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  1. dedicate
    give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
  2. consecrate
    give entirely to a specific person, activity, or cause
    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground.
  3. dedicated
    devoted to a cause or ideal or purpose
    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
  4. detract
    take away a part from; diminish
    The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
  5. hallow
    render holy by means of religious rites
    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground.
  6. conceive
    have the idea for
    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
  7. nobly
    in a noble manner
    It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.
  8. unfinished
    not brought to the desired final state
    It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.
  9. devotion
    commitment to some purpose
    It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
  10. consecrated
    made or declared or believed to be holy
    The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
  11. nation
    a politically organized body of people under a government
    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
  12. thus far
    used in negative statement to describe a situation that has existed up to this point or up to the present time
    It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.
  13. testing
    experimentation to determine how well something works
    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
  14. here
    in or at this place; where the speaker or writer is
    We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.
  15. bring forth
    bring into existence
    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
  16. honored
    having an illustrious reputation; respected
    It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
  17. engage
    consume all of one's attention or time
    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
  18. resolve
    find a solution or answer
    It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
  19. fitting
    in harmony with the spirit of particular persons or occasion
    It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
  20. civil war
    a war between factions in the same country
    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
  21. continent
    one of the large landmasses of the earth
    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
  22. dead
    no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life
    The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
  23. endure
    undergo or be subjected to
    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
  24. proposition
    a suggestion offered for acceptance or rejection
    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
  25. perish
    pass from physical life
    It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
  26. create
    bring into existence
    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
  27. remaining
    not used up
    It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
  28. in vain
    without a successful result or effect
    It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
  29. living
    pertaining to living persons
    The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
  30. can
    airtight sealed metal container for food or drink, etc.
    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
  31. field
    extensive tract of level open land
    We are met on a great battle- field of that war.
  32. score
    a number that expresses accomplishment in a game or contest
    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
  33. live
    have life, be alive
    We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.
  34. highly
    to a great degree or extent; favorably or with much respect
    It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
  35. larger
    large or big relative to something else
    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground.
  36. advanced
    situated ahead or going before
    It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.
  37. altogether
    to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent
    It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
  38. increased
    made greater in size or amount or degree
    It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
  39. vain
    having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
    It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
  40. final
    an examination administered at the end of an academic term
    We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.
  41. brave
    possessing or displaying courage
    The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
  42. birth
    the time when something begins (especially life)
    It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
  43. struggle
    strenuous effort
    The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
  44. task
    any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted
    It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
  45. engaged
    having one's attention or mind or energy consumed
    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
  46. advance
    move forward
    It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.
  47. portion
    something determined in relation to a thing that includes it
    We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.
  48. civil
    of or occurring between or among citizens of the state
    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
  49. rather
    more readily or willingly
    It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.
  50. increase
    a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous
    It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
  51. freedom
    the condition of being free
    It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
  52. test
    standardized procedure for measuring sensitivity or aptitude
    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
  53. liberty
    freedom of choice
    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
  54. add
    join or combine or unite with others
    The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
  55. people
    any group of human beings collectively
    It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
  56. equal
    having the same quantity, value, or measure as another
    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
  57. proper
    marked by suitability or rightness or appropriateness
    It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
  58. honor
    a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction
    It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
  59. to that
    to that
    It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
  60. measure
    determine the dimensions of something or somebody
    It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
  61. war
    the waging of armed conflict against an enemy
    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
  62. great
    a person who has achieved distinction in some field
    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
  63. fit
    meeting adequate standards for a purpose
    It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
  64. far
    at or to or from a great distance in space
    The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
  65. forth
    forward in time, order, or degree
    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
  66. seven
    the cardinal number that is the sum of six and one
    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
  67. remember
    recall knowledge; have a recollection
    The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
  68. battle
    a hostile meeting of opposing military forces
    We are met on a great battle-field of that war.
  69. new
    not of long duration
    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
  70. die
    lose all bodily functions necessary to sustain life
    It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
  71. forget
    dismiss from the mind; stop remembering
    The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
  72. earth
    the third planet from the sun
    It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
  73. ago
    gone by; or in the past
    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
  74. and so
    subsequently or soon afterward
    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
  75. not
    negation of a word or group of words
    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground.
  76. long
    primarily spatial sense
    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
  77. sense
    the faculty through which the external world is apprehended
    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground.
  78. note
    a brief written record
    The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
  79. cause
    events that provide the generative force of something
    It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
  80. grind
    reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground.
  81. men
    the force of workers available
    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
  82. fight
    be engaged in a contest or struggle
    It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.
  83. ground
    the solid part of the earth's surface
    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground.
  84. above
    in or to a place that is higher
    The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
  85. rest
    take a short break from one's activities in order to relax
    We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.
  86. poor
    having little money or few possessions
    The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
  87. full
    containing as much or as many as is possible or normal
    It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
  88. remain
    continue in a place, position, or situation
    It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
  89. give
    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract
    We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.
  90. thus
    from that fact or reason or as a result
    It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.
  91. four
    the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one
    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
  92. government
    the system or form by which a community is ruled
    It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
  93. come to
    cause to experience suddenly
    We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.
  94. meet
    come together
    We are met on a great battle-field of that war.
  95. father
    a male parent
    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
  96. power
    possession of the qualities required to do something
    The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
  97. God
    the supernatural being conceived as the perfect and omnipotent and omniscient originator and ruler of the universe; the object of worship in monotheistic religions
    It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
  98. man
    an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)
    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
  99. under
    below some quantity or limit
    It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
  100. world
    the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on
    The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
  101. years
    a prolonged period of time
    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
  102. might
    physical strength
    We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.
  103. bring
    take something or somebody with oneself somewhere
    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
  104. never
    not ever; at no time in the past or future
    The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
  105. place
    a point located with respect to surface features of a region
    We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.
  106. work
    activity directed toward making or doing something
    It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.
Created on March 8, 2011 (updated March 8, 2011)

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