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a. adequate for the purpose, judged to be in conformity with approved usage


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ad. without intention; in an unintentional manner, of a minor or subordinate nature


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v. provide with something desired or needed, have room for; hold without crowding


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v. to agree or express agreement


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v. win something through one's efforts, take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect


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v. pronounce not guilty of criminal charges, behave in a certain manner


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n. an athlete who does not play for pay, engaged in as a pastime


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a. appearing as such but not necessarily so, clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment


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n. a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal


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v. follow a credo; have a faith; be a believer, judge or regard; look upon; judge


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a. conforming to the standards and conventions of the middle class, belonging to the middle class


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n. plant with dense clusters of tight green flower buds, branched green undeveloped flower heads


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n. a government that is administered primarily by bureaus that are staffed with nonelective officials


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n. a system of timekeeping that defines the beginning and length and divisions of the year, a tabular array of the days


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n. a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme, a collection of things sharing a common attribute


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a. capable of or tending to change in form or quality or nature, subject to change


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n. an old breed of tiny short-haired dog with protruding eyes from Mexico held to antedate Aztec civilization


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n. a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure, anything that approximates the shape of a column or tower


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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


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a. knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts, intentionally conceived


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n. agreement in the judgment or opinion reached by a group as a whole


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n. a line or outline which gradually deviates from being straight for some or all of its length


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ad. without question and beyond doubt, without doubt (used for emphasis)


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n. the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess


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n. short bar with weight at each end, stupid person


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v. cause to feel awkward or ashamed; hamper or impede


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n. someone who organizes a business venture and assumes the risk for it


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n. an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service


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v. be or do something to a greater degree, be superior or better than some standard


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v. fill with sublime emotion, make (someone) feel very happy


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n. everything that exists anywhere, the state or fact of existing


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a. characterized by intense emotion, like or suggestive of fire


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a. relating to or originating in or characteristic of another place or part of the world


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v. determine the capacity, volume, or contents of by measurement and calculation, measure precisely and against a standard


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a. feeling or showing gratitude, affording comfort or pleasure


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v. give surety or assume responsibility, make certain of


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v. annoy continually or chronically, exhaust by attacking repeatedly


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n. (of a standing person) the distance from head to foot


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n. a series of ordered groupings of people or things within a system, the organization of people at different ranks in an administrative body


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a. full of or characterized by humor, causing lighthearted laughter and amusement


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n. lack of knowledge, education, or information


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a. immediately before or after as in a chain of cause and effect, performed with little or no delay


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n. a neutral or uncommitted person, especially in politics


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a. showing inventiveness and skill, cleverly and originally devised and well suited to its purpose


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n. secret information about an enemy, the ability to comprehend


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n. an adornment (as a bracelet or ring or necklace) made of precious metals and set with gems


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n. the cognitive process of reaching a decision or drawing conclusions, the legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision


Spelling Word: judgment
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n. the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience, a single whole grain of a cereal


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n. freedom to choose a pastime or enjoyable activity, time available for ease and relaxation


Spelling Word: leisure
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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


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n. freedom to deviate deliberately from normally applicable rules or practices, a legal document giving official permission to do something


Spelling Word: license
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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


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n. a military training exercise, an action aimed at evading an opponent


Spelling Word: maneuver
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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


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a. as if belonging to the Middle Ages; old-fashioned and unenlightened


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n. period of a thousand years, especially when calculated from the traditional date of the birth of Christ


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a. being on a very small scale, of a much smaller size than normal


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a. deliberately causing harm or damage, naughtily or annoyingly playful


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v. spell a word wrongly or incorrectly


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n. anything indispensable, unavoidably determined by prior circumstances


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n. a nearby object of the same kind


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a. capable or worthy of being perceived, undesirably noticeable


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ad. now and then or here and there


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n. an event that happens, an instance of something occurring


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ad. to a distinctly greater extent or degree than is common, uniquely or characteristically


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n. a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts, usually pleasantly


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n. persistent determination, continuing or repeating behavior


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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


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n. someone who writes plays


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n. the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior, being controlled by passion or the supernatural


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v. be earlier in time; go back further, move ahead (of others) in time or space


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a. characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development or maturity, appearing or developing early


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n. the major party to a financial transaction at a stock exchange; buys and sells for his own account


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n. a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group, especially a hereditary or official right


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n. the way a word or a language is customarily spoken, the manner in which someone utters a word


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ad. by the public or the people generally, in a manner accessible to or observable by the public; openly


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n. a form containing a set of questions; submitted to people to gain statistical information


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n. a written or printed statement acknowledging that something has been paid for or that goods have been received.


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v. push for something, make attractive or acceptable


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n. a remark that calls attention to something or someone


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a. having a bearing on or connection with the subject at issue


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v. be similar in sound, especially with respect to the last syllable


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a. separated according to race, sex, class, or religion, have the connection undone; having become separate


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v. take the place or move into the position of


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n. close observation of a person or group, usually by the police


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n. substituting a more inclusive term for a less inclusive one or vice versa


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n. a strip of wood, metal, or stone forming the bottom of a doorway and crossed in entering a house or room


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n. the near future, the next day, the day after, following the present day


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a. coming next after the eleventh and just before the thirteenth in position, one part in twelve equal parts


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prep. up to point in time mentioned, as far as


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n. a space entirely devoid of matter


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n. the act of taking revenge, especially in the next life


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n. the state of the atmosphere at a place and time as regards heat, dryness, sunshine, wind, rain, etc.


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n. the fourth day of the week; the third working day


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a. strikingly odd or unusual, suggesting something supernatural


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