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abandon, give up
give up with the intent of never claiming again; "Abandon your life to God"; "She gave up her children to her ex-husband when she moved to Tahiti"; "We gave the drowning victim up for dead"

abandon, give up
stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims; "He abandoned the thought of asking for her hand in marriage"; "Both sides have to give up some claims in these negotiations"

abate, let up, slack off, slack, die away
become less in amount or intensity; "The storm abated"; "The rain let up after a few hours"

abrade, corrade, abrase, rub down, rub off
wear away

abscond, bolt, absquatulate, decamp, run off, go off, make off
run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along; "The thief made off with our silver"; "the accountant absconded with the cash from the safe"

absorb, assimilate, ingest, take in
take up mentally; "he absorbed the knowledge or beliefs of his tribe"

absorb, suck, imbibe, soak up, sop up, suck up, draw, take in, take up
take in, also metaphorically; "The sponge absorbs water well"; "She drew strength from the minister's words"

absorb, take in
suck or take up or in; "A black star absorbs all matter"

absorb, take over
take up, as of debts or payments; "absorb the costs for something"

accept, admit, take, take on
admit into a group or community; "accept students for graduate study"; "We'll have to vote on whether or not to admit a new member"

accept, consent, go for
give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to; "I cannot accept your invitation"; "I go for this resolution"

accept, live with, swallow
tolerate or accommodate oneself to; "I shall have to accept these unpleasant working conditions"; "I swallowed the insult"; "She has learned to live with her husband's little idiosyncrasies"

access, get at
reach or gain access to; "How does one access the attic in this house?"; "I cannot get to the T.V. antenna, even if I climb on the roof"

account for
be the reason or explanation for; "The recession accounts for the slow retail business"

account for
give reasons for; "Can you account for all these absences?"

account, answer for
furnish a justifying analysis or explanation; "I can't account for the missing money"

accumulate, cumulate, conglomerate, pile up, gather, amass
collect or gather; "Journals are accumulating in my office"; "The work keeps piling up"

act on
regulate one's behavior in accordance with certain information, ideas, or advice; "The Founding Fathers acted on certain moral principles"

act out
represent an incident, state, or emotion by action, especially on stage; "She could act neurotic anxiety"

act up
make itself felt as a recurring pain; "My arthritis is acting up again"

act up, carry on
misbehave badly; act in a silly or improper way; "The children acted up when they were not bored"

add on
make an addition; "Let's add on to this"

address, turn to
speak to; "He addressed the crowd outside the window"

adhere, hold fast, bond, bind, stick, stick to
stick to firmly; "Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?"

adjourn, recess, break up
close at the end of a session; "The court adjourned"

admire, look up to
feel admiration for

admit, allow in, let in, intromit
allow to enter; grant entry to; "We cannot admit non-members into our club building"; "This pipe admits air"

admit, let in, include
allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of; "admit someone to the profession"; "She was admitted to the New Jersey Bar"

adopt, borrow, take over, take up
take up and practice as one's own

adopt, take in
take into one's family; "They adopted two children from Nicaragua"

advance, bring forward
cause to move forward; "Can you move the car seat forward?"

advance, progress, pass on, move on, march on, go on
move forward, also in the metaphorical sense; "Time marches on"

advance, throw out
bring forward for consideration or acceptance; "advance an argument"

affect, impact, bear upon, bear on, touch on, touch
have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?"

agitate, foment, stir up
try to stir up public opinion

agitate, rouse, turn on, charge, commove, excite, charge up
cause to be agitated, excited, or roused; "The speaker charged up the crowd with his inflammatory remarks"

agitate, vex, disturb, commove, shake up, stir up, raise up
change the arrangement or position of

alight, climb down
come down; "the birds alighted"

align, aline, line up, adjust
place in a line or arrange so as to be parallel or straight; "align the car with the curb"; "align the sheets of paper on the table"

allow, appropriate, earmark, set aside, reserve
give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause; "I will earmark this money for your research"; "She sets aside time for meditation every day"

amputate, cut off
remove surgically; "amputate limbs"

analyze, analyse, break down, dissect, take apart
make a mathematical, chemical, or grammatical analysis of; break down into components or essential features; "analyze a specimen"; "analyze a sentence"; "analyze a chemical compound"

anesthetize, anaesthetize, anesthetise, anaesthetise, put under, put out
administer an anesthetic drug to; "The patient must be anesthetized before the operation"; "anesthetize the gum before extracting the teeth"

annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil
cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"

anticipate, look for, look to
be excited or anxious about

appear, come out
be issued or published; "Did your latest book appear yet?"; "The new Woody Allen film hasn't come out yet"

append, add on, supplement, affix
add to the very end; "He appended a glossary to his novel where he used an invented language"

append, tag on, tack on, tack, hang on
fix to; attach; "append a charm to the necklace"

apply, hold, go for
be pertinent or relevant or applicable; "The same laws apply to you!"; "This theory holds for all irrational numbers"; "The same rules go for everyone"

approach, near, come on, go up, draw near, draw close, come near
move towards; "We were approaching our destination"; "They are drawing near"; "The enemy army came nearer and nearer"

archive, file away
put into an archive

arise, come up
result or issue; "A slight unpleasantness arose from this discussion"

arise, come up, bob up
originate or come into being; "a question arose"

arise, rise, uprise, get up, stand up
rise to one's feet; "The audience got up and applauded"

arm, build up, fortify, gird
prepare oneself for a military confrontation; "The U.S. is girding for a conflict in the Middle East"; "troops are building up on the Iraqi border"

arouse, sex, excite, turn on, wind up
stimulate sexually; "This movie usually arouses the male audience"

arrange, fix up
make arrangements for; "Can you arrange a meeting with the President?"

arrange, set up
put into a proper or systematic order; "arrange the books on the shelves in chronological order"

arrange, set up, put, order
arrange thoughts, ideas, temporal events; "arrange my schedule"; "set up one's life"; "I put these memories with those of bygone times"

arrive, make it, get in, go far
succeed in a big way; get to the top; "After he published his book, he had arrived"; "I don't know whether I can make it in science!"; "You will go far, my boy!"

ascend, go up
travel up, "We ascended the mountain"; "go up a ladder"; "The mountaineers slowly ascended the steep slope"

ask out, invite out, take out
make a date; "Has he asked you out yet?"

aspirate, draw out, suck out
remove as if by suction; "aspirate the wound"

assemble, gather, get together
get people together; "assemble your colleagues"; "get together all those who are interested in the project"; "gather the close family members"

assemble, piece, put together, set up, tack, tack together
create by putting components or members together; "She pieced a quilt"; "He tacked together some verses"; "They set up a committee"

associate, tie in, relate, link, colligate, link up, connect
make a logical or causal connection; "I cannot connect these two pieces of evidence in my mind"; "colligate these facts"; "I cannot relate these events at all"

assume, acquire, adopt, take on, take
take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; "His voice took on a sad tone"; "The story took a new turn"; "he adopted an air of superiority"; "She assumed strange manners"; "The gods assume human or animal form in these fables"

assume, adopt, take on, take over
take on titles, offices, duties, responsibilities; "When will the new President assume office?"

assume, take, strike, take up
occupy or take on; "He assumes the lotus position"; "She took her seat on the stage"; "We took our seats in the orchestra"; "She took up her position behind the tree"; "strike a pose"

assume, usurp, seize, take over, arrogate
seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession; "He assumed to himself the right to fill all positions in the town"; "he usurped my rights"; "She seized control of the throne after her husband died"

assumed, false, fictitious, fictive, pretended, put on, sham
adopted in order to deceive; "an assumed name"; "an assumed cheerfulness"; "a fictitious address"; "fictive sympathy"; "a pretended interest"; "a put-on childish voice"; "sham modesty"

attach to, accompany, come with, go with
be present or associated with an event or entity; "French fries come with the hamburger"; "heart attacks are accompanied by distruction of heart tissue"; "fish usually goes with white wine"; "this kind of vein accompanies certain arteries"

attack, round, assail, lash out, snipe, assault
attack in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"

attract, pull, pull in, draw, draw in
direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes; "Her good looks attract the stares of many men"; "The ad pulled in many potential customers"; "This pianist pulls huge crowds"; "The store owner was happy that the ad drew in many new customers"

auction, auction off, auctioneer
sell at an auction

audition, try out
perform in order to get a role; "She auditioned for a role on Broadway"

avert, turn away
turn away or aside; "They averted their eyes when the King entered"

awaken, wake, waken, rouse, wake up, arouse
cause to become awake or conscious; "He was roused by the drunken men in the street"; "Please wake me at 6 AM."







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