Category: Vocabulary

Jul
29
2016

ratify

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rae tih faI

transitive verb
to validate, confirm, or establish (something) by giving formal approval or consent.
The legislature must ratify the treaty before it goes into effect.
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Jul
29
2016

deliquesce

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dekwes
intransitive verb
1. to melt away; dissolve.
The old local order has been broken up or is now being broken up all over the earth, and everywhere societies deliquesce, everywhere
men are afloat amidst the wreckage of their flooded conventions,and still tremendously unaware of the thing that has happened.
(H.G. Wells, A Modern Utopia)
2. to dissolve gradually and change into a liquid by absorbing moisture from the air.
“Rock salt is found near Neiba in inexhaustible quantities, there being several hills of native salt covered with a thin layer of soil….The salt is so pure that it does not attract moisture and deliquesce.” (Otto Schoenrich, Santo Domingo: A Country With a Future, 1918)
3. in botany, to branch out repeatedly and form many subdivisions that lack a main axis.

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Jul
29
2016

coagulate

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ko aegleIt
transitive verb
to cause (a liquid) to thicken into a semisolid mass.
Enzymes coagulate the milk in the cheese-making process.

intransitive verb
of a liquid, to become thicker; congeal.
Blood coagulates as the body attempts to heal its wound.

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Jul
28
2016

brandish

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braen dihsh

transitive verb
1.  to wave or shake (something such as a weapon) in a threatening or agitated manner.
They stormed into the bank brandishing their guns.
The protesters chanted and brandished their placards.

2.  to display in a showy or aggressive manner; flaunt.
He strode into the room brandishing a new medal on his uniform.
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Jul
28
2016

crystallize

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krI stə laIz
transitive verb
1. to convert into or cause to become crystals.
Boiling the juice crystallizes the sugar.
2. to put into a clearly defined form.
The new information helped me crystallize my plans.

intransitive verb
1. to take the form of crystals.
Your caramel sauce will crystallize unless you add lemon juice.
When frozen, water crystallizes.

2. to become clearly defined, as an idea.
After several discussions, our retirement plans began to crystallize.

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