Opposites Challenge

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In this challenge, you will be given 10 random words and will need to choose the opposites from the three possible answers given. The 35 words in the question bank are: ability, alive, amuse, awake, bottom, cheap, cold, cruel, descendant, ending, everything, exciting, finish, first, floor, friend, gentle, happy, hard, healthy, hell, horizontal, import, in, interior, laugh, occupied, refuse, remember, rich, shallow, shout, stupid, take off, and wet. Can you get to the top of the challenge leader board?

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ability - noun the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment; possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done
alive - adj. capable of erupting; possessing life; (often followed by `with') full of life and spirit; (followed by `to' or `of') aware of; having life or vigor or spirit; (usually followed by `to') showing acute awareness; mentally perceptive; in operation
amuse - verb make (somebody) laugh; occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion
awake - adj. not in a state of sleep; completely conscious; (usually followed by `to') showing acute awareness; mentally perceptive; not unconscious; especially having become conscious; verb stop sleeping
bottom - adj. the lowest rank; situated at the bottom or lowest position; noun a cargo ship; the lower side of anything; the lowest part of anything; the second half of an inning; while the home team is at bat; the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; a depression forming the ground under a body of water; low-lying alluvial land near a river; verb strike the ground, as with a ship's bottom; provide with a bottom or a seat; come to understand
cheap - adj. relatively low in price or charging low prices; embarrassingly stingy; of very poor quality; flimsy; tastelessly showy
cold - adj. lacking the warmth of life; of a seeker; far from the object sought; unconscious from a blow or shock or intoxication; feeling or showing no enthusiasm; having lost freshness through passage of time; used of physical coldness; having a low or inadequate temperature or feeling a sensation of coldness or having been made cold by e.g. ice or refrigeration; extended meanings; especially of psychological coldness; without human warmth or emotion; without compunction or human feeling; sexually unresponsive; so intense as to be almost uncontrollable; no longer new; uninteresting; marked by errorless familiarity; (color) giving no sensation of warmth; noun the sensation produced by low temperatures; a mild viral infection involving the nose and respiratory passages (but not the lungs); the absence of heat
cruel - adj. (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering; (of weapons or instruments) causing suffering and pain
descendant - adj. going or coming down; noun a person considered as descended from some ancestor or race
ending - noun the end of a word (a suffix or inflectional ending or final morpheme); event whose occurrence ends something; the act of ending something; the last section of a communication; the point in time at which something ends
exciting - adj. creating or arousing excitement; stimulating interest and discussion
finish - noun the act of finishing; (wine tasting) the taste of a wine on the back of the tongue (as it is swallowed); the downfall of someone (as of persons on one side of a conflict); designated event that concludes a contest (especially a race); the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey); a decorative texture or appearance of a surface (or the substance that gives it that appearance); event whose occurrence ends something; a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality; the temporal end; the concluding time; verb cause to finish a relationship with somebody; provide with a finish; finally be or do something; come or bring to a finish or an end; finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table; have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical
first - adj. being the gear producing the lowest drive speed; ranking above all others; preceding all others in time or space or degree; highest in pitch or chief among parts or voices or instruments or orchestra sections; indicating the beginning unit in a series; serving to begin; serving to set in motion; adv. before anything else; the initial time; before another in time, space, or importance; prominently forward; noun an honours degree of the highest class; the first element in a countable series; the first or highest in an ordering or series; the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first of the bases in the infield (counting counterclockwise from home plate); the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving; the time at which something is supposed to begin
floor - noun the inside lower horizontal surface (as of a room or hallway); a structure consisting of a room or set of rooms at a single position along a vertical scale; a large room in a stock exchange where the trading is done; the legislative hall where members debate and vote and conduct other business; the parliamentary right to address an assembly; a lower limit; the occupants of a floor; the bottom surface of any a cave or lake etc.; the ground on which people and animals move about; verb knock down with force; surprise greatly; knock someone's socks off
friend - noun a member of the Religious Society of Friends founded by George Fox (the Friends have never called themselves Quakers); a person you know well and regard with affection and trust; a person with whom you are acquainted; an associate who provides assistance; a person who backs a politician or a team etc.
gentle - adj. having or showing a kindly or tender nature; quiet and soothing; soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe; marked by moderate steepness; having little impact; belonging to or characteristic of the nobility or aristocracy; easily handled or managed; verb stroke soothingly; cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of; give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility
happy - adj. well expressed and to the point; enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure or good fortune; marked by good fortune; eagerly disposed to act or to be of service
hard - adj. dried out; unfortunate or hard to bear; resisting weight or pressure; dispassionate; (of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward or touching the velum; (of light) transmitted directly from a pointed light source; being distilled rather than fermented; having a high alcoholic content; very strong or vigorous; not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure; characterized by toilsome effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort; given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors; produced without vibration of the vocal cords; adv. with effort or force or vigor; to the full extent possible; all the way; slowly and with difficulty; causing great damage or hardship; with firmness; earnestly or intently; with pain or distress or bitterness; very near or close in space or time; into a solid condition; indulging excessively
healthy - adj. having or indicating good health in body or mind; free from infirmity or disease; exercising or showing good judgment; financially secure and functioning well; promoting health; healthful; physically and mentally sound or healthy
hell - noun noisy and unrestrained mischief; (Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment; a cause of difficulty and suffering; any place of pain and turmoil; violent and excited activity; (religion) the world of the dead
horizontal - adj. parallel to or in the plane of the horizon or a base line; noun something that is oriented horizontally
import - noun commodities (goods or services) bought from a foreign country; an imported person brought from a foreign country; having important effects or influence; a meaning that is not expressly stated but can be inferred; the message that is intended or expressed or signified; verb bring in from abroad; indicate or signify
in - adj. currently fashionable; directed or bound inward; holding office; adv. to or toward the inside of; noun a state in midwestern United States; a unit of length equal to one twelfth of a foot; a rare soft silvery metallic element; occurs in small quantities in sphalerite
interior - adj. of or coming from the middle of a region or country; inside and toward a center; situated within or suitable for inside a building; located inward; inside the country; noun the United States federal department charged with conservation and the development of natural resources; created in 1849; the inner or enclosed surface of something; the region that is inside of something
laugh - noun a facial expression characteristic of a person laughing; the sound of laughing; a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter; verb produce laughter
occupied - adj. resided in; having tenants; held or filled or in use; seized and controlled as by military invasion; having ones attention or mind or energy engaged
refuse - noun food that is discarded (as from a kitchen); verb show unwillingness towards; refuse to accept; refuse to let have; refuse entrance or membership; elude, especially in a baffling way; resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ
remember - verb recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection; keep in mind for attention or consideration; recapture the past; indulge in memories; exercise, or have the power of, memory; mention favourably, as in prayer; show appreciation to; call to remembrance; keep alive the memory of someone or something, as in a ceremony; mention as by way of greeting or to indicate friendship
rich - adj. pleasantly full and mellow; very productive; possessing material wealth; having an abundant supply of desirable qualities or substances (especially natural resources); suggestive of or characterized by great expense; high in mineral content; having a high proportion of fuel to air; of great worth or quality; containing plenty of fat, or eggs, or sugar; affording an abundant supply; strong; intense; marked by great fruitfulness; marked by richness and fullness of flavor; noun people who have possessions and wealth (considered as a group)
shallow - adj. lacking physical depth; having little spatial extension downward or inward from an outer surface or backward or outward from a center; not deep or strong; not affecting one deeply; lacking depth of intellect or knowledge; concerned only with what is obvious; noun a stretch of shallow water; verb become shallow; make shallow
shout - noun a loud utterance; often in protest or opposition; verb utter in a loud voice; talk in a loud voice (usually denoting characteristic manner of speaking); utter a sudden loud cry; use foul or abusive language towards; utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy
stupid - adj. lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity; in a state of mental numbness especially as resulting from shock; lacking intelligence; noun a person who is not very bright
take - noun the act of photographing a scene or part of a scene without interruption; the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property; verb ascertain or determine by measuring, computing or take a reading from a dial; be seized or affected in a specified way; interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression; accept or undergo, often unwillingly; obtain by winning; get into one's hands, take physically; have sex with; archaic use; travel or go by means of a certain kind of transportation, or a certain route; head into a specified direction; experience or feel or submit to; to get into a position of having, e.g., safety, comfort; take into one's possession; take by force; buy, select; make use of or accept for some purpose; require (time or space); develop a habit; carry out; be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract; take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect; be a student of a certain subject; pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives; take into consideration for exemplifying purposes; take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs; lay claim to; as of an idea; make a film or photograph of something; aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment; serve oneself to, or consume regularly; proceed along in a vehicle; occupy or take on; take somebody somewhere; take something or somebody with oneself somewhere; engage for service under a term of contract; receive or obtain by regular payment; receive willingly something given or offered; admit into a group or community; assume, as of positions or roles; require as useful, just, or proper; be capable of holding or containing; have with oneself; have on one's person; be designed to hold or take
off - adj. not performing or scheduled for duties; not in operation or operational; (of events) no longer planned or scheduled; below a satisfactory level; in an unpalatable state; adv. no longer on or in contact or attached; at a distance in space or time; from a particular thing or place or position (`forth' is obsolete); verb kill intentionally and with premeditation
wet - adj. consisting of or trading in alcoholic liquor; covered or soaked with a liquid such as water; producing or secreting milk; supporting or permitting the legal production and sale of alcoholic beverages; containing moisture or volatile components; very drunk; noun wetness caused by water; verb make one's bed or clothes wet by urinating; cause to become wet

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