v. to go faster
- The action of molecules accelerates when they are heated.
- The poor condition of the motor made acceleration difficult.
v. to press together so as to completely distort the shape or nature of the object
adj. crushing syn. grind
- The machine crushes corn to produce cornmeal.
- Passage of the legislation was a crushing blow to the president’s program.
v. to plant and raise a crop; to encourage growth of a relationship or friendship
- The professionals had common interests that allowed them to cultivate a working relationship with each other.
- The cultivation of diverse crops in pre-Columbian America is well documented.
v. to come from or find something from its starting point
- The English word “decadent” is derived from the Latin word “decadere.”
- He derives great joy from growing vegetables in his backyard.
v. to state demands with the power to enforce
The workers were not in a position to dictate demands to management.
His boss resembled a dictator.
v. to hear, see, or recognize differences
- Some people cannot distinguish colors well.
- Anteaters are distinguished by their long noses.
adj. easy to control or train
- The moose is typically a very docile animal.
- Many rebellious young people see docility as a weakness.
v. to cause something new to exist; to create
- The politician’s charisma engendered enthusiasm.
- Economic conditions in the 1950s engendered an era of industrial growth.
v. to become completely occupied or involved in an activity
- The teacher’s lecture engrossed the entire class.
- O. Henry’s short stories engross readers all the way to their surprise endings.
n. a small sign of damage that makes an item imperfect
- There is a flaw in his theory.
- They noticed that the contract was flawed.
n. the act of collecting a crop; the crops gathered
- The United States had a comparatively good grain harvest this year.
- They were able to harvest the crop before the rain.
adj. very large
- The successful entrepreneur is now known as a mammoth in the computer world.
- The physics teacher required the students to purchase a mammoth textbook.
v. 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 living of the people.
v. to find a middle ground, come to an agreement
- He negotiated with his teacher for an extension on the project.
- The negotiations brought about an end to the conflict.
v. to gain or secure something
- The university obtained a new particle accelerator.
- The painting by Whistler was not obtainable.
n. a very small piece of something
- Particles of dust can destroy electronic instruments.
- Small particles of matter hold the keys to understanding the origin of life.
v. to move from one place to another
adj. transportable syn. carry
- Flying is not always the fastest way to transport passengers to their destination.
- The transportation expenses of products increase the final cost of the item.