4000 Essential English Words 3 Unit 30: The Kitten and the Caterpillar
- appliance [əˈplaɪəns] n.
An appliance is a piece of equipment used for jobs in the home.
→ Many homes have appliances like ovens, toasters and refrigerators.
- basin [ˈbeɪsən] n.
A basin is large bowl for washing things. A sink is sometimes called a basin.
→ She filled the basin with water and washed her face.
- broom [bruːm] n.
A broom is a brush with a long handle used for cleaning floors.
→ My father usually uses a broom to sweep away dust in the basement.
- caterpillar [ˈkætərpɪlər] n.
A caterpillar is a small insect that looks like a worm and eats plants.
→ After eating a lot of leaves, caterpillars change into butterflies.
- cupboard [ˈkʌbərd] n.
A cupboard is a piece of furniture that is used to store food or household items.
→ We put all of our dishes and food in the cupboards.
- delicate [ˈdeləkɪt] adj.
If something or someone is delicate, they are easy to break or harm.
→ You should hold the baby carefully because she’s very delicate.
- emerge [ɪˈməːrdʒ] v.
To emerge from something means to come out of it.
→ The hand suddenly emerged from the grave.
- handicap [ˈhændɪkæp] n.
A handicap is a condition that limits someone’s mental or physical abilities.
→ Joe has a slight handicap, so he uses a walker to get around.
- hook [huk] n.
A hook is a sharp curved piece of metal used for catching or holding things.
→ The fish went after the sharp hook.
- hop [hɔp] v.
To hop means to jump a short distance.
→ The kangaroo quickly hopped away from danger.
- laundry [ˈlɔːndrɪ] n.
Laundry is clothes that have been or need to be washed.
→ He folded the clean laundry and put the dirty laundry in a basket.
- pursue [pərjuː] v.
To pursue someone or something is to chase or follow them.
→ The mother pursued her young child down the hill.
- reluctant [rɪˈlʌktənt] adj.
If someone is reluctant, they do not want to do something.
→ She was reluctant to eat the meager breakfast.
- sleeve [sliːv] n.
Sleeves are the part of a shirt where your arms go.
→ Ryan bought a new shirt with long sleeves to keep his arms warm.
- spine [spaɪn] n.
The spine is the bone that runs up and down the middle of the back.
→ Our spine helps us to stand up nice and straight.
- stain [steɪn] n.
A stain is a dirty mark that is difficult to clean.
→ He had a red stain on the collar of his shirt.
- strip [strɪp] n.
A strip is a long, narrow piece of material or land.
→ He had long strips of film that held images of his trip abroad.
- swear [swɛər] v.
To swear means to promise to do something.
→ I will put my hand on the Bible and swear to do my best for the country.
- swing [swɪŋ] v.
To swing something means to move it back and forth or from side to side.
→ He can swing a golf club very powerfully.
- utilize [ˈjuːtəlaiz] v.
To utilize something means to use it for a specific purpose.
→ They utilized a pair of scissors to cut the ribbon.