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rarefy
to make less dense, to purify or refine
It was the jeweler's job to take a stone from the earth and rarefy it to be suitable for a ring.
rave
act with excessive enthusiasm
After the play Jane could not help but rave about it to all of her friends.
reactionary
opposing progress
The new retail development met strong opposition from reactionaries who wanted to preserve the park.
rebuff
decline, refuse, reject
Dow Jones rebuffed the offer from News Corp in hopes of receiving a larger bid.
recalcitrant
disobedient
Cartman is so recalcitrant that his mother was forced to call Cesar Milan to put him in his place.
recant
to take back as being false, give up
I recant what i said about Brett Favre, it appears he is still capable of playing.
recidivism
relapse into antisocial or criminal behavior
After being rejected by his family and losing all his money, he took on a life of recidivism.
reciprocity
granting of priveledges in exchange for similar priveleges.
I had a feeling that he expected reciprocity after allowing me to use his house for a vacation.
recitals
a musical performance
The thing I hated most about piano was having to perform at recitals.
recluse
person who lives alone and avoids people
Jeremy has become a recluse since he failed out of UC Davis.
recompense
to reward, compensate or reimburse
My mom bought be a N64 to recompense me for receiving good grades.
reconcile
settle a quarrel, restore peace
It was up to Dr. Phil to reconcile the troubled family.
recondite
little known, abstruse
A recondite fact is taking aspirin is actually worse for treating heartburn symptoms.
recreancy
cowardice, a cowardly giving up
She dumped him after his display of recreancy when it came to defending her safety.
recuperate
become strong after illness, loss or exhaustion
It took a nights rest and a few advil to recuperate from the 10 hour fishing trip.
redeem
to compensate for, exhange, trade in
After missing the first question, she tried to redeem her self by volunteering to answer the next question.
redoubtable
formidable, causing fear
The narrow Polycrome pass in Denali Park is going to be a redoubtable drive.
refine
make or become pure
I worked long and hard on detail to refine my most recent painting.
refractory
stubborn, unmanageable
When managing workers, a refractory person is always a huge challenge to keep on task.
refulgent
shining, brilliant
The North Star is refulgent when compared to other stars and can almost always be seen.
regale
to delight or entertain, to feast
When a party starts to become dull, I can always bring Lola out to regale the guests.
regicide
crime of killing a king
The play Julius Caesar is centered around the regicide of the great leader.
reiterate
say or do again several times
Wearing a life vest on the river is so important that a guide reiterated the point 3 times.
rejuvenation
becoming young in nature or appearance
I needed a trip to Alaska after a long summer of working to rejuvenate my body.
relapse
fall back again
I tried to give up alcohol, but fell into relapse after taking a trip to vegas.
remonstrate
to protest, object
There are many groups that remonstrate about the use of animals for medical testing.
render
cause to be, represent
The injury rendered him useless for the next 6 months.
renovate
restore something to better condition
If i had the money i would like to buy a restaurant and renovate it to become a flourishing business.
renowned
celebrated, famous
The world renowned author will be signing books today.
repast
meal
My grandma always cooks up a wonderful repast for thanksgiving.
repel
refuse to accept, cause dislike, keep away
I put on bug repellant to keep them from biting me.
repine
to be discontented with
I'll bet Brady feels very repined with his purchase of the PS3.
reproach
criticism, scolding
Jeremy told his career plans to his dad and they were met with strong reproach.
reprobate
person hardened in sin, one devoid of decency
The three years he spent in jail made her a reprobate who wasn't phased by any violence or crude behavior.
repudiate
reject, deny, disown, refuse
Bill Clinton repudiated the accusations of sexual relations before later admitting to them.
repulsive
causing a feeling of disgust
If you read CNN.com everyday you are bound to come up with some truly repulsive stories.
requite
repay, give in return
I usually have John buy me pinkberry to requite for the money he owes me.
rescind
repeal, annul, cancel
To quit my job I had to rescind the previous contract that i had signed.
resigned
unresisting, submissive
When it came to any dispute she was very resigned and it usually became a one-sided argument.
resilience
quality of quickly recovering the original shape
The resilience of Brett Favre makes him one of the most amazing QB's of all time.
resort
option, choice
After being rejected by his top 5 schools, he went to UCLA as his last resort.
restive
restless, impatient
John was very restive on the day before Metroid's release.
resuscitation
coming back to consciousness
Even though they tried their best at resuscitation, they were not successful.
retard
impede or hinder
The fire fighters coated the surrounding areas with flame retardant to prevent the fire from spreading.
reticent
reserved, untalkative, silent
Renee has always been reticent at any family gathering and we've barely heard her speak.
revere
have deep respect for
Although he pisses me off sometimes, I revere john as a good friend.
reverent
feeling or showing a deep respect for
Everyone at the funeral was very reverent when speaking of his death.
riddle
puzzling person or thing
The game god of war is full of many riddles that must be solved in order to move forward.
rift
split, crack, dissension
A large rift was formed between borg and brady when he hooked up with dankworth.
rivet
to fasten with a pin, to fascinate
Anthony Hopkins gave a riveting performance as Hannibal Lector.
roll
calling of names
The teacher would call roll every morning to see if we were all present.
rotund
plump and round
Eating donuts everyday makes most cops figure appear completely rotund.
ruffian
violent, cruel man
The ruffians who tortured the young black woman must be seriously disturbed people.
rumple
wrinkle, make rough
At abercrombie they like to rumple their display jeans as a fashion statement.