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a very sad or terrible happening; a sad play
- It was a tragedy that some pioneers* were killed on their way west.
- If you had your choice between seeing a comedy or a tragedy, which play would you choose?
- Harry's enormous* jealousy* led to the tragedy in their family.
person who goes on foot; walker
- After driving a bus all day, Norris liked to be a pedestrian and take long, casual* walks in the evening.
- The police say it is urgent* that pedestrians stay on the sidewalk .
- I don't doubt* that a pedestrian can get places faster than a car in downtown traffic.
to look at quickly; a quick look
- The observant* driver glanced at the accident at the side of the road.
- I took one glance at the wretched* animal and turned away.
- Thompson identified* the burglar after a glance at the photograph in the police station.
estimate of the amount of money that can be spent for different purposes in a given time
- We had to decrease* the budget this year because our club is broke.
- The prominent* executive presented her budget to the Board of Directors.
- When my mother draws up her budget for the week, she sets aside a goodly sum for nourishing* food.
active and sure-footed; quick moving; light and quick
- Although Dusty was a miniature* poodle, he was nimble enough to fight bigger dogs.
- The nimble policeman leaped over the fence to pursue* the car thief.
- With my nimble fingers, I'm good at text messaging.
handle or treat skillfully
- Scientists must know how to manipulate their microscopes.*
- While Mr. Baird manipulated the puppets, Fran spoke to the audience.
- The wounded pilot manipulated the radio dial until he made contact.
careless; heedless; wild
- We must not ignore* reckless drivers; we must take them off the
- After breaking his hand fighting recklessly, Arthur decided to be
- more cautious* in the future.
- The reckless smoker ignited* the entire forest.
- Janey avoided* staring at the horrid man's face.
- It is simply horrid the way cars pollute* the air we breathe.
- When Mary was good, she was very good, but when she was bad, she was horrid.
- Shortly after taking the drug, the addict* began to rave and foam at the mouth.
- Speedy raved that his car had the capacity* to reach 120 miles per hour.
- Sadie was confident* that Mr. Stebbe would rave about her essay.
not wasting money or time
- I find it economical to shop in the large supermarkets.
- Marissa was praised for her economical management of the budget.*
- The President made Congress aware* of the need to be more economical.
make (machinery) smooth and easy to work by putting on oil, grease, or a similar substance
- The bulky* wheels of a railroad train must be lubricated each week.
- A large quantity* of grease is needed to lubricate an airplane engine.
- When an engine is lubricated, it works much better.
having great mental ability; clever
- Bernie devised* an ingenious plan to cheat on his income tax.
- Rube Goldberg was a journalist* who won fame for his ingenious inventions.
- The master spy had an ingenious way of passing secrets to the agent.
gathering in of grain or other food crops
- This year's harvest was adequate* to feed all our people.
- The farmer decided to expand* his fields so that he would get a bigger harvest.
- If the harvest is poor, there is always the possibility of a famine.*
more than enough; very plentiful
- It is urgent* that the hospital have an abundant supply of blood.
- An abundant harvest* was predicted* by the secretary of agriculture.
- In recent* years an abundant number of complaints have disturbed the telephone company.
restless; disturbed; anxious
- Mrs. Spinner was uneasy about letting her son play in the vicinity* of the railroad tracks.
- The treasurer was uneasy about the company's budget.*
- Arnold felt uneasy about the meeting even though he tried to act in a casual* manner.
find out by adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing; figure
- The cook had to calculate the number of diners to see whether he could decrease* his order for meat.
- In order to see how expensive* the car was, the buyer calculated the tax and other charges.
- I used an abacus to calculate my average.
take in or suck up (liquids); interest greatly.
- The sponge absorbed the beer which had leaked from the keg.*
- Our bodies must absorb those things which will nourish* them.
- I became absorbed in what the teacher was saying and did not hear the bell ring.
form a judgment or opinion about; guess
- The driver estimated that the auto race would commence* at nine o'clock.
- I try to avoid* making estimates on things I know nothing about.
- In your estimate, who will be victorious* in this conflict?*
a small bite; mouthful; tiny amount
- When Reynaldo went into the restaurant, he pledged* to eat every morsel on his plate.
- Suzanne was reluctant* to try even a morsel of the lobster.
- If you had a morsel of intelligence, you would be uneasy,* too.
share of a total due from or to a particular state, district, person, etc.
- The company revealed* a quota of jobs reserved for college students.
- There was a quota placed on the number of people who could migrate* here from China.
- Lieutenant Dugan doubted* that a quota had been placed on the number of parking tickets each police officer was supposed to give out.
sign or cause of possible evil or harm
- There is always the horrid* threat that my job will be abolished.*
- It is absurd* to think that a tiny bug could be a threat to a person.
- Our English teacher made a threat to take away our cell phones.
- The group unanimously* voted to ban all people who were under six feet.
- Health officials are trying to expand* their field in order to ban cigarette advertising from newspapers and magazines.
- I want to ban all outsiders from our discussion on security.*
unreasoning fear; fear spreading through a group of people so that they lose control of themselves
- The leader of the lost group appealed* to them not to panic.
- When the danger was exaggerated,* a few people started to panic.
- The source* of panic in the crowd was a man with a gun.
fit; set apq.rt for some special use
- At an appropriate time, the chief promised to re'(eal* his plan.
- The lawn was an appropriate setting for Eileen's wedding.
- After some appropriate prayers, the dinner was served.
come out; come up; come into view
- When the fight was over, the underdog* emerged the winner.
- You have to be nimble* to emerge from the narrow opening in five seconds.
- What emerged from the bottle was a blend* of fruit juices.
with sharp points sticking out; unevenly cut or torn
- Being reckless,* Rudy didn't watch out for the jagged steel.
- It's an enormous* job to smooth the jagged edge of a fence.
- Leslie's hair was so jagged it was scarcely* possible to tell that it had just been cut.
stay on; go slowly as if unwilling to leave
- The odor didn't vanish,* but lingered on for weeks.
- Some traditions* linger on long after they have lost their meanings.
- After the campus* closed for the summer, some students lingered on, reluctant* to go home.
a trap in which soldiers or other enemies hide to make a surprise attack
- The ambush became a tragedy* for those who attempted it because they were all killed.
- General Taylor raved* about the ingenious* ambush he planned.
- The troops lay in ambush in the dense* woods all through the night.
skillful in deceiving others; sly; tricky
- His crafty mind prepared a comprehensive* plan to defraud* his partners.
- Leo didn't use brutal* strength against his opponents,* but he used his crafty bag of tricks to beat them.
- The Indians did not fall for the crafty ambush.*
openly resisting; challenging*
- "I refuse to be manipulated,"* the defiant young woman told her father.
- Professor Carlyle was defiant of any attempt to disprove his theory.*
- Defiant of everyone, the addict* refused to be helped.
active strength or force
- Having a great deal of vigor, jason was able to excel* in all sports.
- Tom Thumb made up for size by having more vigor than most people.
- Putting all her vigor into the argument, Patsy persuaded* me to let her drive.
be destroyed; die
- Unless the plant gets water for its roots to absorb,* it will perish.
- Custer and all his men perished at the Little Big Horn.
- We are trying to make sure that democracy will never perish from this earth.
easily broken, damaged, or destroyed; delicate
- The expensive* glassware is very fragile.
- Things made out of plywood have a tendency* to be fragile.
- On the box was a label that read, "Fragile! Handle with care!"
- The major was grateful* to be released after having been held captive for two years.
- Until the sheriff got them out, the two boys were held captive in the barn.
- Placido can hold an audience captive with his marvelous singing voice.
be successful; have good fortune
- Howard Hughes owned numerous* businesses and most of them prospered.
- No one should prosper from the misfortunes* of his or her friends.
- The annual* report showed that the new business was prospering.
eat hungrily; absorb* completely; take in greedily*
- It was a horrid* sight to see the lion devour the lamb.
- The animal doctor was pleased to see the terrier devour the dog food.
- My aunt devours four or five mystery books each week.