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surrogate

noun.

deputy or substitute

The woman was unable to get pregnant so she and her husband chose a surrogate mother to carry their baby.

The physics department chose a program manager and a surrogate to run their programs.

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abridge

verb.

shorten

For the pocket size dictionary, they abridge a dictionary to have only the most common words.

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untimely

adjective.

before it was supposed to

The child's untimely death and caused much anguish in her family.

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homogenize

verb.

to blend together

In the process of making milk, they homogenize the cream and the fat to make the milk smooth.

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paltry

adjective.

very small

Walmart is often criticized for paying their employees paltry wages.

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auspicious

adjective.

special

On this auspicious occasion, these young children will become an adult in the church.

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prodigal

adjective.

spending money recklessly

The prodigal shopaholic bought exorbitant items that were not necessary.

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obsolete

adjective.

useless

We had to buy new computers because our old ones are obsolete.

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mundane

adjective.

ordinary, boring

She was given the mundane task of folding all the laundry.

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superficial

adjective.

existing at or near the surface

After the hurricane, the building only suffered from superficial damages.

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monotonous

adjective.

boring and repetitious

Tony's daily routine was monotonous so she decided to spice things up.

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sever

verb.

to separate by cutting

She severed all ties with her friends after they abandoned her at the party.

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capital

noun.

wealth or money

You need a lot of capital to start a new business.

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regressive

adjective.

becoming less advanced

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transgression

noun.

violation of law

The transgression of law results in many consequences varying from fines to death.

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congenital

adjective.

present since birth

The child has a congenital tumor.

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succinct

adjective.

concise

The teacher's feedback on Talia's essay revolved around being succinct.

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wayward

adjective.

disobedient or turning away from what is right

Adam and Eve became wayward when they disobeyed God and were kicked out of the Garden of Eden.

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stark

adjective.

complete

They entered the party and witnessed stark madness.

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diminish

verb.

to reduce

They diminished the importance of the party after the guest list shrunk.

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ornate

adjective.

elaborate

The cake was vivacious in the colors and ornate in the detailed decorations.

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revere

verb.

to regard with respect

The child was taught to revere her parents and elders.

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diffuse

verb.

to spread, usually with fluid

Buddy diffused the ingredients into the bowl and mixed it together.

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propensity

noun.

a natural tendency

Young adults have a propensity to drink too much.

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innate

adjective.

existing since birth

Wylie had an innate athletic talent to play many sports.

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caustic

adjective.

sarcastic

The comedian made several caustic remarks and jokes.

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austere

adjective.

severe

Mrs. Pittaco was an austere teacher.

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quell

verb.

to put a stop to

The military troops quelled the uprising quickly.

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proclivity

noun.

natural habit/propensity

She had a proclivity to drink alcohol once she was 21.

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stymie

verb.

to frustrate

My little brother attempted to stymie me, but I ignored him.

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conciliate

verb.

to win over

The future son-in-law conciliated the parents by being respectful.

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refractory

adjective.

stubborn

The refractory child ran away from the babysitter and disobeyed her.

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meager

adjective.

sparse

The amount of food in the house was meager so they need to go shopping.

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credible

adjective.

believable

One of the most credible fable's is the story of Big Foot.

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culpable

adjective.

worthy of blame

The suspect was culpable because of the evidence.

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deplore

verb.

to lament

Bree deplored some of the decisions she made as a child later in life.

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acclaim

verb.

to applaud and welcome

They acclaimed the return of the countries soldier after a long mission.

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guile

adjective.

cunning

He was easily deceived by a guile mastermind.

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fallow

adjective.

unused

The fallow pair of sneakers were returned to the store and exchanged for full price.

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imbue

verb.

to impregnate or inspire

The Red Team Captain's duty is to imbue the team to win points.

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inauspicious

adjective.

not favorable

The odds were inauspicious and did not look good.

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renaissance

noun.

revival

The renaissance ages are looked back upon in history.

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aggrandizement

noun.

glorification

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refutation

noun.

legal activity

The refutation was inspected by the police as evidence for a local case.