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Refer to the given secondary definition/sense AND sentence—conjugations shown sometimes stray from proper verb (e.g. "break"+(ed)="broke").
Fill in the Middle: Four Consonants
(v.i.) hold to; unite aptly— ''for I ______(ed) to a cause that I felt to be pure and true''
(v.i.) droop; grow spiritless— ''the pleasures of the town begin to ______''
(v.t.) reveal unintentionally; disclose or discover— ''now this ______(s) ignorance of the first principles of political economy''
(v.i.) go; betake oneself— ''afterwards we ______(ed) to the travellers bungalow''
(v.i.) escape from secrecy; become public— ''the proceedings of the council have not yet ______(ed)''
(v.i.) lean; incline— ''the sinking ship had ______(ed) so far that water lapped its decks''
(v.i.) descend from flight; come by chance— ''he turned to go home; but even as he turned, his eye ______(ed) upon a figure behind a tree''
(v.i.) have to some extent the nature or character— ''they both ______(ed) of an autumnal quality, a sense of approaching darkness''
(v.i.) quiver; be tremulous— ''streamlets . . . ______ thro’ the sunny glade''
(v.t.) use or employ to good purpose and the best advantage— ''he ______(ed) his strength whenever he could''
(v.i.) pour down; fall heavily— ''unfortunately it was the first real night of winter and rain ______(ed) down intermittently''
(v.i.) be dark, gloomy, and threatening— ''all the clouds that ______ upon our house''
(v.t.) allow; permit; not to forbit or hinder— ''I will not ______ such insults''
(v.t.) contain; embrace; include— ''the Middle West ______(s) many farming and industrial areas''
(v.t.) state or point out clearly; allege; claim— ''______ to your son the danger of an idle life or profligate company''
(v.i.) make whining pretensions to goodness— ''he seemed to have a fear that his hearer should think he was ______(ing)''
(v.t.) carry away with vehement emotion— ''she was ______(ed) with joy by the good news''
(v.i.) prevail; succeed; subsist— ''the general laws of fluidity, elasticity and gravity, ______ in animal and inanimate tubes''
(v.t.) abate, impair, or debase by adding something inferior— ''her happiness was ______(ed) by the thought that other people were suffering''
(v.t.) behave; conduct— ''let an ambassador ______ himself in the most graceful manner before a prince''
(v.t.) tell off or appoint for a particular service— ''my team was ______(ed) to recover the Americans from the site''
(v.t.) provide an explanation, interpretation, or paraphrase for— ''its complex interrelatedness means that each short work helps ______ the others''
(v.t.) look curiously or intently at; peer suspiciously or mockingly at— ''he ______(ed) unmercifully all the men in the room''
(v.i.) commit any offense; sin— ''in the time of his distress did he ______ yet more against the Lord''
(v.t.) praise highly; extol— ''time shall embalm and ______ her name''
(v.t.) analyze grammatical relationships; [foreign language] translate— ''alternatively, the verb might be ______(ed) with the direct object ‘life’''
(v.t.) be or become the object of the affections and interests of an animal— ''goats and sheep apparently ______ on their own young in the first few moments after birth''
(v.t.) unclothe, as of clothes, arms, or equipage— ''she sat them at a table and then neatly ______(ed) them of their cloaks''
(v.t.) dismiss or discard; put away or reject— ''he had insolence to ______ the captain of the lord lieutenant's own body guard''
(v.t.) cause the time to pass without notice— ''ballads . . . to ______ his incessant wayfaring''
(v.i.) sneer; mock— ''men of all sorts take a pride to ______ at me''
(v.i.) extend over and beyond the base or support; overhang— ''great cliffs ______ above the narrow path''
(v.i.) go for help; have recourse— ''I usually ______ to books at the public library or information from websites''
(v.t.) throw sidewise with a jerk; fling— ''to ______ a stone at a tree''
(v.t.) examine carefully; pore over— ''he…stopped to ______ what he had written before advancing to be greeted by the Speaker''
(v.t.) give or leave (land, buildings, or other property) by a will— ''all persons of sound mind are competent to ______ real and personal estate''
(v.t.) invite; call in— ''I made a feast; I ______(ed) him come''
(v.t.) pull or draw with force— ''easier both to freight, and to ______ ashore''
(v.i.) wail in grief for a dead person— ''when another daughter died in infancy she ______(ed) and mourned over the body for hours until the body finally had to be taken from her
(v.i.) unjustifiably regard as entitling one to privileges— ''Luther ______(ed) upon the gift of continency''
(v.t.) encourage; aid; abet— ''error supports custom, custom ______(s) error''
(v.t.) defeat; overthrow; vanquish— ''the enemy was ______(ed) by our sudden attack from ambush''
(v.t.) cause; induce— ''heat ______(s) lassitude''
(v.i.) court favor, or show attachment to, by frisking about one— ''many flattering relatives ______ over the rich old man''
(v.i.) acknowledge; confess— ''a man should never be ashamed to ______ that he has been in the wrong''
(v.t.) attempt to imitate, in a manner not natural— ''they ______(ed) a taste for abstract art''
(v.i.) waste away with longing for something— ''for whom, and not for Tybalt, Juliet ______(ed)''
(v.t.) depress with fear; daunt the spirits or courage of— ''my mother wouldn't be ______(ed) into nursing''
(v.t.) come upon; afflict—''the territory has been ______(ed) by a 'drouth' of the most disastrous character''
(v.t.) diminish; assuage; reduce the strength of— ''his sincere piety and his large heart always ______ his errors''
(v.i.) sink under trial or apprehension of danger— ''stouter hearts than a woman's have ______(ed) in this terrible winter''
(v.t.) set or estimate the value of— ''I ______ life not a straw, but for mine honor''
(v.t.) bear or convey, as signification or meaning— ''how I do pity those who surround themselves with maxims ______(ing) the wisdom of doubt and suspicion''
(v.i.) strive; exert oneself— ''Duke John of Brabant ______(ed) greatly that the Earl of Flanders should have his daughter in marriage''
(v.t.) slay; put to death— ''Mrs. Foy said she rang the police and asked them to send someone to ______ the deer humanely''
(v.i.) relax in intensity; abate; slacken— ''it has been suggested that few marital problems ______ spontaneously''
(v.i.) unfold and spread out the wings— ''low growls of warning were echoing from the throats of the wolves while the raptors ______(ed) their wings and hissed in agitation''
(v.t.) exempt from charge for postage; send or convey free of charge— ''English will ______ the traveler through most of North America''
(v.i.) delay; stay or remain behind; loiter— ''and, if we ______ a little, we may come to learn that here is best''
(v.t.) seize by authority for public use— ''both the Union and Confederate armies began ______(ing) large numbers of African Americans, free and enslaved, for military labor''
(v.t.) turn from truth; distort— ''the plaintiff has here unnaturally ______(ed) the words beyond their natural import''
(v.t.) commit, entrust, or give in charge for care or preservation— ''I was so hoping I was on my way out, that I ______(ed) my spirit to death and passed out''
(v.t.) understand; regard or view—''he can ______ . . . vice with all her baits and seeming pleasures, and yet abstain''
(v.i.) blossom; flower— ''she was dressed in an elaborate kimono with lovely flowers ______(ing) across it''
(v.i.) fall headlong or with a crash— ''the travelling wave was as a black wall, ______(ing) over in brassy shifting light, like some mail of bright fish or serpents''
(v.t.) advance; promote— ''the captain was ______(ed) to the rank of major''
(v.t.) cut or tear into small pieces; break into fragments— ''they become ______(ed) into minute tatters''
(v.t.) pass through water by wading— ''the streams rose so rapidly that we could hardly ______ them''
(v.i.) sprout; grow or develop as plants do; lead a life too low for an animate creature— '' one really lives nowhere; one does but ______''
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