200 Most Commonly Misspelled Words

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  1. absence
    the state of being not present
  2. accommodate
    have room for; hold without crowding
  3. achieve
    to gain with effort
  4. acquire
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  5. across
    to the opposite side
  6. address
    the place where a person or organization can be found
  7. advertise
    make publicity for; try to sell
  8. advice
    a proposal for an appropriate course of action
  9. apparent
    clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
  10. argument
    a dispute where there is strong disagreement
  11. athlete
    a person trained to compete in sports
  12. awful
    exceptionally bad or displeasing
  13. balance
    harmonious arrangement or relation of parts within a whole
  14. basically
    in essence; at bottom or by one's (or its) very nature
  15. becoming
    displaying or setting off to best advantage
  16. before
    at or in the front
  17. beginning
    the act of starting something
  18. believe
    accept as true; take to be true
  19. benefit
    something that aids or promotes well-being
  20. breathe
    draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs
  21. brilliant
    full of light; shining intensely
  22. business
    the principal activity in one's life to earn money
  23. calendar
    a system of timekeeping that defines divisions of the year
  24. careful
    exercising caution or showing attention
  25. category
    a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations
  26. ceiling
    the overhead upper surface of a covered space
  27. cemetery
    a tract of land used for burials
  28. certain
    established beyond doubt or question; definitely known
  29. chief
    the head of a tribe or clan
  30. citizen
    a native or naturalized member of a state
  31. coming
    of the relatively near future
  32. competition
    the act of contending with others for rewards or resources
  33. convenience
    the quality of being useful
  34. criticize
    point out real or perceived flaws
  35. decide
    reach, make, or come to a conclusion about something
  36. definite
    precise; explicit and clearly defined
  37. deposit
    the act of putting something somewhere
  38. describe
    give a statement representing something
  39. desperate
    a person who is frightened and in need of help
  40. develop
    progress or evolve through a process of natural growth
  41. difference
    the quality of being unlike or dissimilar
  42. dilemma
    state of uncertainty in a choice between unfavorable options
  43. disappear
    become invisible or unnoticeable
  44. disappoint
    fail to meet the hopes or expectations of
  45. discipline
    a system of rules of conduct or method of practice
  46. easily
    with ease (`easy' is sometimes used informally for `easily')
  47. eight
    the cardinal number that is the sum of seven and one
  48. either
    used as an intensive after a negative meaning "likewise"
  49. embarrass
    cause to feel self-conscious
  50. environment
    the totality of surrounding conditions
  51. equipped
    provided with whatever is necessary for a purpose
  52. exaggerate
    enlarge beyond bounds or the truth
  53. excellent
    very good; of the highest quality
  54. except
    prevent from being included or considered or accepted
  55. exercise
    the activity of exerting muscles to keep fit
  56. existence
    the state or fact of being
  57. expect
    regard something as probable or likely
  58. experience
    the content of observation or participation in an event
  59. experiment
    the act of conducting a controlled test or investigation
  60. explanation
    making something plain or intelligible
  61. familiar
    a friend who is frequently in the company of another
  62. fascinating
    capable of arousing and holding the attention
  63. finally
    as the end result of a succession or process
  64. foreign
    not deriving from the essential nature of something
  65. forty
    the cardinal number that is the product of ten and four
  66. forward
    at or to or toward the front
  67. friend
    a person you know well and regard with affection and trust
  68. fundamental
    serving as an essential component
  69. generally
    usually; as a rule
  70. government
    the system or form by which a community is ruled
  71. grammar
    the branch of linguistics that deals with sentence structure
  72. guarantee
    an unconditional commitment that something will happen
  73. guidance
    the act of showing the way
  74. happiness
    state of well-being characterized by contentment and joy
  75. humorous
    characterized by the power to evoke laughter
  76. identity
    the characteristics by which a thing or person is known
  77. imaginary
    not based on fact; unreal
  78. imitation
    copying the actions of someone else
  79. immediately
    without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening
  80. incidentally
    by the way (used to introduce a new topic)
  81. independent
    free from external control and constraint
  82. intelligent
    having the capacity for thought and reason to a high degree
  83. interesting
    arousing or holding the attention
  84. interfere
    get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action
  85. interpretation
    the act of expressing something in an artistic performance
  86. interruption
    an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
  87. invitation
    a request to be present or take part in something
  88. irrelevant
    having no bearing on or connection with the subject at issue
  89. irritable
    easily annoyed
  90. island
    a land mass that is surrounded by water
  91. jealous
    suspicious or fearful of being displaced by a rival
  92. judgment
    the act of assessing a person or situation or event
  93. knowledge
    the result of perception, learning, and reasoning
  94. laboratory
    a workplace for the conduct of scientific research
  95. length
    the linear extent in space from one end to the other
  96. lesson
    the significance of a story or event
  97. library
    depository containing books and other materials for reading
  98. license
    a legal document giving official permission to do something
  99. loneliness
    sadness resulting from being forsaken or abandoned
  100. lose
    fail to keep or to maintain
  101. lying
    the deliberate act of deviating from the truth
  102. marriage
    the state of being a couple voluntarily joined for life
  103. mathematics
    a science dealing with the logic of quantity and arrangement
  104. medicine
    the profession devoted to alleviating diseases and injuries
  105. miniature
    being on a very small scale
  106. minute
    a unit of time equal to 60 seconds or 1/60th of an hour
  107. mysterious
    beyond ordinary understanding
  108. naturally
    in a natural or normal manner
  109. necessary
    absolutely essential
  110. neighbor
    a person who lives near another
  111. neither
    not either; not one or the other
  112. noticeable
    capable of being detected
  113. occasion
    an event that occurs at a critical time
  114. occur
    come to pass
  115. official
    of or relating to a place of business
  116. often
    many times at short intervals
  117. omission
    leaving out or passing over something
  118. operate
    perform as expected when applied
  119. optimism
    the hopeful feeling that all is going to turn out well
  120. original
    preceding all others in time
  121. paid
    marked by the reception of pay
  122. parallel
    being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting
  123. particularly
    to a distinctly greater extent or degree than is common
  124. peculiar
    beyond or deviating from the usual or expected
  125. perceive
    to become aware of through the senses
  126. perform
    get done
  127. permanent
    continuing or enduring without marked change in status
  128. persevere
    be persistent, refuse to stop
  129. personally
    in the flesh; without involving anyone else
  130. persuade
    cause somebody to adopt a certain position or belief
  131. picture
    a visual representation produced on a surface
  132. piece
    a separate part of a whole
  133. planning
    an act of formulating a program for a course of action
  134. pleasant
    being in harmony with your taste or likings
  135. political
    involving or characteristic of governing or social power
  136. possess
    have ownership of
  137. possible
    capable of happening or existing
  138. practical
    guided by experience and observation rather than theory
  139. prefer
    like better; value more highly
  140. prejudice
    a partiality preventing objective consideration of an issue
  141. presence
    current existence
  142. privilege
    a special advantage or benefit not enjoyed by all
  143. probably
    with considerable certainty; without much doubt
  144. professional
    of or relating to or suitable as an occupation
  145. promise
    a verbal commitment agreeing to do something in the future
  146. proof
    any evidence that helps to establish the truth of something
  147. psychology
    the science of mental life
  148. quantity
    how much there is or how many there are of something
  149. quarter
    one of four equal parts
  150. quiet
    characterized by an absence of agitation or activity
  151. quit
    put an end to a state or an activity
  152. quite
    to the greatest extent; completely
  153. realize
    be fully aware or cognizant of
  154. receive
    get something; come into possession of
  155. recognize
    perceive to be the same
  156. recommend
    express a good opinion of
  157. reference
    the act of consulting
  158. religious
    having or showing belief in and reverence for a deity
  159. repetition
    the act of doing or performing again
  160. restaurant
    a building where people go to eat
  161. rhythm
    an interval during which a recurring sequence occurs
  162. ridiculous
    incongruous or absurd
  163. sacrifice
    the act of killing in order to appease a deity
  164. safety
    being certain that adverse effects will not be caused
  165. scissors
    an edge tool having two crossed pivoting blades
  166. secretary
    an assistant who handles correspondence and clerical work
  167. separate
    standing apart; not attached to or supported by anything
  168. shining
    the work of making something smooth and shiny by rubbing or waxing it
  169. similar
    having the same or nearly the same characteristics
  170. sincerely
    without pretense
  171. soldier
    an enlisted man or woman who serves in an army
  172. speech
    communication by word of mouth
  173. stopping
    fastener consisting of a narrow strip of welded metal used to join steel members
  174. strength
    the property of being physically or mentally powerful
  175. studying
    reading carefully with intent to remember
  176. succeed
    attain success or reach a desired goal
  177. successful
    having succeeded or being marked by a favorable outcome
  178. surely
    definitely or positively
  179. surprise
    come upon or take unawares
  180. temperature
    the degree of hotness or coldness of a body or environment
  181. temporary
    not permanent; not lasting
  182. thorough
    painstakingly careful and accurate
  183. through
    having finished or arrived at completion
  184. truly
    in accordance with fact or reality
  185. twelfth
    position 12 in a countable series of things
  186. unusual
    not common or ordinary
  187. using
    an act that exploits or victimizes someone
  188. usually
    under normal conditions
  189. village
    a settlement smaller than a town
  190. weird
    strikingly odd or unusual
  191. welcome
    the state of being received with pleasure
  192. writing
    symbols imprinted on a surface to represent sounds or words

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