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abash
  • v  cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
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abate
  • v  make less active or intense
  • v  become less in amount or intensity
    The storm abated
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abbreviate
  • v  reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
  • v  shorten
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abdicate
  • v  give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations
    The King abdicated when he married a divorcee
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abduct
  • v  take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
  • v  pull away from the body
    this muscle abducts
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aberrate
  • v  diverge from the expected
    The President aberrated from being a perfect gentleman
  • v  diverge or deviate from the straight path; produce aberration
    The surfaces of the concave lens may be proportioned so as to aberrate exactly equal to the convex lens
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abhor
  • v  find repugnant
    She abhors cats
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abide
  • v  dwell
  • v  put up with something or somebody unpleasant
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abide_by
  • v  act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes
  • v  show respect towards
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abjure
  • v  formally reject or disavow a formerly held belief, usually under pressure
    She abjured her beliefs
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ablactate
  • v  gradually deprive (infants and young mammals) of mother's milk
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ablate
  • v  wear away through erosion or vaporization
  • v  remove an organ or bodily structure
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abnegate
  • v  deny oneself (something); restrain, especially from indulging in some pleasure
  • v  surrender (power or a position)
    The King abnegated his power to the ministers
  • v  deny or renounce
    They abnegated their gods
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abolish
  • v  do away with
    Slavery was abolished in the mid-19th century in America and in Russia
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abound
  • v  be abundant or plentiful; exist in large quantities
  • v  be in a state of movement or action
    The room abounded with screaming children
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abrade
  • v  wear away
  • v  rub hard or scrub
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