(adj.) courteous and pleasant, sociable, easy to speak to
We spent a pleasant afternoon with our__neighbors.
Syn.: genial, amicable, agreeable, cordial; Ant: surly, cantankerous, dour, inhospitable
(v) to increase in greatness, power, or wealth; to build up or intensify; to make appear greater
John D. Rockefeller worked to__his empire by purchasing oil wells, refineries, and pipelines.
Syn.: augment, amplify, enhance, exalt; Ant: reduce, decrease, diminish
(adj.) shapeless, without definite form; of no particular type or character; without organization, unity or cohesion
The__body of the amoeba was fascinating to watch under the microscope.
Syn.: formless, unstructured, nebulous, inchoate; Ant: definite, well-defined, clear-cut
(n) that which surrounds (as an atmosphere); a distinctive air or personal quality
What people though was her__of mystery was actually a mask for her shyness.
Syn.: ambience, atmosphere
(n) illegal traffic, smuggled goods; (adj.) illegal, prohibited
Three jeweled combs from the 17
century were among the__seized by the police.
Syn.: illicit, bootleg, unlawful; Ant: legal, lawful, licit
(adj.) scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic
For my paper, I would like to find an__history of the subject written in a clear and unbiased manner.
Syn.: profoundly educated, well-read; Ant: ignorant, uneducated, illiterate
(adj.) thin, light, delicate, insubstantial; (n) a very thin, light cloth
Ghosts are often depicted in literature as wearing__clothing that makes them seem all the more ethereal.
The book was so old that each finely printed page seemed only the weight of__.
Syn.:(adj.)filmy, diaphanous, sheer, airy, feathery, gauzy; Ant.:(adj.) thick, dense, solid, massive
(v) to find out by reasoning; to arrive at a conclusion on the basis of thought; to hint, suggest, imply
I can__nothing from this odd behavior.
Syn.: gather, deduce, presume, guess, speculate
(adj.) incapable of being understood; impossible to see through physically
I could not tell by her__smile whether she was pleased or only amused with me.
Syn.: impenetrable, incomprehensible, enigmatic; Ant: comprehensible, intelligible, penetrable
(adj.) relating to, characteristic of, or situated on an island; narrow or isolated in outlook or experience
You seem too sophisticated to hold such__opinions.
Syn.: narrow-minded, parochial, provincial; Ant: catholic, cosmopolitan, liberal