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abduct
to kidnap or carry off by force
guerrillas
members of an irregular military force operating in small bands behind enemy lines
buffoon
a joker who amuses with jokes and tricks, a bumbling or ridiculous person, a fool
flounder
to move clumsily; to struggle or proceed with difficulty; also a flat fish
culture
products of human work at a particular time
elegant
characterized or exhibiting elegance; excellent
inhabit
to live or dwell in
goad
anything that pricks, prods, or urges
fertile
able to reproduce children, seeds, or fruits; highly productive
aqueduct
a large pipe or conduit for carrying water from a distant location
prance
to act or walk about in a lively manner
encroach
to intrude gradually upon the rights of another; to trespass
smitten
very much in love
allude
to refer to casually or indirectly
fleet
a group of cars, boats, or other type of vessels
parallel
running alongside; similar; comparable
horizontal
parallel to level ground; at right angles to vertical
verticle
straight up and down; a direction at right angles to the horizon
bliss
great happiness; joy
drench
to wet thoroughly; to soak
shun
to keep away from; to take pains to avoid
resident
one who lives in a place
ruthless
having no compassion or pity; cruel; merciless
obsolete
out of date; no longer in use or in fashion
magnate
a rich, powerful, or successful business person
despite
in spite of, notwithstanding
conceal
to keep from being seen; put out of sight; hidden
climate
refers to weather conditions; a condition or attitude
swelter
oppressed by heat
wean
to withdraw from any type of habit
shoddy
of poor quality or make; dishonest
transpire
to happen; to become known
hoax
a practical joke; something intended to deceive
qualm
a feeling of illness; a disturbing feeling
harsh
unpleasant to the senses; unpleasant conditions
famine
a drastic, wide-reaching shortage of food
adjacent
adjoining, next to; near or close
wary
to be alert, cautious; on guard, watchful
dread
to be in terror of; to anticipate with distaste or reluctance
aghast
shocked; frightened, terrified; taken back
hypnotize
to put into a sleep-like state
dovetail
to combine or unite into a unified whole; fit together harmoniously
gape
to become widely open; separated; to stare in amazement
outfox
to outwit; to overcome by cunning or cleverness
afloat
a floating condition; awash, flooded
carp
to complain
endorse
to give approval or support
remainder
what is left when a part is taken away; those left behind
amble
to walk slowly; walk with a leisurely gate
enroll
to make or become a member; to sign up for something
succor
help; relief; assistance
fowl
any bird raised or hunted for food; the meat of that bird
runt
undersized; a small animal or person
prevail
to be victorious; to persuade
fervor
ardor; zeal; earnestness
wad
a small mass of soft material squeezed into a ball
avert
to ward off; to turn away; to keep from happening
zigzag
a series of turns in different directions that nevertheless proceed in a general direction
whimsical
erratic in behavior; unpredictable; having a quaint or fanciful quality
scamper
to run; to go hastily or lightly
agility
to move quickly and easily; nimbleness of body or mind
wail
to cry out loudly
passive
inactive; acted upon but not acting in return
catamaran
a boat with two parallel hulls; a raft of logs tied together
acclaim
enthusiastic public praise and approval
innate
possessed at birth, inborn; a natural characteristic
underdog
a loser or predicted loser in a struggle or contest
retrieve
to recover; to find and bring back; to get back
colossal
enormous, gigantic; huge in size, extent or degree
parapet
a low wall or railing
fetch
to go after and bring back; to get as in a price
prototype
an early or original example upon which later examples are based
abound
very numerous
zeal
showing great enthusiasm or devotion to a goal
quack
one who pretends knowledge or skills that they do not possess
shamble
a scene or condition of disorder or destruction; to walk or go awkwardly
inept
awkward or clumsy; lacking in ability or competence
literate
having the ability to read and write
splice
to join or unite together
embark
to go aboard some means of transportation; to set out on a venture
waft
moved gently by wind or waves; something conveyed through the air; a gentle breeze
awry
twisted or turned; wrong, amiss
perturb
to make uneasy; to upset
bulletin
a brief announcement of public interest; a small publication published regularly
felon
a person convicted of a serious crime
stifle
to hold back
porous
filled with holes
limber
flexible; exercise so as to become limber
enamor
to inspire with love; captivate
utter
to speak; absolute; complete
adage
a short traditional saying; a proverb
calamity
an event that causes great misfortune; a disaster
survive
to remain alive, to continue living or existing
dismantle
to take apart, pull down, disassemble
sleazy
of cheap quality; of low character
falter
to become weaker; to be unsteady
encumber
to weigh down unnecessarily; to burden; to impede action
embed
firmly fixed in a surrounding mass
obtain
to gain possession of; to acquire
intuition
knowledge gained without reasoning or proof
rage
violent, explosive anger; a fad or craze
burden
to weigh down; an oppressive load; something to be endured
scurry
to go or move quickly in a hurried manner
divulge
to make known; reveal, tell
zany
silly, funny; crazy but likable
frenzy
a state of wild excitement
culprit
a person guilty of doing something wrong
scowl
an angry frown
diverge
to go in different directions from a common point
jar
to bump or shake; to have an irritating effect
inert
inactive, sluggish
raze
to level to the ground; to tear down or demolish
crevice
a crack forming an opening
novelty
newness
paltry
insignificant; of little value
delectable
pleasant, delightful, savory, delicious
peril
something dangerous or risky; the condition of being in danger or at risk or harm
lull
temporary period of calm; lessening of noise; to cause to sleep or rest
douse
to immerse in liquid; to drench
derelict
deserted, abandoned, neglected
nourish
help grow or develop; to feed and provide the other things necessary for life and growth
shackle
to restrain or confine someone or something
futile
having no useful result; not successful; of no importance
explore
to search for or travel for the purpose of discovery; to investigate carefully
cram
to fill completely or with more than is normally or easily held; to force into a tight place; to study hastily
wrench
to pull or turn suddenly; to twist or sprain; also a sudden surge of emotion; a tool used for holding or turning an object
turncoat
a person who goes over to the other side; a renegade; a traitor
recite
to speak aloud before an audience; to tell in detail
compile
to gather together facts from different sources into a report or a book
detain
to keep from proceeding; delay, retard; to keep in custody, confine
vex
to annoy; to pester; to puzzle
miniscule
very small
waddle
to walk with short steps swaying from side to side
detest
to dislike intensely; to hate
refrain
to keep oneself from doing, saying, or thinking something; a phrase that repeats itself in a song or poem
windfall
unexpected good fortune; something blown down by the wind
frugal
to be saving
throttle
to strangle; a valve or peddle that regulates the flow of a fluid
impale
to pierce through with any sharp pointed object
garble
to confuse, to jumble
pacify
to have a calming effect
bilk
to defraud, to cheat or swindle; escape paying one's debts
expedite
to speed up the progress of something
commuter
a person who travels from home to work and back
mar
to render less attractive, less useful; to spoil to a certain extent
genteel
polite; refined
rue
to feel regret or sorrow
plumb
straight up and down, vertical; completely, utterly
prone
tending or inclined to something; lying flat
wilt
to become limp, to droop down; to be deprived of energy
hospitable
receiving guests warmly; having an open mind
unwieldy
hard to handle or manage; clumsy
graph
a drawing that demonstrates the relationship between changing things
graph
a drawing that demonstrates the relationship between changing things
extremely
the outermost part or edge, the greatest degree
income
money received from work or from investments
tirade
a long, angry, or scolding speech
probe
an exploratory action; an expedition
collapse
to fall down; to fail; the complete loss of strength
compatible
suitable; capable of living or existing together in agreement and harmony
gall
to irritate
mentor
a trusted advisor who is experienced and is teaching an inexperienced person
gorge
to stuff oneself with food; also a steep narrow passage with steep sides
timid
shy, hesistant, fearful
ideal
a person or a situation said to be perfect; the best result or goal of something
fret
to be troubled or worried
daze
a stunned or confused condition, as with a blow, shock, or surprise
behoove
to be necessary or proper for
ratify
to approve something formally; to confirm
vast
very large in intensity, degree, or size
belittle
to speak of or think of as unimportant; to put someone down
collide
to come or strike together in a violent manner; to meet in opposition; to disagree forcefully
attract
to cause to draw near by some quality or action
vegetate
to lead a life characterized by little physical or mental effort; also to grow as a plant grows
ductile
capable of being formed or shaped without breaking
whet
to sharpen as a knife; to make keen or eager
dispute
to argue; to question the validity of; a verbal controversy; to resist
toxic
having the effect of a poison
flee
to run away from danger or trouble; to escape from
senile
the weakening of mental or physical abilities due to old age
obscure
hard to understand; not clear or distinct; hidden; not well known
neophyte
a beginner, a novice
vocation
an occupation; a job; what a person does for a living
feat
an outstanding accomplishment
glower
to look or stare with dislike
capsize
to overturn; upset
latitude
distance from North or South Pole; permitting freedom or action or thought
warble
sing or whistle in a special way; to babble
anguish
strong physical or mental pain
jocular
to be jolly; fond of joking or jesting
supple
easily bent or folded; moving or changing easily
salient
prominent; something that sticks out
trek
a journey, or the leg of a journey especially long and difficult
fumble
to mishandle something; to feel around awkwardly while searching
topic
a subject of discussion
erode
to wear away or become worn away; to eat away
strut
a vain, pompous way of walking
rakish
dashing or stylish in manner; having a streamlined appearance
mettle
to have courage
skimp
to be stingy or sparing; to deal with hastily or with poor material
entrap
to catch in or as if in a trap
awe
wonder, respect, fear
nimble
quick and light in movement; clever and quick in thought
solitude
being alone or isolated from others; a lonely or secluded place
summit
the highest point; the highest level
facade
the front of a building; a false appearance or illusion of something
robust
full of health and strength; vigorous
occupant
condition of inhabiting
fruitful
producing something in abundance; good results, beneficial, profitable
armada
a big fleet of warships; also used to mean an overwhelming number of something
unruly
difficult or impossible to control; disobedient