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WORD OF THE DAY
DEFINITIONPT. OF SPEECHSYNONYM
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adjacentnear or close to but not necessarily touching; nearest in space or position; immediately adjoining without intervening space; having a common boundary or edge; touchingadjectivenext, side by side, abutting, adjoining, conterminous, contiguous, neighboring
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alightlighted up by or as by fire or flame; come down; to come to rest, settleadjective/verbclimb down, light, perch, ablaze, afire, aflame, aflare, blazing, burning, flaming, on fire
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barrenincapable of sustaining life; not bearing offspring; completely wanting or lacking; providing no shelter or sustenance; an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivationadjective/nounwaste, wasteland, destitute, devoid, innocent, bare, bleak, desolate, stark
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disruptthrow into disorder; interfere in someone else's activity; make a break inverbinterrupt, break up, cut off
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dynastya sequence of powerful leaders in the same familynoun
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foretastean early limited awareness of something yet to occurnoun
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germinatecause to grow or sprout; produce buds, branches, or germinate; work outverbshoot, spud, pullulate, bourgeon, burgeon forth, sprout, evolve, develop
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humdrumtediously repetitious or lacking in variety; not challenging; dull and lacking excitement; the quality of wearisome constancy, routine, and lack of varietyadjective/nounmonotonous, monotony, sameness, commonplace, prosaic, unglamorous, unglamourous
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hurtlemove with or as if with a rushing sound; throw forcefully; make a thrusting forward movementverbhurl, cast, lunge, thrust
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insinuateintroduce or insert (oneself) in a subtle manner; give to understandverbintimate, adumbrate
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interminabletiresomely long; seemingly without endadjectiveendless, eternal
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interrogatepose a series of questions to; transmit (a signal) for setting off an appropriate response, as in telecommunicationverbquestion
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recompensethe act of compensating for service or loss or injury; payment or reward (as for service rendered); make payment to; compensate; make amends for; pay compensation fornoun/verbcompensation, compensate, remunerate, repair, indemnify
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renovaterestore to a previous or better condition; give new life or energy to; make brighter and prettierverbrestitute, animate, recreate, reanimate, revive, repair, quicken, vivify, revivify, refurbish, freshen up
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trickleflowing in drops; the formation and falling of drops of liquid; run or flow slowly, as in drops or in an unsteady streamnoun/verbdribble, filter, drip
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trivialobvious and dull; concerned with trivialities; not large enough to consider or notice; (informal) small and of little importance; of little substance or significanceadjectiveinsignificant, fiddling, footling, lilliputian, little, niggling, piddling, piffling, petty, picayune, superficial
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trucea state of peace agreed to between opponents so they can discuss peace termsnounarmistice, cease-fire
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viciousmarked by deep ill will; deliberately harmful; (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering; bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure; having the nature of viceadjectivepoisonous, venomous, barbarous, brutal, cruel, fell, roughshod, savage, condemnable, criminal, deplorable, reprehensible, evil
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availableobtainable or accessible and ready for use or service; convenient for use or disposal; not busy; not otherwise committedadjectiveusable, useable, uncommitted
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catersupply food ready to eat; for parties and banquets; provide what is desired or needed, especially support, food or sustenanceverbprovide, supply, ply
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customaryin accordance with convention or custom; commonly used or practiced; usualadjectiveaccustomed, habitual, wonted
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dissuadeturn away from by persuasionverbdeter
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entrepreneursomeone who organizes a business venture and assumes the risk for itnounenterpriser
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firebrandsomeone who deliberately foments trouble; a piece of wood that has been burned or is burningnouninstigator, provoker, inciter, instigant, brand
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hazardan obstacle on a golf course; a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune; an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another; put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation; take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome; put at risknoun/verbjeopardy, peril, risk, endangerment, luck, fortune, chance, guess, venture, pretend, gamble, take chances, adventure, run a risk, take a chance, stake, jeopardize
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homicidethe killing of a human being by another human beingnoun
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indifferenceunbiased impartial unconcern; the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally; the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care; a casual lack of concern; apathy demonstrated by an absence of emotional reactionsnounapathy, numbness, spiritlessness, nonchalance, unconcern, emotionlessness, impassivity, impassiveness, phlegm, stolidity, unemotionality
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indignantangered at something unjust or wrongadjectiveincensed, outraged, umbrageous
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indispensableunavoidable; not to be dispensed with; essential; absolutely necessary; vitally necessaryadjectiveessential
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lubricatemake slippery or smooth through the application of a lubricant; apply a lubricant to; have lubricating propertiesverblube
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mutualconcerning each of two or more persons or things; especially given or done in return; common to or shared by two or more partiesadjectivereciprocal, common
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peltbody covering of a living animal; the dressed hairy coat of a mammal; cast, hurl, or throw repeatedly with some missile; attack and bombard with or as if with missiles; rain heavilynoun/verbbombard, hide, skin, fur, pepper, pour, stream, rain cats and dogs, rain buckets
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plaguean annoyance; any large scale calamity (especially when thought to be sent by God); any epidemic disease with a high death rate; a serious (sometimes fatal) infection of rodents caused by Yersinia pestis and accidentally transmitted to humans by the bite of a flea that has bitten an infected animal; a swarm of insects that attack plants; annoy continually or chronically; cause to suffer a blightnoun/verbpestilence, pest, pestis, infestation, harass, hassle, harry, chivy, chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, molest, provoke, blight
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poisedmarked by balance or equilibrium and readiness for action; in full control of your facultiesadjectivecollected, equanimous, self-collected, self-contained, self-possessed
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regime(medicine) a systematic plan for therapy (often including diet); the organization that is the governing authority of a political unitnounregimen, government, authorities
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transparenteasily understood or seen through (because of a lack of subtlety); transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity; free of deceit; so thin as to transmit lightadjectivecrystalline, crystal clear, limpid, lucid, pellucid, guileless, diaphanous, filmy, gauzy, gauze-like, gossamer, see-through, sheer, vaporous, vapourous, cobwebby
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unscathedwholly unharmedadjectiveunharmed, unhurt, whole
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animatedhaving life or vigor or spirit; made to appear to move as living creatures doadjalive
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broodthe young of an animal cared for at one time; sit on (eggs); think moodily or anxiously about something; hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing; be in a huff; be silent or sullen; be in a huff and display one's displeasurenoun/verbhatch, cover, incubate, dwell, hover, loom, bulk large, grizzle, stew, sulk, pout
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culminaterise to, or form, a summit; bring to a head or to the highest point; end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage; reach the highest altitude or the meridian, of a celestial body; reach the highest or most decisive pointverbclimax
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downrightcharacterized by plain blunt honesty; complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers; adv. thoroughgoingadjectiveabsolute, out-and-out, rank, right-down, sheer
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dronestingless male bee in a colony of social bees (especially honeybees) whose sole function is to mate with the queen; a pipe of the bagpipe that is tuned to produce a single continuous tone; an aircraft without a pilot that is operated by remote control; an unchanging intonation; someone who takes more time than necessary; someone who lags behind; talk in a monotonous voice; make a monotonous low dull soundnoun/verbdrone pipe, bourdon, pilotless aircraft, radio-controlled aircraft, drone on, monotone, droning, dawdler, laggard, lagger, trailer, poke
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goada alization that encourages you to attempt something; a pointed instrument that is used to prod into a state of motion; stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick; urge with or as if with a goad; goad or provoke,as by constant criticism; give heart or courage tonoun/verbgoading, prod, prodding, urging, spur, spurring, prick, needle
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indulgeenjoy to excess; give free rein to; yield (to); give satisfaction to; treat with excessive indulgenceverbluxuriate, gratify, pander, pamper, featherbed, cosset, cocker, baby, coddle, mollycoddle, spoil
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ingredienta component of a mixture or compound; food that is a component of a mixture in cooking; an abstract part of somethingnounfixings, component, constituent, element, factor
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literateknowledgeable and educated in one or several fields; versed in literature; dealing with literature; able to read and write; a person who can read and writeadjective/nounliterate person
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looma textile machine for weaving yarn into a textile; appear very large or occupy a commanding position; come into view indistinctly, often threateningly; hang over, as of something threatening, dark, or menacingnoun/verbtower, predominate, hulk, brood, hover, bulk large
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lustera surface coating for ceramics or porcelain; a quality that outshines the usual; the visual property of something that shines with reflected lightnounlustre, brilliancy, splendor, splendour, shininess, sheen
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miscellaneousconstituting a grab-bag category; consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds (even to the point of incongruity)adjectiveassorted, mixed, motley, sundry
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orationan instance of oratorynoun
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peevisheasily irritated or annoyedadjectivecranky, fractious, irritable, nettlesome, peckish, pettish, petulant, scratchy, testy, tetchy, techy
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seetheboil vigorously; foam as if boiling; be in an agitated emotional state; be noisy with activityverbroll, boil, hum, buzz
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singea surface burn; burn superficially or lightly; become superficially burnednoun/verbswinge, scorch, sear
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uniquehighly unusual or rare but not the single instance; (followed by `to') applying exclusively to a given category or condition or locality; radically distinctive and without equal; the single one of its kindadjectivealone, unequaled, unequalled, unparalleled, singular
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uprightin a vertical position; not sloping; upright in position or posture; of moral excellence; a piano with a vertical sounding board; a vertical structural member as a post or stakeadjective/nounupright piano, vertical, unsloped, erect, good, just
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verifyconfirm the truth of; attach or append a legal verification to (a pleading or petition); to declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true; verify or regulate by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard, of scientific experimentsverbaffirm, assert, avow, aver, swan, swear, control
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yearnhave affection for; feel tenderness for; have a desire for something or someone who is not present; desire strongly or persistentlyverbache, yen, pine, languish, hanker, long
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alliancea formal agreement establishing an association or alliance between nations or other groups to achieve a particular aim; an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty; a connection based on kinship or marriage or common interest; the state of being allied or confederated; the act of forming an alliance or confederationnouncoalition, alignment, alinement, bond, confederation
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bewildercause to be confused emotionally; be a mystery or bewildering toverbbemuse, discombobulate, throw, perplex, vex, stick, get, puzzle, mystify, baffle, beat, pose, flummox, stupefy, nonplus, gravel, amaze, dumbfound
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buffoona person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior; a rude or vulgar foolnounclown, merry andrew
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controversialmarked by or capable of arousing controversyadjective
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disheartentake away the enthusiasm ofverbput off
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fruitlessunproductive of successadjectivebootless, futile, sleeveless, vain
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hostileunsolicited and resisted by the management of the target company ( used of attempts to buy or take control of a business); marked by features that oppose constructive treatment or development; very unfriendly; not belonging to your own country's forces or those of an ally; very unfavorable to life or growth; characterized by enmity or ill will; impossible to bring into friendly accord; troops belonging to the enemy's military forcesadjective/noununcongenial, unfriendly
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inflammableeasily ignitedadjectiveflammable
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inflictimpose something unpleasantverbbring down, visit, impose
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malignantdangerous to health; characterized by progressive and uncontrolled growth (especially of a tumor)adjective
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mortifyhold within limits and control; practice self-denial of one's body and appetites; undergo necrosis; cause to feel shame; hurt the pride ofverbsubdue, cricify, necrose, gangrene, sphacelate, humiliate, chagrin, humble, abase
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orthodoxadhering to what is commonly accepted; of or pertaining to or characteristic of Judaism; of or relating to or characteristic of the Eastern Orthodox Churchadjective
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procureget by special effortverbsecure, pander
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scurryrushing about hastily in an undignified way; to move about or proceed hurriedlynoun/verbscamper, skitter, scuttle, scramble
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soddenwet through and through; thoroughly wetadjectivedrenched, saturated, soaked, soaking, sopping, soppy
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spiriteddisplaying animation, vigor, or liveliness; made lively or spirited; willing to face danger; marked by lively actionadjectiveenlivened, game, gamy, gamey, gritty, mettlesome, spunky, bouncing, bouncy, peppy, zippy
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virtualexisting in essence or effect though not in actual fact; being actually such in almost every respectadjectivepractical
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voidcontaining nothing; lacking any legal or binding force; an empty area or space; the state of nonexistence; clear (a room, house, place) of occupants or empty or clear (a place or receptacle) of something; excrete or discharge from the body; take away the legal force of or render ineffective; declare invalidadjective/verbvacancy, emptiness, vacuum, nothingness, nullity, nihility, evacuate, empty, invalidate, vitiate, annul, quash, avoid, nullify, null
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waywardresistant to guidance or disciplineadjectivecontrary, obstinate, perverse
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wincea reflex response to sudden pain; the facial expression of sudden pain; make a face indicating disgust or dislike; draw back, as with fear or painnoun/verbflinch, squinch, funk, cringe, shrink, recoil, quail
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anecdoteshort account of an incident (especially a biographical one)noun
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consolidatemake firm or secure; strengthen; make or form into a solid or hardened mass; form into a solid mass or whole; unite into one; bring together into a single whole or systemverb
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counterfeitnot genuine; imitating something superior; a copy that is represented as the original; make a copy of with the intent to deceiveadjective/verbimitative, imitation, forgery, forge, fake
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docilewilling to be taught or led or supervised or directed; easily handled or managed; ready and willing to be taughtadjectivegentle, teachable
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dominatehave dominance or the power to defeat over; be in control; look down on; be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importanceverbmaster, command, overlook, overtop, predominate, rule, reign, prevail
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entreatask for or request earnestlyverbbid, beseech, adjure, press, conjure
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falliblelikely to fail or make errors; having the attributes of man as opposed to e.g. divine beingsadjectivefrail, imperfect, weak
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ficklemarked by erratic changeableness in affections or attachments; liable to sudden unpredictable changeadjectivevolatile, erratic, mercurial, quicksilver
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fugitivelasting for a markedly brief time; someone who is sought by law officers; someone trying to elude justice; someone who flees from an uncongenial situationadjective/nounfugitive from justice, runaway, fleer, fleeting, momentaneous, momentary
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grimythickly covered with ingrained dirt or sootadjectivebegrimed, dingy, grubby, grungy, raunchy
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iotathe 9th letter of the Greek alphabet; a tiny or scarcely detectable amountnounshred, scintilla, whit, tittle, smidgen, smidgeon, smidgin, smidge
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maula heavy long-handled hammer used to drive stakes or wedges; injure badly by beating; split (wood) with a maul and wedgesnoun/verbsledge, sledgehammer, mangle
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potentialexisting in possibility; expected to become or be; in prospect; the inherent capacity for coming into being; the difference in electrical charge between two points in a circuit expressed in voltsadjective/nounpotentiality, potency, possible, electric potential, potential difference, potential drop, voltage, expected, likely
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radiantradiating or as if radiating lightadjectivebeaming, beamy, effulgent, refulgent
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ruralliving in or characteristic of farming or country life; relating to rural areasadjective
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substantialhaving substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary; having a firm basis in reality and being therefore important, meaningful, or considerable; "substantial equivalents"; fairly large; of good quality and condition; solidly built; providing abundant nourishmentadjectivereal, material, substantive, significant, solid, strong, hearty, satisfying, square
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tactfulshowing skill and sensitivity in dealing with people; having or showing a sense of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with othersadjectivekid-glove
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tampera tool for tamping (e.g., for tamping tobacco into a pipe bowl or a charge into a drill hole etc.); play around with or alter or falsify, usually secretively or dishonestly; intrude in other people's affairs or business; interfere unwantedlynoun/verbfiddle, monkey, tamp, tamping bar, meddle
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ultimatebeing the last or concluding element of a series; furthest or highest in degree or order; utmost or extreme; the finest or most superior quality of its kindadjective/noun
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uncertaintybeing unsettled or in doubt or dependent on chance; the state of being unsure of somethingnoununcertainness, precariousness, doubt, incertitude, dubiety, doubtfulness, dubiousness
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anonymoushaving no known name or identity or known source; not known or lacking marked individualityadjectiveanon.
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browsethe act of feeding by continual nibbling; reading superficially or at random; eat lightly, try different dishes; look around casually and randomly, without seeking anything in particular; feed as in a meadow or pasture; shop around; not necessarily buyingnoun/verbbrowsing, graze, surf, crop, range, pasture, shop
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