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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