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4000 Essential English Words 3 Unit 29: An Interesting Life

4000 Essential English Words 3 Unit 29: An Interesting Life

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  • bomb [bɒm] n. 

bomb is an object that explodes and destroys large areas.

 The bomb will destroy anything that is near.

  • certificate [sərtɪfəkɪt] n. 

certificate is a document that says that something is true or happened.

 I was given a certificate after completing the computer course.

  • circumstance [ˈsəːrkəmstӕns] n. 

circumstance is an event that makes a situation what it is.

 There were many circumstances behind their success like hard work.

  • coffin [ˈkɔ:fɪn] n. 

coffin is a box used to bury dead people.

 When a person passes away, they are usually buried inside of a coffin.

  • cope [koup] v. 

To cope with a difficult or stressful situation means to deal with it.

 He copes with work stress by exercising three or four times a week.

  • criticism [ˈkritisizəm] n. 

Criticism is the act of saying that you don’t like or approve of something.

 She had a lot of criticism about their new plan.

  • devastate [ˈdevəsteɪt] v. 

To devastate something means to completely destroy it.

 The entire wall was devastated.

  • frown [fraun] v. 

To frown is to make an unhappy look with your face.

 Melissa frowned when she found out that the party had been cancelled.

  • gaze [geɪz] v. 

To gaze at something means to look at it for a long time.

 We used a telescope to gaze at the stars for over an hour.

  • glance [glæns] v. 

To glance at something means to look at it quickly.

 She glanced behind her to see if he was looking at her.

  • grief [griːf] n. 

Grief is the feeling of deep sadness, usually when a person dies.

 The grief caused by losing her parents was very difficult for her.

  • groom [gruːm] n. 

groom is a man who is going to be married.

 The groom looked happy as he walked with his new wife.

  • license [ˈlaɪsəns] n. 

license is an official document that gives one permission to do something.

 In the United States you need a driver’s license to drive legally.

  • microscope [ˈmaɪkrəskoup] n. 

microscope is a device that makes small objects look bigger.

 Germs cannot be seen without a microscope.

  • nuclear [ˈnjuːklɪə:r] adj. 

When something is nuclear, it relates to the division or joining of atoms.

 Nuclear power plants provide inexpensive energy to cities.

  • portray [pɔːrtreɪ] v. 

To portray something means to describe it or show it in a picture.

 Her picture portrayed the house she grew up in when she was little.

  • rotate [rouˈteɪt] v. 

To rotate something means to turn it around in a circle.

 An airplane’s propellers rotate quickly to help it fly.

  • souvenir [su:vəniə:r] n. 

souvenir is something you buy to remind you of a place or event.

 I bought a Russian doll as a souvenir from my trip to Moscow.

  • submarine [sʌbməˈriːn] n. 

submarine is a boat that can go underwater for long periods of time.

 The submarine dove under the sea so the enemy couldn’t see it.

  • trace [treɪs] v. 

To trace something means to follow over it with the eyes or a finger.

 He traced over the graph with his finger.

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