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15 Cards in this Set

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a·cute ( P ) Pronunciation Key (-kyt)
Having a sharp point or tip.
Keenly perceptive or discerning: “a raw, chilling and psychologically acute novel of human passions reduced to their deadliest essence” (Literary Guild Magazine). See Synonyms at sharp.
Reacting readily to stimuli or impressions; sensitive: His hearing was unusually acute.
Of great importance or consequence; crucial: an acute lack of research funds.
Extremely sharp or severe; intense: acute pain; acute relief.
a·dapt ( P ) Pronunciation Key (-dpt)
v. a·dapt·ed, a·dapt·ing, a·dapts
v. tr.
To make suitable to or fit for a specific use or situation.
a·dept ( P ) Pronunciation Key (-dpt)
Very skilled. See Synonyms at proficient.
ad·journ ( P ) Pronunciation Key (-jûrn)
v. ad·journed, ad·journ·ing, ad·journs
v. tr.
To suspend until a later stated time.
ad·ver·sar·y ( P ) Pronunciation Key (dvr-sr)
n. pl. ad·ver·sar·ies
An opponent; an enemy.
Adversary The Devil; Satan. Often used with the.
ad·vis·a·ble ( P ) Pronunciation Key (d-vz-bl)
Worthy of being recommended or suggested; prudent.
ad·vise ( P ) Pronunciation Key (d-vz)
v. ad·vised, ad·vis·ing, ad·vis·es
v. tr.
To offer advice to; counsel.
To recommend; suggest: advised patience.
Usage Problem. To inform; notify.
af·firm ( P ) Pronunciation Key (-fûrm)
v. af·firmed, af·firm·ing, af·firms
v. tr.
To declare positively or firmly; maintain to be true.
To support or uphold the validity of; confirm.
ag·gres·sion ( P ) Pronunciation Key (-grshn)
The act of initiating hostilities or invasion.
The practice or habit of launching attacks.
Hostile or destructive behavior or actions.
a·li·as ( P ) Pronunciation Key (l-s, lys)
An assumed name: The swindler worked under various aliases.
Electronics. A false signal in telecommunication links from beats between signal frequency and sampling frequency.
al·le·giance ( P ) Pronunciation Key (-ljns)
Loyalty or the obligation of loyalty, as to a nation, sovereign, or cause. See Synonyms at fidelity.
The obligations of a vassal to a lord.
al·li·ance ( P ) Pronunciation Key (-lns)

A close association of nations or other groups, formed to advance common interests or causes: an alliance of labor unions opposing the bill.
A formal agreement establishing such an association, especially an international treaty of friendship.
A connection based on kinship, marriage, or common interest; a bond or tie: the shifting alliances within a large family.
Close similarity in nature or type; affinity: the ancient alliance between mathematics and music.
The act of becoming allied or the condition of being allied: the church, acting in alliance with community groups.
al·low ( P ) Pronunciation Key (-lou)
v. al·lowed, al·low·ing, al·lows
v. tr.
To let do or happen; permit: We allow smoking only in restricted areas.
To permit the presence of: No pets are allowed inside.
To permit to have: allow oneself a little treat.
To make provision for; assign: The schedule allows time for a coffee break.
To plan for in case of need: allow two inches in the fabric for shrinkage.
To grant as a discount or in exchange: allowed me 20 dollars on my old typewriter.
Chiefly Southern & Midland U.S.
To admit; concede: I allowed he was right.
To think; suppose: “We allow he's straight” (American Speech).
To assert; declare: Mother allowed that we'd better come in for dinner.
al·ly ( P ) Pronunciation Key (-l, l)
v. al·lied, al·ly·ing, al·lies
v. tr.
To place in a friendly association, as by treaty: Italy allied itself with Germany during World War II.
To unite or connect in a personal relationship, as in friendship or marriage.
a·mend ( P ) Pronunciation Key (-mnd)
v. a·mend·ed, a·mend·ing, a·mends
v. tr.
To change for the better; improve: amended the earlier proposal so as to make it more comprehensive.
To remove the faults or errors in; correct. See Synonyms at correct.
To alter (a legislative measure, for example) formally by adding, deleting, or rephrasing.
To enrich (soil), especially by mixing in organic matter or sand.