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to proselytize

to proselytize

/ˈpɹɑsəɫəˌtaɪz/
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convert to another faith or religion
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And even now, Ryan and I aren't proselytizing.

For hours on end he proselytized over the phone to FBI negotiators.

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to ostracize

to ostracize

/ˈɔstɹəˌsaɪz/
verb
expel from a community or group
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And he was ostracized by the other Jellicles.

They are ostracized from their peers.

You felt to some extent a bit ostracized in this group of older white men.

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to mesmerize

to mesmerize

/ˈmɛzmɝˌaɪz/
verb
attract strongly, as if with a magnet
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It's just mesmerizing.

It's mesmerizing.

Sometimes they are just mesmerized, and I can see complete silence in the audience.

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to lionize

to lionize

/ˈɫaɪəˌnaɪz/
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assign great social importance to

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to enfranchise

to enfranchise

/ɪnˈfɹænˌtʃaɪz/
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grant voting rights
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They actively campaigned against the 15th Amendment because it would only enfranchise black men.

One early leader who helped enfranchise women was teacher and library founder Elizabeth Ensley.

When they were enfranchised by amendment of the state constitution, they could vote for federal office.

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to economize

to economize

/iˈkɑnəˌmaɪz/, /ɪˈkɑnəˌmaɪz/
verb
use cautiously and frugally
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They want to economize, just like everyone else.

We have been using water economized cooling solutions for many years.

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to devitalize

to devitalize

/dɪvˈaɪɾəlˌaɪz/
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sap of life or energy

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to demagnetize

to demagnetize

/dɪmˈæɡnɪtˌaɪz/
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make nonmagnetic; take away the magnetic properties (of)

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to crystallize

to crystallize

/ˈkɹɪstəˌɫaɪz/
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cause to form crystals or assume crystalline form
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However over time they crystallized into explicitly anti-homosexuality laws by the late 19th century.

And I really think that that crystallized the criticism.

No, and I can remember one anecdote that crystallized it for me.

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to bowdlerize

to bowdlerize

/bˈoʊdəlɹˌaɪz/
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edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate

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to render

to render

/ˈɹɛndɝ/
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give an interpretation or rendition of
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Van life is often rendered with a hashtag signifying the role social media has played in the movement.

This echo is rendered as a dot on the imaging screen.

But this presented a challenge, as see-through skin is hard to render.

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to proffer

to proffer

/ˈpɹɑfɝ/
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present for acceptance or rejection
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He took something out of his pocket and proffered it.

Crowns, Jostle proffering money around the cotton candy booth kids with money and even young rappers.

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to persevere

to persevere

/pɝsəˈvɪɹ/
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to persistently try to succeed in spite of difficulties
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PBS has a new show called Self-Evident that explores how we've been persevering in this supremely weird year.

They went through hell, but they persevered.

Success belongs to those who persevere.

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to limber

to limber

/ˈɫɪmbɝ/
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cause to become limber
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The garrison members limbering up for action.

Ping pong helped limber up my arms and shoulders.

We're getting all-- limbering up.

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to huckster

to huckster

/ˈhəkstɝ/
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sell or offer for sale from place to place

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to fetter

to fetter

/ˈfɛtɝ/
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restrain with fetters

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to fodder

to fodder

/ˈfɑdɝ/
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to feed farm animals with any agricultural foodstuff that is specifically for domesticated livestock
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Only a fraction of the nutrients from fodder crops end up in the meat we buy in the end.

No doubt the reenactment of this scene was great fodder for entertaining guests in the aftermath.)

Now that we've got our fodder, we can move on to Section 4.

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to foster

to foster

/ˈfɑstɝ/
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to encourage the growth or development of something
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It has to do with respecting diversity and individuality because we foster 'Have It Your Way'.

He's fostered a great company.

And states have always made roads to foster trade and move troops.

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to hamper

to hamper

/ˈhæmpɝ/
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prevent the progress or free movement of
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And the financial crisis is not the only scandal to hamper Goldman in the last decade.

I have not yet found a population that is not significantly hampered by the saboteurs.

And it can really hamper our relationships.

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