4000 Essential English Words 2 Unit 23: The Clever Thief
- alike [əˈlaɪk] adj.
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Unit 23: The Ice House
- allocate [ˈæləkeit] v.
To allocate something means to put it aside for a certain purpose or person.
→ The government allocated $100 million to aid the disaster relief effort.
- appetizing [ˈæpitaiziŋ] adj.
When food is appetizing, it looks and smells very good.
→ The appetizing plate of cookies was gone in half an hour.
- blizzard [ˈblizərd] n.
A blizzard is a severe snow storm with strong winds.
→ We did not dare to go outside during the terrible blizzard.
- cavity [ˈkævəti] n.
A cavity is a hole or space in something.
→ There was a small cavity in the wall of the cave where an animal lived.
- clockwise [ˈklɒkwaiz] adv.
If something moves clockwise, it moves in a circle in the same direction as a clock.
→ Turn the screw clockwise to tighten it.
- concentric [kənˈsentrik] adj.
When circles or rings are concentric, they have the same center.
→ The target was a series of concentric circles.
- courtesy [ˈkɔːrtəsi] n.
Courtesy is the excellence of manners or social conduct.
→ Jenna always behaves with great courtesy when people visit her home.
- crisp [krisp] adj.
When food is crisp, it is hard or has a hard surface in a way that is pleasant.
→ My favorite snack is a bag of crisp, delicious potato chips.
- discord [ˈdiskɔːrd] n.
Discord is disagreement or fighting between people.
→ There was much discord between the experts on the talk show.
- frigid [ˈfridʒid] adj.
When something is frigid, it is extremely cold.
→ We decided not to go on the hike because the weather was too frigid.
- generate [ˈdʒenəreit] v.
To generate something means to cause it to develop or begin.
→ The mayor promised to generate new jobs and programs to help the poor.
- glacial [ˈgleiʃəl] adj.
When something is glacial, it relates to large masses of ice that move slowly.
→ Penguins thrive in the glacial regions of Antarctica.
- interchange [ˌintərˈtʃeindʒ] n.
An interchange of ideas between people is a discussion of each person’s idea.
→ There was an interchange of ideas between the groups.
- locker [ˈlɒkər] n.
A locker is a small cabinet with a lock where people store their possessions.
→ I keep my school books in my locker.
- multicultural [ˌmʌltiˈkʌltʃərəl] adj.
When something is multicultural, it relates to many different cultures.
→ Everyone was welcomed to attend the multicultural celebration.
- omission [ouˈmiʃən] n.
An omission is something that has been left out or not done.
→ Mike was upset because of the omission of his name during the ceremony.
- oversee [ˌouvərˈsiː] v.
To oversee something means to make sure that it is being done properly.
→ His job was to oversee the progress of the construction project.
- pierce [piərs] v.
To pierce something means to make a hole in it using a sharp object.
→ The arrow pierced the target in the very center.
- replicate [ˈrepləˌkeit] v.
To replicate something is to do it in the exact same way as someone before.
→ I would love to replicate my father’s achievements in school.
- wavy [ˈweivi] adj.
When something is wavy, it is not straight but has a series of curves.
→ The child drew wavy lines all over the piece of paper.s or people are alike, they are similar in some way.
→ People often think my sister and I look alike.
- annoy [əˈnɔɪ] v.
To annoy someone means to bother them.
→ The flies buzzing around John’s head annoyed him very much.
- architecture [ˈɑːrkətektʃər] n.
Architecture is the style or way a building is made.
→ The architecture of the church is amazing.
- artificial [ˌɑːrtəˈfɪʃəl] adj.
If something is artificial, it is made to look like something natural.
→ That soccer field has artificial grass, but it looks real.
- chain [tʃeɪn] n.
A chain is a series of connected loops often used to keep things in place.
→ The scary dog was secured with a chain.
- distinct [dɪsˈtɪŋkt] adj.
If something is distinct, it is easily noticed or different from other things.
→ That girl has distinct pink hair.
- distinguish [dɪsˈtɪŋgwɪʃ] v.
To distinguish is to recognize differences between things.
→ The twins look exactly the same. It is hard to distinguish between them.
- dust [dʌst] n.
Dust is very tiny pieces of dirt or other matter.
→ In the old house, the dust was thick on the floor and chairs.
- excitement [ɪkˈsaɪtmənt] n.
Excitement means to feel a lot of happiness about something.
→ Did you see the excitement in her when the team scored?
- heal [hiːl] v.
To heal means to make a part of the body healthy again after injury.
→ After my broken arm heals, I can play baseball again.
- inherit [ɪnˈherɪt] v.
To inherit is to get something from someone who has died.
→ She inherited her mother’s gold earrings.
- manner [ˈmænə:r] n.
A manner is the way someone does something.
→ His manner of not looking at someone while speaking, is a bit rude.
- mount [maʊnt] v.
Something mounts when it becomes stronger over time.
→ His fear mounted as the monster crawled out from under his bed.
- roof [ruːf] n.
A roof is the outside top part of a building.
→ The roof was covered with snow.
- shortage [ˈʃɔːrtɪdʒ] n.
A shortage is a lack of something you need or want.
→ Since there was a shortage of food, people were hungry.
- solid [ˈsɒlɪd] adj.
If something is solid, it is made of firm material.
→ The safe looked to be quite solid.
- stock [stɒk] n.
A stock is a stored amount of something.
→ They keep a stock of rice so they’ll always have something to eat.
- substance [ˈsʌbstəns] n.
A substance is any specific material or mixture of materials.
→ Water is an important substance for all living things.
- tomb [tuːm] n.
A tomb is a grave where a dead person is buried.
→ Their whole family is buried inside the tomb.
- wound [wuːnd] n.
A wound is an injury to the body.
→ He had many wounds after the car accident.