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      v[T] officially take private property away from sb, usu as a punishment
      When lucky, we're able to confiscate the gold of private citizens as punishment for hoarding during the climax of the depression.
      Non-permitted alcohol found on the lands can be confiscated.
      On departure, you will need to return a certified copy of this declaration to customs so that money (up to the amount brought in but not exceeding 10,000 in value) can be taken out again.
      If you fail to comply with these rules, your money may be confiscated.
      I need to confiscate the Argos catalogue from my kids!
      Argos is a British catalogue retailer operating in the UK and Ireland.
      n[C] the seed inside the nut of most plants ¶ the most important part of a statement, idea, plan etc
      Corn kernels are the seeds of maize.
      Though technically a grain, maize kernels are used in cooking as a vegetable or starch.
      One ear of corn contains roughly 800 kernels in 16 rows.
      This page explains freezing corn, either on the cob or sweet corn kernels.
      In computing, the kernel is a computer program that manages I/O (input/output) requests from software, and translates them into data processing instructions for the central processing unit and other electronic components of a computer.
      The kernel is a fundamental part of a modern computer's operating system.
      I think that was basically the kernel of Svensson's idea too.
      Compare core and kernel.
      n[U] physical or mental energy and determination
      He takes a misstep and rolls down a flight of stairs.
      He lies on the ground and stares at the full moon above him, and breaks into angry tears.
      He quickly gets up, stares at the long flight of stairs, and runs up again with renewed vigor.
      The characters are brought to life with vigour and enthusiasm.
      After attacking the living room with vigour, I also cleaned out the kitchen cupboards and did a major book cull.
      n[C] thick, roughly-squared wooden beam
      v[I] be unwilling to do sth or to allow sth to happen
      A horse is said to balk/baulk when it refuses its rider's instructions.
      In baseball, a pitcher can commit a number of illegal motions or actions that constitute a balk.
      Most of these violations involve a pitcher pretending to pitch when he has no intention of doing so.
      I realize a lot of people would balk at the idea of having two kids during your undergrad.
      HTC claims it's much slimmer than the Galaxy Note II, and has almost the same footprint of the HTC One X. We hope so, as a lot of people may balk at the 5-inch screen.
      adj having a healthy mind, not mad ¶ showing good judgement
      "But I can't do that with someone who-who hides my messages and brings crazy women back to my apartment!" "Hey! None of the sane ones wanted to come back with me!"
      Any sane person would have left long ago.
      Steve was right, no sane person would subject themselves to the stress of starting their own business from absolutely nothing, just for the fun of it; it's an extremely daunting challenge, especially when your personal savings are on the line.
      If you keep someone sane, you stop them from worrying or becoming mentally ill.
      I would say my faith in God was the biggest thing that kept me sane.
      Compare sane and sober.
      v[IT] smile or speak in an unkind way that shows you do not respect sb/sth
      also a noun
      "Poor construction," he said with a sneer.
      Today we can sneer at these early ideas and theories.
      My enemies have sneered at me, saying that you can't attack a tank with a walking stick.
      I resisted the urge to sneer at this obvious and rather unwholesome exhibition of wealth.
      Compare scorn, sneer, snide, are snore.
      v[T] make sth higher ¶ make sb feel happier
      n[sU] an increase in sth ¶ a feeling of happiness and hope
      Wonderful book that delivers 33 life lessons that truly uplift the soul.
      It will surely uplift the morale of the players.
      Such earthquakes are often accompanied by uplift of the land by as much as a few meters.
      People were seeing a massive uplift in the share price, so they were willing to take hundreds of thousands of shares in place of cash.
      I can easily make them laugh and uplift their mood with my warmth and kindness.
      Does it uplift you to put others down or make fun of them?
      Compare elevate, lift, raise, and uplift.
      v[T] make sth necessary
      Furthermore, inconsistencies in the limited data necessitate elucidation.
      Our goal should be to get everyone out of abject poverty, even if it necessitates some income redistribution.
      The scale of Wikimedia has necessitated a lot of rules and guidelines to keep things organized.
      This expansion necessitated a new building.
      adv in a clear and noticeable way
      Men and women do buy very markedly different things in general, especially in family life.
      Moreover, it is striking that a state like Massachusetts delivers a markedly better education, particularly to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
      The battery life seems markedly improved in the iPhone 4.
      Diabetes complications markedly reduce quality and length of life.
      Yuanqing's response to Surface differs markedly from those of other PC manufacturers, like Acer, who have openly criticized Microsoft.
      adj lacking sth
      Stewart was thin and devoid of any visible muscle mass.
      Think of an idealized Zen Buddhist monk, devoid of any preferences, who dispassionately surveys the world before him, forming beliefs but no desires.
      This is a Christmas book worth reading, devoid of the too-bright hype of many children's books.
      I went searching for a knife, but the kitchen was devoid of anything sharper than a spoon.
      Studies of lunar samples revealed that the interior of the Moon is essentially devoid of water.
      adj old-fashioned
      You don't have to go to a library or to an outdated book to find the answers to questions.
      My outdated word processing software could not read the files you sent.
      Your version of the document is outdated.
      The whole purpose of buying an S3 is that it's the best phone on the market, and once you buy it you're not in risk of becoming outdated in six months.
      adj lacking the ability or skill to do sth
      "Well our service is not grossly incompetent," said Allesandro.
      Monica thought Tim was totally incompetent.
      Those incompetent bunglers in Washington have passed a lot of excellent laws about social security.
      Obama, the most incompetent, ideological, destructive, slothful varlet to hold the office.
      Most of my career, I have worked for incompetent doofuses.
      noun Earth's southernmost continent
      Antarctica is Earth's southernmost continent, containing the geographic South Pole.
      It is situated in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere, almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean.
      For comparison, Antarctica is nearly twice the size of Australia.
      About 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice that averages 1.9 kilometres (1.2 mi) in thickness, which extends to all but the northernmost reaches of the Antarctic Peninsula.
      Antarctica, on average, is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent, and has the highest average elevation of all the continents.
      adj extreme ¶ extremely good or beautiful
      n[s] sth that is ~
      We found the staff at the hotel to be sublime. Polite, attentive and unobtrusive.
      The room I had was sublime and I could sit on the balcony watching the sun set over the West Bank.
      I know of no other place where the sublime beauty of nature is so grand.
      And he says his products reflect the sublime beauty and simplicity of his spiritual experiences.
      Monica and Ross' dancing approached the sublime.
      v[T] attract or interest sb very much
      During a boat trip to Alaska in 1907, she painted her first totem poles and became captivated by the Indian art.
      He was first captivated by the labyrinth in 1976 and is a world authority on the history and development of labyrinths and mazes.
      The naturalness in his rhymed verses will easily captivate the child readers as it has captivated me.
      Thao Le from Vietnam, who enacted the role of Helena, also captivated the audience.
      adj offensive in a sexual way ¶ so unfair or immoral that you feel angry
      They confiscated all the materials and charged Miss Mapp, the appellant, with the possession of obscene material, and took her into custody (Cooke, 2002).
      The U.S. Supreme Court has always had difficulty distinguishing obscene material, which is not protected by the First Amendment, from material that is merely salacious or titillating.
      While the vast majority of Americans continues to feel the impact of the recession - in the form of joblessness, wage cuts and deep attacks on living standards, the very wealthy are hauling in obscene amounts of income.
      Compare erotic, indecent, obscene, pornographic, and vulgar.
      n[C] a tall plant with a large yellow flower and seeds that can be eaten
      Sunflowers are usually tall annuals, that grow to a height of 50–390 centimetres (20–154 in).
      The sunflower is an annual plant native to the Americas.
      From the Americas, sunflower seeds were brought to Europe in the 16th century, where, along with sunflower oil, they became a widespread cooking ingredient.
      During development, it was discovered that newcomers to the genre of real-time strategy may have a hard time learning the concept behind sun collection.
      So, the price of the income generating sunflowers was dropped from 100 to 50 to encourage players to buy them over the attacking peashooter.
      v[IT] pierce sth with a sharp point
      also a noun
      He pricked the blister on his heel with a sterilized needle.
      Be careful, the rose thorns will prick you.
      If something pricks your conscience, you suddenly feel guilty about it.
      If you are pricked by an emotion, you suddenly experience that emotion.
      A prick is a small, sharp pain that you get when something pricks you.
      If someone pricks up their ears or if their ears prick up, they listen eagerly when they suddenly hear an interesting sound or an important piece of information.
      n[CU] sth that you think is true ¶ the act of thinking sth is true ¶ behavior that seems rude and too confident
      The presumption that coral reefs are dying due to warming has not been determined as factual.
      There is a general presumption that fatty foods are bad for your heart.
      The presumption is that Britain can stand aside, let it happen and even perhaps take back some powers from Brussels.
      The presumption of innocence, sometimes referred to by a Latin expression which means 'the burden of proof lies with who declares, not who denies,' is the principle that one is considered innocent until proven guilty.
      She was enraged by his presumption in making the travel arrangements without first consulting her.
      n[U] the act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite
      Abstinence is a self-enforced restraint from indulging in bodily activities that are widely experienced as giving pleasure.
      Most frequently, the term refers to sexual abstinence, or abstinence from alcohol or food.
      The practice can arise from religious prohibitions and practical considerations.
      Abstinence may also refer to drugs.
      For example you can abstain from smoking.
      Abstinence has diverse forms.
      Commonly it refers to a temporary or partial abstinence from food, as in fasting.
      In the twelve-step program of Overeaters Anonymous abstinence is the term for refraining from compulsive eating, akin in meaning to sobriety for alcoholics.
      Because the regimen is intended to be a conscious act, freely chosen to enhance life, abstinence is sometimes distinguished from the psychological mechanism of repression.
      The latter is an unconscious state, having unhealthy consequences.
      adj covered with very soft hair or feathers
      Down of a thistle is the light fluffy part that flies away with the seed to spread the growth of the thistle.
      The down of birds is a layer of fine feathers found under the tougher exterior feathers.
      A down jacket is a quilted jacket filled with down feathers.
      Little Marcel, wrapped in a fluffy towel, is cradled in Ross's arms.
      Can I come over tomorrow and pick up Fluffy Meowington's cat toy?
      Fluffy clouds look light and soft.
      Food that is fluffy is made soft and light by mixing it quickly so that a lot of air is mixed into it.
      Whipped cream is cream that has been beaten by a mixer, whisk, or fork until it is light and fluffy.
      Compare fluffy and puffy.
      v[IT] send or force out in or as if in a stream ¶ say a lot of bad or negative things ¶ vomit
      The cloud of radiation spewed out by the world's worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl 20 years ago could kill up to 60,000 people - 15 times as many as officially estimated.
      He spews out 4-letter words in every imaginable variation to show his pent-up anger.
      Every psycho with a keyboard and an opinion can spew their toxic crap with impunity.
      Compare 'spew up' and 'throw up'.
      He spewed up the entire meal.
      v[T] make sb/sth seem more important than they really are
      We're not even going to dignify them with a response.
      We won't dignify their abuse by reacting to it.
      She still dignifies them with a meeting now and again.
      Someone who is dignified behaves in a calm way that people respect.
      Compare indignant, indignation, and indignity.
      n[C] a chain, rope, or strap fastened to a dog's collar
      also a verb
      Chandler keeps running and gets tangled up in the leashes of five dogs.
      Monica wanted to keep you on a short leash, didn't she?
      Paul managed to hold his anger in leash until she had gone.
      I wanted him to open up. But God, I didn't know that I was gonna unleash this-this weepy, clingy, moist monster!
      Compare lash and leash.
      v[T] detest
      Rachel used to loathe the smell of tuna.
      Ross felt intense shame and disgust, and loathed himself.
      Joey loathed required reading when he was in school.
      Could've said "I'll have a stick," but no-no-no-no. For me, gum is perfection. I loathe myself.
      "Wow! So tonight may be the night! You're nervous?" "Nah, no. This is the part I'm actually good at." "What must be like not to be crippled by fear and self-loathing."
      Compare detest, dislike, hate, and loathe.