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abbreviate
ab brev i ate
v. to shorten by leaving out certain parts

abbreviation - n. the result of abbreviating
Mr. Smith is the accepted abbreviation for Mister Smith
appropriate
ap pro pri ate
adj. suitable or right for the purpose
v. to set aside for a practical purpose
Congress appropriates money for various programs.
exclude
ex clude
v. to leave out; to keep from being a part of
The major leagues excluded black baseball players until 1947.
fanciful
fanci ful
adj. 1) not based on reason; unrealistic 2) not real; imaginary
For Halloween the children dressed up as ghosts, goblins and other fanciful creatures.
futile
fu tile
adj. certain to fail; hopeless or useless
Before giving up, we made several futile attempts to retrieve the car keys that had fallen into the lake.
grudge
N. a feeling of resentment
v. to be unwilling to give

grudging adj. done or said with reluctance
Everyone knew that such a grudging apology could not be sincere.
inspire
in spire
v. to fill with emotion or a great excitement

inspiration - n. the power to affect the mind; anything that has this effect.
The sight of leaves falling was the inspiration for this poem
majority
ma jor ity
n. 1) The greater number or part; more than half 2) the amount by which one number of votes is greater than another
The vote was 97 to 91. A majority of 6
persevere
per sev ere
v. to refuse to give up dispite difficulties

Perserverance - n. continued efforts inspite of difficulties
With perservance, spendthrifts can overcome extravagance and stick to a budget.
possess
pos sess
v. 1) to have or to own 2) to get power or control over

possession - n. 1) the fact of owning or holding 2) the thing that is held or owned
The immigrants arrived with all their possessions in a few suitcases.
prejudice
pre' jud ice
n. any opinion or strong feeling formed without careful thought or regard to the facts v. to cause to have such a feeling

Prejudiced - adj having such a feeling
One cannot expect a fair verdict from a prejudiced judge.
resolute
res o lute
adj. determined not to give in; unyeilding
The shelter was resolute about finding a good home for the kittens.
sneer
v. to look down with scorn; to mock or insult by words or manner. n. a scornful look; a mocking or insulting remark
I didn't let my companion's sneers diminish my enjoyment of the local artists' exhibition.
unanimous
u nan i mous
adj without any disagreement

unanimity - n. the conduction of being unanimous
The committee voted 12 to 0 in a rare display of unanimity.
unruly
un ru ly
adj. 1) badly behaved 2) hard to control
This hair spray maight help keep your unruly hair in place.