Verbs - 3 (51-75)

Apprehend (v):  ap-ri-hend
If the police apprehend someone, they catch them and arrest them =  catch
The thief was apprehended in the act of stealing a car

Apprise (v):  uh-prahyz
When you are apprised of something, someone tells you about it = assess
We were fully apprised of the situation

Arbitrate (v):  ahr-bi-treyt
When someone in authority arbitrates between two people or groups who are in dispute, they consider all the facts and make an official decision about who is right = act as judge
A committee was created to arbitrate between management and  the unions

Arraign (v):  uh-reyn
If someone is arraigned on a particular charge, they are brought before a court of law to answer that charge = charge in court, indict
He was arraigned on a charge of murder

Arrogate  (v):   ar-uh-geyt
If someone arrogates to themselves something such as a responsibility or privilege, they claim or take it even though they have no right to do so = take charge
The Principal arrogated to himself the right to make any decisions

Articulate (v):  ahr-tik-yuh-lit; v ahr-tik-yuh-leyt
If you describe someone as articulate, you mean that they are able to express their thoughts and ideas easily and well = pronounce clearly
She struggled to articulate her thoughts

Ascertain (v):  as-er-teyn
If you ascertain the truth about something, you find out what it is, especially by making a deliberate effort to do so
Tests were conducted to ascertain whether pollution levels have dropped

Ascribe (v):  uh-skrahyb
If you ascribe an event or condition to a particular cause, you say or consider that it was caused by that thing = assign, attribute
Local people ascribe healing properties to this fruit

Assay  (v):  a-sey
An assay is a test of a substance to find out what chemicals it contains It is usually carried out to find out how pure a substance is = analyze, evaluate
When they assayed the ore, they found that they had discovered a very rich mineral

Assail (v):  uh-seyl (60)
If someone assails you, they criticize you strongly= assault, attack
The opposition’s newspapers assail the government each day

Asseverate (v):   uh-sev-uh-reyt
make a positive statement or solemn declaration

Assimilate (v):  uh-sim-uh-leyt
When people such as immigrants assimilate into a community or when that community assimilates them, they become an accepted part of it = absorb
Immigrants have been successfully assimilated into the community

Assuage (v):  uh-sweyj, uh-sweyzh
If you assuage an unpleasant feeling that someone has, you make them feel it less strongly = to ease
I cannot assuage your sadness

Atone (v):  uh-tohn
If you atone for something that you have done, you do something to show that you are sorry you did it = pay for
She tried to atone for her rudeness by writing a letter of apology

Attenuate (v): uh-ten-yoo-eyt
To attenuate something means to reduce it or weaken it = make thin, weaken
You could never eliminate risk, but preparation and training could attenuate it
The drought attenuated the river to a narrow channel

Attest  (v):   uh-test
To attest something or attest to something means to say, show, or prove that it is true = testify, bear witness
All the applications must be attested with medical officer

Augment (v):  awg-ment
To augment something means to make it larger, stronger, or more effective by adding something to it = increase
The student is working parttime to augment his income

Authenticate (v):   aw-then-ti-keyt
If you authenticate something, you state officially that it is genuine after examining it= prove genuine
He says he’ll have no problem authenticating the stamp

Aver (v):  uh-vur
If you aver that something is the case, you say very firmly that it is true = state confidently, declare
He avers that the project was wholly scientific

Avow (v):  uh-vou (70)
If you avow something, you admit it or declare it = declare
He avowed his support to the student leader

Babble (v): bab-uhl
If someone babbles, they talk in a confused or excited way =  chatter idly
As soon as I reached home, my little niece started babbling about her adventures did by her all the day

Badger (v):  baj-er
If you badger someone, you repeatedly tell them to do something or repeatedly ask them questions = pester; annoy
The mother had to badger the kids into doing their homework

Baffle (v):  baf-uhl
If something baffles you, you cannot understand it or explain it = confuse, puzzle
His behaviour often baffles me

Balk (v):  bawk
If you balk at something, you definitely do not want to do it or to let it happen= unwilling
Many people would balk at setting up a new business during a recession

Banter (v):  ban-ter (75)
Banter is teasing or joking talk that is amusing and friendly = tease
The senior students bantered with the junior who entered the campus for the first time