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aerial
having to do with the air
From the plane, we took several aerial pictures of the mountain tops.
aerie
nook or nest built high in the air
The eagle's aerie, filled with eggs, was perched high in the trees.
aerodynamic
relating to objects moving through the air
We made the paper airplane more aerodynamic by folding the wings at an angle.
aesthetic
pertaining to beauty or art
The museum curator, with her fine aesthetic sense, created an exhibit that was a joy to behold.
affable
friendly, easy to approach
The affable postman was on good terms with everyone on his route.
affected
pretentious, phony
The affected hairdresser spouted French phrases continually, even though she had never been to France.
affinity
fondness, liking; similarity
George felt an instant affinity for his new neighbor when he realized that he, too, was a Broncos fan.
affluent
rich, abundant
An affluent woman, Enid was able to give large sums of money to charity.
affront
personal offense, insult
Clyde took the waiter's insulting remark as an affront to his whole family.
agenda
plan, schedule
The board put the urgent issue at the top of the agenda for their next meeting.
aggrandize
to make larger or greater in power
All the millionaire really wanted was to aggrandize his personal wealth as much as possible.
aggregate
collective mass or sum; total
An aggregate of panic-stricken customers mobbed the bank, demanding their life savings.
aggrieve
to afflict, distress
Elizabeth, the chambermaid, felt aggrieved at the harsh treatment she received from her mistress.
agile
well coordinated, nimble
The agile monkey leapt onto the table and snatched the boy's banana away in the blink of an eye.
agitation
commotion, excitement; uneasiness
The patient's agitation was obvious, she was terrified at the thought of undergoing the operation.
agnostic
one who doubts that God exists
When she could find no evidence to affirm the existence of God, she proclaimed herself an agnostic.
agrarian
relating to farming or rural matters
She took a course in agrarian accounting in order to help her family run the farm after college.
alacrity
cheerful willingness, eagerness; speed
The eager dog fetched with alacrity the stick that had been tossed for him.
alchemy
medieval chemical philosophy aimed at trying to change metal into gold
Scientists of old struggled to master the secrets of alchemy, but could never change metal to gold.
algorithm
mechanical problem-solving procedure
Sara's new computer used algorithms to solve equations.
alias
assumed name
The criminal that goes by the alias "Big Bad Bobby" was just arrested.
alienated
distance, estranged
Anthony made an effort to make the new student feel less alienated by inviting her out with the group.
aligned
precisely adjusted; committed to one side
Jackie always made sure that her pens were perfectly aligned in her drawer.
allay
to lessen, ease or soothe
The nurse tried to allay the couple's fears that their son's health had deteriorated.
allegory
symbolic representation
The novelist used the stormy ocean as an allegory for her life's struggles.