GRE Word List


shorten; reduce

The meaning of the word curtail is shorten; reduce.

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fusilladesimultaneous firing or outburst (of missiles, questions, etc.)
penchantstrong inclination; strong liking (esp. for something that is disapproved of by other people); Ex. penchant for fast cars
acmepeak; pinnacle; highest point
meretriciousflashy; tawdry; attractive on the surface but of no real value; Ex. metericious argument/jewel; CF. prostitute
severseparate; cut off (a part) from a whole; break up (a relationship); N. severance; CF. severance pay: extra pay given an employee upon leaving a position
cuisinestyle of cooking; Ex. French cuisine
sedulousdiligent; assiduous; paying attention; N. sedulity
condescend(derog.) bestow courtesies with a superior air; descend to the level of one considered inferior
antiquatedobsolete; old-fashioned; outdated
homeostasistendency of a system or organism to maintain relative stability or internal equilibrium; CF. homeo-: constant; Ex. homeotherm