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preempt - prevent in advance; head off(forestall); forestall by acting first; appropriate for oneself before others; supplant; take the place of; displace; Ex. preempt any attempts; ADJ. preemptive
aperture - opening; hole; adjustable opening in a camera that limits the amount of light
foster - rear; bring up (for a certain period only); encourage; promote the development of (feelings or ideas); Ex. help foster friendly relations; ADJ: giving parental care although not related by blood; Ex. foster parents
catastrophe - calamity ; disaster
vociferous - clamorous; noisy; V. vociferate: cry out loudly (when complaining)
aerie - (aery,eyrie,eyry) nest of a large bird of prey
cloying - distasteful (because excessive); excessively sweet or sentimental; V. cloy: become unpleasant through too much sweetness or excess
hindmost - furthest behind; farthest to the rear
prostrate - stretch out full on ground; make prostrate; enervate; Ex. prostrating illness; ADJ: lying face down; having lost all strength
encipher - encode; convert a message into code; put into cipher