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abbreviate
Detail    speak
v. make shorter; reduce to shorter form intended to represent full form, as for word or phrase
Because we were running out of time, the lecturer had to abbreviate her speech.
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aboard
Detail    speak
ad. on a ship, train, plane, or other vehicles; in or into a group, organization, or business
He did make some calls aboard Air Force One, we are told, on his way back to from the Azores.
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absentee
Detail    speak
n. one who is absent or not in residence
Absentee voting begins 35 days before primary and general elections.
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absolute
Detail    speak
a. perfect in quality or nature; complete; totally unlimited; certain
Although the King was an absolute monarch, he did not want to behead his unfaithful wife without certain evidence.
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absorption
Detail    speak
n. process of absorbing nutrients into the body after digestion; state of mental concentration
I agree that the reader's absorption is a measure of good writing.
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absurd
Detail    speak
a. preposterous; ridiculously incongruous or unreasonable; foolish
Alice thought the whole thing very absurd, but they all looked so grave that she did not dare laugh.
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abundant
Detail    speak
a. plentiful; possessing riches or resources
At his immigration interview, Ivan listed his abundant reasons for coming to America: the hope of religious freedom and the prospect of employment.
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abuse
Detail    speak
n. improper use or handling; misuse
The commenter said that he had stopped seven years of girl abuse in this area, thanks to Vito.
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academic
Detail    speak
a. related to school; not practical or directly useful; relating to the scholarly organization; based on formal education
The dean's talk about reforming the college admissions system was only an academic discussion.
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accelerate
Detail    speak
v. move faster; cause to develop or progress more quickly; occur sooner than expected
Demand for Taiwanese goods likely will accelerate from the second quarter, as strong Asian demand offsets the effects of a U.S. slowdown.
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account
Detail    speak
n. narrative or record of events; the reason given for a particular action or event
What is the account for this loss?
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accountant
Detail    speak
n. one who maintains and audits business accounts
Our business and finance group is looking for a dynamic accountant to join the accounting team supporting the Company's new area.
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accumulate
Detail    speak
v. pile up; collect;  mount up; increase
The tendency of Capital to accumulate is a big threat to the free market.
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accuracy
Detail    speak
n. quality of nearness to the truth or the true value
He was beginning to doubt the accuracy of his compass.
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acidity
Detail    speak
n. pH values below 7; taste experience when something acidic is taken into the mouth
High acidity and elevated levels of metals can seriously impair water bodies' ability to support life, resulting in a decline in species diversity.
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acquaintance
Detail    speak
n. personal knowledge or information about someone or something
He also reconnected with Doris Schmitz, an acquaintance from the University of Frankfurt.
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activate
Detail    speak
v. make active or more active; stimulate; make radioactive
The carriers say they want to encrypt and store the credentials in the phone's SIM card, the small chips to activate access to mobile networks.
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actuate
Detail    speak
v. put into motion or action; activate
I fail to understand what might actuate you to reply to this letter so nastily.
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acumen
Detail    speak
n. mental keenness; quickness of perception
However, her team's political acumen is clearly beyond mine, an Ivy League Medical Science Professor and NOT a Political 'Science' Professor.
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acute
Detail    speak
a. quickly perceptive; keen; having a sharp point or tip; extremely sharp or severe
Her early writing was grounded in acute observation of the natural world.
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