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quick; on time; done at once; to cause (someone) to do something; remind (someone) of the words or actions needed
- Be prompt in assembling* your baggage.*
- Terry's caution* prompted him to ask many questions before he consented.*
- Larry was confident* he knew his lines well enough not to need any prompting.
quick; hurried; not well thought out
- A hasty glance* convinced him that he was being followed.
- Rather than make a hasty decision, Mr. Torres rejected* the offer.
- Myra apologized* for the hasty visit.
burn slightly; dry up; criticize sharply
- The hot iron scorched the tablecloth.
- Farmers reported that their wheat was being scorched by the fierce* rays of the sun.
- Mr. Regan gave the class a scorching lecture* on proper behavior in the cafeteria.
violent* storm with much wind; a violent disturbance
- The tempest drove the ship on the rocks.
- Following the weather report of the approaching* tempest, we were prompted* to seek immediate shelter.
- When Mr. Couche saw that a tempest was brewing over the issue, he hastily* called a meeting.
quiet; calm; comfort
- With an embrace,* the mother soothed the hurt child.
- Heat soothes some aches; cold soothes others.
- Rosalie's nerves were soothed by the soft music.
having or showing kind feelings toward others; approving; enjoying the same things and getting along well together
- Judge Cruz was sympathetic to the lawyer's plea* for mercy.
- Father was fortunately* sympathetic to my request to use the car on weekends.
- We were all sympathetic to Suzanne over her recent* misfortune.*
buy back; pay off; carry out; set free; make up for
- The property on which money has been lent is redeemed when the loan is paid back.
- My family was relieved* to hear that the mortgage had been redeemed.
- Mr. Franklin promptly* redeemed his promise to help us in time of need.
begin again; go on; take again
- Resume reading where we left off.
- Those standing may resume their seats.
- The violinist resumed playing after the intermission.
situation of getting on well together or going well together; sweet or musical sound
- We hoped the incident would not disrupt* the harmony that existed between the brothers.
- I am sympathetic* to Warren because his plans are in harmony with mine.
- We responded* to the harmony of the song by humming along
- Refrain from making hasty* promises.
- Milo could not refrain from laughing at the jest.*
- If you want to be heard, you must refrain from mumbling.*
not lawful; against the law
- It is illegal to reveal* the names of juvenile* delinquents.*
- Bigamy* is illegal in the United States.
- Mr. Worthington's illegal stock manipulations* led to his jail sentence.
drug that produces drowsiness, sleep, dullness, or an insensible condition, and lessens pain by dulling the nerves
- Opium is a powerful narcotic.
- We do not have adequate* knowledge of the narcotic properties of these substances.
- The doctor prescribed a narcotic medicine to soothe* the patient's suffering.
person who has a right to someone's property after that one dies; person who inherits anything
- Though Mr. Sloane is the heir to a gold mine, he lives like a miser.*
- The monarch* died before he could name an heir to the throne.
- It is essential* that we locate the rightful heir at once.
grand; noble; dignified; kingly
- The lion is the most majestic creature of the jungle.
- In Greek mythology,* Mt. Olympus was the majestic home of the gods.
- The graduates marched into the auditorium to the music of the majestic symphony.
become smaller and smaller; shrink
- Our supply of unpolluted* water has dwindled.
- With no visible* signs of their ship, hopes for the men's safety dwindled with each passing hour.
- After the furious tempest,* the dwindling chances of finding the raft vanished* entirely.
amount over and above what is needed; excess, extra
- The bank keeps a large surplus of money in reserve.
- Surplus wheat, cotton, and soybeans are shipped abroad.*
- as a surplus of good things.
person who betrays his or her country, a friend, duty, etc.
- The patriot* sneered* when asked to stand on the same platform with the man who was accused of being a traitor.
- No villain* is worse than a traitor who betrays* his country.
- Do not call him a traitor unless you can verify* the charge.
to consider carefully; intended; done on purpose; slow and careful, as though allowing time to decide what to do
- Rico's excuse was a deliberate lie.
- My grandfather walks with deliberate steps.
- Judge Sirica deliberated for a week before making his decision known.
person who willfully or ignorantly destroys or damages beautiful things
- Adolescent* vandals wrecked the cafeteria.
- The vandals deliberately* ripped the paintings from the wall.
- We could scarcely* believe the damage caused by the vandals
long period of dry weather; lack of rain; lack of water; dryness
- Because of the drought, some farmers began to migrate* to more fertile* regions.
- In time of drought, the crops become scorched.*
- As the drought wore on, people began to grumble against those who had squandered* water when it was more plentiful.
accept and follow out; remain faithful to; dwell; endure
- The team decided unanimously* to abide by the captain's ruling.
- Senator Ervin abided by his promise not to allow demonstrations in the committee room. My mother cannot abide dirt and vermin.*
unite; make or form into one
- The novel* traces the developments that unified the family.
- After the Civil War our country became unified more strongly.
- It takes a great deal of training to unify all these recruits into an efficient fighting machine.
highest point; top
- We estimated* the summit of the mountain to be twenty thousand feet.
- Do not underestimate* Ruth's ambition to reach the summit of the acting profession.
- The summit meeting of world leaders diminished* the threat* of war.
give careful attention to; take notice of; careful attention
- I demand that you heed what I say.
- Florence pays no heed to what the signs say.
- Take heed and be on guard against those who try to deceive* you.
the written story of a person's life; the part of literature that consists of biographies
- Our teacher recommended* the biography of the architect* Frank Lloyd Wright.
- The reading of a biography gives a knowledge of people and events* that cannot always be obtained* from history books.
- The biography of Malcolm X is a popular* book in our school.
wet thoroughly; soak
- A heavy rain drenched the campus,* and the students had to dry out their wet clothing.
- The drenching rains resumed* after only one day of sunshine.
- His fraternity friends tried to drench him but he was too clever for them.
group of insects flying or moving about together; crowd or great number; to fly or move about in great numbers
- As darkness approached,* the swarms of children playing in the park dwindled* to a handful.
- The mosquitoes swarmed out of the swamp.
- Our campus* swarmed with new students in September.
move unsteadily from side to side
- Little Perry thrust* his feet into the oversized shoes and wobbled over to the table.
- A baby wobbles when it begins to walk alone.
- Lacking experience on the high wire, the clown wobbled along until he reached the safetyofthe platform.
noise; uproar; violent* disturbance or disorder
- The sailors' voices were too feeble* to be heard above the tumult of the storm
- There was such a tumult in the halls we concluded* an accident had occurred.
- The dreaded* cry of aFire!" caused a tumult in the theater.
go down on one's knees; remain on the knees
- Myra knelt down to pull a weed from the drenched* flower bed.
- The condemned* man knelt before the monarch* and pleaded* for mercy.
- Kneeling over the still figure, the lifeguard tried to revive* him.
in low spirits; sad
- His biography* related* that Edison was not dejected by failure.
- The defeated candidate* felt dejected and scowled* when asked for an interview.
- There is no reason to be dejected because we did not get any volunteers.*
doing what one is told.; willing to obey
- The obedient dog came when his master beckoned.*
- Obedient to his father's wishes, Guy did not explore* any further.
- When parents make reasonable requests of them, the majority* of my friends are obedient.
go back; move back; slope backward; withdraw
- As you ride past in a train, you have the unique* feeling that houses and trees are receding.
- Mr. Ranford's beard conceals* his receding chin.
- Always cautious,* Mr. Camhi receded from his former opinion.
cruel or unjust ruler; cruel master; absolute ruler
- Some tyrants of Greek cities were mild and fair rulers.
- The tyrant demanded loyalty* and obedience* from his subjects.
- Though Ella was a tyrant as director of the play, the whole cast was grateful* to her when the final curtain came down.
generous giving to the poor; institutions for helping the sick, the poor, or the helpless; kindness in judging people's faults
- A free hospital is a noble charity.
- The entire community is the beneficiary* of Henry's charity.
- The hired hand was too proud to accept help or charity.
decision of a jury; judgment
- The jury returned a verdict of guilty for the traitor.*
- We were cautioned* not to base our verdict on prejudice.*
- Baffled* by the verdict, the prosecutor* felt that the evidence* had been ignored.*