Glossary of Terms: Becoming Minnesotan

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Definition
obligation

Noun:  A social, legal, or moral requirement, duty, contract, or promise that compels someone to follow or avoid a particular course of action.

obliged

Adjective:  Required; duty-bound.

observation

Noun:  1.  The act of following the custom, practice and rules, especially of a religion.  2. The act of viewing.

observe

Verb:  1. To follow the custom, practice, or rules (especially of a religion).  2. To notice or view.  (observes, observing, observed)

obstacle

Noun:  Something that impedes, stands in the way of, or slows progress.

occasion

Noun:  1. Special event or function.  2. A particular happening; an instance or time when something occurred.

occupation

Noun:  The control of a country or region by a hostile army.

occupied

Adjective:  Subjugated, under the control of a foreign military presence.

occupy

Verb:  1. To conquor somewhere.  2. To live or reside.  (occupies, occupying, occupied)

offering

Noun:  A contribution given at a religious service.

oligarchy

Noun: A government run by only a few, often the wealthy.

operate

Verb:  To function; to work.  (operates, operating, operated)

operational

Adjective:  Of or relating to the act or process of operating or functioning.

opportunity

Noun:  A chance for advancement, progress, or profit.

opposition

Noun: A group that is set against something or someone.

oppressed

Adjective: Weighted down by unjust and cruel authority.

oral

Adjective:  Spoken rather than written.

organic

Adjective: Of food or food products grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

orientation

Noun:  An introduction to a new environment.

Oriya

Noun:  The official language of the state of Orissa, India.

outcome

Noun:  Result.

overwhelm

Verb:  To overpower emotionally.  (overwhlems, overwhelming, overwhelmed)

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