Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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Underlying (adjective) 
arising from or going to the root of the source
Contrary to what is popularly believed, the underlying cause of the Civil War was the
issue of state rights.

Underpin (verb) 
support, substantiate 
Laws forbidding homosexual sex, once universal, now are rare. Those on the books are
rarely enforced but underpin other kinds of discrimination, lawyers for two Texas men
had argued to the court.

Undertook (verb) 
to begin to do something or to set out on something
In 1770, Leopold and Wolfgang undertook a tour through Italy.

Undistinguished (adjective) 
without definite or distinctive characteristics
Having undistinguished progeny, Abraham Lincoln was born of humble beginnings

Undulating (adjective) 
having or causing to have a curved or sinuous form or surface Sounds waves like other types of frequencies are often transmitted in an undulating

Unflattering (adjective) 
not pleasingly suited to the wearer
Sweaters with stripes are unflattering to the wearer because they can make her look
fatter than she actually is.       

Unfold (verb) 
to be disclosed gradually
The details of the double murder unfolded during the three month trial. 

Uniformity (noun) 
a particular style or other feature that identifies somebody or something as a member of a 
certain group
The tiny seeds of this tree are well known for their uniformity and consistent weight.

Unprecedented (adjective) 
having no earlier parallel or equivalent
Collectively, these frozen archives give scientists unprecedented views of global climate
over the eons.

Unruly (adjective) 
difficult to control, manage, discipline, or govern
Children with autism are not unruly kids who choose not to behave. 

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