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Social life in my extended family, like that of most people of modest means who grew up in the country, revolved around meals, conversation, and storytelling.

modest   Speak
a.  underestimating of one's abilities or achievements; neither bold nor self-assertive

revolve   Speak
v.  move in a circle on a central axis
Added on: 2019-02-14
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obsession   Speak
n. persistent disturbing preoccupation with an often unreasonable idea or feeling
dimly   Speak
ad. faintly, seemingly
She had a great laugh, but she also was full of anger, disappointment, and obsessions she only dimly understood.
bone-chilling   Speak
a. very cold, causing strong feelings of fear, terror
frosty   Speak
n. very cold with frost forming on surfaces
We somehow survived bone-chilling temperatures and the night is still expected to be unreasonably frosty, but I have a feeling things are about to heat up.
peek into   Speak
v. take a brief look, glance
hobbyist   Speak
n. someone who enjoys doing something as a hobby
It's for those, skill levels ranging from hobbyist and student to expert, who want to peek into the future and see what kinds of tech will be essential to every industry.
cater   Speak
v. provide food and drinks for an occasion or event
frolic   Speak
v. play and move about cheerfully and excitedly
To cater to the rich and famous, in the 1970s, it created its first Celebrity Centre International in Hollywood, where Bette Davis and Clark Gable once frolicked.
wattage   Speak
n. dynamic or mental energy or appeal
lifeblood   Speak
n. a vital or life-giving force or component
Hollywood members, who for decades brought in mega-star wattage as well as mega-bucks, are aging, and yet there's no new lifeblood coming up through the rank.
upstate   Speak
a. of, in, or to the northern part of a state, especially in remote area
averse   Speak
a. having a strong dislike of or opposition
confrontation   Speak
n. hostile or argumentative meeting or situation between opposing parties
On a quiet little road in upstate New York, resides an older woman whom neighbors describe as friendly, polite, averse to drama or confrontation.
outbuilding   Speak
n. a building, such as a garage, on the same property but separate from a more important one
reclusive   Speak
a. avoiding the company of other people; solitary
She largely keeps to herself in the small outbuilding, where she lives with her equally reclusive boyfriend.
slate   Speak
v. schedule or plan
deportation   Speak
n. removal from a country of a person who is not a citizen
A Marine veteran was slated for deportation until the immigration agency realized he was a US citizen.
episode   Speak
n. an occurrence of an illness
recollection   Speak
n. action or faculty of remembering something
He has episodes where he disappears and when he is found again, he often has no recollection of where he has been.
thoroughfare   Speak
n. a road or path forming a route between two places
shed light on   Speak
v. help to explain something
Were these rear yards once connected as a thoroughfare? Alas, old maps of Bushwick don't shed any light on the situation.
twitch   Speak
v. a short, sudden jerking or convulsive movement
ingest   Speak
v. take food into the body by swallowing or absorbing
Possible causes for lip twitching include ingesting too much caffeine, a potassium deficiency, reactions to certain medications or drugs.
granular   Speak
a. resembling or consisting of small grains or particles
vet   Speak
v. make a careful and critical examination of
Google changes policy to access accounts more granular, secure, and better understood by end users; one of the changes is to implement an extensive vetting process.
rule out   Speak
v. exclude; prevent, make impossible
indict   Speak
v. formally accuse of or charge with a serious crime
She wouldn't rule out President Trump being indicted while in office, adding that it's an open discussion in terms of the law.
fuzzy   Speak
a. difficult to perceive clearly, indistinct or vague
elongated   Speak
a. unusually long in relation to its width
A fuzzy photo released Monday - taken from 1.2 million miles away - appears to show the planet as an elongated blob, not a round space rock.
wrestle   Speak
v, struggle with a difficulty or problem