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abbreviate v To shorten; to make smaller.
abdication n A formal giving up of control or authority.
aberrant adj Abnormal or deviant.
abhor v To detest; to hate; to loathe.
abolish v To cancel; to put an end to; to eradicate.
aboriginal adj Primitive; original; native.
abrasive adj Rubbing away; causing irritation; harmful.
abscission n A cutting off; a separation.
abstain v To refrain from use; to withdraw from participation.
abstinence n Restraint from pleasurable things or experiences.
abusive adj Insulting; physically or psychologically harmful.
accessible adj Easy to approach; obtainable; within reach.
accessory n An additional object; a useful but not essential component of a whole.
acclimate v To adjust to a climate or environment; to adapt to a new area, situation, conditions, etc.
accolade n An award of merit; praise; approval.
accommodate v To help someone; to oblige; to bring into harmony; to adapt.
accomplice n A partner in crime.
accountable adj Responsible; honorable and honest. 
accrue v To accumulate over time; come about by addition.
acidulous adj Sour in attitude; sharp; bitter.
acoustics n The science of sound; the sound characteristics of a singular room or venue.
acquittal n A verdict by a jury that a person is not guilty.
acrid adj Bitter; sharp; biting.
acrophobia n The fear of heights.
acute adj Sharp; biting; quickly perceptive; keen.
adamant adj Inflexible; unwilling to change; hard.
addendum n An addition; something that is added.
addiction n A compulsive, often habitual need; a feeling of necessity for an item that is not strictly required to maintain health and longevity.
address v To speak to; to focus ones attention on; to deal with and to contemplate.
adjoin adj To be next to.
adulterate v To make impure; to reduce the quality of by the introduction of something inferior.
adversary n An opponent; the enemy; someone or something that offers opposition.
adverse adj Going against; opposing; unfavorable.
advocate v To speak in favor of; to support; to encourage.
aerate v To put air into; to expose to fresh air; to supply with air.
aesthetic adj Artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful; appealing to the sense of sight.
affirmation n An assertion in the positive; a confirmation.
affliction n A condition of distress; a disease; the cause of suffering.
affluence n Abundance; wealth.
agenda n The items or list of items to be covered during a meeting; the plan of action.
aggrandize v To make more great; to increase in power, wealth, rank, etc.
aggravate v To make worse; to irritate.
agility n The ability to move in a coordinated and quick manner.
agitate v To stir up; disturb; to cause to move from a place of rest or peace.
agnostic adj Being skeptical of the existence of a god or any supreme being.
agrarian adj Pertaining to land or its cultivation.
agronomy n The broad science of crop rotation and crop maintenance, including soil management, cultivation, fertilization, irrigation, etc.
alcove n A nook; a cranny; a recess; an enclosed space.
alimony n Payments made on a regular basis, most often to a spouse of a former engagement or marriage.
allegiance n Support; a sense of loyalty; duty towards an individual or specific cause.
allergy n A condition where a person is very sensitive to certain chemicals or substances in the environment; an exaggerated immune response to otherwise harmless stimuli.
alliteration n A poetry term referring to the repetition of beginning sounds of two or more words; the commencement of two or more words of a word group with the same letter.
allocate v To assign; to set aside for a particular purpose.
allude v To refer indirectly to; to imply.
allure v To entice; attract; to tempt; to entice.
altercation n A noisy fight; a heated argument that involves yelling.
amalgam n A combination of different things; a mixture of metals.
amalgamate v To combine; to form into a clump; to unite.
amass v To collect over time; to gather in large amounts.
amazon n A female warrior; the jungle region in South America in the vicinity of the river by the same name.
ambidextrous adj Able to use the left hand or the right hand equally well; equally skilled.
ambience n The environment; the atmosphere; the mood.
ambiguous adj Uncertain; hard to understand.
ambush n A sudden attack made from a concealed position.
amend v To correct; to make a positive change; to right a wrong.
amenities n Niceties; features or components that help to make life pleasurable and easier.
amiable adj Agreeable; friendly; lovable.
amicable adj peaceful; friendly.
amnesia n Loss of memory.
amnesty n A time when a criminal is exempt from punishment; an official pardon that is mandated by a government and usually extended to political offenders.
amoral adj Without morals; unable to distinguish between right and wrong.
ample adj Enough; abundant; sizable; opportune.
amplify v To increase in size, effect, volume, etc. to expand; to broaden or clarify.
amputate v To cut off part of a body; to prune.
amulet n A charm or talisman; an object that is worn to protect against evil or to shun away bad luck.
analogous adj Comparable; having a similar form or shape.
anatomy n The scientific study of the structure of animals; the dissection and study of the body.
ancestry n Family descent; inherited properties that are shared among people with a past common family member.
anecdote n A short story of an amusing event; a quick tale meant to entertain or to invoke laughter.
anesthetic n Something that causes the loss of sensation.
annuity n A yearly or periodic allowance or payment.
anoint v To consecrate; to pour oil onto as part of a religious ceremony.
anomalous adj Abnormal; irregular; unexpected.
anomaly n An irregularity; something that is out of place.
anonymity n State or condition of not having a name or identity.
anthology n A collection of various pieces of writing, all from different authors.
anthropomorphic adj Possessing human characteristics.
antibiotic n A drug, ointment, or medicine that destroys bacteria or pathogens.
antibody n An immune body; something that prevents or blocks another; a protein produced as an immune response to a specific virus or bacteria.
anticipate v To act in advance; to prevent; to predict; to realize beforehand.
antidote n A remedy; a magic potion; something that counteracts a disease or poison.
antipathy adj Strong aversion; dislike.
antiquated adj Obsolete, outdated, run-down.
antique n Something from a previous time; something made previously which is now of great worth.
antithesis n The direct opposite; opposition; contrast.
apathy n A lack of caring or interest; indifference; a lack of concern or interest in important affairs.
aperture n An opening; a hole; the adjustable opening in a camera that limits the amount of light that can enter.
apex n To top; the summit; the ultimate goal; a climax.
apocalyptic adj Prophetic; pertaining to revelations of disaster.
apologist n A person who writes in defense of a cause or institution.
appall v To shock; to disgust; to dismay.
apparent adj Evident; easily perceived.
appease adj To make quiet; to soothe; to calm.
appreciate v To be understanding of; to be thankful; to be conscious of.
aptitude n Fitness; talent.
arbitrate v To act as judge; to preside over.
arboretum n A place where different types of trees and shrubs are studied and exhibited; a place where a large variety of woody plants are kept for ornamental purposes.
archaic adj Antiquated; out of date; no longer used; of or belonging to the past.
archaism n A word or phrase that is no longer in use; an archaic expression; something that is outdated.
archetype n A prototype; a primitive pattern; something that is the first and original.
archives n Public records; a place where public records are maintained.
arduous adj Hard; strenuous; labor-intensive; difficult.
arduous adj Difficult; steep; laborious; requiring great effort.
arid adj Dry; barren; unproductive; forgotten.
aristocracy n A form of government in which nobility and power is based on heredity only; the privileged class.
armada n A fleet of navy warships.
aromatic adj Fragrant; sweet smelling.
arrogance n Proud superior mannerisms; behavior that is snobbish.
arsenal n A storage place for military equipment; the available military weapons at one's disposal.
artery n A large blood-vessel; a main blood vessel in the body.
ascend v To go up; to climb.
ascertain v To find out; to make certain; to clarify and finalize.
aseptic adj Preventing infection; having a cleansing effect.
assertive adj Having and expressing strong opinions; exhibiting a confident belief in one's own abilities. 
assimilate v To absorb; to take in; to grasp and to make one's own; to fully understand.
assort v To classify into different sorts; to arrange: to match. 
assorted adj Of various types; matched; of many origins; not of the same variety.
assurance n A promise or a pledge; a statement of authenticity; certainty.
astigmatism n A defect in the eye which prevents proper focus.
astonish v To astound; to surprise.
astral adj Of or pertaining to the stars, related to the stars.
astronomical adj Enormously large; gigantic.
astute adj Shrewd, wise, and keen.
asylum n A refuge or a shelter; political protection.
atheistic adj Denying the existence of God or of a supreme being.
atrophy n The wasting away of tissue, an organ, or any part of a living organism due to a lack of food.
attentive adj Alert; listening carefully; at full attention; considerate.
attest v To swear and testify; to bear witness to.
attribute n A quintessential component; an essential quality.
atypical adj Not normal; out of the ordinary.
audacious adj Daring and bold.
augment v To increase; to add to; to compound.
authenticate v To verify as genuine; to prove.
autocratic adj Having absolute unchecked power; like an absolute dictator.
autonomous adj Not needing support; being able to function without outside influence or help; self-governing.
autopsy n An examination of a dead body; the identification of the case of death.
auxiliary adj Additional; secondary; in a supportive role.
avalanche n A great mass of falling snow and ice.
aversion n A strong dislike; a hatred for.
avid adj Eager; very willing.