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ugly
ultimate
ultimately
ultrasonic
ultraviolet
unanimous
unbearable
unconscious
uncover
underestimate
undergo
undergraduate
underground
underline
underlying
undermine
underneath
undertake
undertaking
undo
undoubtedly
undue
uneasy
unfair
unfold
unfortunately
uniform
unique
unity
universal
universe
unlikely
unload
unprecedented
unsatisfactory
unstable
unwarranted
uphold
upright
upset
urban
urge
urgent
utensil
utility
utilization
utilize
utmost
utter
utterance
vacancy
vacant
vacation
vaccinate
vacuum
vague
vain
valid
validity
valley
valve
vanish
vanity
vapor
variable
variance
variant
variation
varied
variety
various
varnish
vary
vast
vault
vegetable
vehicle
veil
vein
velocity
vengeance
ventilate
ventilation
venture
verbal
verge
verify
versatile
verse
version
vertical
vessel
veteran
veto
vex
via
vibrate
vibration
vice
vicinity
vicious
victorious
victory
vigor
vigorous
vine
violate
violence
violent
violin
virtual
virtually
virtue
virus
viscous
visible
vision
visual
vital
vivid
vocation
vogue
void
volcano
volley
voltage
volume
voluntary
volunteer
vote
voter
voucher
vow
vowel
voyage
vulgar
vulnerable
wade
wag
wage
wagon
waist
waive
wake
walnut
wander
ward
wardrobe
ware
warehouse
warfare
warrant
warrior
waterproof
waver
wax
weapon
weary
weather
weave
weaver
web
wedding
wedge
weed
weld
welfare
whereas
whereby
whilst
whip
whirl
whisper
whistle
wholesale
wholesaler
wholesome
wicked
widespread
width
wield
wilderness
willow
winding
wisdom
wit
withdraw
withdrawal
wither
withhold
withstand
witness
woe
woods
wool
wording
worldwide
worst
worthwhile
wrap
wrath
wreck
wrench
wrestle
wretched
wring
wrinkle
wrist
yacht
yard
yawn
yearn
yeast
yield
yoke
yolk
zeal
zealous
zone
zoology


ugly: Read
a.
offensive to the sight; contrary to beauty; disagreeable aspect; unsightly

ultimate: Read
a. Syn. final; fundamental; extreme
final; being the last or concluding; fundamental; elemental; extreme

ultimately: Read
ad.
as final consequence; at last; in the end

ultrasonic: Read
a. Syn. supersonic
supersonic; higher in frequency than the range of sound perceptible to the human ear

ultraviolet: Read
a.
wave lengths shorter than light but longer than X rays

unanimous: Read
a. Syn. uniform; agreed
uniform; in complete agreement

unbearable: Read
a. Syn. unendurable; intolerable
unendurable; so unpleasant, distasteful, or painful as to be intolerable

unconscious: Read
a.
lacking awareness; senseless; unaware

uncover: Read
v. Syn. reveal; expose; disclose
remove the cover from; expose; disclose

underestimate: Read
v. Syn. undervalue
make too low an estimate of the quantity; undervalue

undergo: Read
v. Syn. experience; suffer
experience; suffer; pass through

undergraduate: Read
n.
university student who has not yet received a first degree

underground: Read
a. Syn. subterranean; buried
under the level of the ground; buried

underline: Read
v.
mark a line below, as words; underscore.

underlying: Read
a. Syn. fundamental; implicit
lying under or beneath something; basic; implicit; taking precedence; prior

undermine: Read
v. Syn. weaken
weaken by wearing away base or foundation; injure or impair; dig a mine or tunnel beneath

underneath: Read
ad.
under or below an object or a surface; lower down on the page

undertake: Read
v. Syn. embark; assume
take on; embark on; assume

undertaking: Read
n. Syn. task; project; career
task or assignment undertaken; career

undo: Read
v. Syn. release
release; cause the ruin or downfall of; cancel or reverse an action

undoubtedly: Read
ad. Syn. unquestionably; indubitably
unquestionably; without doubt; certainly

undue: Read
a.
not due; not yet owing; not just, proper, or legal; ; excessive

uneasy: Read
a.
not easy; difficult; restless; disturbed by pain, anxiety

unfair: Read
a. Syn. unjust; biased
unjust; contrary to laws or conventions, especially in commerce

unfold: Read
v.
extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length; happen

unfortunately: Read
ad. Syn. unluckily
unluckily; by bad luck

uniform: Read
n.
consistent; standardized; clothing of a particular group

unique: Read
a. Syn. alone; single; sole
without an equal; being the only one of its kind

unity: Read
n. Syn. cohesion; harmony
cohesion; harmony; quality of being united into one

universal: Read
a. Syn. comprehensive; general; worldwide
affecting all; general; present everywhere; relating to the entire world or all within the world; worldwide

universe: Read
n. Syn. cosmos
cosmos; everything that exists anywhere

unlikely: Read
a. Syn. improbable
improbable; has little chance of being the case or coming about

unload: Read
v.
take something off a container

unprecedented: Read
a. Syn. novel; unparalleled
having no previous example; novel; unparalleled

unsatisfactory: Read
a. Syn. inadequate
not giving satisfaction; inadequate

unstable: Read
a. Syn. inconstant; volatile
inconstant; variable; lacking control of one's emotions; constantly changing

unwarranted: Read
a. Syn. unjustified; groundless; undeserved
having no justification; groundless; not guaranteed to be good, sound, or of a certain quality

uphold: Read
v. Syn. support; preserve; maintain
support; preserve; hold aloft; raise

upright: Read
a.
in an erect position or posture; perpendicular; vertical, or nearly vertical; pointing upward

upset: Read
a. Syn. worried; disturb; overturn
concerned by anxious uneasiness or trouble or grief

urban: Read
a. Syn. municipal
metropolitan; of, relating to, or located in a city

urge: Read
v. Syn. entreat; advocate
force in an indicated direction; stimulate; excite

urgent: Read
a. Syn. pressing; compelling; immediate
pressing; compelling immediate action or attention

utensil: Read
n.
instrument, implement, or container for practical use, especially in kitchen or laboratory

utility: Read
n.
something useful; public service

utilization: Read
n.
state of having been made use of; the act of using

utilize: Read
v. Syn. harness
put into service; take advantage of

utmost: Read
n.
farthest point or extremity; most distant; extreme

utter: Read
v. Syn. speak; express
speak; express; send forth with the voice

utterance: Read
n. Syn. speech
vocal expression; power of speaking; last or utmost extremity

vacancy: Read
n. Syn. absence; emptiness
absence; emptiness

vacant: Read
a. Syn. empty; uninhabited
void of thought or knowledge; without an occupant or incumbent

vacation: Read
n.
leisure time away from work; act of making something legally void

vaccinate: Read
v.
perform or produce immunity

vacuum: Read
n.
empty area or space; electrical home appliance that cleans by suction

vague: Read
a. Syn. imprecise; obscure; indistinct
imprecise; indistinct; not clearly expressed; inexplicit

vain: Read
a.
having no real substance, value, or importance; empty; void; worthless; unsatisfying

valid: Read
a. Syn. sound; true
logically convincing; sound; legally acceptable; well grounded

validity: Read
n.
quality of having legal force or effectiveness

valley: Read
n.
space between ranges of mountains; area drained or irrigated by a river system; internal angle formed by intersection

valve: Read
n.
device or structure for controlling the flow of a fluid

vanish: Read
v. Syn. disappear
disappear; pass out of sight, especially quickly; die out

vanity: Read
n.
quality or state of being vain; emptiness; feelings of excessive pride; conceit

vapor: Read
n. Syn. gas; steam
gas; steam; barely visible or cloudy diffused matter, such as mist or smoke

variable: Read
n. Syn. factor
factor; something that is likely to vary; changeable; inconstant

variance: Read
n.
an event that departs from expectations; the expected value of the square of the deviations of a random variable from its mean value

variant: Read
a.
varying in from, character, or the like; variable; different; diverse.

variation: Read
n. Syn. change; selection; deviation
act of changing or altering

varied: Read
a. Syn. differed; diversified; various
differed; diversified; various

variety: Read
n. Syn. diversity; assortment; selection
diversity; quality or condition of being various or varied

various: Read
a. Syn. diverse; assorted; different
different; diverse; several; manifold; changeable; uncertain

varnish: Read
n.
deceptively attractive external appearance; paint to coat a surface with a hard, glossy, transparent film

vary: Read
v.
change aspect of; alter in form, appearance, substance, position; make different by a partial change; modify

vast: Read
a. Syn. large; broad; extensive
large; broad; extensive; very great in size, number, amount, or quantity

vault: Read
n.
arched brick or stone ceiling or roof; burial chamber usually underground

vegetable: Read
n.
any of numerous herbaceous plants to eat in meal

vehicle: Read
n. Syn. automobile; instrument
automobile; means of conveying; medium

veil: Read
n. Syn. cover; hide
a length of cloth worn by women over the head, shoulders, and often the face; cover; hide

vein: Read
n.
blood vessel that carries blood

velocity: Read
n. Syn. speed
rapidity or speed of motion; swiftness

vengeance: Read
n. Syn. retribution; revenge
punishment inflicted in return for an injury or an offense; retribution

ventilate: Read
v. Syn. freshen; aerate
freshen; circulate through and freshen

ventilation: Read
n.
act of supplying fresh air and getting rid of foul air

venture: Read
v. Syn. adventure
put at risk; adventure

verbal: Read
a. Syn. oral
expressed in spoken rather than written words; consisting of words alone without action

verge: Read
n. Syn. border; edge
extreme edge or margin; border; enclosing boundary; space enclosed by such a boundary

verify: Read
v. Syn. confirm; prove
confirm; prove the truth of by presentation of evidence or testimony

versatile: Read
a. Syn. flexible; pliable
having many talents; capable of working in many fields

verse: Read
n. Syn. poetry
a piece of poetry

version: Read
n. Syn. edition
written work in a new form; edition; interpretation of a particular viewpoint

vertical: Read
a. Syn. upright; perpendicular
upright in position or posture; oriented vertically

vessel: Read
n. Syn. craft; ship
craft; ship; container for liquids

veteran: Read
n.
someone who has given long service

veto: Read
n. Syn. rejection; prohibition
rejection; vote that blocks a decision; deny; prohibit; command against

vex: Read
v. Syn. annoy; distress
annoy; disturb, especially by minor irritations; be a mystery or bewildering to

via: Read
ad.
by the way of

vibrate: Read
v.
shake, quiver; move or swing from side to side regularly

vibration: Read
n. Syn. oscillation; shaking
act of vibrating; a shaky motion

vice: Read
n. Syn. defect; fault; error
moral fault or failing; evil, degrading, or immoral practice or habit; physical defect or weakness

vicinity: Read
n.
state of being near in space or relationship; proximity

vicious: Read
a. Syn. defective; imperfect
by vice or defects; defective; imperfect; having the nature of vice; evil, immoral, or depraved

victorious: Read
a. Syn. successful; triumphant
successful; being the winner in a contest or struggle

victory: Read
n.
successful ending of struggle or contest; defeat of an enemy or opponent

vigor: Read
n. Syn. strength; energy
active strength of body or mind; imaginative lively style, especially style of writing; exertion of force

vigorous: Read
a. Syn. robust; strong; energetic
robust; strong; energetic, and active in mind or body

vine: Read
n.
weak-stemmed plant that derives support from climbing

violate: Read
v.
treat in a violent manner; abuse; do violence to; disturb; interrupt

violence: Read
n. Syn. force
physical force exerted for the purpose of violating, damaging, or abusing

violent: Read
a. Syn. turbulent
turbulent; intensely vivid or loud; by violence or bloodshed

violin: Read
n.
small instrument with four strings, played with a bow; a fiddle

virtual: Read
a.
existing or resulting in essence or effect though not in actual fact; existing in mind, especially as a product of imagination

virtually: Read
ad. Syn. almost completely; practically; essentially
almost completely; practically; essentially

virtue: Read
n. Syn. merit; goodness
goodness, moral excellence; good quality

virus: Read
n.
disease communicator; something that poisons one's soul or mind; program for unwanted actions in computer

viscous: Read
a. Syn. sticky; gluey
sticky; gluey; having high resistance to flow

visible: Read
a.
being often in public eye; obvious to the eye

vision: Read
n. Syn. sight
ability to see; sight; vivid mental image

visual: Read
a. Syn. visible; optical
seen or able to be seen by the eye; visible; optical

vital: Read
a. Syn. critical; animated
full of life; animated; necessary to continued existence; living or breathing

vivid: Read
a. Syn. bright; lively
bright; lively; graphic; having striking color

vocation: Read
n. Syn. career; profession
career; profession

vogue: Read
n.
popular fashion; current state or style of general acceptance and use

void: Read
n. Syn. emptiness; space
emptiness; containing nothing; clear or empty a place

volcano: Read
n.
fissure in the earth's crust through which molten lava and gases erupt

volley: Read
n.
flight of missiles; round of gunshots; tennis return made by hitting the ball before it bounces

voltage: Read
n.
difference in electrical charge between two points

volume: Read
n. Syn. capacity; bulk; amount
capacity; amount of space occupied by an object

voluntary: Read
a. Syn. willing; unforced
done or undertaken of one's own free will; unforced

volunteer: Read
n.
person who performs or offers to perform a service voluntarily

vote: Read
n.
formal expression of preference for a candidate; number of cast in election; result of election or referendum

voter: Read
n.
a citizen who has a legal right to vote

voucher: Read
n.
a piece of substantiating evidence; proof; written authorization or certificate

vow: Read
n. Syn. promise
solemn promise made to God; promise of fidelity; pledge of love or affection

vowel: Read
n.
speech sound made with the vocal tract open

voyage: Read
n. Syn. journey; aviation
long journey to a foreign or distant place, especially by sea; aviation

vulgar: Read
a.
common and coarse; relating to the common people with less cultivated or educated; lacking cultivation or refinement

vulnerable: Read
a. Syn. defenseless; susceptible
susceptible to wounds; capable of being wounded or hurt

wade: Read
v. Syn. paddle
paddle; walk through relatively shallow water

wag: Read
v.
move one way and the other with quick turns; shake to and fro; move in vibrating; cause to vibrate

wage: Read
v.
hazard on the event of a contest; stake; engage in, as a contest; adventure, or lay out, for hire or reward; hire; employ

wagon: Read
n.
any of various kinds of wheeled vehicles drawn by a horse or tractor

waist: Read
n.
narrowing of the body between the ribs and hips

waive: Read
v. Syn. yield; relinquish
give up temporarily; yield; give up voluntarily; defer

wake: Read
n. Syn. track; course
trail of ship or other object through water; path of something that has gone before

walnut: Read
n.
tree with 10 - 40 meters tall; hard, dark brown wood of any of these trees

wander: Read
v.
move about without a definite destination or purpose; range about; stroll; go away; depart

ward: Read
n.
guard; defender; protector; state under guard; division of a county; division of a hospital

wardrobe: Read
n.
tall cabinet, closet, or small room built to hold clothes

ware: Read
n.
articles of merchandise; style or class of manufactures; especially, in the plural, goods; commodities; merchandise

warehouse: Read
n. Syn. depot; storehouse
depot; storehouse for goods and merchandise

warfare: Read
n.
military service; military life; contest carried on by enemies

warrant: Read
n. Syn. guarantee
guarantee; assurance by seller; authorization or certification

warrior: Read
n. Syn. fighter; combatant
fighter; combatant; one who is engaged in or experienced in battle

waterproof: Read
a. Syn. tight
tight; unaffected by water; made of or covered with material that doesn't allow water in

waver: Read
v.
play or move to and fro; move one way and the other; swing; be unsettled in opinion

wax: Read
v. Syn. increase; grow
increase gradually in size, number, strength, or intensity; show a progressively larger illuminated area

weapon: Read
n. Syn. arms
arms

weary: Read
a. Syn. tired; exhausted; fatigued
tired; exhausted; physically or mentally fatigued

weather: Read
v.
endure the effects of weather or other forces; come through safely; survive

weave: Read
n. Syn. swing
pattern or structure by weaving ; knit; interlace

weaver: Read
n.
craftsman who weaves cloth

web: Read
n.
textile fabric; complex, interconnected structure or arrangement; the World Wide Web; radio or television network

wedding: Read
n.
marriage ceremony; act of marrying; anniversary of a marriage

wedge: Read
n.
a piece of metal, or other hard material, thick at one end, and tapering to a thin edge at the other, used in splitting wood, rocks

weed: Read
n.
undesirable or troublesome plant, especially growing where it is not wanted as in a garden.

weld: Read
v.
unite closely or intimately; join together by heating

welfare: Read
n. Syn. benefit
benefit; something that aids health or happiness

whereas: Read
ad.
while on the contrary; while at the same time

whereby: Read
ad.
by which; by what; how

whilst: Read
ad.
while; at the same time

whip: Read
v.
overlay with other cords going round and round it; take or move by a sudden motion; clean completely

whirl: Read
n.
act of rotating or revolving rapidly; state of confusion; tumult

whisper: Read
n.
speaking in a quiet voice; soft speech produced without full voice; secretly expressed belief, rumor, or hint

whistle: Read
v.
make a kind of musical sound by lips; emit a similar sound from mouth as birds

wholesale: Read
a.
selling or related to selling goods in large quantities; large-scale; on a large scale without careful discrimination

wholesaler: Read
n.
someone who buys large quantities of goods and resells to merchants

wholesome: Read
a. Syn. healthful; beneficial
conducive to sound health or well-being; beneficial

wicked: Read
a. Syn. sinful; immoral; profligate
evil in principle or practice; contrary to moral or divine law; addicted to vice or sin

widespread: Read
a.
spread or scattered over a considerable extent; occurring or accepted widely

width: Read
n.
measurement of the extent of something from side to side

wield: Read
v. Syn. rule; manage; handle
handle with skill; exercise effectively; have power over; rule or manage

wilderness: Read
n.
a tract of land or region, uncultivated and uninhabited by human beings, whether a forest or a wide, barren plain; wild or desert

willow: Read
n.
trees having usually narrow leaves

winding: Read
a.
twisting or turning; spiral

wisdom: Read
n. Syn. discretion; sagacity
quality of being wise; knowledge ; results of wise judgments

wit: Read
n. Syn. intellect; cleverness
intellect; mental ability; natural ability to perceive and understand

withdraw: Read
v. Syn. retreat; depart
remove from; pull back; break from gathering; retreat; depart

withdrawal: Read
n. Syn. secession
secession; retreat or retirement

wither: Read
v. Syn. shrivel; decay
shrivel; decay; lose freshness, vigor, or vitality; loss of moisture

withhold: Read
v. Syn. keep; restrain
refuse to give; refrain from giving, granting, or permitting; deduct from employee's salary

withstand: Read
v. Syn. oppose
stand up against; successfully resist; oppose with force or resolution

witness: Read
n. Syn. observe; watch
someone who sees an event and reports what happened; observe; watch

woe: Read
n. Syn. affliction; regret
deep, inconsolable grief; affliction; suffering; deep distress or misery, as from grief

woods: Read
n. Syn. forest; woodland
small forest; woodland; dense collection of trees covering a relatively small area

wool: Read
n.
dense, soft, often curly hair forming the coat of sheep and certain other mammals

wording: Read
n.
act or style of expressing in words; expression, or power of expression

worldwide: Read
a.
global; universal; throughout the world

worst: Read
v. Syn. defeat
be better than; defeat; gain the advantage over

worthwhile: Read
a.
sufficiently valuable; important to be worth one's time, effort, or interest

wrap: Read
v. Syn. enclose
enclose; arrange or fold as a cover or protection

wrath: Read
n. Syn. anger; fury
forceful, often vindictive anger; fury; just punishment of an offense or crime

wreck: Read
n. Syn. destruction; ruins
destruction; destroy; smash or break forcefully

wrench: Read
v. Syn. pull; strain; twist; jerk
twist or turn suddenly and forcibly; move, extract, or force free by pulling violently

wrestle: Read
v.
contend by grappling with, and striving to trip or throw down an opponent; struggle or strive earnestly

wretched: Read
a.
very miserable; sunk in, or accompanied by deep affliction or distress; calamitous; woeful; worthless

wring: Read
v. Syn. twist; squeeze
twist; squeeze; compress, especially so as to extract liquid

wrinkle: Read
n. Syn. furrow; crease
a minor difficulty; a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface

wrist: Read
n.
joint between the hand and the forearm

yacht: Read
n.
light ship used for private pleasure trips

yard: Read
n.
rod; stick; branch; long piece of timber; measure of length, equaling three feet

yawn: Read
n.
open the mouth wide with a deep inhalation, usually involuntarily from drowsiness, fatigue, or boredom

yearn: Read
v.
pain; grieve; vex; be pained or distressed; feel deep pity, sympathy, or tenderness

yeast: Read
n.
foam, or troth, or the sediment, of beer or other in fermentation

yield: Read
v. Syn. surrender; concede
give in; surrender; give forth a natural product; be productive

yoke: Read
v. Syn. join; bind
join together, unite; harness a draft animal to; join securely; force into heavy labor

yolk: Read
n.
nutritive material; greasy substance found in unprocessed sheep's wool; yellow part of an egg

zeal: Read
n. Syn. fever; ardor
intense interest; eagerness to accomplish some object

zealous: Read
a. Syn. enthusiastic; fervent
enthusiastic; filled with or motivated by zeal

zone: Read
n. Syn. region; district
region; portion of the surface of a sphere;

zoology: Read
n.
part of biology which relates to the animal kingdom