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cleave

split or sever (something), esp. along a natural line or grain: the large ax his father used to cleave wood for the fire.
• split (a molecule) by breaking a particular chemical bond.
• make a way through (something) forcefully, as if by splitting it apart: they watched a coot cleave the smooth water | Stan was off, cleaving a path through the traffic | [ no obj. ] : an unstoppable warrior clove through their ranks.
• [ no obj. ] Biology (of a cell) divide: the egg cleaves to form a mulberry-shaped cluster of cells.

stick fast to: Rose's mouth was dry, her tongue cleaving to the roof of her mouth.
• adhere strongly to (a particular pursuit or belief): part of why we cleave to sports is that excellence is so measurable.
• become very strongly involved with or emotionally attached to (someone): it was his choice to cleave to the Brownings.

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climactic

exciting or thrilling and acting as a climax to a series of events: the film's climactic scenes.

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clique

a small group of people, with shared interests or other features in common, who spend time together and do not readily allow others to join them.

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cloud nine

Cloud nine or on cloud nine is an idiom referring to a state of elation or happiness.

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clout

noun
1 informal - a heavy blow with the hand or a hard object: a clout on the ear.
2 informal - influence or power, esp. in politics or business: I knew he carried a lot of clout.
3 archaic - a piece of cloth or clothing, esp. one used as a patch.
4 Archery - a target used in long-distance shooting, placed flat on the ground with a flag marking its center.
• a shot that hits such a target.
verb [ with obj. ]
1 informal hit hard with the hand or a hard object: I clouted him on the head.
2 archaic mend with a patch.

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clutch

verb [ with obj. ]
grasp or seize (something) tightly or eagerly: he stood clutching a microphone | [ no obj. ] figurative : Mrs. Longhill clutched at the idea.

noun
a tight grasp or an act of grasping something: she made a clutch at his body.
• (someone's clutches) a person's power or control, esp. when perceived as cruel or inescapable: she escaped the clutches of her temperamental family.


a slim, flat handbag without handles or a strap.


a mechanism for connecting and disconnecting a vehicle engine from its transmission system.

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cocksure

arrogantly confident.

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coin

noun
a flat, typically round piece of metal with an official stamp, used as money.

nvent or devise (a new word or phrase): he coined the term “desktop publishing.”

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collage

a piece of art made by sticking various different materials such as photographs and pieces of paper or fabric onto a backing.
• the art of making collages.
• a combination or collection of various things.

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collateral

something pledged as security for repayment of a loan, to be forfeited in the event of a defaul


additional but subordinate; secondary: the collateral meanings of a word.

descended from the same stock but by a different line: a collateral descendant of George Washington.


situated side by side; parallel: collateral veins.

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colloquy

religious or formal conversation

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comatose

unconsciousness

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commandeer

officially take possession or control of (something), esp. for military purposes: telegraph and telephone lines were commandeered by the generals.
• take possession of (something) without authority: he hoisted himself onto a table, commandeering it as a speaker's platform.

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commingle

mix; blend: the dust had commingled with the rain

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commiserate

express or feel sympathy or pity; sympathize: she went over to commiserate with Rose on her unfortunate circumstances.

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commodious

roomy and comfortable.

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commutation

1 a reduction in severity of punishment
2 the process of commutating an electric current.
3 Mathematics the property of having a commutative relation.

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compass

instrument

go around (something) in a circular course: the ship wherein Magellan compassed the world.

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complacent

satisfaction

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complement

v. add to (something) in a way that enhances or improves it; make perfect: a classic blazer complements a look that's stylish or casual.
• add to or make complete: the proposals complement the incentives already available.

a thing that completes or brings to perfection: the libretto proved a perfect complement to the music.

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complicity

the state of being involved with others in an illegal activity or wrongdoing: they were accused of complicity in the attempt to overthrow the government.

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conciliate

stop (someone) from being angry or discontented; placate; pacify: concessions were made to conciliate the peasantry.

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concise

brief

giving a lot of information clearly and in a few words; brief but comprehensive: a concise account of the country's history.

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conclave

a private meeting.
• (in the Roman Catholic Church) the assembly of cardinals for the election of a pope.
• the meeting place for such an assembly.

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concordant

adjective
in agreement; consistent: the answers were roughly concordant.
• Geology corresponding in direction with the planes of adjacent or underlying strata.
• Medicine (of twins) inheriting the same genetic characteristic, such as susceptibility to a disease.
• Music in harmony.

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concurrent

adjective
existing, happening, or done at the same time: there are three concurrent art fairs around the city.
• (of two or more prison sentences) to be served at the same time.
• Mathematics (of three or more lines) meeting at or tending toward one point.

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condescending

having or showing a feeling of superiority: she thought the teachers were arrogant and condescending | a condescending smile.

show feelings of superiority

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conduit

1 a channel for conveying water or other fluid: a conduit for conveying water to the power plant.
• a person or organization that acts as a channel for the transmission of something: the office acts as a conduit for ideas to flow throughout the organization.
2 a tube or trough for protecting electric wiring: the gas pipe should not be close to any electrical conduit.

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confection

1 a dish or delicacy made with sweet ingredients: a whipped chocolate and cream confection.

2 the action of mixing or compounding something.

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confluence

the junction of two rivers, esp. rivers of approximately equal width: here at the confluence of the Laramie and North Platte Rivers.
• an act or process of merging: a major confluence of the world's financial markets.