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ablaze
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a. burning; radiant; bright; keenly excited; resembling flame in brilliance or color
But when he saw this small new-comer, his soul was all ablaze with bliss in a moment.
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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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abolitionist
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n. a reformer who favors abolishing slavery
Born to free blacks in Maryland, Frances Watkins Harper was a poet and a teacher who became active in the abolitionist struggle in the 1850s.
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abound
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v. be full of; be plentiful
The rooms abound with screaming children.
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abrupt
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a. broken off; very steep; having sudden transitions from one subject to another
Eliza's greeting was delivered in a short, abrupt voice, without a smile, and then she sat down again, fixed her eyes on the fire, and seemed to forget me.
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absorb
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v. assimilate or incorporate; suck or drink up; occupy full attention
By contrast, what students can absorb from a one-day visit to a college are the tangibles.
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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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academician
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n. a scholar who is skilled in academic disputation
A scientist born after the 1970s was selected as an academician candidate.
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accessibility
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n. the attribute of being easy to meet or deal with
Whitehouse.gov includes several features designed to improve accessibility for users with disabilities. Some of these features are described below.
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accessory
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n. additional object; useful but not essential thing; subordinate or supplementary item
Another accessory is a tripod needed to prevent camera shake, especially when the shutter speed drops below the tenth second at a wide-angle shot.
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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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accompaniment
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n. act of accompanying someone or something
I have swallowed the remainder with an accompaniment of secret tears, forced from me by the exigency of hunger.
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accompanying
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a. attendant; appearing or going with someone or something else
Both men plus a host of accompanying ministers will focus on common ground.
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accomplishment
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n. achievement; fulfillment; something that is successful
Getting the two leaders to sign a peace treaty was his greatest accomplishment.
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accordion
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n. a box-shaped musical instrument consisting of a folded central part with a keyboard
This web includes an excellent page describing in technical detail the differences between different accordion keyboards - piano, chromatic, and uniform.
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accredit
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v. authorize; commission; give credit for
And you will discover that governmental agencies accredit rubber stamps for private regional groups.
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accuse
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v. blame; say that someone has done something morally wrong, illegal, or unkind
He then went on to accuse the West of hypocrisy in criticizing Russia's human rights record.
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acquisition
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n. act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something
It has received an unsolicited, 15 dollar a share acquisition proposal from partners.
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acronym
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n. an abbreviation consisting of the first letters of each word in the name of something
The acronym has been an integral part of computer culture, and many originated in the military and government sectors.
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addict
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v. cause someone to become dependent; indulge in; be devoted to
For instance, if you carry a clean needle in this country, the police are likely to arrest you for being a drug addict.
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