9th Grade Words for Hyde Park, New York

Words for 9th Grade students of Hyde Park Central School District.
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 9th Grade Words for Hyde Park Central School District
absolve
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v. pronounce clear of guilt or blame; grant remission of sin to; acquit
alleviate
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v. provide physical relief, as from pain; make easier; remove in part
alternative
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a. one of two or more things, ideas or courses of action that may be used; option; choice
ambivalent
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a. mixed; experiencing or expressing opposing or contradictory feelings
analyze
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v. discover or reveal something through detailed examination; diagnose; examine
animosity
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n. bitter hostility; active hatred; hostile feeling or act
approximate
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v. come close or be similar to something in quality, nature, or quantity; come near
arbitrary
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a. randomly chosen; determined by chance or impulse, and not by reason or principle
attribute
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n. essential quality; reputation; honor
beneficial
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a. helpful; tending to promote physical well-being
comprehensive
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a. thorough; including all or everything; broad in scope
connotation
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n. an idea that is implied or suggested
contrast
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n. act of distinguishing by comparing differences
credible
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a. capable of being credited or believed; worthy of belief; entitled to confidence; trustworthy
cursory
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a. casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed
cynic
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n. a person who believes that people are motivated purely by self-interest rather than acting for honorable or unselfish reasons
dearth
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n. scarcity; shortage of food; famine from failure or loss of crops
deficient
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a. inadequate; lacking an essential quality or element
demonstrate
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v. show clearly and deliberately; manifest; confirm; prove
depict
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v. represent in a picture or sculpture; portray in words; describe
derive
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v. obtain or receive from a source; trace the origin or development of
detract
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v. take away a part from; diminish
devastate
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v. ruin; lay waste; destroy; make desolate
digress
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v. turn aside, especially from main subject in writing or speaking
dilemma
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n. a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two different things
diligent
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a. assiduous; industrious; hard working
dissent
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v. differ in opinion or feeling; withhold assent or approval
distort
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v. twist out of proper or natural relation of parts; misshape; misrepresent
diversion
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n. act of turning aside; pastime; activity that relaxes or entertains
elation
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n. an exhilarating psychological state of pride and optimism; an absence of depression
elicit
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v. draw out; bring forth or to light; generate or provoke as response or answer
elude
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v. avoid cleverly; escape perception of
escalate
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v. rise; increase in extent or intensity
evaluate
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v. judge or calculate the quality, importance, amount, or value of something
exacerbate
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v. increase severity, violence, or bitterness of; aggravate
excerpt
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n. passage or segment taken from a longer work, such as literary or musical composition
exemplify
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v. serve as an example of; embody
explicit
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a. precisely and clearly expressed; definite; outspoken
exposition
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n. exhibition; part of a play that provides the background information; opening section of a fugue
falter
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v. be unsteady in purpose or action, as from loss of courage or confidence
feasible
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a. capable of being accomplished or brought about
feign
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v. make false appearance of; disguise; conceal; invent or imagine
fluctuate
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v. rise and fall in or as if in waves; shift; vary irregularly
formulate
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v. decide upon and express in words
generate
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v. bring into being; give rise to; produce
gist
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n. most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; central idea
hypothetical
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a. based on assumptions; supposed
impartial
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a. fair; showing lack of favoritism
implausible
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a. unlikely; difficult to believe; dubious
implication
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n. something hinted at or suggested; act of implying; condition of being implied
imply
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v. express or indicate indirectly; signify
incentive
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n. something, such as the fear of punishment or the expectation of reward
incoherent
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a. lacking cohesion, connection, or harmony; unable to think in clear manner
indolent
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a. lazy; slow to heal, grow, or develop; inactive
infamous
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a. notoriously bad; having exceedingly bad reputation
infuriate
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v. enrage; make furious or mad with anger
innovation
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n. a new method, idea, product; introduction of something new
interpret
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v. explain or tell the meaning of; translate orally; decipher
intimidate
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v. frighten; make timid; fill with fear
isolate
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v. seclude; set apart or cut off from others
jeopardize
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v. endanger; imperil; put at risk
lucrative
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a. profitable; producing good profit
mandatory
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a. obligatory; required or commanded by authority
mediate
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v. resolve or settle differences by working with all conflicting parties
mortify
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v. cause to experience shame or humiliation; embarrass
niche
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n. small concavity; a position particularly well suited to the person who occupies it
obscure
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v. darken; make dim or indistinct; conceal in obscurity
obsolete
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a. no longer useful; outmoded; antiquated
pacify
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v. ease anger or agitation of; make calm or quiet; end war or violence
perception
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n. ability to notice and understand things that are not obvious to other people
perspective
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n. appearance of things; view, outlook, or vista
pertinent
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a. having precise or logical relevance; pertaining or relating
ponder
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v. weigh; weigh in the mind; view with deliberation; examine carefully; consider attentively
prevalent
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a. widespread; widely or commonly occurring, existing, accepted
proponent
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n. one who argues in support of something; advocate; backer
punitive
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a. punishing; involving punishment; awarding or inflicting punishment
rapport
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n. a good understanding of someone; an ability to communicate well with people; emotional closeness
rationale
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n. fundamental reasons; basis; exposition of principles or reasons
reconcile
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v. correct inconsistencies; become compatible or consistent
redundant
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a. exceeding what is necessary or natural; repetitious; excessively wordy
respective
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a. individual; relating to particular persons or things, each to each; particular; respectful; regardful
retaliate
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v. do something harmful or negative to get revenge for some harm; fight back or respond in kind to an injury or affront
sabotage
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v. destroy property or hinder normal operations
scrutiny
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n. close examination; minute inspection; critical observation.
simulate
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v. make a pretence of; reproduce someone's behavior or looks
squander
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v. spend wastefully; fail to take advantage of; lose a chance for
succumb
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v. submit to an overpowering force; yield to an overwhelming desire; give up or give in
tangible
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a. able to be touched; real or concrete; palpable
technique
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n. practical method or art applied to some particular task; skillfulness
traumatic
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a. relating to injury caused by violence; adapted to cure of wounds; vulnerary
turmoil
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n. a state of confusion, uncertainty, or disorder
valid
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a. logically convincing; sound; legally acceptable; well grounded
verify
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v. confirm; prove the truth of by presentation of evidence or testimony
viable
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a. practical or workable; capable of maintaining life; capable of continuing effectiveness
vulnerable
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a. susceptible to wounds; capable of being wounded or hurt