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abate
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v. subside; decrease; become less in amount or intensity
Rather than leaving immediately, they waited for the storm to abate.
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abbreviate
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v. make shorter; reduce to shorter form intended to represent full form, as for word or phrase
Because we were running out of time, the lecturer had to abbreviate her speech.
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aberrant
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n. abnormal;  markedly different from an accepted norm
Given the aberrant nature of the data, we doubted the validity of the entire experiment.
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abeyance
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n. suspended action; temporary cessation or suspension
The deal was held in abeyance until her arrival.
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abhor
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v. fill with horror and loathing; horrify; hate
One of the things I abhor is the threat to withhold aid.
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abolish
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v. cancel; put an end to; destroy completely
In a letter to the British government, the EU has demanded that Britain abolish laws protecting religious freedom rights regarding sexual orientation.
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abominable
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a. detestable; extremely unpleasant; very bad
Mary liked John until she learned he was dating Susan; then she called him an abominable young man.
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aboriginal
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a. being the first of its kind in a region; primitive; native
Her studies of the primitive art forms of the aboriginal Indians were widely reported in scientific journals.
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abortive
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a. unsuccessful; failing to accomplish an intended objective; fruitless
He made two abortive attempts on the French throne.  
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abstain
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v. refrain; hold oneself back voluntarily from an action or practice
After considering the effect of alcohol on his athletic performance, he decided to abstain from drinking while he trained for the race.
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abstruse
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a. obscure; profound; difficult to understand
She carries around abstruse works of philosophy, not because she understands them but because she wants her friends to think she does.
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abundant
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a. plentiful; possessing riches or resources
At his immigration interview, Ivan listed his abundant reasons for coming to America: the hope of religious freedom and the prospect of employment.
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abut
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v. border upon; adjoin; touch or end at one end or side; lie adjacent
Where our estates abut, we must build a fence.
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abysmal
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a. bottomless; very profound; limitless; very bad
She spent hours sitting alone, in abysmal misery, because it seemed to be in plain sight, yet she couldn't define it.
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accede
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v. agree; give consent, often at the insistence of another; concede
The idea that one of the two chief executives should eventually accede to the role, as has happened in the past, would raise fresh doubts about the board's independence.
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accentuate
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v. emphasize; stress; pronounce with stress or accent; mark with an accent
John said the overwhelming demand for transportation fuels would again accentuate the need for increased drilling, but that might take months.
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acclaim
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v. applaud; announce with great approval
The NBC sportscasters will acclaim every American victory in the Olympics.
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accrue
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v. increase, accumulate, or come about as a result of growth; accumulate over time
The Premier League awards three points for a win and one for a draw, so in a 38-game season, the maximum a team can accrue is 114 points.
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acoustics
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n. science of sound; the quality that makes a room easy or hard to hear in
Music lovers like Carnegie Hall because of its fine acoustics.
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acquiesce
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v. assent; agree without protesting
Although she appeared to acquiesce to her employer's suggestions, I could tell she had reservations about the changes she wanted to make.
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