v. decrease fullness of; use up or empty out
E.g. We must wait until we deplete our present inventory before we order replacements.
v. force to leave; remove from office
E.g. The army attempted to depose the king and set up a military government.
n. extreme corruption or degradation; wickedness
E.g. This bias towards evil is sometimes called depravity or original sin.
a. left and abandoned; negligent in performing a duty
E.g. As a former South Chicago community organizer, the President knows all about schools in derelict areas.
a. unoriginal; derived from another source
E.g. Although her early poetry was clearly derivative in nature, the critics thought she had promise and eventually would find her own voice.
n. offspring; person considered as descended from some ancestor or race
E.g. John Fraser, is an accomplished descendant from the early days of journalists.
v. violate with violence, especially to sacred place
E.g. Shattering the altar and trampling the holy objects underfoot, the invaders desecrate the sanctuary.
v. cease to proceed or act; stop; forbear
E.g. They did not desist from the work until the Wazir ordered a number of his people to remove to this city with their families.
a. unpopulated; providing no shelter or sustenance; devoid of inhabitants
E.g. The sounds of Nature are detailed with great delicacy in this appeal, and we see that the Alps are referred to as desolate regions.
a. in low spirits from loss of hope or courage
E.g. To the dismay of his parents, William became seriously despondent after he broke up with Jan; they despaired of finding a cure for his gloom.
a. extremely poor; utterly lacking; devoid
E.g. Because they had no health insurance, the father's costly illness left the family destitute.
n. act of detecting; being open what was concealed or hidden; discovery
E.g. I'm glad he caught it in time, I've had family members affected by this disease and early detection is important.
v. keep from; stop; prevent or discourage from acting
E.g. He hopes a charge would not deter people from enjoying this great invention.
n. something that discourages; tending to deter
E.g. As Bush's view , North Korea is the main deterrent from a peaceful resolution.
n. harm; damage; injury; something that causes damage, harm, or loss
E.g. Any short-term detriment will be overwhelmed by the long-term utility of a station at Woolwich.
a. causing damage or harm; injurious
E.g. The candidate's acceptance of major financial contributions from a well known racist ultimately proved detrimental to his campaign, for he lost the backing of many of his early grassroots supporters.
v. turn away from a principle, norm; depart; diverge
E.g. Richard did not deviate from his daily routine: every day he set off for work at eight o'clock, had his sack lunch at 12:15, and headed home at the stroke of five.
v. spread out widely; scatter freely; pour out and cause to spread freely
E.g. Hamilton wished to concentrate power; Jefferson to diffuse power.
n. act of dispersing or diffusing something
E.g. It is therefore important to better understand and measure the benefits of this diffusion of knowledge.
v. turn aside, especially from main subject in writing or speaking
E.g. The professor does not digress from the topic and never bores his students.
a. in disrepair, run down; of very poor quality or condition
E.g. Rather than get discouraged, the architect saw great potential in the dilapidated house.
v. make wider or larger; cause to expand; enlarge; widen
E.g. I just had an eye exam and those eye drops that dilate your eyes makes things fuzzy!
v. weaken; make thinner or less concentrated by adding a liquid such as water
E.g. A couple of years back you very loudly opposed the creation of "60 MINUTES 2", I think, that it might dilute the brand that you helped build up.
a. below the average size; very small; little
E.g. We thought her diminutive figure could not suffer that work.
n. slight natural depression or indentation on the surface of some part of the body; slight indentation on any surface
E.g. Yesterday I had the skin frozen and now the dimple is larger, the size of a pencil eraser.
a. darkened with smoke and grime; dirty or discolored
E.g. The only observation I have is the colors are a bit too gloomy and dingy.
a. not agreeing with tastes or expectations
E.g. He found the task disagreeable and decided to abandon it.
v. detect; perceive
E.g. I discern in the course of the morning that Thornfield Hall was a changed place.
n. follower; adherent; person who learns from another, especially one who then teaches others
E.g. We must not think it strange if we see the best of men thus treated; the disciple is not greater than his Master.
n. formal, lengthy discussion of a subject; verbal exchange; conversation
E.g. The young Plato was drawn to the Agora to hear the philosophical discourse of Socrates and his followers.
a. separate; consisting of unconnected distinct parts
E.g. The universe is composed of discrete bodies.
a. able to see differences; showing careful judgment or fine taste
E.g. A superb interpreter of Picasso, she was sufficiently discriminating to judge the most complex works of modern art.
n. substance which kills germs or viruses; agent for removing the causes of infection, as chlorine
E.g. Then researchers dunk their hands in disinfectant and exit through the chemical shower.
a. giving a false appearance of frankness; not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating
E.g. Now that we know the mayor and his wife are engaged in a bitter divorce fight, we find their earlier remarks regretting their lack of time together remarkably disingenuous.
a. not interested; indifferent; free of self-interest; impartial
E.g. Given the judge's political ambitions and the lawyers' financial interest in the case, the only disinterested person in the courtroom may have been the court reporter.
v. remove or force out from a position or dwelling previously occupied
E.g. The prime minister also called for troops to dislodge Mr. president as the country's humanitarian crisis worsens.
v. belittle; speak of in a slighting or disrespectful way; reduce in esteem or rank
E.g. A doting mother, Emma was more likely to praise her son's crude attempts at art than to disparage them.
n. difference; condition or fact of being unequal, as in age, rank, or degree
E.g. Their disparity in rank made no difference at all to the prince and Cinderella.
v. scatter; drive away; cause to vanish
E.g. The bright sunlight eventually might dispel the morning mist.
v. differ in opinion or feeling; withhold assent or approval
E.g. They dissent from the Bishops Conferences, not the Universal Church, and their issue is not on “faith and morals,” but on social policy