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moisture in the air that can be seen; fog; mist
- Scientists have devised* methods for trapping vapor in bottles so they can study its makeup.
- He has gathered data* on the amount of vapor rising from the swamp.
- A vapor trail is the visible* stream of moisture left by the engines of a jet flying at high altitudes.
get rid of; remove; omit
- When the railroad tracks are raised, the danger of crossing will be eliminated.
- When figuring the cost of a car, don't eliminate such extras as air conditioning.
- If we were to eliminate all reclining* chairs, no one would fall asleep while watching television.
a very wicked person
- A typical* moving picture villain gets killed at the end.
- The villain concealed* the corpse* in the cellar.
- When the villain fell down the well, everyone lived happily ever after.
closely packed together; thick
- The dense leaves on the trees let in a minimum* of sunlight.
- We couldn't row because of the dense weeds in the lake.
- His keen* knife cut through the dense jungle.
make use of
- No one seems willing to utilize this vacant* house.
- The gardener was eager to utilize different flowers and blend* them in order to beautify the borders.
- Does your mother utilize leftovers in her cooking?
- It was so humid in our classroom that we wished the school would buy an air conditioner.
- New Yorkers usually complain in the summer of the humid air.
- Most people believe that ocean air is quite humid.
explanation based on thought, observation, or reasoning
- Einstein's theory is really too difficult for the average person to understand.
- My uncle has a theory about the effect of weather on baseball batters.
- No one has advanced a convincing theory explaining the beginnings ofwriting.
go or come down from a higher place to a lower level
- If we let the air out of a balloon, it will have to descend.
- The pilot, thinking his plane was in peril,* descended quickly.
- Knowing her beau was waiting at the bottom of the staircase, Eleanor descended at once.
go around; go from place to place or person to person
- A fan may circulate the air in summer, but it doesn't cool it.
- My father circulated among the guests at the party and made them feel comfortable.
- Hot water circulates through the pipes in the building, keeping the room warm
extremely large; huge
- The enormous crab moved across the ocean floor in search of food.
- Public hangings once drew enormous crowds.
- The gallant* knight drew his sword and killed the enormous dragon.
- Weathermen can predict the weather correctly most of the time.
- Who can predict the winner of the Super Bowl this year?
- Laura thought she could predict what I would do, but she was wrong.
disappear; disappear suddenly
- Even in California the sun will sometimes vanish behind a cloud.
- Not even a powerful witch can make a jealous* lover vanish.
- Give him a week without a job and all his money will vanish.
beliefs, opinions, and customs handed down from one generation to another
- The father tried to persuade* his son that the tradition of marriage was important.
- All religions have different beliefs and traditions.
- As time goes on, we will eliminate* traditions that are meaningless.
in the country
- Tomatoes are less expensive* at the rural farm stand.
- Rural areas are not densely* populated.
- The rural life is much more peaceful than the city one.
what is carried; a load
- The burden of the country's safety is in the hands of the president.
- Irma found the enormous* box too much of a burden.
- Ricky carried the burden throughout his college career.
grounds of a college, university, or school
- The campus was designed to utilize* all of the college's buildings.
- Jeff moved off campus when he decided it was cheaper to live at home.
- I chose to go to Penn State because it has a beautiful campus.
the larger number; greater part; more than half
- A majority of votes was needed for the bill to pass.
- The majority of people prefer to pay wholesale* prices for meat.
- In some countries, the government does not speak for the majority of the people
gather together; bring together
- The rioters assembled outside the White House.
- I am going to assemble a model of a spacecraft.
- All the people who had assembled for the picnic vanished* when the rain began to fall.
go over carefully; look into closely; examine
- Lawyer Spence explored the essential* reasons for the crime.
- The weather bureau explored the effects of the rainy weather.
- Sara wanted to know if all of the methods for solving the problem had been explored.
subject that people think, write, or talk about
- Predicting* the weather is our favorite topic of conversation.
- Valerie only discussed topics that she knew well.
- The speaker's main topic was how to eliminate* hunger in this world.
a discussion in which reasons for and against something are brought out
- The debate between the two candidates was heated.
- Debate in the U.S. Senate lasted for five days.
- Instead of shrieking* at each other, the students decided to have a debate on the topic.*
get away from by trickery or cleverness
- Juan tried to evade the topic* by changing the subject.
- In order to evade the police dragnet, Ernie grew a beard.
- The prisoner of war evaded questioning by pretending to be sick.
search into; examine thoroughly; investigate
- The lawyer probed the man's mind to see if he was innocent.
- After probing the scientist's theory,* we proved it was correct.
- King Henry's actions were carefully probed by the noblemen.
make better; improve by removing faults
- After the prison riot, the council decided to reform the correctional system.
- Brad reformed when he saw that breaking the law was hurting people other than himself.
- Only laws that force companies to reform will clear the dangerous vapors* from our air.
come near or nearer to
- The lawyers in the trial were often asked to approach the bench.
- Her beau kissed Sylvia when he approached her.
- Ben approached the burden* of getting a job with a new spirit.
find out; discover
- Sam Spade detected that the important papers had vanished.*
- From her voice it was easy to detect that Ellen was frightened.
- We detected from the messy room that a large group of people had assembled* there.
fault; that which is wrong
- My Chevrolet was sent back to the factory because of a steering defect.
- His theory* of the formation of our world was tilled with defects.
- The villain* was caught because his plan had many defects
a person who works for pay
- The employees went on strike for higher wages.
- My boss had to tire many employees when meat became scarce.*
- Joey wanted to go into business for himself and stop being an employee.
give too little care or attention to
- The senator neglected to make his annual* report to Congress.
- Bob's car got dirty when he neglected to keep it polished.
- It is essential* that you do not neglect your homework.
make someone believe as true something that is false; mislead
- Atlas was deceived about the burden* he had to carry.
- Virginia cried when she learned that her best friend had deceived her.
- The villain* deceived ChiefWhite Cloud by pretending to be his friend.
certainly; beyond doubt
- Ray's team undoubtedly had the best debators* in our county.
- The pilgrims undoubtedly assembled* to travel to Rome together.
- If she didn't want to get into an argument, Valerie would have followed the majority* undoubtedly.
liked by most people
- The Beatles wrote many popular songs.
- At one time miniskirts were very popular.
- Popular people often find it hard to evade* their many friends.
being all that is needed; complete
- The police made a thorough search of the house after the crime had been reported.
- My science teacher praised Sandy for doing a thorough job of cleaning up the lab.
- Mom decided to spend the day in giving the basement a thorough cleaning.
person for whom a lawyer acts; customer
- The lawyer told her client that she could predict* the outcome of his trial.
- My uncle tried to get General Motors to be a client of his company.
- If this restaurant doesn't improve its service, all its clients will vanish.*
including much; covering completely
- After a comprehensive exam, my doctor said I was in good condition.
- The engineer gave our house a thorough*, comprehensive checkup before my father bought it.
- Mrs. Silver wanted us to do a comprehensive study of Edgar Allan Poe.
take money, rights, etc., away by cheating
- My aunt saved thousands of dollars by defrauding the government.
- If we could eliminate* losses from people who defraud the government, tax rates could be lowered.
- By defrauding his friend, Dexter ruined a family tradition* of honesty.