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  1. adhere

    stick to firmly
    Pharmacists would have to make sure their professional decisions
    adhere to guidelines set by the Indiana Board of Pharmacy in order to get legal immunity.Washington Times (Feb 14, 2016)
  2. aloof

    remote in manner
    Cold and
    aloof, he was at times irritable when the roar of adulation went silent–he craved notice.Salon (Feb 15, 2016)
  3. ambiguous

    having more than one possible meaning
    She was the only person of colour in the company, and when they hired me, I took that spot … the ethnically
    ambiguous person of colour.”The Guardian (Feb 17, 2016)
  4. analyze

    break down into components or essential features
    Three UW researchers, who aren’t wildlife biologists but were intrigued by the earlier study,
    analyzed the same data with a different statistical approach.Washington Times (Feb 17, 2016)
  5. anecdote

    short account of an incident
    I’ve heard plenty of
    anecdotes to support this notion from colleagues, but I’ve seen no good evidence to prove it.New York Times (Feb 15, 2016)
  6. antagonize

    provoke the hostility of
    Scalia famously
    antagonized more than one of his colleagues with his sharp elbows and refusal to compromise.Slate (Feb 16, 2016)
  7. anticipate

    regard something as probable or likely
    Studies show anticipation can actually be more enjoyable than getting the thing you’re
    anticipating.Time (Feb 17, 2016)
  8. apprehensive

    in fear or dread of possible evil or harm
    His overall memory of the game itself: "Nervousness. I was
    apprehensive."Los Angeles Times (Jan 31, 2016)
  9. arcane

    requiring secret or mysterious knowledge
    Many decisions the court makes delve into
    arcane areas of the law that seem to have little bearing on ordinary Americans.New York Times (Feb 15, 2016)
  10. assert

    declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
    But other countries, including the Philippines and Vietnam, also have
    asserted claims to some of the specks of land in the region.Los Angeles Times (Feb 16, 2016)
  11. assess

    estimate the nature, quality, ability or significance of
    "Oftentimes, medications are adjusted during a hospitalization so it is important to
    assess which medications should be stopped or resumed at hospital discharge," Prescott says.US News (Feb 17, 2016)
  12. attribute

    a quality belonging to or characteristic of an entity
    In concluding his rally in Plymouth, Trump played to his best
    attribute by staying unconventional in his closing pitch.US News (Feb 8, 2016)
  13. bear

    put up with something or somebody unpleasant
    Executives from headquarters bickered with those running some kinds of stores about who should
    bear the distribution costs, the former finance executive said.Reuters (Feb 17, 2016)
  14. befall

    become of; happen to
    In “438 Days,” Jonathan Franklin re-creates the harrowing experiences that
    befell the men as they battled for survival while stranded at sea.Washington Post (Feb 11, 2016)
  15. burgeon

    grow and flourish
    But he disagrees that political favoritism toward business interests and away from ordinary citizens is the primary reason for
    burgeoning inequality.US News (Feb 9, 2016)
  16. coherent

    marked by an orderly and consistent relation of parts
    But once the asylum seekers have landed in Europe, the continent still has no
    coherent system for managing the flows.Washington Post (Feb 16, 2016)
  17. compassion

    a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering
    Francis has long spoken out on the importance of
    compassion for migrants, an issue that has become deeply political during the U.S. presidential race.US News (Feb 17, 2016)
  18. compensate

    make amends for
    “Hopefully, as the political process begins to develop, Cuba will
    compensate its citizens for property it confiscated,” Mr. Hall said.New York Times (Feb 16, 2016)
  19. complement

    something added to embellish or make perfect
    Other scholars say that, at least for now, online shopping appears to be
    complementing brick-and-mortar shopping, not replacing it.New York Times (Feb 16, 2016)
  20. compose

    form the substance of
    In the live story of Saturday’s Republican debate, which was
    composed of 48 segments, only six contained footage from the actual event.New York Times (Feb 12, 2016)
  21. condescending

    characteristic of those who treat others with arrogance
    What many women heard was a patronizing and
    condescending lecture that suggested they were not in charge of their own bodies.MSNBC (Feb 4, 2016)
  22. consecutive

    one after the other
    In town, Baldasaro has his detractors, but he has been elected as representative for five
    consecutive two-year terms.The Guardian (Feb 16, 2016)
  23. contour

    any spatial attributes, especially as defined by outline
    The terrain was obscured by an impenetrable fogbank, the
    contours blotted out by ice-encrusted goggles and a barrage of chalky face-shots.Washington Times (Feb 6, 2016)
  24. contract

    make or become more narrow or restricted
    Telecom manufacturing and services also
    contracted, losing 3,219 jobs, a sign perhaps that investors have their attention on other areas of technology.Wall Street Journal (Feb 17, 2016)
  25. contradict

    prove negative; show to be false
    Police say that after being confronted with evidence
    contradicting her story, Holt confessed to fabricating the events she reported.Washington Times (Feb 5, 2016)
  26. correlate

    bear a reciprocal or mutual relation
    Animal heart rates tend to
    correlate to their size, with smaller animals having quicker rates, Oyama explains.National Geographic
  27. corollary

    an inference following from the proof of another proposition
    It’s not as if the obvious
    corollary of tipping for good service – not tipping for bad service – is culturally acceptable.The Guardian (Oct 15, 2015)
  28. critical

    of a serious examination and judgment of something
    Halstead says taking the test only requires students to memorize facts, not use
    critical thinking skills.Washington Times (Feb 16, 2016)
  29. cumbersome

    not elegant or graceful in expression
    And even when that’s successful, many important commands are buried in a remote screen’s submenus, making them
    cumbersome to operate.New York Times (Feb 10, 2016)
  30. deficit

    the property of being less than expected or required
    They hint at the promise of outfoxing learning
    deficits with cognitive science, experts said, but they also point to the difficulties involved.New York Times (Feb 15, 2016)
  31. demean

    reduce in worth or character, usually verbally
    The men recalled students being civil to them, with the exception of a few who regularly
    demeaned them with racial slurs.Washington Post (Feb 2, 2016)
  32. depict

    give a description of
    Most of the photographs
    depict a pile of one material, which has been collected and sorted, then shredded, pancaked, stacked, crushed, or otherwise transformed.The New Yorker (Feb 17, 2016)
  33. determine

    find out or learn with certainty, as by making an inquiry
    The FBI has also been trying to
    determine whether the couple received any additional help in plotting and carrying out the attacks.Los Angeles Times (Feb 16, 2016)
  34. devoid

    completely wanting or lacking
    The bay’s water has become so polluted, vast areas are called “dead zones” because they are
    devoid of life.Washington Times (Feb 17, 2016)
  35. differentiate

    acquire a distinct character
    Previous studies have shown that dogs can
    differentiate between human emotions from signs such as facial expressions.Reuters (Feb 16, 2016)
  36. diffuse

    spread out; not concentrated in one place
    The images of each of the 400mm lenses are assembled into a single picture of galaxies that were too
    diffuse to find with conventional telescopes.Washington Post (Aug 24, 2015)
  37. digress

    wander from a direct or straight course
    Bonds did not answer the question immediately and instead
    digressed about his father and family and friendship.Los Angeles Times (Sep 18, 2014)
  38. diminish

    decrease in size, extent, or range
    Brain scans published in 2014 have showed
    diminished grey matter in people with hearing loss over six years.The Guardian (Feb 14, 2016)
  39. discrepancy

    a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions
    The rescued figures were lower than the city government had reported Saturday, and there was no immediate explanation for the
    discrepancy.US News (Feb 7, 2016)
  40. disinclined

    unwilling because of mild dislike or disapproval
    Mr. Kaplan took piano lessons as a boy but,
    disinclined to practice, did not seem destined for a life in music.Washington Post (Jan 4, 2016)
  41. dismay

    the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles
    In 2012, Mr. Stephenson realized, much to his
    dismay, that his staff was woefully unschooled for the new technology.New York Times (Feb 13, 2016)
  42. disposition

    your usual mood
    In Brown's depiction, he captures Emma's easy-going and gentle nature, which did much to balance his cantankerous
    disposition and moodiness.BBC (Feb 7, 2016)
  43. dynamic

    characterized by action or forcefulness of personality
    What we do get is the spectacle of perpetual political maneuvering that starts with public policy and increasingly boils down to internal family
    dynamics.Washington Post (Feb 5, 2016)
  44. eclipse

    the phenomenon when one celestial body obscures another
    “We argue that communications in the future will neither be
    eclipsed into darkness nor illuminated without shadow.”US News (Feb 1, 2016)
  45. emerge

    come out into view, as from concealment
    But when it
    emerged, decades ago, that car manufacturers were putting safety way down their list of things that mattered, the government stepped in.Slate (Feb 17, 2016)
  46. eminent

    standing above others in quality or position
    One of the biggest blows to the musical world so far this year was the death of David Bowie, rock's
    eminent glammy alien.The Verge (Feb 15, 2016)
  47. engage

    consume all of one's attention or time
    The FBI is
    engaged in a heated battle with Apple, demanding the tech giant unlock the cellphone of one of the San Bernardino shooters.The Verge (Feb 17, 2016)
  48. engross

    devote fully to
    Travelers take little notice as he sets up between Gates 2 and 3, too
    engrossed in their smartphones and iPads.Washington Post (Jan 23, 2016)
  49. ethereal

    characterized by lightness and insubstantiality
    It's unadulterated cotton candy — delicate, sweet,
    ethereal and, most of all, changeable.Los Angeles Times (Aug 21, 2015)
  50. evolve

    undergo development
    At 26, Molina has
    evolved from a child prodigy to a performer and composer of complex concert pieces.Washington Times (Feb 14, 2016)
  51. exploit

    use or manipulate to one's advantage
    He said that while there is no publicly known attack code using the flaw, it's a "near certainty" hackers would try to
    exploit the weakness.BBC (Feb 16, 2016)
  52. facilitate

    make easier
    Metrorail exists to
    facilitate movement of large numbers of people, which would be otherwise difficult or impossible via road, even under the best of circumstances.Washington Post (Feb 5, 2016)
  53. feign

    make believe with the intent to deceive
    Perhaps this prompts cynicism among voters who see soon-to-be presidential candidates
    feign indecision about running while they solicit large contributions to their super PACs.Washington Post (Jun 5, 2015)
  54. fleeting

    lasting for a markedly brief time
    Maybe 50 percent are reasonably sure and generally quite happy but experience periodic, though
    fleeting, moments of doubt.Slate (Feb 11, 2016)
  55. glaring

    extremely obvious or conspicuous
    To Levin, the O. J. Simpson case offered a
    glaring example of how differently the law was applied to celebrities and to ordinary citizens.The New Yorker (Feb 22, 2016)
  56. hardship

    something difficult to endure
    American life can be very hard;
    hardship often makes people angry, bitter and eager for conflict.The Guardian (Feb 11, 2016)
  57. hurtle

    move with or as if with a rushing sound
    Bostian slammed on the emergency brake as the train
    hurtled into the northbound turn, but it came too late to keep the train on track.Washington Post (Feb 1, 2016)
  58. immerse

    cause to be submerged
    Tech companies have spent years developing better, cheaper devices to
    immerse people in digital worlds.New York Times (Feb 16, 2016)
  59. imminent

    close in time; about to occur
    But diplomacy that perpetually, and falsely, holds out the prospect of
    imminent progress can end up providing a cover and an excuse for inaction.Washington Post (Feb 14, 2016)
  60. immobile

    not capable of movement or of being moved
    His left leg, damaged by a shot to the thigh, was
    immobile.New York Times (Nov 30, 2015)
  61. impervious

    not admitting of passage or capable of being affected
    Valuable, rare, durable, and
    impervious to tarnish, gold has always lent itself easily to metaphor.The New Yorker (Sep 14, 2015)
  62. incendiary

    arousing to action or rebellion
    incendiary comments about undocumented immigrants from Mexico has upended the party’s plan to attract Hispanic voters.Washington Post (Jan 21, 2016)
  63. incompetent

    not qualified or suited for a purpose
    Superior Court judge threw out those laws in 2014, ruling that they harmed students by keeping
    incompetent teachers in classrooms.Los Angeles Times (Feb 14, 2016)
  64. inconceivable

    totally unlikely
    “It’s almost
    inconceivable that anyone that age would have a good set of financial skills.”Forbes (Jul 17, 2015)
  65. indissoluble

    incapable of being broken up
    Their hearts were united from that moment by a bond which no circumstance could break and which love, esteem, time, and the law rendered
    indissoluble.”Kite, Elizabeth S.
  66. inevitable

    incapable of being avoided or prevented
    Perhaps friction is
    inevitable when one restaurant is ranked against another, and one country's cuisine appears to be valued more or less highly than another's.BBC (Feb 6, 2016)
  67. infer

    conclude by reasoning
    These pictures enabled the team to
    infer what was going on deep beneath the surface.BBC (Jan 11, 2016)
  68. integrate

    make into a whole or make part of a whole
    The agreement sets out commitments to expand renewable energy and energy efficiency and
    integrate solar and wind generation into electricity grids.The Guardian (Feb 16, 2016)
  69. intuition

    instinctive knowing, without the use of rational processes
    Intuition says that, of course, playing with a puppy or other pet would be relaxing, but it’s not generally a subject for scientific research.Washington Times (Feb 14, 2016)
  70. justify

    show to be right by providing proof
    Here are three situations that
    justify applying late during rolling admissions, as well as several tips to maximize your chances of acceptance.US News (Feb 15, 2016)
  71. lack

    the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable
    Some participants expressed frustration at the
    lack of boundaries or rules in place for their younger siblings or other relatives.Slate (Feb 17, 2016)
  72. latent

    potentially existing but not presently evident or realized
    Genetic testing services such as 23andMe launched with the promise of informing consumers about the risk factors
    latent in their genes.Slate (Jan 20, 2016)
  73. lethargic

    deficient in alertness or activity
    DEC officials say there were no obvious injuries to the bird but witnesses reported it appeared sick and
    lethargic.Washington Times (Jan 27, 2016)
  74. mere

    being nothing more than specified
    Mere possession of a car isn’t the same as ownership; otherwise anyone who found your car keys would own what used to be your car.Slate (Feb 16, 2016)
  75. minute

    infinitely or immeasurably small
    Yet compared with the United States, the incidence of gun violence in Canada, which has a population of 35.2 million people, is almost
    minute.Washington Post (Feb 13, 2016)
  76. mishap

    an unpredictable outcome that is unfortunate
    While in this mode, the laptop’s keyboard is automatically disabled to avoid any accidental typing
    mishaps.Time (Jan 29, 2016)
  77. nostalgia

    a longing for something past
    Like collectors of many other breeds, from baseball cards to pinball machines, cereal box aficionados are fueled largely by
    nostalgia.The Verge (Feb 16, 2016)
  78. notion

    a general inclusive concept
    notion that politicians used to engage in a high-minded, cooperative process, with well-intentioned policymakers finding common ground with their opponents, is pretty silly.MSNBC (Feb 16, 2016)
  79. obsolete

    no longer in use
    Is fast-developing technology, such as underwater drones, improved sonar and better airborne surveillance, making submarines
    obsolete?The Guardian (Jan 21, 2016)
  80. obstruct

    block passage through
    Tanaka is scheduled to stand trial in March for his alleged role in
    obstructing the federal investigation into the jails.Los Angeles Times (Feb 10, 2016)
  81. omit

    leave undone or leave out
    Yet prosecutors — who the filmmakers say declined their request to participate in "Making a Murderer" — have claimed the film
    omits physical evidence against Avery.US News (Jan 17, 2016)
  82. orient

    determine one's position with reference to another point
    Cyanobacteria have been known for over a century to be phototactic, meaning they can
    orient in the direction of, and travel towards, light sources.Economist (Feb 11, 2016)
  83. paradox

    a statement that contradicts itself
    "We've created this
    paradox in organizations where we’re asking people who are competing with each other to also collaborate," he said.Washington Post (Feb 2, 2016)
  84. pensive

    deeply or seriously thoughtful
    In the first image, Charlotte looks somewhat
    pensive, her blue eyes radiant with wisdom.MSNBC (Nov 29, 2015)
  85. peril

    a state of danger involving risk
    Back in 1786, Benjamin Franklin commented extensively on the
    perils of lead poisoning, but industry ignored the dangers and marketed lead aggressively.New York Times (Feb 13, 2016)
  86. perpetual

    continuing forever or indefinitely
    The trap was dubbed the "
    perpetual mousetrap" by Colin Pullinger, as it was claimed that it would last a lifetime.BBC (Feb 5, 2016)
  87. ponder

    reflect deeply on a subject
    “Because the meaning of the Civil War remains unresolved, we continue to
    ponder Lincoln’s legacies into the 21st century.”New York Times (Feb 14, 2016)
  88. potent

    having a strong physiological or chemical effect
    They say that worms, or drugs developed from them, could be
    potent treatments for these ailments, superior to current approaches, and with fewer side-effects.The Guardian (Feb 8, 2016)
  89. precede

    be earlier in time
    Simply put, in four months, the department implemented reforms that it had failed to enact during the 21 months
    preceding Gus Deeds’s death.Washington Post (Feb 12, 2016)
  90. predate

    be earlier in time; go back further
    Many incidents occurred in 2014 and
    predate the current chief, Gregory M. Dean, although some have occurred under his watch.Washington Post (Jan 5, 2016)
  91. principle

    a basic generalization that is accepted as true
    Aubrey Bettencourt, executive director of the California Water Alliance, said the proposal’s guiding
    principle is more water for every use.Los Angeles Times (Feb 15, 2016)
  92. proficient

    having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
    By eighth grade, Harvard economist Roland G. Fryer Jr. noted last year, only 44 percent of American students are
    proficient in reading and math.US News (Feb 16, 2016)
  93. profound

    situated at or extending to great depth
    “It will require exploring possibilities for realising ‘negative’ emissions as well as
    profound lifestyle changes of current generations.”The Guardian (Feb 15, 2016)
  94. pungent

    strong and sharp to the sense of taste or smell
    A 2m-tall flower, known for its
    pungent odour which has been likened to rotting flesh, has bloomed in Australia.BBC (Dec 28, 2015)
  95. redundant

    more than is needed, desired, or required
    We may figure that with the Caribbean and Hawaii closer by, another tropical island destination would be
    redundant.Washington Post (Feb 4, 2016)
  96. reflect

    give evidence of
    Expressed in beats per minute, your heart rate
    reflects your body's ability to provide oxygenated blood to your tissues.US News (Feb 17, 2016)
  97. relevant

    having a bearing on or connection with the subject at issue
    “This a condition that is
    relevant to every city,” says Bench, “not just a down-and-out place, but also a thriving one.”The Guardian (Feb 17, 2016)
  98. resent

    feel bitter or indignant about
    Gutowski grudgingly agreed to give up part to finally settle the matter and move on, but he
    resents how his life was put in knots.Washington Times (Feb 7, 2016)
  99. revive

    give new life or energy to
    Bush has deliberately avoided politics since leaving the White House in 2009, but made an exception to help
    revive his brother’s once-promising candidacy.Washington Post (Feb 15, 2016)
  100. rudimentary

    being in the earliest stages of development
    From the first
    rudimentary cave markings to wall planners, desk diaries and computerized charts, calendars have always been with us.BBC (Feb 11, 2016)
  101. sensory

    relating to or concerned in sensation
    Enjoy the experience. Part of the
    sensory pleasure of food is the time we take to see, smell and chew.US News (Feb 9, 2016)
  102. skeptical

    marked by or given to doubt
    After decades of broken promises, Sandbranch residents, who harbor a deep-seated distrust of government, are
    skeptical that the renewed attention will bring lasting improvements.Washington Times (Feb 14, 2016)
  103. solemn

    dignified and somber in manner or character
    After bringing in the coffin, the eight pallbearers gave it a slow,
    solemn salute as family members and other mourners filed in.Washington Times (Feb 15, 2016)
  104. static

    not in physical motion
    On a
    static trapeze, unlike other forms, the ropes are fixed and mostly don't swing.BBC (Feb 16, 2016)
  105. superlative

    the highest level or degree attainable
    Apple’s advantage is that it designs and builds software together, so if the software isn't excellent, it does the
    superlative hardware a disservice.The Verge (Feb 3, 2016)
  106. sustainable

    capable of being prolonged
    The American people would benefit from seeing what a concrete plan to put the budget on a more
    sustainable long-term path looks like.US News (Feb 12, 2016)
  107. trait

    a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
    traits seen as preferable by the public, military service ranks most positively.MSNBC (Feb 15, 2016)
  108. trivial

    (informal) small and of little importance
    The president and his aides have long been frustrated by a political and media environment that they view as too focused on
    trivial, short-term matters.New York Times (Dec 19, 2015)
  109. unrealized

    of persons; marked by failure to realize full potentialities
    Now comes an exciting plan developed by library officials that we hope will have better success than the
    unrealized ideas of the past.Washington Post (Mar 26, 2015)
  110. void

    declare invalid
    Whitehead was declared the legal mother and granted visitation rights, and Stern’s wife’s adoption of the baby was
    voided.Slate (Feb 14, 2016)
  111. wholly

    to the full or entire extent
    I remember watching her eat with her hands and feeling
    wholly uncivilized with my fork.Between the World and Me
  112. abundant

    present in great quantity
    Although there’s
    abundant research on pesticides on food, there’s little information about the effects of heating and inhaling such chemicals.Washington Times (Feb 15, 2016)
  113. altitude

    elevation above sea level or above the earth's surface
    "The issue is real. We have plenty of pilot reports of drones where they were not expected, particularly at low
    altitudes around airports," he added.BBC (Feb 15, 2016)
  114. characteristic

    a prominent attribute or aspect of something
    “Problematic Internet use” is now considered to be a behavioral addiction with
    characteristics that are similar to substance use disorders.Slate (Feb 17, 2016)
  115. combustion

    a reaction of a substance with oxygen to give heat and light
    Typically, super luminous supernovae are the result of thermonuclear
    combustion — or a big star bomb, essentially.The Verge (Jan 14, 2016)
  116. conductivity

    the property of transmitting heat, electricity, or sound
    The third method relies on existing wearable technology that records heart rate, blood oxygen in the arteries and electrical
    conductivity in the skin.US News (Dec 8, 2015)
  117. correspond

    be compatible, similar, or consistent
    “The increase of the illnesses closely
    corresponds with the timeframe of the switch to the Flint River water.Washington Times (Feb 4, 2016)
  118. decelerate

    lose velocity; move more slowly
    Once the Falcon 9 reaches space and separates from the top of the vehicle, it
    decelerates and flips around to make the journey back.The Verge (Jan 13, 2016)
  119. deposition

    a pretrial interrogation of a witness
    According to sworn
    depositions by the two officers pursuing him, Esau Castellanos was speeding at 80 mph and crashed on the city’s northwest side.Washington Times (Jan 9, 2016)
  120. distinguish

    mark as different
    Lotteries are loved by social scientists because the winners and losers,
    distinguished by chance alone, are statistically identical.Economist (Feb 4, 2016)
  121. efficient

    being effective without wasting time, effort, or expense
    He is campaigning on a promise to run a more
    efficient government, and has vowed to stem official corruption, a key issue for some voters.US News (Feb 17, 2016)
  122. emit

    give off, send forth, or discharge
    Fluorescence occurs when materials absorb energy and then
    emit it as light.New York Times (Feb 15, 2016)
  123. erode

    become ground down or deteriorate
    Supporters of the measure have said they’re concerned new technologies such as automated license plate readers that track motorists threaten to
    erode individual privacy.Washington Times (Feb 16, 2016)
  124. evolution

    a process in which something passes to a different stage
    Its four telescopes should enable scientists to discover more about how galaxy clusters are formed, and the
    evolution of black holes.BBC (Feb 17, 2016)
  125. exert

    put to use
    They employ thousands of workers and control much of the local economy,
    exerting political power to advance their aims locally and in Washington.MSNBC (Feb 17, 2016)
  126. exhibit

    show; make visible or apparent
    The fact that most people infected with the virus will not
    exhibit symptoms also has the agency concerned.Time (Feb 16, 2016)
  127. fuse

    any igniter used to initiate the burning of a propellant
    Although tempers cooled in the years following the Sagebrush Rebellion, the movement lit a
    fuse that continued to burn.Time (Jan 4, 2016)
  128. gauge

    determine the capacity, volume or contents of by measurement
    Weiss’s instrument would
    gauge the difference between these two fluctuating lengths, and it would do so on a gigantic scale, using miles of steel tubing.The New Yorker (Feb 11, 2016)
  129. generalize

    draw from specific cases for broader cases
    Trainers offer content, but it’s
    generalized and doesn’t focus on daily application to classroom lessons.Slate (Feb 16, 2016)
  130. given

    acknowledged as a supposition
    Trump also repeated his threat to possibly bring a lawsuit over Cruz's eligibility to be on the ballot,
    given that he was born in Canada.US News (Feb 17, 2016)
  131. hypothesis

    a tentative insight that is not yet verified or tested
    Observation is always done with some
    hypotheses in mind–we can’t understand the world from a totally blank slate.Time (Feb 1, 2016)
  132. incremental

    increasing gradually by regular degrees or additions
    The system — and by this we mean the constitutional structure of checks and balances — requires policymakers to settle for
    incremental changes.Washington Post (Feb 12, 2016)
  133. intact

    undamaged in any way
    All that is believed to have survived
    intact is a Bible that an 8-year-old girl rescued by returning to the burning building.New York Times (Feb 17, 2016)
  134. interval

    a definite length of time marked off by two instants
    The battery life improvements come from a new power saving mode for GPS, allowing the Band to track location in
    intervals rather than continuously.The Verge (Feb 3, 2016)
  135. larva

    immature form of an animal between the egg and adult stages
    The animal thrives in warm, moist soil, where the eggs hatch and then mature into tiny
    larvae that can tunnel up through bare feet.The New Yorker (Dec 14, 2015)
  136. latter

    the second of two or the second mentioned of two
    Trump also levied attacks at Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the
    latter for his disastrous debate performance in New Hampshire earlier this month.Time (Feb 15, 2016)
  137. mass

    the property of a body that causes it to have weight
    In high school physics, gravity is taught as an invisible attractive force between any two bodies of
    mass.MSNBC (Feb 14, 2016)
  138. maturation

    the act of coming to full development
    Because of the birds’ rapid reproduction and quick
    maturation cycle, geneticists can effect changes in chickens relatively quickly.Wall Street Journal (Dec 4, 2015)
  139. onset

    the beginning or early stages
    Most infected people have no symptoms until the
    onset of liver damage, which could take several years, the FDA said in a news release.US News (Jan 29, 2016)
  140. precipitation

    the falling to earth of any form of water
    The weather service says some areas could see freezing rain as the
    precipitation transitions from snow to rain, and heavy rain is possible Monday night.Washington Times (Feb 14, 2016)
  141. prolong

    lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer
    He threatened to
    prolong their sentences, deny them parole, halt their transfer to lower-security facilities and keep them from seeing their children, the lawsuit says.Washington Times (Feb 16, 2016)
  142. proportional

    properly related in size or degree
    One thing immediately apparent even to the most entry-level statistician is that net happiness is unrelated, or possibly inversely
    proportional, to a country’s wealth.Salon (Feb 11, 2016)
  143. residual

    something left after other parts have been taken away
    Administration officials insist that a small
    residual force in Iraq would not have stopped the advance of ISIS in 2014.BBC (Dec 20, 2015)
  144. solution

    a homogeneous mixture of two or more substances
    Buck recommends using a
    solution of one part bleach to nine parts hot water to kill bacteria.Washington Times (Feb 15, 2016)
  145. substrate

    the material that is acted upon by an enzyme
    Copper, aluminium and steel are also used as the
    substrate for the electrode materials and for the housing.Nature (Oct 27, 2015)
  146. trial

    the act of testing something
    Trials have shown that such releases could reduce an insect population by up to 90%, he said.The Guardian (Feb 16, 2016)
  147. uniform

    the same throughout in structure or composition
    And that if one neglected pressure, a
    uniform spherically systematic symmetric star would contract to a single point of infinite density.BBC (Jan 26, 2016)
  148. variable

    something that is likely to change
    Movidius makes a vision processor that attempts to replicate human eyesight, taking into account
    variables like depth and texture to put objects into context.Time (Feb 5, 2016)
Created on February 17, 2016
(updated February 17, 2016)

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