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: used as a function



: used as a function

word before the name

of a branch of human endeavor

or proficiency : group of

people who gather together

to listen to something,

or watch something : thinking

that something will

probably or certainly

happen : something

said or done to cause

laughter : past 1st & 3rd

singular of “be”

: naturally inert

or sluggish to


: used as a function

word to indicate that

the following verb is

an infinitive and

often used by itself

at the end of a clause

in place of an infinitive

suggested by the preceding

context : understand

(something that is complicated

or difficult)


: used as a function

word before a noun

to limit its application to

that specified by a succeeding

element in the sentence

: the thing one intends

to convey

especially by language

: belonging to, relating to, or

connected with

(someone or something)


: used in expressions

directing attention

to a statement that

the speaker is about

to make

: a male person

or animal : past 1st & 3rd

singular of “be”

: using your voice

to express (something)

with words : other than

: that one just mentioned :

at an unspecified later time :
in the end :

became aware


: used as a function

word to indicate purpose,




or end :

to convey to another


: used to refer to

a certain man, boy,

or male animal as

the object of a verb

or preposition

: one :

an expression

or demonstration of

popular acclaim

especially by

enthusiastic applause.




Select a single sentence from a newspaper article. Replace each meaningful word in the text [verb, noun, adjective, adverb] by its dictionary definition. Repeat this treatment on the resulting sentence, and so on, until you’ve had enough! Note that after only two such treatments with a relatively compact dictionary, even a two-word sentence can produce an accumulation of 57 words.” –from The OULIPOST Playbook


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