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3500 ACT Vocabulary (4)

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dagger
dais
damp
dangerous
dapper
dappled
daub
daunt
dauntless
dawdle
deadlock
deadly
deadpan
dearth
debase
debatable
debate
debauch
debilitate
debonair
debunk
decadence
decapitate
deceive
decelerate
deciduous
decimate
declaim
declivity
decollete
decomposition
decrepit
decrepitude
decry
deducible
deface
defame
defeat
defeatist
defection
defensive
deference
deficient
deficit
defile
definite
definitive
defoliate
deform
defray
deft
defunct
degradation
dehydrate
deify
deign
deity
deleterious
deliberate
deliberately
delicate
delicious
delineate
delirium
delude
deluge
delve
demagogue
demean
demoniac
demur
demure
demystify
denigrate
denizen
denotation
denouement
denounce
dent
deny
depict
deplete
deplore
depose
depravity
deprecate
depreciate
depreciation
depredation
derelict
deride
derivative
derogate
descant
descry
desecrate
desiccate
desolate
desperate
despoil
despondent
despot
destiny
destitute
destruction
desultory
detect
detective
deter
determine
detest
detraction
detriment
detrimental
deviate
devise
devotee
devotion
devout
dexterous
diagonally
diagram
dictatorial
differentiate
diffuse
digestion
digress
dilapidated
dilate
diminish
dimly
disadvantage
disappointment
disband
discernible
disciple
discomfit
discomfort
discomposure
disconcert
disconsolate
discontented
discord
discordant
discount
discourse
discreet
discrete
discriminating
discursive
disembark
disenfranchise
disfigure
disgorge
disgruntle
disguise
dishearten
disheveled
disinclination
disingenuous
disintegrate
disinter
disinterested
disjointed
dislodge
dismal
dismay
dismember
disorganize
disparage
disparate
disparity
dispassionate
dispel
dispense
dispirited
displace
display
dispose
disputatious
disquiet
disregard
disrepute
disrespect
dissection
dissemble
disseminate
dissent
dissenter
dissertation
dissident
dissimulate
dissipate
dissolute
dissolution
dissonance
dissuade
distant
distasteful
distend
distill
distinction
distinctively
distort
distract
distress
distribute
disturbance
diurnal
diverge
divergent
divert
divest
divorce
dizzy
docile
doctrinaire
documentary
doff
dogged
doggerel
dogmatic
doldrums
doleful
dolphin
domain
domestic
domicile
domineer
donate
donation
donor
dormer
dote
doubtful
dour
douse
dowdy
downcast
draconian
drain
drainage
drawback
dread
dreary
dregs
drench
drift
dross
drought
drudgery
ductile
dulcet
dumbfound
dupe
duplicity
durable
dutiful
dwindle
dynamic


dagger: Read  knife; short pointed weapon with sharp edges

dais: Read  raised platform for guests of honor

damp: Read  humid; moist; slightly wet

dangerous: Read  full of risk; perilous; hazardous; unsafe

dapper: Read  neatly dressed; very stylish in dress; lively and alert

dappled: Read  spotted; having mottled or spotted skin or coat

daub: Read  smear as with paint; apply with quick or crude strokes to surface; make crude paintings

daunt: Read  frighten; abate the courage of; discourage

dauntless: Read  bold; incapable of being discouraged; fearless

dawdle: Read  proceed slowly; waste time

deadlock: Read  standstill resulting from opposition of two forces or factions; stalemate

deadly: Read  fatal; lethal; causing or tending to cause death

deadpan: Read  wooden; impersonal; deliberately impassive or expressionless, as face or look

dearth: Read  scarcity; shortage of food; famine from failure or loss of crops

debase: Read  reduce in quality or value; lower in esteem; degrade

debatable: Read  disputable; unsettled; open to doubt or debate

debate: Read  discussion; dispute; discussion involving opposing points

debauch: Read  corrupt; seduce from virtue

debilitate: Read  make weak; enfeeble; impair the strength of

debonair: Read  friendly; of good appearance and manners; graceful

debunk: Read  expose as false, exaggerated, worthless; ridicule

decadence: Read  process, condition, or period of deterioration or decline; falling off or away; decay

decapitate: Read  behead; cut off the head of

deceive: Read  fool; cause to believe what is not true; mislead

decelerate: Read  slow down rate of advancement of; decrease speed of

deciduous: Read  falling off as of leaves; falling off or shed at specific season or stage of growth

decimate: Read  destroy or kill a large part of; select by lot and kill one in every ten of

declaim: Read  speak loudly and vehemently; make formal speech

declivity: Read  downward slope, as of a hill

decollete: Read  having low-necked dress

decomposition: Read  breakdown or decay of organic materials; act or result of decomposing

decrepit: Read  weakened, worn out, or broken down by old age, illness, or hard use

decrepitude: Read  state of collapse caused by illness or old age

decry: Read  express strong disapproval of; disparage

deducible: Read  capable of being derived by reasoning from known principles or facts

deface: Read  mar or spoil appearance or surface; impair usefulness, value, or influence of

defame: Read  harm someone's reputation; degrade; bring into disrepute; make infamous

defeat: Read  disfigure; destroy; frustrate; overcome or vanquish; resist with

defeatist: Read  attitude of one who is ready to accept defeat as a natural outcome

defection: Read  withdrawing support or help; act of abandoning something to which one is bound by allegiance or duty; failure in duty

defensive: Read  intended or appropriate for defending against; protective

deference: Read  willingness to carry out the wishes of others; great respect

deficient: Read  inadequate; lacking an essential quality or element

deficit: Read  inadequacy or insufficiency; sum of money falls short of required amount; shortage

defile: Read  pollute; make dirty or spotty

definite: Read  fixed; exact; having distinct limits

definitive: Read  final; complete; precisely defined or explicit

defoliate: Read  strip leaves or branches from; cause leaves of plant, tree, or forest to fall off, especially by use of chemicals

deform: Read  change shape by stress; become misshapen; make formless

defray: Read  pay costs of; undertake payment of; make compensation to or for

deft: Read  quick and skillful; neat in action or performance

defunct: Read  dead; no longer in use or existence

degradation: Read  humiliation; debasement; decline to a lower condition, quality, or level

dehydrate: Read  remove water from; dry out; lose water or bodily fluids

deify: Read  turn into a god; idolize or idealize; worship or revere as a god

deign: Read  condescend to give or grant; esteem worthy; consider worth notice

deity: Read  god; divinity; supernatural things

deleterious: Read  having harmful effect; injurious; having quality of destroying life; noxious; poisonous

deliberate: Read  done with or marked by full consciousness of the nature and effects; intentional

deliberately: Read  intentionally; purposely; with careful consideration or deliberation; with full intent;

delicate: Read  pleasing to the senses, especially in a subtle way; easily hurt; very subtle in difference

delicious: Read  extremely pleasing to the sense of taste; greatly pleasing or entertaining

delineate: Read  portray; depict; draw or trace outline of; sketch out

delirium: Read  mental disorder marked by confusion

delude: Read  deceive mind or judgment of; lead from truth or into error; frustrate or disappoint

deluge: Read  great flood; heavy downpour; any overflowing of water

delve: Read  dig ground, as with spade; search deeply and laboriously

demagogue: Read  person who appeals to people's prejudice; false leader of people

demean: Read  degrade; debase, as in dignity or social standing

demoniac: Read  extremely evil or cruel; possessed or controlled by a demon

demur: Read  object because of doubts; hesitate

demure: Read  modest and reserved in manner or behavior

demystify: Read  clarify; free from mystery or obscurity

denigrate: Read  blacken; defame; attack reputation of; degrade

denizen: Read  inhabitant or resident; regular visitor

denotation: Read  meaning or indication; distinguishing by name; something, such as a sign or symbol, that denotes

denouement: Read  outcome; final resolution or clarification of dramatic or narrative plot

denounce: Read  condemn openly; criticize; make known in formal manner

dent: Read  have a negative effect on; impact something

deny: Read  disagree with; refuse; declare untrue

depict: Read  represent in a picture or sculpture; portray in words; describe

deplete: Read  decrease fullness of; use up or empty out

deplore: Read  feel or express strong disapproval of; condemn; express sorrow or grief over; regret

depose: Read  force to leave; remove from office

depravity: Read  extreme corruption or degradation; wickedness

deprecate: Read  express disapproval of; protest against; belittle

depreciate: Read  lessen price or value of; think or speak of as being of little worth; belittle

depreciation: Read  devaluation; decrease in price or value

depredation: Read  plundering; destructive action; predatory attack; damage or loss

derelict: Read  left and abandoned; negligent in performing a duty

deride: Read  ridicule; make fun of; laugh at with contempt

derivative: Read  unoriginal; derived from another source

derogate: Read  annul in part; repeal partly; restrict; limit the action of

descant: Read  discuss fully; talk at great length about something of one's interest

descry: Read  catch sight of; discover by careful observation or scrutiny

desecrate: Read  violate with violence, especially to sacred place

desiccate: Read  dry up thoroughly; make dry, dull, or lifeless; preserve foods by removing the moisture

desolate: Read  unpopulated; providing no shelter or sustenance; devoid of inhabitants

desperate: Read  having lost all hope; dangerous; extremely intense

despoil: Read  deprive of something valuable by force; rob; take as spoils

despondent: Read  in low spirits from loss of hope or courage

despot: Read  tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler; eastern Orthodox bishop

destiny: Read  event that will inevitably happen in the future

destitute: Read  extremely poor; utterly lacking; devoid

destruction: Read  havoc; event that completely destroys something

desultory: Read  aimless; haphazard; at random; not connected with subject

detect: Read  feel; discover the presence of; identify

detective: Read  investigator; one, usually of police force, who investigates crimes and obtains evidence

deter: Read  keep from; stop; prevent or discourage from acting

determine: Read  fix the boundaries of; mark off and separate; set bounds to; decide conclusively and authoritatively

detest: Read  dislike intensely; feel antipathy or aversion towards

detraction: Read  slandering; act of discrediting from someone's reputation

detriment: Read  harm; damage; injury; something that causes damage, harm, or loss

detrimental: Read  causing damage or harm; injurious

deviate: Read  turn away from a principle, norm; depart; diverge

devise: Read  form, plan, or arrange in the mind; transmit or give by will

devotee: Read  enthusiastic follower; one who is devoted or self-dedicated to a cause or practice

devotion: Read  faithfulness; ardent, often selfless affection and dedication

devout: Read  expressing devotion or piety; earnest in religious field

dexterous: Read  skillful in the use of the hands; having mental skill

diagonally: Read  in a diagonal manner; not square to any direction

diagram: Read  graph; chart; figure or drawing made to illustrate a statement; plan

dictatorial: Read  pertaining or suited to a dictator; absolute

differentiate: Read  set apart; distinguish; perceive or show difference in or between

diffuse: Read  spread out widely; scatter freely; pour out and cause to spread freely

digestion: Read  process by which food is converted into substances that can be absorbed and assimilated by the body

digress: Read  turn aside, especially from main subject in writing or speaking

dilapidated: Read  in disrepair, run down; of very poor quality or condition

dilate: Read  make wider or larger; cause to expand; enlarge; widen

diminish: Read  dwindle; reduce; make smaller or less or to cause to appear so

dimly: Read  vaguely; in a dim or obscure manner; with dull or imperfect vision or a faint light; not brightly or clearly

disadvantage: Read  drawback; defect; hinder; unfavorable condition or circumstance

disappointment: Read  feeling of dissatisfaction

disband: Read  loose bands of; set free; disunite; scatter

discernible: Read  distinguishable; perceptible; capable of being seen or noticed

disciple: Read  follower; adherent; person who learns from another, especially one who then teaches others

discomfit: Read  make uneasy or perplexed; cause to lose one's composure; disconcert

discomfort: Read  distress; uneasiness; mental or bodily distress

discomposure: Read  state of being discomposed; disorder; agitation; disturbance; inconsistency; disagreement

disconcert: Read  confuse; frustrate by throwing into disorder; embarrass

disconsolate: Read  sad; cheerless; gloomy; hopeless or not expecting

discontented: Read  dissatisfied; restlessly unhappy; uneasy in mind

discord: Read  conflict; lack of agreement among persons, groups, or things

discordant: Read  not harmonious; conflicting; disagreeable in sound; harsh or dissonant

discount: Read  give reduction in price on

discourse: Read  formal, lengthy discussion of a subject; verbal exchange; conversation

discreet: Read  free from ostentation or pretension; distinct; distinguishable

discrete: Read  separate; consisting of unconnected distinct parts

discriminating: Read  able to see differences; showing careful judgment or fine taste

discursive: Read  tending to depart from main point or cover a wide range of subjects

disembark: Read  go ashore from ship; unload cargo from ship; leave a vehicle or aircraft

disenfranchise: Read  deprive of civil right; deprive someone of franchise, generally their right to vote

disfigure: Read  change appearance of something or someone to the negative; deform

disgorge: Read  bring up and expel from throat or stomach; vomit; discharge or pour forth contents

disgruntle: Read  cause being in bad temper; disappoint; disconcert

disguise: Read  dress or exterior put on for purposes of concealment or of deception

dishearten: Read  discourage; cause to lose courage or hope

disheveled: Read  marked by disorder; untidy; having hair in loose disorder

disinclination: Read  unwillingness; lack of inclination; mild aversion

disingenuous: Read  giving a false appearance of frankness; not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating

disintegrate: Read  fall apart; become reduced to components, fragments, or particles

disinter: Read  dig up; unearth; dig up or remove from grave or tomb; bring to public notice

disinterested: Read  not interested; indifferent; free of self-interest; impartial

disjointed: Read  separated at joints; out of joint; lacking order or coherence

dislodge: Read  remove or force out from a position or dwelling previously occupied

dismal: Read  causing gloom or depression; dreary; somber; melancholy

dismay: Read  destroy courage or resolution by exciting dread; cause to lose enthusiasm

dismember: Read  cut into small parts; withdraw or exclude from membership, as of a society or body

disorganize: Read  disarrange; disorder; destroy the organization; make less organized

disparage: Read  belittle; speak of in a slighting or disrespectful way; reduce in esteem or rank

disparate: Read  fundamentally distinct or different in kind; entirely dissimilar

disparity: Read  difference; condition or fact of being unequal, as in age, rank, or degree

dispassionate: Read  calm; impartial; unaffected by strong emotion or prejudice

dispel: Read  scatter; drive away; cause to vanish

dispense: Read  distribute; prepare and give out; deal out in parts or portions

dispirited: Read  lacking in spirit; affected or marked by low spirits

displace: Read  move or shift from the usual place or position, especially to force to leave a homeland

display: Read  exhibit; present or hold up to view; show; demonstrate; give evidence of; manifest

dispose: Read  get rid of; settle or decide a matter; place or set in a particular order; arrange

disputatious: Read  argumentative; fond of arguing; inclined to dispute

disquiet: Read  make uneasy or anxious; trouble

disregard: Read  ignore; discount; take no notice of

disrepute: Read  discredit; dishonor; the state of being held in low esteem

disrespect: Read  lack of respect for; disrespectful mental attitude

dissection: Read  analysis; cutting apart in order to examine

dissemble: Read  disguise or conceal behind a false appearance; make a false show of

disseminate: Read  distribute; spread; scatter like seeds

dissent: Read  differ in opinion or feeling; withhold assent or approval

dissenter: Read  one who differs in opinion, or one who declares his disagreement

dissertation: Read  formal essay; paper written by candidate for doctoral degree at university

dissident: Read  disagreeing, especially with a majority; rebellious

dissimulate: Read  pretend; hide feelings from other people

dissipate: Read  spend or expend wastefully; vanish by dispersion; drive away; disperse

dissolute: Read  lacking moral restraint; indulging in sensual pleasures or vices

dissolution: Read  breaking of union; decomposition into fragments or parts; extinction of life; decay

dissonance: Read  discord; disagreeable sounds; harsh, disagreeable combination of sounds

dissuade: Read  persuade not to do; discourage

distant: Read  far in space or time; cold in manner

distasteful: Read  expressing aversion or dislike; disagreeable

distend: Read  swell out or expand from or as if from internal pressure

distill: Read  give off liquid; purify; refine; increase the concentration of

distinction: Read  excellence or eminence; note or mark of difference

distinctively: Read  in a distinctive manner; in a way that is notable for its difference; plainly

distort: Read  twist out of proper or natural relation of parts; misshape; misrepresent

distract: Read  cause to turn away from original focus; pull in conflicting emotional directions; unsettle

distress: Read  discomfort; cause strain, anxiety, or suffering to

distribute: Read  hand out; disseminate; allocate

disturbance: Read  disorder; turmoil; mental or emotional unbalance or disorder

diurnal: Read  daily; relating to or occurring in a 24-hour period

diverge: Read  vary; go in different directions from the same point

divergent: Read  differing; tending to move apart in different directions

divert: Read  distract; withdraw money and move into a different location

divest: Read  free of; rid; remove all of one's clothing

divorce: Read  end a marriage; legal dissolution of a marriage

dizzy: Read  having or causing a whirling sensation

docile: Read  obedient; ready and willing to be taught; easily managed or handled

doctrinaire: Read  unable to compromise about points of doctrine; unyielding

documentary: Read  film or TV program presenting the facts about a person or event; of or derived from documents

doff: Read  take off; remove; tip or remove one's hat in salutation; put aside; discard

dogged: Read  determined; stubbornly persevering; unyielding

doggerel: Read  poor verse; of crude or irregular construction

dogmatic: Read  stubbornly adhering to insufficiently proven beliefs; inflexible, rigid

doldrums: Read  period of depression or unhappy listlessness; slack period; state of inactivity

doleful: Read  sorrowful; filled with or expressing grief; mournful

dolphin: Read  large slender game fish widely distributed in warm seas; various marine cetacean mammals

domain: Read  field; territory over which rule or control is exercised; networked computers that share a common address

domestic: Read  house-hold; of or relating to the home ; within the country or home

domicile: Read  place of residence of a person or a family

domineer: Read  rule or exercise power in cruel; rule over or control arbitrarily

donate: Read  grant; present as a gift to a fund or cause; contribute

donation: Read  grant; act of giving to a fund or cause

donor: Read  giver; one that contributes something, such as money, to a cause or fund

dormer: Read  window set vertically into small gable projecting from sloping roof; sleeping-room

dote: Read  be excessively fond of; show signs of mental decline

doubtful: Read  distrustful; skeptical; full of doubt; having doubt; not settled in opinion

dour: Read  stubbornly unyielding; marked by sternness or harshness

douse: Read  plunge into water; wet thoroughly; extinguish

dowdy: Read  lacking stylishness or neatness; shabby; old-fashioned

downcast: Read  low in spirits; depressed; directed downward

draconian: Read  extremely harsh; very severe, oppressive or strict

drain: Read  draw out; flow out; waste

drainage: Read  emptying accomplished by draining; gradual flowing off, as of a liquid

drawback: Read  disadvantage or inconvenience; shortcoming; refund or remittance, such as a discount on duties or taxes

dread: Read  fearful or distasteful anticipation; terror; horror

dreary: Read  gloomy; dismal; dark, colorless, or cheerless

dregs: Read  sediment settled at bottom of liquid; waste or worthless matter

drench: Read  wet through and through; soak; put potion down throat of; steep in moisture; wet thoroughly

drift: Read  float; moving aimlessly; wander

dross: Read  waste or impure matter; worthless, commonplace, or trivial matter

drought: Read  dry period; aridity; long period of abnormally low rainfall

drudgery: Read  hard monotonous routine work

ductile: Read  easily influenced; flexible; pliable

dulcet: Read  sweet sounding; pleasing to ear; melodious

dumbfound: Read  fill with astonishment and perplexity; confound

dupe: Read  easily deceived person; duplicate of photographic image

duplicity: Read  double-dealing; deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech; acting in bad faith.

durable: Read  lasting; long-lasting; enduring

dutiful: Read  careful to fulfill obligations; expressing or filled with sense of obligation

dwindle: Read  shrink; reduce in size; become less

dynamic: Read  energetic; vigorously active