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abbreviation
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n. shortening something by omitting parts of it
For example, the word abbreviation can itself be represented by the 'abbrev.'
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abnormal
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a. unusual; not typical; not normal
Fujitsu, Toshiba, HP, and Lenovo all insist that their designs are sufficiently different to Dell and Apple, that there is no abnormal risk of fire.
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abort
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v. stop; terminate before completion; terminate a pregnancy
However, most women say that the decision to abort is a difficult one.
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abrasive
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a. rubbing away; tending to grind down
The ash can also cause long-term abrasive damage to planes that could lead to later disasters if not dealt with.
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absence
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n. state of being absent; state of being away
The other guests had taken advantage of the Queen's absence and were resting in the shade.
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absolutely
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ad. utterly; not viewed in relation to other things or factors  
For their part, the ambassadors expressed appreciation for the Italian Prime Minister's efforts to clarify that terrorism is absolutely separate from Islam.
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abstract
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a. theoretical; not concrete; not applied or practical; difficult to understand
To him, hunger was an abstract concept; he had never missed a meal.
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accidental
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a. unexpected; happening by chance, unintentionally  
Its curves are arbitrary and what we call accidental, but one after another follows it as if he were guided by a chart on which it was laid down.
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accompany
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v. travel with; be associated with
But the night being wet and inclement, Mr. Rochester did not accompany them.
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accomplished
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a. skilled; experienced; having many social graces; polished or refined
More poems should tell stories in accomplished ways.
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accounting
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n. a system that provides quantitative information about finances
Recent changes in accounting rules have forced companies in Britain to state much more accurately the true financial state of their pension funds.
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acid
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n. sour; water-soluble compounds having a sour taste; quality of being sarcastic, bitter, or scornful
There is a barrage of acid comments in today's newspapers.
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acidic
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a. tasting sour like acid; being or containing an acid
The chart below categorizes food as either acidic or alkaline based on its effective consumption of urine pH.
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actual
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a. true; real; being, existing, or acting at the present moment; current
And the defense secretary retraced what he called the actual history of how the U.S. got involved in Iraq.
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acupuncture
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n. treatment of pain or disease by inserting the tips of needles at specific points on the skin
Acupuncture therapy intends to promote health and alleviate pain and suffering.
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adequate
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a. sufficient; enough to meet a purpose
England missed key players through injury, lacked adequate preparation, and could not match Australia's skill.
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adhere
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v. stick fast; stick to firmly; be compatible or in accordance with
That is why the claying is necessary; it makes the grain adhere to the earth; otherwise, it would float.
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adhesive
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a. sticky; glutinous; tending to persist
Today adhesive binding is the most popular approach for industrial booklet production.
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adjunct
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n. something added on or attached generally nonessential or inferior
Although I don't absolutely need a second computer, I plan to buy a laptop to serve as an adjunct to my desktop model.
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admit
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v. permit to enter; receive; provide the right or a means of entrance to
But what she absolutely refuses to admit is that none of us wants to be a hack.
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