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abandon Tweet Definition of abandon Like Definition of abandon on Facebook
  1. A complete give up, giving up to natural impulses; freedom from artificial constraint; careless freedom or ease.
  1. (transitive) To give up control of, to surrender.
    • Hope was overthrown, yet could not be abandoned. " I. Taylor
      1. (transitive) To leave behind, to desert.
      Many baby girls have been abandoned on the streets of Beijing everyday.
      1. (context, transitive, obsolete) To cast out, cast or drive out; to banish; to expel; to reject.
    • 1594: Being all this time abandoned from your bed. " Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, I-ii
      1. (transitive) To relinquish a claim to property to underwriters.
abatement Tweet Definition of abatement Like Definition of abatement on Facebook
  1. The act of abating, or the state of being abated; a lessening, diminution, or reduction; removal or putting an end to; as, the of a nuisance is the suppression thereof.
  2. The amount abated; that which is taken away by way of reduction; deduction; decrease; a rebate or discount allowed.
  3. (heraldry) A mark of dishonor on an escutcheon; any figure added to the coat of arms tending to lower the dignity or station of the bearer.
  4. The entry of a stranger, without right, into a freehold after the death of the last possessor, before the heir or devisee.
abstinence Tweet Definition of abstinence Like Definition of abstinence on Facebook
  1. The act or practice of abstaining, refraining from indulge, indulging a desire.
The from a present pleasure that offers itself is a pain, nay, oftentimes, a very great one. - w:John Locke, John Locke
  1. Specifically, the practice of abstaining from intoxicating/alcoholic beverages (also called total abstinence, teetotalism).
  2. Specifically, the practice of abstaining from sexual intercourse, either permanently or until marriage.
  3. The practice of self-denial by depriving one's self (partly or totally) of certain kinds of food or drink, especially meat.
Penance, fasts, and , / To punish bodies for the soul's offense. - w:John Dryden, John Dryden
AC Tweet Definition of AC Like Definition of AC on Facebook
  1. (electrical) alternating current, Alternating Current
  2. (electrical): often used to indicate an alternating potential rather than a current, as in 110V AC.
  3. Air Conditioning, usually: A/C
  4. as charged, as in: guilty as charged, usually: a/c
  5. Area Code
  6. all clear, as in button on electronic calculator
  7. (internet slang) audible chuckle
  8. (set theory) axiom of choice
accelerator Tweet Definition of accelerator Like Definition of accelerator on Facebook
noun Often used adjectivally
  1. One who, or that which, accelerates.
  2. A device for causing acceleration.
  3. A substance which speeds up chemical reactions.
  4. accelerator pedal.
accept Tweet Definition of accept Like Definition of accept on Facebook
  1. (transitive) To receive, especially with a consent, with favour or with approval.
    • She accepted of a treat. - Joseph Addison
    • The Lord thy burnt sacrifice. - Psalms 20:3
      1. (transitive) To receive or admit to; to agree to; to assent to; to submit to; as, I accept your proposal, amendment, or excuse.
      2. (transitive) To endure patiently.
      I accept my punishment.
      1. (transitive) (commerce) To agree to pay.
      2. (transitive) To receive officially; as, to accept the report of a committee.
  1. (obsolete) Accepted.
    • Pass our accept and peremptory answer. - Shakespeare: Henry V, V-ii
acceptor Tweet Definition of acceptor Like Definition of acceptor on Facebook
  1. One who accepts.
  2. (context, In law and commerce) one who accepts a draft or a bill of exchange; a drawee after he has accepted.
  3. (chemistry) an atom or molecule which can accept an electron to form a chemical bond.
  4. (physics) a chemical acceptor atom forming a positive hole in a semiconductor.
accommodation Tweet Definition of accommodation Like Definition of accommodation on Facebook
  1. The act of fitting or adapting, or the state of being fitted or adapted; adaptation; adjustment; -- followed by to
The organization of the body with to its functions. -Sir M. Hale
  1. Willingness to accommodate; obligingness.
  2. Whatever supplies a want or affords ease, refreshment, or convenience; anything furnished which is desired or needful; -- often in the plural; as, the accommodations -- that is, lodgings and food -- at an inn - Sir W. Scott
  3. An adjustment of differences; state of agreement; reconciliation; settlement.
To come to terms of . - Macaulay
  1. The application of a writer's language, on the ground of analogy, to something not originally referred to or intended.
Many of those quotations from the Old Testament were probably intended as nothing more than accommodations. - Paley
  1. (context, Commerce) A loan of money
  2. (context, Commerce) An accommodation bill or note.
  3. an offer of substitute goods to fulfill a contract, which will bind the purchaser if accepted
account Tweet Definition of account Like Definition of account on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, account, account (accountancy))
  1. A reckoning; computation; calculation; enumeration; a record of some reckoning; as, the Julian of time.
  • A beggarly of empty boxes. - Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, V-i
    1. A registry of pecuniary transactions; a written or printed statement of business dealings or debts and credits, and also of other things subjected to a reckoning or review; as, to keep one's at the bank.
    2. A statement in general of reasons, causes, grounds, etc., explanatory of some event; as, no satisfactory has been given of these phenomena. Hence, the word is often used simply for reason, ground, consideration, motive, etc.; as, on no , on every , on all accounts.
  • A serious operation autopsy will be necessary before that can be done. But there are still four cartridges in the revolver. Two have been fired and two wounds inflicted, so that each bullet can be accounted for. - Doctor Watson in The Return of Sherlock Holmes
    1. A statement of facts or occurrences; recital of transactions; a relation or narrative; a report; a description; as, an of a battle.
  • A laudable of the city of London. - Howell
    1. A statement and explanation or vindication of one's conduct with reference to judgement thereon.
  • Give an of thy stewardship. - Luke 16:2
    1. An estimate or estimation; valuation; judgement.
  • To stand high in your - Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, III-ii
    1. Importance; worth; value; advantage; profit.
  • Men of - Pope
  • To turn to - Shakespeare
    1. A subscription to a service.
  • verb 
    1. (context, transitive, obsolete) To reckon; to compute; to count.
    The motion of... the sun whereby years are accounted. - Sir T. Browne
    1. (context, transitive, rare) To place to one's account; to put to the credit of; to assign; -- with to. - Clarendon
    2. (transitive) To value, estimate, or hold in opinion; to judge or consider; to deem.
    • Accounting that God was able to raise him up. - Hebrews, 11:19
      1. (context, transitive, obsolete) To recount; to relate. - Chaucer
      2. (intransitive) To render or receive an account or relation of particulars; as, an officer must with or to the treasurer for money received.
      3. (intransitive) To render an account; to answer in judgement; -- with for; as, we must for the use of our opportunities.
      4. (intransitive) To give a satisfactory reason; to tell the cause of; to explain; -- with for; as, idleness accounts for poverty.
    accountancy Tweet Definition of accountancy Like Definition of accountancy on Facebook
    1. the profession of accounting, that which an accountant does.
    accountant Tweet Definition of accountant Like Definition of accountant on Facebook
    1. One who renders account; one accountable.
    2. A reckoner, or someone who maintains financial matters for a person(s)
    3. One who is skilled in, keeps, or adjusts, accounts; an officer in a public office, who has charge of the accounts.
    4. One who's profession includes organizing, maintaining and auditing the records of another. The records are usually but not always financial records.
    1. (obsolete) Accountable - Shakespeare
    account book Tweet Definition of account book Like Definition of account book on Facebook
    1. A book in which accounts are kept. - Swift
    accounting Tweet Definition of accounting Like Definition of accounting on Facebook
    1. Book keeping in business. Recording financial transactions.
    2. A relaying of events; justification of actions.
    He was required to give a thorough of his time.
    1. (present participle of, account)
    acquittance Tweet Definition of acquittance Like Definition of acquittance on Facebook
    1. The clear off, clearing off of debt or obligation; a release or discharge from debt or other liability.
    2. A writing which is evidence of a discharge; a receipt in full, which bars a further demand.
    1. (transitive) (obsolete) To acquit.
    active Tweet Definition of active Like Definition of active on Facebook
    1. A person or thing that is acting or capable of acting.
    adjective (WikiSaurus?-link, active)
    1. Having the power or quality of acting; causing change; communicating action or motion; acting; — opposed to passive, that receives; as, certain active principles; the powers of the mind.
    2. Quick in physical movement; of an agile and vigorous body; nimble; as, an active child or animal.
    3. In action; actually proceeding; working; in force; — opposed to quiescent, dormant, or extinct.
    active laws
    active hostilities
    an active volcano
    1. Given to action; constantly engaged in action; energetic; diligent; busy; — opposed to dull, sluggish, indolent, or inert; as, an active man of business; active mind; active zeal.
    2. Requiring or implying action or exertion; — opposed to sedentary or to tranquil; as, active employment or service; active scenes.
    3. Given to action rather than contemplation; practical; operative; — opposed to speculative or theoretical; as, an active rather than a speculative statesman.
    4. Brisk; lively; as, an active demand for corn.
    5. Implying or producing rapid action.
    an active disease
    an active remedy
    1. (grammar)
    1. Applied to a form of the verb; — opposed to passive. See active voice.
    2. Applied to verbs which assert that the subject acts upon or affects something else; transitive.
    3. Applied to all verbs that express action as distinct from mere existence or state.
    4. (italbrac, gay sexual slang)
    5. (italbrac, of a homosexual man) enjoying a role in anal sex in which he penetrates, rather than being penetrated by his partner
    6. such a role in anal sex
    actuary Tweet Definition of actuary Like Definition of actuary on Facebook
    noun (actuaries)
    1. A professional who calculates financial values associated with uncertain events subject to risk, such as insurance premiums or pension contributions.
    address Tweet Definition of address Like Definition of address on Facebook
    1. Direction or superscription of a letter, or the name, title, and place of residence of the person addressed.
    2. Act of addressing one's self to a person; verbal application.
    3. A formal communication, either written or spoken; a discourse; a speech; a formal application to any one; a petition; a formal statement on some subject or special occasion; as, an address of thanks, an address to the voters.
    4. Manner of speaking to another; delivery; as, a man of pleasing or insinuating address.
    5. Attention in the way one's addresses to a lady. Addison.
    6. Skill; skillful management; dexterity; adroitness.
    7. (obsolete) Act of preparing one's self. Jer Taylor.
    8. street address
    verb (inf=to address, addresses, addressing, addressed or {obsolete) addrest)
    1. (intransitive) (obsolete) To prepare one's self.
    Let us to tend on Hector's heels. - Shakespeare
    1. (intransitive) (obsolete) To direct speech.
    Young Turnus to the beauteous maid . - Dryden
    1. (transitive) (obsolete) To aim; to direct.
    And this good knight his way with me addrest. - Spenser
    1. (transitive) (obsolete) To prepare or make ready.
    His foe was soon addressed. - Spenser
    Turnus addressed his men to single fight. - Dryden
    The five foolish virgins addressed themselves at the noise of the bridegroom's coming. - Jeremy Taylor
    1. (transitive) (reflexive) To prepare one's self; to apply one's skill or energies (to some object); to betake.
    These men addressed themselves to the task. - Macaulay
    1. (transitive) (archaic) To clothe or array; to dress.
    Tecla ... addressed herself in man's apparel. - Jewel
    1. (transitive) To direct, as words (to any one or any thing); to make, as a speech, petition, etc. (to any one, an audience).
    The young hero had addressed his players to him for his assistance. - Dryden
    1. (transitive) To direct speech to; to make a communication to, whether spoken or written; to apply to by words, as by a speech, petition, etc., to speak to; to accost.
    Are not your orders to the senate? - Addison
    The representatives of the nation addressed the king. - Swift
    1. (transitive) To direct in writing, as a letter; to superscribe, or to direct and transmit; as, he addressed a letter.
    2. (transitive) To make suit to as a lover; to court; to woo.
    3. (transitive) To consign or intrust to the care of another, as agent or factor; as, the ship was addressed to a merchant in Baltimore.
    4. (transitive) To address one's self to; to prepare one's self for; to apply one's self to; to direct one's speech or discourse to.
    5. (transitive) (formal) To handle, discuss about a problem especially to solve it.
    This article will how to write a good entry for Wiktionary.
    adj. Tweet Definition of adj. Like Definition of adj. on Facebook
    1. adjective
    2. adjustment
    adjust Tweet Definition of adjust Like Definition of adjust on Facebook
    1. To modify something.
    Morimoto's recipes are adjusted to suit the American palate
    1. To improve or rectify.
    He adjusted his initial conclusion to reflect the new data.
    1. To settle an insurance claim.
    adjustment Tweet Definition of adjustment Like Definition of adjustment on Facebook
    1. a small change; a minor correction; a modification
    I adjusted my Wiktionary preferences to enlarge the edit box.
    The credit card company made an to my account to waive the late fee.
    adman Tweet Definition of adman Like Definition of adman on Facebook
    noun (admen)
    1. One who is in the buisiness of devising, writing, ilustrating or selling advertisements.
    advance Tweet Definition of advance Like Definition of advance on Facebook
    1. A forward move.
    2. An amount of money or credit, especially given as a loan, or paid before it is due.
    3. (in plural) An opening approach or overture, especially of an unwelcome or sexual nature.
    verb (advanc, ing)
    1. To bring forward; to move towards the van or front; to make to go on.
    They . . . advanced their eyelids. "Shakespeare
    1. To raise to a higher rank; to promote.
    2. To accelerate the growth or progress; to further; to forward; to help on; to aid; to heighten.
    to the ripening of fruit
    to one's interests
    1. To bring to view or notice; to offer or propose; to show.
    to an argument
    1. To make earlier, as an event or date; to hasten.
    2. To furnish, as money or other value, before it becomes due, or in aid of an enterprise; to supply beforehand.
    Merchants often money on a contract or on goods consigned to them.
    1. To raise to a higher point; to enhance; to raise in rate.
    to the price of goods
    1. (intransitive) To move forwards, to approach.
    1. completed, Completed before need or a milestone event.
    He made an payment on the prior shipment to show good faith.
    1. preceding, Preceding.
    The man came a month before the candidate.
    1. forward, Forward.
    The scouts found a site for an base.
    advertisement Tweet Definition of advertisement Like Definition of advertisement on Facebook
    noun (plural: advertisements)
    1. A commercial solicitation designed to sell some commodity, service or similar.
    Companies try to sell their products using advertisements in form of placards, television spots and print publications.
    1. A public notice.
    The city council placed an advertisement in the local newspaper to inform its residents of the forthcoming roadworks.
    advertising Tweet Definition of advertising Like Definition of advertising on Facebook
    1. (present participle of, advertise)
    advertize Tweet Definition of advertize Like Definition of advertize on Facebook
    verb (advertiz, ing)
    1. (transitive) To advertise; to announce publicly, especially for commercial interests.
    agio Tweet Definition of agio Like Definition of agio on Facebook
    1. The premium or percentage on a better sort of money when it is given in exchange for an inferior sort. The premium or discount on foreign bills of exchange is sometimes called agio.
    agiotage Tweet Definition of agiotage Like Definition of agiotage on Facebook
    1. Exchange business; also, stockjobbing; the maneuvers of speculators to raise or lower the price of stocks or public funds.
    allocation Tweet Definition of allocation Like Definition of allocation on Facebook
    1. The process or procedure for allocate, allocating things, especially money; to parcel out, to apportion, to grant a share of available resources.
    The of new permits is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
    AmEx Tweet Definition of AmEx Like Definition of AmEx on Facebook
    1. (business) American Express
    amortization Tweet Definition of amortization Like Definition of amortization on Facebook
    1. In accounting, the process by which the cost of an intangible asset (such as an intellectual property right) is distributed over the projected useful life of the asset.
    2. Such a projection with respect to a particular asset.
    annuitant Tweet Definition of annuitant Like Definition of annuitant on Facebook
    1. The recipient of an annuity.
    annuity Tweet Definition of annuity Like Definition of annuity on Facebook
    noun (annuities)
    1. A right to receive amounts of money regularly over a certain fixed period, in perpetuity, or, especially, over the remaining life or lives of one or more beneficiaries.
    ante Tweet Definition of ante Like Definition of ante on Facebook
    1. (poker) In poker and other games, the contribution made by all players to the pot before dealing the cards.
    1. To pay the ante in poker. Often used ante up.
    2. To make an investment in money, effort, or time before knowing one's chances.
    antitrust Tweet Definition of antitrust Like Definition of antitrust on Facebook
    1. Opposed to or against the establishment or existence of trusts (monopoly, monopolies), usually referring to legislation.
    The regulators used laws to block the merger, believing it would eliminate competition.
    appraisal Tweet Definition of appraisal Like Definition of appraisal on Facebook
    1. A judgment or assessment of the value of something, especially a formal one for loan or taxation purposes.
    2. A judgment or assessment of the professional performance of someone, especially a subordinate .
    appraise Tweet Definition of appraise Like Definition of appraise on Facebook
    verb (apprais, ing)
    1. To set a value; to estimate the worth of, particularly by persons appointed for the purpose; as, to appraise goods and chattels.
    2. To estimate; to conjecture.
    3. To praise; to commend.
    ARB Tweet Definition of ARB Like Definition of ARB on Facebook
    1. Angiotensin Receptor Blockers
    arbitrage Tweet Definition of arbitrage Like Definition of arbitrage on Facebook
    1. the practice of quickly buying and selling foreign currencies in different markets in order to make a profit
    2. the purchase of the stock of a future takeover target, with the expectation that the stock will be sold to the person executing the takeover at a higher price
    3. any market activity where a commodity is bought and sold quickly for a profit which far exceeds the transaction cost
    arbitrager Tweet Definition of arbitrager Like Definition of arbitrager on Facebook
    1. One who participates in arbitrage.
    ARM Tweet Definition of ARM Like Definition of ARM on Facebook
    1. accelerated reply mail: a service of the United States Postal Service
    2. adjustable rate mortgage
    ARP Tweet Definition of ARP Like Definition of ARP on Facebook
    initialism ARP'
    1. (computing) (internet) Address Resolution Protocol
    arrear Tweet Definition of arrear Like Definition of arrear on Facebook
    1. Work to be done, obligation.
    I have a large of letters to write. -- J. D. Forbes.
    My own work, with its manifold arrears, took me all day to clear off. -- Stoker, Dracula
    1. Unpaid debt.
    1. (rfv-sense) behind, backward
    (--) rent considerably in , and heartless landlady threatening expulsion (--) -- Dickens: Our Mutual Friend
    asking price Tweet Definition of asking price Like Definition of asking price on Facebook
    1. The list or sticker price of an item; the price without any discounts or incentives.
    assess Tweet Definition of assess Like Definition of assess on Facebook
    verb (assess, es)
    1. (transitive) To give or charge with (as with penalties in sports).
    2. (transitive) To determine the value of.
    3. (transitive) To impose or subject to (taxation and legal).
    assessment Tweet Definition of assessment Like Definition of assessment on Facebook
    1. the act of assessing or an amount (of tax, levy or duty etc) assessed
    2. an appraisal or evaluation
    ASSET Tweet Definition of ASSET Like Definition of ASSET on Facebook
    initialism (wikipedia, Association of Supervisory Staff, Executives and Technicians)
    1. Association of Supervisory Staffs, Executives and Technicians.
    aud. Tweet Definition of aud. Like Definition of aud. on Facebook
    1. auditorium
    audit Tweet Definition of audit Like Definition of audit on Facebook
    1. An examination in general.
    2. A judicial examination.
    3. An independent review and examination of records and activities to assess the adequacy of system controls, to ensure compliance with established policies and operational procedures, and to recommend necessary changes in controls, policies, or procedures
    4. (Scientology) Spiritual counseling, which forms the core of Dianetics.
    1. To conduct an independent review and examination of system records and activities in order to test the adequacy and effectiveness of data security and data integrity procedures, to ensure compliance with established policy and operational procedures, and to recommend any necessary changes
    2. To attend an academic class on a not-for-academic-credit basis.
    auditor Tweet Definition of auditor Like Definition of auditor on Facebook
    1. One who audits bookkeeping accounts.
    2. In many jurisdictions, an elected or appointed public official in charge of the public accounts; a comptroller.
    3. (rare) One who audits an academic course, i.e., does not take it for academic credit.
    4. (Scientology) One trained to perform spiritual guidance procedures; derived from Latin as "one who listens".

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