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a
     1. art. One; any indefinite example of; used to denote a singular item of a group.
           There was a man here looking for you yesterday.
     2. art. Used in conjunction with the adjectives score, dozen, hundred, thousand, and million, as a function word.
           I've seen it happen a hundred times.
     3. art. One certain or particular; any single.Brown, Lesley, (2003)
           We've received an interesting letter from a Mrs. Miggins of London.
     4. art. The same; one.
           We are of a mind on matters of morals.
     5. art. Any, every; used before a noun which has become modified to limit its scope; also used with a negative to indicate not a single one.Lindberg, Christine A. (2007)
           A man who dies intestate leaves his children troubles and difficulties.
           He fell all that way, and hasn't a bump on his head?
     6. art. Used before plural nouns modified by few, good many, couple, great many, etc.
     7. art. Someone or something like; similar to; Used before a proper noun to create an example out of it.
           The center of the village was becoming a Times Square.
     8. prep. (archaic) To do with position or direction; In, on, at, by, towards, onto.
           Stand a tiptoe.
     9. prep. To do with separation; In, into.
           Torn a pieces.
     10. prep. To do with time; Each, per, in, on, by.
           I brush my teeth twice a day.
     11. prep. (obsolete) To do with method; In, with.
     12. prep. (obsolete) To do with role or capacity; In.
           A God’s name.
     13. prep. To do with status; In.
           King James Bible (II Chronicles 2:18)
             To set the people a worke.
     14. prep. (archaic) To do with process, with a passive verb; In the course of, experiencing.
           1964, Bob Dylan, The Times They Are a-Changin’
             The times, they are a-changin'.
     15. prep. (archaic) To do with an action, an active verb; Engaged in.
           1611, King James Bible, Hebrews 11-21
             Jacob, when he was a dying
     16. prep. (archaic) To do with an action/movement; To, into.
     17. v. (archaic, or slang) Have.
           I'd a come, if you'd a asked.
     18. pron. (obsolete, outside, England, and Scotland dialects) He.
     19. interj. A meaningless syllable; ah.
     20. prep. (archaic, slang) Of.
           The name of John a Gaunt.
     21. adv. (chiefly Scotland) All.
     22. adj. (chiefly Scotland) All.
in a steady
as a sheriff
severe
     1. adj. Very bad or intense.
     2. adj. Strict or harsh.
           a severe taskmaster
     3. adj. Sober, plain in appearance, austere.
           a severe old maiden aunt
with a severe simplicity
formal
     1. adj. Being in accord with established forms.
           She spoke formal English, without any dialect.
     2. adj. Official.
           I'd like to make a formal complaint.
     3. adj. Relating to the form or structure of something.
           Formal linguistics ignores the vocabulary of languages and focuses solely on their grammar.
     4. adj. Relating to formation.
           The formal stage is a critical part of any child's development.
     5. adj. Ceremonial or traditional.
           Formal wear must be worn at my wedding!
     6. adj. Proper, according to strict etiquette; not casual.
           He's always very formal, and I wish he'd relax a bit.
     7. adj. Organized; well-structured and planned.
           When they became a formal club the rowers built a small boathouse.
     8. adj. (mathematics) Relating to mere manipulation and construction of strings of symbols, without regard to their meaning.
           Formal series are defined without any reference to convergence.
     9. n. Formalin.
     10. n. An evening gown.
     11. n. An event with a formal dress code.
           Jenny took Sam to her Year 12 formal.
     12. n. (programming) A formal parameter.
or
     1. conj. Connects at least two alternative words, phrases, clauses, sentences, etc. each of which could make a passage true. In English, this is the "inclusive or." The "exclusive or" is formed by "either(...)
           In Ohio, anyone under the age of 18 who wants a tattoo or body piercing needs the consent of a parent or guardian.
           He might get cancer, or be hit by a bus, or God knows what.
     2. conj. (logic) An operator denoting the disjunction of two propositions or truth values. There are two forms, the inclusive or and the exclusive or.
     3. conj. Counts the elements before and after as two possibilities.
     4. conj. Otherwise (a consequence of the condition that the previous is false).
           It's raining! Come inside or you'll catch a cold!
     5. conj. Connects two equivalent names.
           The country Myanmar, or Burma
     6. n. (logic, electronics) alternative form of OR
     7. n. (tincture) The gold or yellow tincture on a coat of arms.
     8. adj. (tincture) Of gold or yellow tincture on a coat of arms.
     9. adv. (obsolete) Early (on).
     10. adv. (obsolete) Earlier, previously.
     11. prep. (now archaic, or dialect) Before; ere.
or to sit down
or sudden feeling
official
     1. adj. Of or pertaining to an office or public trust.
           official duties
     2. adj. Derived from the proper office or officer, or from the proper authority; made or communicated by virtue of authority
           an official statement or report
     3. adj. Approved by authority; authorized.
           The Official Strategy Guide
     4. adj.          (Of a statement) Dubious but recognized by authorities as truth and/or canon.
                    Despite these testimonies, "accidental asphyxiation" remains his official cause of death.
     5. adj. (pharmaceutical) Sanctioned by the pharmacopoeia; appointed to be used in medicine; officinal.
           an official drug or preparation
     6. adj. Discharging an office or function.
     7. adj. Relating to an office; especially, to a subordinate executive officer or attendant.
     8. adj. Relating to an ecclesiastical judge appointed by a bishop, chapter, archdeacon, etc., with charge of the spiritual jurisdiction.
     9. adj. True, real, beyond doubt.
           Well, it's official: you lost your mind!
     10. n. An office holder invested with powers and authorities.
           David Barnes was the official charged with the running of the sports club.
           Last year, Yulong Snow Mountain park officials reported that 2.6 million visitors came to the mountain.
     11. n. A person responsible for applying the rules of a game or sport in a competition.
           In most soccer games there are three officials: the referee and two linesmen.
in a way that seemed to mark the beginning of official business
reproof
     1. n. An act or instance of reproving; a rebuke.
     2. v. To proof again.
           We need to reproof the book before publication.
reprehension
     1. n. the act, or an expression, of criticism, censure or condemnation; reprimand
rebuke
     1. n. A harsh criticism.
     2. v. To criticise harshly; to reprove.
           (rfusex, en)
private
     1. adj. Belonging to, concerning, or accessible only to an individual person or a specific group.
           Her address is private; you can't have it.
           private papers
     2. adj. Not accessible by the public.
           private property
     3. adj. Not in governmental office or employment.
           He quit public life, living quietly as a private citizen.
     4. adj. Not publicly known; not open; secret.
           The identity of the beneficiaries of the trust is private.
     5. adj. Protected from view or disturbance by others; secluded.
           Can we go somewhere more private?
     6. adj. Not traded by the public.
           private corporation
     7. adj. Secretive; reserved.
           He is a very private person.
     8. adj. (US, of a room in a medical facility) Not shared with another patient.
     9. n. A soldier of the lowest rank in the army.
     10. n. (euphemism, in the plural) The genitals.
     11. n. (obsolete) A secret message; a personal unofficial communication.
     12. n. (obsolete) Personal interest; particular business.
     13. n. (obsolete) Privacy; retirement.
     14. n. (obsolete) One not invested with a public office.
     15. n. (usually plural) A private lesson.
           If you want to learn ballet, consider taking privates.
he now sat in his private office
or
     1. conj. Connects at least two alternative words, phrases, clauses, sentences, etc. each of which could make a passage true. In English, this is the "inclusive or." The "exclusive or" is formed by "either(...)
           In Ohio, anyone under the age of 18 who wants a tattoo or body piercing needs the consent of a parent or guardian.
           He might get cancer, or be hit by a bus, or God knows what.
     2. conj. (logic) An operator denoting the disjunction of two propositions or truth values. There are two forms, the inclusive or and the exclusive or.
     3. conj. Counts the elements before and after as two possibilities.
     4. conj. Otherwise (a consequence of the condition that the previous is false).
           It's raining! Come inside or you'll catch a cold!
     5. conj. Connects two equivalent names.
           The country Myanmar, or Burma
     6. n. (logic, electronics) alternative form of OR
     7. n. (tincture) The gold or yellow tincture on a coat of arms.
     8. adj. (tincture) Of gold or yellow tincture on a coat of arms.
     9. adv. (obsolete) Early (on).
     10. adv. (obsolete) Earlier, previously.
     11. prep. (now archaic, or dialect) Before; ere.
or to sit down
or sudden feeling
public
     1. adj. Able to be seen or known by everyone; open to general view, happening without concealment.
     2. adj. Pertaining to the people as a whole (as opposed to a private group); concerning the whole country, community etc.
     3. adj. Officially representing the community; carried out or funded by the state on behalf of the community.
     4. adj. Open to all members of a community; especially, provided by national or local authorities and supported by money from taxes.
     5. adj. (of a company) Traded publicly via a stock market.
     6. n. The people in general, regardless of membership of any particular group.
           Members of the public may not proceed beyond this point.
     7. n. (archaic) A public house; an inn.
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