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  1. abolish
    do away with
  2. accelerate
    move faster
  3. achieve
    gain with effort
  4. act
    behave in a certain manner
  5. adopt
    take into one's family
  6. align
    place in a line or arrange so as to be parallel or straight
  7. anticipate
    regard something as probable or likely
  8. apply
    employ for a particular purpose
  9. assess
    estimate the nature, quality, ability or significance of
  10. avoid
    stay away from
  11. boost
  12. break
    destroy the integrity of
  13. bridge
    structure allowing passage across a river or other obstacle
  14. build
    make by combining materials and parts
  15. burn
    destroy by fire
  16. capture
    seize as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
  17. change
    become different in some particular way
  18. choose
    pick out from a number of alternatives
  19. clarify
    make clear by removing impurities or solids, as by heating
  20. clobber
    defeat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
  21. confront
    oppose, as in hostility or a competition
  22. connect
    fasten or put together two or more pieces
  23. conquer
    take possession of by force, as after an invasion
  24. convert
    change the nature, purpose, or function of something
  25. create
    bring into existence
  26. decide
    reach, make, or come to a conclusion about something
  27. define
    show the form or outline of
  28. defuse
    remove the triggering device from
  29. deliver
    bring to a destination
  30. deploy
    place troops or weapons in battle formation
  31. design
    the act of working out the form of something
  32. develop
    progress or evolve through a process of natural growth
  33. diagnose
    subject to a medical analysis
  34. discover
    determine the existence, presence, or fact of
  35. drive
    operate or control a vehicle
  36. eliminate
    end, take out, or do away with
  37. ensure
    make certain of
  38. establish
    set up or found
  39. evaluate
    estimate the nature, quality, ability or significance of
  40. exploit
    use or manipulate to one's advantage
  41. explore
    travel to or penetrate into
  42. filter
    device that removes something from what passes through it
  43. finalize
    put the last touches on
  44. find
    discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of
  45. focus
    the concentration of attention or energy on something
  46. foresee
    realize beforehand
  47. gain
  48. gather
    assemble or get together
  49. generate
    bring into existence
  50. grasp
    hold firmly
  51. identify
    recognize as being
  52. ignite
    cause to start burning
  53. implement
    a piece of equipment or a tool used for a specific purpose
  54. improve
    to make better
  55. increase
    a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous
  56. innovate
    bring something new to an environment
  57. inspire
    serve as the inciting cause of
  58. intensify
    increase in extent or strength
  59. lead
    take somebody somewhere
  60. learn
    gain knowledge or skills
  61. leverage
    the mechanical advantage gained by a machine on a fulcrum
  62. manage
    be in charge of, act on, or dispose of
  63. master
    a person who has authority over others
  64. maximize
    make as big or large as possible
  65. measure
    determine the dimensions of something or somebody
  66. mobilize
    make ready for action or use
  67. motivate
    give an incentive for action
  68. overcome
    win a victory over
  69. penetrate
    pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance
  70. persuade
    cause somebody to adopt a certain position or belief
  71. plan
    a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be achieved
  72. position
    the particular part of space occupied by something
  73. prepare
    make ready or suitable or equip in advance
  74. prevent
    keep from happening or arising; make impossible
  75. profit
    the advantageous quality of being beneficial
  76. raise
    move upwards
  77. reconsider
    think about again, usually with a view to changing the mind
  78. reduce
    make smaller
  79. refresh
    make fresh again
  80. replace
    put something back where it belongs
  81. resist
    withstand the force of something
  82. respond
    show a reaction to something
  83. retain
    secure and keep for possible future use or application
  84. save
    bring into safety
  85. scan
    examine minutely or intensely
  86. shatter
    break into many pieces
  87. shade off
    cast a shadow over
  88. sidestep
    avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing
  89. simplify
    make easier or reduce in complexity or extent
  90. slash
    cut with sweeping strokes; as with an ax or machete
  91. solve
    find the answer to or understand the meaning of
  92. stimulate
    cause to act in a specified manner
  93. stop
    have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense
  94. stretch
    extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body
  95. succeed
    attain success or reach a desired goal
  96. supplement
    an additional component that improves capability
  97. take
    get into one's hands
  98. transfer
    move from one place to another
  99. transform
    change or alter in appearance or nature
  100. understand
    know and comprehend the nature or meaning of
  101. unleash
    turn loose or free from restraint
  102. unravel
    become or cause to become undone by separating the fibers of
  103. use
    put into service
  104. win
    a victory (as in a race or other competition)
Created on February 2, 2007

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