary or undifferentiated consciousness
away
adj. (of a baseball pitch) on the far side of home plate from the batter; used of an opponent's ground; not present; having left; adv. from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete); from one's possession; out of existence; indicating continuing action; continuously or steadily; in a different direction; in or into a proper place (especially for storage or safekeeping); so as to be removed or gotten rid of; freely or at will; in reserve; not for immediate use; out of the way (especially away from one's thoughts); at a distance in space or time
awful
adj. causing fear or dread or terror; exceptionally bad or displeasing; inspiring awe or admiration or wonder; offensive or even (of persons) malicious; extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact; inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence; adv. used as intensifiers
baby
noun a project of personal concern to someone; a very young mammal; (slang) sometimes used as a term of address for attractive young women; the youngest member of a group (not necessarily young); a very young child (birth to 1 year) who has not yet begun to walk or talk; an immature childish person; verb treat with excessive indulgence
back
adj. located at or near the back of an animal; related to or located at the back; of an earlier date; adv. in or to or toward a past time; at or to or toward the back or rear; in repayment or retaliation; in or to or toward a former location; in or to or toward an original condition; in answer; noun the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage; a support that you can lean against while sitting; the part of a garment that covers the back of your body; the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine; the part of something that is furthest from the normal viewer; (football) a person who plays in the backfield; the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book; the side that goes last or is not normally seen; the series of vertebrae forming the axis of the skeleton and protecting the spinal cord; verb strengthen by providing with a back or backing; establish as valid or genuine; shift to a counterclockwise direction; travel backward; cause to travel backward; support financial backing for; be behind; approve of; be in back of; place a bet on; give support or one's approval to
background
noun (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user interfaces against which icons and windows appear; a person's social heritage: previous experience or training; information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem; the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground; relatively unimportant or inconspicuous accompanying situation; extraneous signals that can be confused with the phenomenon to be observed or measured; scenery hung at back of stage; the state of the environment in which a situation exists; verb understate the importance or quality of
backyard
noun the grounds in back of a house
bacteria
noun (microbiology) single-celled or noncellular spherical or spiral or rod-shaped organisms lacking chlorophyll that reproduce by fission; important as pathogens and for biochemical properties; taxonomy is difficult; often considered plants
bad
adj. feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad'); (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition; not working properly; reproduced fraudulently; having undesirable or negative qualities; characterized by wickedness or immorality; capable of harming; physically unsound or diseased; very intense; not financially safe or secure; nonstandard; below average in quality or performance; not capable of being collected; feeling or expressing regret or sorrow or a sense of loss over something done or undone; adv. very much; strongly; with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly'); noun that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency
badly
adv. with unusual distress or resentment or regret or emotional display; in a disadvantageous way; to someone's disadvantage; without skill or in a displeasing manner; to a severe or serious degree; very much; strongly; with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly'); in a disobedient or naughty way; evilly or wickedly; (`ill' is often used as a combining form) in a poor or improper or unsatisfactory manner; not well; unfavorably or with disapproval
bag
noun a flexible container with a single opening; a portable rectangular container for carrying clothes; a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women); an ugly or ill-tempered woman; the quantity of game taken in a particular period (usually by one person); the quantity that a bag will hold; an activity that you like or at which you are superior; mammary gland of bovids (cows and sheep and goats); place that runner must touch before scoring; verb capture or kill, as in hunting; put into a bag; hang loosely, like an empty bag; take unlawfully; bulge out; form a bulge outward, or be so full as to appear to bulge
bake
verb cook and make edible by putting in a hot oven; prepare with dry heat in an oven; heat by a natural force
balance
noun a scale for weighing; depends on pull of gravity; equality between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account; the difference between the totals of the credit and debit sides of an account; equality of distribution; a state of equilibrium; a wheel that regulates the rate of movement in a machine; especially a wheel oscillating against the hairspring of a timepiece to regulate its beat; a weight that balances another weight; (mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane; harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design); the seventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about September 23 to October 22; (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Libra; something left after other parts have been taken away; verb compute credits and debits of an account; bring into balance or equilibrium; be in equilibrium; hold or carry in equilibrium
balanced
adj. total debits and credits are equal; being in a state of proper balance or equilibrium
ball
noun a pitch that is not in the strike zone; the game of baseball; round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games; a spherical object used as a plaything; a more or less rounded anatomical body or mass; a lavish dance requiring formal attire; a compact mass; the people assembled at a lavish formal dance; United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program (1911-1989); an object with a spherical shape; a solid projectile that is shot by a musket; one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens; verb form into a ball by winding or rolling
balloon
noun large tough nonrigid bag filled with gas or heated air; small thin inflatable rubber bag with narrow neck; verb become inflated; ride in a hot-air balloon
ballot
noun a document listing the alternatives that is used in voting; a choice that is made by counting the number of people in favor of each alternative; verb vote by ballot
ban
noun an official prohibition or edict against something; 100 bani equal 1 leu in Romania; 100 bani equal 1 leu in Moldova; a decree that prohibits something; a bachelor's degree in nursing; verb prohibit especially by legal means or social pressure; forbid the public distribution of ( a movie or a newspaper); expel from a community or group; ban from a place of residence, as for punishment
banana
noun elongated crescent-shaped yellow fruit with soft sweet flesh; any of several tropical and subtropical treelike herbs of the genus Musa having a terminal crown of large entire leaves and usually bearing hanging clusters of elongated fruits
band
noun a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body); an adornment consisting of a strip of a contrasting color or material; a restraint put around something to hold it together; a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration); a thin flat strip or loop of flexible material that goes around or over something else; a stripe or stripes of contrasting color; a range of frequencies between two limits; instrumentalists not including string players; jewelry consisting of a circlet of precious metal (often set with jewels) worn on the finger; a cord-like tissue connecting two larger parts of an anatomical structure; an unofficial association of people or groups; a group of musicians playing popular music for dancing; verb bind or tie together, as with a band; attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify
bank
noun a flight maneuver; aircraft tips laterally about its longitudinal axis (especially in turning); a building in which the business of banking transacted; an arrangement of similar objects in a row or in tiers; a long ridge or pile; sloping land (especially the slope beside a body of water); a slope in the turn of a road or track; the outside is higher than the inside in order to reduce the effects of centrifugal force; the funds held by a gambling house or the dealer in some gambling games; a supply or stock held in reserve for future use (especially in emergencies); a container (usually with a slot in the top) for keeping money at home; a financial institution that accepts deposits and channels the money into lending activities; verb cover with ashes so to control the rate of burning; enclose with a bank; tip laterally; be in the banking business; act as the banker in a game or in gambling; do business with a bank or keep an account at a bank; have confidence or faith in; put into a bank account
banker
noun the person in charge of the bank in a gambling game; someone who owns or is an executive in a bank
banking
noun transacting business with a bank; depositing or withdrawing funds or requesting a loan etc.; engaging in the business of keeping money for savings and checking accounts or for exchange or for issuing loans and credit etc.
bankruptcy
noun a legal process intended to insure equality among the creditors of a corporation declared to be insolvent; inability to discharge all your debts as they come due; a state of complete lack of some abstract property
bar
noun a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon; an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal; a counter where you can obtain food or drink; (law) a railing that encloses the part of the courtroom where the judges and lawyers sit and the case is tried; a heating element in an electric fire; a horizontal rod that serves as a support for gymnasts as they perform exercises; a submerged (or partly submerged) ridge in a river or along a shore; (meteorology) a unit of pressure equal to a million dynes per square centimeter; the act of preventing; a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter; a portable .30 caliber automatic rifle operated by gas pressure and fed by cartridges from a magazine; used by United States troops in World War I and in World War II and in the Korean War; a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax); musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats; the body of individuals qualified to practice law in a particular jurisdiction; verb prevent from entering; keep out; secure with, or as if with, bars; render unsuitable for passage; expel, as if by official decree
bare
adj. lacking in amplitude or quantity; completely unclothed; having everything extraneous removed including contents; providing no shelter or sustenance; lacking its natural or customary covering; lacking a surface finish such as paint; apart from anything else; without additions or modifications; just barely adequate or within a lower limit; lacking embellishment or ornamentation; not having a protective covering; verb lay bare; lay bare; make public
barely
adv. by a small margin; in a sparse or scanty way
barn
noun an outlying farm building for storing grain or animal feed and housing farm animals; (physics) a unit of nuclear cross section; the effective circular area that one particle presents to another as a target for an encounter
barrel
noun a cylindrical container that holds liquids; a tube through which a bullet travels when a gun is fired; any of various units of capacity; the quantity that a barrel (of any size) will hold; a bulging cylindrical shape; hollow with flat ends; verb put in barrels
barrier
noun a structure or object that impedes free movement; any condition that makes it difficult to make progress or to achieve an objective; anything serving to maintain separation by obstructing vision or access
base
adj. debased; not genuine; illegitimate; having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality; of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense); not adhering to ethical or moral principles; (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal; serving as or forming a base; noun a support or foundation; place that runner must touch before scoring; (electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector; installation from which a military force initiates operations; a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit; the principal ingredient of a mixture; the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end; (anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment; the bottom or lowest part; (numeration system) the positive integer that is equivalent to one in the next higher counting place; the bottom side of a geometric figure from which the altitude can be constructed; any of various water-soluble compounds capable of turning litmus blue and reacting with an acid to form a salt and water; lowest support of a structure; the stock of basic facilities and capital equipment needed for the functioning of a country or area; the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; a lower limit; a terrorist network intensely opposed to the United States that dispenses money and logistical support and training to a wide variety of radical Islamic terrorist groups; has cells in more than 50 countries; the most important or necessary part of something; verb use as a basis for; found on; assign to a station; use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes
baseball
noun a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; a ball used in playing baseball
basement
noun the lowermost portion of a structure partly or wholly below ground level; often used for storage; the ground floor facade or interior in Renaissance architecture
basic
adj. of or denoting or of the nature of or containing a base; serving as a base or starting point; pertaining to or constituting a base or basis; reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality; noun (usually plural) a necessary commodity for which demand is constant; a popular programming language that is relatively easy to learn; an acronym for beginner's all-purpose symbolic instruction code; no longer in general use
basically
adv. at bottom or by one's (or its) very nature
basis
noun the fundamental assumptions from which something is begun or developed or calculated or explained; the most important or necessary part of something; a relation that provides the foundation for something
basket
noun a score in basketball made by throwing the ball through the hoop; a container that is usually woven and has handles; horizontal circular metal hoop supporting a net through which players try to throw the basketball; the quantity contained in a basket
basketball
noun a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players; points are scored by throwing the ball through an elevated horizontal hoop; an inflated ball used in playing basketball
bat
noun (baseball) a turn trying to get a hit; nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigate; a club used for hitting a ball in various games; the club used in playing cricket; a small racket with a long handle used for playing squash; verb wink briefly; strike with, or as if with a baseball bat; use a bat; have a turn at bat; beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
bath
noun you soak and wash your body in a bathtub; a vessel containing liquid in which something is immersed (as to process it or to maintain it at a constant temperature or to lubricate it); a town in southwestern England on the River Avon; famous for its hot springs and Roman remains; an ancient Hebrew liquid measure equal to about 10 gallons; a room (as in a residence) containing a bathtub or shower and usually a washbasin and toilet; a relatively large open container that you fill with water and use to wash the body; verb clean one's body by immersion into water
bathroom
noun a room (as in a residence) containing a bathtub or shower and usually a washbasin and toilet; a room or building equipped with one or more toilets
battery
noun an assault in which the assailant makes physical contact; a device that produces electricity; may have several primary or secondary cells arranged in parallel or series; a series of stamps operated in one mortar for crushing ores; a collection of related things intended for use together; a unit composed of the pitcher and catcher; group of guns or missile launchers operated together at one place; the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target
battle
noun a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war; an energetic attempt to achieve something; an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals); verb battle or contend against in or as if in a battle
bay
adj. (used of animals especially a horse) of a moderate reddish-brown color; noun a horse of a moderate reddish-brown color; a compartment in an aircraft used for some specific purpose; a compartment on a ship between decks; often used as a hospital; the sound of a hound on the scent; an indentation of a shoreline larger than a cove but smaller than a gulf; a small recess opening off a larger room; small Mediterranean evergreen tree with small blackish berries and glossy aromatic leaves used for flavoring in cooking; also used by ancient Greeks to crown victors; verb bark with prolonged noises, of dogs; utter in deep prolonged tones
be
noun a light strong brittle grey toxic bivalent metallic element; verb spend or use time; work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function; have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); have life, be alive; be identical to; be someone or something; occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere; to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form; happen, occur, take place; have an existence, be extant; form or compose; be identical or equivalent to; represent, as of a character on stage; be priced at
beach
noun an area of sand sloping down to the water of a sea or lake; verb land on a beach
beam
noun long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction; (nautical) breadth amidships; a column of light (as from a beacon); a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation; a gymnastic apparatus used by women gymnasts; a signal transmitted along a narrow path; guides pilots in darkness or bad weather; verb smile radiantly; express joy through one's facial expression; express with a beaming face or smile; broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television; experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion; have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink; emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light
bean
noun any of various edible seeds of plants of the family Leguminosae used for food; any of various leguminous plants grown for their edible seeds and pods; any of various seeds or fruits that are beans or resemble beans; informal terms for a human head; verb hit on the head, especially with a pitched baseball
bear
noun massive plantigrade carnivorous or omnivorous mammals with long shaggy coats and strong claws; an investor with a pessimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to fall and so sells now in order to buy later at a lower price; verb move while holding up or supporting; bring forth, "The apple tree bore delicious apples this year"; take on as one's own the expenses or debts of another person; have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices; have; have on one's person; cause_to_be_born; be pregnant with; put up with something or somebody unpleasant; support or hold in a certain manner; bring in; behave in a certain manner; contain or hold; have within
beard
noun hairy growth on or near the face of certain mammals; the hair growing on the lower part of a man's face; a person who diverts suspicion from someone (especially a woman who accompanies a male homosexual in order to conceal his homosexuality); a tuft or growth of hairs or bristles on certain plants such as iris or grasses; tuft of strong filaments by which e.g. a mussel makes itself fast to a fixed surface; verb go along the rim, like a beard around the chin
beast
noun a cruelly rapacious person; a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
beat
adj. very tired; noun the act of beating to windward; sailing as close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing; a stroke or blow; a regular rate of repetition; the sound of stroke or blow; a regular route for a sentry or policeman; a single pulsation of an oscillation produced by adding two waves of different frequencies; has a frequency equal to the difference between the two oscillations; the basic rhythmic unit in a piece of music; (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse; the rhythmic contraction and expansion of the arteries with each beat of the heart; a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior; verb come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression; hit repeatedly; strike (water or bushes) repeatedly to rouse animals for hunting; strike (a part of one's own body) repeatedly, as in great emotion or in accompaniment to music; stir vigorously; shape by beating; produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly; make by pounding or trampling; move rhythmically; indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks; sail with much tacking or with difficulty; move with a flapping motion; move with a thrashing motion; glare or strike with great intensity; avoid paying; be superior; wear out completely; be a mystery or bewildering to; beat through cleverness and wit; move with or as if with a regular alternating motion; make a rhythmic sound; make a sound like a clock or a timer
beautiful
adj. aesthetically pleasing; delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admiration; (of weather) highly enjoyable
beauty
noun the qualities that give pleasure to the senses; an outstanding example of its kind; a very attractive or seductive looking woman
become
verb enter or assume a certain state or condition; come into existence; undergo a change or development; enhance the appearance of
bed
noun a piece of furniture that provides a place to sleep; a plot of ground in which plants are growing; a foundation of earth or rock supporting a road or railroad track; the flat surface of a printing press on which the type form is laid in the last stage of producing a newspaper or magazine or book etc.; a depression forming the ground under a body of water; (geology) a stratum of rock (especially sedimentary rock); single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance; a stratum of ore or coal thick enough to be mined with profit; verb put to bed; place (plants) in a prepared bed of soil; furnish with a bed; prepare for sleep; have sexual intercourse with
bedroom
noun a room used primarily for sleeping
bee
noun any of numerous hairy-bodied insects including social and solitary species; a social gathering to carry out some communal task or to hold competitions
beef
noun cattle that are reared for their meat; meat from an adult domestic bovine; informal terms for objecting; verb complain
beer
noun a general name for alcoholic beverages made by fermenting a cereal (or mixture of cereals) flavored with hops
before
adv. earlier in time; previously; at or in the front
beg
verb call upon in supplication; entreat; ask to obtain free; make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently
begin
noun Israeli statesman (born in Russia) who (as prime minister of Israel) negotiated a peace treaty with Anwar Sadat (then the president of Egypt) (1913-1992); verb set in motion, cause to start; begin to speak or say; begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language; achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative; begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object; have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense; have a beginning characterized in some specified way; have a beginning, of a temporal event; be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series; take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
beginning
adj. serving to begin; noun the act of starting something; the first part or section of something; the event consisting of the start of something; the place where something begins, where it springs into being; the time at which something is supposed to begin
behalf
noun as the agent of or on someone's part (usually expressed as "on behalf of" rather than "in behalf of"); for someone's benefit (usually expressed as `in behalf' rather than `on behalf' and usually with a possessive)
behave
verb behave in a certain manner; behave well or properly; behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
behavior
noun manner of acting or controlling yourself; (psychology) the aggregate of the responses or reactions or movements made by an organism in any situation; the action or reaction of something (as a machine or substance) under specified circumstances; (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people
behavioral
adj. of or relating to behavior
behind
adj. having the lower score or lagging position in a contest; adv. in or to or toward the rear; remaining in a place or condition that has been left or departed from; in debt; in or into an inferior position; of timepieces; noun the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
being
noun the state or fact of existing; a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
belief
noun any cognitive content held as true; a vague idea in which some confidence is placed
believe
verb accept as true; take to be true; credit with veracity; follow a credo; have a faith; be a believer; be confident about something; judge or regard; look upon; judge
bell
noun a hollow device made of metal that makes a ringing sound when struck; the flared opening of a tubular device; the sound of a bell being struck; United States inventor (born in Scotland) of the telephone (1847-1922); English painter; sister of Virginia Woolf; prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group (1879-1961); a phonetician and father of Alexander Graham Bell (1819-1905); the shape of a bell; (nautical) each of the eight half-hour units of nautical time signaled by strokes of a ship's bell; eight bells signals 4:00, 8:00, or 12:00 o'clock, either a.m. or p.m.; a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned bells that are struck with a hammer; used as an orchestral instrument; a push button at an outer door that gives a ringing or buzzing signal when pushed; verb attach a bell to
belly
noun the underpart of the body of certain vertebrates such as snakes or fish; a protruding abdomen; the hollow inside of something; a part that bulges deeply; the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis; verb swell out or bulge out
belong
verb be owned by; be in the possession of; be classified with; be suitable or acceptable; be in the right place or situation; originate (in)
below
adv. at a later place; in or to a place that is lower; (in writing) see below; on a floor below; further down
belt
noun a band to tie or buckle around the body (usually at the waist); endless loop of flexible material between two rotating shafts or pulleys; an elongated region where a specific condition is found; the act of hitting vigorously; a vigorous blow; a path or strip (as cut by one course of mowing); verb fasten with a belt; deliver a blow to; sing loudly and forcefully
bench
noun a long seat for more than one person; (law) the seat for judges in a courtroom; the reserve players on a team; the magistrate or judge or judges sitting in court in judicial capacity to compose the court collectively; a strong worktable for a carpenter or mechanic; persons who administer justice; a level shelf of land interrupting a declivity (with steep slopes above and below); verb exhibit on a bench; take out of a game; of players
bend
noun curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.); diagonal line traversing a shield from the upper right corner to the lower left; a town in central Oregon at the eastern foot of the Cascade Range; a circular segment of a curve; movement that causes the formation of a curve; an angular or rounded shape made by folding; verb change direction; form a curve; cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form; bend a joint; turn from a straight course , fixed direction, or line of interest; bend one's back forward from the waist on down
beneath
adv. in or to a place that is lower
benefit
noun something that aids or promotes well-being; a performance to raise money for a charitable cause; financial assistance in time of need; verb be beneficial for; derive a benefit from
besides
adv. making an additional point; anyway; in addition
best
adj. (superlative of `good') having the most positive qualities; (comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable; adv. it would be sensible; in a most excellent way or manner; from a position of superiority or authority; noun the supreme effort one can make; the person who is most outstanding or excellent; someone who tops all others; Canadian physiologist (born in the United States) who assisted F. G. Banting in research leading to the discovery of insulin (1899-1978); verb get the better of
bet
noun the act of gambling; the money risked on a gamble; verb maintain with or as if with a bet; stake on the outcome of an issue; have faith or confidence in
better
adj. (comparative and superlative of `well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable; (comparative of `good') superior to another (of the same class or set or kind) in excellence or quality or desirability or suitability; more highly skilled than another; (comparative of `good') changed for the better in health or fitness; more than half; adv. comparative of `well'; in a better or more excellent manner or more advantageously or attractively or to a greater degree etc.; from a position of superiority or authority; noun the superior one of two alternatives; a superior person having claim to precedence; someone who bets; verb get better; to make better; surpass in excellence
between
adv. in between; in the interval
beyond
adv. in addition; farther along in space or time or degree; on the farther side from the observer
bias
adj. slanting diagonally across the grain of a fabric; noun a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation; a line or cut across a fabric that is not at right angles to a side of the fabric; verb cause to be biased; influence in an unfair way
Bible
noun a book regarded as authoritative in its field; the sacred writings of the Christian religions
bicycle
noun a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals; verb ride a bicycle
bid
noun an attempt to get something; (bridge) the number of tricks a bridge player is willing to contract to make; a formal proposal to buy at a specified price; an authoritative direction or instruction to do something; verb ask for or request earnestly; make a serious effort to attain something; make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands; ask someone in a friendly way to do something; invoke upon; propose a payment
big
adj. in an advanced stage of pregnancy; conspicuous in position or importance; given or giving freely; generous and understanding and tolerant; marked by intense physical force; significant; loud and firm; feeling self-importance; prodigious; above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent; (of animals) fully developed; very intense; exhibiting self-importance; adv. in a major way; on a grand scale; extremely well; in a boastful manner
bike
noun a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals; a motor vehicle with two wheels and a strong frame; verb ride a bicycle
bill
noun the entertainment offered at a public presentation; a brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes; a long-handled saw with a curved blade; a list of particulars (as a playbill or bill of fare); an itemized statement of money owed for goods shipped or services rendered; a statute in draft before it becomes law; a piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank); horny projecting mouth of a bird; a sign posted in a public place as an advertisement; an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution; verb advertise especially by posters or placards; publicize or announce by placards; demand payment
billion
adj. denoting a quantity consisting of one thousand million items or units in the United States; denoting a quantity consisting of one million million items or units in Great Britain; noun the number that is represented as a one followed by 9 zeros; the number that is represented as a one followed by 12 zeros; in the United Kingdom the usage followed in the United States is frequently seen; a very large indefinite number (usually hyperbole)
bind
noun something that hinders as if with bonds; verb form a chemical bond with; make fast; tie or secure, with or as if with a rope; wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose; provide with a binding; create social or emotional ties; cause to be constipated; bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord; secure with or as if with ropes; stick to firmly
biography
noun an account of the series of events making up a person's life
biological
adj. of parents and children; related by blood; pertaining to biology or to life and living things
biology
noun the science that studies living organisms; characteristic life processes and phenomena of living organisms; all the plant and animal life of a particular region
bird
noun warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings; the flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food; badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber with a crown of feathers; a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt; informal terms for a (young) woman; verb watch and study birds in their natural habitat
birth
noun the event of being born; the time when something begins (especially life); the process of giving birth; the kinship relation of an offspring to the parents; verb cause_to_be_born
birthday
noun an anniversary of the day on which a person was born (or the celebration of it); the date on which a person was born
bishop
noun (chess) a piece that can be moved diagonally over unoccupied squares of the same color; port wine mulled with oranges and cloves; a clergyman having spiritual and administrative authority; appointed in Christian churches to oversee priests or ministers; considered in some churches to be successors of the twelve apostles of Christ
bit
noun the cutting part of a drill; usually pointed and threaded and is replaceable in a brace or bitstock or drill press; piece of metal held in horse's mouth by reins and used to control the horse while riding; a small fragment of something broken off from the whole; a unit of measurement of information (from binary + digit); the amount of information in a system having two equiprobable states; a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program; a small fragment; an instance of some kind; a small amount of solid food; a mouthful; a small quantity; an indefinitely short time
bite
noun a portion removed from the whole; the act of gripping or chewing off with the teeth and jaws; (angling) an instance of a fish taking the bait; a light informal meal; a wound resulting from biting by an animal or a person; a strong odor or taste property; wit having a sharp and caustic quality; a small amount of solid food; a mouthful; a painful wound caused by the thrust of an insect's stinger into skin; verb penetrate or cut, as with a knife; to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws; cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort; deliver a sting to
bitter
adj. proceeding from or exhibiting great hostility or animosity; expressive of severe grief or regret; one of the four basic taste sensations; sharp and disagreeable; like the taste of quinine; very difficult to accept or bear; marked by strong resentment or cynicism; causing a sharply painful or stinging sensation; used especially of cold; harsh or corrosive in tone; adv. extremely and sharply; noun the taste experience when quinine or coffee is taken into the mouth; English term for a dry sharp-tasting ale with strong flavor of hops (usually on draft); the property of having a harsh unpleasant taste; verb make bitter
black
adj. marked by anger or resentment or hostility; of or belonging to a racial group having dark skin especially of sub-Saharan African origin; extremely dark; being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness; having little or no hue owing to absorption of almost all incident light; (of the face) made black especially as with suffused blood; soiled with dirt or soot; dressed in black; (of coffee) without cream or sugar; (of events) having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin; stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable; (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame; offering little or no hope; (of intelligence operations) deliberately misleading; harshly ironic or sinister; distributed or sold illicitly; noun black clothing (worn as a sign of mourning); (board games) the darker pieces; the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white); a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa); popular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928); British chemist who identified carbon dioxide and who formulated the concepts of specific heat and latent heat (1728-1799); total absence of light; verb make or become black
blade
noun the flat part of a tool or weapon that (usually) has a cutting edge; flat surface that rotates and pushes against air or water; the part of the skate that slides on the ice; a broad flat body part (as of the shoulder or tongue); a cut of beef from the shoulder blade; something long and thin resembling a blade of grass; a dashing young man; especially a leaf of grass or the broad portion of a leaf as distinct from the petiole; a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard
blame
adj. expletives used informally as intensifiers; noun a reproach for some lapse or misdeed; an accusation that you are responsible for some lapse or misdeed; verb attribute responsibility to; put or pin the blame on; harass with constant criticism
blank
adj. void of expression; (of a surface) not written or printed on; not charged with a bullet; noun a cartridge containing an explosive charge but no bullet; a piece of material ready to be made into something; a substitute for a taboo word; a blank gap or missing part; a blank character used to separate successive words in writing or printing; verb keep the opposing (baseball) team from winning
blanket
adj. broad in scope or content; noun bedding that keeps a person warm in bed; a layer of lead surrounding the highly reactive core of a nuclear reactor; anything that covers; verb cover as if with a blanket; form a blanket-like cover (over)
blast
noun a very long fly ball; an explosion (as of dynamite); intense adverse criticism; a highly pleasurable or exciting experience; a sudden very loud noise; a strong current of air; verb use explosives on; make a strident sound; hit hard
blend
noun the act of blending components together thoroughly; a new word formed by joining two others and combining their meanings; an occurrence of thorough mixing; verb mix together different elements; combine into one; blend or harmonize
bless
verb give a benediction to; make the sign of the cross over someone in order to call on God for protection; consecrate; confer prosperity or happiness on; render holy by means of religious rites
blessing
noun the act of praying for divine protection; the formal act of approving; a desirable state; a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection; a short prayer of thanks before a meal
blind
adj. unable or unwilling to perceive or understand; not based on reason or evidence; unable to see; noun something that keeps things out or hinders sight; a hiding place sometimes used by hunters (especially duck hunters); people who have severe visual impairments, considered as a group; something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity; verb make dim by comparison or conceal; make blind by putting the eyes out; render unable to see
blink
noun a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly; verb briefly shut the eyes; force to go away by blinking; gleam or glow intermittently
block
noun a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides); housing in a large building that is divided into separate units; an inability to remember or think of something you normally can do; often caused by emotional tension; a number or quantity of related things dealt with as a unit; a rectangular area in a city surrounded by streets and usually containing several buildings; (computer science) a sector or group of sectors that function as the smallest data unit permitted; a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides; the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements; a platform from which an auctioneer sells; an obstruction in a pipe or tube; a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine; a simple machine consisting of a wheel with a groove in which a rope can run to change the direction or point of application of a force applied to the rope; verb shape into a block or blocks; shape by using a block; support, secure, or raise with a block; stamp or emboss a title or design on a book with a block; interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia; run on a block system; prohibit the conversion or use of (assets); be unable to remember; interfere with or prevent the reception of signals; impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball); block passage through; render unsuitable for passage; obstruct; shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight; hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; stop from happening or developing
blond
adj. being or having light colored skin and hair and usually blue or grey eyes; noun a light grayish yellow to near white; a person with fair skin and hair
blood
noun temperament or disposition; the fluid (red in vertebrates) that is pumped by the heart; people viewed as members of a group; the descendants of one individual; a dissolute man in fashionable society; verb smear with blood, as in a hunting initiation rite, where the face of a person is smeared with the blood of the kill
bloody
adj. having or covered with or accompanied by blood; (used of persons) informal intensifiers; adv. extremely; verb cover with blood
blow
noun forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth; a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon; an impact (as from a collision); street names for cocaine; an unpleasant or disappointing surprise; an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating; a strong current of air; verb exhale hard; free of obstruction by blowing air through; burst suddenly; shape by blowing; allow to regain its breath; cause to be revealed and jeopardized; lay eggs; spout moist air from the blowhole; cause to move by means of an air current; cause air to go in, on, or through; play or sound a wind instrument; make a sound as if blown; sound by having air expelled through a tube; spend lavishly or wastefully on; be blowing or storming; melt, break, or become otherwise unusable; show off; leave; informal or rude; be in motion due to some air or water current; provide sexual gratification through oral stimulation; spend thoughtlessly; throw away; make a mess of, destroy or ruin
blue
adj. causing dejection; of the color intermediate between green and violet; having a color similar to that of a clear unclouded sky; low in spirits; morally rigorous and strict; used to signify the Union forces in the American Civil War (who wore blue uniforms); suggestive of sexual impropriety; characterized by profanity or cursing; belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy; noun any of numerous small butterflies of the family Lycaenidae; blue clothing; blue color or pigment; resembling the color of the clear sky in the daytime; any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are blue; the sodium salt of amobarbital that is used as a barbiturate; used as a sedative and a hypnotic; the sky as viewed during daylight; used to whiten laundry or hair or give it a bluish tinge; verb turn blue
board
noun a flat piece of material designed for a special purpose; a flat portable surface (usually rectangular) designed for board games; food or meals in general; a committee having supervisory powers; a stout length of sawn timber; made in a wide variety of sizes and used for many purposes; a printed circuit that can be inserted into expansion slots in a computer to increase the computer's capabilities; electrical device consisting of a flat insulated surface that contains switches and dials and meters for controlling other electrical devices; a table at which meals are served; a vertical surface on which information can be displayed to public view; verb provide food and lodging (for); lodge and take meals (at); get on board of (trains, buses, ships, aircraft, etc.); live and take one's meals at or in
boast
noun speaking of yourself in superlatives; verb show off; wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner
boat
noun a small vessel for travel on water; a dish (often boat-shaped) for serving gravy or sauce; verb ride in a boat on water
body
noun the external structure of a vehicle; the entire structure of an organism (especially an animal or human being); a natural object consisting of a dead animal or person; the central message of a communication; a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity; a collection of particulars considered as a system; an individual 3-dimensional object that has mass and that is distinguishable from other objects; the property of holding together and retaining its shape; the body excluding the head and neck and limbs; verb invest with or as with a body; give body to
boil
noun a painful sore with a hard core filled with pus; the temperature at which a liquid boils at sea level; verb cook in boiling liquid; bring to, or maintain at, the boiling point; come to the boiling point and change from a liquid to vapor; be in an agitated emotional state; be agitated
bold
adj. fearless and daring; clear and distinct; very steep; having a prominent and almost vertical front; noun a typeface with thick heavy lines
bolt
adv. in a rigid manner; directly; noun a sudden abandonment (as from a political party); a screw that screws into a nut to form a fastener; the part of a lock that is engaged or withdrawn with a key; a sliding bar in a breech-loading firearm that ejects an empty cartridge and replaces it and closes the breech; a roll of cloth or wallpaper of a definite length; the act of moving with great haste; a discharge of lightning accompanied by thunder; verb make or roll into bolts; swallow hastily; secure or lock with a bolt; move or jump suddenly; eat hastily without proper chewing; leave suddenly and as if in a hurry; run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along
bomb
noun an explosive device fused to explode under specific conditions; strong sealed vessel for measuring heat of combustion; an event that fails badly or is totally ineffectual; verb throw bombs at or attack with bombs; fail to get a passing grade
bombing
noun an attack by dropping bombs; the use of bombs for sabotage; a tactic frequently used by terrorists
bond
adj. held in slavery; noun British secret operative 007 in novels by Ian Fleming; United States civil rights leader who was elected to the legislature in Georgia but was barred from taking his seat because he opposed the Vietnam War (born 1940); a certificate of debt (usually interest-bearing or discounted) that is issued by a government or corporation in order to raise money; the issuer is required to pay a fixed sum annually until maturity and then a fixed sum to repay the principal; a superior quality of strong durable white writing paper; originally made for printing documents; a connection that fastens things together; a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner); the property of sticking together (as of glue and wood) or the joining of surfaces of different composition; an electrical force linking atoms; (criminal law) money that must be forfeited by the bondsman if an accused person fails to appear in court for trial; a connection based on kinship or marriage or common interest; verb bring together in a common cause or emotion; issue bonds on; stick to firmly; create social or emotional ties
bone
adj. consisting of or made up of bone; noun a shade of white the color of bleached bones; rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates; the porous calcified substance from which bones are made; verb remove the bones from; study intensively, as before an exam
bonus
noun anything that tends to arouse; an additional payment (or other remuneration) to employees as a means of increasing output
book
noun physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together; a number of sheets (ticket or stamps etc.) bound together on one edge; a major division of a long written composition; a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together); a collection of rules or prescribed standards on the basis of which decisions are made; a collection of playing cards satisfying the rules of a card game; the sacred writings of the Christian religions; the sacred writings of Islam revealed by God to the prophet Muhammad during his life at Mecca and Medina; a compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone; a written version of a play or other dramatic composition; used in preparing for a performance; a record in which commercial accounts are recorded; verb engage for a performance; record a charge in a police register; register in a hotel booker; arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance
boom
noun any of various more-or-less horizontal spars or poles used to extend the foot of a sail or for handling cargo or in mooring; a pole carrying an overhead microphone projected over a film or tv set; a deep prolonged loud noise; a sudden happening that brings good fortune (as a sudden opportunity to make money); a state of economic prosperity; verb grow stronger; make a deep hollow sound; make a resonant sound, like artillery; hit hard; be the case that thunder is being heard
boost
noun the act of giving hope or support to someone; the act of giving a push; an increase in cost; verb give a boost to; be beneficial to; increase or raise; push or shove upward, as if from below or behind; increase; contribute to the progress or growth of
boot
noun a form of foot torture in which the feet are encased in iron and slowly crushed; footwear that covers the whole foot and lower leg; British term for the luggage compartment in a car; an instrument of torture that is used to heat or crush the foot and leg; protective casing for something that resembles a leg; the act of delivering a blow with the foot; the swift release of a store of affective force; verb cause to load (an operating system) and start the initial processes; kick; give a boot to
booth
noun small area set off by walls for special use; a small shop at a fair; for selling goods or entertainment; a table (in a restaurant or bar) surrounded by two high-backed benches; United States actor and assassin of President Lincoln (1838-1865)
border
noun a strip forming the outer edge of something; a decorative recessed or relieved surface on an edge; a line that indicates a boundary; the boundary of a surface; the boundary line or the area immediately inside the boundary; verb lie adjacent to another or share a boundary; provide with a border or edge; extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle; enclose in or as if in a frame; form the boundary of; be contiguous to
boring
adj. so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness; noun the act of drilling a hole in the earth in the hope of producing petroleum; the act of drilling
born
adj. brought into existence; being talented through inherited qualities; noun British nuclear physicist (born in Germany) honored for his contributions to quantum mechanics (1882-1970)
borrow
verb get temporarily; take up and practice as one's own
boss
adj. exceptionally good; noun a person responsible for hiring workers; a person who exercises control and makes decisions; a circular rounded projection or protuberance; a person who exercises control over workers; a leader in a political party who controls votes and dictates appointments; verb raise in a relief
both
adj. (used with count nouns) two considered together; the two
bother
noun something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness; an angry disturbance; verb make confused or perplexed or puzzled; make nervous or agitated; intrude or enter uninvited; cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; take the trouble to do something; concern oneself; to cause inconvenience or discomfort to
bottle
noun a glass or plastic vessel used for storing drinks or other liquids; typically cylindrical without handles and with a narrow neck that can be plugged or capped; a vessel fitted with a flexible teat and filled with milk or formula; used as a substitute for breast feeding infants and very young children; the quantity contained in a bottle; verb put into bottles; store (liquids or gases) in bottles
bottom
adj. the lowest rank; situated at the bottom or lowest position; noun a cargo ship; the lower side of anything; the lowest part of anything; the second half of an inning; while the home team is at bat; the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; a depression forming the ground under a body of water; low-lying alluvial land near a river; verb strike the ground, as with a ship's bottom; provide with a bottom or a seat; come to understand
bounce
noun the quality of a substance that is able to rebound; rebounding from an impact (or series of impacts); a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards; verb hit something so that it bounces; eject from the premises; spring back; spring away from an impact; move up and down repeatedly; leap suddenly; refuse to accept and send back; come back after being refused
boundary
noun the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something; a line determining the limits of an area; the greatest possible degree of something
bow
noun a stroke with a curved piece of wood with taut horsehair strands that is used in playing stringed instruments; a slightly curved piece of resilient wood with taut horsehair strands, used in playing certain stringed instrument; curved piece of resilient wood with taut cord to propel arrows; front part of a vessel or aircraft; a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces; a decorative interlacing of ribbons; an appearance by actors or performers at the end of the concert or play in order to acknowledge the applause of the audience; bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame; something curved in shape; verb bend one's knee or body, or lower one's head; play on a string instrument; bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting; submit or yield to another's wish or opinion; bend one's back forward from the waist on down
bowl
noun a dish that is round and open at the top for serving foods; a round vessel that is open at the top; used for holding fruit or liquids or for serving food; a small round container that is open at the top for holding tobacco; a wooden ball (with flattened sides so that it rolls on a curved course) used in the game of lawn bowling; the quantity contained in a bowl; a concave shape with an open top; a large ball with finger holes used in the sport of bowling; a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments; verb engage in the sport of bowling; roll (a ball)
box
noun a blow with the hand (usually on the ear); a (usually rectangular) container; may have a lid; separate partitioned area in a public place for a few people; private area in a theater or grandstand where a small group can watch the performance; the driver's seat on a coach; any one of several designated areas on a ball field where the batter or catcher or coaches are positioned; evergreen shrubs or small trees; the quantity contained in a box; a rectangular drawing; a predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible; verb engage in a boxing match; hit with the fist; put into a box
boy
noun (ethnic slur) offensive and disparaging term for Black man; a friendly informal reference to a grown man; a youthful male person; a male human offspring
boyfriend
noun a man who is the lover of a girl or young woman
brain
noun that part of the central nervous system that includes all the higher nervous centers; enclosed within the skull; continuous with the spinal cord; mental ability; the brain of certain animals used as meat; that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason; someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality; verb kill by smashing someone's skull; hit on the head
brake
noun a restraint used to slow or stop a vehicle; an area thickly overgrown usually with one kind of plant; any of various ferns of the genus Pteris having pinnately compound leaves and including several popular houseplants; large coarse fern often several feet high; essentially weed ferns; cosmopolitan; verb cause to stop by applying the brakes; stop travelling by applying a brake
branch
noun an administrative division of some larger or more complex organization; a stream or river connected to a larger one; a division of a stem, or secondary stem arising from the main stem of a plant; a part of a forked or branching shape; any projection that is thought to resemble a human arm; a natural consequence of development; verb divide into two or more branches so as to form a fork; grow and send out branches or branch-like structures
brand
noun a recognizable kind; identification mark on skin, made by burning; a piece of wood that has been burned or is burning; a cutting or thrusting weapon that has a long metal blade and a hilt with a hand guard; a symbol of disgrace or infamy; a name given to a product or service; verb burn with a branding iron to indicate ownership; of animals; mark or expose as infamous; to accuse or condemn or openly or formally or brand as disgraceful
brave
adj. possessing or displaying courage; able to face and deal with danger or fear without flinching; brightly colored and showy; invulnerable to fear or intimidation; noun people who are brave; a North American Indian warrior; verb face or endure with courage
bread
noun food made from dough of flour or meal and usually raised with yeast or baking powder and then baked; informal terms for money; verb cover with bread crumbs
break
noun an escape from jail; a sudden dash; an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; (tennis) a score consisting of winning a game when your opponent was serving; the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool; an abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion); an unexpected piece of good luck; the occurrence of breaking; any frame in which a bowler fails to make a strike or spare; the act of breaking something; a pause from doing something (as work); a personal or social separation (as between opposing factions); some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity; (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; breaking of hard tissue such as bone; a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something; verb weaken or destroy in spirit or body; diminish or discontinue abruptly; fall sharply; be broken in; crack; of the male voice in puberty; render inoperable or ineffective; become separated into pieces or fragments; destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments; happen; prevent completion; change suddenly from one tone quality or register to another; come into being; find the solution or key to; find a flaw in; undergo breaking; interrupt the flow of current in; be released or become known; of news; pierce or penetrate; become punctured or penetrated; break a piece from a whole; go to pieces; ruin completely; separate from a clinch, in boxing; make the opening shot that scatters the balls; destroy the completeness of a set of related items; exchange for smaller units of money; force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up; curl over and fall apart in surf or foam, of waves; emerge from the surface of a body of water; scatter or part; make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing; move away or escape suddenly; change directions suddenly; invalidate by judicial action; interrupt a continued activity; cause the failure or ruin of; happen or take place; come forth or begin from a state of latency; give up; cause to give up a habit; vary or interrupt a uniformity or continuity; come to an end; fracture a bone of; make submissive, obedient, or useful; become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; terminate; lessen in force or effect; stop operating or functioning; cease an action temporarily; make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; surpass in excellence; do a break dance; break down, literally or metaphorically; reduce to bankruptcy; assign to a lower position; reduce in rank; discontinue an association or relation; go different ways; act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises; enter someone's property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act; fail to agree with; be in violation of; as of rules or patterns
breakfast
noun the first meal of the day (usually in the morning); verb eat an early morning meal; provide breakfast for
breast
noun the front part of the trunk from the neck to the abdomen; either of two soft fleshy milk-secreting glandular organs on the chest of a woman; meat carved from the breast of a fowl; verb reach the summit; meet at breast level; confront bodily
breath
noun the process of taking in and expelling air during breathing; a slight movement of the air; the air that is inhaled and exhaled in respiration; a short respite; an indirect suggestion
breathe
verb draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs; reach full flavor by absorbing air and being let to stand after having been uncorked; manifest or evince; utter or tell; impart as if by breathing; be alive; allow the passage of air through; expel (gases or odors); take a short break from one's activities in order to relax
breathing
adj. passing or able to pass air in and out of the lungs normally; sometimes used in combination; noun the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation
breeze
noun a slight wind (usually refreshing); any undertaking that is easy to do; verb to proceed quickly and easily; blow gently and lightly
brick
noun rectangular block of clay baked by the sun or in a kiln; used as a building or paving material; a good fellow; helpful and trustworthy
bride
noun a woman who has recently been married; a woman participant in her own marriage ceremony; Irish abbess; a patron saint of Ireland (453-523)
bridge
noun any of various card games based on whist for four players; a structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.; an upper deck where a ship is steered and the captain stands; the link between two lenses; rests on nose; a denture anchored to teeth on either side of missing teeth; a wooden support that holds the strings up; a circuit consisting of two branches (4 arms arranged in a diamond configuration) across which a meter is connected; the hard ridge that forms the upper part of the nose; something resembling a bridge in form or function; verb make a bridge across; cross over on a bridge; connect or reduce the distance between
brief
adj. concise and succinct; of short duration or distance; (of clothing) very short; noun a condensed written summary or abstract; a document stating the facts and points of law of a client's case; verb give essential information to someone
briefly
adv. for a short time; in a concise manner; in a few words
bright
adj. full or promise; having lots of light either natural or artificial; emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts; having striking color; abounding with sunlight; splendid; characterized by happiness or gladness; characterized by quickness and ease in learning; made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow; clear and sharp and ringing; not made dim or less bright; adv. with brightness
brilliant
adj. full of light; shining intensely; characterized by grandeur; of surpassing excellence; having striking color; having or marked by unusual and impressive intelligence; clear and sharp and ringing
bring
verb bring into a different state; induce or persuade; go or come after and bring or take back; be accompanied by; cause to come into a particular state or condition; cause to happen or to occur as a consequence; attract the attention of; take something or somebody with oneself somewhere; advance or set forth in court; be sold for a certain price; bestow a quality on
British
adj. of or relating to or characteristic of Great Britain or its people or culture; noun the people of Great Britain
broad
adj. showing or characterized by broad-mindedness; lacking subtlety; obvious; not detailed or specific; being at a peak or culminating point; (of speech) heavily and noticeably regional; very large in expanse or scope; broad in scope or content; having great (or a certain) extent from one side to the other; noun slang term for a woman
broadcast
noun message that is transmitted by radio or television; a radio or television show; verb sow over a wide area, especially by hand; cause to become widely known; broadcast over the airwaves, as in radio or television
broken
adj. physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split; (especially of promises or contracts) having been violated or disregarded; not continuous in space, time, or sequence or varying abruptly; lacking a part or parts; discontinuous; out of working order (`busted' is an informal substitute for `broken'); destroyed financially; weakened and infirm; thrown into a state of disarray or confusion; imperfectly spoken or written; subdued or brought low in condition or status; topographically very uneven; tamed or trained to obey
broker
noun a businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission; verb act as a broker
bronze
adj. of the color of bronze; made from or consisting of bronze; noun a sculpture made of bronze; an alloy of copper and tin and sometimes other elements; also any copper-base alloy containing other elements in place of tin; verb give the color and appearance of bronze to something; get a tan, from wind or sun
brother
noun a male with the same parents as someone else; (Roman Catholic Church) a title given to a monk and used as form of address; a male person who is a fellow member (of a fraternity or religion of other group); used as a term of address for those male persons engaged in the same movement; a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities
brown
adj. (of skin) deeply suntanned; of a color similar to that of wood or earth; noun an orange of low brightness and saturation; abolitionist who was hanged after leading an unsuccessful raid at Harper's Ferry, Virginia (1800-1858); Scottish botanist who first observed the movement of small particles in fluids now known a Brownian motion (1773-1858); a university in Rhode Island; verb fry in a pan until it changes color
brush
noun contact with something dangerous or undesirable; the act of brushing your hair; the act of brushing your teeth; a minor short-term fight; an implement that has hairs or bristles firmly set into a handle; conducts current between rotating and stationary parts of a generator or motor; momentary contact; a dense growth of bushes; verb remove with or as if with a brush; touch lightly and briefly; rub with a brush, or as if with a brush; clean with a brush; cover by brushing; sweep across or over
brutal
adj. (of weapons or instruments) causing suffering and pain; (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering
bubble
noun a dome-shaped covering made of transparent glass or plastic; an impracticable and illusory idea; a hollow globule of gas (e.g., air or carbon dioxide); a speculative scheme that depends on unstable factors that the planner cannot control; verb form, produce, or emit bubbles; expel gas from the stomach; flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise
buck
noun mature male of various mammals (especially deer or antelope); United States author whose novels drew on her experiences as a missionary in China (1892-1973); a framework for holding wood that is being sawed; a gymnastic horse without pommels and with one end elongated; used lengthwise for vaulting; a piece of paper money worth one dollar; verb jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched; resist; to strive with determination; move quickly and violently
bucket
noun a roughly cylindrical vessel that is open at the top; the quantity contained in a bucket; verb carry in a bucket; put into a bucket
buddy
noun a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities
budget
noun a summary of intended expenditures along with proposals for how to meet them; a sum of money allocated for a particular purpose; verb make a budget
bug
noun general term for any insect or similar creeping or crawling invertebrate; a small hidden microphone; for listening secretly; a fault or defect in a system or machine; a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use; insects with sucking mouthparts and forewings thickened and leathery at the base; usually show incomplete metamorphosis; verb annoy persistently; tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information
build
noun constitution of the human body; alternative names for the body of a human being; verb develop and grow; improve the cleansing action of; found or ground; build or establish something abstract; be engaged in building; give form to, according to a plan; order, supervise, or finance the construction of; form or accumulate steadily; bolster or strengthen; make by combining materials and parts
builder
noun someone who contracts for and supervises construction (as of a building); a person who creates a business or who organizes and develops a country; a substance added to soaps or detergents to increase their cleansing action
building
noun a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place; the occupants of a building; the act of constructing something; the commercial activity involved in repairing old structures or constructing new ones
bulb
noun a rounded part of a cylindrical instrument (usually at one end); a rounded dilation or expansion in a canal or vessel or organ; a modified bud consisting of a thickened globular underground stem serving as a reproductive structure; electric lamp consisting of a transparent or translucent glass housing containing a wire filament (usually tungsten) that emits light when heated by electricity; lower or hindmost part of the brain; continuous with spinal cord; (`bulb' is an old term for medulla oblongata)
bulk
noun the property possessed by a large mass; the property of something that is great in magnitude; the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two parts; the main part; verb stick out or up; cause to bulge or swell outwards
bull
noun a serious and ludicrous blunder; mature male of various mammals of which the female is called `cow'; e.g. whales or elephants or especially cattle; uncastrated adult male of domestic cattle; a formal proclamation issued by the pope (usually written in antiquated characters and sealed with a leaden bulla); a large and strong and heavyset man; an investor with an optimistic market outlook; an investor who expects prices to rise and so buys now for resale later; uncomplimentary terms for a policeman; obscene words for unacceptable behavior; the center of a target; the second sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about April 20 to May 20; (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Taurus; verb advance in price; try to raise the price of stocks through speculative buying; push or force; talk through one's hat
bullet
noun a projectile that is fired from a gun; (baseball) a pitch thrown with maximum velocity; a high-speed passenger train
bunch
noun any collection in its entirety; a grouping of a number of similar things; an informal body of friends; verb gather or cause to gather into a cluster; form into a bunch
burden
noun an onerous or difficult concern; the central idea that is expanded in a document or discourse; weight to be borne or conveyed; the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work; verb weight down with a load; impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to
bureau
noun furniture with drawers for keeping clothes; an administrative unit of government
burn
noun damage inflicted by fire; a place or area that has been burned (especially on a person's body); an injury caused by exposure to heat or chemicals or radiation; pain that feels hot as if it were on fire; a browning of the skin resulting from exposure to the rays of the sun; verb burn with heat, fire, or radiation; undergo combustion; cause to undergo combustion; destroy by fire; feel strong emotion, especially anger or passion; feel hot or painful; spend (significant amounts of money); burn at the stake; cause to burn or combust; shine intensely, as if with heat; get a sunburn by overexposure to the sun; burn, sear, or freeze (tissue) using a hot iron or electric current or a caustic agent; use up (energy); create by duplicating data; cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort
burning
adj. consuming fuel; used in combination; intensely hot; of immediate import; producing or having a painfully hot sensation; lighted up by or as by fire or flame; characterized by intense emotion; noun the act of burning something; a form of torture in which cigarettes or cigars or other hot implements are used to burn the victim's skin; execution by fire; execution by electricity; a process in which a substance reacts with oxygen to give heat and light; pain that feels hot as if it were on fire
burst
adj. suddenly and violently broken open especially from internal pressure (`busted' is an informal term for `burst'); noun a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason); the act of exploding or bursting something; rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms; a sudden violent happening; verb break open or apart suddenly; break open or apart suddenly and forcefully; emerge suddenly; move suddenly, energetically, or violently; burst outward, usually with noise; force out or release suddenly and often violently something pent up; cause to burst; be in a state of movement or action
bury
verb place in the earth and cover with soil; embed deeply; cover from sight; place in a grave or tomb; dismiss from the mind; stop remembering; enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing
bus
noun a vehicle carrying many passengers; used for public transport; a car that is old and unreliable; an electrical conductor that makes a common connection between several circuits; the topology of a network whose components are connected by a busbar; verb remove used dishes from the table in restaurants; ride in a bus; send or move around by bus
bush
adj. not of the highest quality or sophistication; noun a large wilderness area; vice president under Reagan and 41st President of the United States (born in 1924); United States electrical engineer who designed an early analogue computer and who led the scientific program of the United States during World War II (1890-1974); 43rd President of the United States; son of George Herbert Walker Bush (born in 1946); hair growing in the pubic area; dense vegetation consisting of stunted trees or bushes; a low woody perennial plant usually having several major branches; verb provide with a bushing
business
noun incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect; the volume of commercial activity; a rightful concern or responsibility; an immediate objective; business concerns collectively; a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it; the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money; the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects; customers collectively
businessman
noun a person engaged in commercial or industrial business (especially an owner or executive)
busy
adj. crowded with or characterized by much activity; actively or fully engaged or occupied; (of facilities such as telephones or lavatories) unavailable for use by anyone else or indicating unavailability; (`engaged' is a British term for a busy telephone line); overcrowded or cluttered with detail; intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner; verb keep busy with
but
adv. and nothing more
butt
noun thick end of the handle; the small unused part of something (especially the end of a cigarette that is left after smoking); a large cask (especially one holding a volume equivalent to 2 hogsheads or 126 gallons); a victim of ridicule or pranks; the part of a plant from which the roots spring or the part of a stalk or trunk nearest the roots; a joint made by fastening ends together without overlapping; finely ground tobacco wrapped in paper; for smoking; sports equipment consisting of an object set up for a marksman or archer to aim at; the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; verb to strike, thrust or shove against, often with head or horns; place end to end without overlapping; lie adjacent to another or share a boundary
butter
noun an edible emulsion of fat globules made by churning milk or cream; for cooking and table use; a fighter who strikes the opponent with his head; verb spread butter on
butterfly
noun a swimming stroke in which the arms are thrown forward together out of the water while the feet kick up and down; diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colorful wings; verb cut and spread open, as in preparation for cooking; flutter like a butterfly; talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
button
noun a round fastener sewn to shirts and coats etc to fit through buttonholes; any artifact that resembles a button; a round flat badge displaying information and suitable for pinning onto a garment; any of various plant parts that resemble buttons; an electrical switch operated by pressing; a device that when pressed will release part of a mechanism; a female sexual organ homologous to the penis; verb fasten with buttons; provide with buttons
buy
noun an advantageous purchase; verb accept as true; obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction; acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange; be worth or be capable of buying; make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence
buyer
noun a person who buys
by
adv. so as to pass a given point; in reserve; not for immediate use
cab
noun a car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money; small two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage; with two seats and a folding hood; a compartment at the front of a motor vehicle or locomotive where driver sits; verb ride in a taxicab
cabin
noun the enclosed compartment of an aircraft or spacecraft where passengers are carried; small room on a ship or boat where people sleep; a small house built of wood; usually in a wooded area; verb confine to a small space, such as a cabin
cabinet
noun a piece of furniture resembling a cupboard with doors and shelves and drawers; for storage or display; housing for electronic instruments, as radio or television; a storage compartment for clothes and valuables; usually it has a lock; persons appointed by a head of state to head executive departments of government and act as official advisers
cable
noun a very strong thick rope made of twisted hemp or steel wire; a television system that transmits over cables; a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power; a telegram sent abroad; a nautical unit of depth; television that is transmitted over cable directly to the receiver; verb send cables, wires, or telegrams; fasten with a cable
cage
noun an enclosure made or wire or metal bars in which birds or animals can be kept; the net that is the goal in ice hockey; United States composer of avant-garde music (1912-1992); something that restricts freedom as a cage restricts movement; a movable screen placed behind home base to catch balls during batting practice; verb confine in a cage
cake
noun a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax); made from or based on a mixture of flour and sugar and eggs; small flat mass of chopped food; verb form a coat over
calculate
verb make a mathematical calculation or computation; judge to be probable; specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public; have faith or confidence in; predict in advance; keep an account of
calculation
noun the procedure of calculating; determining something by mathematical or logical methods; planning something carefully and intentionally; problem solving that involves numbers or quantities
calendar
noun a list or register of events (appointments or social events or court cases etc); a tabular array of the days (usually for one year); a system of timekeeping that defines the beginning and length and divisions of the year; verb enter into a calendar
call
noun (sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee; a visit in an official or professional capacity; a brief social visit; a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course; a telephone connection; an instruction that interrupts the program being executed; a request; a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"; a demand for a show of hands in a card game; the option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date; the characteristic sound produced by a bird; a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; a demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement; verb rouse somebody from sleep with a call; consider or regard as being; challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of; utter in a loud voice or announce; order, summon, or request for a specific duty or activity, work, role; order or request or give a command for; lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal; get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone; order, request, or command to come; declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee; challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement; charge with or censure for an offense; require the presentation of for redemption before maturation; ascribe a quality to or give a name of a common noun that reflects a quality; utter a characteristic note or cry; send a message or attempt to reach someone by radio, phone, etc.; make a signal to in order to transmit a message; read aloud to check for omissions or absentees; indicate a decision in regard to; give the calls (to the dancers) for a square dance; demand payment of (a loan); call a meeting; invite or command to meet; make a stop in a harbour; stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather; utter a sudden loud cry; make a prediction about; tell in advance; assign a specified (usually proper) proper name to; make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands; pay a brief visit; greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name
called
adj. known or spoken of as; given or having a specified name
calm
adj. (of weather) free from storm or wind; not agitated; without losing self-possession; living without undue worry; taking life easy; noun steadiness of mind under stress; verb become quiet or calm, especially after a state of agitation; make calm or still; cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to; make steady
camera
noun equipment for taking photographs (usually consisting of a lightproof box with a lens at one end and light-sensitive film at the other); television equipment consisting of a lens system that focuses an image on a photosensitive mosaic that is scanned by an electron beam
camp
adj. providing sophisticated amusement by virtue of having artificially (and vulgarly) mannered or banal or sentimental qualities; noun temporary living quarters specially built by the army for soldiers; temporary lodgings in the country for travelers or vacationers; a prison for forced laborers; a site where care and activities are provided for children during the summer months; shelter for persons displaced by war or political oppression or for religious beliefs; something that is considered amusing not because of its originality but because of its unoriginality; a group of people living together in a camp; an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose; verb give an artificially banal or sexual quality to; establish or set up a camp; live in or as if in a tent
campaign
noun an overland journey by hunters (especially in Africa); a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; several related operations aimed at achieving a particular goal (usually within geographical and temporal constraints); a race between candidates for elective office; verb go on a campaign; go off to war; run, stand, or compete for an office or a position; exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for
campus
noun a field on which the buildings of a university are situated
can
noun airtight sealed metal container for food or drink or paint etc.; a buoy with a round bottom and conical top; the quantity contained in a can; a room or building equipped with one or more toilets; a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination; the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; verb preserve in a can or tin; terminate the employment of
Canadian
adj. of or relating to Canada or its people; noun a river rising in northeastern New Mexico and flowing eastward across the Texas panhandle to become a tributary of the Arkansas River in Oklahoma; a native or inhabitant of Canada
cancel
noun a notation cancelling a previous sharp or flat; verb make invalid for use; declare null and void; make ineffective; postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled; make up for; remove or make invisible
cancer
noun type genus of the family Cancridae; the fourth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about June 21 to July 22; a small zodiacal constellation in the northern hemisphere; between Leo and Gemini; (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Cancer; any malignant growth or tumor caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division; it may spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or the blood stream
candidate
noun someone who is considered for something (for an office or prize or honor etc.); a politician who is running for public office
candle
noun stick of wax with a wick in the middle; the basic unit of luminous intensity adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites; equal to 1/60 of the luminous intensity per square centimeter of a black body radiating at the temperature of 2,046 degrees Kelvin; verb examine eggs for freshness by holding them against a light
candy
noun a rich sweet made of flavored sugar and often combined with fruit or nuts; verb coat with something sweet, such as a hard sugar glaze
canvas
noun a heavy, closely woven fabric (used for clothing or chairs or sails or tents); the mat that forms the floor of the ring in which boxers or professional wrestlers compete; an oil painting on canvas fabric; the setting for a narrative or fictional or dramatic account; a tent made of canvas fabric; a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel; verb cover with canvas; consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning; get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions; solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign
cap
noun a tight-fitting headdress; a top (as for a bottle); something serving as a cover or protection; a fruiting structure resembling an umbrella that forms the top of a stalked fleshy fungus such as a mushroom; the upper part of a column that supports the entablature; dental appliance consisting of an artificial crown for a tooth; a mechanical or electrical explosive device or a small amount of explosive; can be used to initiate the reaction of a disrupting explosive; an upper limit on what is allowed; verb restrict the number or amount of; lie at the top of
capability
noun the quality of being capable -- physically or intellectually or legally; an aptitude that may be developed; the susceptibility of something to a particular treatment
capable
adj. (usually followed by `of') having capacity or ability; (followed by `of') having the temperament or inclination for; possibly accepting or permitting; having the requisite qualities for; have the skills and qualifications to do things well
capacity
noun a specified function; the maximum production possible; tolerance for alcohol; ability to perform or produce; the power to learn or retain knowledge; in law, the ability to understand the facts and significance of your behavior; (computer science) the amount of information (in bytes) that can be stored on a disk drive; the amount that can be contained; an electrical phenomenon whereby an electric charge is stored; the susceptibility of something to a particular treatment
capital
adj. uppercase; of primary important; first-rate; noun the upper part of a column that supports the entablature; one of the large alphabetic characters used as the first letter in writing or printing proper names and sometimes for emphasis; the federal government of the United States; a seat of government; a center that is associated more than any other with some activity or product; wealth in the form of money or property owned by a person or business and human resources of economic value; assets available for use in the production of further assets; a book written by Karl Marx (1867) describing his economic theories
captain
noun a dining-room attendant who is in charge of the waiters and the seating of customers; the pilot in charge of an airship; the naval officer in command of a military ship; a policeman in charge of a precinct; an officer holding a rank below a major but above a lieutenant; the leader of a group of people; an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship; verb be the captain of a sports team
capture
noun the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property; the removal of an opponent's piece from the chess board; the act of taking of a person by force; any process in which an atomic or nuclear system acquires an additional particle; a process whereby a star or planet holds an object in its gravitational field; verb capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping; succeed in representing or expressing something intangible; attract; cause to be enamored; bring about the capture of an elementary particle or celestial body and causing it enter a new orbit; succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase; take possession of by force, as after an invasion
car
noun a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; a wheeled vehicle adapted to the rails of railroad; where passengers ride up and down; the compartment that is suspended from an airship and that carries personnel and the cargo and the power plant; a conveyance for passengers or freight on a cable railway
carbohydrate
noun an essential structural component of living cells and source of energy for animals; includes simple sugars with small molecules as well as macromolecular substances; are classified according to the number of monosaccharide groups they contain
carbon
noun a copy made with carbon paper; an abundant nonmetallic tetravalent element occurring in three allotropic forms: amorphous carbon and graphite and diamond; occurs in all organic compounds; a thin paper coated on one side with a dark waxy substance (often containing carbon); used to transfer characters from the original to an under sheet of paper
card
noun one of a set of small pieces of stiff paper marked in various ways and used for playing games or for telling fortunes; a card certifying the identity of the bearer; (golf) a record of scores (as in golf); a rectangular piece of stiff paper used to send messages (may have printed greetings or pictures); thin cardboard, usually rectangular; a printed circuit that can be inserted into expansion slots in a computer to increase the computer's capabilities; (baseball) a list of batters in the order in which they will bat; a list of dishes available at a restaurant; a printed or written greeting that is left to indicate that you have visited; a sign posted in a public place as an advertisement; a witty amusing person who makes jokes; verb ask someone for identification to determine whether he or she is old enough to consume liquor; separate the fibers of
care
noun activity involved in maintaining something in good working order; the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something; attention and management implying responsibility for safety; a cause for feeling concern; judiciousness in avoiding harm or danger; an anxious feeling; verb feel concern or interest; provide care for; be concerned with; prefer or wish to do something; be in charge of, act on, or dispose of
career
noun the general progression of your working or professional life; the particular occupation for which you are trained; verb move headlong at high speed
careful
adj. exercising caution or showing care or attention; with care and dignity; mindful of the future in spending money; cautiously attentive; full of cares or anxiety
carefully
adv. taking care or paying attention; with caution or prudence or tact
cargo
noun goods carried by a large vehicle
carpet
noun floor covering consisting of a piece of thick heavy fabric (usually with nap or pile); verb cover with a carpet; cover completely, as if with a carpet; form a carpet-like cover (over)
carrier
noun (genetics) an organism that possesses a recessive gene whose effect is masked by a dominant allele; the associated trait is not apparent but can be passed on to offspring; a rack attached to a vehicle; for carrying luggage or skis or the like; a self-propelled wheeled vehicle designed specifically to carry something; a person or firm in the business of transporting people or goods or messages; (medicine) a person (or animal) who has some pathogen to which he is immune but who can pass it on to others; a boy who delivers newspapers; someone whose employment involves carrying something; an inactive substance that is a vehicle for a radioactive tracer of the same substance and that assists in its recovery after some chemical reaction; a large warship that carries planes and has a long flat deck for takeoffs and landings; a man who delivers the mail; a radio wave that can be modulated in order to transmit a signal
carrot
noun promise of reward as in "carrot and stick"; orange root; important source of carotene; perennial plant widely cultivated as an annual in many varieties for its long conical orange edible roots; temperate and tropical regions; deep orange edible root of the cultivated carrot plant
carry
noun the act of carrying something; verb continue or extend; include, as on a list; sing or play against other voices or parts; serve as a means for expressing something; pass on a communication; be successful in; win in an election; secure the passage or adoption (of bills and motions); cover a certain distance or advance beyond; have a certain range; be able to feed; drink alcohol without showing ill effects; bear or be able to bear the weight, pressure,or responsibility of; propel or give impetus to; bear (a crop); include as the content; broadcast or publicize; pursue a line of scent or be a bearer; transfer (a number, cipher, or remainder) to the next column or unit's place before or after, in addition or multiplication; capture after a fight; have on the surface or on the skin; take further or advance; compensate for a weaker partner or member by one's own performance; extend to a certain degree; win approval or support for; be equipped with (a mast or sail); be necessarily associated with or result in or involve; have or possess something abstract; keep up with financial support; have with oneself; have on one's person; be conveyed over a certain distance; have as an inherent or characteristic feature or have as a consequence; be pregnant with; propel, "Carry the ball"; move while supporting, either in a vehicle or in one's hands or on one's body; support or hold in a certain manner; transmit or serve as the medium for transmission; transfer (entries) from one account book to another; have on hand; behave in a certain manner; contain or hold; have within
cart
noun a heavy open wagon usually having two wheels and drawn by an animal; wheeled vehicle that can be pushed by a person; may have one or two or four wheels; verb transport something in a cart; draw slowly or heavily
cartoon
noun a film made by photographing a series of cartoon drawings to give the illusion of movement when projected in rapid sequence; a humorous or satirical drawing published in a newspaper or magazine; verb draw cartoons of
carve
verb cut to pieces; form by carving; engrave or cut by chipping away at a surface
case
noun a portable container for carrying several objects; a glass container used to store and display items in a shop or museum or home; bed linen consisting of a cover for a pillow; the actual state of things; nouns or pronouns or adjectives (often marked by inflection) related in some way to other words in a sentence; a statement of facts and reasons used to support an argument; a problem requiring investigation; an occurrence of something; a person requiring professional services; the quantity contained in a case; a specific state of mind that is temporary; a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy; the enclosing frame around a door or window opening; the housing or outer covering of something; an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part; a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities); a person who is subjected to experimental or other observational procedures; someone who is an object of investigation; a special set of circumstances; verb look over, usually with the intention to rob; enclose in, or as if in, a case
cash
noun United States country music singer and songwriter (1932-2003); prompt payment for goods or services in currency or by check; money in the form of bills or coins; verb exchange for cash
casino
noun a card game in which cards face up on the table are taken with eligible cards in the hand; a public building for gambling and entertainment
cast
adj. (of molten metal or glass) formed by pouring or pressing into a mold; noun the act of throwing dice; object formed by a mold; bandage consisting of a firm covering (often made of plaster of Paris) that immobilizes broken bones while they heal; the actors in a play; the distinctive form in which a thing is made; a violent throw; the act of throwing a fishing line out over the water by means of a rod and reel; container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens; the visual appearance of something or someone; verb form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold; select to play,sing, or dance a part in a play, movie, musical, opera, or ballet; deposit; assign the roles of (a movie or a play) to actors; eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth; formulate in a particular style or language; choose at random; throw forcefully; get rid of; put or send forth; move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
casual
adj. hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough; marked by blithe unconcern; not showing effort or strain; suited for everyday use; without or seeming to be without plan or method; offhand; occuring from time to time; natural and unstudied; characterized by a feeling of irresponsibility; occurring or appearing or singled out by chance
casualty
noun a decrease of military personnel or equipment; someone injured or killed in an accident; someone injured or killed or captured or missing in a military engagement; an accident that causes someone to die
cat
noun feline mammal usually having thick soft fur and no ability to roar: domestic cats; wildcats; a spiteful woman gossip; a method of examining body organs by scanning them with X rays and using a computer to construct a series of cross-sectional scans along a single axis; any of several large cats typically able to roar and living in the wild; a large tracked vehicle that is propelled by two endless metal belts; frequently used for moving earth in construction and farm work; a whip with nine knotted cords; the leaves of the shrub Catha edulis which are chewed like tobacco or used to make tea; has the effect of a euphoric stimulant; an informal term for a youth or man; verb beat with a cat-o'-nine-tails; eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
catalog
noun a book or pamphlet containing an enumeration of things; a complete list of things; usually arranged systematically; verb make an itemized list or catalog of; classify; make a catalogue, compile a catalogue
catch
noun the act of catching an object with the hands; a cooperative game in which a ball is passed back and forth; a fastener that fastens or locks a door or window; a restraint that checks the motion of something; a drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident; a break or check in the voice (usually a sign of strong emotion); anything that is caught (especially if it is worth catching); a person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect; the quantity that was caught; the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); verb contract; delay or hold up; prevent from proceeding on schedule or as planned; be struck or affected by; grasp with the mind or develop an understanding of; discover or come upon accidentally, suddenly, or unexpectedly; catch somebody doing something or in a certain state; become aware of; be the catcher; cause to become accidentally or suddenly caught, ensnared, or entangled; spread or be communicated; take hold of so as to seize or restrain or stop the motion of; take in and retain; attract and fix; apprehend and reproduce accurately; reach in time; suffer from the receipt of; perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily; hear, usually without the knowledge of the speakers; perceive by hearing; get or regain something necessary, usually quickly or briefly; check oneself during an action; start burning; detect a blunder or misstep; catch up with and possibly overtake; succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase; to hook or entangle; reach with a blow or hit in a particular spot; capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping; attract; cause to be enamored; see or watch
category
noun a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme; a collection of things sharing a common attribute
Catholic
adj. free from provincial prejudices or attachments; of or relating to or supporting Catholicism; noun a member of a Catholic church
cattle
noun domesticated bovine animals as a group regardless of sex or age
cause
noun a justification for something existing or happening; events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something; any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results; a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy; verb give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally; cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
cave
noun a geological formation consisting of an underground enclosure with access from the surface of the ground or from the sea; verb explore natural caves; hollow out as if making a cave or opening
cease
noun (`cease' is a noun only in the phrase `without cease') end; verb have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical; put an end to a state or an activity
ceiling
noun the overhead upper surface of a room; (meteorology) altitude of the lowest layer of clouds; maximum altitude at which a plane can fly (under specified conditions); an upper limit on what is allowed
celebrate
verb have a celebration; assign great social importance to; celebrate, as of holidays or rites
celebration
noun any joyous diversion; the public performance of a sacrament or solemn ceremony with all appropriate ritual; a joyful occasion for special festivities to mark some happy event
celebrity
noun a widely known person; the state or quality of being widely honored and acclaimed
cell
noun (biology) the basic structural and functional unit of all organisms; they may exist as independent units of life (as in monads) or may form colonies or tissues as in higher plants and animals; a device that delivers an electric current as the result of a chemical reaction; a room where a prisoner is kept; small room is which a monk or nun lives; any small compartment; a small unit serving as part of or as the nucleus of a larger political movement; a hand-held mobile radiotelephone for use in an area divided into small sections, each with its own short-range transmitter/receiver
cemetery
noun a tract of land used for burials
center
adj. equally distant from the extremes; of or belonging to neither the right nor the left politically or intellectually; noun a position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the jump that starts the game; the position of the player on the line of scrimmage who puts the ball in play; the position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game; a building dedicated to a particular activity; a cluster of nerve cells governing a specific bodily process; the object upon which interest and attention focuses; the sweet central portion of a piece of candy that is enclosed in chocolate or some other covering; politically moderate persons; centrists; the middle of a military or naval formation; a place where some particular activity is concentrated; a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure; an area that is approximately central within some larger region; (football) the person who plays center on the line of scrimmage and snaps the ball to the quarterback; (basketball) the person who plays center on a basketball team; (ice hockey) the person who plays center on a hockey team; the piece of ground in the outfield directly ahead of the catcher; mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully landscaped complex of shops representing leading merchandisers; usually includes restaurants and a convenient parking area; a modern version of the traditional marketplace; the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; verb move into the center; direct one's attention on something; center upon
central
adj. in or near a center or constituting a center; the inner area; centrally located and easy to reach; used in the description of a place that in the middle of another place; serving as an essential component; noun a workplace that serves as a telecommunications facility where lines from telephones can be connected together to permit communication
century
noun a period of 100 years
CEO
noun the corporate executive responsible for the operations of the firm; reports to a board of directors; may appoint other managers (including a president)
ceremony
noun any activity that is performed in an especially solemn elaborate or formal way; the proper or conventional behavior on some solemn occasion; a formal event performed on a special occasion
certain
adj. exercising or taking care great enough to bring assurance; established beyond doubt or question; definitely known; having or feeling no doubt or uncertainty; confident and assured; certain to occur; destined or inevitable; definite but not specified or identified; reliable in operation or effect; established irrevocably
certainly
adv. definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used informally for `surely')
chain
noun a series of (usually metal) rings or links fitted into one another to make a flexible ligament; a necklace made by a stringing objects together; anything that acts as a restraint; a number of similar establishments (stores or restaurants or banks or hotels or theaters) under one ownership; a series of things depending on each other as if linked together; (chemistry) a series of linked atoms (generally in an organic molecule); British biochemist (born in Germany) who isolated and purified penicillin, which had been discovered in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming (1906-1979); a unit of length; a series of hills or mountains; verb fasten or secure with chains; connect or arrange into a chain by linking
chair
noun a seat for one person, with a support for the back; the position of professor; an instrument of execution by electrocution; resembles an ordinary seat for one person; the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization; verb act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university; preside over
chairman
noun the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization; verb act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university
challenge
noun a demand by a sentry for a password or identification; questioning a statement and demanding an explanation; a formal objection to the selection of a particular person as a juror; a call to engage in a contest or fight; a demanding or stimulating situation; verb raise a formal objection in a court of law; ask for identification; issue a challenge to; take exception to
chamber
noun a natural or artificial enclosed space; a room where a judge transacts business; an enclosed volume in the body; a deliberative or legislative or administrative or judicial assembly; a room used primarily for sleeping; verb place in a chamber
champion
adj. holding first place in a contest; noun someone who fights for a cause; someone who has won first place in a competition; someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field; a person who backs a politician or a team etc.; verb protect or fight for as a champion
championship
noun a competition at which a champion is chosen; the status of being a champion; the act of providing approval and support
chance
adj. occurring or appearing or singled out by chance; noun a risk involving danger; a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; a number expressing the ratio of favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible; an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another; the possibility of future success; a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances; verb be the case by chance; come upon, as if by accident; meet with; take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome
change
noun the action of changing something; a different or fresh set of clothes; a thing that is different; an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another; the result of alteration or modification; money received in return for its equivalent in a larger denomination or a different currency; the balance of money received when the amount you tender is greater than the amount due; coins of small denomination regarded collectively; a relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event; a difference that is usually pleasant; verb undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; make or become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence; cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category; remove or replace the coverings of; change clothes; put on different clothes; lay aside, abandon, or leave for another; become deeper in tone; change from one vehicle or transportation line to another; give to, and receive from, one another
changing
adj. marked by continuous change or effective action
channel
noun a passage for water (or other fluids) to flow through; a television station and its programs; a path over which electrical signals can pass; (often plural) a means of communication or access; a deep and relatively narrow body of water (as in a river or a harbor or a strait linking two larger bodies) that allows the best passage for vessels; a way of selling a company's product either directly or via distributors; a bodily passage or tube lined with epithelial cells and conveying a secretion or other substance; a long narrow furrow cut either by a natural process (such as erosion) or by a tool (as e.g. a groove in a phonograph record); verb direct the flow of; send from one person or place to another; transmit or serve as the medium for transmission
chaos
noun (physics) a dynamical system that is extremely sensitive to its initial conditions; (Greek mythology) the most ancient of gods; the personification of the infinity of space preceding creation of the universe; the formless and disordered state of matter before the creation of the cosmos; a state of extreme confusion and disorder
chapter
noun a subdivision of a written work; usually numbered and titled; a series of related events forming an episode; a local branch of some fraternity or association; an ecclesiastical assembly of the monks in a monastery or even of the canons of a church; any distinct period in history or in a person's life
character
noun (genetics) an attribute (structural or functional) that is determined by a gene or group of genes; the inherent complex of attributes that determine a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions; an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability; a written symbol that is used to represent speech; a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities); good repute; a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something; an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story); verb engrave or inscribe characters on
characteristic
adj. typical or distinctive; noun a distinguishing quality; any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions; the integer part (positive or negative) of the representation of a logarithm; in the expression log 643 = 2.808 the characteristic is 2; a prominent aspect of something
characterize
verb be characteristic of; describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of
charge
noun a impetuous rush toward someone or something; a quantity of explosive to be set off at one time; heraldry consisting of a design or image depicted on a shield; (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense; request for payment of a debt; a person committed to your care; the quantity of unbalanced electricity in a body (either positive or negative) and construed as an excess or deficiency of electrons; the price charged for some article or service; financial liabilities (such as a tax); a special assignment that is given to a person or group; attention and management implying responsibility for safety; an assertion that someone is guilty of a fault or offence; a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something; the swift release of a store of affective force; (psychoanalysis) the libidinal energy invested in some idea or person or object; verb saturate; energize a battery by passing a current through it in the direction opposite to discharge; cause formation of a net electrical charge in or on; set or ask for a certain price; instruct or command with authority; instruct (a jury) about the law, its application, and the weighing of evidence; impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to; blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against; make an accusatory claim; file a formal charge against; to make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle; direct into a position for use; fill or load to capacity; place a heraldic bearing on; lie down on command, of hunting dogs; pay with a credit card; pay with plastic money; postpone payment by recording a purchase as a debt; demand payment; enter a certain amount as a charge; attribute responsibility to; provide with munition; cause to be agitated, excited, or roused; move quickly and violently; give over to another for care or safekeeping; cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution; assign a duty, responsibility or obligation to
charity
noun an activity or gift that benefits the public at large; a kindly and lenient attitude toward people; an institution set up to provide help to the needy; a foundation created to promote the public good (not for assistance to any particular individuals); pinnate-leaved European perennial having bright blue or white flowers
charm
noun something believed to bring good luck; (physics) one of the six flavors of quark; attractiveness that interests or pleases or stimulates; a verbal formula believed to have magical force; verb induce into action by using one's charm; protect through supernatural powers or charms; control by magic spells, as by practicing witchcraft; attract; cause to be enamored
chart
noun a map designed to assist navigation by air or sea; a visual display of information; verb plan in detail; make a chart of; represent by means of a graph
charter
noun a document incorporating an institution and specifying its rights; includes the articles of incorporation and the certificate of incorporation; a contract to hire or lease transportation; verb grant a charter to; engage for service under a term of contract; hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services
chase
noun United States politician and jurist who served as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court (1808-1873); the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture; verb cut a groove into; go after with the intent to catch; pursue someone sexually or romantically; cut a furrow into a columns
cheap
adj. relatively low in price or charging low prices; embarrassingly stingy; of very poor quality; flimsy; tastelessly showy
cheat
noun a deception for profit to yourself; the act of swindling by some fraudulent scheme; someone who leads you to believe something that is not true; weedy annual native to Europe but widely distributed as a weed especially in wheat; weedy annual grass often occurs in grainfields and other cultivated land; seeds sometimes considered poisonous; verb defeat someone in an expectation through trickery or deceit; deprive somebody of something by deceit; engage in deceitful behavior; practice trickery or fraud; be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage
check
noun the act of inspecting or verifying; (chess) a direct attack on an opponent's king; obstructing an opponent in ice hockey; a textile pattern of squares or crossed lines (resembling a checkerboard); a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something; the bill in a restaurant; a written order directing a bank to pay money; the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess; something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress; an appraisal of the state of affairs; additional proof that something that was believed (some fact or hypothesis or theory) is correct; a mark indicating that something has been noted or completed etc.; the state of inactivity following an interruption; verb make cracks or chinks in; arrest the motion (of something) abruptly; slow the growth or development of; examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition; put a check mark on or near or next to; verify by consulting a source or authority; write out a check on a bank account; place into check; hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; decline to initiate betting; mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on; stop for a moment, as if out of uncertainty or caution; stop in a chase especially when scent is lost; abandon the intended prey, turn, and pursue an inferior prey, of falcons; hand over something to somebody as for temporary safekeeping; consign for shipment on a vehicle; make an examination or investigation; block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey; be verified or confirmed; pass inspection; become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something; find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort; lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; train by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control; be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
cheek
noun either side of the face below the eyes; impudent aggressiveness; either of the two large fleshy masses of muscular tissue that form the human rump; an impudent statement; verb speak impudently to
cheer
noun a cry or shout of approval; the quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom; verb show approval or good wishes by shouting; urge on or encourage especially by shouts; become cheerful; cause (somebody) to feel happier or more cheerful; give encouragement to
cheese
noun a solid food prepared from the pressed curd of milk; erect or decumbent Old World perennial with axillary clusters of rosy-purple flowers; introduced in United States; verb wind onto a cheese; used in the imperative (get away, or stop it)
chef
noun a professional cook
chemical
adj. relating to or used in chemistry; of or made from or using substances produced by or used in reactions involving atomic or molecular changes; noun produced by or used in a reaction involving changes in atoms or molecules
chemistry
noun the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions; the way two individuals relate to each other
chest
noun box with a lid; used for storage; usually large and sturdy; furniture with drawers for keeping clothes; the part of the human torso between the neck and the diaphragm or the corresponding part in other vertebrates
chew
noun biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow; a wad of something chewable as tobacco; verb chew (food)
chicken
adj. easily frightened; noun a domestic fowl bred for flesh or eggs; believed to have been developed from the red jungle fowl; a foolhardy competition; a dangerous activity that is continued until one competitor becomes afraid and stops; the flesh of a chicken used for food; a person who lacks confidence, is irresolute and wishy-washy
chief
adj. most important element; noun a person who exercises control over workers; a person who is in charge
child
noun a young person of either sex; a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age; an immature childish person; a member of a clan or tribe
childhood
noun the state of a child between infancy and adolescence; the time of person's life when they are a child
chill
adj. uncomfortably cool; noun coldness due to a cold environment; a sudden numbing dread; a sensation of cold that often marks the start of an infection and the development of a fever; an almost pleasurable sensation of fright; verb depress or discourage; loose heat; make cool or cooler
chin
noun the protruding part of the lower jaw; Kamarupan languages spoken in western Burma and Bangladesh and easternmost India; verb raise oneself while hanging from one's hands until one's chin is level with the support bar
Chinese
adj. of or pertaining to China or its peoples or cultures; of or relating to or characteristic of the island republic on Taiwan or its residents or their language; noun any of the Sino-Tibetan languages spoken in China; regarded as dialects of a single language (even though they are mutually unintelligible) because they share an ideographic writing system; a native or inhabitant of Communist China or of Nationalist China
chip
noun the act of chipping something; a low running approach shot; electronic equipment consisting of a small crystal of a silicon semiconductor fabricated to carry out a number of electronic functions in an integrated circuit; a small disk-shaped counter used to represent money when gambling; a triangular wooden float attached to the end of a log line; a thin crisp slice of potato fried in deep fat; a piece of dried bovine dung; a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something; a small fragment of something broken off from the whole; verb break a small piece off from; break off (a piece from a whole); form by chipping; play a chip shot; cut a nick into
chocolate
noun a medium brown to dark-brown color; a food made from roasted ground cacao beans; a beverage made from cocoa powder and milk and sugar; usually drunk hot
choice
adj. of superior grade; appealing to refined taste; noun the act of choosing or selecting; the person or thing chosen or selected; one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen
cholesterol
noun an animal sterol that is normally synthesized by the liver; the most abundant steroid in animal tissues
choose
verb pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; select as an alternative; choose instead; prefer as an alternative; see fit or proper to act in a certain way; decide to act in a certain way
chop
noun a grounder that bounces high in the air; a tennis return made with a downward motion that puts backspin on the ball; a jaw; a small cut of meat including part of a rib; the irregular motion of waves (usually caused by wind blowing in a direction opposite to the tide); verb hit sharply; cut with a hacking tool; cut into pieces; strike sharply, as in some sports; move suddenly
Christian
adj. following the teachings or manifesting the qualities or spirit of Jesus Christ; relating to or characteristic of Christianity; noun a religious person who believes Jesus is the Christ and who is a member of a Christian denomination
Christianity
noun a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior; the collective body of Christians throughout the world and history (found predominantly in Europe and the Americas and Australia)
Christmas
noun a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ; a quarter day in England, Wales, and Ireland; period extending from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6; verb spend Christmas
chronic
adj. being long-lasting and recurrent or characterized by long suffering
chunk
noun a substantial amount; a compact mass; verb group or chunk together in a certain order or place side by side; put together indiscriminately
church
noun a place for public (especially Christian) worship; one of the groups of Christians who have their own beliefs and forms of worship; the body of people who attend or belong to a particular local church; a service conducted in a house of worship; verb perform a special church rite or service for
cigarette
noun finely ground tobacco wrapped in paper; for smoking
circle
noun any circular or rotating mechanism; a curved section or tier of seats in a hall or theater or opera house; usually the first tier above the orchestra; ellipse in which the two axes are of equal length; a plane curve generated by one point moving at a constant distance from a fixed point; something approximating the shape of a circle; movement once around a course; street names for flunitrazepan; a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island; an unofficial association of people or groups; verb travel around something; move in circles; form a circle around; be around
circuit
noun an electrical device that provides a path for electrical current to flow; (law) a judicial division of a state or the United States (so-called because originally judges traveled and held court in different locations); one of the twelve groups of states in the United States that is covered by a particular circuit court of appeals; an established itinerary of venues or events that a particular group of people travel to; movement once around a course; a journey or route all the way around a particular place or area; a racetrack for automobile races; verb make a circuit
circumstance
noun information that should be kept in mind when making a decision; formal ceremony about important occasions; a condition that accompanies or influences some event or activity; the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event
cite
noun a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage; verb call in an official matter, such as to attend court; advance evidence for; commend; repeat a passage from; refer to for illustration or proof; make reference to; refer to
citizen
noun a native or naturalized member of a state or other political community
citizenship
noun conduct as a citizen; the status of a citizen with rights and duties
city
noun people living in a large densely populated municipality; a large and densely populated urban area; may include several independent administrative districts; an incorporated administrative district established by state charter
civic
adj. of or relating or belonging to a city; of or relating to or befitting citizens as individuals
civil
adj. of or in a condition of social order; not rude; marked by satisfactory (or especially minimal) adherence to social usages and sufficient but not noteworthy consideration for others; (of divisions of time) legally recognized in ordinary affairs of life; applying to ordinary citizens; of or relating to or befitting citizens as individuals; of or occurring within the state or between or among citizens of the state
civilian
adj. associated with or performed by civilians as contrasted with the military; noun a nonmilitary citizen
civilization
noun a society in an advanced state of social development (e.g., with complex legal and political and religious organizations); the social process whereby societies achieve civilization; the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste; a particular society at a particular time and place
claim
noun demand for something as rightful or due; an informal right to something; an assertion of a right (as to money or property); an assertion that something is true or factual; an established or recognized right; a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"; verb take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs; assert or affirm strongly; state to be true or existing; lay claim to; as of an idea; ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example; demand as being one's due or property; assert one's right or title to
class
noun elegance in dress or behavior; people having the same social or economic status; a collection of things sharing a common attribute; (biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more orders; a body of students who are taught together; a body of students who graduate together; a league ranked by quality; education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings; verb arrange or order by classes or categories
classic
adj. characteristic of the classical artistic and literary traditions; adhering to established standards and principles; noun a creation of the highest excellence; an artist who has created classic works
classical
adj. of or characteristic of a form or system felt to be of first significance before modern times; of recognized authority or excellence; noun traditional genre of music conforming to an established form and appealing to critical interest and developed musical taste
classify
verb arrange or order by classes or categories; declare unavailable, as for security reasons; assign to a class or kind
classroom
noun a room in a school where lessons take place
clay
noun United States politician responsible for the Missouri Compromise between free and slave states (1777-1852); United States general who commanded United States forces in Europe from 1945 to 1949 and who oversaw the Berlin airlift (1897-1978); a very fine-grained soil that is plastic when moist but hard when fired; the dead body of a human being; water soaked soil; soft wet earth
clean
adj. free of drugs; free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed; not carrying concealed weapons; (of a record) having no marks of discredit or offense; free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits; (of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers; not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination; ritually clean or pure; thorough and without qualification; exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play; (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections; morally pure; without difficulties or problems; free from impurities; (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims; free of restrictions or qualifications; (of a surface) not written or printed on; free from sepsis or infection; adv. completely; used as intensifiers; in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating; noun a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead; verb remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits; remove shells or husks from; remove while making clean; make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from; remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely; deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.; be cleanable; clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing; remove unwanted substances from; clean and tidy up the house
clear
adj. of complexion; without such blemishes as e.g. acne; clear to the mind; free from cloudiness; allowing light to pass through; free from confusion or doubt; free from clouds or mist or haze; characterized by ease and quickness in perceiving; clear and distinct to the senses; easily perceptible; (especially of a title) free from any encumbrance or limitation that presents a question of fact or law; free from contact or proximity or connection; easily deciphered; clear of charges or deductions; affording free passage or view; free from flaw or blemish or impurity; characterized by freedom from troubling thoughts (especially guilt); accurately stated or described; freed from any question of guilt; (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims; free of restrictions or qualifications; adv. completely; in an easily perceptible manner; noun the state of being free of suspicion; a clear or unobstructed space or expanse of land or water; verb free (the throat) by making a rasping sound; remove; make a way or path by removing objects; remove the occupants of; remove (people) from a building; rid of instructions or data; make clear, bright, light, or translucent; make free from confusion or ambiguity; make clear; settle, as of a debt; pass an inspection or receive authorization; pass by, over, or under without making contact; go away or disappear; sell; be debited and credited to the proper bank accounts; clear from impurities, blemishes, pollution, etc.; free from payment of customs duties, as of a shipment; rid of obstructions; grant authorization or clearance for; pronounce not guilty of criminal charges; earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages; make as a net profit; yield as a net profit; go unchallenged; be approved; become clear
clearly
adv. without doubt or question; in an easily perceptible manner; clear to the mind; with distinct mental discernment; in an intelligible manner
clerk
noun an employee who performs clerical work (e.g., keeps records or accounts); a salesperson in a store; verb work as a clerk, as in the legal business
click
noun depression of a button on a computer mouse; a hinged catch that fits into a notch of a ratchet to move a wheel forward or prevent it from moving backward; a stop consonant made by the suction of air into the mouth (as in Bantu); a short light metallic sound; verb become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions; produce a click; make a clicking or ticking sound; make a clucking sounds, characteristic of hens; cause to make a snapping sound; move or strike with a noise; click repeatedly or uncontrollably
client
noun a person who seeks the advice of a lawyer; (computer science) any computer that is hooked up to a computer network; someone who pays for goods or services
cliff
noun a steep high face of rock
climate
noun the weather in some location averaged over some long period of time; the prevailing psychological state
climb
noun the act of climbing something; an event that involves rising to a higher point (as in altitude or temperature or intensity etc.); an upward slope or grade (as in a road); verb improve one's social status; go upward with gradual or continuous progress; move with difficulty, by grasping; slope upward; increase in value or to a higher point; go up or advance
cling
noun fruit (especially peach) whose flesh adheres strongly to the pit; verb hold on tightly or tenaciously; come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation; to remain emotionally or intellectually attached
clinic
noun a healthcare facility for outpatient care; meeting for diagnosis of problems and instruction or remedial work in a particular activity; a medical establishment run by a group of medical specialists
clinical
adj. scientifically detached; unemotional; relating to a clinic or conducted in or as if in a clinic and depending on direct observation of patients
clip
noun a sharp slanting blow; the act of clipping or snipping; any of various small fasteners used to hold loose articles together; an article of jewelry that can be clipped onto a hat or dress; a metal frame or container holding cartridges; can be inserted into an automatic gun; an instance or single occasion for some event; verb terminate or abbreviate before its intended or proper end or its full extent; attach with a clip; cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of; sever or remove by pinching or snipping; run at a moderately swift pace
clock
noun a timepiece that shows the time of day; verb measure the time or duration of an event or action or the person who performs an action in a certain period of time
close
adj. marked by fidelity to an original; rigorously attentive; strict and thorough; at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other; close in relevance or relationship; inclined to secrecy or reticence about divulging information; crowded; (of a contest or contestants) evenly matched; used of hair or haircuts; fitting closely but comfortably; confined to specific persons; strictly confined or guarded; of textiles; not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances; giving or spending with reluctance; lacking fresh air; adv. in an attentive manner; near in time or place or relationship; noun the concluding part of any performance; the last section of a communication; the temporal end; the concluding time; verb finish a game in baseball by protecting a lead; complete a business deal, negotiation, or an agreement; move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut; become closed; fill or stop up; bar access to; bring together all the elements or parts of; draw near; come together, as if in an embrace; change one's body stance so that the forward shoulder and foot are closer to the intended point of impact; cause a window or an application to disappear on a computer desktop; engage at close quarters; finish or terminate (meetings, speeches, etc.); be priced or listed when trading stops; unite or bring into contact or bring together the edges of; cease to operate or cause to cease operating; come to a close
closed
adj. not open or affording passage or access; used especially of mouth or eyes; blocked against entry; (set theory) of an interval that contains both its endpoints; not having an open mind; not open to the general public; with shutters closed; requiring union membership; not open
closely
adv. in a close relation or position in time or space; in a close manner; in an attentive manner
closer
adv. (comparative of `near' or `close') within a shorter distance; noun (baseball) a relief pitcher who can protect a lead in the last inning or two of the game; a person who closes something
closest
adv. (superlative of `near' or `close') within the shortest distance
closet
noun a small private room for study or prayer; a small room (or recess) or cabinet used for storage space; a tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes; a toilet in England; verb confine to a small space, as for intensive work
cloth
noun artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
clothes
noun clothing in general
clothing
noun a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
cloud
noun a visible mass of water or ice particles suspended at a considerable altitude; any collection of particles (e.g., smoke or dust) or gases that is visible; out of touch with reality; suspicion affecting your reputation; a cause of worry or gloom or trouble; a group of many insects; verb make milky or dull; make gloomy or depressed; billow up in the form of a cloud; colour with streaks or blotches of different shades; place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; make less visible or unclear; make overcast or cloudy
club
noun stout stick that is larger at one end; a playing card in the minor suit that has one or more black trefoils on it; a formal association of people with similar interests; a spot that is open late at night and that provides entertainment (as singers or dancers) as well as dancing and food and drink; a building that is occupied by a social club; golf equipment used by a golfer to hit a golf ball; a team of professional baseball players who play and travel together; verb strike with a club or a bludgeon; gather and spend time together; unite with a common purpose
clue
noun evidence that helps to solve a problem; a slight indication; verb roll into a ball
cluster
noun a grouping of a number of similar things; verb come together as in a cluster or flock; gather or cause to gather into a cluster
coach
noun a carriage pulled by four horses with one driver; a person who gives private instruction (as in singing or acting); (sports) someone in charge of training an athlete or a team; a vehicle carrying many passengers; used for public transport; a railcar where passengers ride; verb teach and supervise (someone); act as a trainer or coach (to), as in sports; drive a coach
coal
noun fossil fuel consisting of carbonized vegetable matter deposited in the Carboniferous period; a hot fragment of wood or coal that is left from a fire and is glowing or smoldering; verb take in coal; supply with coal; burn to charcoal
coalition
noun the state of being combined into one body; the union of diverse things into one body or form or group; the growing together of parts; an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty
coast
noun the area within view; a slope down which sleds may coast; the act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it; the shore of a sea or ocean; verb move effortlessly; by force of gravity
coastal
adj. located on or near or bordering on a coast; of or relating to a coast
coat
noun growth of hair or wool or fur covering the body of an animal; an outer garment that has sleeves and covers the body from shoulder down; worn outdoors; a thin layer covering something; verb cover or provide with a coat; form a coat over; put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface
cocaine
noun a narcotic (alkaloid) extracted from coca leaves; used as a surface anesthetic or taken for pleasure; can become powerfully addictive
code
noun a coding system used for transmitting messages requiring brevity or secrecy; (computer science) the symbolic arrangement of data or instructions in a computer program or the set of such instructions; a set of rules or principles or laws (especially written ones); verb attach a code to; convert ordinary language into code
coffee
noun a beverage consisting of an infusion of ground coffee beans; any of several small trees and shrubs native to the tropical Old World yielding coffee beans; a medium brown to dark-brown color; a seed of the coffee tree; ground to make coffee
cognitive
adj. of or being or relating to or involving cognition
coin
noun a metal piece (usually a disc) used as money; verb make up; form by stamping, punching, or printing
cold
adj. lacking the warmth of life; of a seeker; far from the object sought; unconscious from a blow or shock or intoxication; feeling or showing no enthusiasm; having lost freshness through passage of time; used of physical coldness; having a low or inadequate temperature or feeling a sensation of coldness or having been made cold by e.g. ice or refrigeration; extended meanings; especially of psychological coldness; without human warmth or emotion; without compunction or human feeling; sexually unresponsive; so intense as to be almost uncontrollable; no longer new; uninteresting; marked by errorless familiarity; (color) giving no sensation of warmth; noun the sensation produced by low temperatures; a mild viral infection involving the nose and respiratory passages (but not the lungs); the absence of heat
collaboration
noun act of working jointly; act of cooperating traitorously with an enemy that is occupying your country
collapse
noun a mishap caused by something suddenly falling down or caving in; an abrupt failure of function or health; the act of throwing yourself down; a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures); verb lose significance, effectiveness, or value; break down, literally or metaphorically; cause to burst; fold or close up; collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack; suffer a nervous breakdown; fall apart
collar
noun a figurative restraint; a band that fits around the neck and is usually folded over; a band of leather or rope that is placed around an animal's neck as a harness or to identify it; the stitching that forms the rim of a shoe or boot; the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal); necklace that fits tightly around a woman's neck; verb take into custody; furnish with a collar; seize by the neck or collar
colleague
noun a person who is member of your class or profession; an associate you work with
collect
adj. payable by the recipient on delivery; adv. make a telephone call or mail a package so that the recipient pays; noun a short prayer generally preceding the lesson in the Church of Rome or the Church of England; verb get or bring together; call for and obtain payment of; gather or collect; assemble or get together; get or gather together
collection
noun the act of gathering something together; a publication containing a variety of works; several things grouped together or considered as a whole; request for a sum of money
collective
adj. set up on the principle of collectivism or ownership and production by the workers involved usually under the supervision of a government; forming a whole or aggregate; done by or characteristic of individuals acting together; noun members of a cooperative enterprise
collector
noun the electrode in a transistor through which a primary flow of carriers leaves the region between the electrodes; a crater that has collected cosmic material hitting the earth; a person who is employed to collect payments (as for rent or taxes); a person who collects things
college
noun a complex of buildings in which an institution of higher education is housed; British slang for prison; the body of faculty and students of a college; an institution of higher education created to educate and grant degrees; often a part of a university
colonial
adj. composed of many distinct individuals united to form a whole or colony; of or relating to or characteristic of or inhabiting a colony; of animals who live in colonies, such as ants; noun a resident of a colony
colony
noun a group of animals of the same type living together; (microbiology) a group of organisms grown from a single parent cell; a body of people who settle far from home but maintain ties with their homeland; inhabitants remain nationals of their home state but are not literally under the home state's system of government; a geographical area politically controlled by a distant country; one of the 13 British colonies that formed the original states of the United States
color
adj. having or capable of producing colors; noun the appearance of objects (or light sources) described in terms of a person's perception of their hue and lightness (or brightness) and saturation; a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect; the timbre of a musical sound; interest and variety and intensity; (physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction; each flavor of quarks comes in three colors; a race with skin pigmentation different from the white race (especially Blacks); an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading; any material used for its color; verb add color to; gloss or excuse; decorate with colors; modify or bias; change color, often in an undesired manner; affect as in thought or feeling
colorful
adj. having striking color; striking in variety and interest; having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination
column
noun (architeture) a tall cylindrical vertical upright and used to support a structure; a vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (such as a monument); a vertical glass tube used in column chromatography; a mixture is poured in the top and washed through a stationary substance where components of the mixture are adsorbed selectively to form colored bands; an article giving opinions or perspectives; a line of (usually military) units following one after another; a linear array of numbers one above another; anything tall and relatively thin that approximates the shape of a column or tower
columnist
noun a journalist who writes editorials
combat
noun an engagement fought between two military forces; the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; verb battle or contend against in or as if in a battle
combination
noun the act of combining things to form a new whole; the act of arranging elements into specified groups without regard to order; a collection of things that have been combined; an assemblage of separate parts or qualities; an alliance of people or corporations or countries for a special purpose (formerly to achieve some antisocial end but now for general political or economic purposes); a group of people (often temporary) having a common purpose; a sequence of numbers or letters that opens a combination lock; a coordinated sequence of chess moves
combine
noun harvester that heads and threshes and cleans grain while moving across the field; an occurrence that results in things being united; a consortium of independent organizations formed to limit competition by controlling the production and distribution of a product or service; verb add together from different sources; join for a common purpose or in a common action; put or add together; mix together different elements; gather in a mass, sum, or whole; combine so as to form a whole; mix; have or possess in combination
combined
adj. made or joined or united into one; involving the joint activity of two or more
come
noun the thick white fluid containing spermatozoa that is ejaculated by the male genital tract; verb come to pass; arrive, as in due course; be found or available; happen as a result; reach or enter a state, relation, condition, use, or position; have a certain priority; cover a certain distance; move toward, travel toward something or somebody or approach something or somebody; be received; experience orgasm; to be the product or result; develop into; extend or reach; exist or occur in a certain point in a series; come to one's mind; suggest itself; reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress; proceed or get along; add up in number or quantity; come under, be classified or included; come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example; be a native of; come forth
comedy
noun light and humorous drama with a happy ending; a comic incident or series of incidents
comfort
noun a feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment; a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain; the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction; a freedom from financial difficulty that promotes a comfortable state; verb lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate; give moral or emotional strength to
comfortable
adj. providing or experiencing physical well-being or relief (`comfy' is informal); free from stress or conducive to mental ease; having or affording peace of mind; in fortunate circumstances financially; moderately rich; sufficient to provide comfort; more than adequate
coming
adj. yet to come; of the relatively near future; noun arrival that has been awaited (especially of something momentous); the moment of most intense pleasure in sexual intercourse; the act of drawing spatially closer to something; the temporal property of becoming nearer in time
command
noun availability for use; the power or authority to command; great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity; an authoritative direction or instruction to do something; a military unit or region under the control of a single officer; a position of highest authority; (computer science) a line of code written as part of a computer program; verb make someone do something; be in command of; demand as one's due; exercise authoritative control or power over; look down on
commander
noun someone in an official position of authority who can command or control others; a commissioned naval officer who ranks above a lieutenant commander and below a captain; an officer in the airforce; an officer in command of a military unit
comment
noun a written explanation or criticism or illustration that is added to a book or other textual material; a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief; a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people; verb explain or interpret something; make or write a comment on; provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases
commercial
adj. connected with or engaged in or sponsored by or used in commerce or commercial enterprises; of the kind or quality used in commerce; average or inferior; of or relating to commercialism; noun a commercially sponsored ad on radio or television
commission
noun the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions; an official document issued by a government and conferring on the recipient the rank of an officer in the armed forces; a formal statement of a command or injunction to do something; a fee for services rendered based on a percentage of an amount received or collected or agreed to be paid (as distinguished from a salary); the state of being in good working order and ready for operation; a special assignment that is given to a person or group; the act of committing a crime; a special group delegated to consider some matter; a group of representatives or delegates; verb charge with a task; put into commission; equip for service; of ships; place an order for
commissioner
noun a government administrator; a member of a commission
commit
verb cause to be admitted; of persons to an institution; give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause; make an investment; confer a trust upon; perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
commitment
noun the official act of consigning a person to confinement (as in a prison or mental hospital); the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action; an engagement by contract involving financial obligation; a message that makes a pledge; the trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose
committee
noun a special group delegated to consider some matter; a self-constituted organization to promote something
commodity
noun articles of commerce
common
adj. having no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual; belonging to or participated in by a community as a whole; public; commonly encountered; being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language; of or associated with the great masses of people; to be expected; standard; common to or shared by two or more parties; lacking refinement or cultivation or taste; of low or inferior quality or value; noun a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area
commonly
adv. under normal conditions
communicate
verb transmit thoughts or feelings; transmit information; administer communion; in church; be in verbal contact; interchange information or ideas; join or connect; receive Communion, in the Catholic church; transfer to another
communication
noun something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups; the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information; a connection allowing access between persons or places
community
noun (ecology) a group of interdependent organisms inhabiting the same region and interacting with each other; a group of people living in a particular local area; a group of people having ethnic or cultural or religious characteristics in common; a group of nations having common interests; common ownership; agreement as to goals; the body of people in a learned occupation; a district where people live; occupied primarily by private residences
companion
noun one paid to accompany or assist or live with another; a person who is frequently in the company of another; a traveler who accompanies you; verb be a companion to somebody
company
noun an institution created to conduct business; a unit of firefighters including their equipment; a social gathering of guests or companions; organization of performers and associated personnel (especially theatrical); small military unit; usually two or three platoons; the state of being with someone; crew of a ship including the officers; the whole force or personnel of a ship; a band of people associated temporarily in some activity; a social or business visitor; verb be a companion to somebody
comparable
adj. able to be compared or worthy of comparison; conforming in every respect
Compare
noun qualities that are comparable; verb examine and note the similarities or differences of; consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous; to form the comparative or superlative form on an adjective or adverb; be comparable
comparison
noun examining resemblances or differences; qualities that are comparable; relation based on similarities and differences
compel
verb force or compel somebody to do something; make someone do something
compelling
adj. tending to persuade by forcefulness of argument; driving or forcing
compensation
noun something (such as money) given or received as payment or reparation (as for a service or loss or injury); (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that conceals your undesirable shortcomings by exaggerating desirable behaviors; the act of compensating for service or loss or injury
compete
verb compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others
competition
noun the act of competing as for profit or a prize; a business relation in which two parties compete to gain customers; an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants; the contestant you hope to defeat
competitive
adj. showing a fighting disposition; subscribing to capitalistic competition; involving competition or competitiveness
competitor
noun the contestant you hope to defeat
complain
verb make a formal accusation; bring a formal charge; express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
complaint
noun (civil law) the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based; an expression of grievance or resentment; (formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow; (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense; an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining
complete
adj. having every necessary or normal part or component or step; having come or been brought to a conclusion; perfect and complete in every respect; having all necessary qualities; without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers; highly skilled; verb bring to a whole, with all the necessary parts or elements; come or bring to a finish or an end; write all the required information onto a form; complete a pass; complete or carry out
completely
adv. so as to be complete; with everything necessary; to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent (`whole' is often used informally for `wholly')
complex
adj. complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts; noun a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts; (psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior; a compound described in terms of the central atom to which other atoms are bound or coordinated; a whole structure (as a building) made up of interconnected or related structures
complexity
noun the quality of being intricate and compounded
compliance
noun happy friendly agreement; the act of submitting; usually surrendering power to another; acting according to certain accepted standards; a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others
complicated
adj. difficult to analyze or understand
comply
verb act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes
component
noun an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system; an abstract part of something; something determined in relation to something that includes it
compose
verb put together out of existing material; write music; calm (someone, especially oneself); make quiet; form the substance of; make up plans or basic details for; produce a literary work
composition
noun something that is created by arranging several things to form a unified whole; the spatial property resulting from the arrangement of parts in relation to each other and to the whole; an essay (especially one written as an assignment); a mixture of ingredients; the act of creating written works; musical creation; the way in which someone or something is composed; art and technique of printing with movable type; a musical work that has been created
compound
adj. of leaf shapes; of leaves composed of several similar parts or lobes; consisting of two or more substances or ingredients or elements or parts; composed of many distinct individuals united to form a whole or colony; noun an enclosure of residences and other building (especially in the Orient); a whole formed by a union of two or more elements or parts; (chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight; verb put or add together; combine so as to form a whole; mix; create by mixing or combining; calculate principal and interest; make more intense, stronger, or more marked
comprehensive
adj. including all or everything; broad in scope; noun an intensive examination testing a student's proficiency in some special field of knowledge
comprise
verb form or compose; include or contain; have as a component; be composed of
compromise
noun a middle way between two extremes; an accommodation in which both sides make concessions; verb settle by concession; make a compromise; arrive at a compromise; expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute
computer
noun a machine for performing calculations automatically; an expert at calculation (or at operating calculating machines)
concede
verb be willing to concede; admit, make a clean breast of; acknowledge defeat; give over; surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another
conceive
verb become pregnant; undergo conception; judge or regard; look upon; judge; have the idea for
concentrate
noun a concentrated example; a concentrated form of a foodstuff; the bulk is reduced by removing water; the desired mineral that is left after impurities have been removed from mined ore; verb make (the solvent of a solution) dense or denser; direct one's attention on something; draw together or meet in one common center; cook until very little liquid is left; be cooked until very little liquid is left; make more concise; compress or concentrate; make central
concentration
noun strengthening the amount of a substance in a unit amount of another substance (as of a solute in a mixture) by removing the other substance; bringing together military forces; (chemistry) the strength of a solution; number of molecules of a substance in a given volume (expressed as moles/cubic meter); the spatial property of being crowded together; complete attention; intense mental effort; increase in density; great and constant diligence and attention
concept
noun an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
conception
noun the act of becoming pregnant; fertilization of an ovum by a spermatozoon; the creation of something in the mind; an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances; the event that occurred at the beginning of something
concern
noun something that interests you because it is important or affects you; something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness; a feeling of sympathy for someone or something; an anxious feeling; a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it; verb be on the mind of; have to do with or be relevant to
concerned
adj. feeling or showing worry or solicitude; involved in or affected by or having a claim to or share in; in relation (or in regard) to; especially as in the phrases; culpably involved
concert
noun a performance of music by players or singers not involving theatrical staging; verb settle by agreement; contrive (a plan) by mutual agreement
conclude
verb bring to a close; reach a conclusion after a discussion or deliberation; reach agreement on; come to a close; decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion
conclusion
noun an intuitive assumption; the last section of a communication; the proposition arrived at by logical reasoning (such as the proposition that must follow from the major and minor premises of a syllogism); a final settlement; the act of making up your mind about something; the act of ending something; a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration; event whose occurrence ends something; the temporal end; the concluding time
concrete
adj. capable of being perceived by the senses; not abstract or imaginary; formed by the coalescence of particles; noun a strong hard building material composed of sand and gravel and cement and water; verb form into a solid mass; coalesce; cover with cement
condemn
verb declare or judge unfit; express strong disapproval of; demonstrate the guilt of (someone); compel or force into a particular state or activity; pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law
condition
noun the procedure that is varied in order to estimate a variable's effect by comparison with a control condition; an assumption on which rests the validity or effect of something else; (usually plural) a statement of what is required as part of an agreement; a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing; a state at a particular time; the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases `in condition' or `in shape' or `out of condition' or `out of shape'); information that should be kept in mind when making a decision; verb apply conditioner to in order to make smooth and shiny; put into a better state; establish a conditioned response; specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement; train by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control
conduct
noun manner of acting or controlling yourself; (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people; verb lead, as in the performance of a composition; lead musicians in the performance of; transmit or serve as the medium for transmission; direct the course of; manage or control; take somebody somewhere; behave in a certain manner
conference
noun a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic; a prearranged meeting for consultation or exchange of information or discussion (especially one with a formal agenda); an association of sports teams that organizes matches for its members
confess
verb confess to God in the presence of a priest, as in the Catholic faith; confess to a punishable or reprehensible deed, usually under pressure; admit, make a clean breast of
confession
noun (Roman Catholic Church) the act of a penitent disclosing his sinfulness before a priest in the sacrament of penance in the hope of absolution; a written document acknowledging an offense and signed by the guilty party; a document that spells out the belief system of a given church (especially the Reformation churches of the 16th century); a public declaration of your faith; an admission of misdeeds or faults
confidence
noun a secret that is confided or entrusted to another; a feeling of trust (in someone or something); a trustful relationship; a state of confident hopefulness that events will be favorable; freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities
confident
adj. not liable to error in judgment or action; having or marked by confidence or assurance; persuaded of; very sure
confirm
verb make more firm; establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts; strengthen or make more firm; administer the rite of confirmation to; support a person for a position
conflict
noun an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals); an incompatibility of dates or events; opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible feelings; opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot); a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests; a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war; a disagreement or argument about something important; verb go against, as of rules and laws; be in conflict
confront
verb deal with (something unpleasant) head on; present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize; oppose, as in hostility or a competition; be face to face with
confrontation
noun a focussed comparison; bringing together for a careful comparison; the act of hostile groups opposing each other; a hostile disagreement face-to-face; discord resulting from a clash of ideas or opinions; a bold challenge
confuse
verb mistake one thing for another; make unclear, indistinct, or blurred; make unclear or incomprehensible; be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly; cause to feel embarrassment; assemble without order or sense
confusion
noun a mistake that results from taking one thing to be another; an act causing a disorderly combination of elements with identities lost and distinctions blended; a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior; a feeling of embarrassment that leaves you confused; disorder resulting from a failure to behave predictably
Congress
noun the legislature of the United States government; a meeting of elected or appointed representatives; a national legislative assembly; the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur
congressional
adj. of or relating to congress
connect
verb join for the purpose of communication; join by means of communication equipment; land on or hit solidly; connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces; hit or play a ball successfully; establish a rapport or relationship; be or become joined or united or linked; be scheduled so as to provide continuing service, as in transportation; make a logical or causal connection; plug into an outlet; establish communication with someone
connection
noun shifting from one form of transportation to another; an instrumentality that connects; a supplier (especially of narcotics); (usually plural) a person who is influential and to whom you are connected in some way (as by family or friendship); a relation between things or events (as in the case of one causing the other or sharing features with it); a connecting shape; the state of being connected; the act of bringing two things into contact (especially for communication); the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination
conscience
noun conformity to one's own sense of right conduct; a feeling of shame when you do something immoral; motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions
conscious
adj. (followed by `of') showing realization or recognition of something; knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts; intentionally conceived
consciousness
noun an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation; having knowledge of
consecutive
adj. in regular succession without gaps; one after the other; successive (without a break); adv. in a consecutive manner
consensus
noun agreement in the judgment or opinion reached by a group as a whole
consent
noun permission to do something; verb give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to
consequence
noun having important effects or influence; the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual; a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
consequently
adv. (sentence connectors) because of the reason given; as a consequence
conservation
noun the preservation and careful management of the environment and of natural resources; (physics) the maintenance of a certain quantities unchanged during chemical reactions or physical transformations; an occurrence of improvement by virtue of preventing loss or injury or other change
conservative
adj. resistant to change; opposed to liberal reforms; conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class; unimaginatively conventional; avoiding excess; noun a person who has conservative ideas or opinions
consider
verb regard or treat with consideration, respect, and esteem; take into consideration for exemplifying purposes; think about carefully; weigh; show consideration for; take into account; judge or regard; look upon; judge; deem to be; look at carefully; study mentally; look at attentively; give careful consideration to
considerable
adj. large or relatively large in number or amount or extent or degree
considerably
adv. to a great extent or degree
consideration
noun a considerate and thoughtful act; kind and considerate regard for others; the process of giving careful thought to something; a discussion of a topic (as in a meeting); information that should be kept in mind when making a decision; a fee charged in advance to retain the services of someone
consist
verb be composed of; be consistent in form, tenor, or character; be congruous; have its essential character; be comprised or contained in; be embodied in; originate (in)
consistent
adj. (sometimes followed by `with') in agreement or consistent or reliable; the same throughout in structure or composition; marked by an orderly, logical, and aesthetically consistent relation of parts; capable of being reproduced
consistently
adv. in a systematic or consistent manner
conspiracy
noun a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act (especially a political plot); a secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act; a group of conspirators banded together to achieve some harmful or illegal purpose
constant
adj. steadfast in purpose or devotion or affection; continually recurring or continuing without interruption; uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing; persistent in occurrence and unvarying in nature; noun a quantity that does not vary; a number representing a quantity assumed to have a fixed value in a specified mathematical context
constantly
adv. without interruption; seemingly uninterrupted; without variation or change
constitute
verb form or compose; set up or lay the groundwork for; create and charge with a task or function; to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting"
constitution
noun the act of forming something; United States 44-gun frigate that was one of the first three naval ships built by the United States; it won brilliant victories over British frigates during the War of 1812 and is without doubt the most famous ship in the history of the United States Navy; it has been rebuilt and is anchored in the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston; the way in which someone or something is composed; law determining the fundamental political principles of a government
constitutional
adj. sanctioned by or consistent with or operating under a constitution; of benefit to or intended to benefit your physical makeup; of or relating to a constitution; constitutional in the structure of something (especially your physical makeup); existing as an essential constituent or characteristic; noun a regular walk taken as a form of exercise
constraint
noun the act of constraining; the threat or use of force to control the thoughts or behavior of others; the state of being physically constrained; a device that retards something's motion
construct
noun an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances; verb draw with suitable instruments and under specified conditions; make by combining materials and parts; create by organizing and linking ideas, arguments, or concepts; create by linking linguistic units; reassemble mentally; put together out of components or parts
construction
noun drawing a figure satisfying certain conditions as part of solving a problem or proving a theorem; the act of constructing something; the commercial activity involved in repairing old structures or constructing new ones; the creation of a construct; the process of combining ideas into a congruous object of thought; a group of words that form a constituent of a sentence and are considered as a single unit; an interpretation of a text or action; a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
consult
verb advise professionally; seek information from; get or ask advice from; have a conference in order to talk something over
consultant
noun an expert who gives advice
consume
verb engage fully; serve oneself to, or consume regularly; use up (resources or materials); spend extravagantly; destroy completely; eat immoderately
consumer
noun a person who uses goods or services
consumption
noun the act of consuming something; the process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating); (economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing; involving the lungs with progressive wasting of the body
Contact
noun close interaction; the act of touching physically; (electronics) a junction where things (as two electrical conductors) touch or are in physical contact; a thin curved glass or plastic lens designed to fit over the cornea in order to correct vision or to deliver medication; a communicative interaction; the physical coming together of two or more things; a person who is in a position to give you special assistance; the state or condition of touching or of being in immediate proximity; a channel for communication between groups; verb be in or establish communication with; be in direct physical contact with; make contact
contain
verb be capable of holding or containing; be divisible by; hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; include or contain; have as a component; contain or hold; have within
container
noun any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
contemplate
verb consider as a possibility; look at thoughtfully; observe deep in thought; reflect deeply on a subject; think intently and at length, as for spiritual purposes
Contemporary
adj. belonging to the present time; characteristic of the present; occurring in the same period of time; noun a person of nearly the same age as another
contend
verb maintain or assert; be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight; have an argument about something; to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation; compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others; come to terms or deal successfully with
content
adj. satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are; noun the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned; everything that is included in a collection; the proportion of a substance that is contained in a mixture or alloy etc.; something (a person or object or scene) selected by an artist or photographer for graphic representation; what a communication that is about something is about; the amount that can be contained; the state of being contented with your situation in life; verb satisfy in a limited way; make content
contest
noun a struggle between rivals; an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants; verb to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation
context
noun discourse that surrounds a language unit and helps to determine its interpretation; the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event
continent
adj. having control over urination and defecation; abstaining from sexual intercourse; noun the European mainland; one of the large landmasses of the earth
continue
verb exist over a prolonged period of time; continue talking; keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last; continue a certain state, condition, or activity; continue after an interruption; do something repeatedly and showing no intention to stop; move ahead; travel onward in time or space; allow to remain in a place or position; span an interval of distance, space or time; continue in a place, position, or situation
continued
adj. without stop or interruption
continuing
adj. remaining in force or being carried on without letup
continuous
adj. continuing in time or space without interruption; of a function or curve; extending without break or irregularity
contract
noun a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid; a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law; (contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make; verb be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; enter into a contractual arrangement; make smaller; become smaller or draw together; reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; make or become more narrow or restricted; compress or concentrate; squeeze or press together; engage by written agreement
contractor
noun someone (a person or firm) who contracts to build things; (law) a party to a contract; the bridge player in contract bridge who wins the bidding and can declare which suit is to be trumps; a bodily organ that contracts
contrast
noun the act of distinguishing by comparing differences; the range of optical density and tone on a photographic negative or print (or the extent to which adjacent areas on a television screen differ in brightness); the perceptual effect of the juxtaposition of very different colors; the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared; a conceptual separation or distinction; verb put in opposition to show or emphasize differences; to show differences when compared; be different
contribute
verb contribute to some cause; be conducive to; provide; bestow a quality on
contribution
noun any one of a number of individual efforts in a common endeavor; act of giving in common with others for a common purpose especially to a charity; a writing for publication especially one of a collection of writings as an article or story; an amount of money contributed; a voluntary gift (as of money or service or ideas) made to some worthwhile cause
contributor
noun a writer whose work is published in a newspaper or magazine or as part of a book; someone who contributes (or promises to contribute) a sum of money
control
noun the activity of managing or exerting control over something; (physiology) regulation or maintenance of a function or action or reflex etc; a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine; power to direct or determine; the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.; a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance; a relation of constraint of one entity (thing or person or group) by another; discipline in personal and social activities; great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity; a standard against which other conditions can be compared in a scientific experiment; the state that exists when one person or group has power over another; verb verify by using a duplicate register for comparison; exercise authoritative control or power over; lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; verify or regulate by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard, of scientific experiments; have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of; be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something; handle and cause to function; control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage
controversial
adj. marked by or capable of arousing controversy
controversy
noun a contentious speech act; a dispute where there is strong disagreement
convenience
noun the quality of being useful and convenient; the state of being suitable or opportune; a device or control that is very useful for a particular job; a toilet that is available to the public
convention
noun the act of convening; something regarded as a normative example; (diplomacy) an international agreement; a large formal assembly; orthodoxy as a consequence of being conventional
conventional
adj. following accepted customs and proprieties; unimaginative and conformist; (weapons) using energy for propulsion or destruction that is not nuclear energy; in accord with or being a tradition or practice accepted from the past; conforming with accepted standards; represented in simplified or symbolic form; rigidly formal or bound by convention
conversation
noun the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc.
conversion
noun a spiritual enlightenment causing a person to lead a new life; a successful free throw or try for point after a touchdown; the act of changing from one use or function or purpose to another; act of exchanging one type of money or security for another; a change in the units or form of an expression: "conversion from Fahrenheit to Centigrade"; interchange of subject and predicate of a proposition; a change of religion; an event that results in a transformation; (psychiatry) a defense mechanism represses emotional conflicts which are then converted into physical symptoms that have no organic basis
convert
noun a person who has been converted to another religious or political belief; verb change in nature, purpose, or function; undergo a chemical change; change the nature, purpose, or function of something; change from one system to another or to a new plan or policy; change religious beliefs, or adopt a religious belief; cause to adopt a new or different faith; make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something; score (a spare); complete successfully; score an extra point or points after touchdown by kicking the ball through the uprights or advancing the ball into the end zone; exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category; exchange a penalty for a less severe one
convey
verb make known; pass on, of information; transmit a title or property; transfer to another; serve as a means for expressing something; go or come after and bring or take back; take something or somebody with oneself somewhere; transmit or serve as the medium for transmission
convict
noun a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison; a person who has been convicted of a criminal offence; verb find or declare guilty
conviction
noun (criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed; an unshakable belief in something without need for proof or evidence
convince
verb make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something
convinced
adj. persuaded of; very sure; having a strong belief or conviction
cook
noun someone who cooks food; English navigator who claimed the east coast of Australia for Britain and discovered several Pacific islands (1728-1779); verb transform and make suitable for consumption by heating; transform by heating; prepare for eating by applying heat; prepare a hot meal; fake or falsify
cookie
noun a short line of text that a web site puts on your computer's hard drive when you access the web site; any of various small flat sweet cakes (`biscuit' is the British term); the cook on a ranch or at a camp
cooking
noun the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat
cool
adj. marked by calm self-control (especially in trying circumstances); unemotional; fashionable and attractive at the time; often skilled or socially adept; (used of a number or sum) without exaggeration or qualification; neither warm nor very cold; giving relief from heat; psychologically cool and unenthusiastic; unfriendly or unresponsive or showing dislike; (color) inducing the impression of coolness; used especially of greens and blues and violets; noun the quality of being at a refreshingly low temperature; great coolness and composure under strain; verb loose heat; lose intensity; make cool or cooler
cooperate
verb work together on a common enterprise of project
cooperation
noun the practice of cooperating; joint operation or action
cooperative
adj. done with or working with others for a common purpose or benefit; willing to adjust to differences in order to obtain agreement; involving the joint activity of two or more; noun a jointly owned commercial enterprise (usually organized by farmers or consumers) that produces and distributes goods and services and is run for the benefit of its owners; an association formed and operated for the benefit of those using it
coordinate
adj. of equal importance, rank, or degree; noun a number that identifies a position relative to an axis; verb bring into common action, movement, or condition; be co-ordinated; bring order and organization to; bring (components or parts) into proper or desirable coordination correlation
coordinator
noun someone whose task is to see that work goes harmoniously
cop
noun uncomplimentary terms for a policeman; verb take into custody; take by theft
cope
noun brick that is laid sideways at the top of a wall; verb come to terms or deal successfully with
copy
noun a secondary representation of an original; matter to be printed; exclusive of graphical materials; material suitable for a journalistic account; a reproduction of a written record (e.g. of a legal or school record); verb make a replica of; copy down as is; reproduce or make an exact copy of; reproduce someone's behavior or looks
cord
noun a line made of twisted fibers or threads; a cut pile fabric with vertical ribs; usually made of cotton; a light insulated conductor for household use; a unit of amount of wood cut for burning; 128 cubic feet; verb bind or tie with a cord; stack in cords
core
noun a bar of magnetic material (as soft iron) that passes through a coil and serves to increase the inductance of the coil; the chamber of a nuclear reactor containing the fissile material where the reaction takes place; a small group of indispensable persons or things; the center of an object; the central part of the Earth; a cylindrical sample of soil or rock obtained with a hollow drill; the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work; an organization founded by James Leonard Farmer in 1942 to work for racial equality; verb remove the core or center from
corn
noun something sentimental or trite; ears of corn grown for human food; tall annual cereal grass bearing kernels on large ears: widely cultivated in America in many varieties; the principal cereal in Mexico and Central and South America since pre-Columbian times; (Great Britain) any of various cereal plants (especially the dominant crop of the region--wheat in England or oats in Scotland and Ireland); the dried grains or kernels or corn used as animal feed or ground for meal; a hard thickening of the skin (especially on the top or sides of the toes) caused by the pressure of ill-fitting shoes; whiskey distilled from a mash of not less than 80 percent corn; verb preserve with salt; feed (cattle) with corn
corner
noun the intersection of two streets; (architecture) solid exterior angle of a building; especially one formed by a cornerstone; an interior angle formed be two meeting walls; the point where two lines meet or intersect; a place off to the side of an area; a remote area; the point where three areas or surfaces meet or intersect; a projecting part where two sides or edges meet; a predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible; a temporary monopoly on a kind of commercial trade; a small concavity; verb turn a corner; force a person or an animal into a position from which he cannot escape; gain control over
corporate
adj. organized and maintained as a legal corporation; done by or characteristic of individuals acting together; of or belonging to a corporation; possessing or existing in bodily form
corporation
noun a business firm whose articles of incorporation have been approved in some state; slang for a paunch
Corpus
noun the main part of an organ or other bodily structure; a collection of writings; capital as contrasted with the income derived from it
correct
adj. free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth; socially right or correct; in accord with accepted standards of usage or procedure; correct in opinion or judgment; verb treat a defect; make right or correct; alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard; censure severely; go down in value; make reparations or amends for; punish in order to gain control or enforce obedience; adjust for
correctly
adv. in a correct manner
correlation
noun a statistical relation between two or more variables such that systematic changes in the value of one variable are accompanied by systematic changes in the other; a reciprocal relation between two or more things; a statistic representing how closely two variables co-vary; it can vary from -1 (perfect negative correlation) through 0 (no correlation) to +1 (perfect positive correlation)
correspondent
adj. similar or equivalent in some respects though otherwise dissimilar; noun someone who communicates by means of letters; a journalist employed to provide news stories for newspapers or broadcast media
corridor
noun an enclosed passageway; rooms usually open onto it
corruption
noun inducement (as of a public official) by improper means (as bribery) to violate duty (as by commiting a felony); destroying someone's (or some group's) honesty or loyalty; undermining moral integrity; moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles; decay of matter (as by rot or oxidation); lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery); use of a position of trust for dishonest gain; in a state of progressive putrefaction
cost
noun the total spent for goods or services including money and time and labor; the property of having material worth (often indicated by the amount of money something would bring if sold); value measured by what must be given or done or undergone to obtain something; verb require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice; be priced at
costly
adj. having a high price; entailing great loss or sacrifice
costume
noun the attire worn in a play or at a fancy dress ball; the attire characteristic of a country or a time or a social class; unusual or period attire not characteristic of or appropriate to the time and place; the prevalent fashion of dress (including accessories and hair style as well as garments); verb dress in a costume; furnish with costumes; as for a film or play
cottage
noun a small house with a single story
cotton
noun fabric woven from cotton fibers; thread made of cotton fibers; erect bushy mallow plant or small tree bearing bolls containing seeds with many long hairy fibers; soft silky fibers from cotton plants in their raw state; verb take a liking to
couch
noun a narrow bed on which a patient lies during psychiatric or psychoanalytic treatment; a flat coat of paint or varnish used by artists as a primer; an upholstered seat for more than one person; verb formulate in a particular style or language
council
noun a meeting of people for consultation; a body serving in an administrative capacity; (Christianity) an assembly or theologians and bishops and other representative of different churches or dioceses that is convened to regulate matters of discipline or doctrine
counsel
noun something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action; a lawyer who pleads cases in court; verb give advice to
counseling
noun something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
counselor
noun someone who gives advice about problems; someone who has supervisory duties at a summer camp; a lawyer who pleads cases in court
count
noun the act of counting; a nobleman (in various countries) having rank equal to a British earl; the total number counted; verb include as if by counting; have faith or confidence in; name or recite the numbers; determine the number or amount of; have weight; have import, carry weight; put into a group; take account of; show consideration for; take into account
counter
adj. indicating opposition or resistance; adv. in the opposite direction; noun table consisting of a horizontal surface over which business is transacted; a calculator that keeps a record of the number of times something happens; a piece of leather forming the back of a shoe or boot; game equipment used in various card or board games; (computer science) a register whose contents go through a regular series of states (usually states indicating consecutive integers); a person who counts things; a return punch (especially by a boxer); a piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room; has shelves and drawers; a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one); verb speak in response; act in advance of; deal with ahead of time
counterpart
noun a duplicate copy; a person or thing having the same function or characteristics as another
country
noun the territory occupied by a nation; an area outside of cities and towns; the people who live in a nation or country; a politically organized body of people under a single government; a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)
county
noun a region created by territorial division for the purpose of local government; the largest administrative district within a state
coup
noun a brilliant and notable success; a sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force
couple
noun a pair who associate with one another; a pair of people who live together; (physics) something joined by two equal and opposite forces that act along parallel lines; two items of the same kind; a small indefinite number; verb link together; bring two objects, ideas, or people together; make love; form a pair or pairs
courage
noun a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear
course
adv. as might be expected; noun a mode of action; education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings; facility consisting of a circumscribed area of land or water laid out for a sport; (construction) a layer of masonry; part of a meal served at one time; a connected series of events or actions or developments; general line of orientation; a line or route along which something travels or moves; verb hunt with hounds; move swiftly through or over; move along, of liquids
court
noun respectful deference; an area wholly or partly surrounded by walls or buildings; a specially marked horizontal area within which a game is played; a room in which a lawcourt sits; the residence of a sovereign or nobleman; the sovereign and his advisers who are the governing power of a state; the family and retinue of a sovereign or prince; an assembly (including one or more judges) to conduct judicial business; Australian woman tennis player who won many major championships (born in 1947); a hotel for motorists; provides direct access from rooms to parking area; verb engage in social activities leading to marriage; make amorous advances towards; seek someone's favor
courtroom
noun a room in which a lawcourt sits
cousin
noun the child of your aunt or uncle
cover
noun fire that makes it difficult for the enemy to fire on your own individuals or formations; the act of concealing the existence of something by obstructing the view of it; a false identity and background (especially one created for an undercover agent); a recording of a song that was first recorded or made popular by somebody else; the protective covering on the front, back, and spine of a book; bedding that keeps a person warm in bed; a covering that serves to conceal or shelter something; covering for a hole (especially a hole in the top of a container); a natural object that covers or envelops; a fixed charge by a restaurant or night club over and above the charge for food and drink; verb clothe, as if for protection from the elements; protect by insurance; maintain a check on; especially by patrolling; deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression; hold within range of an aimed firearm; protect or defend (a position in a game); be responsible for guarding an opponent in a game; play a higher card than the one previously played; form a cover over; provide with a covering or cause to be covered; spread over a surface to conceal or protect; hide from view or knowledge; be sufficient to meet, defray, or offset the charge or cost of; to take an action to protect against future problems; help out by taking someone's place and temporarily assuming his responsibilities; invest with a large or excessive amount of something; make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities; provide for; span an interval of distance, space or time; sit on (eggs); be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism; put something on top of something else; copulate with a female, used especially of horses; cover as if with a shroud; travel across or pass over; include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory
coverage
noun the extent to which something is covered; the news as presented by reporters for newspapers or radio or television; the total amount and type of insurance carried
cow
noun mature female of mammals of which the male is called `bull'; female of domestic cattle: "`moo-cow' is a child's term"; a large unpleasant woman; verb subdue, restrain, or overcome by affecting with a feeling of awe; frighten (as with threats)
crack
adj. of the highest quality; noun a usually brief attempt; a purified and potent form of cocaine that is smoked rather than snorted; a blemish resulting from a break without complete separation of the parts; a sudden sharp noise; a long narrow opening; the act of cracking something; a narrow opening; witty remark; a long narrow depression in a surface; a chance to do something; verb break into simpler molecules by means of heat; reduce (petroleum) to a simpler compound by cracking; become fractured; break or crack on the surface only; cause to become cracked; break partially but keep its integrity; tell spontaneously; hit forcefully; deal a hard blow, making a cracking noise; make a very sharp explosive sound; break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension; pass through (a barrier); suffer a nervous breakdown; make a sharp sound
craft
noun a vehicle designed for navigation in or on water or air or through outer space; shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception; skill in an occupation or trade; people who perform a particular kind of skilled work; the skilled practice of a practical occupation; verb make by hand and with much skill
crash
noun the act of colliding with something; a serious accident (usually involving one or more vehicles); a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks (especially one that causes additional failures); (computer science) an event that causes a computer system to become inoperative; a loud resonant repeating noise; verb stop operating; undergo a sudden and severe downturn; hurl or thrust violently; undergo damage or destruction on impact; break violently or noisily; smash; cause to crash; fall or come down violently; move violently as through a barrier; move with, or as if with, a crashing noise; occupy, usually uninvited; sleep in a convenient place; enter uninvited; informal
crawl
noun a slow mode of locomotion on hands and knees or dragging the body; a very slow movement; a swimming stroke; arms are moved alternately overhead accompanied by a flutter kick; verb move slowly; in the case of people or animals with the body near the ground; swim by doing the crawl; be crawling with; feel as if crawling with insects; show submission or fear
crazy
adj. intensely enthusiastic about or preoccupied with; possessed by inordinate excitement; bizarre or fantastic; marked by foolish or unreasoning fondness; foolish; totally unsound; affected with madness or insanity; noun someone deranged and possibly dangerous
cream
noun toiletry consisting of any of various substances in the form of a thick liquid that have a soothing and moisturizing effect when applied to the skin; the part of milk containing the butterfat; the best people or things in a group; verb add cream to one's coffee, for example; put on cream, as on one's face or body; beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight; make creamy by beating; remove from the surface
create
verb create by artistic means; pursue a creative activity; be engaged in a creative activity; bring into existence; invest with a new title, office, or rank; make or cause to be or to become; create or manufacture a man-made product
creation
noun (theology) God's act of bringing the universe into existence; the human act of creating; an artifact that has been brought into existence by someone; the event that occurred at the beginning of something; the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new; everything that exists anywhere
creative
adj. promoting construction or creation; having the ability or power to create
creativity
noun the ability to create
creature
noun a human being; `wight' is an archaic term; a person who is controlled by others and is used to perform unpleasant or dishonest tasks for someone else; a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
credibility
noun the quality of being believable or trustworthy
credit
noun used in the phrase `to your credit' in order to indicate an achievement deserving praise; recognition by a college or university that a course of studies has been successfully completed; typically measured in semester hours; an entry on a list of persons who contributed to a film or written work; arrangement for deferred payment for goods and services; money available for a client to borrow; an accounting entry acknowledging income or capital items; approval; a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage; verb have trust in; trust in the truth or veracity of; give someone credit for something; accounting: enter as credit; give credit for
crew
noun the men who man a ship or aircraft; the team of men manning a racing shell; an organized group of workmen; an informal body of friends; verb serve as a crew member on
crime
noun (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; an evil act not necessarily punishable by law
criminal
adj. guilty of crime or serious offense; involving or being or having the nature of a crime; bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure; noun someone who has committed (or been legally convicted of) a crime
crisis
noun a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something; an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty
critic
noun someone who frequently finds fault or makes harsh and unfair judgments; anyone who expresses a reasoned judgment of something; a person who is professionally engaged in the analysis and interpretation of works of art
critical
adj. marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws; characterized by careful evaluation and judgment; being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency; at or of a point at which a property or phenomenon suffers an abrupt change especially having enough mass to sustain a chain reaction; forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis; urgently needed; absolutely necessary; of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism
criticism
noun a serious examination and judgment of something; a written evaluation of a work of literature; disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings
criticize
verb act as a critic; find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws
crop
noun the stock or handle of a whip; the output of something in a season; a collection of people or things appearing together; a cultivated plant that is grown commercially on a large scale; the yield from plants in a single growing season; a pouch in many birds and some lower animals that resembles a stomach for storage and preliminary maceration of food; verb cut short; feed as in a meadow or pasture; let feed in a field or pasture or meadow; yield crops; cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of; prepare for crops
cross
adj. extending or lying across; in a crosswise direction; at right angles to the long axis; perversely irritable; noun a representation of the structure on which Jesus was crucified; used as an emblem of Christianity or in heraldry; a wooden structure consisting of an upright post with a transverse piece; any affliction that causes great suffering; (genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids; an organism that is the offspring of genetically dissimilar parents or stock; especially offspring produced by breeding plants or animals of different varieties or breeds or species; a marking that consists of lines that cross each other; verb trace a line through or across; meet and pass; fold so as to resemble a cross; to cover or extend over an area or time period; breed animals or plants using parents of different races and varieties; travel across or pass over; meet at a point; hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
crowd
noun a large number of things or people considered together; an informal body of friends; verb to gather together in large numbers; fill or occupy to the point of overflowing; cause to herd, drive, or crowd together; approach a certain age or speed
crowded
adj. overfilled or compacted or concentrated
crucial
adj. of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis; having the power or quality of deciding; having crucial relevance; of the greatest importance
cruel
adj. (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering; (of weapons or instruments) causing suffering and pain
cruise
noun an ocean trip taken for pleasure; verb sail or travel about for pleasure, relaxation, or sightseeing; travel at a moderate speed; drive around aimlessly but ostentatiously and at leisure; look for a sexual partner in a public place
crush
noun the act of crushing; a dense crowd of people; temporary love of an adolescent; leather that has had its grain pattern accentuated; verb break into small pieces; become injured, broken, or distorted by pressure; humiliate or depress completely; come out better in a competition, race, or conflict; make ineffective; crush or bruise; to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition; come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority
cry
noun a fit of weeping; a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; a loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate); the characteristic utterance of an animal; a slogan used to rally support for a cause; verb shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain; bring into a particular state by crying; proclaim or announce in public; utter a characteristic sound; demand immediate action; utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy; utter a sudden loud cry
crystal
noun a protective cover that protects the face of a watch; glassware made of quartz; a crystalline element used as a component in various electronic devices; a rock formed by the solidification of a substance; has regularly repeating internal structure; external plane faces; a solid formed by the solidification of a chemical and having a highly regular atomic structure; colorless glass made of almost pure silica
Cuban
adj. of or relating to or characteristic of Cuba or the people of Cuba; noun a native or inhabitant of Cuba
cue
noun sports implement consisting of a tapering rod used to strike a cue ball in pool or billiards; an actor's line that immediately precedes and serves as a reminder for some action or speech; a stimulus that provides information about what to do; evidence that helps to solve a problem; verb assist (somebody acting or reciting) by suggesting the next words of something forgotten or imperfectly learned
cultural
adj. denoting or deriving from or distinctive of the ways of living built up by a group of people; relating to the raising of plants or animals; of or relating to the shared knowledge and values of a society; of or relating to the arts and manners that a group favors
culture
noun the raising of plants or animals; (biology) the growing of microorganisms in a nutrient medium (such as gelatin or agar); the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group; the attitudes and behavior that are characteristic of a particular social group or organization; a particular society at a particular time and place; all the knowledge and values shared by a society; a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality
cup
noun a small open container usually used for drinking; usually has a handle; a large metal vessel with two handles that is awarded as a trophy to the winner of a competition; the hole (or metal container in the hole) on a golf green; a punch served in a pitcher instead of a punch bowl; cup-shaped plant organ; a United States liquid unit equal to 8 fluid ounces; the quantity a cup will hold; any cup-shaped concavity; verb treat by applying evacuated cups to the patient's skin; put into a cup; form into the shape of a cup
cure
noun a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain; verb prepare by drying, salting, or chemical processing in order to preserve; be or become preserved; make (substances) hard and improve their usability; provide a cure for, make healthy again
curiosity
noun a state in which you want to learn more about something; something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting
curious
adj. eager to investigate and learn or learn more (sometimes about others' concerns); beyond or deviating from the usual or expected; having curiosity aroused; eagerly interested in learning more
currency
noun general acceptance or use; the metal or paper medium of exchange that is presently used; a current state of general acceptance and use; the property of belonging to the present time
current
adj. occurring in or belonging to the present time; noun a steady flow (usually from natural causes); a flow of electricity through a conductor; dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas
currently
adv. at this time or period; now
curriculum
noun an integrated course of academic studies
curtain
noun hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window); any barrier to communication or vision; verb provide with drapery
curve
noun a pitch of a baseball that is thrown with spin so that its path curves as it approach the batter; a line on a graph representing data; the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes; curved segment (of a road or river or railroad track etc.); the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface; verb form a curl, curve, or kink; turn sharply; change direction abruptly; bend or cause to bend; form an arch or curve; extend in curves and turns
custody
noun holding by the police; (with `in') guardianship over; in divorce cases it is the right to house and care for and discipline a child; a state of being confined (usually for a short time)
custom
adj. made according to the specifications of an individual; noun accepted or habitual practice; habitual patronage; a specific practice of long standing; money collected under a tariff
customer
noun someone who pays for goods or services
cut
adj. with parts removed; separated into parts or laid open or penetrated with a sharp edge or instrument; (of pages of a book) having the folds of the leaves trimmed or slit; fashioned or shaped by cutting; mixed with water; (used of rates or prices) reduced usually sharply; wounded by cutting deeply; (of a male animal) having the testicles removed; (used of grass or vegetation) cut down with a hand implement or machine; made neat and tidy by trimming; noun an unexcused absence from class; the act of reducing the amount or number; the act of shortening something by choping off the ends; the act of cutting something into parts; the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge; the division of a deck of cards before dealing; (sports) a stroke that puts reverse spin on the ball; a trench resembling a furrow that was made by erosion or excavation; a canal made by erosion or excavation; the style in which a garment is cut; a distinct selection of music from a recording or a compact disc; (film) an immediate transition from one shot to the next; a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass; a share of the profits; a wound made by cutting; a step on some scale; in baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball; a refusal to recognize someone you know; the omission that is made when an editorial change shortens a written passage; a remark capable of wounding mentally; verb grow through the gums; have grow through the gums; cease, stop; have a reducing effect; dissolve by breaking down the fat of; weed out unwanted or unnecessary things; shorten as if by severing the edges or ends of; penetrate injuriously; fell by sawing; hew; reap or harvest; hit (a ball) with a spin so that it turns in the opposite direction; separate with or as if with an instrument; divide a deck of cards at random into two parts to make selection difficult; make an incision or separation; allow incision or separation; function as a cutting instrument; style and tailor in a certain fashion; perform or carry out; form or shape by cutting or incising; form by probing, penetrating, or digging; create by duplicating data; record a performance on (a medium); make a recording of; stop filming; make an abrupt change of image or sound; pass through or across; pass directly and often in haste; move (one's fist); give the appearance or impression of; discharge from a group; intentionally fail to attend; cut off the testicles (of male animals such as horses); cut and assemble the components of; lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture; reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; cut down on; make a reduction in; refuse to acknowledge; make out and issue; cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch; turn sharply; change direction abruptly; be able to manage or manage successfully
cute
adj. obviously contrived to charm; attractive especially by means of smallness or prettiness or quaintness
cycle
noun a single complete execution of a periodically repeated phenomenon; a periodically repeated sequence of events; a series of poems or songs on the same theme; an interval during which a recurring sequence of events occurs; a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals; the unit of frequency; one hertz has a periodic interval of one second; verb recur in repeating sequences; pass through a cycle; cause to go through a recurring sequence; ride a bicycle; ride a motorcycle
dad
noun an informal term for a father; probably derived from baby talk
daily
adj. occurring or done each day; measured by the day or happening every day; adv. without missing a day; gradually and progressively; noun a newspaper that is published every day
dam
noun female parent of an animal especially domestic livestock; a barrier constructed to contain the flow of water or to keep out the sea; a metric unit of length equal to ten meters; verb obstruct with, or as if with, a dam
damage
noun the act of damaging something or someone; loss of military equipment; the occurrence of a change for the worse; any harm or injury resulting from a violation of a legal right; the amount of money needed to purchase something; verb inflict damage upon
damn
adj. used as expletives; expletives used informally as intensifiers; adv. extremely; noun something of little value; verb wish harm upon; invoke evil upon
dance
noun an artistic form of nonverbal communication; a party for social dancing; a party of people assembled for dancing; taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music; verb move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance; move in a graceful and rhythmical way; skip, leap, or move up and down or sideways
dancer
noun a performer who dances; a person who participates in a social gathering arranged for dancing (as a ball)
dancing
noun taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
danger
noun a dangerous place; the condition of being susceptible to harm or injury; a cause of pain or injury or loss; a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury
dangerous
adj. causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm; involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm
dare
noun a challenge to do something dangerous or foolhardy; verb to be courageous enough to try or do something; challenge; take upon oneself; act presumptuously, without permission
dark
adj. not giving performances; closed; brunet (used of hair or skin or eyes); devoid of or deficient in light or brightness; shadowed or black; (used of color) having a dark hue; marked by difficulty of style or expression; showing a brooding ill humor; secret; having skin rich in melanin pigments; causing dejection; lacking enlightenment or knowledge or culture; stemming from evil characteristics or forces; wicked or dishonorable; noun an unenlightened state; absence of light or illumination; an unilluminated area; absence of moral or spiritual values; the time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside
darkness
noun a swarthy complexion; having a dark or somber color; an unilluminated area; an unenlightened state; absence of light or illumination; absence of moral or spiritual values
data
noun a collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn
database
noun an organized body of related information
date
noun sweet edible fruit of the date palm with a single long woody seed; a meeting arranged in advance; a participant in a date; the present; the specified day of the month; a particular day specified as the time something happens; the particular day, month, or year (usually according to the Gregorian calendar) that an event occurred; a particular but unspecified point in time; verb assign a date to; determine the (probable) date of; provide with a dateline; mark with a date; stamp with a date; go on a date with; date regularly; have a steady relationship with
daughter
noun a female human offspring
dawn
noun the earliest period; the first light of day; an opening time period; verb become light; appear or develop; become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions
day
noun United States writer best known for his autobiographical works (1874-1935); a period of opportunity; some point or period in time; the recurring hours when you are not sleeping (especially those when you are working); time for Earth to make a complete rotation on its axis; a day assigned to a particular purpose or observance; the time after sunrise and before sunset while it is light outside; the period of time taken by a particular planet (e.g. Mars) to make a complete rotation on its axis; an era of existence or influence; the time for one complete rotation of the earth relative to a particular star, about 4 minutes shorter than a mean solar day
dead
adj. total; devoid of activity; physically inactive; no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life; not showing characteristics of life especially the capacity to sustain life; no longer exerting force or having energy or heat; lacking animation or excitement or activity; drained of electric charge; discharged; sudden and complete; no longer having force or relevance; no longer in force or use; inactive; lacking resilience or bounce; not surviving in active use; out of use or operation because of a fault or breakdown; not circulating or flowing; unerringly accurate; not yielding a return; lacking acoustic resonance; devoid of physical sensation; numb; (followed by `to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive; not endowed with life; very tired; adv. completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers; quickly and without warning; noun people who are no longer living; a time when coldness (or some other quality associated with death) is intense
deadline
noun the point in time at which something must be completed
deadly
adj. (of a disease) having a rapid course and violent effect; causing or capable of causing death; of an instrument of certain death; involving loss of divine grace or spiritual death; extremely poisonous or injurious; producing venom; exceedingly harmful; adv. as if produced by death; as if dead; (used as intensives) extremely
deal
noun the act of apportioning or distributing something; the act of distributing playing cards; a particular instance of buying or selling; the type of treatment received (especially as the result of an agreement); a plank of softwood (fir or pine board); an agreement between parties (usually arrived at after discussion) fixing obligations of each; the cards held in a card game by a given player at any given time; (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent; wood that is easy to saw (from conifers such as pine or fir); verb do business; offer for sale as for one's livelihood; sell; distribute to the players in a game; give (a specific card) to a player; take action with respect to (someone or something); behave in a certain way towards others; take into consideration for exemplifying purposes; deal with verbally or in some form of artistic expression; give out as one's portion or share; administer or bestow, as in small portions; be in charge of, act on, or dispose of; direct the course of; manage or control; come to terms or deal successfully with
dealer
noun a firm engaged in trading; the person who distributes the playing cards in a card game; a seller of illicit goods; the major party to a financial transaction at a stock exchange; buys and sells for his own account; someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be sold
dear
adj. with or in a close or intimate relationship; earnest; having a high price; dearly loved; adv. at a great cost; with affection; noun a beloved person; used as terms of endearment; a sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child)
death
noun the act of killing; the event of dying or departure from life; the personification of death; the permanent end of all life functions in an organism or part of an organism; the absence of life or state of being dead; the time at which life ends; continuing until dead; the time when something ends; a final state
debate
noun the formal presentation of and opposition to a stated proposition (usually followed by a vote); a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal; verb argue with one another; discuss the pros and cons of an issue; have an argument about something; think about carefully; weigh
debris
noun the remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
debt
noun an obligation to pay or do something; money or goods or services owed by one person to another; the state of owing something (especially money)
debut
noun the presentation of a debutante in society; the act of beginning something new; verb appear for the first time in public; make one's debut; present for the first time to the public
decade
noun a period of 10 years
decent
adj. conforming to conventions of sexual behavior; observing conventional sexual mores in speech or behavior or dress; decently clothed; socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous; according with custom or propriety; enough to meet a purpose; adv. in the right manner
decide
verb reach, make, or come to a decision about something; bring to an end; settle conclusively; cause to decide; influence or determine
decision
noun the act of making up your mind about something; a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration; the outcome of a game or contest; (boxing) a victory won on points when no knockout has occurred; the trait of resoluteness as evidenced by firmness of character or purpose
deck
noun any of various platforms built into a vessel; street name for a packet of illegal drugs; a porch that resembles the deck on a ship; a pack of 52 playing cards; verb knock down with force; decorate; be beautiful to look at
declare
verb state firmly; declare to be; proclaim one's support, sympathy, or opinion for or against; state emphatically and authoritatively; make a declaration (of dutiable goods) to a customs official; designate (a trump suit or no-trump) with the final bid of a hand; authorize payments of; announce publicly or officially
decline
noun change toward something smaller or lower; a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state; a downward slope or bend; a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current; verb grow smaller; inflect for number, gender, case, etc., "in many languages, speakers decline nouns, pronouns, and adjectives"; go down in value; go down; grow worse; show unwillingness towards; refuse to accept
decorate
verb make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; award a mark of honor, such as a medal, to; provide with decoration; be beautiful to look at
decrease
noun the act of decreasing or reducing something; the amount by which something decreases; a change downward; a process of becoming smaller or shorter; verb decrease in size, extent, or range; make smaller
dedicate
verb set apart to sacred uses with solemn rites, of a church; inscribe or address by way of compliment; open to public use, as of a highway, park, or building; give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
deem
verb keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view
deep
adj. exhibiting great cunning usually with secrecy; strong; intense; very distant in time or space; having great spatial extension or penetration downward or inward from an outer surface or backward or laterally or outward from a center; sometimes used in combination; relatively deep or strong; affecting one deeply; with head or back bent low; large in quantity or size; extreme; marked by depth of thinking; relatively thick from top to bottom; extending relatively far inward; difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge; of an obscure nature; having or denoting a low vocal or instrumental range; (of darkness) very intense; adv. to far into space; to an advanced time; to a great depth; noun literary term for an ocean; the central and most intense or profound part; a long steep-sided depression in the ocean floor
deeply
adv. to a great depth; to a great depth psychologically
deer
noun distinguished from Bovidae by the male's having solid deciduous antlers
defeat
noun an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest; the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals; verb win a victory over; thwart the passage of
defend
verb argue or speak in defense of; be on the defensive; act against an attack; protect against a challenge or attack; be the defense counsel for someone in a trial; state or assert; fight against or resist strongly; protect or fight for as a champion
defendant
noun a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused
defender
noun a person who cares for persons or property; a fighter who holds out against attack
defense
noun protection from harm; military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies; a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him; the justification for some act or belief; an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack; the defendant and his legal advisors collectively; (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring; a structure used to defend against attack; the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions; the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States; created in 1947; (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
defensive
adj. intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack; attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing; serving as or appropriate for defending or protecting; noun an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive')
deficit
noun the property of being an amount by which something is less than expected or required; an excess of liabilities over assets (usually over a certain period); (sports) the score by which a team or individual is losing; a deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning
define
verb give a definition for the meaning of a word; determine the nature of; show the form or outline of; determine the essential quality of
definitely
adv. without question and beyond doubt
definition
noun clarity of outline; a concise explanation of the meaning of a word or phrase or symbol
degree
noun a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality; the seriousness of something (e.g., a burn or crime); the highest power of a term or variable; a measure for arcs and angles; a unit of temperature on a specified scale; a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process; an award conferred by a college or university signifying that the recipient has satisfactorily completed a course of study
delay
noun the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time; time during which some action is awaited; verb cause to be slowed down or delayed; act later than planned, scheduled, or required; slow the growth or development of; stop or halt
deliberately
adv. with intention; in an intentional manner; in a deliberate unhurried manner
delicate
adj. exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury; easily broken or damaged or destroyed; difficult to handle; requiring great tact; of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely; marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique; easily hurt; developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety
delight
noun a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction; something or someone that provides pleasure; a source of happiness; verb take delight in; give pleasure to or be pleasing to; hold spellbound
deliver
verb deliver (a speech, oration, or idea); utter (an exclamation, noise, etc.); bring to a destination, make a delivery; throw or hurl from the mound to the batter, as in baseball; carry out or perform; save from sins; cause_to_be_born; pass down; relinquish possession or control over; to surrender someone or something to another; hand over to the authorities of another country; free from harm or evil
delivery
noun the act of delivering a child; the act of delivering or distributing something (as goods or mail); the voluntary transfer of something (title or possession) from one party to another; the event of giving birth; recovery or preservation from loss or danger; (baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter; your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally
demand
noun the act of demanding; an urgent or peremptory request; the ability and desire to purchase goods and services; required activity; a condition requiring relief; verb request urgently and forcefully; claim as due or just; ask to be informed of; summon to court; lay legal claim to; require as useful, just, or proper
democracy
noun the political orientation of those who favor government by the people or by their elected representatives; a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them; the doctrine that the numerical majority of an organized group can make decisions binding on the whole group
Democrat
noun an advocate of democratic principles; a member of the Democratic Party
democratic
adj. representing or appealing to or adapted for the benefit of the people at large; characterized by or advocating or based upon the principles of democracy or social equality; belong to or relating to the Democratic Party
demographic
adj. of or relating to demography; noun a statistic characterizing human populations (or segments of human populations broken down by age or sex or income etc.)
demonstrate
verb march in protest; take part in a demonstration; establish the validity of something, as by an example, explanation or experiment; provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes; show or demonstrate something to an interested audience
demonstration
noun a show of military force or preparedness; a public display of group feelings (usually of a political nature); proof by a process of argument or a series of proposition proving an asserted conclusion; a visual presentation showing how something works; a show or display; the act of presenting something to sight or view
denial
noun the act of asserting that something alleged is not true; the act of refusing to comply (as with a request); (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that denies painful thoughts; renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others; a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him
dense
adj. slow to learn or understand; lacking intellectual acuity; having high relative density or specific gravity; hard to pass through because of dense growth; permitting little if any light to pass through because of denseness of matter; having component parts closely crowded together
density
noun the amount per unit size; the spatial property of being crowded together
deny
verb declare untrue; contradict; refuse to accept or believe; refuse to recognize or acknowledge; refuse to let have; deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure; refuse to grant, as of a petition or request; deny formally (an allegation of fact by the opposing party) in a legal suit
depart
verb go away or leave; leave; move away from a place into another direction; wander from a direct or straight course; remove oneself from an association with or participation in; be at variance with; be out of line with
department
noun a specialized sphere of knowledge; a specialized division of a large organization; the territorial and administrative division of some countries (such as France)
departure
noun act of departing; euphemistic expressions for death; a variation that deviates from the standard or norm
depend
verb be contingent upon (something that is elided); have faith or confidence in
dependent
adj. addicted to a drug; contingent on something else; not independent; (of a clause) unable to stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence; being under the power or sovereignty of another or others; supported from above; noun a person who relies on another person for support (especially financial support)
depict
verb give a description of; show in, or as in, a picture; make a portrait of
deploy
verb place troops or weapons in battle formation; to distribute systematically or strategically
deposit
noun the act of putting something somewhere; a payment given as a guarantee that an obligation will be met; the phenomenon of sediment or gravel accumulating; money given as security for an article acquired for temporary use; money deposited in a bank; a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping; matter that has been deposited by some natural process; a partial payment made at the time of purchase; the balance to be paid later; the natural process of laying down a deposit of something; verb put into a bank account; fix, force, or implant; put (something somewhere) firmly
depressed
adj. having the central portion lower than the margin; lower than previously; flattened downward as if pressed from above or flattened along the dorsal and ventral surfaces; low in spirits
depression
noun pushing down; sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy; angular distance below the horizon (especially of a celestial object); a concavity in a surface produced by pressing; a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity; a long-term economic state characterized by unemployment and low prices and low levels of trade and investment; a period during the 1930s when there was a worldwide economic depression and mass unemployment; a sunken or depressed geological formation; a state of depression and anhedonia so severe as to require clinical intervention; an air mass of lower pressure; often brings precipitation
depth
noun degree of psychological or intellectual profundity; extent downward or backward or inward; (usually plural) the deepest and most remote part; (usually plural) a low moral state; the intellectual ability to penetrate deeply into ideas
deputy
noun an assistant with power to act when his superior is absent; someone authorized to exercise the powers of sheriff in emergencies; a person appointed to represent or act on behalf of others; a member of the lower chamber of a legislative assembly (such as in France)
derive
verb develop or evolve from a latent or potential state; come from; obtain; come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example; reason by deduction; establish by deduction
descend
verb move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way; come as if by falling; do something that one considers to be below one's dignity; come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example
describe
verb give a description of; identify as in botany or biology, for example; to give an account or representation of in words; make a mark or lines on a surface
description
noun sort or variety; a statement that represents something in words; the act of describing something
desert
adj. located in a dismal or remote area; desolate; noun arid land with little or no vegetation; verb leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch; desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army
deserve
verb be worthy or deserving
design
noun the act of working out the form of something (as by making a sketch or outline or plan); a decorative or artistic work; a preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something; an arrangement scheme; the creation of something in the mind; something intended as a guide for making something else; an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; verb intend or have as a purpose; design something for a specific role or purpose or effect; conceive or fashion in the mind; invent; make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form; create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner; create designs; make or work out a plan for; devise
designer
noun a person who devises plots or intrigues; someone who creates plans to be used in making something (such as buildings); someone who designs clothing; a person who specializes in designing architectural interiors and their furnishings
desire
noun an inclination to want things; the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state; something that is desired; verb feel or have a desire for; want strongly; express a desire for; expect and wish
desk
noun a piece of furniture with a writing surface and usually drawers or other compartments
desperate
adj. showing extreme courage; especially of actions courageously undertaken in desperation as a last resort; fraught with extreme danger; nearly hopeless; showing extreme urgency or intensity especially because of great need or desire; desperately determined; (of persons) dangerously reckless or violent as from urgency or despair; arising from or marked by despair or loss of hope; noun a person who is frightened and in need of help
desperately
adv. in intense despair; with great urgency
despite
noun contemptuous disregard; lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
dessert
noun a dish served as the last course of a meal
destination
noun the ultimate goal for which something is done; written directions for finding some location; written on letters or packages that are to be delivered to that location; the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey)
destroy
verb put to death; destroy completely; damage irreparably; do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of; defeat soundly
destruction
noun the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists; an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something; a final state
detail
noun an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole; extended treatment of particulars; a crew of workers selected for a particular task; a small part that can be considered separately from the whole; a temporary military unit; verb assign to a specific task; provide details for
detailed
adj. developed or executed with care and in minute detail
detect
verb discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
detective
noun a police officer who investigates crimes; an investigator engaged or employed in obtaining information not easily available to the public
determination
noun the act of determining the properties of something; the quality of being determined to do or achieve something; the act of making up your mind about something; a position or opinion or judgment reached after consideration
determine
verb fix conclusively or authoritatively; fix in scope; fix the boundaries of; the tree determines the border of the property; shape or influence; give direction to; establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study; find out, learn, or determine with certainty, usually by making an inquiry or other effort; reach, make, or come to a decision about something; settle conclusively; come to terms; decide upon or fix definitely
devastating
adj. wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction; physically or spiritually devastating; often used in combination; making light of
develop
verb expand in the form of a series; grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment; cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development; be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest; elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme; grow emotionally or mature; gain through experience; move into a strategically more advantageous position; move one's pieces into strategically more advantageous positions; superimpose a three-dimensional surface on a plane without stretching, in geometry; generate gradually; make something new, such as a product or a mental or artistic creation; make visible by means of chemical solutions; come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes); change the use of and make available or usable; happen; become technologically advanced; create by training and teaching; elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses; work out; come into existence; take on form or shape
developer
noun photographic equipment consisting of a chemical solution for developing film; someone who develops real estate (especially someone who prepares a site for residential or commercial use)
developing
adj. relating to societies in which capital needed to industrialize is in short supply; gradually unfolding or growing (especially as of something latent); making or becoming visible through or as if through the action of a chemical agent; noun processing a photosensitive material in order to make an image visible
development
noun act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining; (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes are developed and elaborated; a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation; a district that has been developed to serve some purpose; processing a photosensitive material in order to make an image visible; a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage); a state in which things are improving; the result of developing (as in the early part of a game of chess); the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful; (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level
developmental
adj. of or relating to or constituting development
device
noun any clever maneuver; an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; an emblematic design (especially in heraldry); any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery); something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect
devil
noun a word used in exclamations of confusion; one of the evil spirits of traditional Jewish and Christian belief; (Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell; a rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man); a cruel wicked and inhuman person; verb coat or stuff with a spicy paste; cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
devote
verb set aside or apart for a specific purpose or use; dedicate; give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
diabetes
noun any of several metabolic disorders marked by excessive urination and persistent thirst
diagnose
verb determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an illness through a diagnostic analysis; subject to a medical analysis
diagnosis
noun identifying the nature or cause of some phenomenon
dialogue
noun a literary composition in the form of a conversation between two people; the lines spoken by characters in drama or fiction; a conversation between two persons; a discussion intended to produce an agreement
diamond
noun a playing card in the minor suit that has one or more red rhombuses on it; a transparent piece of diamond that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem; very hard native crystalline carbon valued as a gem; the baseball playing field; the area of a baseball field that is enclosed by 3 bases and home plate
diary
noun a personal journal (as a physical object); a daily written record of (usually personal) experiences and observations
dictate
noun a guiding principle; an authoritative rule; verb say out loud for the purpose of recording; rule as a dictator; issue commands or orders for
Dictionary
noun a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them
die
noun a device used for shaping metal; a cutting tool that is fitted into a diestock and used for cutting male (external) screw threads on screws or bolts or pipes or rods; small cubes with 1 to 6 spots on the faces; used to generate random numbers; verb suffer spiritual death; be damned (in the religious sense); disappear or come to an end; pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; lose sparkle or bouquet; to be on base at the end of an inning, of a player; cut or shape with a die; be brought to or as if to the point of death by an intense emotion such as embarrassment, amusement, or shame; languish as with love or desire; feel indifferent towards; suffer or face the pain of death; stop operating or functioning
diet
noun the act of restricting your food intake (or your intake of particular foods); the usual food and drink consumed by an organism (person or animal); a prescribed selection of foods; a legislative assembly in certain countries (e.g., Japan); verb eat sparingly, for health reasons or to lose weight; follow a regimen or a diet, as for health reasons
differ
verb be different; be of different opinions
difference
noun the quality of being unlike or dissimilar; a significant change; a disagreement or argument about something important; a variation that deviates from the standard or norm; the number that remains after subtraction; the number that when added to the subtrahend gives the minuend
different
adj. differing from all others; not ordinary; unlike in nature or quality or form or degree; distinctly separate from the first; distinct or separate; marked by dissimilarity
differently
adv. in another and different manner
difficult
adj. not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure; requiring much effort and trouble; difficult to manage or control
difficulty
noun the quality of being difficult; a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result; a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome; an effort that is inconvenient
dig
noun the act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow; a small gouge (as in the cover of a book); the site of an archeological exploration; the act of digging; an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect; verb turn up, loosen, or remove earth; create by digging; get the meaning of something; poke or thrust abruptly; remove the inner part or the core of; work hard
digital
adj. of a circuit or device that represents magnitudes in digits; relating to or performed with the fingers; displaying numbers rather than scale positions
dignity
noun the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect; formality in bearing and appearance; high office or rank or station
dilemma
noun state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options
dimension
noun the magnitude of something in a particular direction (especially length or width or height); one of three Cartesian coordinates that determine a position in space; magnitude or extent; a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished; verb shape or form to required dimensions; indicate the dimensions on
diminish
verb lessen the authority, dignity, or reputation of; decrease in size, extent, or range
dining