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abandon
n. lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm
abide
v. endure; put up with; bear; tolerate
abnormal
a. unusual; not typical; not normal
absurd
a. preposterous; ridiculously incongruous or unreasonable; foolish
abuse
n. improper use or handling; misuse
access
n. approach; entry; entrance
accidental
a. unexpected; happening by chance, unintentionally  
accomplice
n. partner in crime; associate in wrongdoing
acquaintance
n. personal knowledge or information about someone or something
activate
v. make active or more active; stimulate; make radioactive
acute
a. quickly perceptive; keen; having a sharp point or tip; extremely sharp or severe
adamant
a. extremely hard; inflexible; stubbornly unyielding
addiction
n. the compulsive physiological and psychological need for a substance; being abnormally dependent on something
ado
n. doing; bother; troublesome business; fuss; bustle
adopt
v. accept; take on; raise; take into one's family
adorable
a. deserving to be adored; worthy of divine honors
adore
v. worship with profound reverence; pay divine honors to; regard with the utmost esteem and affection
affected
a. speaking or behaving in an artificial way; emotionally stirred or moved; infected or attacked
affection
n. fondness; tender feeling toward another; fondness
affirmative
a. confirmative; ratifying; giving assent or approval; confirming
agenda
n. items of business at a meeting; list or program of things to be done or considered
aggressive
a. making assaults; unjustly attacking; combative; hostile; tending to spread quickly
agitated
a. disturbed; excited; expressing agitation
agony
n. the extreme pain of mind or body; anguish; last struggle of life; death struggle
agreement
n. state of agreeing; harmony of opinion, statement, action, or character
airborne
a. aloft; flying; in the air
alias
n. assumed name; another name; a name that has been assumed temporarily
allegiance
n. loyalty to a nation, sovereign, or cause; fidelity to any person or thing; devotion
allergic
a. excessively sensitive; susceptible; having an allergy
allergy
n. hypersensitivity reaction; abnormally high sensitivity to certain substances
alley
n. a narrow passage, especially a walk or passage in a garden or park, bordered by rows of trees or bushes
ally
n. confederate; partner; collaborator
altar
n. raised structure on which sacrifices are offered or incense burned to a deity
ambrosia
n. something with delicious flavor or fragrance; fruit dessert made of oranges and bananas with shredded coconut
ambush
n. disposition or arrangement of troops for attacking an enemy unexpectedly from a concealed station
amendment
n. a change or changes made to the words of a text; revision
amnesia
n. partial or total loss of memory, usually resulting from shock or illness
amulet
n. object worn, especially around the neck, as a charm against evil or injury; charm
anemia
n. condition in which blood lacks red corpuscles; deficiency of red blood cells; lack of vitality
ankle
n. the joint which connects the foot with the leg; tarsus
anonymous
a. having no name; having an unknown or unacknowledged name
anticipate
v. act in advance of; deal with ahead of time; predict
antidote
n. medicine to counteract a poison or disease; an agent that relieves or counteracts
apology
n. acknowledgment expressing regret or asking pardon for a fault or offense; explanation or excuse
appalling
a. causing or fitted to cause dismay or horror; frightful
appeal
n. attraction; charm; attract; fascinate; challenge
appealing
a. attractive or interesting; charming
appetite
n. instinctive physical desire, especially one for food or drink
appropriate
v. acquire; take possession of for one's own use; set apart for specific use
apron
n. an article of dress, of cloth or other stuff, worn on the forepart of the body, to keep the clothes clean
archer
n. bowman, one skilled in the use of the bow and arrow
archives
n. public records; place where public records are kept
arena
n. a playing field where sports events take place; a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments
arrogance
n. overbearing pride; haughtiness; manifest feeling of personal superiority in rank, power, or estimation
arrogant
a. arising from feeling or assumption of one's superiority toward others
arson
n. malicious burning of a dwelling house or outhouse of another man, which by the common law is a felony
arsonist
n. criminal who illegally sets fire to property
artillery
n. large weapons, such as cannon and missile launchers operated by crews; army branch in use of large weapons
assault
n. a violent attack; an onslaught
asset
n. properties; advantage; useful or valuable quality
assurance
n. promise or pledge; certainty; self-confidence; freedom from doubt
assured
a. made sure; exhibiting confidence or authority; indubitable
asthma
n. chronic respiratory disease, often arising from allergies
asylum
n. place of refuge or shelter; protection
attic
n. story or room directly below the roof of a building, especially a house;
attorney
n. lawyer; one who is appointed by another to act in his place or stead; proxy
auction
n. public sale of property to the highest bidder
audition
v. take part in a trial performance; evaluate in a trial performance
authentic
a. not counterfeit or copied; valid; trustworthy
authorization
n. act of giving authority or legal power; establishment by authority; sanction or warrant
authorize
v. empower; give permission for; sanction
autopsy
n. examination of dead body; post-mortem
awe
n. mixed emotion of reverence, respect, dread, and wonder; fear, as of something evil
bacon
n. back and sides of a pig salted and smoked
badge
n. a distinctive mark, token, or sign worn on the person
bait
v. harass; tease; lure, entice, or entrap
bald
a. hairless; lacking a natural or usual covering
ballroom
n. large room used mainly for dancing
bane
n. something causes misery or death; curse; fatal injury or ruin
bankrupt
a. penniless, without any money; financially ruined
banner
n. flag; sign; a newspaper headline that runs across the full page
barb
n. sharp projection from fishhook; openly cutting remark
barbecue
n. a rack to hold meat for cooking over hot charcoal usually out of doors
barge
n. flatboat; long, large boat for transporting freight that is unpowered and towed or pushed by other craft
bark
n. a sound made by a dog; harsh sound uttered by a dog
barn
n. an outlying farm building for storing grain or animal feed and housing farm animals
barrier
n. obstacle; structure built to bar passage; boundary or limit
batch
n. quantity of bread baked at one time; a collection of things or persons to be handled together
beacon
n. signal fire to notify of the approach of an enemy, or to give any notice, commonly of warning
beam
n. ray of light; a long piece of metal or wood; long piece fixed or movable in structure, machine, or tool
beat
v. whip; strike; defeat; hit repeatedly
beaver
n. amphibious rodent about two feet in length; fur of the beaver; tall hat, originally made from beaver fur
behold
v. have in sight; see clearly; look at; perceive by the visual faculty
benign
a. kindly; favorable; not malignant
betray
v. be unfaithful; reveal unconsciously or unwillingly
beverage
n. liquids for drinking, usually excluding water; refreshment
bizarre
a. fantastic; violently contrasting; strangely unconventional in style or appearance
blackmail
n. extortion of money or value from a person by threat of exposing a criminal act or discreditable information
blade
n. the flat part of the leaf, of any plant, especially of gramineous plants; cutting part of an instrument
bless
v. make or pronounce holy; consecrate; make happy
blizzard
n. a severe snowstorm with strong winds  
blur
n. something hazy and indistinct to the sight or mind; dim, confused appearance;  moral stain or blot
bodyguard
n. guard to protect or defend person; lifeguard
bogus
a. counterfeit or fake; not authentic; not genuine
bolt
v. dash or dart off; move or jump suddenly
boost
v. raise; advance; push or shove upward
booster
n. device for increasing power or effectiveness; enthusiastic promoter, as of a sports team or school
booze
n. drink greedily or immoderately, especially alcoholic liquor
bore
v. drill; make a hole in or through, with or as if with a drill
bouquet
n. small cluster or arrangement of flowers; an arrangement of flowers that is usually given as a present
bout
n. a contest between antagonists; contest or fight; a period of time spent in a particular way, as in illness
brace
n. something which holds anything tightly or supports it firmly, as bandage, cord, or rod;
brake
n. a piece of mechanism for retarding or stopping motion by friction
breach
n. breaking of contract or duty; breaking of waves or surf; fissure or gap
brilliant
a. full of light; shining; bright; sharp and clear in tone
brink
n. edge, margin, or border of a steep place verge
brutal
a. like a brute; savage; cruel; inhuman; merciless
brutality
n. quality of being brutal; inhumanity; savageness; pitilessness
bubble
n. foam; dome-shaped covering made of transparent glass or plastic; fantastic or impracticable idea or belief
buckle
v. fold or collapse; bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat
budge
v. move off; move or stir slightly; alter a position or attitude
bug
n. general name applied to various insects
bulb
n. the rounded part of a cylindrical structure; electric lamp consisting of a glass ball
bully
n. noisy, blustering fellow; one who is threatening and quarrelsome; insolent, tyrannical fellow
bum
n. one who is devoted to a particular activity; murmuring or humming sound; lazy or shiftless person
bumper
n. something as bars at edges to absorb shock and prevent serious damage
bust
n. the occasion for excessive eating or drinking; complete failure; sculpture of the head and shoulders of a person
bypass
n. the channel used to conduct gas or liquid around another pipe or a fixture
cadet
n. younger of two brothers; student at a military school who is training to be an officer
canary
n. pale yellowish color; wine made in the Canary Islands; canary bird; quick and lively dance
canyon
n. narrow chasm with cliff walls, cut into the earth by running water; a gorge
capacity
n. mental or physical ability; ability to accommodate
carnival
n. festivity; traveling amusement show usually including rides, games, and sideshows
carol
n. round dance; a song of joy; a song of praise or joy, especially for Christmas
carve
v. make something by cutting into especially wood or stone; sculpt
cascade
n. small waterfall; sudden downpour
category
n. group; class; a collection of things sharing a common attribute
catholic
a. broadly sympathetic; universal; related to Roman Catholic Church
cavalry
n. part of military force which serves on horseback
cavern
n. cave; large underground chamber, as in a cave
cavity
n. hole; cavern; hollow area within the body
celebrated
a. famous; well-known; having illustrious past
celebrity
n. a widely known person
cellar
n. room or rooms under a building, and usually below the surface of the ground
cemetery
n. place or ground set apart for the burial of the dead; graveyard
cereal
n. grass such as wheat, oats, or corn, the starchy grains of which are used as a food
cerebral
a. relating to the brain or cerebrum;  intellectual rather than emotional
chaos
n. disorder; condition or place of great disorder or confusion; disorderly mass
chap
n. crack, as in earth surface; splitting of skin, caused by cold or exposure; one of the jaws or cheeks; man or boy
charitable
a. benevolent; kind and not judging people in a negative way
charity
n. activity or gift that benefits the public at large
charter
v. license; authorize; hold under a lease or rental agreement of goods and services
chase
v. pursue to kill or take; hunt; follow as if to catch
chateau
n. impressive country house or castle in France; large country house
chevron
n. badge consisting of stripes meeting at an angle, worn on the sleeve of military or police uniform to indicate rank
chic
n. good form; style; elegance under being fashionable
chimera
n. monster represented as vomiting flames, and as having lion head, goat body, and dragon tail
choir
n. band or organized company of singers, especially in church service
chop
v. hew; cut by striking with a heavy sharp tool, such as an ax
chorus
n. any utterance produced simultaneously by a group
chubby
a. of a person, slightly overweight, somewhat fat and hence soft; rounded, and plump
chuck
v. toss or throw smartly out of hand; make noise or call, as a hen calls her chickens
chump
n. short, thick, heavy piece of wood; stupid or foolish person
chunk
n. a thick mass or piece, amount
cider
n. beverage made from juice pressed from apples
civilian
a. of or relating to non-military life
clam
v. be moist or glutinous; stick or adhere; produce or cause to clang
clamp
n. any of various devices used to join, grip, support, or compress mechanical or structural parts
clarity
n. clearness of thought or style; brightness; splendor
clientele
n. clients of professional person; the body of customers or patrons
closure
n. act of shutting; closing
clot
n. thick, viscous, or coagulated mass or lump, as of blood; compact group
clumsy
a. awkward; showing lack of skill or aptitude
coalition
n. partnership; league; state of being combined into one body
coincidence
n. two or more things occurring at the same time by chance
collision
n. crash; conflict of opposed ideas or attitudes or goals
colossal
a. of extraordinary size; huge; gigantic
coma
n. state of profound insensibility from which it is difficult or impossible to rouse a person
commence
v. have a beginning or origin; originate; start; begin
commitment
n. pledge, undertaking; an act of binding yourself  to a course of action
commotion
n. disturbed or violent motion; agitation; public disturbance; riot; excitement
compact
a. closely and firmly united or packed together; briefly giving a gist of something
compassion
n. the sensation of sorrow excited by the distress or misfortunes of another; pity; commiseration
compassionate
a. having a temper or disposition to pity; sympathetic; merciful
compatible
a. harmonious; having similar disposition and tastes
compelling
a. overpowering; drivingly forceful; urgently requiring attention
compliment
n. praise; commendation; say something to someone that expresses praise
compromise
v. adjust or settle by making mutual concessions; endanger the interests or reputation of
compulsive
a. having the power to compel; exercising or applying compulsion.
con
ad. against the affirmative side; in opposition; on the negative side
concede
v. admit; yield; give up physical control of another
conceive
v. form or develop in mind; devise; become pregnant with; begin or originate in a specific way
concussion
n. shaking or agitation; shock; injury to an organ, especially the brain, produced by a violent blow
condemn
v. blame; denounce; express strong disapproval of
confide
v. disclose; reveal; tell in confidence
confront
v. be face to face with; oppose in hostility or competition; deal with
confrontation
n. state of being confronted, especially a meeting face to face; clash of opinions and ideas
conjure
v. call on or summon by sacred name or in a solemn manner; implore earnestly; practice magical arts
consolation
n. act of consoling; state of being consoled; refreshment of spirit; comfort
console
v. cheer from distress or depression; alleviate grief and raise spirits of; relieve; comfort
conspiracy
n. plot; intrigue; agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act
constellation
n. some stars seen from the Earth as a group and often having a name
contagious
a. infectious; of or relating to communicable diseases
contempt
n. state of being despised or dishonored; disgrace; disobedience to, or open disrespect of
continent
n. one of the large landmasses of the earth
contingency
n. condition of being dependent on chance; uncertainty; possibility
contract
v. constrict; make smaller; compress or concentrate
convert
n. change something into another form; transform
convertible
a. capable of being converted; susceptible of change; transmutable; transformable
convict
v. find or declare guilty
conviction
n. the judgment that someone is guilty of a crime; strongly held belief
coop
n. barrel or cask for liquor; enclosure or cage, as for poultry or small animals
corny
a. producing corn or grain; furnished with grains of corn; strong, stiff, or hard, like a horn;
corporal
a. belonging or relating to the body; bodily; noncommissioned officer, next below a sergeant
corporate
a. united or combined into one body; collective; belonging to a corporation or incorporated body
cosmic
a. of the universe; vast
costume
n. dress; attire; a set of clothes appropriate for a particular occasion or season
couch
n. sofa; arrange or dispose as in a bed
counterfeit
v. make a copy of, usually with the intent to defraud; forge
coup
n. sudden stroke; sudden appropriation of leadership or power; a takeover
covert
a. secretive, not openly shown
coy
a. quiet; still; tending to avoid people and social situations; reserved
cram
v. pack; force, press, or squeeze into an insufficient space
cramp
n. something that confines or contracts; restraint; hindrance
cramped
a. jammed; stuffed;  uncomfortably small or restricted
crank
n. device for rotary motion, by handle or arm; bend, turn, or winding, as of a passage; twist or turn in speech
cranky
a. having a bad disposition; having eccentric ways; odd; full of bends and turns; crooked
crate
n. large basket, used for moving china or similar wares; box or case whose sides are of wooden slats with interspaces
crave
v. ask with earnestness or importunity; ask with submission or humility; beg
craving
n. vehement or urgent desire; longing for; consuming desire; yearning
creed
n. definite summary of what is believed; confession of faith for public use
creek
n. a small stream, often a shallow tributary to a river; brook
cripple
n. person or animal that is partially disabled or unable to use a limb or limb
crook
v. bend, turn, or curve; curvature; flexure
crooked
a. having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned; curved
crude
a. being in an unrefined or natural state; raw; lacking tact or taste; blunt or offensive
crumb
n. small fragment or piece,  especially a small piece of bread or other food; broken or cut off
crunch
v. chew with force and noise; crush, grind or tread noisily
cryptic
a. having hidden meaning; mystifying; using code or cipher
cub
n. young animal; awkward, rude, ill-mannered boy; a stall for cattle
cubicle
n. sleeping place partitioned off from a large dormitory; small compartment, as for work or study
cuddle
v. lie close or snug; crouch; nestle; embrace closely
cuff
n. fold at the end of the sleeve; part of sleeve turned back from the hand; any ornamental appendage at the wrist
cuisine
n. kitchen or cooking department; food; manner or style of cooking; cookery
cult
n. religion or religious sect generally considered to be extremist or false; community of religious worship and ritual
curb
v. bend or curve; guide and manage, or restrain
curt
a. having been shortened; effectively cut short; rudely brief or abrupt, as in speech or manner
cushion
n. soft pillow or pad usually used for sitting, reclining, or kneeling
custody
n. keeping or guarding; care, watch, inspection, for keeping, preservation, or security
cute
a. ingenious; delightfully pretty or dainty
cynical
a. skeptical of motives of others; selfishly calculating; negative or pessimistic
dandy
n. man who affects extreme elegance in clothes and manners; something very good or agreeable
darn
v. mend, with interlacing stitches of yarn or thread by the needle; sew together with yarn or thread
dart
v. move suddenly and rapidly
debris
n. remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
debut
n. beginning or first attempt; first appearance before the public
decoy
n. lure or bait; means used to mislead or lead into danger
decree
n. order from one having authority; decision, order, or sentence by a court
deed
n. something that is carried out; act or action; feat or exploit
defendant
n. one required to make answer in an action or suit
definition
n. clarity of outline; concise explanation
deliberate
v. consider; think about carefully; weigh
delirious
a. having a delirium; wandering in mind; insane; raving; wild
delta
n. an area of flat land where a river spreads out into several smaller rivers before entering the sea
delusion
n. false belief; mistaken or unfounded opinion
dent
n. cavity; a depression scratched or carved into a surface
deposition
n. testimony under oath; the act of depositing, especially laying down of matter by natural process
deputy
n. one appointed as the substitute of another, and empowered to act for him; substitute in office
desirable
a. worthwhile; worth doing or achieving; advisable
despicable
a. fit or deserving to be despised; contemptible; mean; vile; worthless
destruction
n. havoc; event that completely destroys something
detour
n. a turning; circuitous route; deviation from a direct course
devastating
a. destructive; highly critical; causing or capable of causing complete destruction
devious
a. departing from the correct and accepted way; misleading; not straightforward
devotion
n. faithfulness; ardent, often selfless affection and dedication
diabetes
n. a polygenic disease characterized by abnormally high glucose levels in the blood
diabolical
a. extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell
dictate
v. prescribe; rule as a dictator
dilemma
n. predicament; state of uncertainty or between equally unfavorable options
diplomatic
a. relating to diplomacy; marked by tact and sensitivity in dealing with others
dirk
n. a kind of dagger or poniard
disaster
n. catastrophe; great harm, damage, or death, or serious difficulty
disastrous
a. extremely bad; terrible; dreadful
discharge
v. relieve of a burden or of contents; unload; pour forth or release; complete or carry out; give off
discreet
a. free from ostentation or pretension; distinct; distinguishable
discretion
n. knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress; the trait of judging wisely and objectively
disguise
n. dress or exterior put on for purposes of concealment or of deception
dispatch
n. act of sending off something; the property of being prompt and efficient; message usually sent in haste
distinction
n. excellence or eminence; note or mark of difference
distinguished
a. prominent; celebrated, well-known, or eminent because of past achievements
distracted
a. having the attention diverted; suffering conflicting emotions; distraught
distraught
a. deeply agitated, as from emotional conflict; mad; insane
distress
n. discomfort; cause strain, anxiety, or suffering to
disturbance
n. disorder; turmoil; mental or emotional unbalance or disorder
dock
v. deprive someone of benefits; remove or shorten the tail of an animal
dodge
v. avoid a blow by moving or shifting quickly aside; a shifty or ingenious trick
dome
n. building or house, especially as the great hall, church, or temple; anything shaped like a cupola
don
v. put clothing on one's body
dose
n. quantity of medicine given; sufficient quantity; portion
drool
v. drivel, or drop saliva; let run from the mouth; talk nonsense; silly talk or write