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4000 Essential English Words 3 Unit 8: The Anniversary Gift

4000 Essential English Words 3 Unit 8: The Anniversary Gift

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  • anniversary [ˌænəˈvəːrsərɪ] n. 

An anniversary is a day that celebrates something from the past.

 My parents went out to eat for their wedding anniversary.

  • arithmetic [əˈrɪθmətɪk] n. 

Arithmetic is math.

 I like to study arithmetic at school.

  • ashamed [əˈʃeɪmd] adj. 

To be ashamed is to feel upset because you did something wrong or bad.

 He was ashamed when he found out that I knew about his past.

  • burst [bəːrst] v. 

To burst is to suddenly break open or apart.

 The bomb burst over the city.

  • carpenter [ˈkɑːrpəntər] n. 

carpenter is a person who builds things with wood.

 We hired a carpenter to make a cupboard.

  • coal [koul] n. 

Coal is a hard black rock that you burn for heat.

 Many power stations burn coal to produce energy.

  • couch [kaʊtʃ] n. 

couch is a long, soft seat that many people can sit on.

 Kim and M artin’s new couch was very expensive.

  • drip [drɪp] v. 

When a liquid drips, just a little bit falls at a time.

 I heard water dripping from the faucet.

  • elegant [ˈelɪgənt] adj. 

If something is elegant, it is very fancy and pleasing.

 In Japan, women wear elegant kimonos on special occasions.

  • fabric [ˈfæbrɪk] n. 

Fabric is cloth used to make clothes, furniture, etc.

 The towels were made from a soft fabric.

  • highlands [ˈhaɪlənd] n. 

The highlands are high areas of land, usually with mountains.

 The man had a small home in the highlands.

  • ivory [ˈaɪvərɪ] n. 

Ivory is a white, hard substance that comes from elephants.

 The elephant’s long ivory tusks looked very impressive.

  • mill [mil] n. 

mill is a building where flour is made.

 The farmer took his wheat to the mill to make it into flour.

  • needle [ˈniːdl] n. 

needle is a small, sharp piece of metal that you use to make or fix clothes.

 I used a needle to fix the hole in my pants.

  • polish [ˈpɒlɪʃ] v. 

To polish something is to rub it in order to make it shiny.

 Mark spent all morning polishing his shoes for the wedding.

  • sew [sou] v. 

To sew means to put pieces of cloth together using string.

 I learned to sew when I was a little girl.

  • shed [ʃed] n. 

shed is a small building where you store things like tools.

 We have a small shed in the backyard for storage.

  • thread [θred] n. 

thread is a thin piece of string.

 I have many different colors of thread at home.

  • trim [trim] v. 

To trim something is to cut it a little bit.

 I had my hair trimmed this afternoon.

  • upwards [ˈʌpwərdz] adv. 

If something goes upwards, it moves vertically higher.

 The kite went upwards further and further.

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