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     1. v. present participle of lack
     2. n. The absence of something; a lack.
     3. adj. Missing or not having enough of (a good quality, etc).
           This cheese is lacking in pungency.
     4. adj. not carrying a firearm
           are you packing or lacking?
          1. n. (obsolete) A defect or failing; moral or spiritual degeneracy.
          2. n. A deficiency or need (of something desirable or necessary); an absence, want.
          3. v. To be without, to need, to require.
                My life lacks excitement.
          4. v. (intransitive) To be short (of or for something).
                He'll never lack for company while he's got all that money.
          5. v. (intransitive, obsolete) To be in want.
          6. v. (obsolete) To see the deficiency in (someone or something); to find fault with, to malign, reproach.
     1. n. Event(s) of which one is cognizant.
           It was an experience he would not soon forget.
     2. n. An activity one has performed.
     3. n. A collection of events and/or activities from which an individual or group may gather knowledge, opinions, and skills.
     4. n. The knowledge thus gathered.
     5. v. To observe certain events; undergo a certain feeling or process; or perform certain actions that may alter one or contribute to one's knowledge, opinions, or skills.
my experience is that five murderers out of ten
he had desired only that his failure would prove a valuable educational experience for him
     1. adj. Owed or owing.
           He is due four weeks of back pay.
           The amount due is just three quid.
           The due bills total nearly seven thousand dollars.
           He can wait for the amount due him.
     2. adj. Appropriate.
           With all due respect, you're wrong about that.
     3. adj. Scheduled; expected.
           Rain is due this afternoon.
           The train is due in five minutes.
           When is your baby due?
     4. adj. Having reached the expected, scheduled, or natural time.
           The baby is just about due.
     5. adj. Owing; ascribable, as to a cause.
           The dangerously low water table is due to rapidly growing pumping.
     6. adj. On a direct bearing, especially for the four points of the compass
           The town is 5 miles due North of the bridge.
     7. adv. (used with compass directions) Directly; exactly.
           The river runs due north for about a mile.
     8. n. Deserved acknowledgment.
           Give him his due — he is a good actor.
     9. n. (in plural dues) A membership fee.
     10. n. That which is owed; debt; that which belongs or may be claimed as a right; whatever custom, law, or morality requires to be done, duty.
     11. n. Right; just title or claim.
     1. part. A particle used for marking the following verb as an infinitive.
           I want to leave.
           He asked me what to do.
           I don’t know how to say it.
           I have places to go and people to see.
     2. part. As above, with the verb implied.
           "Did you visit the museum?" "I wanted to, but it was closed.".
           If he hasn't read it yet, he ought to.
     3. part. A particle used to create phrasal verbs.
           I have to do laundry today.
     4. prep. Indicating destination: In the direction of, and arriving at.
           We are walking to the shop.
     5. prep. Used to indicate purpose.
           He devoted himself to education.
           They drank to his health.
     6. prep. Used to indicate result of action.
           His face was beaten to a pulp.
     7. prep. Used after an adjective to indicate its application.
           similar to ..., relevant to ..., pertinent to ..., I was nice to him, he was cruel to her, I am used to walking.
     8. prep. (obsolete,) As a.
           With God to friend (with God as a friend);   with The Devil to fiend (with the Devil as a foe);   lambs slaughtered to lake (lambs slaughtered as a sacrifice);   t
     9. prep. (arithmetic) Used to indicate a ratio or comparison.
           one to one = 1:1
           ten to one = 10:1.
           I have ten dollars to your four.
     10. prep. (arithmetic) Used to indicate that the preceding term is to be raised to the power of the following value; indicates exponentiation.
           Three squared or three to the second power is nine.
           Three to the power of two is nine.
           Three to the second is nine.
     11. prep. Used to indicate the indirect object.
           I gave the book to him.
     12. prep. (time) Preceding.
           ten to ten = 9:50; We're going to leave at ten to (the hour).
     13. prep. Used to describe what something consists of or contains.
           Anyone could do this job; there's nothing to it.
           There's a lot of sense to what he says.
     14. prep. (Canada, UK, Newfoundland, West Midlands) At.
           Stay where you're to and I'll come find you, b'y.
     15. adv. Toward a closed, touching or engaging position.
           Please push the door to.
     16. adv. (nautical) Into the wind.
     17. adv. misspelling of too
I had to accept
he went up to him
     1. n. (obsolete) A defect or failing; moral or spiritual degeneracy.
     2. n. A deficiency or need (of something desirable or necessary); an absence, want.
     3. v. To be without, to need, to require.
           My life lacks excitement.
     4. v. (intransitive) To be short (of or for something).
           He'll never lack for company while he's got all that money.
     5. v. (intransitive, obsolete) To be in want.
     6. v. (obsolete) To see the deficiency in (someone or something); to find fault with, to malign, reproach.
and had let her die for lack of life
more than anything, which made him acutely conscious of his lack of success
     1. prep. Expressing distance or motion.
     2. prep.          (now obsolete, or dialectal) From (of distance, direction), "off".
     3. prep.          (obsolete except in phrases) Since, from (a given time, earlier state etc.).
     4. prep.          From, away from (a position, number, distance etc.).
                    There are no shops within twenty miles of the cottage.
     5. prep.          (North America, Scotland, Ireland) Before (the hour); to.
                    What's the time? / Nearly a quarter of three.
     6. prep. Expressing separation.
     7. prep.          (Indicating removal, absence or separation, with the action indicated by a transitive verb and the quality or substance by a grammatical object.)
                    Finally she was relieved of the burden of caring for her sick husband.
     8. prep.          (Indicating removal, absence or separation, with resulting state indicated by an adjective.)
                    He seemed devoid of human feelings.
     9. prep.          (obsolete) (Indicating removal, absence or separation, construed with an intransitive verb.)
     10. prep. Expressing origin.
     11. prep.          (Indicating an ancestral source or origin of descent.)
                    The word is believed to be of Japanese origin.
     12. prep.          (Indicating a (non-physical) source of action or emotion; introducing a cause, instigation); from, out of, as an expression of.
                    The invention was born of necessity.
     13. prep.          (following an intransitive verb) (Indicates the source or cause of the verb.)
                    It is said that she died of a broken heart.
     14. prep.          (following an adjective) (Indicates the subject or cause of the adjective.)
                    I am tired of all this nonsense.
     15. prep. Expressing agency.
     16. prep.          (following a passive verb) (Indicates the agent (for most verbs, now usually expressed with by).)
                    I am not particularly enamoured of this idea.
     17. prep.          (Used to introduce the "subjective genitive"; following a noun to form the head of a postmodifying noun phrase) (see also 'Possession' senses below).
                    The contract can be terminated at any time with the agreement of both parties.
     18. prep.          (following an adjective) (Used to indicate the agent of something described by the adjective.)
                    It was very brave of you to speak out like that.
     19. prep. Expressing composition, substance.
     20. prep.          (after a verb expressing construction, making etc.) (Used to indicate the material or substance used.)
                    Many 'corks' are now actually made of plastic.
     21. prep.          (directly following a noun) (Used to indicate the material of the just-mentioned object.)
                    She wore a dress of silk.
     22. prep.          (Indicating the composition of a given collective or quantitative noun.)
                    What a lot of nonsense!
     23. prep.          (Used to link a given class of things with a specific example of that class.)
                   Welcome to the historic town of Harwich.
     24. prep.          (Links two nouns in near-apposition, with the first qualifying the second); "which is also".
                    I'm not driving this wreck of a car.
     25. prep. Introducing subject matter.
     26. prep.          (Links an intransitive verb, or a transitive verb and its subject (especially verbs to do with thinking, feeling, expressing etc.), with its subject-ma
                    I'm always thinking of you.
     27. prep.          (following a noun (now chiefly nouns of knowledge, communication etc.)) (Introduces its subject matter); about, concerning.
                    He told us the story of his journey to India.
     28. prep.          (following an adjective) (Introduces its subject matter.)
                    This behaviour is typical of teenagers.
     29. prep. Having partitive effect.
     30. prep.          (following a number or other quantitive word) (Introduces the whole for which is indicated only the specified part or segment); "from among".
                    Most of these apples are rotten.
     31. prep.          (following a noun) (Indicates a given part.)
     32. prep.          (now archaic, literary, with preceding partitive word assumed, or as a predicate after to be) Some, an amount of, one of.
                    On the whole, they seem to be of the decent sort.
     33. prep.          (Links to a genitive noun or possessive pronoun, with partitive effect (though now often merged with possessive senses, below).)
                    He is a friend of mine.
     34. prep. Expressing possession.
     35. prep.          Belonging to, existing in, or taking place in a given location, place or time. Compare "origin" senses, above.
                    He was perhaps the most famous scientist of the twentieth century.
     36. prep.          Belonging to (a place) through having title, ownership or control over it.
                    The owner of the nightclub was arrested.
     37. prep.          Belonging to (someone or something) as something they possess or have as a characteristic; (the "possessive genitive". (With abstract nouns, this inter
                    Keep the handle of the saucepan away from the flames.
     38. prep. Forming the "objective genitive".
     39. prep.          (Follows an agent noun, verbal noun or noun of action.)
                    She had a profound distrust of the police.
     40. prep. Expressing qualities or characteristics.
     41. prep.          (now archaic, or literary) (Links an adjective with a noun or noun phrase to form a quasi-adverbial qualifier); in respect to, as regards.
                    My companion seemed affable and easy of manner.
     42. prep.          (Indicates a quality or characteristic); "characterized by".
                    Pooh was said to be a bear of very little brain.
     43. prep.          (Indicates quantity, age, price, etc.)
                    We have been paying interest at a rate of 10%.
     44. prep.          (US, informal considered incorrect by some) (Used to link singular indefinite nouns (preceded by the indefinite article) and attributive adjectives mod
                    It's not that big of a deal.
     45. prep. Expressing a point in time.
     46. prep.          (chiefly regional) During the course of (a set period of time, day of the week etc.), now specifically with implied repetition or regularity.
                    Of an evening, we would often go for a stroll along the river.
     47. prep.          (UK dialectal, chiefly in negative constructions) For (a given length of time).
                    I've not tekken her out of a goodly long while.
     48. prep.          (after a noun) (Indicates duration of a state, activity etc.)
                    After a delay of three hours, the plane finally took off.
he was a student of character
such was the chorus of praise
     1. n. plural of challenge
     2. v. third-person singular present indicative of challenge
          1. n. A confrontation; a dare.
          2. n.          An instigation or antagonization intended to convince a person to perform an action they otherwise would not.
          3. n.          A bid to overcome something.
                        a challenge to the king's authority
          4. n.          (sports) An attempt to take possession; a tackle
          5. n.          A summons to fight a duel; also, the letter or message conveying the summons.
          6. n.          The act of a sentry in halting a person and demanding the countersign, or (by extension) the action of a computer system demanding a password, etc.
          7. n.          An attempt to have a work of literature restricted or removed from a public library or school curriculum.
          8. n. A difficult task, especially one that the person making the attempt finds more enjoyable because of that difficulty.
          9. n. (legal) A procedure or action.
          10. n.          (legal, rare) A judge's interest in the result of the case for which he or she should not be allowed to sit the case, e.g. a conflict of interest.
                        Consanguinity in direct line is a challenge for a judge when he or she is sitting cases.
          11. n.          The act of appealing a ruling or decision of a court of administrative agency.
          12. n.          The act of seeking to remove a judge, arbitrator or other judicial or semi-judicial figure for reasons of alleged bias or incapacity.
                        We're still waiting to hear how the court rules on our challenge of the arbitrator based on conflict of interest.
          13. n.          (US) An exception to a person as not legally qualified to vote. The challenge must be made when the ballot is offered.
          14. n. (hunting) The opening and crying of hounds at first finding the scent of their game.
          15. v. To invite someone to take part in a competition.
                We challenged the boys next door to a game of football.
          16. v. To dare someone.
          17. v. To dispute something.
                to challenge the accuracy of a statement or of a quotation
          18. v. (legal) To make a formal objection to a juror.
          19. v. (obsolete) To claim as due; to demand as a right.
          20. v. (obsolete) To censure; to blame.
          21. v. (military) To question or demand the countersign from (one who attempts to pass the lines).
                The sentinel challenged us with "Who goes there?".
          22. v. (US) To object to the reception of the vote of, e.g. on the ground that the person is not qualified as a voter.
          23. v. (Canada, US) To take (a final exam) in order to get credit for a course without taking it.
     1. adj. Not previously tested.
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