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A small, barely detectable amount of.
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  1. A small, barely detectable amount of.
  2. A statement conveying information in an indirect fashion; a clue:
  3. A slight indication of a fact, wish, etc.; indirect suggestion or piece of advice; intimation; covert allusion
Formulated so as to elicit a desired response:
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  1. Formulated so as to elicit a desired response:
  2. Ranking first.
  3. Having a position in the lead; foremost:
Of, relating to, or intended for the head. Often used in combination:
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  1. Of, relating to, or intended for the head. Often used in combination:
  2. Placed at the top or the front:
  3. Foremost in rank or importance:
First in physical position or place:
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  1. First in physical position or place:
  2. More prominent or important than others, especially in position or rank:
A single animal:
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  1. A single animal:
  2. The end considered the most important:
  3. A turning point; a crisis:
Approaches to get favor, become acquainted, etc.; overtures (to someone)
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  1. Approaches to get favor, become acquainted, etc.; overtures (to someone)
  2. The act or process of moving or going forward.
  3. A forward move, as toward an objective; a progressive step:
(Medicine) A person recently exposed to a contagious disease, usually through close association with an infected individual.
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  1. (Medicine) A person recently exposed to a contagious disease, usually through close association with an infected individual.
  2. Connection or interaction; communication:
  3. A person who might be of use; a connection:
An objective or purpose to be reached or achieved, or one that is worth reaching or achieving:
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  1. An objective or purpose to be reached or achieved, or one that is worth reaching or achieving:
  2. An object having a sharp or tapered end:
  3. The position occupied by such a unit or guard:
A thin, sharpened side, as of the blade of a cutting instrument.
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  1. A thin, sharpened side, as of the blade of a cutting instrument.
  2. (Geom.) A line or line segment at which two plane surfaces meet
  3. The line or area farthest away from the middle:
A covered or enclosed truck or wagon often used for transporting goods or livestock.
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  1. A covered or enclosed truck or wagon often used for transporting goods or livestock.
  2. An enclosed boxlike motor vehicle having rear or side doors and side panels especially for transporting people.
  3. A small, closed truck for utility use, as deliveries, repairs, etc., or for use as an RV, airport limousine, etc.
(Naval) The line or arrangement formed by vessels of war in an engagement.
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  1. (Naval) The line or arrangement formed by vessels of war in an engagement.
  2. Troops, ships, etc. drawn up to fight
  3. (Military) The position of troops drawn up in their usual order without any determined maneuver.
(Informal) An individual; a person:
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  1. (Informal) An individual; a person:
  2. A soldier, ship, or plane sent to spy out the strength, movements, etc. of the enemy
  3. One that is dispatched from a main body to gather information, especially in preparation for military action.
A detachment of troops stationed at a distance from a main force to guard against surprise attacks.
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  1. A detachment of troops stationed at a distance from a main force to guard against surprise attacks.
  2. Any military base away from the home country
  3. (Mil.) A small group stationed at a distance from the main force in order to prevent an enemy surprise attack
A person or persons patrolling
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  1. A person or persons patrolling
  2. One or more military vehicles, boats, ships, or aircraft assigned to guard or reconnoiter a given area.
  3. The act of moving about an area especially by an authorized and trained person or group, for purposes of observation, inspection, or security.
The leading or most important position; forefront; vanguard
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  1. The leading or most important position; forefront; vanguard
  2. The position of greatest advancement or importance; the forefront:
  3. The most advanced or innovative position; the avant-garde
A warning sign or symptom.
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  1. A warning sign or symptom.
  2. One that precedes, as in time; a predecessor.
  3. A person sent before or going before to announce or prepare the way for another or for something to follow; herald
An authoritative order or command:
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  1. An authoritative order or command:
  2. The management, supervision, or guidance of a group or operation:
  3. The course along which a person or thing is moving or must move to reach a destination:
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  1. Any process or system to control the path of a vehicle, missile etc.
  2. The process of directing the course of a spacecraft, missile, etc.
  3. The act of guiding; direction; leadership
(Chiefly British) The position of a headmaster or headmistress.
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  1. (Chiefly British) The position of a headmaster or headmistress.
  2. The position or office of a head or leader; primacy or command.
  3. The position or authority of a chief or leader; leadership; command
A thing, a document, or the testimony of a person that bears on the truth or falsity of an assertion made in litigation; the totality of such items introduced in a trial; the legal doctrines pertaining to the admission, use, and evaluation of such items. A thing, a document, or the testimony of a person that bears on the truth or falsity of an assertion made in litigation; the totality of such items introduced in a trial; the legal doctrines pertaining to the admission, use, and evaluation of such items.
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  1. A thing, a document, or the testimony of a person that bears on the truth or falsity of an assertion made in litigation; the totality of such items introduced in a trial; the legal doctrines pertaining to the admission, use, and evaluation of such items. A thing, a document, or the testimony of a person that bears on the truth or falsity of an assertion made in litigation; the totality of such items introduced in a trial; the legal doctrines pertaining to the admission, use, and evaluation of such items.
  2. A thing or set of things helpful in forming a conclusion or judgment:
  3. Something indicative; an indication or set of indications:
A constituent, such as a chemical compound or element, present in quantities less than a standard limit.
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  1. A constituent, such as a chemical compound or element, present in quantities less than a standard limit.
  2. The traced record of a recording instrument
  3. Evidence or an indication of the former presence or existence of something; a vestige:
A leading woman singer, esp. in grand opera
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  1. A leading woman singer, esp. in grand opera
  2. (Slang) One who demands that attention be paid to his or her needs, especially without regard to anyone else's needs or feelings.
  3. A very successful singer of nonoperatic music:
The principal woman singer in an opera or concert
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  1. The principal woman singer in an opera or concert
  2. (Informal) A temperamental, vain, or arrogant person
  3. The leading woman soloist in an opera company.
A conventionalized flat figure having (usually five or six) symmetrical projecting points, regarded as a representation of a star of the sky
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  1. A conventionalized flat figure having (usually five or six) symmetrical projecting points, regarded as a representation of a star of the sky
  2. Any of the celestial bodies visible to the naked eye at night as fixed, usually twinkling points of light, including binary and multiple star systems.
  3. The star key on a telephone:
(Slang) An influential or important person
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  1. (Slang) An influential or important person
  2. (Slang) One that is very important or influential:
  3. Something heavy
The first position in a ranking.
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  1. The first position in a ranking.
A city of extreme northwest Illinois on the Mississippi River. It was a prosperous port and the center of a lead-mining region during the 1800s.
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  1. A city of extreme northwest Illinois on the Mississippi River. It was a prosperous port and the center of a lead-mining region during the 1800s.
  2. A gray, metallic mineral occurring in cube-shaped crystals within veins of igneous rock or in sedimentary rocks. It is the main ore of lead. Chemical formula: PbS.
  3. A gray mineral, essentially PbS, the principal ore of lead.
A dark grey or indigo form of galena, used as a pigment.
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  1. A dark grey or indigo form of galena, used as a pigment.
To direct the course or motion of (a vehicle, implement, etc.) by physical action
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  1. To direct the course or motion of (a vehicle, implement, etc.) by physical action
  2. To point out the way for; direct on a course; conduct; lead
  3. To direct the course of; steer:
To aim, point, or turn in a certain direction:
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  1. To aim, point, or turn in a certain direction:
  2. (Sports) To hit (a soccer ball) in the air with one's head.
  3. To form a head, as lettuce or cabbage.
To be in front of or prior to in order:
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  1. To be in front of or prior to in order:
  2. To go in advance of:
  3. To be, come, or go before in time, place, order, rank, or importance
To direct the course or movement of
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  1. To direct the course or movement of
  2. To follow or move in a set course.
  3. (Intransitive) To guide the course of a vessel, vehicle, aircraft etc. (by means of a device such as a rudder, paddle, or steering wheel).
To guide; conduct; lead
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  1. To guide; conduct; lead
  2. To steer or control the course of:
  3. To serve as the pilot of (a plane, for example).
To go regularly to:
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  1. To go regularly to:
  2. To accompany as a circumstance or follow as a result:
  3. To apply or direct oneself; take action:
To cause to move in a certain direction or toward a certain object; turn or point:
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  1. To cause to move in a certain direction or toward a certain object; turn or point:
  2. To order or cause a person or entity to carry out a course of action; more generally, to govern an enterprise or activity. Of a judge, the giving of a verbal instruction to a witness or jury to behave in a certain way, as in, “the witness is directed to answer yes or no to the questions” or “the jury is directed to disregard the defendant’s outburst.” To order or cause a person or entity to carry out a course of action; more generally, to govern an enterprise or activity. Of a judge, the giving of a verbal instruction to a witness or jury to behave in a certain way, as in, “the witness is directed to answer yes or no to the questions” or “the jury is directed to disregard the defendant’s outburst.”
  3. To turn or point (a person or thing) toward an object or goal; aim; head
To serve as a medium for (a spirit guide).
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  1. To serve as a medium for (a spirit guide).
  2. A large strait, especially one that connects two seas.
  3. To use or follow as a model; imitate:
To set (a map or chart) in agreement with the points of the compass
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  1. To set (a map or chart) in agreement with the points of the compass
  2. To make familiar with a new situation:
  3. To determine the bearings of (oneself); cause (one) to know one's position in relation to the surroundings:
To aim or direct (a gun, finger, etc.)
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  1. To aim or direct (a gun, finger, etc.)
  2. To direct or aim:
  3. To give emphasis to; stress:
To accompany, especially for protection; escort:
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  1. To accompany, especially for protection; escort:
  2. To go along with as an escort, esp. in order to protect; escort
(Figuratively, idiomatic) To tell, remind, indicate.
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  1. (Figuratively, idiomatic) To tell, remind, indicate.
  2. (Idiomatic) To identify among a group of similar subjects, or in a scene where the subject might not be readily seen or noticed, with a gesture of the body.
To act as a squire to
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  1. To act as a squire to
  2. To attend as a squire; escort.
To go with as an escort; accompany to protect or show honor or courtesy to
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  1. To go with as an escort; accompany to protect or show honor or courtesy to
  2. To accompany or guide, especially as an escort:
To act as chaperone (to)
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  1. To act as chaperone (to)
To exist or occur at the same time as:
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  1. To exist or occur at the same time as:
  2. To send (with); add to; supplement
  3. To go with or attend as a companion or associate; to keep company with; to go along with.
To swing at a pitch so as to give (a base runner) a better chance of advancing.
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  1. To swing at a pitch so as to give (a base runner) a better chance of advancing.
  2. (Commerce) To set aside funds toward the payment of (a note, draft, etc.) at maturity
  3. (Baseball) To swing at a pitch near (home plate) in order to avoid being called out on strikes.
(--- Sports) To keep (an opponent) from making a gain or scoring; also, to cover (a goal or area) in defensive play
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  1. (--- Sports) To keep (an opponent) from making a gain or scoring; also, to cover (a goal or area) in defensive play
  2. To watch over (a place or person, for example) in order to keep from being damaged, robbed, or injured:
  3. To cover (a piece of machinery) with a device to protect the operator
To protect or guard
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  1. To protect or guard
  2. To ensure the safety or integrity of; protect or preserve:
To serve as a channel or medium for; transmit
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  1. To serve as a channel or medium for; transmit
  2. To transfer or deliver property or the title thereto or a property right by a deed or another written instrument other than a will. To transfer or deliver property or the title thereto or a property right by a deed or another written instrument other than a will.
  3. To take from one place to another; transport; carry
(Idiomatic) to comply with something, even if reluctantly; to accept or tolerate.
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  1. (Idiomatic) to comply with something, even if reluctantly; to accept or tolerate.
(--- Basketball) To move with the ball directly through:
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  1. (--- Basketball) To move with the ball directly through:
  2. To control the movement or direct the course of (an automobile, horse and wagon, locomotive, etc.)
  3. To carry through vigorously to a conclusion:
To tend, herd, guard, or lead as or like a shepherd
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  1. To tend, herd, guard, or lead as or like a shepherd
  2. To direct or instruct in a certain manner:
  3. To guide or lead on a course:
To supervise the performance of:
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  1. To supervise the performance of:
  2. To manage or regulate the business or affairs of; be in charge of:
  3. In a direct manner; directly
To have charge of; direct or administer:
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  1. To have charge of; direct or administer:
  2. To conduct or direct affairs; carry on business
  3. To have charge of; direct; administer
To manage and direct; be in charge of:
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  1. To manage and direct; be in charge of:
  2. To oversee, direct, or manage (work, workers, a project, etc.); superintend
To tend to by nature; tend to assume:
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  1. To tend to by nature; tend to assume:
  2. To like to have, use, wear, be in, etc.
  3. To attack or infect, as a disease:
(Now Chiefly Dial.) To cause to start, or move involuntarily; startle
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  1. (Now Chiefly Dial.) To cause to start, or move involuntarily; startle
  2. To found; establish:
  3. To set into motion, operation, or activity:
To enter upon or have a beginning; start.
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  1. To enter upon or have a beginning; start.
  2. To begin; start.
To turn (a gun, lathe, etc.) laterally; swivel
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  1. To turn (a gun, lathe, etc.) laterally; swivel
  2. To travel or pass across, over, or through:
  3. To pass, move, or extend over, across, or through; cross
To extend, stretch, reach, or pass over or across
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  1. To extend, stretch, reach, or pass over or across
  2. To measure in spans.
  3. To extend across in space or time:
To direct the course of; manage or control:
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  1. To direct the course of; manage or control:
  2. (Music) To direct the performance of (an orchestra or chorus, for example).
  3. To show the way to; lead; guide; escort
To concentrate or focus (one's sight or attention, for example) on a particular object or activity.
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  1. To concentrate or focus (one's sight or attention, for example) on a particular object or activity.
  2. In a direct manner; directly
  3. To order or cause a person or entity to carry out a course of action; more generally, to govern an enterprise or activity. Of a judge, the giving of a verbal instruction to a witness or jury to behave in a certain way, as in, “the witness is directed to answer yes or no to the questions” or “the jury is directed to disregard the defendant’s outburst.” To order or cause a person or entity to carry out a course of action; more generally, to govern an enterprise or activity. Of a judge, the giving of a verbal instruction to a witness or jury to behave in a certain way, as in, “the witness is directed to answer yes or no to the questions” or “the jury is directed to disregard the defendant’s outburst.”
To accompany or guide, especially as an escort:
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  1. To accompany or guide, especially as an escort:
  2. To go with as an escort; accompany to protect or show honor or courtesy to
To direct (the policies, actions, etc.) of; manage; regulate
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  1. To direct (the policies, actions, etc.) of; manage; regulate
  2. To direct the course or motion of (a vehicle, implement, etc.) by physical action
  3. To direct the course of; steer:
To steer or control the course of:
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  1. To steer or control the course of:
  2. To guide; conduct; lead
  3. To serve as the pilot of (a plane, for example).
To direct, send, forward, or transport by a specified route
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  1. To direct, send, forward, or transport by a specified route
  2. To schedule the order of (a sequence of procedures).
  3. To fix the order of procedure of (a series of operations, etc.)
To tend, herd, guard, or lead as or like a shepherd
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  1. To tend, herd, guard, or lead as or like a shepherd
  2. To direct or instruct in a certain manner:
  3. To guide or lead on a course:
To demonstrate by reasoning or procedure:
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  1. To demonstrate by reasoning or procedure:
  2. (Slang) To make an appearance; show up:
  3. To enter (animals, flowers, etc.) in a competitive show
  1. To direct a conversation.
  2. (Intransitive) To guide the course of a vessel, vehicle, aircraft etc. (by means of a device such as a rudder, paddle, or steering wheel).
  3. To direct the course or movement of
To serve as an usher to; escort.
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  1. To serve as an usher to; escort.
  2. To lead or conduct:
  3. To act as an usher to; escort or conduct (others) to seats, etc.
To give impetus to; propel:
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  1. To give impetus to; propel:
  2. (Golf) To go past or beyond (an object or expanse) or cover (a distance) with one stroke
  3. To cause to go; lead or impel
To cause (something) to last longer:
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  1. To cause (something) to last longer:
  2. To stretch out or draw out to a certain point, or for a certain distance or time
  3. To open or straighten (something) out; unbend:
To approach, enter, or attend, and then engage in or take part in the activities of [you're allowed to go, but don't stay out late]
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  1. To approach, enter, or attend, and then engage in or take part in the activities of [you're allowed to go, but don't stay out late]
  2. To proceed or move according to:
  3. To continue to be in a certain condition or continue an activity:
To add up to; come to
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  1. To add up to; come to
  2. To touch or grasp by stretching out or extending:
  3. To get in touch with, as by telephone
To do or carry out:
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  1. To do or carry out:
  2. To get past or escape by going through
  3. To go rapidly; move swiftly
To expand in order to fulfill a larger function:
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  1. To expand in order to fulfill a larger function:
  2. To cause to reach or extend over a given space, distance, or time
  3. To extend the body or limbs to full length, as in yawning, reaching for something, or preparing to exercise
To be captain of; lead
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  1. To be captain of; lead
  2. To act as captain of; command or direct:
To exercise power or authority; be in control; act as a commander
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  1. To exercise power or authority; be in control; act as a commander
  2. To deserve and receive as due; exact:
  3. To have control or authority over; rule:
At, during, or from the time of actual occurrence or performance:
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  1. At, during, or from the time of actual occurrence or performance:
  2. To go through; experience:
  3. To pursue a positive, satisfying existence; enjoy life:
To cause to move into a certain position:
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  1. To cause to move into a certain position:
  2. To cause or allow to go through a trial, test, or examination successfully:
  3. To pronounce; utter:
To proceed along, follow, or continue with (a specified course, action, plan, etc.)
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  1. To proceed along, follow, or continue with (a specified course, action, plan, etc.)
  2. To try to find, get, win, etc.; strive for; seek after
  3. To take action regarding (something), especially with the intention of sustained effort:
To provide (someone) with a beginning knowledge or first experience of something:
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  1. To provide (someone) with a beginning knowledge or first experience of something:
  2. To bring in and establish in a new place or environment:
  3. To put inside or into; insert or inject:
To be, come, or go before in time, place, order, rank, or importance
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  1. To be, come, or go before in time, place, order, rank, or importance
  2. To preface; introduce:
  3. To introduce with prefatory remarks, etc.
To be or serve as a preface to; begin
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  1. To be or serve as a preface to; begin
  2. To serve as an introduction to.
  3. To furnish or introduce with a preface
To announce the arrival of something; to herald.
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  1. To announce the arrival of something; to herald.
  2. To begin something with preparatory material; to introduce.
A material or an object that conducts heat, electricity, light, or sound. Electrical conductors contain electric charges (usually electrons) that are relatively free to move through the material; a voltage applied across the conductor therefore creates an electric current. Insulators (electrical nonconductors) contain no charges that move when subject to a voltage.
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  1. A material or an object that conducts heat, electricity, light, or sound. Electrical conductors contain electric charges (usually electrons) that are relatively free to move through the material; a voltage applied across the conductor therefore creates an electric current. Insulators (electrical nonconductors) contain no charges that move when subject to a voltage.
  2. The director of an orchestra, choir, etc.
  3. A person who conducts; leader; guide; manager
A device that displays graphical information concerning the targets of a weapons system in real time.
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  1. A device that displays graphical information concerning the targets of a weapons system in real time.
  2. A person who supervises the creative aspects of a dramatic production or film and instructs the actors and crew.
  3. A member of a group of persons chosen to control or govern the affairs of an institution or corporation.
One or more persons (or cars, ships, airplanes, etc.) accompanying another or others to give protection or show honor
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  1. One or more persons (or cars, ships, airplanes, etc.) accompanying another or others to give protection or show honor
  2. A man who is the companion of a woman, especially on a social occasion.
  3. A person, esp. a woman, employed through a business (escort service) to act as a date for a social activity, often, specif., covert illicit sexual activity
A device, such as a ruler, tab, or bar, that serves as an indicator or acts to regulate a motion or operation.
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  1. A device, such as a ruler, tab, or bar, that serves as an indicator or acts to regulate a motion or operation.
  2. A person who directs, or serves as the model for, another's conduct, career, etc.
  3. A book giving instruction in the elements of some subject; handbook
A section of blank film or recording tape at the beginning of a reel, for use in threading, etc.
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  1. A section of blank film or recording tape at the beginning of a reel, for use in threading, etc.
  2. A person or thing that leads; directing, commanding, or guiding head, as of a group or activity
  3. One who has influence or power, especially of a political nature.
(Nautical) One who, though not belonging to a ship's company, is licensed to conduct a ship into and out of port or through dangerous waters.
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  1. (Nautical) One who, though not belonging to a ship's company, is licensed to conduct a ship into and out of port or through dangerous waters.
  2. A television program produced as a prototype of a series being considered for adoption by a network.
  3. A guide; leader
A male given name
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  1. A male given name
  2. One who cares for and guides a group of people, as a minister or teacher.
  3. A leader of a group; esp., a minister
A person whose duty it is to show people to their seats in a theater, church, etc.
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  1. A person whose duty it is to show people to their seats in a theater, church, etc.
  2. A man who attends a bridal party at a wedding.
  3. A person whose official duty is to precede someone of rank, as in a procession, or to introduce unacquainted persons at a formal function
Something that leads out of a perplexity; esp., a fact or object that helps to solve a problem or mystery
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  1. Something that leads out of a perplexity; esp., a fact or object that helps to solve a problem or mystery
A hint of something imminent; a suggestion:
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  1. A hint of something imminent; a suggestion:
  2. The sense of smell:
  3. The trail of a hunted animal or fugitive:
The act of directing; management; supervision
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  1. The act of directing; management; supervision
  2. The course along which a person or thing is moving or must move to reach a destination:
  3. The management, supervision, or guidance of a group or operation:
Advice or assistance, as that given to students by vocational or educational counselors
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  1. Advice or assistance, as that given to students by vocational or educational counselors
  2. The process of directing the course of a spacecraft, missile, etc.
  3. The act of guiding; direction; leadership
A group of leaders:
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  1. A group of leaders:
  2. The position or guidance of a leader
  3. Capacity or ability to lead:
(Uncountable) Judicious use of means to accomplish an end.
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  1. (Uncountable) Judicious use of means to accomplish an end.
  2. The act, manner, or practice of managing; handling, supervision, or control:
  3. (Uncountable, management) Administration; the process or practice of managing.
A military or naval force, organization, or district, under a specified authority or jurisdiction
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  1. A military or naval force, organization, or district, under a specified authority or jurisdiction
  2. The post where the person in command is stationed
  3. The authority to command:
(Dated) The office or status of a leader.
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  1. (Dated) The office or status of a leader.
  2. The position or office of a leader:
  3. The position or guidance of a leader
A chief; head
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  1. A chief; head
  2. A principal person or thing
  3. (Music) Any of the principal open stops of an organ
The main character in a drama, novel, or story, around whom the action centers
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  1. The main character in a drama, novel, or story, around whom the action centers
  2. In ancient Greek drama, the first actor to engage in dialogue with the chorus, in later dramas playing the main character and some minor characters as well.
  3. A leading or principal figure.
A conventionalized flat figure having (usually five or six) symmetrical projecting points, regarded as a representation of a star of the sky
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  1. A conventionalized flat figure having (usually five or six) symmetrical projecting points, regarded as a representation of a star of the sky
  2. Any of the celestial bodies visible to the naked eye at night as fixed, usually twinkling points of light, including binary and multiple star systems.
  3. The star key on a telephone:
(Archaic) Outward appearance; form or shape.
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  1. (Archaic) Outward appearance; form or shape.
  2. A prominent or distinctive part, quality, or characteristic:
  3. (Linguistics) A property of linguistic units or forms:
(Music) A conductor, especially of an orchestra, band, or choral group.
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  1. (Music) A conductor, especially of an orchestra, band, or choral group.
  2. A person or thing that leads; directing, commanding, or guiding head, as of a group or activity
  3. One who has influence or power, especially of a political nature.
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