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ramp_up

  • verb bolster or strengthen
    build up; build; work up.
    • We worked up courage
    • build up confidence
    • ramp up security in the airports

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poised

  • adjective satellite marked by balance or equilibrium and readiness for action
    • a gull in poised flight
    • George's poised hammer
  • verb be motionless, in suspension
    poise.
    • The bird poised for a few moments before it attacked

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rev

  • noun rate of revolution of a motor
    revolutions per minute; rpm.
    • the engine was doing 6000 revs
  • verb increase the number of rotations per minute
    rev up.
    • rev up an engine

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jollify

  • verb celebrate noisily, often indulging in drinking; engage in uproarious festivities
    make whoopie; make merry; revel; whoop it up; wassail; racket; make happy.
    • The members of the wedding party made merry all night
    • Let's whoop it up--the boss is gone!

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foul

  • noun an act that violates the rules of a sport
  • verb hit a foul ball

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hitch

  • noun a period of time spent in military service
    tour; term of enlistment; enlistment; duty tour; tour of duty.
  • noun the state of inactivity following an interruption
    halt; stoppage; stop; arrest; stay; check.
    • the negotiations were in arrest
    • held them in check
    • during the halt he got some lunch
    • the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow
    • he spent the entire stop in his seat

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lie_with

  • verb have sexual intercourse with
    love; fuck; sleep with; have it away; screw; have intercourse; get it on; hump; make love; make out; get laid; have a go at it; bonk; eff; have sex; jazz; be intimate; know; have it off; bang; bed; do it; roll in the hay; sleep together.
    • This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm
    • Adam knew Eve
    • Were you ever intimate with this man?

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plump_out

  • verb depart suddenly
    • He plumped out of the house
  • verb make fat or plump
    fatten up; fat; fill out; flesh out; fatten; fatten out; plump.
    • We will plump out that poor starving child

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sleep

  • noun a natural and periodic state of rest during which consciousness of the world is suspended
    slumber.
    • he didn't get enough sleep last night
    • calm as a child in dreamless slumber
  • noun a torpid state resembling deep sleep
    sopor.

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captain

  • noun an officer holding a rank below a major but above a lieutenant
  • noun the naval officer in command of a military ship
    skipper.

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integrity

  • noun an undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting
    unity; wholeness.
    • the integrity of the nervous system is required for normal development
    • he took measures to insure the territorial unity of Croatia
  • noun moral soundness
    • he expects to find in us the common honesty and integrity of men of business
    • they admired his scrupulous professional integrity

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conjure

  • verb summon into action or bring into existence, often as if by magic
    arouse; raise; invoke; conjure up; bring up; call down; call forth; evoke; put forward; stir.
    • raise the specter of unemployment
    • he conjured wild birds in the air
    • call down the spirits from the mountain
  • verb ask for or request earnestly
    beseech; bid; entreat; press; adjure.
    • The prophet bid all people to become good persons

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rouse

  • verb become active
    bestir.
    • He finally bestirred himself
  • verb force or drive out
    force out; rout out; drive out.
    • The police routed them out of bed at 2 A.M.

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automatize

  • verb turn into an automaton
    automatise.
  • verb make automatic or control or operate automatically
    automatise; automate.
    • automatize the production
    • automate the movement of the robot

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fall_off

  • verb come off
    • This button had fallen off
  • verb fall heavily or suddenly; decline markedly
    slump; sink.
    • The real estate market fell off

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list

  • noun a database containing an ordered array of items (names or topics)
    listing.
  • noun the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical
    tilt; lean; leaning; inclination.
    • the tower had a pronounced tilt
    • the ship developed a list to starboard
    • he walked with a heavy inclination to the right

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stain

  • noun a soiled or discolored appearance
    discolouration; discoloration.
    • the wine left a dark stain
  • noun (microscopy) a dye or other coloring material that is used in microscopy to make structures visible

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sweltering

  • adjective satellite excessively hot and humid or marked by sweating and faintness
    sweltry.
    • a sweltering room
    • sweltering athletes
  • verb be uncomfortably hot
    swelter.

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swap

  • noun an equal exchange
    swop; barter; trade.
    • we had no money so we had to live by barter
  • verb exchange or give (something) in exchange for
    switch; swop; trade.

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wake_up

  • verb cause to become awake or conscious
    awaken; waken; arouse; wake; rouse.
    • He was roused by the drunken men in the street
    • Please wake me at 6 AM.
  • verb stop sleeping
    waken; come alive; arouse; wake; awake; awaken.
    • She woke up to the sound of the alarm clock

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angulate

  • verb make or become angular
  • adjective having angles or an angular shape
    angular.

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regalia

  • noun paraphernalia indicative of royalty (or other high office)
  • noun especially fine or decorative clothing
    array; raiment.

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worth

  • noun an indefinite quantity of something having a specified value
    • 10 dollars worth of gasoline
  • noun the quality that renders something desirable or valuable or useful

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sexualise

  • verb make sexual, endow with sex, attribute sex to
    sexualize.
    • The god was sexualized and married to another god
    • Some languages sexualize all nouns and do not have a neuter gender

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start

  • noun the beginning of anything
    • it was off to a good start
  • noun the time at which something is supposed to begin
    outset; get-go; showtime; starting time; kickoff; offset; beginning; commencement; first.
    • they got an early start
    • she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her

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antecede

  • verb be earlier in time; go back further
    forego; predate; forgo; antedate; precede.
    • Stone tools precede bronze tools

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blistering

  • noun the formation of vesicles in or beneath the skin
    vesiculation; vesication.
  • verb get blistered
    blister; vesicate.
    • Her feet blistered during the long hike

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stole

  • noun a wide scarf worn about their shoulders by women
  • verb take without the owner's consent
    steal.
    • Someone stole my wallet on the train
    • This author stole entire paragraphs from my dissertation

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masculinize

  • verb give a masculine appearance or character to
    • Fashion designers have masculinized women's looks in the 1990s
  • verb produce virilism in or cause to assume masculine characteristics, as through a hormonal imbalance or hormone therapy
    masculinise; virilise; virilize.
    • the drugs masculinized the teenage girl

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set_afire

  • verb set fire to; cause to start burning
    set on fire; set ablaze; set aflame.
    • Lightening set fire to the forest

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void

  • noun the state of nonexistence
    nothingness; nullity; nihility.
  • noun an empty area or space
    vacancy; emptiness; vacuum.
    • the huge desert voids
    • the emptiness of outer space
    • without their support he'll be ruling in a vacuum

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rise

  • noun a growth in strength or number or importance
  • noun the act of changing location in an upward direction
    ascension; ascent; ascending.

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practice_bundling

  • verb sleep fully clothed in the same bed with one's betrothed
    bundle.

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affect

  • noun the conscious subjective aspect of feeling or emotion
  • verb have an effect upon
    impact; touch on; bear upon; bear on; touch.
    • Will the new rules affect me?

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gauntness

  • noun extreme leanness (usually caused by starvation or disease)
    bonyness; emaciation; boniness; maceration.

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cut_down

  • verb cut down on; make a reduction in
    trim; cut; cut back; bring down; reduce; trim down; trim back.
    • reduce your daily fat intake
    • The employer wants to cut back health benefits
  • verb cut with sweeping strokes; as with an ax or machete
    slash.

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pull_through

  • verb continue in existence after (an adversity, etc.)
    survive; pull round; make it; come through.
    • He survived the cancer against all odds
  • verb bring into safety
    bring through; save; carry through.
    • We pulled through most of the victims of the bomb attack

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disturb

  • verb move deeply
    upset; trouble.
    • This book upset me
    • A troubling thought
  • verb change the arrangement or position of
    raise up; commove; stir up; vex; shake up; agitate.

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baking

  • noun making bread or cake or pastry etc.
  • noun cooking by dry heat in an oven

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prize

  • noun something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition or for winning a lottery
    award.
    • the prize was a free trip to Europe
  • noun goods or money obtained illegally
    swag; booty; pillage; plunder; dirty money; loot.

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progression

  • noun a series with a definite pattern of advance
    patterned advance.
  • noun a movement forward
    progress; advance.
    • he listened for the progress of the troops

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induction

  • noun a formal entry into an organization or position or office
    initiation; installation.
    • his initiation into the club
    • he was ordered to report for induction into the army
    • he gave a speech as part of his installation into the hall of fame
  • noun an electrical phenomenon whereby an electromotive force (EMF) is generated in a closed circuit by a change in the flow of current
    inductance.

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conceive

  • verb have the idea for
    gestate; conceptualize; conceptualise.
    • He conceived of a robot that would help paralyzed patients
    • This library was well conceived
  • verb judge or regard; look upon; judge
    believe; think; consider.
    • I think he is very smart
    • I believe her to be very smart
    • I think that he is her boyfriend
    • The racist conceives such people to be inferior

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prefix

  • noun an affix that is added in front of the word
  • verb attach a prefix to
    • prefixed words

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beat_out

  • verb come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
    shell; beat; trounce; crush; vanquish.
    • Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship
    • We beat the competition
    • Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game
  • verb beat out a rhythm
    thump out; tap out.

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enhance

  • verb increase
    heighten; raise.
    • This will enhance your enjoyment
    • heighten the tension
  • verb make better or more attractive
    • This sauce will enhance the flavor of the meat

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reinvent

  • verb bring back into existence
    • The candidate reinvented the concept of national health care so that he would get elected
  • verb create anew and make over
    • He reinvented African music for American listeners

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endorse

  • verb be behind; approve of
    indorse; plunk for; support; plump for; back.
    • He plumped for the Labor Party
    • I backed Kennedy in 1960
  • verb give support or one's approval to
    second; indorse; back.
    • I'll second that motion
    • I can't back this plan
    • endorse a new project

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triumph

  • noun a successful ending of a struggle or contest
    victory.
    • a narrow victory
    • the general always gets credit for his army's victory
    • clinched a victory
    • convincing victory
    • the agreement was a triumph for common sense
  • noun the exultation of victory

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clothes

  • noun clothing in general
    apparel; dress; wearing apparel.
    • she was refined in her choice of apparel
    • he always bought his clothes at the same store
    • fastidious about his dress
  • verb provide with clothes or put clothes on
    enclothe; garment; fit out; garb; raiment; apparel; habilitate; dress; tog; clothe.
    • Parents must feed and dress their child

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chew

  • noun a wad of something chewable as tobacco
    plug; wad; quid; cud; chaw.
  • noun biting and grinding food in your mouth so it becomes soft enough to swallow
    manduction; chewing; mastication.

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force

  • noun a powerful effect or influence
    • the force of his eloquence easily persuaded them
  • noun (physics) the influence that produces a change in a physical quantity
    • force equals mass times acceleration

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fly_high

  • verb be elated
    • He was flying high during the summer months
  • verb make steady progress; be at the high point in one's career or reach a high point in historical significance or importance
    prosper; flourish; thrive.
    • The new student is thriving

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conk_out

  • verb stop operating or functioning
    die; give out; give way; break; go; go bad; fail; break down.
    • The engine finally went
    • The car died on the road
    • The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town
    • The coffee maker broke
    • The engine failed on the way to town
    • her eyesight went after the accident
  • verb use up all one's strength and energy and stop working
    run out; peter out; poop out; run down.
    • At the end of the march, I pooped out

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bacon

  • noun back and sides of a hog salted and dried or smoked; usually sliced thin and fried
  • noun English scientist and Franciscan monk who stressed the importance of experimentation; first showed that air is required for combustion and first used lenses to correct vision (1220-1292)
    Roger Bacon.

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direct

  • verb command with authority
    • He directed the children to do their homework
  • verb intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
    aim; point; place; target.
    • He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face
    • criticism directed at her superior
    • direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself

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heat_energy

  • noun a form of energy that is transferred by a difference in temperature
    heat.

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tenderise

  • verb make tender or more tender as by marinating, pounding, or applying a tenderizer
    tender; tenderize.
    • tenderize meat

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persuade

  • verb win approval or support for
    carry; sway.
    • Carry all before one
    • His speech did not sway the voters
  • verb cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm
    • You can't persuade me to buy this ugly vase!

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spike_out

  • verb bring forth a spike or spikes
    spike.
    • my hyacinths and orchids are spiking now

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freehand

  • adjective satellite done by hand without mechanical aids or devices
    freehanded.
    • a freehand drawing

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sleep_together

  • verb have sexual intercourse with
    love; fuck; sleep with; have it away; screw; have intercourse; get it on; lie with; hump; make love; make out; get laid; have a go at it; bonk; eff; have sex; jazz; be intimate; know; have it off; bang; bed; do it; roll in the hay.
    • This student sleeps with everyone in her dorm
    • Adam knew Eve
    • Were you ever intimate with this man?

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shining

  • noun the work of making something smooth and shiny by rubbing or waxing it
    polishing.
    • the shining of shoes provided a meager living
    • every Sunday he gave his car a good polishing
  • verb be bright by reflecting or casting light
    reflect; shine.
    • Drive carefully--the wet road reflects

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blue

  • noun blue color or pigment; resembling the color of the clear sky in the daytime
    blueness.
    • he had eyes of bright blue
  • noun blue clothing
    • she was wearing blue

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keratinise

  • verb convert into keratin
    keratinize.
  • verb become horny and impregnated with keratin
    keratinize.

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hide

  • noun the dressed skin of an animal (especially a large animal)
    fell.
  • noun body covering of a living animal
    pelt; skin.

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conduce

  • verb be conducive to
    contribute; lead.
    • The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing

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wreck

  • noun something or someone that has suffered ruin or dilapidation
    • the house was a wreck when they bought it
    • thanks to that quack I am a human wreck
  • noun an accident that destroys a ship at sea
    shipwreck.

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worsen

  • verb grow worse
    decline.
    • Conditions in the slum worsened
  • verb make worse
    aggravate; exasperate; exacerbate.
    • This drug aggravates the pain

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rekindle

  • verb kindle anew, as of a fire
  • verb arouse again
    • rekindle hopes
    • rekindle her love

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workflow

  • noun progress (or rate of progress) in work being done
    work flow.

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revolutionize

  • verb change radically
    overturn; revolutionise.
    • E-mail revolutionized communication in academe
  • verb overthrow by a revolution, of governments

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liberty

  • noun immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority: political independence
    autonomy.
  • noun freedom of choice
    • liberty of opinion
    • liberty of worship
    • liberty--perfect liberty--to think or feel or do just as one pleases
    • at liberty to choose whatever occupation one wishes

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freeze_down

  • verb change from a liquid to a solid when cold
    freeze out; freeze.
    • Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit

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equilibrise

  • verb bring into balance or equilibrium
    equilibrate; equilibrize; balance.
    • She has to balance work and her domestic duties
    • balance the two weights

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line_one's_pockets

  • verb make a lot of money

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blur

  • noun a hazy or indistinct representation
    fuzz.
    • it happened so fast it was just a blur
    • he tried to clear his head of the whisky fuzz
  • verb become glassy; lose clear vision
    glaze over; film over.
    • Her eyes glazed over from lack of sleep

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new

  • adjective not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered
    • a new law
    • new cars
    • a new comet
    • a new friend
    • a new year
    • the New World
  • adjective satellite original and of a kind not seen before
    fresh; novel.
    • the computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem

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net

  • noun a computer network consisting of a worldwide network of computer networks that use the TCP/IP network protocols to facilitate data transmission and exchange
    cyberspace; internet.
  • noun a trap made of netting to catch fish or birds or insects

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squeeze_out

  • verb force out
    • Some employees were squeezed out by the recent budget cuts
  • verb make by laborious and precarious means
    eke out.
    • He eked out a living as a painter

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succumb

  • verb consent reluctantly
    give in; knuckle under; yield; buckle under.
  • verb be fatally overwhelmed
    yield.

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wink

  • noun a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)
    instant; blink of an eye; flash; New York minute; twinkling; jiffy; heartbeat; split second; trice.
    • if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash
  • noun closing one eye quickly as a signal

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cut_back

  • verb return in time
    flash back.
    • the film cut back to an earlier event in the story
  • verb cut down on; make a reduction in
    trim; cut; bring down; reduce; cut down; trim down; trim back.
    • reduce your daily fat intake
    • The employer wants to cut back health benefits

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sleek

  • verb make slick or smooth
    slick.
  • adjective satellite well-groomed and neatly tailored; especially too well-groomed
    • sleek figures in expensive clothes

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pay_off

  • verb yield a profit or result
    • His efforts finally paid off
  • verb eliminate by paying off (debts)
    liquidate.

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metamorphose

  • verb change completely the nature or appearance of
    transfigure; transmogrify.
    • In Kafka's story, a person metamorphoses into a bug
    • The treatment and diet transfigured her into a beautiful young woman
    • Jesus was transfigured after his resurrection
  • verb change in outward structure or looks
    transmute; transform.
    • He transformed into a monster
    • The salesman metamorphosed into an ugly beetle

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acidify

  • verb make sour or more sour
    sour; acetify; acidulate.
  • verb turn acidic
    acetify.
    • the solution acetified

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immaterialize

  • verb render immaterial or incorporeal
    unsubstantialise; immaterialise; unsubstantialize.

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dipsomaniac

  • noun a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually
    souse; alcoholic; lush; alky; boozer; soaker.

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turn_on

  • verb cause to operate by flipping a switch
    switch on.
    • switch on the light
    • turn on the stereo
  • verb be contingent on
    hinge upon; depend on; devolve on; ride; hinge on; depend upon.
    • The outcomes rides on the results of the election
    • Your grade will depends on your homework

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superannuate

  • verb retire and pension (someone) because of age or physical inability
  • verb declare to be obsolete

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cool_off

  • verb become quiet or calm, especially after a state of agitation
    calm; calm down; simmer down; cool it; chill out; settle down.
    • After the fight both men need to cool off.
    • It took a while after the baby was born for things to settle down again.
  • verb lose intensity
    cool down; cool.
    • His enthusiasm cooled considerably

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pass_away

  • verb pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
    decease; give-up the ghost; pop off; perish; die; buy the farm; snuff it; choke; drop dead; expire; exit; croak; pass; go; kick the bucket; conk; cash in one's chips.
    • She died from cancer
    • The children perished in the fire
    • The patient went peacefully
    • The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102
  • verb go out of existence
    • She hoped that the problem would eventually pass away

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spark_off

  • verb put in motion or move to act
    activate; touch off; trigger off; actuate; set off; trigger; spark; trip.
    • trigger a reaction
    • actuate the circuits

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dry

  • noun a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages
    prohibitionist.
  • verb remove the moisture from and make dry
    dry out.
    • dry clothes
    • dry hair

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prostrate

  • verb get into a prostrate position, as in submission
    bow down.
  • verb render helpless or defenseless
    • They prostrated the enemy

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taper

  • noun a convex shape that narrows toward a point
  • noun the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone)

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deoxidize

  • verb to remove oxygen from a compound, or cause to react with hydrogen or form a hydride, or to undergo an increase in the number of electrons
    reduce; deoxidise.

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guide

  • noun someone employed to conduct others
    usher.
  • noun someone who shows the way by leading or advising

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etiology

  • noun the cause of a disease
    aetiology.
  • noun the philosophical study of causation
    aetiology.

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territorialise

  • verb organize as a territory
    territorialize.
  • verb place on a territorial basis
    territorialize.
    • The railways were territorialized

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alchemise

  • verb alter (elements) by alchemy
    alchemize.

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bunker

  • noun a hazard on a golf course
    trap; sand trap.
  • noun a large container for storing fuel
    • the ship's bunkers were full of coal

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pack

  • noun a large indefinite number
    plurality; battalion; multitude; large number.
    • a battalion of ants
    • a multitude of TV antennas
    • a plurality of religions
  • noun a complete collection of similar things

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climber

  • noun a vine or climbing plant that readily grows up a support or over other plants
  • noun someone seeking social prominence by obsequious behavior
    social climber.

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vinyl

  • noun a univalent chemical radical derived from ethylene
    vinyl radical; vinyl group.
  • noun shiny and tough and flexible plastic; used especially for floor coverings

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divide

  • noun a serious disagreement between two groups of people (typically producing tension or hostility)
  • noun a ridge of land that separates two adjacent river systems
    water parting; watershed.

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put_together

  • verb create by putting components or members together
    tack together; set up; tack; assemble; piece.
    • She pieced a quilt
    • He tacked together some verses
    • They set up a committee

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insulate

  • verb protect from heat, cold, or noise by surrounding with insulating material
    • We had his bedroom insulated before winter came
  • verb place or set apart
    isolate.
    • They isolated the political prisoners from the other inmates

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hobble

  • noun a shackle for the ankles or feet
    fetter.
  • noun the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg
    limp; hitch.

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clear_out

  • verb move out and leave nothing behind
  • verb clear out the chest and lungs
    expectorate; drive out.
    • This drug expectorates quickly

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remould

  • verb cast again
    recast; remold.
    • The bell cracked and had to be recast
  • verb give new treads to (a tire)
    remold; retread.

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etherise

  • verb anesthetize with ether
    etherize.

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make_pure

  • verb remove impurities from, increase the concentration of, and separate through the process of distillation
    purify; sublimate; distill.
    • purify the water

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tranquilize

  • verb make calm or still
    still; tranquillize; calm down; quiet; calm; tranquillise; quieten; lull.
    • quiet the dragons of worry and fear
  • verb cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to
    tranquillize; calm; sedate; tranquillise.
    • The patient must be sedated before the operation

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overheat

  • verb get excessively and undesirably hot
    • The car engines overheated
  • verb make excessively or undesirably hot
    • The room was overheated

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dissonate

  • verb be dissonant or harsh
    • The violins in this piece dissonated disturbingly
  • verb cause to sound harsh and unpleasant
    disharmonize.

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hospital

  • noun a health facility where patients receive treatment
    infirmary.
  • noun a medical institution where sick or injured people are given medical or surgical care

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gloss

  • noun an explanation or definition of an obscure word in a text
    rubric.
  • noun an alphabetical list of technical terms in some specialized field of knowledge; usually published as an appendix to a text on that field
    glossary.

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gradate

  • verb arrange according to grades
    • These lines are gradated
  • verb pass imperceptibly from one degree, shade, or tone into another
    • The paint on these walls gradates but you don't see it

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call

  • noun a telephone connection
    telephone call; phone call.
    • she reported several anonymous calls
    • he placed a phone call to London
    • he heard the phone ringing but didn't want to take the call
  • noun a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course
    • he was disappointed that he had not heard the Call

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calm

  • noun steadiness of mind under stress
    equanimity; calmness; composure.
    • he accepted their problems with composure and she with equanimity
  • noun wind moving at less than 1 knot; 0 on the Beaufort scale
    calm air.

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recommend

  • verb push for something
    urge; advocate.
    • The travel agent recommended strongly that we not travel on Thanksgiving Day
  • verb express a good opinion of
    commend.

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strike

  • noun a group's refusal to work in protest against low pay or bad work conditions
    work stoppage.
    • the strike lasted more than a month before it was settled
  • noun an attack that is intended to seize or inflict damage on or destroy an objective
    • the strike was scheduled to begin at dawn

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survive

  • verb continue to live through hardship or adversity
    live on; last; hold up; live; endure; hold out; go.
    • We went without water and food for 3 days
    • These superstitions survive in the backwaters of America
    • The race car driver lived through several very serious accidents
    • how long can a person last without food and water?
  • verb continue in existence after (an adversity, etc.)
    pull round; make it; come through; pull through.
    • He survived the cancer against all odds

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receipts

  • noun the entire amount of income before any deductions are made
    gross; revenue.
  • noun the act of receiving
    receipt; reception.

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vegetate

  • verb lead a passive existence without using one's body or mind
  • verb establish vegetation on
    • They vegetated the hills behind their house

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sponge_up

  • verb absorb as if with a sponge
    • sponge up the spilled milk on the counter

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vascularise

  • verb become vascular and have vessels that circulate fluids
    vascularize.
    • The egg yolk vascularized
  • verb make vascular
    vascularize.
    • the yolk sac is gradually vascularized

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desalt

  • verb remove salt from
    desalinize; desalinate; desalinise.
    • desalinate water

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prodding

  • noun a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something
    goading; goad; spurring; prod; spur; urging.
    • the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves
  • verb to push against gently
    prod; nudge; poke at.
    • She nudged my elbow when she saw her friend enter the restaurant

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muse

  • noun the source of an artist's inspiration
    • Euterpe was his muse
  • noun in ancient Greek mythology any of 9 daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne; protector of an art or science

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slick_up

  • verb make neat, smart, or trim
    tittivate; smarten up; titivate; spruce up; spruce; spiff up.
    • Spruce up your house for Spring
    • titivate the child
  • verb dress and groom with particular care, as for a special occasion
    spruce; smarten up; spruce up.
    • He spruced up for the party

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cloud_over

  • verb become covered with clouds
    overcloud; cloud up.
    • The sky clouded over
  • verb become overcast
    • the sky clouded over

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re-start

  • verb start an engine again, for example
    restart.
  • verb take up or begin anew
    restart; resume.
    • We resumed the negotiations

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hydrolise

  • verb make a compound react with water and undergo hydrolysis
    hydrolize.

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complexify

  • verb have or develop complicating consequences
    ramify.
    • These actions will ramify
  • verb make complex
    • he unnecessarily complexified every problem

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hole

  • noun an opening into or through something
  • noun an opening deliberately made in or through something

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hold

  • noun the act of grasping
    grip; clutches; clutch; clench; grasp; clasp.
    • he released his clasp on my arm
    • he has a strong grip for an old man
    • she kept a firm hold on the railing
  • noun understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something
    grasp; appreciation.
    • he has a good grasp of accounting practices

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shoot

  • noun a new branch
  • noun the act of shooting at targets
    • they hold a shoot every weekend during the summer

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archaise

  • verb give an archaic appearance of character to
    archaize.
    • archaized craftwork

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gear_up

  • verb make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
    set; prepare; fix; set up; ready.
    • Get the children ready for school!
    • prepare for war
    • I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill

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join

  • noun the shape or manner in which things come together and a connection is made
    juncture; joint; junction; articulation.
  • noun a set containing all and only the members of two or more given sets
    union; sum.
    • let C be the union of the sets A and B

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sweeten

  • verb make sweeter in taste
    dulcify; edulcorate; dulcorate.
  • verb make sweeter, more pleasant, or more agreeable
    • sweeten a deal

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work

  • noun activity directed toward making or doing something
    • she checked several points needing further work
  • noun a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing
    piece of work.
    • it is not regarded as one of his more memorable works
    • the symphony was hailed as an ingenious work
    • he was indebted to the pioneering work of John Dewey
    • the work of an active imagination
    • erosion is the work of wind or water over time

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meliorative

  • adjective satellite tending to ameliorate
    ameliorative; ameliorating; amelioratory.

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