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arboreal
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a. tree-dwelling; treelike; living in trees
Learn about the arboreal emblems that represent the provinces and territories of Canada.
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archaeology
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n. study of artifacts and relics of early humankind
The professor of archaeology headed an expedition to the Gobi Desert in search of ancient ruins.
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architect
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n. one who designs and supervises the construction of buildings or other large structures
Simon Conder, a British architect, is responsible for this beautiful conversion of a group of farms.
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arithmetic
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n. theory of numerical calculations
He found a way to set up equations about integers and other constructs in arithmetic.
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armor
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n. shield; defensive covering, as of metal, wood, or leather, worn to protect the body against weapons
Where we do see cracks in armor is in new-home construction, both in single-family sales and condos.
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arms
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n. weapons considered collectively; official symbols of a family
The first man to be held - said to be a British arms dealer - was reportedly arrested when he met undercover FBI agents posing as terrorists wanting to buy the weapon.
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array
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v. set out for display or use; place in orderly arrangement
He requested to array the whole regiment on the parade ground.
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arsenal
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n. storage place for military equipment; a stock of weapons
People are forbidden to smoke in the arsenal because a stray spark might set off the munitions stored there.
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artery
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n. one of the vessels or tubes which carry either venous or arterial blood from the heart; major transit corridor
The Yangtze River is the main artery of traffic in center China.
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articulate
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v. speak clearly and distinctly; utter a speech sound; be jointed; make clear or effective
The author was trying to articulate that his encrypted file system is effective.
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ascent
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n. upward slope or grade; movement upward
An unforgettable 2-hour ascent follows a 30-minute hike up to the base of the ferrate up the cliff.
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assignment
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n. a task that was given to students; job; distribution; appointment
I believe that this assignment is the most challenging of them all.
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association
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n. connection, whether of persons or things; a union of persons in a company or society for some particular purpose
I benefited a lot from my association with him.
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assorted
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a. varied;  consisting of various types mixed together  
Watching the large and varied bird population or following assorted trails on horseback.
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assortment
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n. variety; collection containing a variety of sorts of things
A great assortment of cars was on display.
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assume
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v. suppose; presume; take on; bear
He looked at me long and hard: I turned my eyes from him, fixed them on the fire, and tried to assume and maintain a quiet.
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assumption
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n. something taken for accepted as true without proof; taking over or taking possession of
The young princess made the foolish assumption that the regent would not object to power.
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assure
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v. tell someone confidently that something is true; guarantee; convince
I know it, and I don't wish to palliate them, I assure you.
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astonish
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v. surprise someone very much; shock
From this wonderful writer who continues to astonish us, now comes a chilling ghost story.
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astute
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a. wise or keen; shrewd; with sharp intelligence
The painter was an astute observer, noticing every tiny detail of her model's appearance and knowing exactly how important each one was.
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