n. dependence; certainty based on past experience
E.g. He wrote the paper with considerable reliance on the work of other scientists.
n. surviving remnant; something left after loss or decay; object kept for its association with the past
E.g. Egypt's Department of Antiquities prohibits tourists from taking any ancient relic out of the country.
v. recollect and tell of past experiences or events; talk or write about memories of the past, especially pleasant memories
E.g. When you have that spiritual connection to the meal, there is more of a reason for families to sit together, to talk, to laugh and to reminisce.
n. disloyal person; traitor or rebel
E.g. Because he had abandoned his post and joined forces with the Indians, his fellow officers considered the hero of Dances with Wolves a renegade.
v. deny; go back on; fail to fulfill promise or obligation
E.g. He tried to renege on paying off his debt.
n. fame; quality of being widely honored and acclaimed
E.g. For many years an unheralded researcher, Barbara McClintock gained international renown when she won the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine.
v. revoke or annul, especially by official or formal act
E.g. What would the effect on our society be if we repeal the laws against the possession and sale of narcotics?
n. act of repenting, or state of being penitent; sorrow for what one has done or omitted to do
E.g. We finally forgave him when he expressed his repentance with tears.
n. list of works of music or drama; class of compositions in a genre; range or number of skills
E.g. In fact, most of their concert repertoire is by living composers.
v. fill or make complete again; add a new stock or supply to
E.g. Before she could take another backpacking trip, Carla had to replenish her stock of freeze-dried foods.
v. duplicate, copy, reproduce, or repeat; fold over or bend back
E.g. Because he had always wanted a palace, Donald decided to replicate the Tai Mahal in miniature on his estate.
n. place where things may be put for safekeeping, as storehouse, warehouse, museum, or tomb
E.g. This library is repository of the country's best thoughts.
v. put down by force or intimidation ; restrain; crush; oppress; conceal or hide
E.g. In order to curb her impetuosity, Anne's parents tried not to repress her high spirits.
v. reprove severely, especially in a formal or official way; rebuke formally; censure severely or angrily
E.g. Every time Ermengarde made a mistake in class, she was afraid that Miss Minchin would reprimand her and tell her father how badly she was doing in school.
n. action taken in return for injury or offense
E.g. Villagers have reported that thousands of homes have been burned to the ground in reprisal attacks mainly by the FDLR.
n. person hardened in sin; person without moral scruples
E.g. I cannot understand why he has so many admirers if he is the reprobate you say he is.
a. arousing disgust or aversion; offensive or repulsive; hateful
E.g. She found the snake repugnant and looked on it with loathing and fear.
v. force or drive back; drive back; refuse; disgust
E.g. He had to repulse the suggestion because it gave him no room to live.
n. mass for dead; song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as memorial
E.g. They played Mozart's requiem at the funeral.
n. necessary requirement; indispensable item
E.g. Many colleges state that a student must offer three years of a language as a requisite for admission.
n. ability to recover quickly from illness, change, or misfortune; buoyancy
E.g. Ultimately, the best way to get internet resilience is link redundancy.
n. reverberation; having the character of a loud deep sound; quality of being resonant
E.g. In physics, resonance is the phenomenon of producing large amplitude of vibrations by a small periodic driving force.
n. usually short interval of rest or relief; delay in punishment
E.g. For David, the two weeks vacationing in New Zealand were a delightful respite from the pressures of his job.
n. reparation; getting something back again; restoring something to its original state
E.g. He offered to make restitution for the window broken by his son.
a. holding; having quality, power, or capacity of retaining, as to retain knowledge with ease
E.g. The pupil did not need to spend much time studying, for he had a retentive mind and remembered all he read.
n. reply, especially to answer in a quick, caustic, or witty manner
E.g. Even when it was advisable for her to keep her mouth shut, she was always ready with a quick retort.
v. go backwards; decline to inferior state; degenerate
E.g. Instead of advancing, our civilization seems to retrograde in ethics and culture.
a. looking back on, or directed to the past; applying to or influencing the past
E.g. The Museum of Graphic Arts is holding a retrospective showing of the paintings of Michael Whelan over the past two decades.
n. profound respect and esteem with fear and affection, as for a holy being or place; act showing respect, especially a bow or curtsy
E.g. The king is limited to a symbolic figurehead, however the institution elicits huge amount of respect and reverence from the Thai people.
n. colorless stone of high luster, made of paste, used as an inexpensive ornament
E.g. A small, glittering ornament, such as a rhinestone or a sequin, applied to fabric or a garment.
a. recurring with measured regularity
E.g. They can hear the rhythmic chiming of church bells.
a. excessively abundant or numerous; in widespread existence, practice, or use
E.g. In the face of the many rumors of scandal, which are rife at the moment, it is best to remain silent.
n. strictness or severity, as in temperament, action, or judgment; something hard to endure
E.g. Many settlers could not stand the rigor of the New England winters.
a. full of rigors; harsh; rigidly accurate; precise
E.g. Disliked by his superiors, the officer candidate endured an extremely rigorous training program.
a. wholly absorbing one's attention
E.g. The reviewer described Byatt's novel Possession as a riveting tale, one so absorbing that he had finished it in a single night.
n. settle down or stay; sit, as on a branch; perch on which domestic fowl rest or sleep
E.g. I'm surprised that you didn't hear any gobbles from the roost.
a. turning, as a wheel on its axis; pertaining to, or resembling, the motion of a wheel on its axis
E.g. A device for transmitting rotary motion, consisting of a handle or arm attached at right angles to a shaft.
a. circuitous; going round; indirect; encircling; enveloping; comprehensive
E.g. This conclusion was reached in a roundabout but nevertheless perfectly reliable way.
a. elastic; difficult to chew; having a texture resembling rubber
E.g. Our own clock radio in our bedroom has the same kind of rubbery pads on the bottom.
n. mechanical appliance by means of which a vessel is guided or steered when in motion
E.g. Some tried to stop up the leaks while others tried to steady the rudder.