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1 abacus (noun) a calculator that performs arithmetic functions by manually sliding counters on rods or in grooves

(noun) a tablet placed horizontally on top of the capital of a column as an aid in supporting the architrave

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2 abate (verb) become less in amount or intensity; "The storm abated"; "The rain let up after a few hours"

(verb) make less active or intense

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3 abdication (noun) the act of abdicating

(noun) a formal resignation and renunciation of powers

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4 abdomen (noun) the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis

(noun) the cavity containing the major viscera; in mammals it is separated from the thorax by the diaphragm

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5 aberration (noun) an optical phenomenon resulting from the failure of a lens or mirror to produce a good image

(noun) a disorder in one's mental state

(noun) a state or condition markedly different from the norm

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6 abeyance (noun) temporary cessation or suspension

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7 abhor (verb) find repugnant; "I loathe that man"; "She abhors cats"

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8 abide (verb) put up with something or somebody unpleasant; "I cannot bear his constant criticism"; "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks"; "he learned to tolerate the heat"; "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"

(verb) dwell; "You can stay with me while you are in town"; "stay a bit longer--the day is still young"

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9 abjure (verb) formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure; "He retracted his earlier statements about his religion"; "She abjured her beliefs"

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10 abraded (adjective satellite) having the skin scraped off; "skinned knees and scraped elbows"

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11 abrasion (noun) the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or ice

(noun) erosion by friction

(noun) an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off

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12 abrogate (verb) revoke formally

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13 abscond (verb) run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along

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14 abstruse (adjective satellite) difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge; "the professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them"; "a deep metaphysical theory"; "some recondite problem in historiography"

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15 abundant (adjective) present in great quantity; "an abundant supply of water"

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16 abut (verb) lie adjacent to another or share a boundary; "Canada adjoins the U.S."; "England marches with Scotland"

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17 abysmal (adjective satellite) so deep as to be unmeasurable; "the abyssal depths of the ocean"

(adjective satellite) very great; limitless; "abysmal misery"; "abysmal stupidity"

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18 acarpous (adjective satellite) producing no fruit

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19 accentuate (verb) put stress on; utter with an accent; "In Farsi, you accent the last syllable of each word"

(verb) to stress, single out as important; "Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet"

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20 accolade (noun) a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction; "an award for bravery"

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21 accretion (noun) (law) an increase in a beneficiary's share in an estate (as when a co-beneficiary dies or fails to meet some condition or rejects the inheritance)

(noun) an increase by natural growth or addition

(noun) (geology) an increase in land resulting from alluvial deposits or water-borne sediment

(noun) (biology) growth by addition as by the adhesion of parts or particles

(noun) (astronomy) the formation of a celestial object by the effect of gravity pulling together surrounding objects and gases

(noun) something contributing to growth or increase; "he scraped away the accretions of paint"; "the central city surrounded by recent accretions"

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22 acquisition (noun) the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something; "the acquisition of wealth"; "the acquisition of one company by another"

(noun) an ability that has been acquired by training

(noun) the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge; "the child's acquisition of language"

(noun) something acquired; "a recent acquisition by the museum"

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23 adamant (noun) very hard native crystalline carbon valued as a gem

(adjective satellite) not capable of being swayed or diverted from a course; unsusceptible to persuasion; "he is adamant in his refusal to change his mind"; "Cynthia was inexorable; she would have none of him"- W.Churchill; "an intransigent conservative opposed to every libera

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24 adhere (verb) follow through or carry out a plan without deviation; "They adhered to their plan"

(verb) come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation; "The dress clings to her body"; "The label stuck to the box"; "The sushi rice grains cohere"

(verb) stick to firmly; "Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?"

(verb) be loyal to; "She stood by her husband in times of trouble"; "The friends stuck together through the war"

(verb) be a devoted follower or supporter; "The residents of this village adhered to Catholicism"; "She sticks to her principles"

(verb) be compatible or in accordance with; "You must adhere to the rules"

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25 adhesion (noun) faithful support for a religion or cause or political party

(noun) the property of sticking together (as of glue and wood) or the joining of surfaces of different composition

(noun) a fibrous band of scar tissue that binds together normally separate anatomical structures

(noun) abnormal union of bodily tissues; most common in the abdomen

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26 adjacent (adjective satellite) near or close to but not necessarily touching; "lands adjacent to the mountains"; "New York and adjacent cities"

(adjective satellite) nearest in space or position; immediately adjoining without intervening space; "had adjacent rooms"; "in the next room"; "the person sitting next to me"; "our rooms were side by side"

(adjective satellite) having a common boundary or edge; touching; "abutting lots"; "adjoining rooms"; "Rhode Island has two bordering states; Massachusetts and Conncecticut"; "the side of Germany conterminous with France"; "Utah and the contiguous state of Idaho"; "neighboring

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27 admonitory (adjective satellite) expressing reproof or reproach especially as a corrective

(adjective satellite) serving to warn; "shook a monitory finger at him"; "an exemplary jail sentence"

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28 adorn (verb) make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day"

(verb) furnish with power or authority; of kings or emperors

(verb) be beautiful to look at; "Flowers adorned the tables everywhere"

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29 adulteration (noun) the act of adulterating (especially the illicit substitution of one substance for another)

(noun) being mixed with extraneous material; the product of adultering

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30 affinity (noun) a natural attraction or feeling of kinship; "an affinity for politics"; "the mysterious affinity between them"; "James's affinity with Sam"

(noun) inherent resemblance between persons or things

(noun) the force attracting atoms to each other and binding them together in a molecule; "basic dyes have an affinity for wool and silk"

(noun) (immunology) the attraction between an antigen and an antibody

(noun) a close connection marked by community of interests or similarity in nature or character; "found a natural affinity with the immigrants"; "felt a deep kinship with the other students"; "anthropology's kinship with the humanities"

(noun) (biology) state of relationship between organisms or groups of organisms resulting in resemblance in structure or structural parts; "in anatomical structure prehistoric man shows close affinity with modern humans"

(noun) kinship by marriage or adoption; not a blood relationship

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31 aggravate (verb) make worse; "This drug aggravates the pain"

(verb) exasperate or irritate

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32 agile (adjective satellite) moving quickly and lightly; "sleek and agile as a gymnast"; "as nimble as a deer"; "nimble fingers"; "quick of foot"; "the old dog was so spry it was halfway up the stairs before we could stop it"

(adjective satellite) mentally quick; "an agile mind"; "nimble wits"

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33 ail (noun) aromatic bulb used as seasoning

(verb) cause bodily suffering to

(verb) be unwell, ill, or ill disposed

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34 alacrity (noun) liveliness and eagerness; "he accepted with alacrity"

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35 alienate (verb) arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness

(verb) transfer property or ownership; "The will aliened the property to the heirs"

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36 allegiance (noun) the act of binding yourself (intellectually or emotionally) to a course of action; "his long commitment to public service"; "they felt no loyalty to a losing team"

(noun) the loyalty that citizens owe to their country (or subjects to their sovereign)

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37 alleviate (verb) provide physical relief, as from pain; "This pill will relieve your headaches"

(verb) make easier; "you could facilitate the process by sharing your knowledge"

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38 alloy (noun) the state of impairing the quality or reducing the value of something

(noun) a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten; "brass is an alloy of zinc and copper"

(verb) make an alloy of

(verb) lower in value by increasing the base-metal content

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39 aloof (adjective satellite) remote in manner; "stood apart with aloof dignity"; "a distant smile"; "he was upstage with strangers"

(adverb) in an aloof manner; "the local gentry and professional classes had held aloof for the school had accepted their sons readily enough"

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40 amalgamate (verb) to bring or combine together or with something else; "resourcefully he mingled music and dance"

(adjective satellite) joined together into a whole; "United Industries"; "the amalgamated colleges constituted a university"; "a consolidated school"

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41 ambiguous (adjective) having more than one possible meaning; "ambiguous words"; "frustrated by ambiguous instructions, the parents were unable to assemble the toy"

(adjective) open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead; "an equivocal statement"; "the polling had a complex and equivocal (or ambiguous) message for potential female candidates"; "the officer's equivo

(adjective satellite) having no intrinsic or objective meaning; not organized in conventional patterns; "an ambiguous situation with no frame of reference"; "ambiguous inkblots"

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42 ambivalent (adjective satellite) uncertain or unable to decide about what course to follow; "was ambivalent about having children"

(adjective satellite) characterized by a mixture of opposite feelings or attitudes; "she felt ambivalent about his proposal"; "an ambivalent position on rent control"

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43 ameliorate (verb) get better; "The weather improved toward evening"

(verb) to make better; "The editor improved the manuscript with his changes"

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44 amendment (noun) the act of amending or correcting

(noun) a statement that is added to or revises or improves a proposal or document (a bill or constitution etc.)

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45 amicable (adjective) characterized by friendship and good will

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46 amortize (verb) liquidate gradually

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47 amplify (verb) increase the volume of; "amplify sound"

(verb) exaggerate or make bigger; "The charges were inflated"

(verb) increase in size, volume or significance; "Her terror was magnified in her mind"

(verb) to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth; "tended to romanticize and exaggerate this `gracious Old South' imagery"

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