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Pair of words with meaning and sentences

Pair of words with meaning and sentences


Accept (consent to receive) Except (other than)
Access (approach or enter) Excess (more than necessary)
Adjured (requested) Abjure (renounce)
Adopt (legally take) Adapt (become adjusted)
Admit (confess to be true) Confess (admit when something done wrong)
Advice (guidance) Advise (offer recommendations)
Affection (love) Affectation (pretention)
Appraise (assess or estimate) Apprise (inform)
Enmity (feeling of active hostility) Amity (Friendship)
Amoral (lack moral sense) Immoral (sinful)
Accede (agree) Exceeds (surpass)
Assent (permission) Ascent (rising)
Aural (heard) Oral (spoken)
Attention (action of dealing with) Intention (an aim or plan)
Averse (strong dislike) Adverse (harmful)
Avocation (hobby) Vocation (trade or profession)
A lot (a large number) Allot (give)
All ready (completely prepared) Already (by now)
Allude (suggest) Elude (evade or escape)
Award (prize to someone) Reward (thing given in recognition of effort)
Alternate (every other) Alternative (another available possibility)
Affect (make a difference to) Effect (bring about)
Amiable (lovable) Amicable (friendly)
Angle (space between two intersecting lines) Angel (person of exemplary conduct)
Anticipate (prepare for one’s self for) Expect (likely to happen)
A while (a time period) Awhile (for short time)
Anecdote (amusing story, tale) Antidote (medicine)
Besides (a part from) Beside (next to)
Between (used for two objects) Among (surrounded by, more than two)
Backwards (back towards starting point) Backward (directed behind)
Bored (feeling impatient and weary) Board (a piece of wood)
Break (separate into pieces) Brake (instrument to slow down the vehicle)
Breath (air inhaled into and expelled from
Breathe (take air into or expel from lungs)
Bridal (concern to bride) Bridle (headgear to control horse)
Canvas (strong cloth made of hemp) Canvass (propose)
Censured (condemned) Censor (judge)
Childlike (innocent) Childish (immature)
Clothes (attire) Cloths (fabric)
Coarse (rough) Course (route)
Complimented (praise) Complementing (accompany)
Confident (assured) Confidant (best friend)
Connotes (suggest) Denotes (indicates)
Conscious (aware) Conscience (sense of right)
Contemptuous (disrespectful) Contemptible (mean, ignoble)
Continual (frequent) Continuous (uninterrupted)
Convince (induce someone to do something) Persuade (induce someone through reasons)
Counsel (advice) Council (board, panel)
Credible (acceptable) Creditable (commendable)
Criterion (basis) Criteria (plural, basis)
Dinning (loud noise) Dining (eating activity)
Dissent (disagreement) Descent (going down)
Diary (journal) Dairy (made from milk)
Demure (modest) Demur (object)
Dessert (dessert) Desert (empty, abandon)
Devise (conceive) Device (gadget)
Die (expire) Dye (colouring)
Discreet (careful) Discrete (separate)
Disinterested (impartial) Uninterested (not interested)
Economic (profitable) Economical (inexpensive)
Elect (opt for to do something) Select (pick)
Elicit (obtain) Illicit (illegal)
Eminent (prestigious) Imminent (near)
Epigram (slogan) Epitaph (memorial)
Entomology (branch of zoology) Etymology (study of origin)
Especially (mainly, mostly) Specially (for special purpose)
Everyday (daily) Every Day (each day)
Explicit (clear) Implicit (indirect)
Extent (area) Extant (surviving)
Faze (disturb someone) Phase (stage)
Farther (comparative of far) Further (at, to)
Fewer (a small number of) Less (to smaller extent)
Formerly (some time ago) Formally (lawfully)
Fourth (4th) Forth (forward)
Hanged (be suspended) Hung (emotionally confused)
Healthful (nutritious) Healthy (robust)
Heroine (brave woman) Heroin (addictive drug)
Horde (crowd) Hoard (accumulate)
Hour (period of time) Our (belonging to us)
Illusion (spectre) Allusion (reference to)
Immigrate (migrate from elsewhere) Emigrate (leave the country)
Incidence (frequency) Incident (occurrence)
Incredulous (disbelieving) Incredible (unbelievable)
Inflicted (impose) Afflicted (trouble)
Ingenuous (innocent) Ingenious (skillful)
Intensive (deep) Extensive (vast)
Latest (newest) Last (rear)
Led (showed the way) Lead (guide)
Lightning (very quickly) Lightening (make something)
Loose (insecure, baggy) Lose (misplace)
Luxuriant (lush) Luxurious (splendid)
Martial (military) Marital (matrimonial)
Medal (made of some metal) Meddle (interfere)
Moral (virtuous) Morale (spirit)
Naval (Marine) Navel (tummy button)
Now (currently) Know (realize)
Pass (proceed, go) Past (bygone)
Parameter (principle) Perimeter (boundary)
Patience (tolerance) Patient (suffer, victim)
Peace (calmness) Piece (slice)
Peak (top) Peek (glimpse)
Personnel (staff) Personal (individual)
Poring (study, examine) Poured (spew, flow)
Practical (systematic) Practicable (feasible)
Principal (main, chief) Principle (truth)
Pray (preface to polite request) Prey (hunt, kill)
Premier (foremost) Premiere (opening, debut)
Proceed (move on) Precede (come first)
Quiet (silent) Quit (stop)
Reign (rule) Rein (bridle)
Right (fair, good) Write (note, record)
Role (part) Roll (spin, travel)
Sensuous (aesthetic) Sensual (physical)
Site (plot, area) Sight (eyesight)
Stationery (office material) Stationary (fixed)
Statute (law) Statue (sculpture)
Than (used for comparison) Then (at that time)
There (at that place) Their (belonging to people)
Too (over, unduly) To (motion in direction)
Waste (misuse) Waist (part of human body)
Wander (roam) Wonder (admiration)
Whether (inquire about) Weather (atmosphere of a place)
Whose (belong to) Who’s (who is/has)
  1. What is its color? It’s yellow.
  2. The minister adjured his wayward congregation to abjure the sins of the flesh.
  3. The object of my life is to help people who are living in abject poverty.
  4. All accepted my offer except John.
  5. The number of students who wanted to access to the library was in excess of one hundred.
  6. Abstain from wine and refrain from throwing its bottle on the road.
  7. The government would often adopt policies that required people to adapt to a harsh regime.
  8. She admits his fault but never confesses her sins.
  9. I seek advice from the Holy Quran before I advise anybody.
  10. Affection needs no affectation.
  11. Love turns enmity into amity.
  12. Sometimes it seems more shocking to be amoral than to be immoral.
  13. After we have the jeweler appraise the diamond, we will apprise you of its value.
  14. The police accede to the proposal that whoever exceeds the speed limits should be punished.
  15. When they got the assent of the weather bureau, they allowed the enormous balloon to begin its ascent.
  16. We must pay attention to the intention of the person who commits some sin.
  17. I am averse to traveling in such adverse weather conditions.
  18. Teaching is her vocation but painting is her avocation.
  19. She would often allude to her childhood when she would elude her brothers in a game of hide-and-seek.
  20. A selfless person does need any award or reward for his services.
  21. In mock debates, we used to alternate sides, taking alternative positions.
  22. The government tried to alleviate the effects of the depression that affected the poor man badly.
  23. With amiable people, it is not difficult to have an amicable settlement of any dispute.
  24. From any angle, he looks to be an angel.
  25. It’s difficult to anticipate things that one doesn’t expect.
  26. I’ll be back in a while. Can you wait awhile?
  27. He told a funny anecdote about mixing up his soda with the snake-bite antidote.
  28. Besides my brother, I was also sitting beside my mother.
  29. Neither a borrower nor a lender be.
  30. The economy seemed to slide backwards thanks to the backward government policies.
  31. I was so bored at the Board of Trustees meeting that I fell asleep.
  32. He will break the car brake if he keeps pushing on it like that.
  33. Every breath counts, so breathe deeply now.
  34. The Assembly will discuss the cession of East Pakistan in its next session.
  35. We wore canvas shoes while we tried to canvass the entire neighborhood.
  36. Some people thought he was sweet and childlike in his innocence, but I always thought he was boorish and childish.
  37. His clothes were made of cloths of many different colors.
  38. We used a coarse sandpaper, of course.
  39. She complemented sister for complementing the dinner with hot coffee.
  40. She was confident that her confidant had given her good information.
  41. The word guts denotes one’s intestines but it also connotes determination and courage.
  42. There was a terrible dinning noise coming from the dining room.
  43. Since no one offered any dissent, we waited for a decent interval and then began our descent to the lower floors.
  44. She didn’t seem conscious of the fact that her husband has no conscience.
  45. Her family grew contemptuous of her contemptible behavior.
  46. These continual changes in our weather seem to be related to our continuous emissions of carbon monoxide into the atmosphere.
  47. My mother will convince him that she is right and will certainly persuade him to keep working.
  48. She decided to seek the counsel of the Zila Council.
  49. It didn’t seem credible that such a creditable person would say such a horrible thing.
  50. At first, there was only one criterion for becoming Chairperson, but then, suddenly, the Party imposed several other criteria.
  51. I kept a weekly diary during those years that I worked on the dairy farm.
  52. If you wish to seem demure, you will have to demur less forcefully.
  53. Any cool dessert would taste great out here in the sandy desert.
  54. The prisoner tried to devise a clever device to help him escape.
  55. She though her dog would die after it drank that bowl of blue dye.
  56. They kept their love affair discreet by living discrete lives.
  57. A judge should be disinterested and not uninterested.
  58. It was part of the government’s economic strategy to direct the military to purchase the most economical material available.
  59. We should elect a president before he selects members of the cabinet.
  60. How did the politicians plan to elicit these obviously illicit funds without getting caught?
  61. They were afraid that his eminent figure in world politics was in imminent danger of being killed.
  62. He wanted to carve an epigram that he had seen used as an epigraph for his grandfather’s epitaph.
  63. He liked bugs and studied entomology; his friend liked words and went into etymology.
  64. He especially likes coffee ice-cream. Every week, his wife buys some specially for him.
  65. We use our everyday dishes every day.
  66. The document now makes explicit what had been only implicit in the cunning eyes of the negotiator.
  67. To what extent have they searched for the extant manuscripts of the Diwan-e-Ghalib?
  68. Nothing seemed to faze her as she went through the most critical phase of her life.
  69. I can run farther than you, but let’s discuss that further after the race.
  70. She has fewer complaints, but she has less energy.
  71. Formerly, we met formally to discuss these matters.
  72. The soldiers of the fourth regiment bravely went forth.
  73. A portrait of the culprit who was hanged last week was hung on the wall.
  74. Food can be called healthful if it helps us to live a healthy life.
  75. The heroine of the movie died of an overdose of heroin.
  76. In less than an hour, the voters in our town are going to vote for us.
  77. In his speech, he made an allusion to the illusion that life is a bed of roses.
  78. They have immigrated to this city from all over Asia; later on, they may decide to emigrate elsewhere.
  79. The incidence of incidents involving robbery has become intolerable.
  80. He was incredulous that his brother could perform such incredible feats.
  81. The tyrant inflicted great hardship on the people. They felt afflicted with his harsh regime.
  82. Her naïve and ingenuous mother expressed amazement that her daughter could create such an ingenious demonstration for the science fair.
  83. In the intense heat, the team of scientists did an intensive study of the extensive crop damage.
  84. My latest book “Spoken English” was published last year.
  85. As he led his soldiers into battle, his feet seemed made of lead.
  86. The lightning striking all around them, the sailors proceeded in their task of lightening the ship.
  87. My shoes are so loose that I’m going to lose them.
  88. A luxuriant garden was planted on the grounds of the most luxurious hotel in town.
  89. Hamid and Zubda thought that studying the martial arts, like judo, would improve their marital relationship.
  90. He hardly deserves a medal, nor did he show true mettle when he tried to meddle in our affairs.
  91. The moral of this story is that the morale of the business team is very important.
  92. My grandfather, a naval officer, was killed when he was struck in the navel by the cannonball.
  93. Now that you know that no one is at home, walk right in.
  94. He made an oral commitment to speak on the biological aural aspects of listening. He has extraordinary verbal skills.
  95. The lawyers walked around the perimeter of the estate as they discussed the parameters of the case.
  96. The doctors must have patience in dealing with the patients in the hospital.
  97. The period of peace between the two wars is an interesting piece of history.
  98. He was poring over his books when he accidentally poured coffee all over his papers.
  99. The high school principal said today that principal problem with today’s youth is their lack of moral principle.
  100. During the reign of Charles-I, it was against the law to use a leather rein during the rain.
  101. Her poetry is quite sensuous. In fact, some people find it quite sensual.


More Pair of words

Callous :
Unfeeling, as in: Drinking and driving shows a callous disregard for life.

Callus :
Hard, thickened skin, as in: I have a callus on my finger from holding the pencil.

Canvas :
Durable cloth made from cotton, linen, or hemp, as in: This fine painting is oil on canvas.

Canvass :
Go around asking, as in: Canvass the neighborhood to see if anyone saw the suspect.

Capital :
(1) City where the seat of government of a state or country is located, as in: Washington, D. C. is the capital of the United States of America.

(2) Upper case letter, as in: Writing in all capitals on the Internet is considered shouting, and is rude.

Capitol :
Building in which the US Congress meets, as in: When I visited Washington, DC, I toured the Capitol.

Carton :
Lightweight container or box, as in: Please send me one carton of printer cartridges.

Cartoon :
Drawing, often humorous, as in: Dilbert is a popular cartoon character.

Cease :
Stop, as in: If someone violates your copyright, send them a Cease and Desist letter immediately.

Seize :
Grab, as in: The guerillas tried to seize control of the town.

Siege :
Prolonged period of trouble or annoyance, as in: Our family has had a siege of bad colds this year.

Cede :
Yield, as in: At the war’s end, the loser had to cede the disputed territory to the winner.

Seed :
Beginning of a new plant, as in: The seed of an avocado can be planted in soil or water.

Ceiling :
Upper limit of a room, as in: A light-colored ceiling makes a room seem brighter.

Sealing :
Closing airtight, as in: Sealing the containers is important to keep the contents fresh.

Cell :
Small room, as in: She will spend two months in a prison cell for her mistake.

Sell :
Offer for sale, as in: I will sell you my car.

Cellar :
Underground room, as in : In our house, the cellar was always damp.

Seller :
One who offers for sale, as in: Amazon.com is a seller of books.

Census :
Population count, as in: The last census showed an increase in single-parent families.

Senses :
Sound mental faculties, as in: Don’t call me until you have come to your senses.

Cent :
One-hundredth of a monetary unit, as in: In the US, a penny is worth one cent.

Scent :
Odor, as in: The detective smelled the scent of almonds-could it be cyanide poisoning?

Sent :
Past tense of send, as in: I sent you Email yesterday.

Cereal :
Breakfast food prepared from grain, as in: My favorite cereal is Grape-Nuts; what’s yours?

Serial :
Arranged in a series, as in: I hope they catch that serial killer soon.

Cession :
Act of ceding (surrendering) to another, as in: The treaty included cession of all captured territories.

Session :
Meeting or term, as in: I will take two classes during the summer session.

Chic :
Stylishness and elegance: “Paris is the city for timeless bargain chic, in almost any category.”

Chick :
Small chicken or bird: A chick pecks its way out of the egg.

Chord :
A combination of musical tones played simultaneously, as in: His symphony is entitled The Lost Chord.

Cord :
Small rope, as in: Please pull the silver cord to summon the maid.

Chute :
Slanted shaft from a higher level to a lower one, as in: The gravel came rumbling down the chute.

Shoot :
To discharge a weapon, as in: Don’t shoot! I’m unarmed.

Cite :
Quote, as in: Your proposal will be more persuasive if you cite results of a recent survey.

Sight :
Vision, as in: Our eyes provide us with one sense of sight; our imagination, another.

Site :
Exact location, as in: Thank you for visiting my web site. Please come back often.

Cliche :
Overused expression, as in: A good business writer tries to avoid using a cliche.

Click :
Make a light, sharp sound, as in: The instructions said to click on the left mouse button.

Clique :
Small, exclusive group of people, as in: I wasn’t invited to join their clique.

Collision :
Crash, as in: Was anyone hurt in the collision?

Collusion :
Conspiracy, as in: The price rise was due to collusion among the manufacturers.

Coma :
Unconscious state, as in: The accident victim was in a coma for six months.

Comma :
Punctuation mark, as in: Use a comma to show where you would normally pause if you were reading the sentence out loud.

Complement :
That which completes, as in: As an author, I need input from readers to complement my point of view.

Compliment :
Expression of praise, as in: Sometimes a critical remark is more useful than a compliment.

Someone you tell secrets to, as in: He was always my best friend and confidant.

Confident :
Self-assured, as in: Are you confident you can finish the project on schedule?

Confidentially :
Spoken in a private manner, as in: Confidentially, I am looking for another job.

Confidently :
Firmly assured, as in: You can confidently raise your arms in public if you use a CERTAIN brand of deodorant, according to their television commercial.

Conscience :
Inner sense of right and wrong, as in: Wouldn’t it bother your conscience to lie to your friends?

Conscious :
Aware or awake, as in: The patient was conscious for an hour, then relapsed into a coma.

Conservation :
Protection from loss or waste, as in: We show concern about conservation of bandwidth by making efficient Web pages .

Conversation :
Talk between people, as in: I very much enjoyed our conversation yesterday.

Consul :
Representative of a foreign government, as in: For our next seminar about exporting, let’s see if we can get a consul from an Eastern European country to be a featured speaker.

Council :
Elected or appointed group of people assembled for governing or advising, as in: We’re going to have to take that idea up with the town council.

Counsel :
(1) Give advice or opinion, as in: Volunteers counsel the young people.

(2) Attorney, as in: I had this contract drawn up on advice of counsel.

Consular :
Having to do with the representative of a foreign government, as in: Phone Wieslaw Czyzowicz, the man in charge of consular affairs at the Polish Consulate.

Councilor :
Appointed or elected member of a council, as in: As councilor for this township, I welcome your ideas.

Counselor :
Advisor, as in: You need a letter from your guidance counselor for your scholarship application.

Cooperation :
Work together for a common purpose, as in: Many people believe cooperation will help you succeed more than competition will.

Corporation :
A business structure, as in: A corporation is established by the authority of a state government and exists independent of the people who own it.

Corespondents :
Joint defendants in a court case, as in: The bank official and his secretary were corespondents in the divorce trial.

Correspondence :
Exchange of letters, as in: I’m so busy with work it’s hard to keep up with my correspondence.

Costume :
Specialized style of dress, as in I wore a peasant costume to the Renaissance Fair.

Custom :
Habitual practice, as in: In the United States, business people have the custom of shaking hands when they meet.

Courtesy :
Politeness, as in: Your staff extended me every courtesy during my stay at your hotel.

Curtsy :
Bow with bended knees, as in: When a woman is presented to the Queen, she is expected to curtsy.

Critic :
One who evaluates, as in: The critic gave the new movie a favorable review.

Critique :

A formal analysis of a work, as in: Please send your request for a site review to the HWG critique mailing list.

Cue :
Signal to begin, as in: At the meeting, I won’t say anything until I get the cue from you.

Queue :
People in line, as in: We had to wait in the queue to get tickets for the movie.

Deceased :
Dead, as in: I am sorry to report that our hospital records show that your uncle is deceased.

Diseased :
Seriously ill: The fact that he was poor and diseased never seemed to affect his wonderful sense of humor.

Decent :
In good taste, as in: Gestures considered decent in one culture may be obscene in another.

Descent :
Going downward, as in: His descent from the airplane was much slower after he pulled the cord on his parachute.

Dissent :
Disagreement, as in: Of the twelve judges ruling on the case, hers was the only voice of dissent.

Dissidence :
Strong disagreement and outright opposition, as in: The government’s oppressive policies led to such dissidence that they were ousted in the next election.

Decree :
Official decision or order, as in: The decree made all the striking workers return to their jobs.

Decry :
To openly condemn or ridicule, as in: Those who believe in a democratic society decry tyranny in any form.

Descry :
To see or catch sight of, often from a distance, as in: When I descry the island, I’ll shout, “Land Ho!”

Defer :
(1) Delay or postpone, as in: We can defer the charges one month.

(2) Yield out of respect, as in: I defer to my colleague’s greater experience in this field.

Differ :
Disagree, as in: I must differ with you about the meaning of that word.

Deference :
Courteous regard, as in: The young people in that family showed great deference for their elders.

Difference :
Distinguishing characteristic, as in: The difference is that my web site loads quickly while your’s does not.

Allusion :
Indirect or casual mention, as in: No one made any allusion to the scandal while she was in the room.

Elusion :
Evasion or clever escape, as in: The embezzlers celebrated their elusion of the police a little too soon.

Illusion :
Presentation of a false or misleading idea, as in: The magician gave the illusion of sawing the woman in half.

Deposition :
Sworn, written statement, as in: Before the start of the trial, each of the witnesses gave a deposition of their testimony.

Disposition :
(1) Tendency to react in a certain way, as in: Pollyanna had an especially cheerful disposition.

(2) Final settlement, as in: The disposition of my father’s estate took longer than I thought it would.

Depraved :
Extreme departure from what is normal and good, as in: He was a depraved murderer.

Deprived :
Take away from, as in: He claimed that, during his childhood, he was deprived of any warmth and affection.

Deprecate :
Belittle, as in: Have you noticed that he seems to deprecate himself just so we have to compliment him?

Depreciate :
Fall in value or price, as in: A new car will start to depreciate as soon as you drive it off the lot.

Desert :
(1) Hot, dry, sandy place, as in: Not all kinds of plants can grow in a desert.

(2) Abandon or forsake, as in: The loyal little dog refused to desert his master.

Dessert :
End of a meal, usually something sweet, as in: I don’t think I’ll order any dessert today, thank you.

Desolate :
(1) Deserted or uninhabited, as in: They washed up on the shore of a desolate island.

(2) Miserable, as in: I am desolate that you believed I could do a thing like that.

Dissolute :
Characterized by loose moral standards, as in: The younger son led a dissolute lifestyle before he returned home to his family.

Detract :
Take something away from the value or reputation of, as in: Words that are not properly used can detract from a writer’s credibility.

Distract :
Divert attention from, as in: A blinking graphic on a Web page will distract a reader trying to read text.

Device :
Invention, as in: If your device works, I think you should get a patent for it.

Devise :
Think up a way to do something new, as in: HTML was devised to tell a Web browser how to show the relative importance of lines of text in a Web document.

Dew :
Moisture, as in: It was a beautiful spring morning, and the grass sparkled with dew.

Due :
Payable, as in: The rent is due the first of every month.

Die :
(1) Stop living or existing, as in: The doctor said without an operation the patient would surely die.

(2) Device for shaping, as in: He used to be a tool-and-die maker before the terrible accident.

Dye :
Color, as in: I think I will dye my hair a lighter shade.

Disapprove :
View with disfavor, as in: His parents disapprove of his truancy.

Disprove :
Prove to be false, as in: The accused was determined to disprove the charges against him.

Disassemble :
Take apart, as in: It was easy to disassemble the clock, but it wasn’t so easy to put it back together again.

Dissemble :
Disguise or conceal the real nature of, as in: I’d rather be honest about my shortcomings than dissemble or pretend to be something I’m not.

Disburse :
Pay out funds, as in: Do you think the foundation will disburse the funds soon?

Disperse :
Scatter, as in: The security guards told the crowd to disperse or face arrest.

Discreet :
Prudent, trustworthy, as in: A discreet accountant is a valuable business asset.

Discrete :
Separate and distinct, as in: The company is composed of three discrete units.

Disinterested :
Not influenced by personal motives, as in: To mediate this argument, we need a disinterested person.

Uninterested :
Unconcerned, as in: I knew she was sick because she was uninterested in food.

Divers :
Various, several, as in: We have provided divers acts for your entertainment.

Diverse :
Markedly different or conspicuously contrasting, as in: His hobbies are as diverse as whitewater-rafting and needlepoint.

Done :
Completed, as in: Call me when the Web site is done.

Dun :
Demand repeatedly, as in: The collection agency went to great lengths to dun him for payment of his.

Edition :
Published version, as in: Read the latest edition of the Tax Tips and Tactics newsletter.

Addition :
Something added, as in: We toured the addition to the hospital yesterday.

Effect :
(1, a noun) immediate or direct result, as in: What effect does that medicine have on you?

(2, a verb) accomplish, as in: He braided the bedsheets to effect an escape.

Affect :
To act upon or influence, as in: Strong emotions can affect your health.

Effective :
Producing the desired result, as in: He has an effective introduction in his presentation.

Efficient :
Producing the desired result with the least waste, as in: I design graphics for Web pages that are an efficient use of bandwidth.

Eight :
The number after seven, as in: Breakfast will be at eight in the morning.

Ate :
Past tense of eat, as in: We ate in that new restaurant last week.

Elapse :
(Of time) pass by, as in: Three minutes elapsed before her page had completely loaded–too many graphics!

Lapse :
(1) To slip or fall, as in: When the announcement came, we all lapsed into silence.

(2) To lose effect, as in: Your insurance policy will lapse if you don’t pay the premiums.

Relapse :
A slip backwards, as in: Just when we thought he was going to get well, he suffered a relapse.

Elicit :
Draw out, as in: The band’s performances always elicit praise from the critics.

Illicit :
Not allowed, as in: Illicit copying of another person’s work is punishable by law.

Eligible :
Qualified for, as in: Every person who submits a new word this month is eligible to win the prize.

Illegible :
Hard to read, as in: I have seen Web sites where the text was illegible because the background was too strong a design.

Ineligible :
Legally disqualified, as in: In the US, a president who has been elected twice is ineligible to run again.

Elusive :
Hard to catch or grasp, as in: The solution to the problem proved more elusive than they first thought.

Illusive :
Deceptive or unreal, as in: Lost in the desert, he saw an illusive oasis called a mirage.

Emerge :
Come out of something enclosed, as in: Out of four candidates, you emerge as the favorite.

Immerge :
Plunge into (same as immerse), as in: Immerge the burn in cold water to minimize the skin damage.

Emigrate :
Move out of a country, as in: My neighbors decided to emigrate to New Zealand [Images] while the children were still young.

Immigrate :
Move into a country, as in: My mother immigrated to this country from Lithuania.

Emanate :
Flow out from, as in : She was so creative that ideas just seemed to emanate from her.

Eminent :
Outstanding, as in: Steven Hawking is one of the most eminent thinkers of our time.

Imminent :
Impending, as in: When she heard a storm was imminent, she backed up her work and unplugged the computer.

Root :
(1) Underground part of a plant, as in: A carrot is a root vegetable.

(2) Origin or source, as in: We can’t solve this problem until we get to its root.

(3) cheer for or wish success for, as in: Who did you root for in the Olympics ?

Rout :
Terrible defeat, as in: The Super Bowl turned out to be a complete rout.

Route :
A path which is planned and followed regularly, as in: I’m thinking of supplementing my salary with a newspaper route.

Assure :
Declare positively, as in: I assure you that I will be finished by next Tuesday.

Ensure :
Make sure, as in: Order today to ensure delivery by Monday.

Insure :
Cover by insurance, as in: This Company will insure the data on my hard disk as well as the computer itself.

Envelop :
Enfold or surround completely, as in: The python slithered forward to envelop its prey and crush it.

Envelope :
Container for a letter, as in: Please send a long, self-addressed, stamped envelope with your request.

Equable :
Even or equal and uniform, as in: Their goal is to create a more equable taxation system.

Equitable :
Fair and just, as in: The injured party sought an equitable settlement.

Erasable :
Capable of being rubbed out or removed, as in: Don’t use an eraseable pen when doing your bookkeeping records, because these records are supposed to be permanent.

Irascible :
Easily provoked to anger, as in: After years of enduring chronic pain, he became so irascible it took courage to go visit him.

Especially :
Standing apart uniquely from the rest, as in: The air quality where I live is especially bad.

Specially :
Given unusual treatment, as in: Look in the specially-marked boxes for your entry blank.

Assay :
Chemical analysis, as in: The assay office will test your ore to see how much gold it contains.

Essay :
A short composition expressing the author’s opinions, as in: Students applying for a scholarship often have to write an essay.

Every day :
Each day without exception, as in: Every day, he comes home and says, “Hi, Honey. What’s for dinner?”

Everyday :
Ordinary, as in: Wear your everyday clothes to school, and save your finest for special occasions.

Every one :
Each, without exception, as in: I bought a dozen eggs yesterday and every one was cracked when I got home.

Everyone :
Everybody, as in: Everyone at work says to tell you, “Get well soon.”

Ewe :
Female sheep, as in: The ewe was bleating and looking for her lamb.

Yew :
An evergreen tree of the Taxus genus, as in: The finest violin bows are made of yew wood.

You :
The one or ones being spoken to, as in: I guarantee that you will be satisfied or your money will be cheerfully refunded.

Exalt :
Glorify or put much higher, as in: In ancient Egypt, the pharoah was exalted over his subjects.

Exult :
Rejoice, as in: The winning team went to the restaurant to exult in their victory.

Accede :
(1) Give in to, as in: We accede to your demands.

(2) take a position of authority, as in: When did the King accede to the throne?

Exceed :
To go past a stated amount, as in: It is illegal to exceed the speed limit.

Accept :
To agree to take, as in: I accept the terms of your offer.

Except :
Excluding, as in: I knew all the answers on the test, except the last one.

Access :
Permission to go in or to approach, as in: No one has access to my private files but me.

Excess :
More than enough, as in: We gave our excess fruit to our neighbors.

Expand :
Enlarge, as in: One reason for a business to have a Web site is to expand its market.

Expend :
Pay out money, as in: Because they neglected to expend any money or time on marketing their business, they soon went bankrupt.

Bail :
   Security given for release from jail, as in: The bail was set at $100,000.00 

Bale :
   A large bundle, as in: The hay was collected together and compressed into a bale.

Bare :
   Exposed to view, as in: The bare branches of the trees made lacy patterns against the winter sky.

Bear :
   (1) Carry or transport, as in: I bear a gift for you. 
   (2) Tolerate, stand or endure, as in: I can’t bear to hear another word. 
   (3) A large mammal, as in: At the zoo we saw a bear.

Base :
   The bottom part which supports that above it, as in: We camped overnight at the base of the mountain. 

Bass :
   Deep or low in sound, as in: You sing the high notes, and I’ll sing the bass.

Bases :
   (1) Plural of base, as in: The Army is closing down its bases in that country. 

   (2) Plural of basis, as in: The bases of all his theories were flawed. 

Basis :
   Fundamental principal, as in: Your accusation has no basis in fact.

Beat :
   (1) Strike repeatedly, as in: Percussion bands beat their drums at an unbelievable tempo. 

   (2) Defeat, as in: Your team will never beat the champions. 

Beet :
   Root vegetable, as in: The common red beet can be cooked and eaten.

Berry :
   Small, pulpy fruit with many seeds, as in: I love berry pie. 

Bury :
   Put in the ground and cover, as in: If we bury the treasure no one will find it.

Berth :
   A resting place, as in: When we go on the train, which berth do you want, upper or lower? 

Birth :
   Being born, as in: The birth of our first child was a happy occasion.

Beside :
   By the side of, as in: Sit down beside the fire and get warm. 

Besides :
   Moreover or else, as in: I’m not hungry; besides, I’m allergic to nuts.

Among :
   In the midst of three or more, as in: The four older children decided among themselves to surprise Mother and Father with breakfast in bed. 

Between :
   In the midst of two, as in: The two younger ones decided between themselves to clean the kitchen.

Autobiography :
   One’s own life story, as in: I am writing my autobiography. 

Bibliography :
   list of books about a subject, as in: Please include a bibliography with your research report. 

Biography :
   a person’s life story, as in: She is writing a biography of Marie Sklodowska Curie, the chemist and physicist who with her husband discovered radium in 1898.

Billed :
   Sent a statement of money owed, as in: Would you like to pay cash now or be billed? 

  Construct or assemble, as in: You can build good credit by paying bills on time.

Blew :
   Sent forth a current of air, as in: The wind blew across the desert.

Blue :
   A color, as in: The editor marked corrections with a blue pencil.

Bloc :
   Group with a shared purpose, as in: The measure was opposed by the farm bloc. 

Block :
   (1) A chunk, as in: He is going to carve an animal from that block of wood. 

   (2) Hinder, as in: The police lined up their cars to block the bankrobbers’ escape.

Board :
   (1) Piece of wood, as in : The diver hit his head on the board. 

   (2) Council, as in: I’ll make your suggestion to the board of trustees. 

Bored :
   Tired of the monotony, as in: After ten speeches, I got bored because every speaker said the same thing.

Boarder :
   A lodger who receives meals regularly at a fixed price, as in: To earn extra money, we took in a boarder. 

Border :
   Boundary, as in: Be sure to have your passport when you cross the border.

Bolder :
   More daring, as in: If you want to be noticed, perhaps you need to be a little bolder. 

Boulder :
   A large rock, as in: The road was blocked by a boulder.

Born :
   Brought into existence, as in: A new nation was born from the ashes of the old one.

Borne :
   (1) Carried, as in: All their belongings were borne on their shoulders. 

   (2) Tolerated, as in: Any more outbursts like that simply will not be borne.

Boy :
   Male child, as in: Is your new baby a boy or a girl? 

Buoy :
   A floating marker in the water, as in: When they saw the buoy, they knew they were entering the channel.

Brake :
   Device that helps you stop, as in: When the driver saw the cow in the road, he hit the brake. 

Break :
   Rupture, fracture, or crack, as in: Don’t play ball in the house, because you’ll break something.

Bread :
   Food made of grain, as in: I love to eat homemade soup and fresh bread. 

Bred :
   Past tense of breed, as in: Some dogs are bred for strength, some for intelligence.

Breadth :
   Width or broadness, as in: The breadth of his knowledge of world history surprised everyone. 

Breath :
   Respiration, as in: Hold your breath while I take the X-ray. 

Breathe :
   Inhale and exhale, as in: Breathe in that fresh air!

Bridal :
   Having to do with a marriage ceremony, as in: The bridal bouquet was made of daisies and wildflowers. 

Bridle :
   (1) Having to do with horseback riding, as in: The bridle path was crowded this morning with weekend riders. 

   (2) Restrain or control, as in: I wish I could learn to bridle my tongue.

Broach :
   Introduce, as in: While the boss was in a good mood, I decided to broach the subject of a raise. 

Brooch :
   Ornamental pin, as in: She wore a beautiful diamond brooch.

Bouillon :
   Clear soup with a strong flavor, as in: For the first course I’ll have beef bouillon. 

Bullion :
   Precious metals, formed into bars, as in: The coach was loaded with hundreds of bars of gold bullion.

Buy :
   Purchase, as in: More and more customers are willing to buy goods from an online storefront. 

By :
   Through the action of, as in: This Web page designed by P. Sato Design. 

Bye :

Short form of goodbye, as in: Bye for now.

A lot 
   Many, as in: A lot of people are doing business online today.

   Much, as in: Some people worry a lot about their health. 

Alot :
   Wait a minute, there is no such word as alot! It should be two words: a lot, if you mean many or much, or allot, if you mean distribute. 

Allot :
   Give out or distribute, as in: We will allot the prizes by date of contest entry.

A while :
   A period of time, as in: I haven’t seen her in a while. 

Awhile :
   For a short time, as in: Let’s stay awhile and talk.

Accede :
   (1) Give in to, as in: We accede to your demands. 

   (2) take a position of authority, as in: When did the King accede to the throne? 

Exceed :
   To go past a stated amount, as in: It is illegal to exceed the speed limit.

Accent :
   (1) Way of speaking characteristic of a particular region or group, as in I speak with a U. S. American accent. 

   (2) emphasize one part of something, as in: Accent your good points. 

Ascent :
   Upward movement, as in: We watched the ascent of the balloon as long as we could. 

Assent :
   To agree, as in: I doubt he will assent to the arrangement.

Ad :
   Short for advertisement, as in: I placed an ad in the paper. 

Add :
   To join or to combine, as in: Please add my site to your bookmark list.

Adapt :
   To change to fit, as in: Newcomers quickly adapt to the culture of the Internet. 

Adept :
   Expert, as in: She was adept at using graphics to illustrate complex ideas. 

Adopt :
   To take as one’s own, as in: Would it be better to make our own rules, or adopt theirs?

Addenda :
   Something added, as in: That problem is covered in the addenda to the software manual. 

   List of things to do, as in: What is the agenda for the meeting tomorrow?

Adherence :
   Firm attachment, as in: She demonstrates a strict adherence to the rules. 

Adherents :
    Advocates or supporters, as in: Many people in that country are adherents of the concept of free speech.

Adverse :
   Hostile, as in: The adverse weather conditions forced them to turn back. 

Averse :
   Reluctant, as in: I am not averse to hearing your suggestions.

Advice :
   Guidance or counsel, as in: Your sound advice saved me from a terrible mistake. 

Advise :
   To counsel, recommend, or inform, as in: I advise you to validate the code on your Web page before you release it to the general public.

Affect :
   To act upon or influence, as in: Strong emotions can affect your health. 

Effect :
   (1, a noun) immediate or direct result, as in: What effect does that medicine have on you? 

   (2, a verb) accomplish, as in: He braided the bedsheets to effect an escape.

Aggravate :
   To make worse, as in: Lying to cover up a crime will aggravate the offense. 

Aggregate :
   To collect together or total, as in: Charges for a corporate Web site can aggregate into tens of thousands of dollars.

Aid :
   Help, as in: He rushed to the aid of the victim with no thought for his own safety. 

Aide :
   Assistant or helper, as in: The Governor’s aide will hold a press conference this afternoon.

Ail :
   To cause trouble or discomfort to, as in: What ails you?

Ale :
   An alcoholic beverage, stronger than beer, as in: My friend and I will have two pints of ale, bartender.

Allowed :
   Permitted, as in: No one under 17 is allowed.

Aloud :
   Audibly, as in: He read the book aloud.

Altar :
   Worship table, as in: The priest approached the altar. 

Alter :
   Change, as in: Nothing you can say will alter my plans.

Amend :
   Modify or revise, as in: It’s time to amend our by-laws.

Emend :
   Alter or correct in the text of a written work, as in: The publishers hurried to emend the book before the next edition.

Appraise :
   Judge the value of, as in: A professional takes many factors into account in order to appraise your house correctly. 

Apprise :
   To inform or notify, as in: Please apprise me of any sudden turn of events.

Are :
   Form of to be, as in: What are you doing tonight? 

Hour :
   Sixty minutes, as in: It seemed like I waited an hour, but it was only twenty minutes. 

Our :
   Belonging to us, as in: Please visit our Web site and see our new book reviews.

Area :
   Region, as in: What area of the country are you from? 

Aria :
   An elaborate song for one voice, as in: When the soprano finished the aria, the audience clapped.