4000 Essential English Words 2 Unit 20: Albert Einstein
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- accomplish [əˈkʌmplɪʃ] v.
To accomplish something means to finish it.
→ He accomplished his goal of running ten miles.
- approve [əˈpruːv] v.
To approve of something means you like it or are happy about it.
→ Her co-workers approved her new plan.
- approximate [əˈprɒksəmɪt] adj.
Approximate means to be close to an exact amount, number or time.
→ My approximate height is two meters.
- barrier [ˈbærɪər] n.
A barrier is something that is in your way.
→ The Great Wall was a barrier between China and its enemies.
- detect [dɪˈtekt] v.
To detect something means to notice or find something.
→ The boy ran to the kitchen when he detected the smell of cookies.
- duty [ˈdjuːtɪ] n.
A duty is something that a person has to do.
→ It is parents’ duty to take care of their children.
- elementary [ˌəlɪˈmentərɪ] adj.
When something is elementary, it is the first or most simple thing.
→ Children go to elementary school before high school.
- failure [ˈfeɪljər] n.
A failure happens when you do not do something right.
→ My cooking ended in failure because I burned the food.
- gradual [ˈgrædjʊəl] adj.
When something is gradual, it happens slowly.
→ Children learn to read at a gradual They do not learn right away.
- immigrant [ˈɪmɪgrənt] n.
An immigrant is a person who moves to a different country.
→ My parents were immigrants. They came from Poland.
- insert [inˈsəːrt] v.
To insert something means to put it in something else.
→ The mailman inserted the letter into the mailbox.
- instant [ˈɪnstənt] n.
An instant is a very short amount of time.
→ A microwave oven cooks food in an instant.
- poverty [ˈpɒvətɪ] n.
Poverty is the state of being poor.
→ Poverty is a problem in many countries around the world.
- pretend [prɪˈtend] v.
To pretend means to make believe something is real.
→ The boy liked to pretend he was a king.
- rank [ræŋk] n.
A person’s rank is their place in an order of people.
→ The man got to the rank of captain in the navy.
- recognition [ˌrekəgˈnɪʃən] n.
Recognition is getting praise from other people.
→ The hero got recognition for his brave deed.
- refrigerate [rɪˈfrɪdʒəreɪt] v.
To refrigerate something means to make it cold.
→ Grocery stores refrigerate fruit to make it last long.
- rent [rent] n.
Rent is the money people pay to someone to live in a certain place.
→ To live in this house, I have to pay rent at the start of each month.
- retire [rɪˈtaɪər] v.
To retire is to leave a job, usually because of old age.
→ My father is sixty-five years old. He is about to retire from work.
- statistic [stəˈtɪstɪk] n.
A statistic is a number that tells a fact about something.
→ The statistics showed that we did just as well this year as last year