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Abandon
noun
total lack of inhibition
With her strict parents out of town, Kelly danced all night with abandon.
Abate
verb
to decrease, to reduce
My hunger abated when I saw how filthy the chef's hands were.
Abet
verb
to aid; to act as an acomplice
While Derwin robbed the bank, Marvin abetted his friend by pulling up the getaway car.
Abjure
verb
to renounce under oath; to abandon forever; to abstain from
After having been devout for most of his life, he suddenly abjured his beliefs, much to his family's disappointment.
Abnegate
verb
to give up; to deny to oneself
After his retirement, the police commissioner found it difficult to abnegate authority.
Abortive
adj
ending without results
Her abortive attempt to swim the full five miles left her frustrated.
abrogate
verb
to annul; to abolish by authorative action
The president's job is to abrogate any law that fosters inequality among citizens.
abscond
verb
to leave quickly in secret
The criminal absconded during the night with all of his mother's money.
abstemious
verb
done sparingly; consuming in moderation
The spa served o sugar or wheat, but the clients found the retreat so calm that they didn't mind the abstemious rules.
accede
verb
to express approval, to agree to
Once the mayor heard the resonable request, she happily acceded to the proposal.
acclivity
noun
an incline or upward slope, the ascending side of a hill
We were to tired from hiking that by the time we reached the acclivity, it looked more like a mountain than a hill.
accretion
noun
a growth in size, an increase in amount
The committee's strong fund-raising efforts resulted in an accretion in scholarship money.
acme
noun
the highest level or degree attainable
Just when he reached the acme or his power, the dictator was overthrown.
actuate
verb
to put into motion, to activate; to motivate or influence to activity
The leader's rousing speech actuated the crowd into a peaceful protest.
acuity
noun
sharp vision or perception characterized by the ability to resolve fine detail
With unusual acuity, she was able ot determine that the masterpiece was a fake.
acumen
noun
sharpness of insight, mind, and understanding; shrewd judgment
The investor's financial acumen helped him to select high-yield stocks.
adamant
adj
stubbornly unyielding
She was adamant about leaving the restaurant after the waiter was rude.
adept
adj
extremely skilled
She is adept at computing math problems in her head.
adjudicate
verb
to hear and settle a matter; to act as a judge
The principal adjudicated the disagreement between the two students.
adjure
verb
to appeal to
The criminal adjured to the court for money.