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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,

intention,

tendency,

result,

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.

 

 

“DEFINITIONAL LIT

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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