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abate
(v) subside or moderate

Rather than leaving immediately, thay waited for the storm to abate.
abberant
(ADJ) abnormal or deviant.

Given the aberrant nature of the data, we came to doubt the validity of the entire experiment.
abeyance
(N) suspended action

The deal was held in abeyance until her arrival.
abscond
(v) depart secretly and hide.

The teller who absconded with the bonds went uncaptured until someone recognized him from his photograph on America's Most Wanted.
abstemious
(ADJ) sparing in eating and drinking; temperate.

Concerned whether her vegetarian son's abstemious diet provided him with sufficient protein, the worried mother pressed food on him.
admonish
(v) warn; reprove.

When her courtiers questioned her religious beliefs, Mary Stuart admonished them, declaring that she would worship as she pleased.
adulterate
(v) make impure by adding inferior or tainted substances.

It is a crime to adulterate foods without informing the buyer; when consumers learned that Beechnut had adulterated its apple juice by mixing the juice with water, they protested vigorously.
aesthetic
(ADJ) artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful.

The beauty of Tiffany's stained glass appealed to Alice's aesthetic sense.
aggregate
(v, ADJ) gather, accumulate.

Before the Wall Street scandals, dealers in so-called junk bonds managed to aggregate great wealth in short periods of time.
alacrity
(N) cheerful promptness; eagerness.

Phil and Dave were raring to get off to the mountains; they packed up their ski gear and climbed into the van with alacrity.