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Word List


  decline   (dkln) noun,verb   
1.  Change toward something smaller or lower.  
2.  Grow worse.  
3.  A condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state.  
4.  Refuse to accept.  
5.  A gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current.  
6.  Show unwillingness towards.  
7.  A downward slope or bend.  
8.  Grow smaller.  
9.  Go down.  
Rhymes:  brine, dine, line, mine, nine, pine, shine, shrine, spine, stein, twine, vine, whine, wine, benign, combine, define, design, divine, incline, malign, resign
Synonyms:  diminish, worsen, reject, degenerate, decrease, set, go, sink, subside, lessen
Antonyms:  accept, consent, increase, improve, ascend

  delicate   (dlkt) adjective   
1.  Exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury.   "a delicate violin passage" "delicate china" "a delicate flavor" "the delicate wing of a butterfly"
2.  Marked by great skill especially in meticulous technique.   "a surgeon's delicate touch"
3.  Easily broken or damaged or destroyed.   "a kite too delicate to fly safely"
4.  Easily hurt.   "a baby's delicate skin"
5.  Developed with extreme delicacy and subtlety.  
6.  Difficult to handle; requiring great tact.   "delicate negotiations with the big powers"
Synonyms:  exquisite, superior, flimsy, select, dainty, nice, fastidious, fine, frail, subtle
Antonyms:  coarse, crude, robust, gross, hearty

  deteriorate   (dtrrt) verb   
1.  Become worse or disintegrate.   "His mind deteriorated"
2.  Grow worse.   "Her condition deteriorated"
Synonyms:  retrograde, flag, fade, languish, descend
Antonyms:  improve, strengthen, ameliorate

  frivolous   (frvls) adjective    Not serious in content or attitude or behavior.   "a frivolous novel" "a frivolous remark" "a frivolous young woman"
Antonyms:  serious, earnest, important, grave

  gale   (gl) noun    A strong wind moving 45-90 knots; force 7 to 10 on Beaufort scale.  
Rhymes:  bail, braille, fail, flail, frail, hail, hale, jail, mail, male, nail, pale, quail, rail, sail, sale, scale, shale, stale, tail, tale, trail, whale, avail, curtail, entail, exhale, inhale, prevail, travail, unveil
Synonyms:  windstorm, tempest, storm, wind, squall

  jubilee   (jbl) noun    A special anniversary.  
Rhymes:  be, bee, fee, flea, flee, glee, he, knee, me, pea, plea, quay, see, she, ski, tea, the, three, we, wee, agree, debris, decree, degree, foresee

  liberate   (lbrt) verb   
1.  Give equal rights to; of women and minorities.  
2.  Grant freedom to; free from confinement.  
3.  Grant freedom to.   "The students liberated their slaves upon graduating from the university"
Antonyms:  subjugate, capture, confine

  methodical   (mthdkl) adjective    Characterized by method and orderliness.   "a methodical scholar"
Antonyms:  unmethodical, desultory, disorderly, irregular

  restrict   (rstrkt) verb    Place limits on (extent or access).   "restrict the use of this parking lot"
Rhymes:  strict, afflict, conflict, constrict, convict, depict, inflict, predict
Synonyms:  cramp, confine, check, limit, moderate, bound

  transform   (trnsfrm) verb   
1.  Change or alter in form, appearance, or nature.   "This experience transformed her completely" "She transformed the clay into a beautiful sculpture"
2.  Change in outward structure or looks.   "He transformed into a monster"
3.  Change from one form or medium into another.  
Rhymes:  form, storm, swarm, inform, lukewarm, perform, reform
Synonyms:  renew, change, convert, alter, modify