1. danger or risk.
Ice poses the greatest hazard for winter driving.
2. something that causes a danger or risk.
The trek through the jungle was full of hazards.
3. the operation of chance or accident in events.
He left his fate to hazard.
1. the seed contained within the husk of a nut or the stone of a fruit.
The monkey broke into the fruit with its teeth and pulled out the kernel.
2. a grain of wheat, corn, or the like.
The chickens pecked at the hard kernels of corn scattered on the ground.
3. the most central part of something; core; nucleus.
That all humans deserve forgiveness was the kernel of the minister’s sermon for that day.
I understand the kernel of your argument, but your essay needs greater development.
4. a tiny but significant element of something.
I noted a kernel of disgust in his voice when he told us what he’d found out.
We had to admit there was a kernel of truth in what she said.
an official and authoritative order or decision, esp. by a ruler or government.
He and all of his followers were banished by the king’s decree.
to order, decide, or ordain officially and authoritatively.
The government decreed a temporary ban on shrimp fishing.
The king decreed that his daughter should inherit the throne after his death.
The ruler decreed that this day be celebrated with a feast.
ə mil yə reIt
- transitive verb
to make better; improve.
The measures taken did little to ameliorate the situation.
- intransitive verb
to become better; improve.
His condition had ameliorated to the point that we could bring him home from the hospital.
Her tense relationship with her mother-in-law ameliorated over time.
ih re 0v@ 0r@nt
1. not having or showing reverence or respect.
She considered it irreverent for anyone to call the pastor by his first name.
2. having or showing a humorously critical attitude toward institutions, beliefs, or people that others may revere.
The irreverent comic strip is always poking fun at governmental institutions.