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acceptable:
a. adequate for the purpose, judged to be in conformity with approved usage
accidentally:
ad. without intention; in an unintentional manner, of a minor or subordinate nature
accommodate:
v. provide with something desired or needed, have room for; hold without crowding
acquiesce:
v. to agree or express agreement
acquire:
v. win something through one's efforts, take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
acquit:
v. pronounce not guilty of criminal charges, behave in a certain manner
amateur:
n. an athlete who does not play for pay, engaged in as a pastime
apparent:
a. appearing as such but not necessarily so, clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
argument:
n. a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal
believe:
v. follow a credo; have a faith; be a believer, judge or regard; look upon; judge
bourgeois:
a. conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class, belonging to the middle class
broccoli:
n. plant with dense clusters of tight green flower buds, branched green undeveloped flower heads
bureaucracy:
n. a government that is administered primarily by bureaus that are staffed with nonelective officials
calendar:
n. a system of timekeeping that defines the beginning and length and divisions of the year, a tabular array of the days
category:
n. a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme, a collection of things sharing a common attribute
changeable:
a. capable of or tending to change in form or quality or nature, subject to change
chihuahua:
n. an old breed of tiny short-haired dog with protruding eyes from Mexico held to antedate Aztec civilization
column:
n. a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure, anything that approximates the shape of a column or tower
conscience:
n. conformity to one's own sense of right conduct, motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions
conscious:
a. knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts, intentionally conceived
consensus:
n. agreement in the judgment or opinion reached by a group as a whole
curve:
n. a line or outline which gradually deviates from being straight for some or all of its length
definitely:
ad. without question and beyond doubt, without doubt (used for emphasis)
drunkenness:
n. the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess
dumbbell:
n. short bar with weight at each end, stupid person
embarrass:
v. cause to feel awkward or ashamed; hamper or impede
entrepreneur:
n. someone who organizes a business venture and assumes the risk for it
equipment:
n. an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service
exceed:
v. be or do something to a greater degree, be superior or better than some standard
exhilarate:
v. fill with sublime emotion, make (someone) feel very happy
existence:
n. everything that exists anywhere, the state or fact of existing
fiery:
a. characterized by intense emotion, like or suggestive of fire
foreign:
a. relating to or originating in or characteristic of another place or part of the world
gauge:
v. determine the capacity, volume, or contents of by measurement and calculation, measure precisely and against a standard
grateful:
a. feeling or showing gratitude, affording comfort or pleasure
guarantee:
v. give surety or assume responsibility, make certain of
harass:
v. annoy continually or chronically, exhaust by attacking repeatedly
height:
n. (of a standing person) the distance from head to foot
hierarchy:
n. a series of ordered groupings of people or things within a system, the organization of people at different ranks in an administrative body
humorous:
a. full of or characterized by humor, causing lighthearted laughter and amusement
ignorance:
n. lack of knowledge, education, or information
immediate:
a. immediately before or after as in a chain of cause and effect, performed with little or no delay
independent:
n. a neutral or uncommitted person, especially in politics
ingenious:
a. showing inventiveness and skill, cleverly and originally devised and well suited to its purpose
intelligence:
n. secret information about an enemy, the ability to comprehend
jewelry:
n. an adornment (as a bracelet or ring or necklace) made of precious metals and set with gems
judgment:
n. the cognitive process of reaching a decision or drawing conclusions, the legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision
kernel:
n. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience, a single whole grain of a cereal
leisure:
n. freedom to choose a pastime or enjoyable activity, time available for ease and relaxation
library:
n. a depository built to contain books and other materials for reading and study, a collection of literary documents or records kept for reference or borrowing
license:
n. freedom to deviate deliberately from normally applicable rules or practices, a legal document giving official permission to do something
maintenance:
n. the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence, court-ordered support paid by one spouse to another after they are separated
maneuver:
n. a military training exercise, an action aimed at evading an opponent
manoeuvre:
v. perform a movement in military or naval tactics in order to secure an advantage in attack or defense, act in order to achieve a certain goal
medieval:
a. as if belonging to the Middle Ages; old-fashioned and unenlightened
millennium:
n. period of a thousand years, especially when calculated from the traditional date of the birth of Christ
miniature:
a. being on a very small scale, of a much smaller size than normal
mischievous:
a. deliberately causing harm or damage, naughtily or annoyingly playful
misspell:
v. spell a word wrongly or incorrectly
necessary:
n. anything indispensable, unavoidably determined by prior circumstances
neighbor:
n. a nearby object of the same kind
noticeable:
a. capable or worthy of being perceived, undesirably noticeable
occasionally:
ad. now and then or here and there
occurrence:
n. an event that happens, an instance of something occurring
particularly:
ad. to a distinctly greater extent or degree than is common, uniquely or characteristically
pastime:
n. a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts, usually pleasantly
perseverance:
n. persistent determination, continuing or repeating behavior
personnel:
n. the department responsible for hiring and training and placing employees and for setting policies for personnel management, group of people willing to obey orders
playwright:
n. someone who writes plays
possession:
n. the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior, being controlled by passion or the supernatural
precede:
v. be earlier in time; go back further, move ahead (of others) in time or space
precocious:
a. characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development or maturity, appearing or developing early
principal:
n. the major party to a financial transaction at a stock exchange; buys and sells for his own account
privilege:
n. a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group, especially a hereditary or official right
pronunciation:
n. the way a word or a language is customarily spoken, the manner in which someone utters a word
publicly:
ad. by the public or the people generally, in a manner accessible to or observable by the public; openly
questionnaire:
n. a form containing a set of questions; submitted to people to gain statistical information
receipt:
n. a written or printed statement acknowledging that something has been paid for or that goods have been received.
recommend:
v. push for something, make attractive or acceptable
reference:
n. a remark that calls attention to something or someone
relevant:
a. having a bearing on or connection with the subject at issue
rhyme:
v. be similar in sound, especially with respect to the last syllable
separate:
a. separated according to race, sex, class, or religion, have the connection undone; having become separate
supersede:
v. take the place or move into the position of
surveillance:
n. close observation of a person or group, usually by the police
synecdoche:
n. substituting a more inclusive term for a less inclusive one or vice versa
threshold:
n. a strip of wood, metal, or stone forming the bottom of a doorway and crossed in entering a house or room
tomorrow:
n. the near future, the next day, the day after, following the present day
twelfth:
a. coming next after the eleventh and just before the thirteenth in position, one part in twelve equal parts
until:
prep. up to point in time mentioned, as far as
vacuum:
n. a space entirely devoid of matter
vengeance:
n. the act of taking revenge, especially in the next life
weather:
n. the state of the atmosphere at a place and time as regards heat, dryness, sunshine, wind, rain, etc.
Wednesday:
n. the fourth day of the week; the third working day
weird:
a. strikingly odd or unusual, suggesting something supernatural