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abase
degrade or humble; to lower in rank, status, or esteem
abeyance
temporary suspension, inactivity
abreast
side-by-side, the more common "abreast of" means keeping up with, staying aware of, or remaining equal in progress with
abscission
cutting off; sudden termination; the separation of leaves, petals, or other parts from a plant or animal
abscond
depart suddenly and secretively
abyss
a deep and vast space or cavity; anything profound or infinite
accede
agree, give consent; assume power
accretion
gradual increase; an added part or addition
acerbic
sour; harsh or severe
acidulous
slightly acid or sour; sharp or caustic
acumen
keen, quick, accurate insight or judgment
adulterate
make impure by adding inappropriate or inferior ingredients
adumbrate
give a rough outline of; foreshadow; reveal only partially; obscure
aerie
dwelling or fortress built on a high place; the nest of a bird of prey, such as an eagle or hawk, built on a mountain or cliff
albeit
although, even though
aloof
distant physically or emotionally; reserved; indifferent
amalgamate
blend, merge or unite
ameliorate
improve; make better or more bearable
amortize
gradually pay off a debt, or gradually write off an asset
anachronism
something that is not in its correct historical time; a mistake in chronology, such as by assigning a person or event to the wrong time period