- (noun) a confusing problem or question
For some hot dog aficionados, why there are many different varieties of mustard but relatively few varieties of ketchup is a conundrum to ponder.
- (verb) to make use of, take advantage of (unfairly profit from)
The policy of some corporations is to hire employees right out of school in order to exploit their eagerness and enthusiasm.
- (adjective) easily persuaded to believe something
Max is so gullible. He believed me when I told him that I was running for president of the US.
- (adjective) perfect, flawless
Max is a person of impeccable character.
- (noun) a strong habitual fondness for something
Max has a penchant for coffee and doughnuts.
- (adjective) believable, possible
It doesn't seem plausible that your dog actually ate your homework.
- (verb) to look over or inspect closely
When you sign the mortgage papers, be sure to scrutinize the fine print.
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