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Abate
To reduce in amount, degree, or severity
As the hurricane's force abated, the winds dropped and the sea became calm.
Abscond
To leave secretly
The patron absconded from the restaurant without paying his bill by sneaking out the back door.
Abstain
To choose not to do something
She abstained from choosing a mouthwatering dessert from the tray.
Abyss
An extremely deep hole
The submarine dove into the abyss to chart the previously unseen depths.
Adulterate
To make impure
The restaurateur made his ketchup last longer by adulterating it with water.
Advocate
To speak in favor of
The vegetarian advocated a diet containing no meat.
Aesthetic
Concerning the appreciating of
Followers of the Aesthetic Movement regarded the pursuit of beauty as the only true purpose of art.
Aggrandize
To increase in power, influence, and reputation
The supervisor sought to aggrandize himself by claiming that the achievements of his staff were actually his own.
Alleviate
To make more bearable
Taking aspirin helps to alleviate a headache.
Amalgamate
To combine; to mix together
Giant Industries amalgamated with Mega Products to form Giant-Mega Products Incorporated.
Ambiguous
Doubtful or uncertain; able to be interpreted several ways
The directions he gave were so ambiguous that we disagreed on which way to turn.
Ameliorate
To make better; to improve
The doctor was able to ameliorate the patient's suffering using painkillers.
Anachronism
Something out of place in time
The aged hippie used anachronistic phrases like groovy and far out that had not been popular for years.
Analogous
similar or alike in some way; equivalent to
In a famous argument for the existence of God, the universe is analogous to a mechanical timepiece, the creation of a divinely intelligent "clockmaker."
Anomaly
Deviation from what is normal
Albino animals may display too great an anomaly in their coloring to attract normally colored mates.
Antagonize
To annoy or provoke to anger
The child discovered that he could antagonize the cat by pulling its tail.
Antipathy
Extreme dislike
The antipathy between the French and the English regularly erupted into open warfare.
Apathy
Lack of interest or emotion
The apathy of voters is so great that less than half the people who are eligible to vote actually bother to do so.
Arbitrate
To judge a dispute between two opposing parties
Since the couple could not come to agreement, a judge was forced to arbitrate their divorce proceedings.
Archaic
Ancient, old-fashioned
Her archaic Commodore computer could not run the latest software.