12 vocabulary

By callie

Words

Abduct


(v.) to kidnap, carry off by force


seize, snatch


Ambiguous


(adj.) not clear; having two or more possible meanings


vague, uncertain, unclear, equivocal


obvious, plain, clear, unequivocal


Balk


(v.) to stop short and refuse to go on; to refuse abruptly; to prevent from happening; (n.) (in baseball) an illegal motion made by a pitcher


(v.) resist, hesitate, block



Compact


(adj.) closely and firmly packed together; small; (v.) to squeeze together; (n.) an agreement between parties; a small case containing a mirror and face powder; a small car


(adj.) dense; (v.) compress


(adj.) oversize, enormous, humongous, bulky


Confer


(v.) to consult, talk over, exchange opinions; to present as a gift, favor or honor


deliberate, award, bestow


withdraw, take away, withhold, deny


Earmark


(v.) to set aside for a special purpose; to mark an animal's ear for identification; (n.) an identifying mark or feature


(v.) reserve; (n.) trait, attribute



Frigid


(adj.) extremely cold; lacking in warmth or feeling


freezing, unresponsive


hot, balmy, torrid, warm, friendly


Implement


(n.) an instrument, tool; (v.) to put into effect


(n.) device, utensil; (v.) fulfill, accomplish, achieve, apply, carry out



Incalculable


(adj.) to great to be counted; unpredictable, uncertain


countless, measureless


measurable, countable, predictable


Indisputable


(adj.) beyond question or argument, definitely true


irrefutable, undeniable, incontestable, inarguable


questionable, debatable, arguable


Intensive


(adj.) thorough, deep; showing great effort; concentrated


thoroughgoing, heightened, exhaustive


relaxed, easy going, laid-back


maneuver


(n.) a planned movement; a skillful plan; a scheme; (v.) to perform or carry out such a planned movement


(n.) move, tactic; (v.) guide, manipulate



sabotage


(n.) an action taken to destroy something or to prevent it from working properly; (v.) to take such


(v.) vandalize, cripple, subvert, destroy




destructive action



scant


(adj.) not enough ; barely enough; marked by a small or insufficient amount


inadequate, meager, skimpy, bare


abundant, plentiful, profuse, excessive


stealthy


(adj.) done in a way so as not to be seen or observed; sneaky, underhanded


sly, furtive


open, direct, aboveboard, forthright


strapping


(adj.) tall, strong and healthy


sturdy, husky, brawny, athletic, hefty


weak, frail, fragile, delicate, puny


strident


(adj.) harsh, shrill; unpleasant sounding


piercing, grating


mellow, soothing, musical, honeyed


thrive


(v.) to grow vigorously; to grow in wealth and possessions


flourish, blossom, prosper


wither, die, fade, fail


titanic


(adj.) of enormous size, strength, power and scope


gigantic, huge, mighty, immense


tiny, miniature, diminutive, pint-size


valiant


(adj.) possessing or acting with bravery or boldness


brave, bold, courageous, gallant, heroic


timid, cowardly, fainthearted, "chicken"