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400 Must Have Words for the TOEFL LESSON 33 – Friendship Vocabulary Test

400 Must Have Words for the TOEFL LESSON 33 - Friendship Vocabulary Test

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affection [əˈfekʃən] n.

An emotional closeness or warmth

 I show affection for my girlfriend by spending time with her, not by spending money on her.

Usage tips     Affection is often followed by a for phrase.

Parts of speech     affectionate adj.

associate [əˈsəuʃɪeɪt] v.

To regularly spend time together

 Carol doesn’t associate with people who smoke.

Usage tips     Associate is often followed by a with phrase.

Parts of speech     association n., associate n.

bond [bɒnd] n.

A close connection

 Some researchers say that there is an especially strong emotional bond between twins.

Usage tips     A between phrase—indicating the things that are connected—often follows bond.

Parts of speech     bond v.

clique [kliːk] n.

A small group of friends who are unfriendly to people outside the group

 High-schoolers form cliques to gain security and acceptance.

Usage tips     Clique indicates a negative feeling toward a group.

Parts of speech     cliquish adj.

confide [kənˈfaɪd] v.

To tell very personal things

 Teenagers are more willing to confide in a friend than in a parent.

Usage tips     Confide is almost always followed by an in phrase.

Parts of speech     confidence n., confidant n., confidential adj.

exclusive [ɪksˈkluːsɪv] adj.

Keeping out all but a few people

 The most exclusive universities accept only a small percentage of people who want to attend.

Usage tips     Exclusive can indicate a positive opinion,but in the context of friendship, it can mean “attached only to one person.”

Parts of speech     exclude v., exclusion n., exclusively adv.

fluctuate [ˈflʌktjʊeɪt] v.

To change often, from one condition to another

 Earth’s climate fluctuates between warm periods and cold periods.

Usage tips     Fluctuate is usually followed by a between phrase (or by a from . . . to structure).

Parts of speech     fluctuation n.

in common .adv

As a shared characteristic

 Billy and Heather have a lot in common—basketball, a love of pizza, and an interest in snakes.

Usage tips     In common very often appears with the verb to have.

solidarity [ˌsɒlɪˈdærɪtɪ] n.

Standing together despite pressure to move apart

 Many student groups declared solidarity with the Latino Student Association in their effort to get a Spanish-speaking principal.

Usage tips     Solidarity is usually used in political contexts.

willing [ˈwɪlɪŋ] adj.

Agreeable and ready to do something

 Because of their long friendship, Professor Gardner was willing to say a few words at Jones’s birthday celebration.

Usage tips     Willing is almost always followed by a to + verb structure.

Parts of speech     will v., will n., willingness n.

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