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Abundance
large amount: a more than plentiful quantity of something
Acquire
get something: to get or obtain possession of something
Aggravate
make something worse: to make something become even worse or even more severe than before
Anticipate
expect something: to think or be fairly sure that something will happen
Astound
surprise somebody greatly: to overwhelm and stun somebody with sudden surprise
Bicker
argue: to argue in a bad-tempered way about something unimportant
Clench
hold teeth or fist tightly together: to close your teeth or fist tightly, e.g. when angry
Conform
be or make similar: to be the same as or very similar to something or somebody, or make something similar
Consume
use something up: to use something in such a way that it cannot be reused or recovered afterward
Contaminate
make dirty or impure: to make something impure, unclean, or polluted.
Contemporary
of same time: existing or occurring at or dating from the same period of time as something or somebody else
Critical
essential: absolutely necessary for the success of something
Descend
go down: to go down a staircase, hill, valley, or other downward incline
Determine
decide something: to decide or settle something
Devastation
damage severely: to cause severe or widespread damage to something
Abundance
large amount: a more than plentiful quantity of something
Acquire
get something: to get or obtain possession of something
Aggravate
make something worse: to make something become even worse or even more severe than before
Anticipate
expect something: to think or be fairly sure that something will happen
Astound
surprise somebody greatly: to overwhelm and stun somebody with sudden surprise
Bicker
argue: to argue in a bad-tempered way about something unimportant
Clench
hold teeth or fist tightly together: to close your teeth or fist tightly, e.g. when angry
Conform
be or make similar: to be the same as or very similar to something or somebody, or make something similar
Consume
use something up: to use something in such a way that it cannot be reused or recovered afterward
Contaminate
make dirty or impure: to make something impure, unclean, or polluted.
Contemporary
of same time: existing or occurring at or dating from the same period of time as something or somebody else
Critical
essential: absolutely necessary for the success of something
Descend
go down: to go down a staircase, hill, valley, or other downward incline
Determine
decide something: to decide or settle something
Devastation
damage severely: to cause severe or widespread damage to something
Discard
throw something away: to get rid of something that is not wanted or needed
Dissect
cut and examine: to cut and separate the parts of animal or plant specimens for scientific or medical study
Distinct
clearly different: clearly different and separate from others
Dreary
dull and gloomy: gloomy, unexciting, and certain to have a wearying and depressing influence
Emerge
come out: to appear out of or from behind something
Enable
provide somebody with means: to provide somebody with the resources, authority, or opportunity to do something
Encounter
meet somebody unexpectedly: to meet somebody or something, usually unexpectedly and briefly
Establish
start or set up something: to start or set up something that is intended to continue or be permanent
Evolve
develop gradually: to develop something gradually, often into something more complex or advanced, or undergo such development
Exert
bring something to bear: to apply influence, pressure, or authority in an attempt to have a powerful effect on a situation
Exile
absence from own country: unwilling absence from a home country or place of residence, whether enforced by a government or court as a punishment, or self-imposed for political or religious reasons
Expire
end or be no longer valid: to come to an end or be no longer valid or in operation
Explicit
clear and obvious: expressing all details in a clear and obvious way, leaving no doubt as to the intended meaning
Extend
increase size of something: to make something larger, longer, or broader in scope
Flatter
compliment somebody to win favor: to compliment somebody too much, often without sincerity, especially in order to gain an advantage
Flexible
able to bend without breaking: able to bend or be bent repeatedly without damage or injury
Garrison
stationed troops: a body of troops stationed at a military post
Gloat
be smugly happy: to feel or express smug self-satisfaction about something such as an achievement, a possession, or somebody else's misfortune
Habitable
fit to live in: considered fit to be lived in
Hardship
cause of suffering: something that causes difficulty or suffering
Hoax
deception: an act intended to trick people into believing something is real when it is not
Humble
modest: modest and unassuming in attitude and behavior
Imminent
about to occur: about to happen, or threatening to happen
Inseparable
always together: sharing a close friendship and always seen or found together
Inspiration
stimulation to do creative work: stimulation for the human mind to creative thought or to the making of art
Intimidate
daunt: to create a feeling of fear, awe, or inadequacy in another person
Irrigate
supply area with water: to bring a supply of water to a dry area, especially in order to help crops to grow
Limited
with limit imposed: on which some form of limit or restriction is imposed
Merchant
commercial dealer: somebody who buys and sells goods, especially as a wholesaler or internationally
Meteor
fiery mass of rock from space: a mass of rock from space that burns up after entering the Earth's atmosphere.
Obsessed
never stop thinking about something: to occupy somebody's thoughts constantly and exclusively
Obsolete
out-of-date: superseded by something newer, though possibly still in use
Ominous
threatening: suggesting or indicating that something bad is going to happen or be revealed
Optimism
tendency to expect best: the tendency to believe, expect, or hope that things will turn out well
Perspective
particular evaluation of something: a particular evaluation of a situation or facts, especially from one person's point of view
Peruse
read something carefully: to read or examine something, usually in a careful and thorough way or taking time to do it
Pessimism
tendency to expect worst: a tendency to see only the negative or worst aspects of all things and to expect only bad or unpleasant things to happen
Pillar
column used for support or decoration: a vertical column that is part of a building or other structure and can be either a support or decoration
Precaution
something to intended to avoid future trouble: the foresight to protect against possible harm or trouble or to limit the damage if something goes wrong
Prior
earlier: earlier in time or sequence
Proprietor
owner of business: the owner of a commercial enterprise or establishment such as a store, hotel, or restaurant
Public
for community use: provided for the use of a community
Quest
search: a search for something, especially a long or difficult one
Random
without pattern: done, chosen, or occurring without an identifiable pattern, plan, system, or connection
Reluctant
not eager: feeling or showing no willingness or enthusiasm to do something
Resent
be annoyed at: to feel aggrieved about something or toward somebody, often because of a perceived wrong or injustice
Revise
rethink something: to come to different conclusions about somebody or something after thinking again
Rotate
follow in order: to follow in a sequence, taking turns, or make things follow in such a sequence
Shutter
door or window cover: a hinged cover for a door or window, often with louvers and usually fitted in pairs
Skim
pass closely over surface of something: to pass quickly across and just above the surface of something, or make something pass in this way, sometimes touching it lightly and briefly
Sleazy
sordid: dirty, disreputable, or sordid in character or appearance
Sluggish
not very responsive: slow to react or respond to stimulation
Soar
increase rapidly: to increase rapidly in number, volume, size, or amount
Speculate
conjecture: to form a conjecture on the basis of incomplete facts or information
Stability
mental firmness: mental or psychological firmness
Stroll
walk unhurriedly: to walk along somewhere in a slow unhurried way, especially for enjoyment
Succumb
give in: to be unable to resist or oppose something
Summon
send for somebody: to send or be a signal for somebody to come
Susceptible
easily affected: easily influenced or affected by something
Synthetic
made by chemical process: made artificially by chemical synthesis, especially so as to resemble a natural product
Trivial
having little value: lacking in seriousness, importance, or value
Ultimate
greatest: greatest, most nearly perfect, or highest in quality
Unique
only one: being the only one of a kind
Veteran
experienced soldier: a long-serving member of the military who has had much active service
Vulnerable
without protection: open to physical or emotional harm
Zeal
enthusiasm: energetic and unflagging enthusiasm, especially for a cause or idea