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4000 Essential English Words 1 Unit 29: How the World Got Light

4000 Essential English Words 1 Unit 29: How the World Got Light

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  • advertise [ˈadvətʌɪz] v.
    To advertise is to tell people about something on TV, radio, etc.
    They used a rabbit to help them advertise their product.
  • assign [əˈsʌɪn] v.
    To assign something to someone is to tell them to do it.
    I assigned the worker an important task.
  • audience [ˈɔːdɪəns] n.
    An audience is a group of people who watch something together.
    There was a large audience at the game.
  • breakfast [ˈbrɛkfəst] n.
    Breakfast is the first meal of the day.
    I eat breakfast at 8:00 every morning.
  • competition [kɒmpɪˈtɪʃ(ə)n] n.
    A competition is a contest to see who is the best at something.
    He won the running competition over the weekend.
  • cool [kuːl] adj.
    If the weather is cool, it is a little bit cold.
    The weather is cool in the fall.
  • gain [ɡeɪn] v.
    If you gain something, you get more of it.
    I gained some weight over the summer.
  • importance [ɪmˈpɔːt(ə)ns] n.
    Importance means the quality or condition of being needed or valued.
    VIPs are people of great importance.
  • knowledge [ˈnɒlɪdʒ] n.
    Knowledge is information that you have about something.
    A music teacher should have good knowledge of music.
  • major [ˈmeɪdʒə] adj.
    If something is major, it is big or important.
    I have a major problem. My boss wants me to redo my project!
  • mean [miːn] adj.
    Mean describes someone who is unkind or cruel.
    My co-worker is a very mean person. He gets angry very quickly.
  • prefer [prɪˈfəː] v.
    If you prefer something, you want it more than something else.
    I prefer to take the path that will lead me to a bright future.
  • president [ˈprɛzɪd(ə)nt] n.
    A president is the leader of a country.
    The president of our country made an important announcement.

  • progress [prəˈɡrɛs] n.
    Progress is the act of getting closer to doing or finishing something.
    Our company made financial progress this year.

  • respect [rɪˈspɛkt] n.
    Respect is a good opinion of someone because they are good.
    I have great respect for firemen.
  • rich [rɪtʃ] adj.
    Ifyou are rich, you have a lot of money.
    He’s rich. He can buy anything he wants.
  • skill [skɪl] n.
    A skill is the knowledge and ability that allows you to do something well.
    A snowboarder must have the right skills to do well.
  • somehow [ˈsʌmhaʊ] adv.
    Somehow means in a way or by some means which is not known.
    He somehow had to find a way to reach the life preserver.
  • strength [strɛŋkθ] n.
    Strength is the physical power that you have.
    Exercising will increase your strength and give you more power.
  • vote [vəʊt] v.
    To vote is to officially choose between two or more things.
    I voted for Billy to be our class president.

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