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Tweak

tweak /ˈtwik/  verb [+ object] 1 : to change (something) slightly in order to improve it : to make small adjustments to (something) The company may have to tweak[=adjust] its image. Our software developers are tweaking[=fine-tuning] …

Initiate

initiate /ɪˈnɪʃiˌeɪt/  verb [+ object] 1 formal : to cause the beginning of (something) : to start or begin (something) initiate a new project Doctors have initiated a series of tests to determine the cause of the …

Paternal

paternal  /pəˈtɚnl/  adjective 1 : of or relating to a father He did not neglect his paternal responsibilities after the divorce. He offered them some paternal [=fatherly] advice. 2 always used before a noun : related through …

Scant

scant  /ˈskænt/  adjective : very small in size or amount Food was in scant She paid scant attention to the facts. Police found scant evidence of fraud.

Hurl

hurl  /ˈhɚl/  verb 1 [+ object] : to throw (something) with force Someone hurled a rock through the window. He hurled a chair at me. It looked like she was going to hurl herself down the stairs. …

Mess up

mess up  /ˈmɛsˈʌp/  verb Status: informal 1 : to make a mistake : to do something incorrectly About halfway into the recipe, I realized that I had messed up, and I had to start over. …

Mass transit

mass transit  /ˈmæsˈtrænzɪt/  noun    [noncount]  : the system that is used for moving large numbers of people on buses, trains, etc. The mayor is trying to encourage more commuters to use mass transit …

Awkward

awkward /ˈɔkwɚd/  adjective 1 a : not graceful : Clumsy She is awkward at dancing. He had large feet and his walk was awkward and ungainly. an awkward movement The story contained some awkward 1 b : lacking skill …

Intention

intention /ɪnˈtɛnʃən/  noun [count] : the thing that you plan to do or achieve : an aim or purpose She announced her intention to run for governor. He seemed to think that I was trying …

Defeated

defeated /dɪˈfitəd/  adjective 1 — used to describe someone or something that has lost a contest, game, etc. our defeated opponents He looked lost and defeated. 2 : feeling unable to succeed or to achieve …