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Definition of petty, diverge, apt, marine, detergent, distort, deplore, despise, intermittent, effect

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Definition of petty (adjective)
forms: petty; more petty; most petty; less petty; least petty

small or of no importance

Examples
The man received one year in jail for petty theft.
The disagreements between Charman and Allison were amplified in the airtight atmosphere of the studio, but they were always petty and did not run to bitterness.

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Definition of diverge (verb)
forms: diverged; diverging; diverges

to go in different directions

Examples
I decided to diverge from the group because they wanted to go shopping instead of go swimming.

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Definition of apt (adjective)
forms apter; aptest: less apt; least apt

suitable or quick to learn and attentive

Examples
The Combat Lifesaver class was full of apt pupils.
In British political life of the previous twenty years, latent anti-Jewish feeling had been apt to surface in response to particular events.

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Definition of marine (adjective)
forms: marine; more marine; most marine; less marine; least marine

referring to the ocean or sea

Examples
The marine life seemed happy in the aquarium.

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Definition of detergent (noun)
form plural: detergents

cleaning product or agent

Examples
Having a good detergent is necessary when your clothes are stained by oil.
When originally introduced it was thought that the availability of a detergent with inherent bactericidal characteristics would solve many of the problems associated with both cleaning and disinfection.

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Definition of distort (verb)
forms: distorted; distorting; distorts

to present incorrectly (e.g. facts)

Examples
The newspaper is known to distort facts people that advertise in their paper.
Much of the anxiety among Members, particularly the opponents of televising, arose from fears that the broadcasters would not preserve a proper balance in their selection of matter to be covered and that they would, in their desire to present newsworthy stories, distort the public presentation of the House.

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Definition of deplore (verb)
forms: deplored; deploring; deplores

to be sorry about

Examples
He will deplore his decision someday.
In many parts of the country, leading Tories were not far behind the Whigs in sending in loyal addresses deploring the threat which the rebellion posed to their religion and liberties.

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Definition of despise (verb)
forms: despised; despising; despises

to scorn; to hate

Examples
"I despise you!" said the fed-up woman.

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Definition of intermittent (adjective)
forms: more intermittent; most intermittent; less intermittent; least intermittent

sporadic; starting and stopping (e.g. rain)

Examples
The intermittent snow allowed people to still work outdoors.
Although Britain has been occupied by man for more than 25,000 years, in a form of intermittent visits over long periods between glaciations, it is only for the last 12,000 years or so that the country has been continuously occupied, with people moving into Britain permanently to exploit what resources were available.

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Definition of effect (verb)
forms: effected; effecting; effects

to bring about; to cause; to influence someone or something

Examples
He was not sure what the effect of his actions would be.

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