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