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strengthen, strengthened, strengthening, strengthens.verbs
transitive verb use.to make strong or increase the strength of
intransitive verb use.to become strong or stronger
(glues available today strengthen just as well as nails and screws)
the state, property or quality of being strong (well educated she had many personality strengths); your strength is the physical.energy that you have, which gives you the ability to perform.various.actions, such as lifting or moving things (she has always been encouraged to swim to build up the strength of her muscles (he threw the ball forward with all his strength); someone's strength in a difficult.situation is their confidence or courage (something gave her the strength to overcome the difficulty; his strength is an inspiration to me in my life; one needs both wisdom, strength of mind and open-mindedness toward learning new things to get along well in life); the strength of an object or material is its ability to be treated.roughly or to carry heavy weights, without being damaged or destroyed (dump trucks carrying various heavy and disheveled things need to have the strength to last many years); impregnability; the power to resist.strain or stress; durability; the ability to maintain a moral or intellectual.position.firmly; capacity or potential for effective.action; the number of people constituting a normal or ideal.organization (the fire department is not at full strength from time to time as the area's.population is growing); intensity, as of sound or light (the radio is on too loud); in games, power derived from the value of playing cards held
on the strength of.idiom
on the basis of (she was hired on the strength of her computer skills

a place of refuge or asylum (the treehouse was the children's refuge); a reserved area in which birds and other animals, especially wild animals, are protected from hunting or chance of abuse; shelter; a sacred place, such as a church, temple or mosque in which fugitives.formerly were immune to arrest; immunity to arrest afforded by a sanctuary

should.auxiliary verb,.past tense of shall
used to express.obligation or duty (you should send her a note); ought; used to express probability or expectation (they should arrive at noon); used to express conditionality or contingency (if she should go, then so would I)
Usage note: Like the rules governing the use of shall and will on which they are based, the traditional rules governing the use of 'should' and 'would' are largely ignored in modern American practice; I wonder why?. Either 'should' or 'would' is used in the.first person being the action done by the one speaking; to express conditional futurity (if I had known that, I would {or should} have answered differently).

2nd person.is in referring to the person addressed (if he had known that, he 'would' have answered differently).

3rd person.is used in referring to a person or thing other than the speaker or the one spoken to (I was talking with her and she said he would be coming to the beach with us).

But in.the second and third persons.only 'would' is used (if he had known that, he 'would' {not 'should'} have answered differently; 'would' cannot always be substituted for 'should', but the word 'should' is used in all three persons

Now, it's welcome to confusing English: In a conditional clause, such as the condition (if I {or you or he or she} should decide to go), the word 'should' is also used in all three persons to express duty or obligation, which is the equivalent of 'ought to'). On the other hand, 'would' is used to express volition or promise (I agreed that I would do it). Either 'would' or 'should' is possible as an auxiliary with 'like', 'be inclined', 'be glad', 'prefer' and related verbs (I 'would' {or 'should'} like to call your attention to an oversight. Here 'would' was acceptable on all levels to a large majority of the Usage Panel in an earlier survey and is more common in American usage than 'should'.

'Should have' is sometimes incorrectly written 'should of' by writers who have mistaken the source of the spoken contraction 'should've'. Now go and speak your proper English! Ha ha! See more Usage notes if you dare! No wonder some kids grow up dummer than a sack of hammers in winter!

shall.auxiliary verb,.past tense of should
used before a verb in the infinitive to show something that will take place or exist in the future (we shall arrive tomorrow); the will to do something or have something take place (I shall go out to get groceries); something that is predictable (that day shall come); to be able to

working or done without help; unassisted; intended for use with one hand (it's pretty hard to do some things with just one hand); having or using only one hand
in a single-handed manner
single-hand, single-handed, single-handing, single-hands.transitive verbs

being only one; individual; being the only one of a kind; unique;
Grammar:.in grammar
the quality or condition of being singular; a trait marking one as distinct from others; a peculiarity; something.uncommon or unusual
Astrophysics:.a point in space-time at which gravitational forces cause.matter to have infinite.density and infinitesimal.volume and space and time to become infinitely rearranged
Mathematics:.a point at which the derivative does not exist for a given.function of a random.variable but every neighborhood of which contains points for which the derivative exists; in this sense, also called singular point
without the presence of others; alone; without the help of others; single-handed; one by one; individually
not accompanied by another or others; solitary; consisting of one part, aspect or section (a single thickness; a single serving); having the same application for all; uniform (the single moral applicable to all, the code and art of love); consisting of one in number (she stood out from the others with her fancy hat); not divided; unbroken (a single slab of ice); designed to accommodate one person (a single bed); unattached to another sexually (she was lacking a partner; a single parent)
one that is separate and individual; an unattached man or woman person
single, singled, singling, singles.verbs
transitive verb use.to choose or distinguish from others (we singled her out from the list of applicants)
intransitive verb use.to make a single
single out.phrasal verb
if you single someone out from a group, you choose them and give them special attention or treatment (the main threat to civilization has always been the base.nature of mankind, the ego)

a heavy metal nail for securing thick pieces of wood, anchors used in setting up a tents, etc.; a long, thick, sharp-pointed piece of wood or metal; one of several sharp metal projections set in the sole or in the sole and heel of an athletic shoe for grip, that are called cleats; a pair of spike heels (women would not have back problems high heels often cause if they could get used to shoes more shaped like the foot); an unbranched antler of a young deer; a young mackerel fish of small size, usually 6 inches (15 centimeters) or less in length; a sharp rise followed by a sharp decline in a graph or in the tracing of a scientific instrument (surge protectors are used to smooth out poor quality electricity producing electical spikes that can harm delicate electronic instruments, such as TVs and computers); an ear of grain, as of wheat
spike, spiked, spiking, spikes.transitive verbs
to secure or provide with a spike; to impale or pierce with a spike; to add alcoholic liquor to (the punch was spiked with rum)

a semiconductor is a substance used in electronics whose ability to conduct.electricity.increases with greater heat; a substance, such as silicon, that allows some electric currents to pass through it and is used in electronic.equipment; any of various solid crystalline.substances, such as germanium or silicon, having electrical.conductivity greater than insulators but less than good conductors

a phrase.expressing the aims or nature of an enterprise, an organization or something else or someone else who wants to gain attention for their own reasons; a motto; a phrase used repeatedly, as in advertising or promotion, proven to motivate buyers toward a product (she considered the two most advertised brands of stockings when she needed more)

snaky, snakier, snakiest.adjectives
treacherous; sly; relating to or characteristic of snakes; having the form or movement of a snake; serpentine

of or resembling a serpent, as in form or movement; sinuous; subtly.sly and tempting
any of a group of greenish, brownish or spotted minerals, Mg3Si2O5(OH)4, used as a source of magnesium and asbestos and in architecture as a decorative stone

a subtly.sly or treacherous man or woman (she seemed to be a snaky woman); the creature that tempted Eve; Satan; a snake; a reptile of the order Serpentes

aloof or reserved; detached; distanced; reticence; indifference
dissociation from one's surroundings

the total, essential or particular.being of a man, woman or child; the individual; the essential qualities.distinguishing one from another; individuality; oneself
myself, yourself, himself or herself (a vacation for self and family)
of the same material as the article with which it is used (a dress with a self belt)

aware of oneself as an individual or of one's own being, actions or thoughts; socially feeling ill at ease (a self-conscious teenager); excessively aware of one's appearance or manner; stilted

constituting a complete and independent.unit in and of itself (a self-contained retirement community; rocket engines are self-contained engines); not dependent on others; self-sufficient (a self-contained settlement in the Arctic); keeping to oneself; reserved; you can describe someone or something as self-contained when they are complete and separate and do not need help or resources from outside (she seems completely self-contained and doesn't miss you when you're not there); self-contained accommodation such as an apartment has all its own facilities, so that a person living there does not have to share rooms such as a kitchen or bathroom with other people

reliance on one's own capabilities, judgment or resources; independence

concerned.chiefly or only with oneself (selfish); rising from, characterized by or showing selfishness (a selfish whim)
(selfish men and women have caused most, if not all, problems in the world;.Jeremiah 17:5 "...Cursed be the man that trusts in man and makes flesh his arm, whose heart has turned aside from the LORD.")

having, exhibiting or motivated by no concern for selfish advantage; unselfish

suave, suaver, suavest.adjectives
smoothly agreeable.and.courteous

something, such as a hook, that suspends something else; an often elastic.strap.worn.over the shoulders to support.trousers; a garter

suspend, suspended, suspending, suspends.verbs
intransitive verb use.to cease for a period; delay; if you suspend something, you delay it or stop it from happening for a while or until a decision is made about it (suspended building the garage until they decided what size to make it larger); if something is suspended from a high place, it is hanging from that place (a suspension bridge; a light fixture suspended from the ceiling, such as a chandelier)

a a feeling of excitement or anxiety when you do not know what will happen next; tension
in suspense (they kept us in suspense right until the movie's end); the condition of being physically.suspended; the state or quality of being undecided, uncertain.or.doubtful; pleasurable excitement and anticipation.regarding an outcome, such as the ending of a mystery.novel; anxiety or apprehension.resulting from an uncertain, undecided or mysterious situation
Middle English, from Old French 'suspens', from Latin 'suspensus', past participle.of 'suspendere' meaning to suspend

transitive verb use.to bar for a period from a privilege or position (suspend a student from school for inappropriate.behavior); to cause to stop for a period; interrupt (suspended the project due to cold weather); to hold in abeyance; defer (suspend judgmenton the kids actions while getting more information); to render.temporarily.ineffective (suspend handing out more tickets to the outdoor concert due to a lack of chairs); to hang so as to allow free movement (suspended the children's mobile from the ceiling); to support or keep from falling without apparent attachment, as by buoyancy (suspend oneself in the water)
the act of suspending or the condition of being suspended, especially (a temporary abrogation or deferment; in music, the prolongation of one or more tones of a chord into a following chord to create a temporary dissonance; a device from which a mechanical part is suspended (a suspension bridge is being bulit over the river); the system of springs and other devices that insulates the chassis of a vehicle from shocks transmitted through the wheels
Chemistry:.a relatively.coarse, non colloidal.dispersion of solid.particles in a liquid