Sunday, August 12, 2012

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Absorb (verb) 
to occupy the full attention of, For example, to take in moisture or liquid
Therapists who believe in the reality of Multiple Personality Disorder generally believe it
to be caused by very severe abuse during childhood violence so extreme that the child
cannot absorb the trauma in its entirety.

Abandon (verb) 
to give up without intending to return or claim again
Vinland was the first European Settlement in the New World but now was abandoned. 

Abdomen (noun) 
the part of the body containing the digestive and reproductive organs
In the middle of the abdomen lies a 20 foot long small intestine.

Abduct (verb) 
to seize or detain a person unlawfully 
Child molesters often abduct children within 200 feet of their home. 

Abundant (adjective) 
something that is large in number.
Discovered in the 1820s, aluminum is the most abundant metal on earth.

Accommodation (noun) 
a place where one can sleep such as a hotel or campground. 
In Death Valley, we find the national park headquarters and overnight
accommodations in this area, including Furnace Creek Ranch and Furnace Creek Inn.

Accompany (verb) 
to be added to another for completion or to be with or goes with another.
Landslides, mud flows and debris avalanches frequently accompany other natural
disasters such as floods and earthquakes. 

Accomplice (noun) 
one associated with another especially in wrongdoing 
Besides the genetic testing, the investigation will examine whether an accomplice
provided Kid with the pistol he used to kill two deputy sheriffs during the escape.

Accumulation (noun) 
the result of something increases  
A landslide occurs when steep slopes are destabilized by excess water accumulation in
the soil, the addition of excess weight to the top of a slope, the removal of support from
the bottom of a slope, or a combination of the above.

Accuse (noun)
to make a charge against someone who one believes has done a misdeed
John Adams’ innate conservatism made him determined in 1770 that the British soldiers
accused of the Boston Massacre received a fair hearing. 

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