arid: /'ærɪd/ a. Syn. dry; barren dry; lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or plants The cactus has adapted to survive in an arid environment.
articulate: /ɑr'tɪkjʊlət/ a. Syn. effective; distinct expressing oneself easily in clear and effective language Her articulate presentation of the advertising campaign impressed her employers.
assiduous: /ə'sɪdjʊəs/;/ə'sɪdʒʊəs/ a. Syn. diligent; persistent constant in application or attention; diligent; unceasing or persistent He was assiduous, working at this task for weeks before he felt satisfied with his results.
atheist: /'eɪθiɪst/ n. Syn. nonbeliever nonbeliever; one who denies the existence of god The view that children are born atheist is relatively recent.
augment: /ɔ:g'mɛnt/ v. Syn. increase make greater, as in size, extent, or quantity Armies augment their forces by calling up reinforcements.
authentic: /ɜr'θɛntɪk/ a. Syn. genuine; real; valid; trustworthy not counterfeit or copied; valid; trustworthy It is authentic, genuine, and a true and correct copy of the original.
avarice: /'ævərɪs/ n. greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain King Midas is a perfect example of avarice, for he was so greedy that he wished everything he touched would turn to gold.
banal: /bə'nɑrl/;/'beɪnl/ a. Syn. dull; commonplace; trite obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality The writer made his comic sketch seem banal, only a few people liked it.
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[Esc] /æk'si:d/ v. Syn. agree; assent; concede agree; give consent, often at insistence of another; concede The idea that one of the two chief executives should eventually [___] to the role, as has happened in the past, would raise fresh doubts about the board's independence.
[Esc] /'ækəleɪd/ n. Syn. praise award of merit; expression of approval; praise In Hollywood, an "Oscar" is the highest [___].
[Esc] /'ædvəsərɪ/ n. Syn. opponent; contestant opponent in contest; someone who offers opposition The young wrestler struggled to defeat his [___].
[Esc] /'ædvɜrs/ a. Syn. unfavorable; hostile in opposing direction; harmful or unfavorable; acting or serving to oppose The recession had a highly [___] effect on father's investment portfolio: he lost so much money that he could no longer afford the house.
[Esc] /ə'leɪ/ v. Syn. calm; pacify; relieve calm; pacify; reduce the intensity of; relieve The crew tried to [___] the fears of the passengers by announcing that the fire had been controlled.
[Esc] /'eɪmɪəb(ə)l/ a. Syn. agreeable; lovable good-natured and likable; lovable; warmly friendly In Little Women, Beth is the [___] daughter whose loving disposition endears her to all who know her.
[Esc] /ə'næləgəs/ a. Syn. comparable comparable; similar or alike She called our attention to the things that had been done in an [___] situation and recommended that we do the same.
[Esc] /'ɑrbɪtə(r)/ n. Syn. judge person with power to decide a dispute; judge As an [___] in labor disputes, she has won the confidence of the workers and the employers.
[Esc] /'ærɪd/ a. Syn. dry; barren dry; lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or plants The cactus has adapted to survive in an [___] environment.
[Esc] /'eɪθiɪst/ n. Syn. nonbeliever nonbeliever; one who denies the existence of god The view that children are born [___] is relatively recent.