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4000 Essential English Words 2 Unit 19: Mrs. May and the Green Girl

4000 Essential English Words 2 Unit 19: Mrs. May and the Green Girl

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  • adopt [əˈdɒpt] v.
    To adopt someone is to make them as a part of one’s own family.
    The girl was adopted by the couple when she was three.
  • beg [beg] v.
    To beg is to ask for something one really wants.
    The man begged for some money.
  • beyond [bɪˈjɒnd] prep.
    If A is beyond B, A is farther away.
    John’s house is beyond that lake.
  • costume [ˈkɒstjuːm] n.
    A costume is a set of clothes people wear for a particular occasion.
    The woman wore a mask with her costume.
  • exclaim [ɪksˈkleɪm] v.
    To exclaim is to say something loudly, usually due to being excited.
    “Look at her dress!” Sara exclaimed.
  • extend [ɪksˈtend] v.
    To extend is to stretch out or reach.
    The boy extended his hand to catch the ball.
  • fool [fuːl] n.
    A fool is someone who makes unwise choices.
    The girl was a fool for playing too close to the water.
  • forbid [fəˈbɪd] v.
    To forbid is to tell someone they cannot do something.
    My father forbids watching TV while we’re eating dinner.
  • illustrate [ˈɪləstreɪt] v.
    To illustrate is to show something by drawing a picture.
    The executive illustrated the decreasing profits of the company.
  • indeed [ɪnˈdiːd] adv.
    Indeed means truly or really.
    The birthday party was indeed fun last night.
  • interpret [inˈtəːrprit] v.
    To interpret is to explain what something means.
    The woman interpreted what her co-worker was trying to say.
  • kindly [ˈkaɪndlɪ] adv.
    If people do something kindly, they do it in a nice way.
    The stranger kindly cared for the hurt man.
  • motive [moutiv] n.
    A motive is the reason someone does something.
    His motive for studying so hard is to get into a good college.
  • nest [nest] n.
    A nest is a place where a bird lays its eggs.
    The bird laid her eggs in the nest that she made.
  • origin [ˈɒrədʒɪn] n.
    The origin of someone or something is where they come from.
    The origin of the honey that we eat is from a beehive.
  • reception [rɪˈsepʃən] n.
    A reception is a party to welcome a person or celebrate an event.
    We all danced and had a good time at the wedding reception.
  • reject [rɪˈdʒekt] v.
    To reject is to refuse something because you do not want it.
    The girl rejected the broken cup.
  • silence [ˈsaɪləns] n.
    Silence is complete quiet.
    The man asked for silence while he worked on the problem.
  • stream [striːm] n.
    A stream is a small river.
    The boy caught a fish in the stream.
  • tone [təʊn] n.
    Tone is the sound of someone’s voice. It shows how they feel.
    My father’s tone told me I had broken the rule.

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