- adv. to or in another country
- Syn. overseas, internationally
- Louis Armstrong often traveled abroad.
- Living abroad can be an educational experience.
adj. quick, without warning
- adv. abruptly
- Syn. sudden
- n. abruptness
- There was an abrupt change in the weather.
- After the incident everyone left abruptly.
- adj. allowable or satisfactory
- v. accept
- Syn. permissible
- adv. acceptably
- n. acceptability
- adj. accepting
The idea was acceptable to everyone.
The registrar accepted more applicants than he should have.
- n. enthusiastic approval, applause
- adj. acclaimed
- Syn. praise
- n. acclamation
Isaac Stem has won acclaim abroad.
Acclaimed authors often win Pulitzer Prizes.
- adv. being in existence, real or factual
- adj. actual
- Syn. truly
They were actually very good soccer players.
The actual time allotted to complete the test is two hours.
- adj. displeasing, objectionable, or bad
- adv. adversely
- Syn. unfavorable
- n. adversity
- n. adversary
- Adverse weather conditions made it difficult to play the game.
- His indecision adversely affected his job performance.
- v. advise associated with the problem or situation
- adj. advisable
- Syn. suggestion
- n. advisability
Good advice is hard to find.
It is not advisable to stay up late the night before a test.
- adj. calling attention to, pleasing, creating interest,
- v. attract pretty
- n. attraction Syn. appealing
- n. attractiveness
- adv. attractively
The idea of working four, 10-hour work days was attractive to the employees.
The major attraction of the show was a speech by the president.
- adj. having no flaw or mistake, excellent
- adv. ideally
- Syn. perfect
- n. ideal
The beach is an ideal place to relax.
Candidates for the job should ideally have five years experience in similar positions.
- adj. continuous, refusing to give up, firm in action or
- v. persist
- n. persistence
- adv. persistently
- Syn. constant
The attorney's persistent questioning weakened the witness.
Her persistence earned her a spot on the team.
- adj. extending over a large area
- adv. widely
- Syn. broad
- n. wideness
Pine forests are found over a wide area of the Pacific Northwest.
The senator has traveled wide1y.
- adj. by itself, with no association
- adv. autonomously
- Syn. independent
Mexico became an autonomous state in 1817.
Although working closely with the government, all businesses function autonomously.
- n. the act of disagreeing, not giving approval
- v. disapprove
- adv. disapprovingly
- Syn. objection
Their disapproval of the plan caused the experiment to be abandoned.
The students disapproved of the plan of study.
- adj. causing confusion and interruption
- v. disrupt
- Syn. disturbing
- n. disruption
- adv. disruptively
Frequent questions during lectures can be disruptive.
The storm caused a disruption in bus service.
- adv. having no order or pattern, by chance
- adj. haphazard
- Syn. arbitrarily, carelessly
- n. haphazardness
It was obvious that the house was built haphazardly.
Susan completed the assignment in a haphazard way.