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address this information written or printed on things that are mailed. [1/6 definitions]
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.
after all used to remind the listener of an important fact or to ask the listener to consider this fact. [1/2 definitions]
agate a playing marble that is made of or looks like this stone. [1/2 definitions]
ageism the act of having a bad opinion of, or not treating in a fair way, a person or group of people based on age. This kind of discrimination is often against older people.
agreement an understanding between people or groups that states what kind of action is to be taken and what each person's responsibility will be. The document that describes this understanding is also called an agreement. [1/4 definitions]
airline a system of transportation that allows people to fly from one place to another, or a business that owns and operates the equipment to do this.
almond the hard oval seed of this tree that is like a nut and eaten as food. [1/3 definitions]
already by this or that time. [1/3 definitions]
apatosaur another name for brontosaur. This animal was also called apatosaurus.
apostrophe1 a punctuation mark ('). It is used to show where one or more letters or numbers have been left out. "Wouldn't" for "would not" and "'87" for "1987" use apostrophes this way. [3 definitions]
apple the tree on which this fruit grows. [1/2 definitions]
apricot the tree that bears this fruit. [1/2 definitions]
Aquarius a person born under this sign, between January 21 and February 20. [1/3 definitions]
Arctic Circle an imaginary line drawn around the earth parallel to the equator which marks the boundary of the Arctic. North of this line there are periods of continuous night in the winter and continuous day in the summer.
Aries a person born under this sign, between March 21 and April 20. [1/3 definitions]
arrogance disagreeable behavior resulting from this condition. [1/2 definitions]
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.
asphalt a mixture of this substance with gravel or sand, used to pave roads. [1/2 definitions]
aspirin a tablet or pill that contains this drug. [1/2 definitions]
atomic energy a source of power based on this energy; nuclear energy. [1/2 definitions]