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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 privileges   USAGE 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 rod   USAGE 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 another   USAGE 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 rapidly   USAGE 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.) pernickety   USAGE 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. vulnerability   USAGE 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 revenge   USAGE 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 senses   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The dancer's grace mesmerized the members of the audience.


Irate  [  ahy-REYT, AHY-reyt  ]   [  adjective  ]   MEANING :   1. furious 2. pertaining to anger   USAGE 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 feeling   USAGE 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 money   USAGE 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 firmness   USAGE 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 command   USAGE 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 conquered   USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :   The foolish Emperor considered himself invincible and decided to conquer the world.

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