Access refers to an increase, outburst, or the ability to get something. Their winnings at the casino gave them an access of wealth. What started as a small dispute turned into an access of rage. We give certain users access to the secure web site. Excess refers to an overindulgence or surplus. Betty has an […]
Accept means to admit, receive, or agree. I accept him to our organization with pleasure. We accept your invitation to the ceremonies. They accept the jury’s verdict with no problem. Except as a preposition means other than. The student’s grades are low in every subject except science. Except as a verb means to exclude something. […]
Accent usually describes how people pronounce words of a language different from their mother tongue. It reveals one’s place of origin. Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks English with an Austrian accent. Dialect is usually spoken by people who live in a certain region of a country. Dialects have distinctive vocabulary, pronunciation, intonation, and grammar. She spoke the language […]
Accede means to take a position of authority or to yield. He may accede to the throne, but only after taking the oath. I accede to your demands, as long as they are realistic. Concede means to accept reluctantly. Friends urged the candidate not to concede on election night. Exceed means to surpass. The product […]
Abuse means to use something badly or wrongly. I hope Frank doesn’t abuse the new car his parents bought him. Misuse means to use something for which it was not intended. The students often misuse the school computers to play games.
Abundant refers to something profuse or of great quantity. She received abundant praise for her work with the deaf. Fulsome refers to something so excessive it causes offense or disgust. Unfortunately, the host gave the speaker a fulsome introduction.
Abstemious means eating or drinking in moderation. Barb’s abstemious habits probably ensure her a longer life. Abstinent means abstaining from something (food, drink, etc.). The young men pledge to remain abstinent until age 21.