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accede
v. To agree to; to consent to, often after urging from another.
[Myron acceded to the wishes of his colleagues when he stopped smoking in the office.
affluent
adj. Generously supplied with money or possessions; wealthy.
[Although Cicely was not from an affluent family, she could attend an excellent but expensive school because of the scholarship she had won.]
affluence n. Wealth.
[Mrs. Winn's affluence is due to oil being discovered on her land.]
arbitrary
adj. Determined by chance or whim rather than by reason or necessity.
[Even though our choice of restaurant was arbitrary, the food was delicious.]
artisan
n. One able to do skilled work with the hands; a craftsperson.
[Artisans working with leather, yarn, and clay displayed their products at the local crafts fair.]
dismantle
v. To take apart.
[Bert helped Matt dismantle the engine so they could begin work on the repair.]
immerse
v. 1. To cover with liquid.
[To prepare the salad, Genevieve first blanched the vegetables by immersing them in boiling water. ]
2. To completely engage the attention of.
[Sophie, immersed in her book, did not notice when Jaime boarded the bus and sat down beside her.]
irksome
adj. Annoying; tedious.
[All the steps preliminary to painting the ceiling-scraping, patching, and sanding-were irksome to Samantha who wanted to finish the job quickly.]
legacy
n. 1. Money or property left to another in a will.
[This silver pocket watch is my legacy from Grandfather Gomez.]
2. Something passed on to those who come after.
[Catholicism and the Spanish language are legacies of Spanish rule in Guatemala.]
ostentatious
adj. Extravagantly showy or ornate.
[The Amish shun ostentatious furnishings for their homes.]
panorama
n. 1. A complete view of a surrounding area.
[In one bedroom of the old mansion, the four walls had been painted with a lively panorama of Chesapeake Bay.]
2. A thorough presentation of a subject.
[One course my aunt teaches at the university is a panorama of civil rights law in the United States.]
philanthropy
n. The attempt to improve the well-being of those in need by donating money or aid.
[The philanthropy of the Tan family has provided the money for this cancer research center.]
philanthropist n. One who makes substantial contributions to those in need. [Andrew Carnegie, a renowned philanthropist, established many public libraries in the early 1900s.]
prestige
n. High standing; respect earned by accomplishments.
[Winning the Nobel Prize brings much prestige.]
prestigious adj. Honored; esteemed.
[An Oscar is the most prestigious award in the movie industry.]
prolific
adj. Abundantly productive.
[Although Robert Graves was a prolific poet, he is remembered primarily for his few novels.]
reticent
adj. Inclined to keep one's thoughts and feelings to oneself; quiet and reserved. [When we asked her about her parents, Adriana grew reticent.]
reticence n. Silence or reserve.
[Karl's reticence about his plans for the summer made us even more curious.]
tycoon
n. A wealthy and powerful businessperson.
[Blithewold, once the summer residence of a coal-mining tycoon, now is open to tourists. ]