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Reciprocity [ res-uh'-PROS-i-tee ][ noun ]MEANING :1. a relationship that is mutually beneficial
2. mutual cooperation between nations by interchanging rights or privilegesUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The reciprocity of the deal helped both parties to recoup their losses.


Rabble [ RAB-uh'l ][ noun, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (n.) a group of persons treated with disrespect
2. (n.) any tool or mechanical device used in refining furnaces
3. (tr. v.) to stir the charge in a furnace with a rodUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The rabble went on a rampage and ransacked the manor of the nobleman.


Vacillation [ vas-uh'-LEY-shuh'n ][ noun, intransitive verb ]MEANING :1. (n.) movement which is not steady
2. (n.) the state of hesitation or indecision
3. (intr. v.) to sway from one side to anotherUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :After days of fearful vacillation, he finally decided to stand witness against the mafia.


Proliferate [ pruh'-LIF-uh'-reyt  ][ intransitive verb, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (intr. v.) to breed or increase in number by rapidly producing
2. (intr. v.) to spread rapidly
3. (tr. v.) to cause to breed or increase rapidlyUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :In certain areas of the city, rats proliferate at a tremendous rate posing a health hazard.


Meticulous [  muh'-TIK-yuh'-luh's  ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) very particular about minute details
2. (adj.) pernicketyUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The meticulous actor chose his clothes with care, especially when appearing before the media.


Susceptibility [ suh'-sep-tuh'-BIL-i-tee ][ noun ]MEANING :1. the tendency to be easily influenced or affected
2. vulnerabilityUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :His susceptibility to diseases was due to his poor physique.


Requite [ ri- KWAHYT ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. to offer something in return for having received something
2. to take revengeUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The ungrateful man requited the kind lady for her unconditional love with money.


Mesmerize [  MEZ-muh'-rahyz  ][ transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr. v.) to hypnotize
2. (tr. v.) to put into a trance
3. (tr. v.) to captivate the sensesUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The dancer's grace mesmerized the members of the audience.


Irate [ ahy-REYT, AHY-reyt ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. furious
2. pertaining to angerUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The irate customer yelled at the poor customer service executives.


Insensible [ in-SEN-suh'-buh'l ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. not capable of being emotional
2. without physical feelingUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The officer was too insensible to understand the plight of his secretary.


Mite [ mahyt ][ noun ]MEANING :1. any of several small acarid arachnids that are often parasitic and infest animals, plants, and stored foods and include important disease vectors
2. a small amount or sum of moneyUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :Mites, because of their small size, often go unnoticed.


Limp [ limp ][ noun, adjective, transitive verb ]MEANING :1. (tr. v.) to walk unevenly by trying to avoid putting too much weight on one leg
2. (tr. v.) to proceed in a slow and uneven way
3. (n.) an uneven gait
4. (adj.) lacking firmnessUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :He limped his way home after a car crashed into his left leg.


Implosion [ im-ploh-zhuh'n ][ noun ]MEANING :1. an inward blast
2. a demolition technique where a controlled blast causes the structure to cave in and not blow up or explode outwards.USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The teacher explained that this chemical reaction would cause an implosion rather than an explosion.


Imperative [ im-per-uh'-tiv ][ noun, adjective ]MEANING :1. (adj.) Impossible to prevent or avoid
2. (adj.) having the authority to command
3. (n.) a responsibility
4. (n.) a commandUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The political advisor said that it was imperative to take action during the window of opportunity or else they would have to switch to plan B.


Invincible [ in-VIN-suh'-buh'l  ][ adjective ]MEANING :1. unbeatable
2. cannot be conqueredUSAGE EXAMPLE 1 :The foolish Emperor considered himself invincible and decided to conquer the world.

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