Stipulate (verb)

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Definitions:
1. to state how to do something in exact terms; 2. to specify a necessary condition (of a contract or agreement); 3. to give a guarantee or promise

Synonyms:
specify, state, spell out, say, explain, define, designate, indicate, agree to, qualify,

Antonyms:
generalize, guess

Examples:
– He will give his daughter the loan, but will stipulate as to how she can use it.
– The new contract will stipulate the terms agreed on by the two parties.
– The deceased millionaire’s stipulated that most of his fortune should be given to charities.
– The company stipulates that if the customer is not satisfied with the product, he or she can return it for a full refund.

Preeminent (verb/noun)

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Definitions:
highest in superiority or achievement and standing out above all others

Synonyms:
predominant, superior, foremost, leading, distinguished, highest, above, paramount,

Antonyms:
inferior, humble, undistinguished

Examples:
– The scientist was the preeminent expert on the sociology of chimpanzees and gave a fascinating lecture in my anthropology class.
– I chose my stock broker based on his reputation for being a preeminent financial advisor who has helped many clients reach their financial goals.
– The professor is the preeminent authority on that subject, and you’ll learn more about it from him than anyone else.
– It should be interesting to meet him, as he is the preeminent authority in child psychology.

Ruminate (adjective)

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Definitions:
1. to consider something deeply and carefully; 2. to re-chew partially digested food–refers to cows and other ruminants

Synonyms:
mull, brainstorm, contemplate, consider, ponder, reflect, muse

Antonyms:
forget, ignore

Examples:
– Don’t ruminate too much over it or you’ll never make a decision.
– She spent the last year ruminating over which college to attend after graduation.
– The President ruminated over what course of action to take.
– The cows grazed on the hillside and ruminated their food in a relaxed manner.

Pander (verb)

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Definitions:
to facilitate the fulfillment of others’ or another’s desire, especially one of questionable appropriateness or morality

Synonyms:
solicit, procure, provide, pimp, indulge, gratify, cater to

Antonyms:
reject, deny

Examples:
– Despite his better judgment, the politician pandered to the interest group’s needs, so he would have their support come election time.
– The babysitter was not able to control the children because she tended to pander to their every demand.
– Jenny was pandering to his ego by complimenting his new tie, just so she could take the afternoon off.
– That politician panders to so many different groups, it’s impossible to tell what he stands for.

Rash (adjective/noun)

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Definitions:
(adj.) thoughtless or rushed action without consideration of consequences; (n.) a series of occurrences, usually unexpected and unpleasant

Synonyms:
(adj.) thoughtless, hasty, impetuous, reckless, ill-considered, imprudent, careless, brash, impulsive, (n.) outbreak

Antonyms:
(adj.) cautious, thoughtful, responsible

Examples:
– I regretted taking such rash action once I came to my senses.
– Even though we thought his decision to quit his job was rather rash, we still felt sorry for him when he had trouble finding another position.
– Although his decision seemed rash at first, it proved to be a good one for the company’s future.
– The recent rash of burglaries in the neighborhood left the community feeling vulnerable.

Interim (adjective/noun)

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Definitions:
(adj.) serving during an intermediate interval of time; (n.) the time between one event or period and another

Synonyms:
(adj.) temporary, transitional, acting, pro tem, (n.) meantime, interval, interlude

Antonyms:
Permanent

Examples:
– When the Prime Minister collapsed of a heart attack, John Smyth was appointed interim Prime Minister until elections could be held.
– The company had to rely on an interim solution until the full plan was in place.
– We’re waiting for the final approval on this project. In the interim, let’s finish the project timeline.
– Luke will serve as our interim CEO until a replacement is made by the board.

Quotidian (adjective)

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Definitions:
1. commonplace and experienced under the most ordinary circumstances;
2. done on a daily basis

Synonyms:
commonplace, everyday, ordinary, regular, routine, daily, customary, frequent

Antonyms:
sporadic, rare, infrequent

Examples:
– The book focuses on the quotidian life of farmers.
– She took up scuba diving in order to make her life a little less quotidian.
– Reality shows are designed to be about everyday life, but they are hardly quotidian.
– It’s great when I get to hear my favorite song on my quotidian commute to work.

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Indigenous (adjective)

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Definitions:
naturally living in a place or country without having moved there–originating there

Synonyms:
native, local, natural, original, endemic

Antonyms:
native, local, natural, original, endemic

Examples:
– The nursery only sold plants that were indigenous to California.
– Most of the indigenous people of the country survived the drought.
– Most large zoos house animals, like lions and zebras, which are indigenous to Africa.
– I’m looking forward to our trip to Costa Rica, where we will see many plants and animals indigenous to that country.

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Prospect (verb/noun)

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Definitions:
(n.) 1. the possibility of future success; 2. something that is expected to happen in the future; 3. someone who is likely to be interested in purchasing a product or service; 4. someone or something that is likely to succeed; 5. the act of exploration, examination or observation; (v.) to search for something desirable.

Synonyms:
(n.) expectation, possibility, outlook, perspective, candidate, opportunity, chance, potential, (v.) explore, search

Antonyms:
hopelessness, obscurity

Examples:
– His prospects for getting the job are excellent; he really is the best candidate.
– Our agency is currently prospecting for new clients.
– Is there any prospect that you may take a ski trip this year?
– I have several prospects who I’ll be interviewing for the position this week.

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Surfeit (verb/noun)

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Definitions:
(n.) an amount that exceeds what is necessary; (v.) to overfeed or overfill

Synonyms:(n.) excess, overabundance, satiety, surplus, profusion, (v.) overfill,

Antonyms:(n.) deficiency, lack

Examples:
-She researched new cars online because she found a surfeit of information there.
– When I finish this diet, I am going to surfeit my appetite.
– The chairperson could not adequately answer the surfeit of questions at the board meeting.
– The buffet contained such a surfeit of food that it was difficult not to gorge oneself.