Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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Rate-slashing (adjective) 
to reduce sharply
The Fed started its rate-slashing campaign in 2001, and by January 2002, the average
interest rate on credit cards had fallen by more than 2 percentage points. But then they
began a steady creep upward. 

Ratio (noun) 
the quantitative relation between two amounts showing the number of times one value 
contains or is contained within the other
Mercury is the only body in the solar system known to have an orbital/rotational
resonance with a ratio other than 1:1.

Raw (adjective) 
uncooked; in its natural state, not processed  
The chlorophyll captures the light energy and uses this energy to build carbohydrates 
from simple raw materials (water, carbon dioxide and minerals).  

Ravenous (adjective) 
desiring or craving food
Ladybugs, those polka-doted little beetles, have a ravenous appetite for aphids and
other insects, which is why they can be used in place of insecticides in the citrus industry
of California.

Reacquaint (verb) 
to re-familiarize oneself with someone or something; to  cause to know about or be aware  
of something or someone which was once familiar
Page through the text and/or your notebook to reacquaint yourself with the important

Readily (adverb) 
without hesitation, willingly; without difficulty, easily
The developments in the music of Rhythm and Blues of the mid to late 1980's are readily
apparent, especially the pervasive influence of hip-hop.

Reality (noun) 
the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them  Cervantes's work, a keen critique of the literature of his time, presented the clash between
reality and the ideals which Don Quixote sought to revive, and at the same time
originated the theme of the clairvoyance of insanity.

Realize (verb) 
become fully aware of as a fact; understand clearly
Although they loved Vinland, they realized there would always be trouble living with
the Indians.

Rear (verb) 
to take care of and educate [a child]
The life cycle of insects is so short that many generations can be reared each year.  

Recall (verb) 
remember; cause one to remember or think of; officially order to return
They cannot recall having made withdrawals from their bank account signed for in a
strange handwriting.

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