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abandon to stop pursuing (an activity, goal, or the like); give up; relinquish. [1/6 definitions]
abatement the ending or suppression of a lawsuit, a nuisance, or the like. [1/2 definitions]
abdicate to relinquish or renounce (a position of power or the like). [2/3 definitions]
ablaut a pattern of changes in sounds, usu. vowels, that indicate variations in tense, number, person, or the like, as in "sink," "sank," and "sunk".
aboard on or into a ship, plane, train, or the like; on board. [1/2 definitions]
about-face an abrupt, complete change in opinion, beliefs, actions, or the like; switch; reversal. [2/3 definitions]
abridgment a book, speech, or the like that has been condensed. [1/3 definitions]
absurdist a thinker, writer, or the like who asserts that human existence and behavior are absurd. [1/3 definitions]
abutment an architectural component that supports an arch, vault, or the like, as of a bridge. [1/2 definitions]
academic freedom in educational institutions, the freedom of a teacher to teach, of a student to learn, and of both to discuss and hold opinions, esp. about social, political, and moral issues, without arbitrary interference or reprisals by school or public officials, organized groups, or the like.
accede to come into possession of an office, title, or the like (usu. fol. by to). [1/2 definitions]
accept to make a positive reply to (an invitation or the like). [1/6 definitions]
acceptation the generally accepted meaning of a word, phrase, or the like. [1/2 definitions]
accession the act of coming into possession of an office, title, or the like. [1/5 definitions]
accessorize to provide (an automobile, an outfit of apparel, or the like) with accessories.
accordion folded or pleated like the bellows of an accordion. [1/2 definitions]
accusatorial of, concerning, or like an accuser.
acerbic sharp, sour, or harsh in manner, tone, or the like. [1/2 definitions]
acidic like acid in taste, smell, pungency, or the like; acid. [1/3 definitions]
acrostic of or like an acrostic. [1/2 definitions]
activated carbon a form of very porous and thus very absorbent carbon, produced by heating charcoal so as to empty out contained gases, and used to absorb other gases, recover solvents, deodorize, and the like; activated charcoal.