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affirmative action a policy to make sure certain groups of people are given a fair chance for jobs and education. In particular, this policy is for minority groups and women who were not given these opportunities in the past. Regulations made by the U.S. government support affirmative action.
Atlanta the capital city of the U.S. state of Georgia.
barrio a section of a U.S. city where Spanish is chiefly spoken. [1/2 definitions]
B.S.1 a college degree earned in a science, such as biology or chemistry, after four years of study. B.S. is an abbreviation for Bachelor of Science.
buck5 (informal) a dollar in the U.S.
capitol (capitalized) the building in which the U.S. Congress meets. [1/2 definitions]
captain an officer of the U.S. Army, Air Force, or Marines, holding the rank just below major. [2/6 definitions]
cedilla a mark ( ). It is placed under certain letters to change that letter's pronunciation in French, where "" has the sound of "s."
Cheyenne the capital city of the U.S. state of Wyoming. [1/2 definitions]
Chicago a city in the U.S. state of Illinois. It is near the southern tip of Lake Michigan.
coast guard (capitalized) a U.S. military service that patrols and protects the nation's coasts.
colonel an officer in the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Marines who ranks above lieutenant colonel and below general.
commander the rank directly below captain in the U.S. Navy. [1/3 definitions]
commonwealth the official title of certain U.S. states and Puerto Rico. [1/2 definitions]
confederate (capitalized) a person or state allied with the Confederacy during the U.S. Civil War. [1/4 definitions]
congress (capitalized) the branch of the U.S. government that is elected to make laws. Congress is made up of the Senate and the House of Representatives. [1/2 definitions]
congressman (often capitalized) a male member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
congresswoman (often capitalized) a female member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
conservative (capitalized) having to do with the U.S. or British Conservative party. [1/6 definitions]
consonant a sound in a language made by stopping or restricting the flow of air through the mouth using speech organs such as the tongue, teeth, or lips. The sounds represented by the letters "d," "k," "b," "s," and "m" are examples of consonants in English. [1/2 definitions]
corporal2 an officer in the U.S. Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps who is ranked below sergeant and above private first class.