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environ

Definition: (verb) Extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle. Synonyms: border, surround, skirt, ring. Usage: They are everywhere, above us, on our left, on our

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intermingle

Definition: (verb) To mix or cause to mix or mingle together. Synonyms: blend, intermix. Usage: The office mail has been intermingled with the outgoing mail,

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jabber

Definition: (verb) Talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner. Synonyms: mouth off, rabbit on, rant, rave, spout. Usage: The instant I walked through the

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chastise

Definition: (verb) Censure severely. Synonyms: castigate, chasten, objurgate, correct. Usage: She chastised him for his insensitive remarks about her weight until he was the one

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statecraft

Definition: (noun) The art of conducting public affairs. Synonyms: statesmanship, diplomacy. Usage: Only through superior statecraft was he able to avoid a war while simultaneously

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fortify

Definition: (verb) To strengthen physically, mentally, or morally. Synonyms: sustain, encourage, confirm, cheer, strengthen, reassure, brace, stiffen, hearten, embolden, invigorate. Usage: Prayer fortified the congregants

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antecede

Definition: (verb) Be earlier in time; go back further. Synonyms: antedate, forego, precede, predate. Usage: Even though it was found in a higher stratum, the

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lilliputian

Definition: (adjective) Very small. Synonyms: bantam, diminutive, flyspeck, midget, petite, tiny. Usage: How am I supposed to fit everything I will need for summer camp

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subaltern

Definition: (adjective) Inferior in rank or status. Synonyms: junior-grade, lower-ranking, petty, secondary, lowly. Usage: The subaltern officer stood at attention as his superiors examined the

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siriasis

Definition: (noun) Sudden prostration due to exposure to the sun or excessive heat. Synonyms: insolation, sunstroke, thermic fever. Usage: We were stranded in the desert,

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inductee

Definition: (noun) Someone who is drafted into military service. Synonyms: conscript, draftee. Usage: Before beginning basic training, each inductee was given a haircut and a

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barefaced

Definition: (adjective) With no effort to conceal. Synonyms: bald. Usage: They attacked him in various ways—with barefaced questions, ingenious suppositions, and distant surmises; but he

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grouch

Definition: (verb) Show one’s unhappiness or critical attitude. Synonyms: grumble, scold. Usage: He always grouches about his job, but deep down he really loves it.Discuss

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runoff

Definition: (noun) The occurrence of surplus liquid (as water) exceeding the limit or capacity. Synonyms: overflow, overspill. Usage: Our basement flooded with runoff from the

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shimmy

Definition: (verb) Tremble or shake. Synonyms: wobble. Usage: I need to take the car to a mechanic because it begins to shimmy every time it

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delimit

Definition: (verb) Set, mark, or draw the boundaries of something. Synonyms: demarcate. Usage: This map that my mother drew delimits how far from home I

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doodad

Definition: (noun) Something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known. Synonyms: gizmo, gubbins, thingamabob, thingamajig, thingummy, whatchamacallit, whatsis, widget, doohickey, doojigger, gimmick. Usage:

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hummock

Definition: (noun) A small natural hill. Synonyms: hillock, knoll, mound. Usage: The servant girl took a break from her work in the fields to roll

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gratify

Definition: (verb) Yield (to); give satisfaction to. Synonyms: pander, indulge. Usage: No ruler should put troops into the field merely to gratify his own spleen;

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squall

Definition: (verb) Utter a sudden loud cry. Synonyms: cry, scream, yell, shout, holler, hollo, call. Usage: The new mother breathed a sigh of relief as

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