4000 Essential English Words 1 Unit 4: The Dog’s Bell
- appropriate [əˈprəʊprɪeɪt] adj.
When a thing is appropriate, it is right or normal.
→ It’s appropriate to wear a suit when you go to the office.
- avoid [əˈvɔɪd] v.
To avoid something is to stay away from it.
→ Avoid the broken bottle on the floor.
- behave [bɪˈheɪv] v.
To behave is to act in a particular way, especially to be good.
→ She always behaves well when her father is around.
- calm [kɑːm] adj.
When someone is calm, they do not get excited or upset.
→ A nice warm bath makes me feel so calm.
- concern [kənˈsəːn] n.
Concern is a feeling of worry.
→ I was filled with concern after reading the newspaper.
- content [kənˈtɛnt] adj.
To be content is to be happy and not want more.
→ The baby looked very content sitting on the floor.
- expect [ɪkˈspɛkt] v.
If you expect something to happen, you believe it will happen.
→ I expect the bus to be here very soon.
- frequently [ˈfriːkwəntli] adv.
When something happens frequently, it happens often.
→ We meet frequently, either at the beginning or ending of the week.
- habit [ˈhabɪt] n.
A habit is a thing that you do often.
→ Smoking is a bad habit that can kill you.
- instruct [ɪnˈstrʌkt] v.
To instruct is to teach.
→ My teacher instructs us in several subjects.
- issue [ˈɪʃuː] n.
An issue is an important topic.
→ The men spoke about issues that were important to the people.
- none [nəʊn] pron.
None means not any of someone or something.
→ He spent all his money. There is none left.
- patient [ˈpeɪʃ(ə)nt] adj.
If a person is patient, they don’t become angry or upset easily.
→ I had to be patient and wait until 5 o’clock to leave.
- positive [ˈpɒzɪtɪv] adj.
If something is positive, it is good.
→ She has a positive future ahead of her after finishing college.
- punish [ˈpʌnɪʃ] v.
To punish means to make someone suffer for breaking the rules or laws.
→ To punish me, my teacher had me stand in the corner.
- represent [rɛprɪˈzɛnt] v.
To represent is to speak or act for a person or group.
→ My lawyer will represent me in court.
- shake [ʃeɪk] v.
To shake is to move back and forth or up and down quickly.
→ When people shake hands, it usually means they agree.
- spread [sprɛd] v.
To spread is to move quickly to more places.
→ I like to spread butter on my toast.
- stroll [strəʊl] v.
To stroll means to walk slowly and calmly.
→ My dog and I strolled through the park today.
- village [ˈvɪlɪdʒ] n.
A village is a very small town.
→ There are only a few houses in my village.