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To reduce in amount, degree, or severity
Abate
As the hurricane's force _____, the winds dropped and the sea became calme
Deviating from what is normal or expected
Aberrant
Since he had been a steady, cheerful worker for many years, his fellow postal workers did not expect his aberrant burst of rage
To leave secretly
Abscond
The patron absconded from the restaurant without paying his bill by sneaking out the back door
To choose not to do something
Abstain
During Lent, practicing Catholics abstain from eating meat
An extremely deep hole
Abyss
The submarine dove into the abyss to chart the previously unseen depths
To make impure
Adulterate
The restaurateur made his ketchup last longer by adulterating it with water
- Argue a certain point of view, offer support.
- To speak in favor of
Advocate
The vegetarian advocated a diet containing no meat
Concerning the appreciation of beauty
Aesthetic
The ______ Movement regarded the pursuit of beauty to be the only true purpose of art
To increase in power, influence, and reputation
Aggrandize
The supervisor sought to _____ himself by claiming that the achievements of his staff were actually his own
Speed or quickness
Alacrity
The restaurant won a reputation for fine service since the wait staff responded to their clients' requests with alacrity
To make more bearable
Alleviate
Taking aspirin helps to alleviate a headache