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abandon
abide
abnormal
absurd
abuse
access
accidental
accomplice
acquaintance
activate
acute
adamant
addiction
ado
adopt
adorable
adore
affected
affection
affirmative
agenda
aggressive
agitated
agony
agreement
airborne
alias
allegiance
allergic
allergy
alley
ally
altar
ambrosia
ambush
amendment
amnesia
amulet
anemia
ankle
anonymous
anticipate
antidote
apology
appalling
appeal
appealing
appetite
appropriate
apron
archer
archives
arena
arrogance
arrogant
arson
arsonist
artillery
assault
asset
assurance
assured
asthma
asylum
attic
attorney
auction
audition
authentic
authorization
authorize
autopsy
awe
bacon
badge
bait
bald
ballroom
bane
bankrupt
banner
barb
barbecue
barge
bark
barn
barrier
batch
beacon
beam
beat
beaver
behold
benign
betray
beverage
bizarre
blackmail
blade
bless
blizzard
blur
bodyguard
bogus
bolt
boost
booster
booze
bore
bouquet
bout
brace
brake
breach
brilliant
brink
brutal
brutality
bubble
buckle
budge
bug
bulb
bully
bum
bumper
bust
bypass
cadet
canary
canyon
capacity
carnival
carol
carve
cascade
category
catholic
cavalry
cavern
cavity
celebrated
celebrity
cellar
cemetery
cereal
cerebral
chaos
chap
charitable
charity
charter
chase
chateau
chevron
chic
chimera
choir
chop
chorus
chubby
chuck
chump
chunk
cider
civilian
clam
clamp
clarity
clientele
closure
clot
clumsy
coalition
coincidence
collision
colossal
coma
commence
commitment
commotion
compact
compassion
compassionate
compatible
compelling
compliment
compromise
compulsive
con
concede
conceive
concussion
condemn
confide
confront
confrontation
conjure
consolation
console
conspiracy
constellation
contagious
contempt
continent
contingency
contract
convert
convertible
convict
conviction
coop
corny
corporal
corporate
cosmic
costume
couch
counterfeit
coup
covert
coy
cram
cramp
cramped
crank
cranky
crate
crave
craving
creed
creek
cripple
crook
crooked
crude
crumb
crunch
cryptic
cub
cubicle
cuddle
cuff
cuisine
cult
curb
curt
cushion
custody
cute
cynical
dandy
darn
dart
debris
debut
decoy
decree
deed
defendant
definition
deliberate
delirious
delta
delusion
dent
deposition
deputy
desirable
despicable
destruction
detour
devastating
devious
devotion
diabetes
diabolical
dictate
dilemma
diplomatic
dirk
disaster
disastrous
discharge
discreet
discretion
disguise
dispatch
distinction
distinguished
distracted
distraught
distress
disturbance
dock
dodge
dome
don
dose
drool

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abandon   Pronounce
n. lacking restraint or control; feeling of extreme emotional intensity; unbounded enthusiasm
With her parents out of town, Kelly danced all night with abandon.
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abide   Pronounce
v. endure; put up with; bear; tolerate
Oh, don't bother ME, I could not abide figures!
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abnormal   Pronounce
a. unusual; not typical; not normal
Fujitsu, Toshiba, HP, and Lenovo all insist that their designs are sufficiently different to Dell and Apple, that there is no abnormal risk of fire.
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absurd   Pronounce
a. preposterous; ridiculously incongruous or unreasonable; foolish
Alice thought the whole thing very absurd, but they all looked so grave that she did not dare laugh.
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abuse   Pronounce
n. improper use or handling; misuse
The commenter said that he had stopped seven years of girl abuse in this area, thanks to Vito.
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access   Pronounce
n. approach; entry; entrance
The only access to the village is by boat.
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accidental   Pronounce
a. unexpected; happening by chance, unintentionally  
Its curves are arbitrary and what we call accidental, but one after another follows it as if he were guided by a chart on which it was laid down.
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accomplice   Pronounce
n. partner in crime; associate in wrongdoing
Because your accomplice is a stranger, it's safer than asking a friend to participate in your ruse.
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acquaintance   Pronounce
n. personal knowledge or information about someone or something
He also reconnected with Doris Schmitz, an acquaintance from the University of Frankfurt.
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activate   Pronounce
v. make active or more active; stimulate; make radioactive
The carriers say they want to encrypt and store the credentials in the phone's SIM card, the small chips to activate access to mobile networks.
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acute   Pronounce
a. quickly perceptive; keen; having a sharp point or tip; extremely sharp or severe
Her early writing was grounded in acute observation of the natural world.
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adamant   Pronounce
a. extremely hard; inflexible; stubbornly unyielding
Speaker Pelosi came out of that meeting, and she was once again adamant about saying a public option must be in the bill.
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addiction   Pronounce
n. the compulsive physiological and psychological need for a substance; being abnormally dependent on something
No matter what form we find it in, addiction is not fun; drugs, alcohol, overeating, overworking, smoking or sex.
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ado   Pronounce
n. doing; bother; troublesome business; fuss; bustle
So, without more ado, let me introduce tonight's guests.
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adopt   Pronounce
v. accept; take on; raise; take into one's family
In a late-night session, the United States, which has blocked most recent efforts to adopt resolutions on the Middle East, put forward its own proposal.
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adorable   Pronounce
a. deserving to be adored; worthy of divine honors
I just can't resist that adorable face and those amazing blue eyes!
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adore   Pronounce
v. worship with profound reverence; pay divine honors to; regard with the utmost esteem and affection
All the girls in our school adore the handsome mathematics teacher who happens to be a bachelor.
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affected   Pronounce
a. speaking or behaving in an artificial way; emotionally stirred or moved; infected or attacked
The other boys laughed so unmercifully at what they termed my affected accent.
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affection   Pronounce
n. fondness; tender feeling toward another; fondness
I happen to think that the physical expression of love and affection is just about the best thing we humans do.
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affirmative   Pronounce
a. confirmative; ratifying; giving assent or approval; confirming
The result will allow schools to know what they can do and not do in affirmative action programs.
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agenda   Pronounce
n. items of business at a meeting; list or program of things to be done or considered
His agenda is certainly different from the President's and the administration's, but we will seek additional opportunities to work together with him.
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aggressive   Pronounce
a. making assaults; unjustly attacking; combative; hostile; tending to spread quickly
During his tenure in Beijing, Huntsman was an aggressive advocate for human rights and pushed to expand U.S. economic ties with China.
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agitated   Pronounce
a. disturbed; excited; expressing agitation
His face was very much agitated and very much flushed.
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agony   Pronounce
n. the extreme pain of mind or body; anguish; last struggle of life; death struggle
'Oh, PLEASE mind what you are doing!' cried Alice, jumping up and down in an agony of terror.
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agreement   Pronounce
n. state of agreeing; harmony of opinion, statement, action, or character
We are in agreement with their decision.
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airborne   Pronounce
a. aloft; flying; in the air
It provides air-data and GPS-inertial solutions for airborne measurement.
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alias   Pronounce
n. assumed name; another name; a name that has been assumed temporarily
Since the alias is already defined in our management pack, it should work fine.
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allegiance   Pronounce
n. loyalty to a nation, sovereign, or cause; fidelity to any person or thing; devotion
They didn't want to salute the flag, saying that kind of allegiance is only for God.
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allergic   Pronounce
a. excessively sensitive; susceptible; having an allergy
An attack by a swarm of reddish-brown insects can cause allergic reactions, which can be fatal in extremely rare cases.
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allergy   Pronounce
n. hypersensitivity reaction; abnormally high sensitivity to certain substances
Food allergy is distinct from food intolerance, which is not caused by an immune reaction.
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alley   Pronounce
n. a narrow passage, especially a walk or passage in a garden or park, bordered by rows of trees or bushes
In 1958, he tore down the dance hall and built a six-lane bowling alley, which is still there.
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ally   Pronounce
n. confederate; partner; collaborator
The trouble is that selling arms to this particular ally regularly involves commissions - in plain language, bribes - to well-placed people.
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altar   Pronounce
n. raised structure on which sacrifices are offered or incense burned to a deity
In answer to my inquiries, she informed me it was a covering for the altar of a new church lately erected.
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ambrosia   Pronounce
n. something with delicious flavor or fragrance; fruit dessert made of oranges and bananas with shredded coconut
Hughes got a taste of that ambrosia, and he'll never forget the satisfaction it brings.
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ambush   Pronounce
n. disposition or arrangement of troops for attacking an enemy unexpectedly from a concealed station
They separated into three hostile tribes, and darted upon each other from ambush with dreadful war-whoops, and killed each other by thousands.
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amendment   Pronounce
n. a change or changes made to the words of a text; revision
America and Britain oppose this amendment, but some other European countries, particularly Germany, have always been lukewarm on debt relief and might be swayed.
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amnesia   Pronounce
n. partial or total loss of memory, usually resulting from shock or illness
Selective amnesia is a politically valuable trait.
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amulet   Pronounce
n. object worn, especially around the neck, as a charm against evil or injury; charm
In Thailand, the Jatukam Ramathep amulet is popular with everyone from Bangkok bankers to village taxi drivers.
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anemia   Pronounce
n. condition in which blood lacks red corpuscles; deficiency of red blood cells; lack of vitality
Long-standing illnesses often result in anemia, loss of weight, and occasional bleeding from the stomach.
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ankle   Pronounce
n. the joint which connects the foot with the leg; tarsus
There was a place on my ankle that got to itching, but I didn't scratch it, and then my ear began to itch; and next to my back, right between my shoulders.
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anonymous   Pronounce
a. having no name; having an unknown or unacknowledged name
The buyer, who wished to remain anonymous, is a foreigner with homes in Europe.
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anticipate   Pronounce
v. act in advance of; deal with ahead of time; predict
I thought she loved me, outcast as I was, and I, who from man could anticipate only mistrust, rejection, insult, clung to her with filial fondness.
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antidote   Pronounce
n. medicine to counteract a poison or disease; an agent that relieves or counteracts
They believe that because this anti-heroin antidote is what finally worked with some of the victims.
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apology   Pronounce
n. acknowledgment expressing regret or asking pardon for a fault or offense; explanation or excuse
The consequence of those measures will be the best apology for my conduct.
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appalling   Pronounce
a. causing or fitted to cause dismay or horror; frightful
I don't know why she's marrying that appalling man; I wouldn't touch him with a barge-pole.
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appeal   Pronounce
n. attraction; charm; attract; fascinate; challenge
Oxfam is making a big appeal for humanitarian aid to Darfur and neighboring Chad, where millions of people have been made homeless by fighting.
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appealing   Pronounce
a. attractive or interesting; charming
The poor creature dropped on his knees before the stolid murderer and clasped his appealing hands.
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appetite   Pronounce
n. instinctive physical desire, especially one for food or drink
China's urban young are developing a growing appetite for the cool white look of platinum jewelry.
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appropriate   Pronounce
v. acquire; take possession of for one's own use; set apart for specific use
The ranch owners appropriate the lands that have originally been set aside for the Indians' use.
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apron   Pronounce
n. an article of dress, of cloth or other stuff, worn on the forepart of the body, to keep the clothes clean
At home, my apron is coated with food remains within minutes of starting to cook.
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archer   Pronounce
n. bowman, one skilled in the use of the bow and arrow
I am the best archer in our college.
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archives   Pronounce
n. public records; place where public records are kept
These documents should be part of the archives so that historians may evaluate them in the future.
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arena   Pronounce
n. a playing field where sports events take place; a large structure for open-air sports or entertainments
For your convenience, arena locations have been divided into two categories; East and West.
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arrogance   Pronounce
n. overbearing pride; haughtiness; manifest feeling of personal superiority in rank, power, or estimation
I also think his arrogance is also turning people off.
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arrogant   Pronounce
a. arising from feeling or assumption of one's superiority toward others
He often speaks in an arrogant tone, which doesn't encourage others to discuss with him.
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arson   Pronounce
n. malicious burning of a dwelling house or outhouse of another man, which by the common law is a felony
According to police, at least 29 vehicles were destroyed in arson attacks this year; most of them are luxury cars.
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arsonist   Pronounce
n. criminal who illegally sets fire to property
No matter how big the fire, it was always put down to a discarded cigarette unless the arsonist was arrested.
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artillery   Pronounce
n. large weapons, such as cannon and missile launchers operated by crews; army branch in use of large weapons
Our rocket artillery is simply a mass of rounds pointed at the general area of the enemy.
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assault   Pronounce
n. a violent attack; an onslaught
He's charged with interfering with the performance of a flight crew by assault or intimidation.
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asset   Pronounce
n. properties; advantage; useful or valuable quality
Hilary Rosen of the Recording Industry Association of America: American intellectual property is our nation's greatest trade asset.
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assurance   Pronounce
n. promise or pledge; certainty; self-confidence; freedom from doubt
Even in BP CEO Tony Hayward's new television commercial, his assurance is ambiguous.
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assured   Pronounce
a. made sure; exhibiting confidence or authority; indubitable
We are surprised to see the little girl paint with an assured hand.
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asthma   Pronounce
n. chronic respiratory disease, often arising from allergies
Indoor air pollution may have contributed to the increase in asthma rates since the 1980s.
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asylum   Pronounce
n. place of refuge or shelter; protection
The refugees sought asylum from religious persecution in a new land.
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attic   Pronounce
n. story or room directly below the roof of a building, especially a house;
Of the various things you mentioned, the attic is a likely source of heat loss.
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attorney   Pronounce
n. lawyer; one who is appointed by another to act in his place or stead; proxy
Did this attorney mean to throw away his client's life without an effort?
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auction   Pronounce
n. public sale of property to the highest bidder
The auction is over, and the winning bid was 1000 dollars.
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audition   Pronounce
v. take part in a trial performance; evaluate in a trial performance
She scheduled to audition for a role on Broadway.
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authentic   Pronounce
a. not counterfeit or copied; valid; trustworthy
It is authentic, genuine, and a true and correct copy of the original.
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authorization   Pronounce
n. act of giving authority or legal power; establishment by authority; sanction or warrant
Foreigners wishing to marry a Mexican citizen must obtain authorization from the National Institute for Migration
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authorize   Pronounce
v. empower; give permission for; sanction
President Bush and House Leaders agreed on a resolution to authorize force against Iraq.
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autopsy   Pronounce
n. examination of dead body; post-mortem
The medical examiner ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
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awe   Pronounce
n. mixed emotion of reverence, respect, dread, and wonder; fear, as of something evil
The tourists gazed with awe at the tremendous expanse of the Grand Canyon.
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bacon   Pronounce
n. back and sides of a pig salted and smoked
They built a fire against the side of a great log and then cooked some bacon in the frying-pan for supper.
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badge   Pronounce
n. a distinctive mark, token, or sign worn on the person
He was awarded a merit badge for his bravery in the battle.
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bait   Pronounce
v. harass; tease; lure, entice, or entrap
The school bully will bait the smaller children, terrorizing them.
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bald   Pronounce
a. hairless; lacking a natural or usual covering
Although he carried, under his wig, a perfectly bald and shiny head, he had only reached middle age.
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ballroom   Pronounce
n. large room used mainly for dancing
Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Toronto offers ballrooms and Latin dancing lessons, including waltz, tango, and other popular dances.
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bane   Pronounce
n. something causes misery or death; curse; fatal injury or ruin
Lucy's little brother was the bane of her existence: his attempts to make her life miserable worked so well that she could have poisoned him.
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bankrupt   Pronounce
a. penniless, without any money; financially ruined
But opposition leaders say he's morally bankrupt and must now step down.
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banner   Pronounce
n. flag; sign; a newspaper headline that runs across the full page
The red top refers to the color of the banner at the top of the paper.
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barb   Pronounce
n. sharp projection from fishhook; openly cutting remark
If you were a politician, would you prefer being caught on the barb of a fishhook?
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barbecue   Pronounce
n. a rack to hold meat for cooking over hot charcoal usually out of doors
The authorities believe it could have been started by a barbecue that had not been put out properly and have announced that they will be questioning suspects in the morning.
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barge   Pronounce
n. flatboat; long, large boat for transporting freight that is unpowered and towed or pushed by other craft
Another barge with fresh water from the U.S. military arrived at the site Friday to assist in the cooling operations.
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bark   Pronounce
n. a sound made by a dog; harsh sound uttered by a dog
She set off at once and ran till she was quite tired and out of breath and till the puppy's bark sounded quite faint in the distance.
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barn   Pronounce
n. an outlying farm building for storing grain or animal feed and housing farm animals
I daresay it is only a rat scrambling along the rafters of the adjoining schoolroom: it was a barn before I had it repaired and altered, and rats generally haunt them.
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barrier   Pronounce
n. obstacle; structure built to bar passage; boundary or limit
The study says police must undo community distrust, which it calls a barrier to outreach.
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batch   Pronounce
n. quantity of bread baked at one time; a collection of things or persons to be handled together
But the last of this batch is the most important and the best of the whole.
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beacon   Pronounce
n. signal fire to notify of the approach of an enemy, or to give any notice, commonly of warning
This is a beacon to help aircraft discover their position.
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beam   Pronounce
n. ray of light; a long piece of metal or wood; long piece fixed or movable in structure, machine, or tool
During a severe earthquake, each beam will absorb the shock by crumpling, thereby preventing severe damage to the tower.
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beat   Pronounce
v. whip; strike; defeat; hit repeatedly
Speak roughly to your little boy; And beat him when he sneezes; He only does it to annoy; Because he knows it teases.
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beaver   Pronounce
n. amphibious rodent about two feet in length; fur of the beaver; tall hat, originally made from beaver fur
To him, a beaver is a quarter of a fur coat for his wife or a nice hat.
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behold   Pronounce
v. have in sight; see clearly; look at; perceive by the visual faculty
We can behold a tiny figure in the distance.
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benign   Pronounce
a. kindly; favorable; not malignant
Though her benign smile and gentle bearing made Miss Marple seem a sweet little old lady, in reality, she was a tough-minded lady.
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betray   Pronounce
v. be unfaithful; reveal unconsciously or unwillingly
The two spies betray their country by selling military secrets to the enemy.
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beverage   Pronounce
n. liquids for drinking, usually excluding water; refreshment
How fragrant was the steam of the beverage and the scent of the toast!
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bizarre   Pronounce
a. fantastic; violently contrasting; strangely unconventional in style or appearance
The plot of the novel was too bizarre to be believed.
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blackmail   Pronounce
n. extortion of money or value from a person by threat of exposing a criminal act or discreditable information
Apparently, bribery and blackmail are legal if you work for Congress.
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blade   Pronounce
n. the flat part of the leaf, of any plant, especially of gramineous plants; cutting part of an instrument
A dull blade is best for this job to avoid cutting fabric accidentally.
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bless   Pronounce
v. make or pronounce holy; consecrate; make happy
My family and I will be praying along with Rick that God will again bless your country.
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blizzard   Pronounce
n. a severe snowstorm with strong winds  
A blizzard is a severe winter storm condition characterized by low temperatures, strong winds, and heavy blowing snow.
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blur   Pronounce
n. something hazy and indistinct to the sight or mind; dim, confused appearance;  moral stain or blot
The blur is a visible condensation cloud that often occurs close to the speed of the sound barrier.
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bodyguard   Pronounce
n. guard to protect or defend person; lifeguard
Having a female bodyguard is more than just a status symbol in Russia.
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bogus   Pronounce
a. counterfeit or fake; not authentic; not genuine
The police quickly found the distributors of the bogus twenty-dollar bills.
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bolt   Pronounce
v. dash or dart off; move or jump suddenly
Jack was set to bolt out the front door.
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boost   Pronounce
v. raise; advance; push or shove upward
It shows political parties could boost their share of the vote considerably.
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booster   Pronounce
n. device for increasing power or effectiveness; enthusiastic promoter, as of a sports team or school
On the other hand, the booster was a public benefactor, no matter how ill-grounded his optimism.
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booze   Pronounce
n. drink greedily or immoderately, especially alcoholic liquor
If you think you like a drink, it means I like booze.
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bore   Pronounce
v. drill; make a hole in or through, with or as if with a drill
Three types of protein that enable the cells to bore in and out of blood vessels.
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bouquet   Pronounce
n. small cluster or arrangement of flowers; an arrangement of flowers that is usually given as a present
They are usually created with flowers that have definite form and add character to a bouquet.
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bout   Pronounce
n. a contest between antagonists; contest or fight; a period of time spent in a particular way, as in illness
She's still recovering from a bout of flu.
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brace   Pronounce
n. something which holds anything tightly or supports it firmly, as bandage, cord, or rod;
After the brace is on, the strap is tightened to pull the foot into a better position.
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brake   Pronounce
n. a piece of mechanism for retarding or stopping motion by friction
A lot of the cost of maintenance goes into renewing the brake of my old car.
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breach   Pronounce
n. breaking of contract or duty; breaking of waves or surf; fissure or gap
Jill sued Jack for breach of promise, claiming he had broken his promise to marry her.
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brilliant   Pronounce
a. full of light; shining; bright; sharp and clear in tone
The refreshing meal, the brilliant fire, the presence, and kindness of her beloved instructress had roused her powers among them.
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brink   Pronounce
n. edge, margin, or border of a steep place verge
Beyond the verge of provocation, I never ventured; on the extreme brink, I liked well to try my skill.
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brutal   Pronounce
a. like a brute; savage; cruel; inhuman; merciless
In many cases, a rich businessman reached the top by trampling others in the most brutal way.
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brutality   Pronounce
n. quality of being brutal; inhumanity; savageness; pitilessness
To write down his success simply to brutality is to oversimplify.
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bubble   Pronounce
n. foam; dome-shaped covering made of transparent glass or plastic; fantastic or impracticable idea or belief
This is the most anticipated public offering since the dot-com bubble burst four years ago.
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buckle   Pronounce
v. fold or collapse; bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat
Then, to make sure the edges didn't buckle from the glue, I laid wax paper over it and put a weight on it.
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budge   Pronounce
v. move off; move or stir slightly; alter a position or attitude
The trapped child was stuck tight and couldn't budge.
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bug   Pronounce
n. general name applied to various insects
It might have seemed to him a waste of ammunition to kill a bug with a battery of artillery.
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bulb   Pronounce
n. the rounded part of a cylindrical structure; electric lamp consisting of a glass ball
The light bulb hasn't changed a whole lot in its 120 years -- the original design was just that good.
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bully   Pronounce
n. noisy, blustering fellow; one who is threatening and quarrelsome; insolent, tyrannical fellow
I found early in life that the best way to defeat a bully is a punch to the nose.
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bum   Pronounce
n. one who is devoted to a particular activity; murmuring or humming sound; lazy or shiftless person
Mike is such a beach bum. All he wants to do is getting a tan.
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bumper   Pronounce
n. something as bars at edges to absorb shock and prevent serious damage
He insisted on changing the front bumper of the vehicle after an accident.
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bust   Pronounce
n. the occasion for excessive eating or drinking; complete failure; sculpture of the head and shoulders of a person
With major debt repayments due over in 18 months, the business could go bust.
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bypass   Pronounce
n. the channel used to conduct gas or liquid around another pipe or a fixture
Heart surgeons use PRP to strengthen tissues in bypass operations, and some plastic surgeons and dermatologists use it as an alternative to facial fillers.
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cadet   Pronounce
n. younger of two brothers; student at a military school who is training to be an officer
A cadet should understand that the war he or she joins four or five years from now will be a different war altogether.
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canary   Pronounce
n. pale yellowish color; wine made in the Canary Islands; canary bird; quick and lively dance
The canary is a small yellow songbird.
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canyon   Pronounce
n. narrow chasm with cliff walls, cut into the earth by running water; a gorge
Valles Marineris on Mars is the largest known canyon in the solar system.
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capacity   Pronounce
n. mental or physical ability; ability to accommodate
Mike had the capacity to handle several jobs at once.
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carnival   Pronounce
n. festivity; traveling amusement show usually including rides, games, and sideshows
The armed thieves used a carnival street parade as cover for their getaway.
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carol   Pronounce
n. round dance; a song of joy; a song of praise or joy, especially for Christmas
Digging a bit, it becomes clear that the carol is, in fact, an Easter song.
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carve   Pronounce
v. make something by cutting into especially wood or stone; sculpt
I realize the Senate schedule will be very busy this year, but I hope that I may work with you to carve out just a small amount of time to consider this important issue.
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cascade   Pronounce
n. small waterfall; sudden downpour
We were too tired to appreciate the beauty of this cascade because we had to detour around it to avoid watering down.
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category   Pronounce
n. group; class; a collection of things sharing a common attribute
Remember, all cars are priced, booked, and controlled by car category, not by car maker or model.
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catholic   Pronounce
a. broadly sympathetic; universal; related to Roman Catholic Church
He was extremely catholic in his taste and read everything he could find in the library.
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cavalry   Pronounce
n. part of military force which serves on horseback
The cavalry is behind the rows following the center, which is filled with men and materiel.  
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cavern   Pronounce
n. cave; large underground chamber, as in a cave
Four avenues opened out of the small cavern in which the great rock stood.
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cavity   Pronounce
n. hole; cavern; hollow area within the body
What is a cavity in a tooth? Why do they drill it?
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celebrated   Pronounce
a. famous; well-known; having illustrious past
Thanks to their race to break Roger Maris's home-run record, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire are two of America's most celebrated baseball players.
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celebrity   Pronounce
n. a widely known person
He was a baseball celebrity.
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cellar   Pronounce
n. room or rooms under a building, and usually below the surface of the ground
The New Zealand wineries are similar to the American wineries and welcome visitors to what they call the cellar door.
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cemetery   Pronounce
n. place or ground set apart for the burial of the dead; graveyard
A vehicle for conveying a coffin is to a church or cemetery.
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cereal   Pronounce
n. grass such as wheat, oats, or corn, the starchy grains of which are used as a food
I have a bowl of cereal every morning.
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cerebral   Pronounce
a. relating to the brain or cerebrum;  intellectual rather than emotional
The content of philosophical works is cerebral in nature and requires much thought.
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chaos   Pronounce
n. disorder; condition or place of great disorder or confusion; disorderly mass
Their job is to stop a repeat of the chaos that blighted the last election in 2002.
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chap   Pronounce
n. crack, as in earth surface; splitting of skin, caused by cold or exposure; one of the jaws or cheeks; man or boy
And the boy is dying - that's the worst of it - oh! a poor little chap, that is the worst of it!
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charitable   Pronounce
a. benevolent; kind and not judging people in a negative way
The entire organization is funded by charitable donations.
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charity   Pronounce
n. activity or gift that benefits the public at large
This is potentially embarrassing for those involved in the concerts, as the rock stars use charity to disguise self-promotion.
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charter   Pronounce
v. license; authorize; hold under a lease or rental agreement of goods and services
As a result, we decide to charter the school to use bigger writing for the French version.
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chase   Pronounce
v. pursue to kill or take; hunt; follow as if to catch
He saw the policeman chase the mugger down the alley.
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chateau   Pronounce
n. impressive country house or castle in France; large country house
This elegant, 19th-century chateau has a total of some 800 square meters, over 4 floors.
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chevron   Pronounce
n. badge consisting of stripes meeting at an angle, worn on the sleeve of military or police uniform to indicate rank
He has very large tattoos on his upper arms, including an army chevron about the size of a grapefruit - it is the rank of a Staff Sergeant that he claims he is.
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chic   Pronounce
n. good form; style; elegance under being fashionable
Of course, most regular folks aren't greeted by name stand in front of this chic Beverly Hills beauty salon.
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chimera   Pronounce
n. monster represented as vomiting flames, and as having lion head, goat body, and dragon tail
Now that's an interesting political animal or chimera or whatever.
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choir   Pronounce
n. band or organized company of singers, especially in church service
Some people will say that being in a choir is lots of involvement because you have both rehearsals and services, which is true.
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chop   Pronounce
v. hew; cut by striking with a heavy sharp tool, such as an ax
Jim told me to chop off the snake's head and throw it away, and then skin the body and roast a piece of it.
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chorus   Pronounce
n. any utterance produced simultaneously by a group
'But who is to give the prizes?' quite a chorus of voices asked.
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chubby   Pronounce
a. of a person, slightly overweight, somewhat fat and hence soft; rounded, and plump
Hi Pille, chubby is definitely better if it means more chocolate!
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chuck   Pronounce
v. toss or throw smartly out of hand; make noise or call, as a hen calls her chickens
Let's chuck all these old papers away.
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chump   Pronounce
n. short, thick, heavy piece of wood; stupid or foolish person
He would be much more than some chump pretending to play guitar and sing with his musical talent.
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chunk   Pronounce
n. a thick mass or piece, amount
Mary, get me a silk thread and a chunk of fire out of the kitchen.
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cider   Pronounce
n. beverage made from juice pressed from apples
When my parents have too much cider, they let some of it turn into vinegar.
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civilian   Pronounce
a. of or relating to non-military life
The first is integrating former rebels back into civilian life.
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clam   Pronounce
v. be moist or glutinous; stick or adhere; produce or cause to clang
It just takes a conscious effort to clam when everyone around you is hysterical, and consider some other tips included in this book.
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clamp   Pronounce
n. any of various devices used to join, grip, support, or compress mechanical or structural parts
Her hand darted out, fastening over Lawanda's emaciated wrist like a clamp.
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clarity   Pronounce
n. clearness of thought or style; brightness; splendor
With the re-designed screens on the new iPad, the clarity is much better than most all papers.
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clientele   Pronounce
n. clients of professional person; the body of customers or patrons
Her clientele is slightly different from the average movie store because most of her customers only have a limited interest in a film due to busy schedules.
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closure   Pronounce
n. act of shutting; closing
We finally brought the project to closure.
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clot   Pronounce
n. thick, viscous, or coagulated mass or lump, as of blood; compact group
You can see a clot of automobiles blocking the tunnel's entrance.
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clumsy   Pronounce
a. awkward; showing lack of skill or aptitude
I did the same thing except with a Bunker Buster, but the shock wave made me stumble and made me look like a clumsy loser.
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coalition   Pronounce
n. partnership; league; state of being combined into one body
The Rainbow coalition united people of all races in a common cause.
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coincidence   Pronounce
n. two or more things occurring at the same time by chance
Was it just a coincidence that she and John had chanced to meet at the market, or was he deliberately trying to seek her out?
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collision   Pronounce
n. crash; conflict of opposed ideas or attitudes or goals
The collision of the particles resulted in an exchange of energy and a change of direction.
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colossal   Pronounce
a. of extraordinary size; huge; gigantic
Radio City Music Hall has a colossal stage.
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coma   Pronounce
n. state of profound insensibility from which it is difficult or impossible to rouse a person
A person in a coma is alive but unconscious.
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commence   Pronounce
v. have a beginning or origin; originate; start; begin
Mrs. Fairfax swallowed her breakfast and hastened away to commence operations.
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commitment   Pronounce
n. pledge, undertaking; an act of binding yourself  to a course of action
My main commitment is to promote human values; this is what I consider the key factor for a happy life at the individual level, family level, and community level.
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commotion   Pronounce
n. disturbed or violent motion; agitation; public disturbance; riot; excitement
For the Mouse was swimming away from her as hard as it could go and making quite a commotion in the pool as it went.
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compact   Pronounce
a. closely and firmly united or packed together; briefly giving a gist of something
His short, compact body was better suited to wrestling than to basketball.
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compassion   Pronounce
n. the sensation of sorrow excited by the distress or misfortunes of another; pity; commiseration
Many men were moved, and many women's compassion testified itself in tears.
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compassionate   Pronounce
a. having a temper or disposition to pity; sympathetic; merciful
The plight of the refugees arouses the compassionate older man.
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compatible   Pronounce
a. harmonious; having similar disposition and tastes
They were compatible neighbors, never quarreling over unimportant matters.
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compelling   Pronounce
a. overpowering; drivingly forceful; urgently requiring attention
They had better not succeed in compelling anyone to work the proposed shift to midnight.
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compliment   Pronounce
n. praise; commendation; say something to someone that expresses praise
A compliment is a gift, not to be thrown away carelessly unless you want to hurt the giver.
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compromise   Pronounce
v. adjust or settle by making mutual concessions; endanger the interests or reputation of
Sometimes the presence of a neutral third party can help adversaries compromise their differences.
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compulsive   Pronounce
a. having the power to compel; exercising or applying compulsion.
There were hundreds of warrior robots of various sizes walking about, waving arms and rods, having no tasks to do but in compulsive, meaningless motion.
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con   Pronounce
ad. against the affirmative side; in opposition; on the negative side
They debated the issue pro and con but cannot get any result.
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concede   Pronounce
v. admit; yield; give up physical control of another
Despite all the evidence Monica had assembled, Mark refused to concede that she was right.
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conceive   Pronounce
v. form or develop in mind; devise; become pregnant with; begin or originate in a specific way
I asked, was it a mere nervous impression - a delusion? I could not conceive or believe it: it was more like an inspiration.
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concussion   Pronounce
n. shaking or agitation; shock; injury to an organ, especially the brain, produced by a violent blow
Harris suffered a concussion from the hit and did not return to the game.
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condemn   Pronounce
v. blame; denounce; express strong disapproval of
They are more than twice as likely as other Americans to condemn gambling as 'always morally wrong.'
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confide   Pronounce
v. disclose; reveal; tell in confidence
I rely implicitly on his power and confide wholly in His goodness.
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confront   Pronounce
v. be face to face with; oppose in hostility or competition; deal with
Here in the heart of conservative Texas, young criminals, murderers and thugs are forced to confront military-style discipline, a traditional view of right and wrong.
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confrontation   Pronounce
n. state of being confronted, especially a meeting face to face; clash of opinions and ideas
The daily confrontation was not often caught on camera 10 years ago, but more electronic monitors and smartphones have been changing it.
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conjure   Pronounce
v. call on or summon by sacred name or in a solemn manner; implore earnestly; practice magical arts
The magician will conjure a rabbit out of his hat.
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consolation   Pronounce
n. act of consoling; state of being consoled; refreshment of spirit; comfort
Your kindness was a consolation to me in my grief.
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console   Pronounce
v. cheer from distress or depression; alleviate grief and raise spirits of; relieve; comfort
With him, I was at perfect ease because I knew I suited him; all I said or did seem either to console or revive him.
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conspiracy   Pronounce
n. plot; intrigue; agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act
Information minister Jerry Gana released a statement in which he says there has been an international media conspiracy against Nigeria.
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constellation   Pronounce
n. some stars seen from the Earth as a group and often having a name
The brightened comet in the constellation Virgo may even be visible to the naked eye, allowing members of the public worldwide to join in this historic moment in astronomy.
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contagious   Pronounce
a. infectious; of or relating to communicable diseases
The Hurley Hospital's isolation building presents a solution to the problem for the care of contagious diseases.
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contempt   Pronounce
n. state of being despised or dishonored; disgrace; disobedience to, or open disrespect of
The poor fools, who hold science in contempt, have no ability to realize that science proves them wrong at every turn.
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continent   Pronounce
n. one of the large landmasses of the earth
The links between the world's largest developing country, China, and the world's largest developing continent could challenge Europe and Africa's links.
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contingency   Pronounce
n. condition of being dependent on chance; uncertainty; possibility
Once relative health and relative safety were sufficient, we demanded absolute health and utter safety against the remotest contingency.
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contract   Pronounce
v. constrict; make smaller; compress or concentrate
The heat will contract the woolen garment.
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convert   Pronounce
n. change something into another form; transform
However, he suggests that this only be done if the convert is also willingly accepted into his position by the community.
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convertible   Pronounce
a. capable of being converted; susceptible of change; transmutable; transformable
We plan to settle the remaining $10 million of short-term convertible debt in cash when it is exercised before August 2011.
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convict   Pronounce
v. find or declare guilty
If the jury decided to convict him of manslaughter, he could face up to 20 years in prison.
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conviction   Pronounce
n. the judgment that someone is guilty of a crime; strongly held belief
Even her murder conviction did not shake Peter's judgment that Harriet was innocent of the crime.
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coop   Pronounce
n. barrel or cask for liquor; enclosure or cage, as for poultry or small animals
I would say they are very valid from a quality price point of view, you see them in coop supermarkets priced at 5-6 Euros.
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corny   Pronounce
a. producing corn or grain; furnished with grains of corn; strong, stiff, or hard, like a horn;
The only odor is a little bit corny - as it's made from corn!
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corporal   Pronounce
a. belonging or relating to the body; bodily; noncommissioned officer, next below a sergeant
A teacher should not give students corporal punishment.
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corporate   Pronounce
a. united or combined into one body; collective; belonging to a corporation or incorporated body
The demonstrators inspired thousands of allies to take to the streets to protest economic inequality and corporate greed.
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cosmic   Pronounce
a. of the universe; vast
Cosmic rays derive their name from the fact that they bombard the earth's atmosphere from outer space.
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costume   Pronounce
n. dress; attire; a set of clothes appropriate for a particular occasion or season
His dark eyes and swarthy skin suited the costume exactly.
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couch   Pronounce
n. sofa; arrange or dispose as in a bed
His black leather couch looks expensive.
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counterfeit   Pronounce
v. make a copy of, usually with the intent to defraud; forge
Toad doesn't actually change his ways but instead simply learns to counterfeit socially acceptable virtues in order to be accepted by his society.
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coup   Pronounce
n. sudden stroke; sudden appropriation of leadership or power; a takeover
I'd rather see the craziest policies coming out of democracy than excellent ones coming after a coup from a military junta.
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covert   Pronounce
a. secretive, not openly shown
The covert military operation was not disclosed until weeks later after it was determined to succeed.
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coy   Pronounce
a. quiet; still; tending to avoid people and social situations; reserved
He is neither coy nor subtle; he is courting his own distorted view of the truth.
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cram   Pronounce
v. pack; force, press, or squeeze into an insufficient space
At its peak, a million people cram onto the streets over the two-day festival.
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cramp   Pronounce
n. something that confines or contracts; restraint; hindrance
The swimmer got cramp in his legs and had to be helped out of the water.
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cramped   Pronounce
a. jammed; stuffed;  uncomfortably small or restricted
The report says some masters house their workers in bad conditions - cramped, damp dormitory blocks with poor sanitation.
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crank   Pronounce
n. device for rotary motion, by handle or arm; bend, turn, or winding, as of a passage; twist or turn in speech
I was laughed at, ridiculed, and generally called a crank to write that article; however, every word has become true.
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cranky   Pronounce
a. having a bad disposition; having eccentric ways; odd; full of bends and turns; crooked
For most of her life, she lived in cranky desperation.
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crate   Pronounce
n. large basket, used for moving china or similar wares; box or case whose sides are of wooden slats with interspaces
A large glass or plastic bottle is usually encased in a protective basket or crate and often used to hold corrosive liquids.
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crave   Pronounce
v. ask with earnestness or importunity; ask with submission or humility; beg
He knows that if they trust him, he can give them the happiness which they crave.
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craving   Pronounce
n. vehement or urgent desire; longing for; consuming desire; yearning
If your chocolate craving is getting to you, try diet hot-chocolate packets.
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creed   Pronounce
n. definite summary of what is believed; confession of faith for public use
The laws apply to everyone irrespective of race, creed, or color.
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creek   Pronounce
n. a small stream, often a shallow tributary to a river; brook
There was a creek leading out of it on the other side that went miles away; I don't know where, but it didn't go to the river.
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cripple   Pronounce
n. person or animal that is partially disabled or unable to use a limb or limb
I have no muscle left in my leg; it's like a true cripple leg.
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crook   Pronounce
v. bend, turn, or curve; curvature; flexure
She used to crook her little finger as she drinks tea.
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crooked   Pronounce
a. having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned; curved
Well, I guess if being crooked is good enough for Illinois, it's good enough for the U.S.
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crude   Pronounce
a. being in an unrefined or natural state; raw; lacking tact or taste; blunt or offensive
Nigeria is the sixth-largest exporter of crude oil within OPEC.
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crumb   Pronounce
n. small fragment or piece,  especially a small piece of bread or other food; broken or cut off
She swept up extremely carefully, and no crumb was left anymore.
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crunch   Pronounce
v. chew with force and noise; crush, grind or tread noisily
We have to left cars and crunch through the snow in the dark.
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cryptic   Pronounce
a. having hidden meaning; mystifying; using code or cipher
Here are a couple of verses written in cryptic rhyme from some of my currently published books.
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cub   Pronounce
n. young animal; awkward, rude, ill-mannered boy; a stall for cattle
As a cub reporter, he would learn the facts of life in the newspaper world.
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cubicle   Pronounce
n. sleeping place partitioned off from a large dormitory; small compartment, as for work or study
I didn't enjoy sitting in a cubicle, getting nervous about the annual review, and wondering if I would or would not get my 2 percent raise.
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cuddle   Pronounce
v. lie close or snug; crouch; nestle; embrace closely
The little girl wants to cuddle her pet cat.
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cuff   Pronounce
n. fold at the end of the sleeve; part of sleeve turned back from the hand; any ornamental appendage at the wrist
The dress pattern doesn't really explain how the cuff joins onto the sleeve.
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cuisine   Pronounce
n. kitchen or cooking department; food; manner or style of cooking; cookery
It appears that much of the cuisine is an intuitive affair, based on the state and available ingredients.
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cult   Pronounce
n. religion or religious sect generally considered to be extremist or false; community of religious worship and ritual
You do realize that being under the control of a cult is not a good condition.
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curb   Pronounce
v. bend or curve; guide and manage, or restrain
Paradoxically, Ray's strong-arming may be helping to curb violence in Bangalore.
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curt   Pronounce
a. having been shortened; effectively cut short; rudely brief or abrupt, as in speech or manner
The grouchy shop assistant was curt with one of her customers, which resulted in a reprimand from her manager.
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cushion   Pronounce
n. soft pillow or pad usually used for sitting, reclining, or kneeling
I knelt down by him; I turned his face from the cushion to me; I kissed his cheek; I smoothed his hair with my hand.
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custody   Pronounce
n. keeping or guarding; care, watch, inspection, for keeping, preservation, or security
There were no arches left, and all the players, except the King, the Queen, and Alice, were in custody and under sentence of execution.
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cute   Pronounce
a. ingenious; delightfully pretty or dainty
We just remembered when our husky was a puppy; how small and cute it was.
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cynical   Pronounce
a. skeptical of motives of others; selfishly calculating; negative or pessimistic
I find it sad and cynical that this guy is essentially saying things will not be better by 2012.
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dandy   Pronounce
n. man who affects extreme elegance in clothes and manners; something very good or agreeable
He said that being a dandy was a way of being an individual in an age of mass culture.
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darn   Pronounce
v. mend, with interlacing stitches of yarn or thread by the needle; sew together with yarn or thread
I don't want to darn your trousers.
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dart   Pronounce
v. move suddenly and rapidly
Your eyes take them in, then dart away to something else.
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debris   Pronounce
n. remains of something that has been destroyed or broken up
A full year after the earthquake in Mexico City, they were still carting away the debris.
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debut   Pronounce
n. beginning or first attempt; first appearance before the public
The reporters are waiting for the debut of a new foreign policy in the news hall.
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decoy   Pronounce
n. lure or bait; means used to mislead or lead into danger
The decoy did not fool the wild ducks.
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decree   Pronounce
n. order from one having authority; decision, order, or sentence by a court
The decree is signed establishing the School for Primary School Teachers, which later becomes the National Teachers.
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deed   Pronounce
n. something that is carried out; act or action; feat or exploit
I was pleased to have done something; trivial, transitory though the deed was, it was yet an active thing.
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defendant   Pronounce
n. one required to make answer in an action or suit
The courtroom buzzed as the defendant was led in.
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definition   Pronounce
n. clarity of outline; concise explanation
Exercise had given his muscles superior definition.
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deliberate   Pronounce
v. consider; think about carefully; weigh
Offered the new job, she asked for time to deliberate before she told them her decision.
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delirious   Pronounce
a. having a delirium; wandering in mind; insane; raving; wild
He found Huck still in the bed that had been provided for him and delirious with fever.
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delta   Pronounce
n. an area of flat land where a river spreads out into several smaller rivers before entering the sea
The Chevron Texaco oil company in Nigeria uses aircraft to evacuate hundreds of villagers from areas affected by unrest in the country's oil-producing southern delta region.
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delusion   Pronounce
n. false belief; mistaken or unfounded opinion
Don suffers from grandeur delusion: he thinks he's a world-famous author when he's published just one paperback book.
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dent   Pronounce
n. cavity; a depression scratched or carved into a surface
I said it would be simpler to get the discount since the dent is cosmetic, not structural.
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deposition   Pronounce
n. testimony under oath; the act of depositing, especially laying down of matter by natural process
He made his deposition in the judge's chamber.
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deputy   Pronounce
n. one appointed as the substitute of another, and empowered to act for him; substitute in office
I must find someone to act as a deputy for me during my absence.
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desirable   Pronounce
a. worthwhile; worth doing or achieving; advisable
Some other factors coincide to make a June election desirable for the government.
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despicable   Pronounce
a. fit or deserving to be despised; contemptible; mean; vile; worthless
You make me out all that is narrow-minded, mean, and despicable, which is very unjust.
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destruction   Pronounce
n. havoc; event that completely destroys something
The inspectors have no idea, by these documents, whether Iraq has weapons of mass destruction.
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detour   Pronounce
n. a turning; circuitous route; deviation from a direct course
Drivers who slow down briefly or who make a detour from the main route will still be caught because up to 50 of the cameras will work together in the network.
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devastating   Pronounce
a. destructive; highly critical; causing or capable of causing complete destruction
Five to ten rhinos are killed every year on average, mostly during Assam's devastating floods because they have to flee Kaziranga's low marshy lands to higher hills.
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devious   Pronounce
a. departing from the correct and accepted way; misleading; not straightforward
The story of Byzantine art, though not precisely devious, is not straightforward either.
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devotion   Pronounce
n. faithfulness; ardent, often selfless affection and dedication
Prince Charles spoke of his grandmother's fortitude and devotion to duty after her husband's death, King George.
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diabetes   Pronounce
n. a polygenic disease characterized by abnormally high glucose levels in the blood
If diabetes is not diagnosed early or poorly managed, he said it can result in blindness, heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure.
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diabolical   Pronounce
a. extremely evil or cruel; expressive of cruelty or befitting hell
Cabinet's approval of the draft legislation was diabolical and contradicted the Bible, he said in a statement.
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dictate   Pronounce
v. prescribe; rule as a dictator
I guess we should just let McEachin dictate the dialogue for us.
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dilemma   Pronounce
n. predicament; state of uncertainty or between equally unfavorable options
It could create a painful dilemma for the group's members: either accept a lower price or give up additional production quotas they have just given themselves.
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diplomatic   Pronounce
a. relating to diplomacy; marked by tact and sensitivity in dealing with others
The secretary of state's trip to Canada is putting a brand new spin on the term diplomatic relations.
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dirk   Pronounce
n. a kind of dagger or poniard
The dirk mentioned by Wolf Larsen rested in its sheath on my hip.
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disaster   Pronounce
n. catastrophe; great harm, damage, or death, or serious difficulty
He's asked President Bush to declare the area a disaster zone to free up federal funds.
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disastrous   Pronounce
a. extremely bad; terrible; dreadful
The Haddan School was built in 1858 on the sloping banks of the Haddan River, a muddy location that had proven disastrous from the start.
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discharge   Pronounce
v. relieve of a burden or of contents; unload; pour forth or release; complete or carry out; give off
There is local warm water to discharge from a power plant.
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discreet   Pronounce
a. free from ostentation or pretension; distinct; distinguishable
Some areas for the ladies to consider: hair cut, color, makeup, shoes, purses, clothing, jewelry, and certain discreet cultural factors.
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discretion   Pronounce
n. knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress; the trait of judging wisely and objectively
The servants showed great tact and discretion.
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disguise   Pronounce
n. dress or exterior put on for purposes of concealment or of deception
The ring, Adele, is in my breeches-pocket, under the disguise of a sovereign.
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dispatch   Pronounce
n. act of sending off something; the property of being prompt and efficient; message usually sent in haste
He sent a dispatch to headquarters informing his commander of the great victory.
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distinction   Pronounce
n. excellence or eminence; note or mark of difference
A slave, of course, in distinction from a free woman, is not permitted complaints.
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distinguished   Pronounce
a. prominent; celebrated, well-known, or eminent because of past achievements
Lord Oxburgh is a geologist; at the end of a long and distinguished career in science, he has now found himself in the Shell chairman's seat.
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distracted   Pronounce
a. having the attention diverted; suffering conflicting emotions; distraught
His face was wan, and his expression distracted, his eyes darting from face to face.
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distraught   Pronounce
a. deeply agitated, as from emotional conflict; mad; insane
Her father had recently died, and her mother was still distraught from the loss.
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distress   Pronounce
n. discomfort; cause strain, anxiety, or suffering to
Nations have been in distress from the days of Julius Caesar.
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disturbance   Pronounce
n. disorder; turmoil; mental or emotional unbalance or disorder
The disturbance comes just as India's government is trying to reform the country's police services.
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dock   Pronounce
v. deprive someone of benefits; remove or shorten the tail of an animal
They will dock us of two days of our annual leave.
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dodge   Pronounce
v. avoid a blow by moving or shifting quickly aside; a shifty or ingenious trick
Before summer, one challenge lawmakers can't dodge the budget.
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dome   Pronounce
n. building or house, especially as the great hall, church, or temple; anything shaped like a cupola
There is a transparent dome on the top of the aircraft, through which celestial observations are made for navigation.
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don   Pronounce
v. put clothing on one's body
When Clark Kent has to don his Superman outfit, he changes clothes in a convenient phone booth.
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dose   Pronounce
n. quantity of medicine given; sufficient quantity; portion
Since the additional dose is not harmful and provides extra protection, everyone is recommended to get the second one.
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drool   Pronounce
v. drivel, or drop saliva; let run from the mouth; talk nonsense; silly talk or write
Here is the chance for him to make much more money, so much that even his peers will drool in envy.
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