adj. of unclear meaning; something that can be understood
in more than one way
- The men received an ambiguous message from their boss.
- Her letter was full of ambiguities.
adj. an action or decision made with little thought, order, or reason
- Her choice of clothing seemed arbitrary.
- The teacher arbitrarily decided to give the class a test.
v. to express or defend oneself strongly; to state positively
- The government asserted its control over the banking system.
- The company president is an assertive individual.
adj. very surprising
- The scientists made an astounding discovery.
- The fans were astounded by their team’s success.
adj. very intelligent, smart, clever
- He was an astute worker, finishing in half the time it took the others to finish.
- They astutely determined that there would be no chance to finish on time.
v. to have the same opinion or draw the same
- The director concurred with the conclusions of the committee’s report.
- Do you concur with the details of the business plan?
adv. making something appear true or good when it is false or bad
- The magician deceptively made the rabbit disappear.
- Richard deceived Joe about the cost of the coat.
v. to specify, name, or select to do a task; to indicate
- The president designated the vice president to represent him at the meeting.
- The designated driver drove every one home after the party.
adj. strong in one’s opinion, firm in conviction, to find out
- They were determined to go to graduate school.
- The judge determined that the man was lying.
v. to get the facts or draw out the truth
- A lawyer will elicit all the facts necessary to prove her case.
- Elicitation of the truth can be difficult at times.
v. to be a good example of a concept or idea
- The constitution is an embodiment of American ideals.
- Charlotte embodies all of the qualities of a good leader.
v. to cause a conflict or argument
- No one knew who had instigated the demonstration.
- Dissatisfaction with government policies instigated the revolution.
adj. common or routine
- The student’s mundane summer job frustrated her.
- His mother asked him to do all the mundane household chores.
v. to make a request
- Canada petitioned the United Nations to consider its case.
- The student’s petition was denied.
v. to give up control
- The troubled executive relinquished her control of the company.
- The relinquishment of his claim to the building will allow the building to be sold.
adj. strong enough to recover from difficulty or disease
- She has a resilient personality and will soon feel better.
- The doctor was surprised by his patient’s resilience.
adj. not moving or developing
- The stagnant water was a perfect home for frogs.
- Some say that television causes the mind to stagnate.