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Main Entry:ab*a*lo*ne Pronunciation:a-b-l-n, a-b-Function:NounEtymology:American Spanish abuln, from Rumsen (American Indian language of Monterey Bay, Calif.) aulonDate:1850

:any of a genus (Haliotis) of edible rock-clinging gastropod mollusks that have a flattened shell slightly spiral in form, lined with mother-of-pearl, and with a row of apertures along its outer edgeAbalone


Main Entry:1ac*ces*so*ry Variant spelling: also ac*ces*sa*ry \ik-se-s-r, ak-, ek-, -ses-r, also -se-\Inflected form:plural ac*ces*so*riesFunction:NounDate:15th century

1a:a person not actually or constructively present but contributing as an assistant or instigator to the commission of an offense called also accessory before the fact b:a person who knowing that a crime has been committed aids or shelters the offender with intent to defeat justice called also accessory after the fact 2a:a thing of secondary or subordinate importance :ADJUNCT b:an object or device not essential in itself but adding to the beauty, convenience, or effectiveness of something else

AcknowledgeMain Entry:ac*knowl*edge Pronunciation:ik-n-lij, ak-Inflected form:ac*knowl*edged; ac*knowl*edg*ingFunction:transitive verbEtymology:ac- (as in accord) + knowledgeDate:15th century

1:to recognize the rights, authority, or status of 2:to disclose knowledge of or agreement with 3a:to express gratitude or obligation for b:to take notice of c:to make known the receipt of 4:to recognize as genuine or valid synonyms ACKNOWLEDGE, ADMIT, OWN, AVOW, CONFESS mean to disclose against one's will or inclination. ACKNOWLEDGE implies the disclosing of something that has been or might be concealed . ADMIT implies reluctance to disclose, grant, or concede and refers usually to facts rather than their implications . OWN implies acknowledging something in close relation to oneself . AVOW implies boldly declaring, often in the face of hostility, what one might be expected to be silent about . CONFESS may apply to an admission of a weakness, failure, omission, or guilt


Main Entry:acous*tic Pronunciation:-ks-tikVariant spelling: or acous*ti*cal \-ti-kl\Function:adjectiveEtymology:Greek akoustikos of hearing, from akouein to hear more at HEARDate:1605

1:of or relating to the sense or organs of hearing, to sound, or to the science of sounds : as a:deadening or absorbing sound b:operated by or utilizing sound waves 2:of, relating to, or being a musical instrument whose sound is not electronically modified acous*ti*cal*ly \-k(-)l\ adverb


Main Entry:ad*mi*ra*ble Pronunciation:ad-m(-)r-blFunction:adjectiveDate:15th century

1:deserving the highest esteem :EXCELLENT 2obsolete :exciting wonder :SURPRISING ad*mi*ra*bil*i*ty \ad-m(-)r-bi-l-t\ noun ad*mi*ra*ble*ness \ad-m(-)r-bl-ns\ noun ad*mi*ra*bly \-bl\ adverb


Main Entry:ad*o*les*cence Pronunciation:a-d-le-sn(t)sFunction:nounDate:15th century

1:the state or process of growing up 2:the period of life from puberty to maturity terminating legally at the age of majority 3:a stage of development (as of a language or culture) prior to maturity


Main Entry:ad*vo*ca*cy Pronunciation:ad-v-k-sFunction:nounDate:15th century

:the act or process of advocating or supporting a cause or proposal


Main Entry:af*fi*da*vit Pronunciation:a-f-d-vtFunction:nounEtymology:Medieval Latin, he has made an oath, from affidareDate:1593

:a sworn statement in writing made especially under oath or on affirmation before an authorized magistrate or officer


Main Entry:al*lege Pronunciation:-lejInflected form:al*leged; al*leg*ingFunction:transitive verbEtymology:Middle English alleggen to submit in evidence or as justification, adduce, from Anglo-French aleger, allegger, probably in part modification of Medieval Latin allegare, from Latin, to send as a representative, adduce in support of a plea (from ad- + legare to depute), in part from Anglo-French aleger to lighten, free, exculpate, from Late Latin alleviare to relieve more at LEGATE, ALLEVIATEDate:14th century

1archaic :to adduce or bring forward as a source or authority 2:to assert without proof or before proving 3:to administer the rite of confirmation to 4:to give new assurance of the validity of :remove doubt about by authoritative act or indisputable fact con*firm*abil*i*ty \-fr-m-bi-l-t\ noun con*firm*able \-fr-m-bl\ adjective synonyms CONFIRM, CORROBORATE, SUBSTANTIATE, VERIFY, AUTHENTICATE, VALIDATE mean to attest to the truth or validity of something. CONFIRM implies the removing of doubts by an authoritative statement or indisputable fact . CORROBORATE suggests the strengthening of what is already partly established . SUBSTANTIATE implies the offering of evidence that sustains the contention . VERIFY implies the establishing of correspondence of actual facts or details with those proposed or guessed at . AUTHENTICATE implies establishing genuineness by adducing legal or official documents or expert opinion . VALIDATE implies establishing validity by authoritative affirmation or by factual proof .


Main Entry:con*tro*ver*sy Pronunciation:kn-tr-vr-s, British also kn-tr-vr-sInflected form:plural con*tro*ver*siesFunction:nounEtymology:Middle English controversie, from Anglo-French, from Latin controversia, from controversus disputable, literally, turned against, from contro- (akin to contra-) + versus, past participle of vertere to turn more at WORTHDate:14th century

1:a discussion marked especially by the expression of opposing views :DISPUTE 2:QUARREL, STRIFE


Main Entry:corps Pronunciation:krInflected form:plural corps \krz\Function:nounEtymology:French, from Old French cors, from Latin corpus bodyDate:1707

1a:an organized subdivision of the military establishment b:a tactical unit usually consisting of two or more divisions and auxiliary arms and services 2:a group of persons associated together or acting under common direction; especially :a body of persons having a common activity or occupation 3:CORPS DE BALLET


Main Entry:cou*pon Pronunciation:k-pn, ky-Function:NounEtymology:French, from Old French, piece, from couper to cut more at COPEDate:1822

1:a statement of due interest to be cut from a bearer bond when payable and presented for payment; also :the interest rate of a coupon 2:a form surrendered in order to obtain an article, service, or accommodation: as a:one of a series of attached tickets or certificates often to be detached and presented as needed b:a ticket or form authorizing purchases of rationed commodities c:a certificate or similar evidence of a purchase redeemable in premiums d:a part of a printed advertisement to be cut off to use as an order blank or inquiry form or to obtain a discount on merchandise or services


Main Entry:de*but Variant spelling: also d*but \d-by, d-\Function:nounEtymology:French dbut, from dbuter to begin, from Middle French desbuter to play first, from des- de- + but starting point, goal more at BUTTDate:1751

1:a first appearance 2:a formal entrance into society


Main Entry:didn't Pronunciation:di-dnt, -dn, dialect also dit-n(t) or dintDate:1675

:did not


Main Entry:ed*u*ca*tion Pronunciation:e-j-k-shnFunction:nounDate:1531

1a:the action or process of educating or of being educated; also :a stage of such a process b:the knowledge and development resulting from an educational process 2:the field of study that deals mainly with methods of teaching and learning in schools ed*u*ca*tion*al \-shnl, -sh-nl\ adjective ed*u*ca*tion*al*ly \-\ adverb


Main Entry:em*bryo Pronunciation:em-br-Inflected form:plural em*bry*osFunction:nounEtymology:Medieval Latin embryon-, embryo, from Greek embryon, from en- + bryein to swell; akin to Greek bryon catkinDate:1548

1aarchaic :a vertebrate at any stage of development prior to birth or hatching b:an animal in the early stages of growth and differentiation that are characterized by cleavage, the laying down of fundamental tissues, and the formation of primitive organs and organ systems; especially :the developing human individual from the time of implantation to the end of the eighth week after conception 2:the young sporophyte of a seed plant usually comprising a rudimentary plant with plumule, radicle, and cotyledons 3a:something as yet undeveloped b:a beginning or undeveloped state of something


Main Entry:en*tre*pre*neur Pronunciation:nn-tr-p(r)-nr, -n(y)rFunction:nounEtymology:French, from Old French, from entreprendre to undertake more at ENTERPRISEDate:1852

:one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise en*tre*pre*neur*ial \-n(y)r--l, -nr-\ adjective en*tre*pre*neur*ial*ism \---li-zm\ noun en*tre*pre*neur*ial*ly \---l\ adverb en*tre*pre*neur*ship \-nr-ship, -n(y)r-\ noun


Main Entry:ex*cit*ing Pronunciation:ik-s-tiFunction:adjectiveDate:1647

:producing excitement ex*cit*ing*ly \-i-l\ adverb


Main Entry:ex*ec*u*tive Pronunciation:ig-ze-k(y)-tiv, -ky-Function:adjectiveDate:1649

1a:of or relating to the execution of the laws and the conduct of public and national affairs b:belonging to the branch of government that is charged with such powers as diplomatic representation, superintendence of the execution of the laws, and appointment of officials and that usually has some power over legislation (as through veto) compare JUDICIAL, LEGISLATIVE 2a:designed for or relating to execution or carrying