4000 Essential English Words 1 Unit 8: How the Sun and the Moon Were Made
- accept [əkˈsɛpt] v.
To accept something that is offered is to take it.
→ I accepted the girl’s very nice gift.
- arrange [əˈreɪn(d)ʒ] v.
To arrange things is to put them in the right place.
→ Please arrange the bowling pins in order so we can play.
- attend [əˈtɛnd] v.
To attend something is to go to it.
→ My sister and I attend the same school.
- balance [ˈbal(ə)ns] v.
To balance something is to keep it from falling.
→ We saw an elephant balance itself on a ball.
- contrast [kənˈtrɑːst] n
A contrast is the sharp difference between two things.
→ The contrast between my parents is very noticeable.
- encourage [ɪnˈkʌrɪdʒ] v.
To encourage someone is to make them want to do something.
→ My football coach will encourage us when we are losing.
- familiar [fəˈmɪlɪə] adj.
If someone or something is familiar to you, you know them well.
→ The two friends were very familiar with each other.
- grab [ɡrab] v.
To grab is to take a hold of someone or something suddenly.
→ I grabbed a pear from the tree.
- hang [haŋ] v.
To hang something is to keep it above the ground.
→ I drew a picture of my family, and my mother hung it on the wall.
- huge [hjuːdʒ] adj.
If something is huge, it is very big.
→ At work, my father drives a huge truck.
- necessary [ˈnɛsəs(ə)ri] adj.
If something is necessary, you must do it.
→ It is necessary to have a passport when you travel to a foreign country.
- pattern [ˈpat(ə)n] n.
A pattern is a way in which something is done or organized.
→ My pattern of brushing my teeth is the same as most people’s.
- propose [prəˈpəʊz] v.
To propose something is to say that it should be done.
→ Santa Claus proposed that I try to be a good boy all year.
- purpose [ˈpəːpəs] n.
A purpose is the reason that you do something.
→ The purpose of exercising is to get into shape.
- release [rɪˈliːs] v.
To release something is to stop holding it.
→ She released the bird from her hands.
- require [rɪˈkwʌɪə] v.
To require something is to say that it is necessary.
→ We require teachers to have a university degree.
- single [ˈsɪŋɡ(ə)l] adj.
If something is single, then there is only one.
→ I have a single key in my hand.
- success [səkˈsɛs] n.
Success is doing something well that you choose to do.
→ My daughter was a big success at school.
- tear [tɪə] v.
To tear something means to pull it apart.
→ It is easy to tear paper.
- theory [ˈθɪəri] n.
A theory is an idea about how something works.
→ We talked about Einstein’s theory of relativity in class.