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5000 Collegiate Words with Brief Definitions – Amass an Ivy League Vocabulary!

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stringent adj. Rigid.
supple adj. Easily bent.

stripling n. A mere youth.
supplementary adj. Being an addition to.

studious adj. Having or showing devotion to the acquisition of knowledge.
supplicant n. One who asks humbly and earnestly.

stultify v. To give an appearance of foolishness to.
supplicate v. To beg.

stupendous adj. Of prodigious size, bulk, or degree.
supposition n. Conjecture.

stupor n. Profound lethargy.
suppress v. To prevent from being disclosed or punished.

suasion n. The act of persuading.
suppressible adj. Capable of being suppressed.

suave adj. Smooth and pleasant in manner.
suppression n. A forcible putting or keeping down.

subacid adj. Somewhat sharp or biting.
supramundane adj. Supernatural.

subaquatic adj. Being, formed, or operating under water.
surcharge n. An additional amount charged.

subconscious adj. Being or occurring in the mind, but without attendant consciousness or
surety n. Security for payment or performance.

conscious perception.
surfeit v. To feed to fullness or to satiety.

subjacent adj. Situated directly underneath.
surmise v. To conjecture.

subjection n. The act of bringing into a state of submission.
surmount v. To overcome by force of will.

subjugate v. To conquer.
surreptitious adj. Clandestine.

subliminal adj. Being beneath the threshold of consciousness.
surrogate n. One who or that which is substituted for or appointed to act in place of

sublingual adj. Situated beneath the tongue.

submarine adj. Existing, done, or operating beneath the surface of the sea.
surround v. To encircle.

submerge v. To place or plunge under water.
surveyor n. A land-measurer.

submergence n. The act of submerging.
susceptibility n. A specific capability of feeling or emotion.

submersible adj. Capable of being put underwater.
susceptible adj. Easily under a specified power or influence.

submersion n. The act of submerging.
suspense n. Uncertainty.

submission n. A yielding to the power or authority of another.
suspension n. A hanging from a support.

submittal n. The act of submitting.
suspicious adj. Inclined to doubt or mistrust.

subordinate adj. Belonging to an inferior order in a classification.
sustenance n. Food.

subsequent adj. Following in time.
swarthy adj. Having a dark hue, especially a dark or sunburned complexion.

subservience n. The quality, character, or condition of being servilely following another's
Sybarite n. A luxurious person.

sycophant n. A servile flatterer, especially of those in authority or influence.

subservient adj. Servilely following another's behests.
syllabic adj. Consisting of that which is uttered in a single vocal impulse.

subside v. To relapse into a state of repose and tranquility.
syllabication n. Division of words into that which is uttered in a single vocal impulse.

subsist v. To be maintained or sustained.
syllable n. That which is uttered in a single vocal impulse.

subsistence n. Sustenance.
syllabus n. Outline of a subject, course, lecture, or treatise.

substantive adj. Solid.
sylph n. A slender, graceful young woman or girl.

subtend v. To extend opposite to.
symmetrical adj. Well-balanced.

subterfuge n. Evasion.
symmetry n. Relative proportion and harmony.

subterranean adj. Situated or occurring below the surface of the earth.
sympathetic adj. Having a fellow-feeling for or like feelings with another or others.

subtle adj. Discriminating.
sympathize v. To share the sentiments or mental states of another.

subtrahend n. That which is to be subtracted.
symphonic adj. Characterized by a harmonious or agreeable mingling of sounds.

subversion n. An overthrow, as from the foundation.
symphonious adj. Marked by a harmonious or agreeable mingling of sounds.

subvert v. To bring to ruin.
symphony n. A harmonious or agreeable mingling of sounds.

succeed v. To accomplish what is attempted or intended.
synchronism n. Simultaneousness.

success n. A favorable or prosperous course or termination of anything attempted.
syndicate n. An association of individuals united for the prosecution of some enterprise.

successful adj. Having reached a high degree of worldly prosperity.
syneresis n. The coalescence of two vowels or syllables, as e'er for ever.

successor n. One who or that which takes the place of a predecessor or preceding thing.
synod n. An ecclesiastical council.

succinct adj. Concise.
synonym n. A word having the same or almost the same meaning as some other.

succulent adj. Juicy.
synopsis n. A syllabus or summary.

succumb v. To cease to resist.
systematic adj. Methodical.

sufferance n. Toleration.
tableau n. An arrangement of inanimate figures representing a scene from real life.

sufficiency n. An ample or adequate supply.
tacit adj. Understood.

suffrage n. The right or privilege of voting.
taciturn adj. Disinclined to conversation.

suffuse v. To cover or fill the surface of.
tack n. A small sharp-pointed nail.

suggestible adj. That can be suggested.
tact n. Fine or ready mental discernment shown in saying or doing the proper thing.

suggestive adj. Stimulating to thought or reflection.
tactician n. One who directs affairs with skill and shrewdness.

summary n. An abstract.
tactics n. Any maneuvering or adroit management for effecting an object.

sumptuous adj. Rich and costly.
tangency n. The state of touching.

superabundance n. An excessive amount.
tangent adj. Touching.

superadd v. To add in addition to what has been added.
tangible adj. Perceptible by touch.

superannuate v. To become deteriorated or incapacitated by long service.
tannery n. A place where leather is tanned.

superb adj. Sumptuously elegant.
tantalize v. To tease.

supercilious adj. Exhibiting haughty and careless contempt.
tantamount adj. Having equal or equivalent value, effect, or import.

superficial adj. Knowing and understanding only the ordinary and the obvious.
tapestry n. A fabric to which a pattern is applied with a needle, designed for ornamental

superfluity n. That part of anything that is in excess of what is needed.

superfluous adj. Being more than is needed.
tarnish v. To lessen or destroy the luster of in any way.

superheat v. To heat to excess.
taut adj. Stretched tight.

superintend v. To have the charge and direction of, especially of some work or movement.
taxation n. A levy, by government, of a fixed contribution.

superintendence n. Direction and management.
taxidermy n. The art or process of preserving dead animals or parts of them.

superintendent n. One who has the charge and direction of, especially of some work or
technic adj. Technical.

technicality n. Something peculiar to a particular art, trade, or the like.

superlative n. That which is of the highest possible excellence or eminence.
technique n. Manner of performance.

supernatural adj. Caused miraculously or by the immediate exercise of divine power.
technography n. The scientific description or study of human arts and industries in their

supernumerary adj. Superfluous.
historic development.

supersede v. To displace.
technology n. The knowledge relating to industries and manufactures.

supine adj. Lying on the back.
teem v. To be full to overflowing.

supplant v. To take the place of.
telepathy n. Thought-transference.