By Jiuondgie Lyon

GRE Vocabulary 2018

This hot words list for GRE test takers is weekly selected from mainstream English medium based on popular topics of 2018. It's an express supplement to prepare GRE test.

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acne  Speak
n. a condition characterized by red pimples on the face, prevalent chiefly among teenagers.
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amble  Speak
v. walk or move at a slow, relaxed pace
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anarchist  Speak
n. a person who rebels against any authority, established order, or ruling power
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annex  Speak
v. append or add as an extra or subordinate part, especially to a document
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aquifer  Speak
n. a body of permeable rock that can contain or transmit groundwater
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arbiter  Speak
n. a person who settles a dispute or has ultimate authority in a matter
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arch  Speak
n. a structure, consisting of a curved top on two supports, that holds the weight of something above it
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backburner  Speak
n. a state of inaction or suspension; a position of relatively little importance.
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barrack  Speak
v. jeer loudly in order to express disapproval or to create a distraction
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bayonet  Speak
n. a swordlike stabbing blade that may be fixed to a rifle for use in hand-to-hand fighting
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bias  Speak
n. prejudice in favor of or against one thing, usually in a way considered to be unfair
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bipartisan  Speak
n. of or involving the agreement of two parties that usually oppose each other's policies
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bloodless  Speak
a. without violence or killing, lacking in spirit or vitality
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Bodhisattva  Speak
n. in Buddhism, a person who is able to save suffering beings
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bonnet  Speak
n. a protective cover or cap over a machine or object
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bootleg  Speak
n. illegal musical recording, especially one made at a concert
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bound  Speak
v. walk or run with leaping strides
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brutalist  Speak
a. characterized by a deliberate plainness, crudity, or violence of imagery, especially in style of architecture or art
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brutality  Speak
n. savage physical violence; great cruelty
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bust  Speak
v. break, split, or burst (something).
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canon  Speak
n. a collection or list of sacred books accepted as genuine
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capably  Speak
ad. ably, aptly, competently
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catastrophic  Speak
a. extremely unfortunate or unsuccessful
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cellulose  Speak
n. the main constituent of plant cell walls and of vegetable fibers such as cotton
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chaos  Speak
n. complete disorder and confusion
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chill  Speak
n. an unpleasant feeling of coldness in the atmosphere
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circuitous  Speak
a. of a route or journey longer than the most direct way
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clamber  Speak
v. climb, move, or get in or out of something in an awkward and laborious way
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conglomerate  Speak
n. a number of different things or parts that are put or grouped together to form a whole but remain distinct entities
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coo  Speak
v. talk fondly, amorously, or appreciatively
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corpse  Speak
n. a dead body, especially of a human being rather than an animal
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credible  Speak
a. able to be believed; convincing
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crook  Speak
n. person who is dishonest or a criminal
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crumple  Speak
v. crush something, typically paper or cloth so that it becomes wrinkled
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cuddle  Speak
v. hold close in one's arms as a way of showing love or affection
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deductible  Speak
n. a specified amount of money that the insured must pay before an insurance company will pay a claim
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deform  Speak
v. distort the shape or form of; make misshapen
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defunct  Speak
a. no longer existing or functioning.
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desalination  Speak
n. the process of removing salt from seawater
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despotic  Speak
n. autocratic; tyrannical
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destine  Speak
v. intend or choose for a particular purpose or end
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divergent  Speak
a. tending to be different or develop in different directions
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doorstop book  Speak
n. a large, boring book, generally considered a classic
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dormant  Speak
n. having normal physical functions suspended or slowed down for a period of time
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dotard  Speak
n. an old person, especially one who has become weak or senile.
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drain  Speak
v. cause the water or other liquid in something to run out
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duly  Speak
ad. in accordance with what is required or appropriate
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dwindle  Speak
v. diminish gradually in size, amount, or strength
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empathy  Speak
a. ability to understand and share the feelings of another
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encore  Speak
n. a repeated or additional performance of an item at the end of a concert
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evolution  Speak
v. he gradual development of something, especially from a simple to a more complex form
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exodus  Speak
n. a mass departure of people, especially emigrants
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fiddle  Speak
v. change something dishonestly, especially to own advantage
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flinch  Speak
v. make a quick, nervous movement of the face or body as an instinctive reaction to surprise, fear or pain
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foment  Speak
v. instigate or stir up an undesirable action
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foul  Speak
n. an unfair stroke of play, especially one involving interference with opponent
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franchise  Speak
n. an authorization granted to carry out specified commercial activities
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galvanise  Speak
v. shock or excite someone, typically into taking action
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garb  Speak
n. clothing or dress, especially of a distinctive or special kind
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geek  Speak
n. an unfashionable or socially inept person
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gel  Speak
n. a thick, clear, liquid substance, especially one used on the hair or body
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gentrification  Speak
n. the process of renovating and improving a house or district so that it conforms to middle-class taste
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gondola  Speak
n. a light flat-bottomed boat used on Venetian canals
an enclosed cabin suspended from an overhead cable to transport passengers
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Gordian knot  Speak
n. an extremely difficult or involved problem
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haphazard  Speak
n. lacking any obvious principle of organization.
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heretic  Speak
n. a person who differs in opinion from established religious dogma
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homily  Speak
n. a religious discourse that is intended primarily for spiritual edification, sermon
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horizon  Speak
n. the limit of a person's mental perception or interest
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hurtle  Speak
v. move or cause to move at a great speed, typically in a wildly uncontrolled manner
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idiosyncrasy  Speak
n. a mode of behavior or way of thought peculiar to an individual
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ilk  Speak
n. a type of people or things similar to those already referred to
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impart  Speak
v. make information known; communicate
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incumbent  Speak
n. the holder of an office or post
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indigenous  Speak
a. originating or occurring naturally in a particular place; native
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ingrained  Speak
a. firmly fixed or established; difficult to change
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insight  Speak
n. the capacity to gain an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of a person or thing.
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intently  Speak
ad. with earnest and eager attention
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intervention  Speak
n. interposition or interference of one state in the affairs of another.
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lacklustre  Speak
a. lacking in vitality, force, or conviction; uninspired or uninspiring
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languid  Speak
a. weak or faint from illness or fatigue
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ledger  Speak
n. a book or other collection of financial accounts of a particular type
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legion  Speak
n. a unit of 3,000–6,000 men in the ancient Roman army; a vast number of people or things
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lest  Speak
ad. with the intention of preventing something undesirable; to avoid the risk of
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levy  Speak
v. impose a tax, fee, or fine
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lob  Speak
v. throw or hit (a ball or missile) in a high arc.
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makeshift  Speak
a. serving as a temporary substitute; sufficient for the time being
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malfunction  Speak
n. a failure to function in a normal or satisfactory manner
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manifesto  Speak
n. a public declaration of policy and aims
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matrix  Speak
n. an environment or material in which something develops; a surrounding medium or structure
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mighty  Speak
a. possessing great and impressive power or strength
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militarisation  Speak
n. the process by which a society organizes itself for military conflict and violence
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mitigate  Speak
v. make less severe, serious, or painful.
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money-grubbing  Speak
n. someone does anything possible to get money
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monsoon  Speak
n. a seasonal prevailing wind in the region of South and Southeast Asia;
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motto  Speak
n. a short sentence or phrase chosen as encapsulating the beliefs or ideals guiding an individual, family, or institution.
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muon  Speak
n. an unstable subatomic particle of the same class as an electron, but with a mass around 200 times greater
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national side  Speak
n. national team, sports team that is the representative of the whole nation rather than a school or club
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newsreel  Speak
n. a short film of news, formerly made for showing in a movie theater
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nullification  Speak
n. cancelling something;
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occupant  Speak
n. a person who resides or is present in a house
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offence  Speak
n. a breach of a law or rule; an illegal act
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outfit  Speak
n. a group that works as a team
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overhaul  Speak
v. take apart in order to examine it and repair it if necessary
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pachinko  Speak
n. a Japanese form of pinball
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panther  Speak
n. a leopard, especially a black one
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perceive  Speak
v. become aware or conscious of; come to realize or understand
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pinch  Speak
v. grip something tightly and sharply between finger and thumb
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plagiarism  Speak
n. the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own
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platelet  Speak
n. a small colorless disk-shaped cell fragment, found in large numbers in blood and involved in clotting
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plume  Speak
n. a long, soft feather or arrangement of feathers used by a bird for display
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preeminent  Speak
a. surpassing all others; very distinguished in some way
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projectile  Speak
n. a missile designed to be fired from a rocket or gun.
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proverbial  Speak
a. of a word or phrase referred to in a proverb or idiom
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punter  Speak
n. a person who gambles, places a bet, or makes a risky investment
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ransomware  Speak
n. a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.
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renegade  Speak
n. a person who deserts and betrays an organization, country, or set of principles
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resurrection  Speak
n. the act of rising from the dead
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retiree  Speak
n. a person who has retired from full-time work
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reveal  Speak
v. make previously secret information known to others
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revelation  Speak
n. a surprising and previously unknown fact, especially one that is made known in a dramatic way.
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riddle  Speak
v. make many holes in someone or something, especially with gunshot
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run along  Speak
v. be in line with; form a line along
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rye  Speak
n. grass grown extensively as a grain, a cover crop and a forage crop
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sacrilege  Speak
n. violation or misuse of what is regarded as sacred
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scapegoat  Speak
n. a person who is blamed for the wrongdoings, mistakes, or faults of others
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schism  Speak
n. a split or division between strongly opposed sections or parties
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scoff  Speak
v. speak to someone or about something in a scornfully derisive or mocking way.
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scrubland  Speak
n. land consisting of scrub vegetation
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seepage  Speak
n. the slow escape of a liquid or gas through porous material or small holes
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seismic  Speak
a. of or relating to earthquakes or other vibrations of the earth and its crust
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silver iodide  Speak
n. a yellow insoluble powder, used in photography and artificial rainmaking
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slender  Speak
a. gracefully thin; barely sufficient in amount
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sloppy  Speak
a. casual and loose-fitting
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Soviet Union  Speak
n. a single-party Marxist-Leninist state, existed from 1922 until 1991
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stark  Speak
a. severe or bare in appearance or outline
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strand  Speak
v. drive or leave a boat or sea creature aground on a shore
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surveillance  Speak
n. close observation, especially of a suspected spy or criminal
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swear someone in  Speak
v. administer an oath to someone who then officially begins in office
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tally  Speak
v. calculate the total number of
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terrain  Speak
n. a stretch of land, especially with regard to its physical features
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terrestrial  Speak
a. of, on, or relating to the earth
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testicle  Speak
n. either of the two oval organs that produce sperm in men and other male mammals, enclosed in the scrotum behind the penis.
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tinker  Speak
v. attempt to repair or improve something in a casual or desultory way, often to no useful effect
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tuck in  Speak
v. push, fold so as to hide them;
eat food heartily
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turquoise  Speak
n. a greenish-blue color
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tweak  Speak
v. improve system by making fine adjustments to it
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typhoon  Speak
n. a tropical storm in the region of the Indian or western Pacific oceans
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ubiquitous  Speak
a. present, appearing, or found everywhere.
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undergird  Speak
v. secure or fasten from the underside, especially by a rope or chain passed underneath
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unfathomable  Speak
a. incapable of being fully explored or understood
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unicycle  Speak
n. a cycle with a single wheel, typically used by acrobats
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up sticks  Speak
v. take all the things that you own and go and live in a different place
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verdict  Speak
n. a decision on a disputed issue in a civil or criminal case or an inquest
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vigilante  Speak
n. a member of a self-appointed group of citizens who undertake law enforcement in their community
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viral  Speak
n. an image, video, advertisement, etc., that is circulated rapidly on the Internet
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vital  Speak
a. absolutely necessary or important; essential
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watershed  Speak
n. an area or ridge of land that separates waters flowing to different rivers
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windfall  Speak
n. an apple or other fruit blown down from a tree or bush by the wind.
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yuppie  Speak
n, a well-paid young middle-class professional who has a luxurious lifestyle
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GRE Vocabulary 2017
abdication  Speak
n. the act of giving up or renouncing a right, office, or position of power etc.
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abuzz  Speak
a. in a buzz; buzzing; characterized by excessive gossip or activity
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aflutter  Speak
a. In a state of excited anticipation or confusion
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afoul  Speak
a. in a state of entanglement or conflict with
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algae  Speak
n. plural of a type of aquatic life form, such as seaweed; any of many aquatic photosynthetic organisms, whose size ranges from a single cell to giant kelps and whose form is very diverse
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algorithm  Speak
n. precise step-by-step plan for solving a problem
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archipelago  Speak
n. a large group of islands; a sea, containing a large number of scattered islands
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arsenal  Speak
n. a store or supply of anything; a stock of weapons; a military establishment for the storage, development, manufacturing, testing, or repairing of weapons and war material
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assail  Speak
v. to trouble; to attack verbally; to attack violent
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assonant  Speak
a. having successive similar vowel sounds, having a resemblance of sounds
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atrial  Speak
a. of or pertaining to an atrium, especially the upper chambers of the heart
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austerity  Speak
n. quality of being simple and plain, without excess ; a severe and rigid economy.
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avert  Speak
v. to turn aside or away
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backhoe  Speak
n. piece of excavating equipment consisting of a digging bucket or scoop on the end of an articulated arm; drawn backwards to move earth
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batter  Speak
v. hit heavily and repeatedly with violent blows
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benchmark  Speak
n. a standard by which something is evaluated or measured
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bonanza  Speak
n. a mine rich with gold or silver or other valuable yields
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broadsheet  Speak
n. newspaper having pages of standard dimensions (as opposed to a tabloid), especially one that carries serious treatment of news.
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buoyant  Speak
a. light; able to float; not sinking
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cachet  Speak
n. a mark or quality, as of distinction, individuality, or authenticity
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calamity  Speak
n. an event resulting in great loss
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canter  Speak
n .gait of a horse between a trot and a gallop, consisting of three beats and a "suspension" phase, where there are no feet on the ground
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capitalize  Speak
v. to use something to one's benefit for advantage
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cardiovascular  Speak
n. relating to, or involving the heart and the blood vessels disease
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charismatic  Speak
a. having extraordinary personal charm or magnetism
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circumscribed  Speak
a. enclosed in or subject to limits
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commission  Speak
v. to place an order for, to officially charge someone to do something
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confetti  Speak
n. small pieces of colored paper generally thrown about at festive occasions
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conflate  Speak
v. to bring things together and fuse them into a single entity; to mix together different elements
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consumerism  Speak
n. an attachment to materialistic positions; economic theory that increased consumption is beneficial to a nation's economy in the long run
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conveyor  Speak
n. a person or thing that conveys, transports or delivers
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convoke  Speak
v. to call together; to cause to assemble for a meeting
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cornice  Speak
n. horizontal architectural element of a building, projecting forward from the main walls, originally used as a means of directing rainwater away from the building's walls
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coronary  Speak
a. of or relating to the heart
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culpable  Speak
a. deserving condemnation, censure or blame, especially as something wrong, harmful or injurious; blameworthy
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cultivation  Speak
n. act or practice of tilling land and preparing it for crops; the agricultural management of land; husbandry in general
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curator  Speak
n. one who manages or oversees, usually as an administrator in a museum or library
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curtail  Speak
v. to limit or restrict, to shorten or abridge; to truncate
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dereliction  Speak
n. willful neglect of one's duty; act of abandoning something
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descend  Speak
v. to make an attack, or incursion, as if from a vantage ground; to come suddenly and with violence; to pass from a higher to a lower place; to move downwards
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dismantle  Speak
v. to take apart, disassemble
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dividend  Speak
n. a payment of money by a company to its shareholders, usually made periodically
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doom  Speak
n. fate, especially a tragic or ruinous one; inevitable destruction or ruin; decision or judgment
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down to the wire  Speak
ad. to the very end, as in a race or contest
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doyenne  Speak
n. the senior, or eldest female member of a group
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drone  Speak
n. male bee, especially a honeybee
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embattled  Speak
a. subject to or troubled by battles, controversy or debate
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embrace  Speak
v. accept, include (idea or principle); hug, put arms around
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embroiled  Speak
a. involved or drawn into a situation
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epidemic  Speak
n. a widespread disease that affects many individuals in a population
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equinox  Speak
n. either of the two times during a year when the when the length of day and night are equal; anything equal; an equal measure
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equity  Speak
n. ownership, especially in terms of net monetary value of some business; ownership interest in a company as determined by subtracting liabilities from assets
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evangelist  Speak
n. person marked by extreme enthusiasm for or support of any cause, particularly with regard to religion
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exemption  Speak
n. the state of being immune or exempt; freedom from a defect, weakness, or restriction
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exploit  Speak
v. to use for one’s own advantage; to draw illegitimate profits from
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farce  Speak
n. a situation abounding with ludicrous incidents
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feckless  Speak
a. without skill, ineffective, incompetent; lacking purpose
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fibrillation  Speak
n. muscular twitching involving individual muscle fibers acting without coordination
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frustrate  Speak
v. to hinder or thwart; to disappoint or defeat
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funnel  Speak
v. to direct (money or resources); to proceed through a narrow gap or passageway akin to a funnel
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gendarme  Speak
n. armed policeman in France; French policeman
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glitz  Speak
n. brilliant showiness
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grainy  Speak
a. resemble grains; granular; coarsely ground or gritty
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gratifying  Speak
a. pleasing to the mind or feeling; giving personal satisfaction
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hedge fund  Speak
n. a professionally-managed investment fund that seeks to maximize profits, usually by pursuing unconventional strategies
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illicit  Speak
a. not sanctioned by custom or law; unlawful
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in line  Speak
a. suitable or appropriate; keeping with expectations, norms, ideals, or rules
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intermittent  Speak
a. stopping and starting at intervals; alternately containing and empty of water
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interstellar  Speak
a. between the stars; among the stars
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introspection  Speak
n. the act or process of self-examination, or inspection of one's own thoughts and feelings; reflection
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intuitively  Speak
ad. done with skill, but without special training or planning; instinctively
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kingpin  Speak
n. the most important person in a group or undertaking; bolt that provides a steering joint in a motor vehicle
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lantern  Speak
n. decorative casing for a light, often of paper
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leverage  Speak
n. any influence which is compounded or used to gain an advantage; a force compounded by means of a lever rotating around a pivot
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lily  Speak
n. any of various plants of the genus Lilium, having variously colored, often trumpet-shaped flowers
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liquidity  Speak
n. the degree to which it can be easily converted into cash; an asset's property of being able to be sold without affecting its value
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loiter  Speak
v. to stand about without any aim or purpose; to stand about idly; to linger; to hang around
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magnanimous  Speak
a. noble and generous in spirit
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magnitude  Speak
n. the absolute or relative size; extent or importance of something
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menace  Speak
n. perceived threat or danger
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mentality  Speak
n. quality or state of mind, a way of thinking
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murk  Speak
a. partially or totally dark; gloomy
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nondescript  Speak
a. lacking distinguishing qualities or characteristics; unexceptional
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nostalgic  Speak
a. showing a bittersweet yearning for the past
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obsolescence  Speak
n. state of being no longer in use; gone into disuse; disused or neglected
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overhaul  Speak
n. examination; inspection; repair
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pellet  Speak
n. bullet or piece of small shot
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pepper  Speak
v. to be covered with lots of (something made up of small things); to add (something) at frequent intervals
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perish  Speak
v. to die; to decay and disappear
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permaculture  Speak
n. system of sustainable agriculture that renews natural resources and enriches local ecosystems
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pirouette  Speak
v. to perform a whirl on the toes, like a dancer, usually in ballet
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plausible  Speak
a. seemingly or apparently valid, likely, or acceptable; credible
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plexus  Speak
n. a network or interwoven mass, especially (anatomy) of nerves, blood vessels, or lymphatic vessels
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pragmatic  Speak
a. dealing or concerned with facts or actual occurrences; concerned with making decisions and actions that are useful in practice, not just theory
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prosaic  Speak
a. straight-forward; plain and simple to the point of boring
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putative  Speak
a. supposed, reputed, generally regarded as such
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quintessential  Speak
a. having properties of being the most perfect example of its type or the most perfect embodiment of something
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raft  Speak
n. a large but unspecified number
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rag-tag  Speak
a. made up of different people or things and not organized well
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ramshackle  Speak
a. in disrepair or disorder; poorly maintained; lacking upkeep, usually of buildings or vehicles
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reimbursement  Speak
n. the act of compensating someone for an expense
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reinforce  Speak
v. give more force or effectiveness to; strengthen; increase the number or amount of
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resumption  Speak
n. the act of resuming or starting something again
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resurgent  Speak
a. rising again; undergoing a resurgence; experiencing renewed vigor or vitality
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revamp  Speak
v. renovate, revise, improve or renew; to patch
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sabotage  Speak
v. to destroy or damage something in order to prevent it from being successful
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scion  Speak
n. heir or descendant
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scrabble  Speak
v. move something about by making rapid movements back and forth with the hands or paws; to scrape or scratch powerfully with hands or claws
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security  Speak
n. property temporarily relinquished to guarantee repayment of a loan; something that secures the fulfillment of an obligation or law
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shoestring  Speak
n. small sum of money; capital that is barely adequate
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solidify  Speak
v. make solid, compact, or hard; make strong or united
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sphinx  Speak
n. mythical creature with the head of a human and the body of an animal
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stamp out  Speak
v. end or extinguish by forceful means; get rid of
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stewardship  Speak
n. office or rank of one who manages another's property and affairs
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strain  Speak
n. kind or sort; a particular breed or race of animal, microbe etc
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stricken  Speak
a. removed or rubbed out; disabled or incapacitated by something; struck by something
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suave  Speak
a. smoothly agreeable and courteous; charming, confident and elegant
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subsidize  Speak
v. to aid or promote a private enterprise with public money (e.g. government grants)
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supplant  Speak
v. to take the place of; to replace, to supersede
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surreptitious  Speak
a. stealthy, furtive, well hidden, covert
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swath  Speak
n. (or swathe) a broad sweep or expanse
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synod  Speak
n. an ecclesiastic council or meeting to consult on church matters
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topographic  Speak
a. having detailed graphic representation of the surface features of a place or object
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tricolor  Speak
n. a flag having three colors
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trumpeting  Speak
n. publishing by or as by sounding a trumpet; resounding call, as that of the elephant
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vigilant  Speak
a. watchful, especially for danger or disorder; alert
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vigorous  Speak
a. physically strong and active
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weld  Speak
v. to bind together very closely or inseparably; to join two materials (especially two metals) together by applying heat, pressure and/or filler
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whiff  Speak
n. a slight sign of something; a brief, gentle breeze; an odour carried briefly through the air
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wobbly  Speak
a. unsteady; not firm, solid, or securely in place; unstable
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wrest  Speak
v. obtain by pulling or violent force; to seize; to pull or twist violently
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yardage  Speak
n. measurement or amount in yards; use or convenience of a yard or inclosure, as in receiving, lading, or unlading cattle, etc., from railroad-cars
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