Confusing Words Clarified: Group R; Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs, Synonyms, Polysemes, etc. +
(lists of "R" sections that are organized into what for some people are confusing groups of words)
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2. To accept or to adopt for a second time: After much discussion and several revisions, the new tax measure was repassed at the city hall.
Willard's friend offered Tony a light repast before he started his trip.
After the bylaw was repassed by the city councillors with amendments, they all went to the cafeteria for a repast to celebrate their accomplishments.
The gym instructor reported on the new equipment for the gymnasium.2. To herald the presence or arrival of something: The cabin boy climbed to the crow's nest on the ship and reported that land was in sight.
3. To bring a matter that had been under consideration back to a group for further discussion and recommendations: The chairperson reported the proposals for energy conservation to the mayor's committee.
4. To give a formal accounting for something: The treasurer reported a balance in the city's accounts for the previous year.
"James has reported his findings," Nettie retorted sharply to criticism from her boss. As an accountant, she was reputed to be very thorough and exacting in her analysis of the budget.
Taking a math course is a requirement in order to finish a person's high school education.
2. A formal demand or request, typically between nations for the provision of something or the exchange of individuals: At the end of the war, the general sent a requisition for all the prisoners to be released immediately.
3. A request for something that is available but not readily provided: The doctor signed the requisition for additional flu vaccine for her clinic.
It is a requirement that Tony review all requisition slips that are being sent to the supply department.
2. That which is set aside for later use: Aurora decided to keep the extra jar of strawberry jam in reserve for breakfast.
Nathan kept funds in reserve in the sugar bowl for emergency expenses.3. Military forces that are not on active duty but that can be called upon in emergencies: Craig's nephew was an officer in the naval reserve and he was called upon to provide aid to ships during the severe storms at sea.
4. An area of a country that is set aside for a special purpose: The mountain goats lived in the reserve high in the mountains.
Karl will reserve his comments until after the budget for the condominium fund reserve has been approved.
Millie had to resew the band on her sunhat after she worked in the garden. She was working in the garden again because she had to resow the lettuce seeds since the birds consumed most of the first sowing.
2. A large and impressive house where an important or wealthy person lives: The book publisher spent three months at his summer residence.
3. A length of time that someone has lived in a location: Randy's forty year residence in Trisha's town was highlighted by his serving as mayor for three consecutive terms.
2. Doctors who are training at hospitals to become specialists in particular fields of medicine: Lenora's cousins are both residents at the local hospital studying cardiology as their field of medical specialization.
The new medical residents were hoping to live in residence at the hospital.
2. Formally to renounce one's position in a government or other organizational situation: The king decided to resign from the throne so he could marry the woman he loved.
3. To agree or to accept something as inevitable: Jeremy feels that he must resign himself to staying home on Friday night.
Because of a perceived conflict of interest, Debora was forced to resign from her job; however, after an investigation, she was cleared of any charges and so she was able to re-sign her contract and to resume her work.
2. Something that is final or a last possible option: The company will only declare bankruptcy as a last resort.
Since Eugene was going to a resort for the weekend, he had to re-sort his clothes to be sure he would have the right clothing for the trip.
2. Tolerable, fair in size or amount: Howard's grades at school were considered respectable but not sufficiently strong enough to earn him a scholarship.
They are all very successful in their respective fields of study.
Each of the respective lawyers was regarded as highly respectable in legal circles. Ernest figured that he would have to be very respectful when talking with them.
Susanne identified the actors as antagonist and protagonist respectively; so, she respectfully requested that they quit acting silly and start rehearsing their parts respectably.
Mildted went to her room for a rest after having a difficult day.2. The part that is leftover after something has been removed; the remainder: The beginning of the film was boring, but the rest of it was interesting.
2. To relax, to take it easy, to be calm: Janine wants to rest and listen to music after a hectic day at work.
2. To take something from someone, or others, with much effort: Earl was trying to wrest control of the company again from the guys who had taken it over.
James needed a rest because he was very tired after having tried to wrest a favorable decision from the judge regarding the case in court this morning.
2. Unhappy about a situation and wanting changes: The president of the university realized that the students were restless when they organized protest marches.
3. Relating to the condition of having little or no relaxation or sleep: Cassie spent a restless night because of the strong winds and thunder storms.
Having been restive all week long and feeling restless, Maggie was glad for the opportunity to go to the cottage where it is always quiet and restful.
2. To return to a position or place: Ingrid is taking her vacation now, but she will resume her responsibilities when she returns.
The speaker was about to resume his place at the podium.
2. A comprehensive and succinct account of written or verbal information: At the conclusion of Mike's class report, he presented a summary of the significant points which he had made.
Glenn said he would resume writing his résumé after lunch. It will include a summary of all of his previous work experiences as well as a brief synopsis describing the performance results for each of his former positions.
2. To keep or to hold in a particular place, condition, or position: The TV show has been able to retain its popularity for many years.
2. To keep in one's service or pay: The company's goal is to attract and to retain good employees.
Betty was able to retain the services of a good butler because she needed someone who was able to retain detailed information on the needs of her various guests.
More recently, the acceptable term for retard is "developmentally delayed".2. A person who is considered to be foolish or socially inept: The child on the playground was rude, calling a boy a retard because he could not run very fast.
3. A slowing down or a hindering of progress; a delay: Being ill for several weeks was unfortunate as it caused a retard in Bill's academic progression towards his degree.
2. To re-smear someone with a distillation of resinous woods, coal, etc. and then to cover with feathers as a punishment: You would think that having been tarred and feathered last week, Lou would learn his lesson; however, he was retarred today because he tried to steal a loaf of bread.
The road had been retarred and the pavement was soft and served to retard the progression of Bruce's car as he was trying to drive home. He was upset and muttered something about the engineer in charge being a retard.
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