a. authentic; real; true
E.g. Previous efforts at establishing a framework for joint action foundered on the rocks of lingering suspicion and genuine differences over issues like the crisis in the Balkans.
n. motion of hands or body to emphasize or help to express a thought or feeling
E.g. This hand gesture is not unique, and it is to be found all over the world – in Australia, Africa, Asia, and Europe.
a. worldwide; international; having the shape of a globe
E.g. President Putin has said that Russia has not yet decided whether to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, the treaty aimed at reducing global warming.
a. having or deserving glory; famous; characterized by great beauty and splendor; magnificent; wonderful
E.g. Hopefully this artwork will be in glorious black and white, as it originally appeared.
v. shine with an intense or white heat; give forth vivid light and heat; exhibit a strong, bright color
E.g. The children's cheeks glow from the cold.
v. be fixed as if by sticky substance; join or attach with or as if sticky substance
E.g. The kids glue their eyes to the TV set, watching a cartoon.
n. end; objective; final purpose or aim
E.g. My goal, said one, is to share this knowledge with other Afghans, especially Afghan women.
a. dazzlingly beautiful; magnificent
E.g. Just one word of warning: a Swiss team has actually qualified for the World Cup - so those Swiss men, gorgeous or otherwise, might all be watching the match.
n. rumor; malicious report about other people; light informal conversation for social occasions
E.g. Every Italian chat show, gossip column, and newspaper, is full of the speculation of where the Hollywood couple will marry.
n. loose, flowing upper garment; ordinary outer dress of woman; official robe of certain professional men
E.g. But she had stopped now with a folded gown in her lap, and had her face in her hands, crying.
v. take or grasp suddenly; snatch; capture
E.g. You can copy the list from that email, but it's also nice to grab from the collection on your hard drive.
n. elegance and beauty of movement or expression; short prayer of thanks before a meal
E.g. Miss Ingram had now seated herself with proud grace at the piano.
a. beneficent; merciful; disposed to show kindness or favor
E.g. He actually went on to praise John McCain for giving a gracious concession speech.
n. step or degree in any series, rank, quality, order; relative position or standing
E.g. He's not in the first grade as a musician, why do you want to learn piano from him?
a. large and impressive in size, scope, or extent
E.g. Alice had no idea what Latitude was, or Longitude either, but thought they were nice grand words to say.
v. allow to have; give on the basis of merit; be willing to concede
E.g. I grant the genius of your plan, but you still will not find backers.
n. state of being grateful; warm and friendly feeling toward a benefactor; thankfulness
E.g. His face lit up with a glow of gratitude, though he did not know it.
n. place for the burial; death or extinction
E.g. He put flowers on his mother's grave.
n. oil; fat; state of being covered with unclean things
E.g. The widow she didn't scold, but only cleaned off the grease and clay, and looked so sorry that I thought I would behave awhile if I could.
n. pain of mind; mental suffering arising from any cause, as misfortune, loss of friends; sorrow; sadness
E.g. Trying to follow their directions was nothing but grief.
v. question severely; torture or afflict
E.g. In violation of the Miranda law, the policemen grill the suspect for several hours before reading him his rights.
n. hold fast or firmly; seize as in a wrestling match
E.g. The pipeline is the first to directly link Kazakhstan's oil riches with the open sea and it decisively weakens Moscow's grip on Central Asia's oil reserves.
a. of huge size; excessively large; coarse; rough; not fine or delicate
E.g. You can tell from his gross language that the man was uneducated.
n. solid surface of the earth; bottom; lowest part
E.g. The other was sitting on the ground near the door, staring stupidly up into the sky.
v. be unwilling or reluctant to give or admit; be envious; show discontent
E.g. The students have to stop protesting and grudge the higher tuition money.
n. pledge that something will happen or that something is true
E.g. If it has decided to build a stockpile of nuclear weapons as the best guarantee of its security, then a more dangerous confrontation will be unavoidable.
n. one who guards, preserves, or secures; one who has, or is entitled to custody of person or property
E.g. The movie allows admission only to persons older than 17, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
a. deserving of blame; adjudged to have committed crime
E.g. Don’t use the word guilty in civil case decisions.
n. call for; salute; greet; praise vociferously
E.g. The US Embassy in Manila found itself under a hail of rotten fruit early today, the latest symptom of anti-American feeling reverberating across Asia in recent days.
a. skillful; handy; agreeable to the eye or to correct taste; having a pleasing appearance; attractive
E.g. He is described as a handsome, charming and slightly older author.
v. suspend; fasten to some elevated point without support from below; hold for support
E.g. Why don't your juries hang murderers? Because they're afraid the man's friends will shoot them in the back, in the dark.
n. feeling of intense annoyance caused by being tormented; worry; annoyance; anxiety.
E.g. The facts seem to indicate that her harassment is the direct result of her employer's discriminatory attitude regarding her disability.
n. mechanical, magnetic, electronic, and electrical components making up a computer system
E.g. Computer hardware is the physical part of a computer, as distinguished from the computer software that executes within it.
n. compatibility in opinion and action; an agreeable sound property
E.g. I was a discord in Gateshead Hall: I was like nobody there; I had nothing in harmony with Mrs. Reed or her children, or her chosen vassalage.
a. rough; coarse; severe; unpleasantly stern
E.g. This was a harsh blow for the families of missing people who'd waited for decades for news of them.
v. draw slowly or heavily; pull or drag forcibly; shift direction
E.g. He tried to haul the huge companies into court.
v. be a regular or frequent visitor to a certain place; bother; disturb
E.g. Jason will once again haunt the cursed campgrounds of Crystal Lake, but this time, hockey-masked Jason is the real killer.
n. bird of prey typically having short rounded wings and a long tail
E.g. The hawk snatched the chicken and flew away.
v. cure; make or get healthy again
E.g. Blair memorably described the continent as a scar on the conscience of the world and insisted that the international community could heal it.
n. opportunity to be heard; capacity to hear; judicial investigation of a suit at law
E.g. If you're interested in hearing from the guy who's helping drive the fundraising train, read it here.