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as of beginning on; from.
asparagus a plant related to the lily, whose young shoots are cooked and eaten as a vegetable. The shoots are shaped like spears with scaly leaves at the tip.
ASPCA abbreviation of "American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals," a national organization whose purpose is to take care of lost or stray dogs, cats, and other small animals. This organization tries to find people to adopt these animals as pets.
aspect a part or element. [4 definitions]
aspen a kind of poplar tree with leaves that shake in the slightest breeze.
asphalt a sticky black substance like tar. Asphalt is found naturally or obtained when oil is refined. It is used for making roads and roofs and for making things waterproof. [2 definitions]
aspiration a goal, aim, or ambition.
aspire to want strongly; have as an aim (usually followed by to or after).
aspirin a drug used to take away pain and bring down fever. [2 definitions]
ass a mammal with long legs and hooves that is closely related to the horse. A donkey is a domestic ass. Asses look like horses but are smaller and have longer ears. Wild asses live in Africa and Asia and are in danger of becoming extinct. [2 definitions]
assassin a person who murders for money or for political reasons.
assassinate to murder for pay or for political reasons.
assault a violent physical or verbal attack. [4 definitions]
assemble to gather into a group. [3 definitions]
assembly a group of people gathered together, usually for a specific purpose. [4 definitions]
assembly line a way of putting together a product in a factory by moving it along a line of workers. Each worker adds or adjusts a part until the product is finished.
assent to agree (usually followed by "to"). [2 definitions]
assert to state with force or confidence. [2 definitions]
assertive forward or aggressive in speech or action.
assess to look at and try to discover the quality or degree of (something); evaluate; estimate. [3 definitions]
asset something useful or valuable. [2 definitions]