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(n) the inherent complex of attributes that determine a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions; "education has for its object the formation of character"- Herbert Spencer

(n) a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something; "each town has a quality all its own"; "the radical character of our demands"

(n) an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; "she played the part of Desdemona"

(n) a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability; "requests for character references are all to often answered evasively"

(n) a written symbol that is used to represent speech; "the Greek alphabet has 24 characters"

(n) an imaginary person represented in a work of fiction (play or film or story); "she is the main character in the novel"

(n) a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities); "a real character"; "a strange character"; "a friendly eccentric"; "the capable type"; "a mental case"

(n) good repute; "he is a man of character"

(v) engrave or inscribe characters on

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(n) a workplace that serves as a telecommunications facility where lines from telephones can be connected together to permit communication

(a) in or near a center or constituting a center; the inner area; "a central position"; "central heating and air conditioning"

(s) centrally located and easy to reach; "the central city has good bus service"; "the shop has a central location"

(s) serving as an essential component; "a cardinal rule"; "the central cause of the problem"; "an example that was fundamental to the argument"; "computers are fundamental to modern industrial structure"

(a) used in the description of a place that in the middle of another place; "the people of Central and Northern Europe"; "country in central Africa"

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(n) the general progression of your working or professional life; "the general had had a distinguished career"; "he had a long career in the law"

(n) the particular occupation for which you are trained

(v) move headlong at high speed; "The cars careered down the road"; "The mob careered through the streets"

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(n) something that interests you because it is important or affects you; "the safety of the ship is the captain's concern"

(n) something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness; "New York traffic is a constant concern"; "it's a major worry"

(n) a feeling of sympathy for someone or something; "She felt strong concern for those less fortunate"

(n) an anxious feeling; "care had aged him"; "they hushed it up out of fear of public reaction"

(n) a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it; "he bought his brother's business"; "a small mom-and-pop business"; "a racially integrated business concern"

(v) have to do with or be relevant to; "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"; "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"

(v) be on the mind of; "I worry about the second Germanic consonant"

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(n) a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area; "they went for a walk in the park"

(a) of no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual; "the common man"; "a common sailor"; "the common cold"; "a common nuisance"; "followed common procedure"; "it is common knowledge that she lives alon

(a) belonging to or participated in by a community as a whole; public; "for the common good"; "common lands are set aside for use by all members of a community"

(s) commonly encountered; "a common (or familiar) complaint"; "the usual greeting"

(s) being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language; "common parlance"; "a vernacular term"; "vernacular speakers"; "the vulgar tongue of the masses"; "the technical and vulgar names for an animal species"

(s) of or associated with the great masses of people; "the common people in those days suffered greatly"; "behavior that branded him as common"; "his square plebeian nose"; "a vulgar and objectionable person"; "the unwashed masses"

(s) to be expected; standard; "common decency"

(s) lacking refinement or cultivation or taste; "he had coarse manners but a first-rate mind"; "behavior that branded him as common"; "an untutored and uncouth human being"; "an uncouth soldier--a real tough guy"; "appealing to the vulgar taste for violence";

(s) common to or shared by two or more parties; "a common friend"; "the mutual interests of management and labor"

(s) of low or inferior quality or value; "of what coarse metal ye are molded"- Shakespeare; "produced...the common cloths used by the poorer population"

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(n) the appearance of objects (or light sources) described in terms of a person's perception of their hue and lightness (or brightness) and saturation

(n) an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading; "he hoped his claims would have a semblance of authenticity"; "he tried to give his falsehood the gloss of moral sanction"; "the situation soon took on a different color"

(n) a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect; "a white color is made up of many different wavelengths of light"

(n) the timbre of a musical sound; "the recording fails to capture the true color of the original music"

(n) interest and variety and intensity; "the Puritan Period was lacking in color"

(n) (physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction; each flavor of quarks comes in three colors

(n) a race with skin pigmentation different from the white race (especially Blacks)

(n) any material used for its color; "she used a different color for the trim"

(v) change color, often in an undesired manner; "The shirts discolored"

(v) add color to; "The child colored the drawings"; "Fall colored the trees"; "colorize black and white film"

(v) affect as in thought or feeling; "My personal feelings color my judgment in this case"; "The sadness tinged his life"

(v) gloss or excuse; "color a lie"

(v) decorate with colors; "color the walls with paint in warm tones"

(v) modify or bias; "His political ideas color his lectures"

(a) having or capable of producing colors; "color film"; "he rented a color television"; "marvelous color illustrations"

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(r) definitely or positively (`sure' is sometimes used informally for `surely'); "the results are surely encouraging"; "she certainly is a hard worker"; "it's going to be a good day for sure"; "they are coming, for certain"; "they thought he had been kille

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(n) a steady flow (usually from natural causes); "the raft floated downstream on the current"; "he felt a stream of air"

(n) dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas; "two streams of development run through American history"; "stream of consciousness"; "the flow of thought"; "the current of history"

(n) a flow of electricity through a conductor; "the current was measured in amperes"

(a) occurring in or belonging to the present time; "current events"; "the current topic"; "current negotiations"; "current psychoanalytic theories"; "the ship's current position"

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(n) the concluding part of any performance

(n) the last section of a communication; "in conclusion I want to say..."

(n) the temporal end; the concluding time; "the stopping point of each round was signaled by a bell"; "the market was up at the finish"; "they were playing better at the close of the season"

(v) finish a game in baseball by protecting a lead; "The relief pitcher closed with two runs in the second inning"

(v) complete a business deal, negotiation, or an agreement; "We closed on the house on Friday"; "They closed the deal on the building"

(v) unite or bring into contact or bring together the edges of; "close the circuit"; "close a wound"

(v) move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut; "Close the door"; "shut the window"

(v) become closed; "The windows closed with a loud bang"

(v) fill or stop up; "Can you close the cracks with caulking?"

(v) bar access to; "Due to the accident, the road had to be closed for several hours"

(v) bring together all the elements or parts of; "Management closed ranks"

(v) draw near; "The probe closed with the space station"

(v) come together, as if in an embrace; "Her arms closed around her long lost relative"

(v) change one's body stance so that the forward shoulder and foot are closer to the intended point of impact

(v) cause a window or an application to disappear on a computer desktop

(v) engage at close quarters; "close with the enemy"

(v) finish or terminate (meetings, speeches, etc.); "The meeting was closed with a charge by the chairman of the board"

(v) cease to operate or cause to cease operating; "The owners decided to move and to close the factory"; "My business closes every night at 8 P.M."

(v) come to a close; "The concert closed with a nocturne by Chopin"

(v) be priced or listed when trading stops; "The stock market closed high this Friday"; "My new stocks closed at $59 last night"

(s) marked by fidelity to an original; "a close translation"; "a faithful copy of the portrait"; "a faithful rendering of the observed facts"

(s) rigorously attentive; strict and thorough; "close supervision"; "paid close attention"; "a close study"; "kept a close watch on expenditures"

(a) not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances; "near neighbors"; "in the near future"; "they are near equals"; "his nearest approach to success"; "a very near thing"; "a near hit by the bomb"; "she was near tears"; "she was close to tears";

(a) at or within a short distance in space or time or having elements near each other; "close to noon"; "how close are we to town?"; "a close formation of ships"

(a) close in relevance or relationship; "a close family"; "we are all...in close sympathy with..."; "close kin"; "a close resemblance"

(s) inclined to secrecy or reticence about divulging information; "although they knew her whereabouts her friends kept close about it"

(s) crowded; "close quarters"

(s) (of a contest or contestants) evenly matched; "a close contest"; "a close election"; "a tight game"

(s) giving or spending with reluctance; "our cheeseparing administration"; "very close (or near) with his money"; "a penny-pinching miserly old man"

(s) used of hair or haircuts; "a close military haircut"

(s) fitting closely but comfortably; "a close fit"

(s) confined to specific persons; "a close secret"

(s) strictly confined or guarded; "kept under close custody"

(s) of textiles; "a close weave"; "smooth percale with a very tight weave"

(s) lacking fresh air; "a dusty airless attic"; "the dreadfully close atmosphere"; "hot and stuffy and the air was blue with smoke"

(r) near in time or place or relationship; "as the wedding day drew near"; "stood near the door"; "don't shoot until they come near"; "getting near to the true explanation"; "her mother is always near"; "The end draws nigh"; "the bullet didn't come close";

(r) in an attentive manner; "he remained close on his guard"

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(n) a service conducted in a church; "don't be late for church"

(n) a place for public (especially Christian) worship; "the church was empty"

(n) one of the groups of Christians who have their own beliefs and forms of worship

(n) the body of people who attend or belong to a particular local church; "our church is hosting a picnic next week"

(v) perform a special church rite or service for; "church a woman after childbirth"

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(n) the option to buy a given stock (or stock index or commodity future) at a given price before a given date

(n) (sports) the decision made by an umpire or referee; "he was ejected for protesting the call"

(n) brief visit in an official or professional capacity; "the pastor's visits to his parishioners"; "a visit to a dentist"; "the salesman's call on a customer"

(n) a brief social visit; "senior professors' wives no longer make afternoon calls on newcomers"

(n) a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course; "he was disappointed that he had not heard the Call"

(n) a telephone connection; "she reported several anonymous calls"; "he placed a phone call to London"; "he heard the phone ringing but didn't want to take the call"

(n) an instruction that interrupts the program being executed; "Pascal performs calls by simply giving the name of the routine to be executed"

(n) the characteristic sound produced by a bird; "a bird will not learn its song unless it hears it at an early age"

(n) a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; "the speaker was interrupted by loud cries from the rear of the audience"

(n) a request; "many calls for Christmas stories"; "not many calls for buggywhips"

(n) a demand especially in the phrase "the call of duty"

(n) a demand for a show of hands in a card game; "after two raises there was a call"

(n) a demand by a broker that a customer deposit enough to bring his margin up to the minimum requirement

(v) rouse somebody from sleep with a call; "I was called at 5 A.M. this morning"

(v) consider or regard as being; "I would not call her beautiful"

(v) challenge the sincerity or truthfulness of; "call the speaker on a question of fact"

(v) utter in a loud voice or announce; "He called my name"; "The auctioneer called the bids"

(v) order, summon, or request for a specific duty or activity, work, role; "He was already called 4 times for jury duty"; "They called him to active military duty"

(v) order or request or give a command for; "The unions called a general strike for Sunday"

(v) lure by imitating the characteristic call of an animal; "Call ducks"

(v) get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone; "I tried to call you all night"; "Take two aspirin and call me in the morning"

(v) order, request, or command to come; "She was called into the director's office"; "Call the police!"

(v) declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee; "call a runner out"

(v) challenge (somebody) to make good on a statement; charge with or censure for an offense; "He deserves to be called on that"

(v) require the presentation of for redemption before maturation; "Call a bond"

(v) utter a sudden loud cry; "she cried with pain when the doctor inserted the needle"; "I yelled to her from the window but she couldn't hear me"

(v) make a prediction about; tell in advance; "Call the outcome of an election"

(v) ascribe a quality to or give a name of a common noun that reflects a quality; "He called me a bastard"; "She called her children lazy and ungrateful"

(v) utter a characteristic note or cry; "bluejays called to one another"

(v) assign a specified, proper name to; "They named their son David"; "The new school was named after the famous Civil Rights leader"

(v) send a message or attempt to reach someone by radio, phone, etc.; make a signal to in order to transmit a message; "Hawaii is calling!"; "A transmitter in Samoa was heard calling"

(v) read aloud to check for omissions or absentees; "Call roll"

(v) indicate a decision in regard to; "call balls and strikes behind the plate"

(v) give the calls (to the dancers) for a square dance

(v) make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands; "He called his trump"

(v) demand payment of (a loan); "Call a loan"

(v) call a meeting; invite or command to meet; "The Wannsee Conference was called to discuss the `Final Solution'"; "The new dean calls meetings every week"

(v) pay a brief visit; "The mayor likes to call on some of the prominent citizens"

(v) make a stop in a harbour; "The ship will call in Honolulu tomorrow"

(v) greet, as with a prescribed form, title, or name; "He always addresses me with `Sir'"; "Call me Mister"; "She calls him by first name"

(v) stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather; "call a football game"

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(n) an overland journey by hunters (especially in Africa)

(n) a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; "he supported populist campaigns"; "they worked in the cause of world peace"; "the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"; "the movement to end slavery"; "contributed to

(n) several related operations aimed at achieving a particular goal (usually within geographical and temporal constraints)

(n) a race between candidates for elective office; "I managed his campaign for governor"; "he is raising money for a Senate run"

(v) go on a campaign; go off to war

(v) run, stand, or compete for an office or a position; "Who's running for treasurer this year?"

(v) exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for; "The liberal party pushed for reforms"; "She is crusading for women's rights"; "The Dean is pushing for his fa

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(n) the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur

(n) the legislature of the United States government

(n) a meeting of elected or appointed representatives

(n) a national legislative assembly

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(n) the act of choosing or selecting; "your choice of colors was unfortunate"; "you can take your pick"

(n) the person or thing chosen or selected; "he was my pick for mayor"

(n) one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen; "what option did I have?"; "there no other alternative"; "my only choice is to refuse"

(s) of superior grade; "choice wines"; "prime beef"; "prize carnations"; "quality paper"; "select peaches"

(s) appealing to refined taste; "choice wine"

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(n) the procedure that is varied in order to estimate a variable's effect by comparison with a control condition

(n) information that should be kept in mind when making a decision; "another consideration is the time it would take"

(n) an assumption on which rests the validity or effect of something else

(n) (usually plural) a statement of what is required as part of an agreement; "the contract set out the conditions of the lease"; "the terms of the treaty were generous"

(n) a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing; "the human condition"

(n) a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"

(n) the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases `in condition' or `in shape' or `out of condition' or `out of shape')

(v) apply conditioner to in order to make smooth and shiny; "I condition my hair after washing it"

(v) put into a better state; "he conditions old cars"

(v) specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or agreement; make an express demand or provision in an agreement; "The will stipulates that she can live in the house for the rest of her life"; "The contract stipulates the dates of the payments"

(v) train by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control; "Parents must discipline their children"; "Is this dog trained?"

(v) establish a conditioned response

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(n) a mode of action; "if you persist in that course you will surely fail"; "once a nation is embarked on a course of action it becomes extremely difficult for any retraction to take place"

(n) education imparted in a series of lessons or class meetings; "he took a course in basket weaving"; "flirting is not unknown in college classes"

(n) facility consisting of a circumscribed area of land or water laid out for a sport; "the course had only nine holes"; "the course was less than a mile"

(n) (construction) a layer of masonry; "a course of bricks"

(n) part of a meal served at one time; "she prepared a three course meal"

(n) a connected series of events or actions or developments; "the government took a firm course"; "historians can only point out those lines for which evidence is available"

(n) general line of orientation; "the river takes a southern course"; "the northeastern trend of the coast"

(n) a line or route along which something travels or moves; "the hurricane demolished houses in its path"; "the track of an animal"; "the course of the river"

(v) hunt with hounds; "He often courses hares"

(v) move along, of liquids; "Water flowed into the cave"; "the Missouri feeds into the Mississippi"

(v) move swiftly through or over; "ships coursing the Atlantic"

(r) as might be expected; "naturally, the lawyer sent us a huge bill"

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(n) a risk involving danger; "you take a chance when you let her drive"

(n) a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur; "what is the probability of rain?"; "we have a good chance of winning"

(n) an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another; "bad luck caused his downfall"; "we ran into each other by pure chance"

(n) a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances; "the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washington"; "now is your chance"

(v) come upon, as if by accident; meet with; "We find this idea in Plato"; "I happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from here"; "She chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day"

(v) take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome; "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"

(v) be the case by chance; "I chanced to meet my old friend in the street"

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(n) the raising of plants or animals; "the culture of oysters"

(n) (biology) the growing of microorganisms in a nutrient medium (such as gelatin or agar); "the culture of cells in a Petri dish"

(n) the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group

(n) all the knowledge and values shared by a society

(n) the attitudes and behavior that are characteristic of a particular social group or organization; "the developing drug culture"; "the reason that the agency is doomed to inaction has something to do with the FBI culture"

(n) a particular society at a particular time and place; "early Mayan civilization"

(n) a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality; "they performed with great polish"; "I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose"; "almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art"--Joseph

(n) (bacteriology) the product of cultivating micro-organisms in a nutrient medium

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(n) 100 years

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(n) any entity that causes events to happen

(n) a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; "he supported populist campaigns"; "they worked in the cause of world peace"; "the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"; "the movement to end slavery"; "contributed to

(n) a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy; "the family brought suit against the landlord"

(n) a justification for something existing or happening; "he had no cause to complain"; "they had good reason to rejoice"

(n) events that provide the generative force that is the origin of something; "they are trying to determine the cause of the crash"

(v) cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner; "The ads induced me to buy a VCR"; "My children finally got me to buy a computer"; "My wife made me buy a new sofa"

(v) give rise to; cause to happen or occur, not always intentionally; "cause a commotion"; "make a stir"; "cause an accident"

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