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GRE word list - D
dabble to work or involve oneself superficially or intermittently especially in a secondary activity or interest
dally to act playfully; especially :to play amorously b:to deal lightly:TOY
damper a dulling or deadening influence
dandy a man who gives exaggerated attention to personal appearance
dank unpleasantly moist or wet
dapper neat and trim in appearance
dappled marked with small spots or patches contrasting with the background
daredevil a recklessly bold person
dart to move suddenly or rapidly fall
dastard a person who acts treacherously or underhandedly
daunt to lessen the courage of:COW, SUBDUE
dawdle to move lackadaisically
deactivate to make inactive or ineffective
deaden to impair in vigor or sensation:BLUNT
deadpan marked by an impassive matter-of-fact manner, style, or expression
dearth an inadequate supply:LACK
debark To unload, as from a ship or an airplane.
debase to lower in status, esteem, quality, or character
debilitate to impair the strength of:ENFEEBLE
debris the remains of something broken down or destroyed
debunk to expose the sham or falseness of
debut a first appearance
decadence the process of becoming decadent:the quality or state of being decadent
decant to pour out, transfer, or unload as if by pouring
decelerate to reduce the speed of:slow down
decibel a unit for expressing the relative intensity of sounds on a scale from zero for the average least perceptible sound to about 130 for the average pain level
decipher a:to make out the meaning of despite indistinctness or obscurity b:to interpret the meaning of
decode to convert (as a coded message) into intelligible form
decorum propriety and good taste in conduct or appearance
decrepit wasted and weakened by or as if by the infirmities of old age
dedication a devoting or setting aside for a particular purpose
default a failure to pay financial debts
deference respect and esteem due a superior or an elder; also:affected or ingratiating regard for another's wishes
deficiency an amount that is lacking or inadequate:SHORTAGE
defile a narrow passage or gorge
definitive serving to provide a final solution or to end a situation
defoliate to deprive of leaves especially prematurely
deforest the action or process of clearing of forests; also :the state of having been cleared of
defraud to deprive of something by deception or fraud
deft characterized by facility and skill
defuse to make less harmful, potent, or tense
defy to challenge to do something considered impossible:DARE
dehydrate to remove bound water or hydrogen and oxygen from (a chemical compound) in the proportion in which they form water
deify To worship or revere as a god
deject to make gloomy
deleterious harmful often in a subtle or unexpected way
deliberate to think about or discuss issues and decisions carefully
delicacy the quality or state of being dainty:FINENESS
delinquent offending by neglect or violation of duty or of law
deliquesce To dissolve gradually and become liquid by absorption of moisture from the air.
delirium a mental disturbance characterized by confusion, disordered speech, and hallucinations
delude to mislead the mind or judgment of:DECEIVE, TRICK
deluge adj. an overflowing of the land by water b:a drenching rain
delve to make a careful or detailed search for information
demagogue a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power
demanding requiring much time, effort, or attention:EXACTING
demography the statistical study of human populations especially with reference to size and density, distribution, and vital statistics
demolition the act of demolishing; especially :destruction in war by means of explosives
demoralize a:to weaken the morale of:DISCOURAGE, DISPIRIT b:to upset or destroy the normal functioning of c:to throw into disorder
demotic Of or relating to the common people; popular
demur to take exception:OBJECT
denigrate to cast aspersions on:DEFAME
denouement the final outcome of the main dramatic complication in a literary work
denounce to pronounce especially publicly to be blameworthy or evil
dent a depression or hollow made by a blow or by pressure
denude to strip of all covering or surface layers
denunciate to pronounce especially publicly to be blameworthy or evil
depart to go away:LEAVE
depict to represent by or as if by a picture
deplete to lessen markedly in quantity, content, power, or value
deplore to feel or express strong disapproval of; condemn.
deploy to extend (a military unit) especially in width
deportation the removal from a country of an alien whose presence is unlawful or prejudicial
depose to testify to under oath or by affidavit
deposit to lay down or leave behind by a natural process
depravity a corrupt act or practice
depreciate to lower the price or estimated value of
depress to press down
deprivation the state of being deprived:PRIVATION; especially :removal from an office, dignity, or benefice
deracinate UPROOT
derelict a destitute homeless social misfit:VAGRANT, BUM
deride to subject to usually bitter or contemptuous ridicule
derivative lacking originality:BANAL
derogatory expressive of a low opinion:DISPARAGING
descendant one deriving directly from a precursor or prototype
descent an inclination downward:SLOPE
desecrate to violate the sanctity of:PROFANE
desert to withdraw from or leave usually without intent to return
desiccate to preserve (a food) by drying:DEHYDRATE
designate appointed to a job (but not yet having officially started it)
despair to lose all hope or confidence
despicable deserving to be despised:so worthless or obnoxious as to rouse moral indignation
despise to look down on with contempt or aversion
despondent feeling or showing extreme discouragement, dejection, or depression
dessert a usually sweet course or dish (as of pastry or ice cream) served at the end of a meal
desultory disappointing in progress or performance:SLUGGISH
detach to separate especially from a larger mass and usually without violence or damage
detain to hold or keep in or as if in custody
deter to turn aside, discourage, or prevent from acting
detestable arousing or meriting intense dislike:ABOMINABLE
detour to send by a circuitous route
detract to diminish the importance, value, or effectiveness of something
detritus a product of disintegration, destruction, or wearing away
deviation noticeable or marked departure from accepted norms of behavior
devise to form in the mind by new combinations or application of and ideas or principles
devolve deputize; pass to others
devoted devote:to give over or direct (as time, money, or effort) to a cause, enterprise, or activity
devout devoted to religion or to religious duties or exercises
dew moisture condensed upon the surfaces of cool bodies especially at night
dexterous mentally adroit and skillful:CLEVER
diabolic of, relating to, or characteristic of the devil:DEVILIS
diabolize To represent as diabolical
diagnose to recognize (as a disease) by signs and symptoms
diaphanous characterized by such fineness of texture as to permit seeing through
diatribe a bitter and abusive speech or writing
didactic designed or intended to teach
die any of various tools or devices for imparting a desired shape, form, or finish to a material or for impressing an object or material
diehard strongly or fanatically determined or devoted
diffident hesitant in acting or speaking through lack of self-confidence
diffuse being at once verbose and ill-organized
digit A human finger or toe.
dignity quality or state of being worthy, honored, or esteemed
digress to turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument
dilapidate to bring into a condition of decay or partial ruin
dilate to enlarge or expand in bulk or extent:DISTEND, WIDEN
dilatory characterized by procrastination:TARDY
dilettante a person having a superficial interest in an art or a branch of knowledge:DABBLER
diligent characterized by steady, earnest, and energetic effort:PAINSTAKING
dilute to diminish the strength, flavor, or brilliance of by admixture
dimension measurement of any sort
diminish to make or become smaller ,less, or less important
din a loud continued noise; especially :a welter of discordant sounds
dingus an ornamental attachment or decoration:DOODAD
diocesan a bishop having jurisdiction over a diocese
diplomatic of or engaged in diplomacy; tactful or suave
dirge a song or hymn of grief or lamentation; especially :one intended to accompany funeral or memorial rites
disabuse to free from error, fallacy, or misconception
disaffected discontented and resentful especially against authority REBELLIOUS
disagreeable causing discomfort:UNPLEASANT, OFFENSIVE
disarm to deprive of means, reason, or disposition to be hostile
disarray (n.) (state of) disorder
disavow to deny responsibility for:REPUDIATE
discard to get rid of especially as useless or unpleasant
discernible distinguishable; perceivable
discerning showing insight and understanding:DISCRIMINATING
discharge to dismiss from employment
disciple one who accepts and assists in spreading the doctrines of another
discipline a rule or system of rules governing conduct or activity
disclaim to renounce a legal claim to
discography a descriptive list of phonograph records by category, composer, performer, or date of release
discombobulate to confuse or disconcert
discomfit to put into a state of perplexity and embarrassment:DISCONCERT
discommode to cause inconvenience to:TROUBLE
discompose to destroy the composure of
disconcert to throw into confusion
discord lack of agreement or harmony (as between persons, things, or ideas)
discourse formal and orderly and usually extended expression of thought on a subject
discredit to deprive of good repute:DISGRACE
discrepancy Divergence or disagreement, as between facts or claims; difference.
discrete (adj.) separate; individually distinct; composed of distinct parts
discretion the quality of being discreet:CIRCUMSPECTION; especially :cautious reserve in speech frivolous
discretionary left to discretion:exercised at one's own discretion
discriminate to mark or perceive the distinguishing or peculiar features of
discursive moving from topic to topic without order:RAMBLING
disdain a feeling of contempt for what is beneath one:SCORN
disembody To free (the soul or spirit) from the body
disengage to release from something that engages or involves
disentangle (v.) to free from confusion
disgorge to discharge by the throat and mouth:VOMIT
disgruntle to make ill-humored or discontented , usually used as a participial adjective
disguise to furnish with a false appearance or an assumed identity
disgust marked aversion aroused by something highly distasteful:REPUGNANCE
dishevel to throw into disorder or disarray
disinclination a preference for avoiding something:slight aversion
disinfect to free from infection especially by destroying harmful microorganisms
disinterested free from selfish motive or interest:UNBIASED
disjunctive marked by breaks or disunity
dismantle to take to pieces; also :to destroy the integrity or functioning of
disparage to depreciate by indirect means (as invidious comparison):speak slightingly about
disparate containing or made up of fundamentally different and often incongruous elements
dispassionate not influenced by strong feeling; especially :not affected by personal or emotional involvement
dispatch promptness and efficiency in performance or transmission
disposal systematic destruction; especially :destruction or transformation of garbage
disquiet to take away the peace or tranquillity of:DISTURB, ALARM
disregard pay no attention to treat (sth) as of no importance; ignore
disrupt to throw into disorder
dissect to analyze and interpret minutely
dissemble to put on a false appearance:conceal facts, intentions, or feelings under some pretense
disseminate to spread abroad as though sowing seed
dissension DISAGREEMENT; especially:partisan and contentious quarreling
dissent to withhold assent
dissertation an extended usually written treatment of a subject; specifically :one submitted for a doctorate
dissipate dispel; squander
dissociate to separate from association or union with another
dissolute lacking restraint; especially :marked by indulgence in things
dissolve to cause to pass into solution to separate into component parts:DISINTEGRATE
dissonance lack of agreement; especially :inconsistency between the beliefs one holds or between one's actions and one's beliefs
dissuade to advise (a person) against something
distention the act of distending or the state of being distended especially unduly or abnormally
distillation the process of purifying a liquid by successive evaporation and condensation
distinction the quality or state of being distinguishable
distinguished marked by eminence, distinction, or excellence
distort to twist out of the true meaning or proportion
distract to draw or direct (as one's attention) to a different object or in different directions at the same time
distraught agitated with doubt or mental conflict
distress great pain/cause discomfort
ditch a long narrow excavation dug in the earth
ditty an especially simple and unaffected song
diurnal of, relating to, or occurring in the daytime
diver part of a country or town having a particular quality
diverge to move or extend in different directions from a common point:draw apart
divert to turn from one course or use to another:DEFLECT
divestiture the act of divesting
divulge to make known (as a confidence or secret)
doctrine a principle or position or the body of principles in a branch of knowledge or system of belief:DOGMA
dodder to progress feebly and unsteadily
doff to remove (an article of wear) from the body
dogged marked by stubborn determination
doggerel loosely styled and irregular in measure especially for burlesque or comic effect; also:marked by triviality or inferiority
doggo in hiding
dogma something held as an established opinion;especially:a definite authoritative tenet
doldrums state or period of inactivity, stagnation, or slump
dolorous causing, marked by, or expressing misery or grief
dolt a stupid person
domicile a dwelling place:place of residence:HOME
domination supremacy or preeminence over another
don to put on (an article of clothing)
donor one that gives, donates, or presents something
doodle an aimless or casual scribble, design, or sketch
downpour a pouring or streaming downward; especially:a heavy rain
doyen a:the senior member of a body or group b:a person considered to be knowledgeable or uniquely skilled as a result of long experience in some field of endeavor
doze to fall into a light sleep
draconian CRUEL; also:SEVERE
drain to exhaust physically or emotionally
drawl to utter in a slow lengthened tone
dreary having nothing likely to provide cheer, comfort, or interest:GLOOMY, DISMAL
drench to wet thoroughly (as by soaking or immersing in liquid)
drivel to utter in an infantile or imbecilic way
drizzle a fine misty rain
droll having a humorous, whimsical, or odd quality
drone to speak in a monotonous tone:
droplet a tiny drop (as of a liquid)
drudgery dull, irksome, and fatiguing work:uninspiring or menial labor
dubious questionable or suspect as to true nature or quality
dulcet pleasing to the ear
dull lacking brilliance or luster
dullard a stupid or unimaginative person
dune a hill or ridge of sand piled up by the wind
dupe one that is easily deceived or cheated:FOOL
dwelling a shelter (as a house) in which people live
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