Vocabulary lesson 2

Definitions and samples

  • abase (v.) to humiliate, degrade

- I could also see that she had abased another recipient.

  • abate (v.) to reduce, lessen

- Once the storm abated it took us three days to dig our way back into the fields.

  • abdicate (v.) to give up a position, usually one of leadership

- Victor Emmanuel had four living daughters when he abdicated the throne in 1821.

  • abduct (v.) to kidnap, take by force

- Somalis also abducted a British woman from a Kenyan coastal resort in September.

  • aberration (n.) something that differs from the norm

- It is possible that last week's jump in gasoline demand could be an aberration.

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