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accelerate (v)
SYN hasten
(n) acceleration , accelerator

* the action of molecules accelerates when they are heated.
* the poor condition of the motor made acceleration difficult.


crush (v)
SYN grind
(n) crush

(crush a can)
to press together so as to completely distort the shape or nature of the object.
* the machine crushes corn to produce cornmeal.
* passage of the legislation was a crushing blow to the president's program.


cultivate (v)
SYN grow
(adj) cultivated
(n) cultivation

(cultivate a working relationship )
* the professional had common interest that allowed them to cultivate a working relationship with each other.
* the cultivation of diverse crops in pre-Colombian America is well documented.


distinguish (v)
SYN discriminate
(adj) distinguished, distinguishable, distinguishing

* some people can't distinguish colors well
* anteaters are distinguished by their long noses.


engender (v)
SYN produce

(engender trust in children.)
* the politicians charisma engendered enthusiasm.
* economic conditions in the 1950s engendered an era of industrial growth.


engross (v)
SYN interested in
(n) engrossment
(adj) engrossing

* the teacher's lecture engrossed the entire class.
* Henry's short stories engross readers all the way to their surprise endings.


flaw (n)
SYN defect
(adj) flawed

* there's a flaw in his theory.
* they noticed that the contract was flawed.


harvest (n) (v)
SYN gather
(adj) harvested

* the United States had a comparatively good grain harvest this year.
* they were able to harvest the crop before the rain.


mirror (v)
SYN reflect
(n) mirror

to show, as in a mirror
* the results of the study mirror public opinion.
* the strength of the economy is mirrored in the standard of the living of the people.


obtain (v)
SYN gain
(adj) obtainable

( gain experience, obtain information/results, achieve successes)
* the university obtained a new particle accelerator.
* the painting by Whistler was not obtainable.


particle (n)
SYN fragment

(dust particles)
* particles of dust can destroy electronic instruments.
* small particles of matter hold the keys to understanding the origin of life.


settle (v)
SYN colonize
(adj) settled
(n) settlement

(settle their differences)
* people arriving from the south settled in California.
* the lawyers settled their differences and came to an agreement.