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abandon ship to extricate oneself from a situation where danger or failure seems imminent, often at the expense of loyalty to a group or cause. [1/2 definitions]
abstract expressionism (sometimes cap.) a school of painting that arose after World War II and that was marked by expressive but nonrepresentational images formed by an apparently random and often unconventional application of paint.
abut to touch along a common line or surface; come in contact (often fol. by "on", "upon," or "against"). [1/2 definitions]
academy an institution of learning, often private or specialized. [1/2 definitions]
accomplishment (often pl.) talent, social poise, or achievement valued by polite society. [1/3 definitions]
accord to be in unity or harmony; agree; conform (often fol. by "with"). [1/6 definitions]
accost to confront and speak first to, often aggressively. [1/2 definitions]
account executive in a company such as an advertising agency, a person responsible for managing one or more clients' accounts and often for securing new accounts.
accouterment (often pl.) one's outfit or equipment, esp. that of a soldier, exclusive of arms and uniform. [1/2 definitions]
ace to outdo or gain an advantage over (often fol. by "out"). [1/7 definitions]
acid rock a form of music popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s that has loud, often distorted sounds and harmonies, and lyrics that suggest psychedelic experiences.
acquainted having personal knowledge or familiarity (often fol. by "with").
actuality (often pl.) actual facts or circumstances. [1/2 definitions]
add to combine (something) with something else, often to increase the quantity of the latter, or to improve it or make it more complete. [3/6 definitions]
adding machine a machine, often used by businesses, that is able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide, esp. one that prints the work on paper.
adjust to fit into or adapt oneself to conditions (often fol. by "to"). [1/5 definitions]
Adonis (often l.c.) any young man who is extremely handsome. [1/2 definitions]
advance (sometimes pl.) an approach or proposition, often sexual. [1/13 definitions]
advisory a report containing information and, often, a warning. [1/3 definitions]
affair a love relationship, often an illicit one. [1/6 definitions]
affect2 to imitate, often in a pretentious manner; feign.