a. urgently needed; absolutely necessary; essential; acute; crucial; decisive
E.g. He says the international community has reached what he calls a critical time in the overall effort to bring stability to Afghanistan.
n. ornamental circlet or head covering, made of gold with jewels and worn as a symbol of sovereignty
E.g. Among the many diamonds in your crown is the way people look up to you for guidance and leadership.
a. of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis; of the greatest importance
E.g. The meeting of today is the crucial moment in his career.
v. sail back and forth on the ocean; sail as for protection of commerce, in search of an enemy, or for pleasure
E.g. Several privateer often cruise near the entrance of the channel to search big cargo.
v. press between opposing bodies so as to break or injure; extract or obtain by pressing or squeezing
E.g. There's particular concern over reports of human rights abuses, committed by the Indonesian security forces in Aceh as they try to crush the separatist movement there.
n. quartz; glassware made of quartz; high-quality, clear, colorless glass
E.g. In short the crystal is about the exterior form, not about the displays or the experience inside the building.
n. end of a thing; queue; last words of a play actor's speech; hint or intimation; humor
E.g. He said she would be back very soon and, right on cue, she walked in.
n. all the knowledge and values shared by a society ; foster; raising of plants or animals
E.g. Last week the Italian Prime Minister apologised to parliament in Rome for his alleged remarks about the superiority of western culture over that of Islam, claiming his words had been taken out of context.
v. bend or curve; guide and manage, or restrain
E.g. Paradoxically, Ray's strong-arming may be helping to curb violence in Bangalore.
n. medical or hygienic care; remedial treatment of disease; removal of disease or evil
E.g. The cats proved to be a good cure for our mouse problem.
n. stream; flow; up-to-date; present
E.g. The current was so swift, and then I got into the dead water and landed on the side towards the Illinois shore.
v. call upon divine or supernatural power to send injury upon; bring great evil upon
E.g. The taxi driver who felt he didn't get a high enough tip used to curse his passenger.
a. ingenious; delightfully pretty or dainty
E.g. We were just remembering when our husky was a puppy; how small and cute is was.
n. periodically repeated sequence of events; long period of time; entire round in a circle or a spire
E.g. Do they not understand that the spin cycle is an important part of the washing machine?
n. collection of facts, observations, or other information related to a particular question or problem
E.g. Now that data is required from around the world, the IEA must obtain them from a wide variety of sources.
v. mark the time of; assign a date to
E.g. Scientists often cannot date precisely archeological findings.
n. time each morning at which daylight first begins; beginning; start
E.g. When I again unclosed my eyes, a loud bell was ringing; day had not yet begun to dawn, and a rush light or two burned in the room.
a. fatal; lethal; causing or tending to cause death
E.g. Fatal floods re a regular feature of the wet season in Indonesia, but they are becoming more common and more deadly as population pressure.
a. unable to perceive sounds; hard of hearing; unwilling to hear or listen; regardless; not to be persuaded
E.g. He turned a deaf ear to all requests for help.
n. dignitary or presiding officer; head in the faculty of some colleges or universities
E.g. He was elected the dean of our department.
n. discussion; dispute; discussion involving opposing points
E.g. Robert Potts, who recently retired as chancellor at Arkansas State University, witnessed the nickname debate in two states.
a. suitable; modest.; honorable; meeting accepted standards
E.g. I wandered the theatre – an old one from the thirties - kept in decent repair by those that love movies.
n. a pack of 52 cards; any of various floor-like platforms built into a vessel
E.g. She was leaning over, with part of her upper deck above water, and you could see every little chimbly-guy clean and clear, and a chair by the big bell, with an old slouch hat hanging on the back of it, when the flashes come.
v. state clearly; make known formally or officially
E.g. A distinct and near voice said, "The marriage cannot go on: I declare the existence of an impediment."
a. devoted to a cause or ideal or purpose; designed for a particular use or function
E.g. The bus rapid transit system carries a half million passengers daily in dedicated bus lanes.
v. disfigure; destroy; frustrate; overcome or vanquish; resist with
E.g. Internal conflicts defeat the purpose of teamwork.
n. one required to make answer in an action or suit
E.g. The courtroom buzzed as the defendant was led in.
v. determine the nature of; give a definition; describe the nature or basic qualities of; explain
E.g. That argument may define the political parties and help shape the 2012 elections.
a. fixed; exact; having distinct limits
E.g. He introduced the closed circuit of oscillation into wireless telegraphy, and was one of the first to send electric waves in definite directions.
a. pleasing to the senses, especially in a subtle way; easily hurt; very subtle in difference
E.g. It was a fragile forest that survived in delicate balance for hundreds of thousands of years.
a. extremely pleasing to the sense of taste; greatly pleasing or entertaining
E.g. In addition, many soaps and shampoos come in delicious scents that can be tempting for a child.
v. set free from restraint; set at liberty; release; give or transfer
E.g. Whether Mr. Obama can deliver is a matter of considerable dispute among economists.
n. act of refusing or disowning; negation; refusal to admit the truth; refusal to grant; rejection of a request
E.g. The government has issued a denial of an election in May.
n. a person qualified to practice dentistry
E.g. When it comes to dental care, you and your dentist share a common objective.
v. disagree with; refuse; declare untrue
E.g. What I do deny is that we have been inconsistent with respect to our view of the Constitution
n. money given as a guarantee or security
E.g. In the meantime, she could keep the $400,000 in a secure investment such as a term deposit or money market fund.
n. recession; economic slump; concavity in a surface produced by pressing ; sadness; low spirits
E.g. The researchers believe that growing up in a home where parents had difficulties with depression or alcohol was often a trigger.
n. one appointed as the substitute of another, and empowered to act for him; substitute in office
E.g. I must find someone to act as a deputy for me during my absence.
n. act of describing; sketch or account of anything in words
E.g. They went in to the Facebook advertising page and changed the title description from "Advertising" to "Lying".
n. area with little or no vegetation; forsake; abandon
E.g. An outburst of relief as Stardust finally landed in the Utah desert after a four and a half billion kilometre journey that had taken the craft half way out to Jupiter and through the tail of a comet.