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400 Must Have Words for the TOEFL LESSON 31 – The War on Drugs Vocabulary Test

400 Must Have Words for the TOEFL LESSON 31 - The War on Drugs Vocabulary Test

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addictive [əˈdɪktɪv] adj.

Making someone want it so much that the person feels ill without it

 Some drugs, like heroin or methamphetamines, are addictive to almost everyone who tries them.

Parts of speech     addict v., addict n., addiction n.

cartel [kɑːˈtel] n.

A small group controlling a certain area of business

 The world’s major oil producers formed a cartel to control the price and supply of petroleum.

concentrated [ˈkɒnsənˌtreɪtʃd] adj.

Strong because large amounts are in a certain space

 Concentrated lemon juice is very sour,so I mix it with water when I make lemonade.

Parts of speech     concentrate v., concentration n., concentrate n.

interdict [ˈɪntədɪkt] v.

To keep something from reaching a certain place

 With faster patrol boats, the Coast Guard can more easily interdict drugs being smuggled by sea.

Parts of speech     interdiction n.

juxtapose [ˈdʒʌkstəpəʊz] v.

Place next to one another

 If you juxtapose these two similar flowers, you can see clear differences between them.

Parts of speech     juxtaposition n.

misconception [ˌmɪskənˈsepʃən] n.

A mistaken belief

 A common misconception about rabbits is that they are a kind of rodent.

modify [ˈmɒdɪfaɪ] v.

Make small changes in order to get a certain result

 People who live in high mountains often modify their car engines to run well in the thinner air.

Parts of speech     modification n., modifier n.

potent [ˈpəʊtənt] adj.


 A very potent type of marijuana with surprisingly strong effects became available in Burrytown.

Parts of speech     potency n.

residual [rɪˈzɪdjʊəl] adj.

Left behind after most of a thing has gone

 In the airplane, agents found residual traces of heroin.

Usage tips     Residual is often followed by trace, amount, or some other word referring to “quantity.”

Parts of speech     residue n.

subtly [ˈsʌtlɪ] adv.

In a quiet, hard-to-notice way

 By subtly changing the soft drink’s formula, we improved its taste and made production cheaper.

Parts of speech     subtlety n., subtle adj.

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