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  • v. To verify; to recheck; to use extra care or caution.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make a point of doing something; act purposefully and intentionally


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  • Later, when Aunt Polya is pouring milk as we sit around the table, she watches me more closely than usual to make sure I finish the bread.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • The few exchange delegations that are permitted abroad, as I learned working in the House of Friendship and Peace, are carefully selected from the internal ranks and assiduously screened to make sure they are free of such compromising traits as foreign friends or Jewish relatives.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • I was trying to draw in some heat through a cup of coffee, a patrol officer at the door to make sure I didn't try to steal one of the canine trophies stored in the cabinet, when MacArthur joined me, accompanied by Captain Bobby Melia, one of two captains in the force who were second in command to Chief Byron Fischer.

    The Killing Kind

  • Asked why it took so long to recognize the NTC, Clinton said the U.S. administration analyzed the situation to make sure that the NTC's actions are in accord with its statements.

    U.S., allies formally recognize Libya rebels

  • How can it be that out of $126bn that the World Bank spent on improving public administration, law and justice, just $7.3m went to make sure that women had access to these vital services too?

    UN women report: Access to justice remains a work in progress

  • He pats himself on the pockets to make sure he has his two packs of Belomor cigarettes for the day.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • Sebastian Ulric checked his laptop to make sure that the inventory for Oasis was up-to-date and then radioed Cutter.

    The Ark

  • “I need to make sure the last of the Arkon is destroyed.”

    The Ark

  • This was the plainspoken and impossible-to-mistake terminology used by the flight director in a final systems check to make sure that his controllers were confident about proceeding on to the next phase of the mission.

    First Man

  • Slinging her backpack onto one shoulder, she locked the car and started on foot in the direction of the falls, glancing behind to make sure no one was following.



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