1.    MORBID
If the first section of the newspaper you read is
the obituaries, you could be considered morbid. Morbid is a word used to describe anyone who spends too
much time thinking about death or disease.

2.    VAIN
If you spend all day admiring yourself in reflective
surfaces — mirrors, pools of water, the backs of spoons — people may think you
are conceited or vain.

3.    RENDER
Render is a synonym of make––technically it
means “cause to become.” An illness might render you unable to walk, or a shocking site might render you speechless.

4.    LEAGUE
The two meanings of league are quite
different — either it’s a group or federation joined for a common purpose (say,
your bowling league or the League of Nations) or it’s a rough measurement of
about three miles, usually at sea.

5.    DWELL
To dwell in a home is to live in it.
To dwell on something
— usually something bad, like a failed romance or terrible service in a
restaurant –- is to think or speak about it at great length.

6.    GRANT
You can grant anything from a permanent
restraining order to a request for time off, or, if you’re a genie, seven
wishes. When you grant something you are letting someone have or do something
that they are asking for.

7.    COMPEL
Compel means to force or drive someone to do
something. Even if you don’t like toast, when you visit the toast-eating
natives of Shrintakook Island, you’ll be compelled to eat it, or they will not trust you.

8.    CREW
crew is an organized group of workers. A
crew might keep a ship
sailing smoothly or pave a road smoothly. Either way, crew implies cooperation among

9.    MODE
You can describe the specific style of doing
something as your mode. If you’re in vacation mode, for example, it might mean you say everything in a
super-relaxed voice and spend all of your classes daydreaming.

To stipulate something means to demand
that it be part of an agreement. So when you make a contract or deal, you
can stipulate that a
certain condition must be met.