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desert; leave without planning to come back; quit
- When Roy abandoned his family, the police went looking for him.
- The soldier could not abandon his friends who were hurt in battle.
- Because Rose was poor, she had to abandon her idea of going to college.
sharp; eager; intense; sensitive
- The butcher's keen knife cut through the meat.
- My dog has a keen sense of smell.
- Bill's keen mind pleased all his teachers.
afraid that the one you love might prefer someone else; wanting what someone else has
- A detective was hired by the jealous widow to find the boyfriend who had abandoned* her.
- Although my neighbor just bought a new car, I am not jealous of him.
- Being jealous, Mona would not let her boyfriend dance with any of the cheerleaders.
ability to say the right thing
- My aunt never hurts anyone's feelings because she always uses tact.
- By the use of tact, Janet was able to calm her jealous* husband.
- Your friends will admire you if you use tact and thoughtfulness.
A promise that something is true; a curse
- The president will take the oath of office tomorrow.
- In court, the witness took an oath that he would tell the whole truth.
- When Terry discovered that he had been abandoned,* he let out an angry oath.
empty; not filled
- Someone is planning to build a house on that vacant lot.
- I put my coat on that vacant seat.
- When the landlord broke in, he found that apartment vacant.
something that is hard to bear; difficulty
- The fighter had to face many hardships before he became champion.
- Abe Lincoln was able to overcome one hardship after another.
- On account of hardship, Bert was let out of the army to take care of his sick mother.
brave; showing respect for women
- The pilot swore a gallant oath* to save his buddy.
- Many gallant knights entered the contest to win the princess.
- Ed is so gallant that he always gives up his subway seat to a woman.
- The data about the bank robbery were given to the F.B.I.
- After studying the data, we were able to finish our report.
- Unless you are given all the data, you cannot do the math problem.
not used to something
- Coming from Alaska, Claude was unaccustomed to Florida's heat.
- The king was unaccustomed to having people disobey him.
- Unaccustomed as he was to exercise, Vic quickly became tired.
a man who has not married
- My brother took an oath* to remain a bachelor.
- In the movie, the married man was mistaken for a bachelor.
- Before the wedding, all his bachelor friends had a party.
become fit; show that you are able
- I am trying to qualify for the job that is now vacant.*
- Since Pauline can't carry a tune, she is sure that she will never qualify for the Girls' Chorus.
- You have to be taller than 5'5" to qualify as a policeman in our town.
a dead body, usually of a person
- When given all the data* on the corpse, the professor was able to solve the murder.
- The corpse was laid to rest in the vacant* coffin.
- An oath* of revenge was sworn over the corpse by his relatives.
- Tris could not conceal his love for Gloria.
- Count Dracula concealed the corpse* in his castle.
- The money was so cleverly concealed that we were forced to abandon* our search for it.
dark and depressing
- When the weather is so dismal, I sometimes stay in bed all day.
- I am unaccustomed* to this dismal climate.
- As the dismal reports of the election came in, the senator's friends tactfully* made no mention of them.
- It was a great hardship* for the men to live through the frigid winter at Valley Forge.
- The jealous* bachelor* was treated in a frigid manner by his girlfriend.
- Inside the butcher's freezer the temperature was frigid.
- Eskimos inhabit the frigid* part of Alaska.
- Because Sidney qualified,* he was allowed to inhabit the vacant* apartment.
- Many crimes are committed each year against those who inhabit the slum area of our city. 6.
without the power of feeling; deadened
- My fingers quickly became numb in the frigid* room.
- A numb feeling came over Mr. Massey as he read the telegram.
- When the nurse stuck a pin in my numb leg, I felt nothing.
- The hunter was abandoned* by the natives when he described the peril that lay ahead of them.
- There is great peril in trying to climb the mountain.
- Our library is filled with stories of perilous adventures.
lie down; stretch out; lean back
- Richard likes to recline in front of the television set.
- After reclining on her right arm for an hour, Maxine found that it had become numb.*
- My dog's greatest pleasure is to recline by the warm fireplace.
- The maid shrieked when she discovered the corpse.*
- With a loud shriek, Ronald fled from the room.
- Facing the peril* of the waterfall, the boatman let out a terrible shriek
evil; wicked; dishonest; frightening
- The sinister plot to cheat the widow was uncovered by the police.
- When the bank guard spied the sinister-looking customer, he drew his gun.
- I was frightened by the sinister shadow at the bottom of the stairs.
try to get someone to do something; test; invite
- A banana split can tempt me to break my diet.
- The sight of beautiful Louise tempted the bachelor* to change his mind about marriage.
- Your offer of a job tempts me greatly.
- I lost a small wager on the Super Bowl.
- After winning the wager, Tex treated everyone to free drinks.
- It is legal to make a wager in the state of Nevada.
usual; of a kind
- The sinister* character in the movie wore a typical costume, a dark shirt, loud tie, and tight jacket.
- The horse ran its typical race, a slow start and a slower finish, and my uncle lost his wager.*
- It was typical of the latecomer to conceal* the real cause of his lateness.
the least possible amount; the lowest amount
- Studies show that adults need a minimum of six hours sleep.
- The minimum charge for a telephone, even if no calls are made, is about $60 a month.
- Congress has set a minimum wage for all workers.
hard to get; rare
- Chairs that are older than one hundred years are scarce.
- Because there is little moisture in the desert, trees are scarce.
- How scarce are good cooks?
once a year; something that appears yearly or lasts for a year
- The annual convention of musicians takes place in Hollywood.
- The publishers of the encyclopedia put out a book each year called an annual.
- Plants that live only one year are called annuals.
win over to do or believe; make willing
- Can you persuade him to give up his bachelor* days and get married?
- No one could persuade the captain to leave the sinking ship.
- Beth's shriek* persuaded jesse that she was in real danger.
necessary; very important
- The essential items in the cake are flour, sugar, and shortening.
- It is essential that we follow the road map.
- Several layers of thin clothing are essential to keeping warm in frigid* climates.
mix together thoroughly; a mixture
- The colors of the rainbow blend into one another.
- A careful blend of fine products will result in delicious food.
- When jose blends the potatoes together, they come out very smooth.
able to be seen
- The ship was barely visible through the dense fog.
- Before the stars are visible, the sky has to become quite dark.
- You need a powerful lens to make some germs visible.
- Because diamonds are scarce* they are expensive.
- Margarine is much less expensive than butter.
- Shirley's expensive dress created a great deal of excitement at the party.
- Medori's talent was noted when she was in first grade.
- Feeling that he had the essential* talent, Carlos tried out for the school play.
- Hard work can often make up for a lack of talent.
think out; plan; invent
- The burglars devised a scheme for entering the bank at night.
- I would like to devise a method for keeping my toes from becoming numb* while I am ice skating.
- If we could devise a plan for using the abandoned* building, we could save thousands of dollars.
in large quantity; less than retail in price
- The wholesale price of milk is six cents a quart lower than retail.
- Many people were angered by the wholesale slaughter of birds.
- By buying my eggs wholesale I save fifteen dollars a year.