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abrupt

exceedingly sudden and unexpected

There was an abrupt dismissal from class when the last bell rung.
accelerate

move faster

You step on the gas to accelerate your car.
accidental

happening by chance or unexpectedly or unintentionally

The oil spill was proven to be accidental.
accommodate

have room for; hold without crowding

The hotel offered to accommodate pets, as well as their owners.
accordingly

in agreement with

It is important to act accordingly in front of the Queen.
accrue

grow by addition

Depositors in the bank accrue interest in their accounts over time.
acquisition

something gained

The newest acquisition for the museum was an Egyptian mummy.
acquit

pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

The defendant was acquitted of all charges.
acute

extremely sharp or intense

A triangle with an acute angle must have at least one obtuse angle.
adamant

impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, or reason

The judge was adamant that he would not be lenient during sentencing
adjacent

having a common boundary or edge

The door is adjacent to the wall.
adverse

in an opposing direction

The medicine had adverse side-effects.
aeronautics

the theory and practice of navigation through air or space

Using aeronautics, he succeeded in maneuvering the plane to safety.
aftermath

the consequences of an event

In the aftermath of the earthquake, the town was in shambles.
agenda

a list of matters to be taken up, as at a meeting

The meeting’s agenda included a break for lunch.
aggravate

make worse

If you aggravate an already agitated venomous snake, you are likely to get bitten
allergy

hypersensitive immunological reaction to some substance

A common allergy among children is a sensitivity to peanuts.
allowance

an amount granted, as during a given period

Parents may pay a weekly or monthly allowance to their children for doing chores.
alternative

one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen

The alternative to doing nothing is doing something.
altitude

elevation above sea level or above the earth’s surface

Mountains are at a higher altitude than the valleys beneath them.
amateur

lacking professional skill or expertise

The professional dancer refused to work with any amateurs for fear of injury.
amend

make better

Americans amended the Constitution through the Bill of Rights.
ample

more than enough in size or scope or capacity

You have ample time to finish taking the test.
anatomy

the study of the structure of animals

Medical students study anatomy before becoming doctors.
ancestor

someone from whom you are descended

One of my ancestors on my dad’s side fought in the Civil War.
antibiotic

a substance used to kill microorganisms and cure infections

To fight off an infection, you should take antibiotics.
apparel

clothing in general

The classes are not applicable towards your degree.
applicable

having relevance

The mother evenly apportioned the toys among her three children.
apportion

distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose

Diving could be considered aquatic.
aquatic

operating or living or growing in water

An arc is part of the circumference of the circle.
arc

a continuous portion of a circle

Mysticism is considered an arcane science by some of its followers.
arcane

requiring secret or mysterious knowledge

The desert climate is arid because of a lack of rain and moisture in the air.
arid

lacking sufficient water or rainfall

A rainbow of colors is an example of an array of colors.
array

an orderly grouping

Broadway actors and actresses who can sing aspire to win a Tony.
aspire

have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal

Standardized tests assess students’ cognitive skills.
assess

estimate the nature, quality, ability or significance of

The gambler attributed his winning streak to his new lucky coin.
attribute

credit to

The woman bought a painting at a garage sale and found out that it wasn’t actually a copy, but an authentic Turner.
authentic

not counterfeit or copied

If you take the average of a hundred, you will get fifty.
average

the middle value of an ordered set of values

The billionaire decided to become a benefactor of a certain charity and put his money to good use to help people other than himself.
benefactor

a person who helps people or institutions

Citizens betray their governments when they become spies for foreign nations.
betray

deliver to an enemy by treachery

It is a betrayal to marriage when a husband or wife commits adultery.
betrayal

the quality of aiding an enemy

China pledged to boost bilateral ties with Korea.
bilateral

affecting or undertaken by two parties

She was bilingual because she could speak English and French.
bilingual

using or knowing two languages

A binary star is a system of two stars that revolve around each other.
binary

of or pertaining to a number system having 2 as its base

The two lines bisected each other on the plane.
bisect

cut in half or cut in two

The circumstances of the girl’s disappearance were bizarre.
bizarre

conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual

INDIA is not the first country to introduce abrupt, drastic reform of its currency.
bound

confined by bonds

The bureaucrat loathed his job after a decade because it was too mundane for him.
bounty

the property of copious abundance

The swimming pool had a maximum capacity of 100 occupants.
brutal

resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility

The superstar captivated her audience with her new song.
drastic

forceful and extreme and rigorous

Carbohydrates can be broken down in the body to create energy.
savage

without civilizing influences

The plane crash had several casualties.
premium

having or reflecting superior quality or value

Lions and domestic house cats are both in the feline category.
eccentric

conspicuously or grossly unconventional or unusual

Food catered for events is usually specialized to meet the needs of the occasion.
contiguous

having a common boundary or edge

Prisoners of war are often one of the horrific causalities resulting from the conflict.
determined

having been learned or found especially by investigation

The principal wanted to censure the student’s newspaper article.
recreational

of or relating to an activity that diverts or amuses

As citizens, it is our civic duty to vote in every election.
bureaucratic

of or relating to unnecessary procedures and red tape

His aunt worked in a civil service role for more than twenty-five years before receiving her pension.
capacity

the amount that can be contained

The questions were incomprehensible, so the student asked the teacher to clarify them.
captivate

attract; cause to be enamored

Office administrators have clerical roles.
capture

succeed in catching or seizing, especially after a chase

Tripping over your own feet is very clumsy.
carbohydrate

an essential component of living cells and source of energy

The convention codified the rules of war.
casualty

someone injured or killed in an accident

Politicians are some of the most coherent speakers.
category

a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations

Co-workers collaborate on group projects.
cater

give what is desired or needed

causality

the relation between reasons and effects

censure

harsh criticism or disapproval

circle

ellipse in which the two axes are of equal length

circulation

the movement of blood through the heart and blood vessels

circumference

the length of the closed curve of a circle

civic

of or relating or belonging to a city

civil

of or occurring between or among citizens of the state

clarify

make clear and comprehensible

clerical

appropriate for or engaged in office work

clumsy

showing lack of skill or aptitude

codify

organize into a system, such as a body of law

coherent

marked by an orderly and consistent relation of parts

collaborate

work together on a common enterprise or project

combat

the act of fighting; any contest or struggle

commercial

connected with or engaged in the exchange of goods

compact

closely and firmly united or packed together

reminiscent

serving to bring to mind

tolerate

put up with something or somebody unpleasant

resemblance

similarity in appearance or external or superficial details

reminiscent

serving to bring to mind

retaliation

action taken in return for an injury or offense

adequate

having the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task

uniform

clothing of distinctive design worn by members of a group

compatible

able to exist and perform in harmonious combination

compensate

make amends for

compensation

the act of making amends for service or loss or injury

compile

get or gather together

complement

something added to embellish or make perfect

complex

complicated in structure

comply

act in accordance with someone’s rules, commands, or wishes

component

one of the individual parts making up a larger entity

compound

a whole formed by a union of two or more elements or parts

comprehend

get the meaning of something

compromise

an accommodation in which both sides make concessions

conceal

prevent from being seen or discovered

concentrate

make denser, stronger, or purer

concern

something that interests you because it is important

concession

the act of yielding

condense

cause a gas or vapor to change into a liquid

configuration

an arrangement of parts or elements

confinement

the state of being enclosed

conform

be similar, be in line with

confront

oppose, as in hostility or a competition

congestion

excessive crowding

conspiracy

a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act

constraint

the state of being physically limited

contagious

easily diffused or spread as from one person to another

contaminant

a substance that contaminates

contemporary

occurring in the same period of time

conversion

the act of changing from one use or function to another

convert

change the nature, purpose, or function of something

conviction

an unshakable belief in something without need for proof

crest

the top or extreme point of something

crestfallen

brought low in spirit

criterion

the ideal in terms of which something can be judged

critique

appraise or judge in an analytical way

crucial

of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis

crumple

gather something into small wrinkles or folds

crusade

a series of actions tending toward a particular end

culminate

end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage

cultivation

production of food by preparing the land to grow crops

curriculum

an integrated course of academic studies

debut

the act of beginning something new

decay

the organic phenomenon of rotting

decimal

a number in a system based on ten

deduct

make a subtraction

defendant

someone against whom an action is brought in a court of law

degree

a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series

delicate

developed with extreme subtlety

delinquent

a young offender

delta

the 4th letter of the Greek alphabet

denote

have as a meaning

depart

go away or leave

deplete

use up, as resources or materials

depletion

the state of being used up

depreciation

a decrease in price or value

depress

push down

descend

move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way

descendant

a person considered as coming from some ancestor or race

detached

no longer connected or joined

detection

the perception or discovery that something has occurred

detrimental

causing harm or injury

dialect

the usage or vocabulary characteristic of a group of people

dimension

a construct distinguishing objects or individuals

diminish

decrease in size, extent, or range

discrete

constituting a separate entity or part

discrimination

unfair treatment of a person or group based on prejudice

disorder

a condition in which things are not in their expected places

displace

cause to move, usually with force or pressure

distinct

constituting a separate entity or part

distraction

drawing someone’s attention away from something

distribution

the act of spreading or apportioning

diverse

distinctly dissimilar or unlike

diversify

vary in order to spread risk or to expand

divine

a clergyman or other person in religious orders

divisible

capable of being or liable to be divided or separated

division

the act of partitioning

divisor

one of two or more integers that can be exactly divided into another integer

dose

a measured portion of medicine taken at any one time

drastic

forceful and extreme and rigorous

duplicate

a copy that corresponds to an original exactly

excavation

the act of digging

maize

corn

insecticide

a chemical used to kill bugs

pollen

the fine spores that contain male gametes and that are borne by an anther in a flowering plant

curb

the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess

ward

a person who is under the protection of another

seldom

not often

juvenile

of or relating to children or young people
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