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4000 Essential English Words 2 Unit 9: The Tale of Bartelby O’Boyle

4000 Essential English Words 2 Unit 9: The Tale of Bartelby O’Boyle

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  • admire [ədˈmaɪə:r] v.
    To admire someone is to like them for what they do.
    I admire my brother for his hard work.
  • aid [eɪd] v.
    To aid someone is to help them when they need something.
    The doctor aided the boy after his accident.
  • attempt [əˈtempt] v.
    To attempt something is to try to do that thing.
    I am attempting to learn English.
  • authority [əˈθɒːrətɪ] n.
    Authority is the power that someone has because of their position.
    The policeman has authority on the streets.
  • capital [ˈkæpɪtl] n.
    A capital is an important city where a country’s leaders live and work.
    We will visit the capital to learn about our government.
  • cooperate [koʊˈɒpəreɪt] v.
    To cooperate is to work together to do something.
    The students cooperated to clean up the classroom.
  • defend [dɪˈfend] v.
    To defend someone or something is to protect them from attack.
    The soldiers defended the town from the invaders.
  • destruction [dɪsˈtrʌkʃən] n.
    Destruction is damage to something so bad that it can’t be fixed.
    After the big fire, there was much destruction in the city.
  • disorder [dɪsˈɔːrdər] n.
    Disorder is a lack of order, or a complete mess.
    The teacher’s desk had many papers in disorder.
  • division [dɪˈvɪʒən] n.
    A division is the act of making smaller groups out of a larger one.
    The chart had six divisions which all had different colors.
  • enable [ɪˈneɪbl] v.
    To enable a person is to make it possible for them to do something.
    Having the key enabled us to open the door.
  • frustrate [frʌsˈtreɪt] v.
    To frustrate is to prevent someone from fulfilling their desire.
    The machine frustrated me because I could not fix it.
  • govern [ˈgʌvən] v.
    To govern is to control the public business of a country, state, or city.
    The United States is governed from the White House.
  • plenty [ˈplentɪ] n.
    To have plenty of something is to have more than you need.
    The school had plenty of books for the students to read.
  • relieve [rɪˈliːv] v.
    To relieve someone is to make them feel less pain.
    The medicine relieved the sick boy.
  • reputation [ˌrepjəˈteɪʃən] n.
    Reputation is the opinion that people have about someone.
    The doctor had a reputation for helping people.
  • royal [ˈrɔɪəl] adj.
    Royal describes something that belongs to a king or queen.
    The king sat upon the royal
  • slave [sleɪv] n.
    A slave is a person who is not free and must work for someone else.
    The slave worked very hard all day long.
  • struggle [ˈstrʌgəl] v.
    To struggle is to fight against someone or something.
    The kids struggled with each other for the toy.
  • stupid [ˈstjuːpɪd] adj.
    When someone is stupid, they lack intelligence.
    He said something stupid that made everyone angry at him.

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