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(b) to speed up, cause to move faster;to bring about more quickly
S: step up, quicken, hasten
A: slow down, regard, accelerate
accelerate
(n) one who looks on or observes, a person present but not taking part
S: observer, spectator, onlooker
A: active participant
bystander
(b) to go through an area in order to procure votes, sales, or opinions; to go over in detail; to discuss
S: poll, survey, solicit
canvass
(adj) happening by chance or on an irregular basis; showing little concern; informal
S: accidental, haphazard, offhand
A: formal, serious, premeditated, intentional
casual
(adj) treated unfairly and cruelly, opressed
S: mistreated, ground underfoot
A: uplifted, liberated
downtrodden
(v) to attract, tempt
S: lure, beguile
A: nauseate, sicken, revolt, repel
entice
(v) to wear away gradually, eat away
S: corrode, abrade
A: nurture, promote, encourage
erode
(b) to thrash about in a clumsy or ineffective way
S: wallow, struggle
flounder
(adj) lifelike, vivid; relating to the pictoral arts
S: lively, colorful, descriptive
A: dull, boring, unrealistic, colorless
graphic
(adj) horrible, revolting, ghastly
S: gory, hideous, grisly
A: pleasant, delightful, appealing
gruesome
(adj) sad, gloomy, unhappy;
(n) sadness, gloominess
S: depressed, dejected
A: merry, happy, cheerful
melancholy
(n) a difficult or painful experience, a trial
S: test, hardship
A: pleasure, cinch
ordeal
(v) to make dry and thirsty; to shrivel with heat
S: dry up, dehydrate, desiccate
A: soak, drench, saturate, waterlog
parch
(v) to continue steadily in a course of action, refuse to stop or be changed; to last, remain
S: persevere, keep at it, endure
A: give up, discontinue
persist
(adj) of less than normal strength or size; of no importance
S: undersized, pint-size, small, weak
A: robust, brawny, mammoth, gigantic
puny
(v) to evade or belittle a point by twisting words or raising minor objections
S: nitpick, split hairs, cavil
quibble
(v) to approve, give formal approval to, confirm
S: endorse, sanction, upholt
A: cancel, repeal, annul, veto
ratify
(adj) royal, kinglike; fit for a king
S: majestic, stately, princely, august
A: lowly, humble, abject, servile
regal
(v) to smother, prevent from breathing; to hold back or choke off
S: strangle, suppress, snuff
A: nurture, promote, encourage
stifle
(adj) having life, living; necessary to life, essential; key, crucial
S: indispensable, fundamental
A: nonessential, unnecessary
vital