Guide to Grammar and Usage Word alter ascent assent bare bear brake break capital Capitol conscience conscious desert dessert emigrate immigrate lay Definition to change rising agreement uncovered animal endure stop destroy government seat where the U.S. legislature meets one's sense of right and wrong awake leave behind arid region sweet served at the end of a meal leave a country enter a country put down Example Alter the skirt. The rocket's ascent took an hour. Nod to show assent. The window was bare. The bear growled. Can you bear the noise? Use the car's brake. Don't break the dish! Visit the capital. Congress meets in the Capitol. Listen to your conscience. She was conscious during surgery. 303 Desert a sinking ship.Camels travel in the desert. I love a rich dessert. She emigrated from France. To immigrate means to enter a new home- land. present: Lay your cards down.past: He laid the cards down.future: He will lay his cards down.perfect: She has laid her cards down. present: The cat lies down.past: The cat lay down.future: The cat will lie lie be flat