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alleviate
to relieve, improve partially
The medicine will help to alleviate the pain.
alliteration
repetition of the beginning sounds of words
The poet was fond of using alliteration in her work, as in her poem "Preening Pigeons Perch Prettily."
allocation
allowance, portion or share
The treasurer will be in charge of the allocation of funds during the campaign.
allure
to entice by charm; attract
The video arcade owner allured teenage customers by installing the coolest, most desirable new games.
allusion
indirect reference
He was sometimes referred to as "the Slugger" an allusion to his ability to hit the baseball very hard.
allusiveness
quality of making many indirect references
Joyce found Michael's allusiveness increasingly irritating-sometimes she wished he'd just get to the point.
aloof
detached, indifferent
The newcomer remained aloof from all our activities and therefore made no new friends.
altercation
noisy dispute
When the drunken cowboy knocked someone's beer bottle off the table, a serious altercation ensued.
altruism
unselfish concern for others
The woman's altruism revealed itself in the way she gave out money to all who seemed needy.
amalgamate
to mix, combine
Giant Industries amalgamated with Mega Products to form Giant-Mega Products Incorporated.
ambidextrous
able to use both hands equally well
The ambidextrous man was able to chop vegetables with both hands simultaneously, making him one of the fastest short-order cooks in the business.
ambiguous
uncertain; subject to multiple interpretations
The directions he gave were so ambiguous that we disagreed on which way to turn.
ambivalence
attitude of uncertainty; conflicting emotions
Jane was filled with ambivalence-on the one hand, switching jobs would get her away from her tyrannical boss, but on the other hand, she'd lose her high salary and corner office.
ameliorate
to make better, improve
Conditions in the hospital were ameliorated by the hiring of dozens of expertly trained nurses.
amenable
agreeable, cooperative
Although the new director seemed rigid at first, the cast soon found her to be amenable to change.
amend
to improve or correct flaws in
Congress must amend the bill before the president will agree to sign it.
amenity
pleasantness; something increasing comfort
The star was overjoyed to have access to all the amenities of civilized society after her stint in the jungle.
amiable
friendly, pleasant, likable
The new boss was an amiable young man with a smile for everyone.
amicable
friendly, agreeable
Despite their former arguments, the team was able to form an amicable working relationship.
amity
friendship
Correspondence over the years contributed to a lasting amity between the women.
amoral
unprincipled, unethical
The preacher ranted about the amoral nature of modern values.
amorous
strongly attracted to love; showing love
The love-sick young poet wrote many amorous poems about his girlfriend.
amorphous
having no definite form
The movie The Blob featured an amorphous creature that was constantly changing shape.
amortize
to diminish by installment payments
She was able to amortize her debts by paying a small amount each month.
amphibian
creature equally at home on land or in the water
The frog's ability to live both on land and in the water classifies it as an amphibian.