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abacus
n. frame with balls for calculating
abandon
v. to give up without intent to return
abase
v. to lower in rank, esteem, prestige
abash
v. to embarrass
abate
v. reduce in degree or intensity
abbreviate
v. to make briefer
abdicate
v. give up power or obligations (monarchs/royals)
abdomen
n. stomach & bowels
aberrant
adj. deviating from the usual or natural type
abet
v. to assist or support in the achievement of a purpose
abeyance
n. temporary inactivity
abhor
v. to hate
abiding
v. to remain stable or fixed in a state
abject
adj. brought low in condition or status; scummy, miserable, unfortunate
abjure
v. to give up upon oath
ablution
n. a washing of the body especially as a part o a religious rite
abnegation
n. self-denial
abominate
v. to hate
abortive
adj. fruitless
aboveboard
adv. & adj. straightforward
abrade
v. to rub or wear away; erode
abreast
adv. keep up to date; side by side
abridge
v. to reduce the length (written text); shorten
abrogate
v. to abolish by authorities
abscission
v. act of cutting off
abscond
v. to depart secretly and hide
absentminded
adj. lost in thought
absolve
v. to pronounce clear of guilt of blame
abstain
v. to refrain from something by one's own choice
abstemious
adj. restraint in the consumption of food/drink
abstruse
adj. difficult to understand; ambiguous
absurd
adj. insane or foolish; ridiculously unreasonable
abut
v. to lie adjacent
abysmal
adj. limitless or deep emptiness; impossible to understand
acarpous
adj. producing no fruit
accede
v. to admit/agree; to become a party to an agreement/treaty
accentuate
v. to stress or emphasize
acclaim
v. to praise publicly
acclimate
v. to adapt to a new environment/situation
acclivity
n. an upward slope
accolade
n. an expression of approval; praise
accost
v. to approach and speak to boldly and aggressively
accord
v. to conform or agree; to bring into harmoney; to grant
accountability
n. the principle to be responsible for your own actions
accrete
v. to make larger or greater
accrue
v. to increase or gain
accumulate
v. to gather or pile up
acerbic
adj. sour/acid in temper, mood, or tone
achromatic
adj. color with no hue
acme
n. the highest point/stage; climax, peak in achievement or developement
acolyte
n. assistant
acoustic
adj. relating to the sense or organs of hearing
acquaint
v. to make familiar; to come to know personally
acquiesce
v. to accept without protest
acquisition
n. the act of gaining; something gained
acquit
v. to free or clear from a charge or accusation
acrid
adj. sharp and harsh in taste, smell, or color
acrimonious
adj. acid in feeling, language, tone, or manner
actuate
v. to move to action
acuity
n. acuteness of vision
acumen
n. quickness & accuracy of judgement
adage
n. a saying
adamant
adj. unshakable; stubbornly inflexible
addendum
n. a supplement especially to a book
adhere
v. to stick by gluing; to remain devoted or be in support of something
adjourn
v. to suspend a session to another time or place
adjudicate
v. to settle judicially
adjunct
n. accessory
adjutant
n. a staff officer who helps a commanding officer
ad-lib
adj. spoken or performed with little or no preparation
adobe
n. a sun-dried and unburned brick of clay and straw
adorn
v. to decorate or add beauty to
adroit
adj. having skills or cleverness in handling situations
adulate
v. to flatter or admire; praise
adulterate
v. to contaminate by adding irrevelent elements
adumbrate
v. to suggest partially or foreshadow ; to give a sketchy outline
advent
n. an arrival or the coming
adventitious
adj. accidental
adversary
n. an opponent; an enemy
adversity
n. misfortune; a state of hardship
advert
v. to turn attention to
advisory
adj. having power to advise
advocate
v. to speak, plead; support
aegis
n. protection
aerate
v. to supply with air
aesthetics
n. a branch of philosophy dealing with the study of beauty in nature & art
affable
adj. characterized by friendliness; easy & pleasant to speak to
affectation
n. a show; a display
affected
adj. acted upon, influenced; changed
affidavit
n. a sworn statement in writing made especially under oath
aggregate
v. to collect into a mass/whole
n. a total
affiliate
v. to accept as a member
affinity
n. a natural attraction/liking
affirm
v. to declear positively or firmly
affix
v. to fasten or attach to
n. something attached, joined, or added
afflict
v. to be inflict with something hard to endure
affront
v. to insult intentially ; offent
n. an insult
agape
adj. dumbfounded, shocked, overwhelmed
agglomerate
n. a confused & jumbled mass
adj. gathered together
aggrandize
v. to make appear greater in power, status, influence, & reputation
aggravate
v. to make worse or more severe; to annoy