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4000 Essential English Words 4 Unit 1: The History of Chocolate

4000 Essential English Words 4 Unit 1: The History of Chocolate

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  • aroma [əˈroumə] n. 

An aroma is a scent or smell.

 I love the aroma of coffee in the morning.

  • beverage [ˈbevərɪdʒ] n. 

beverage is a drink.

 The waiter brought our beverages first. Then he brought our food.

  • cluster [ˈklʌstər] n. 

cluster of things is a small group of them placed close together.

 She held a large cluster of grapes in her hand.

  • combine [kəmˈbaɪn] v. 

To combine is to join together to make a single thing or group.

 Mina combined peanut butter and jelly to make a sandwich.

  • condensed [kənˈdenst] adj. 

When a liquid is condensed, it is made thicker.

 One way to make a dessert thick and sweet is to use condensed milk.

  • contemporary [kənˈtempərərɪ] adj. 

When something is contemporary, it is related to the present time.

 Contemporary scientists have learned quite a bit about DNA.

  • cultivate [ˈkʌltəveɪt] v. 

To cultivate plants is to care for them and help them grow.

 A research company is cultivating new kinds of rice to aid poor countries.

  • divine [dɪˈvaɪn] adj. 

When something is divine, it is related to gods.

 Legends say that music was given to men as a divine gift from the gods.

  • humid [ˈhjuːmɪd] adj. 

When it is humid, there is a lot of water in the air.

 It is very humid inside of a sauna.

  • odor [ˈoudər] n. 

An odor is a very distinct smell.

 He knew there was a leak when he noticed the strong odor of natural gas.

  • palate [ˈpælɪt] n. 

The palate is the top part of the mouth.

 You can touch your palate with your tongue.

  • paradise [ˈpærədaɪs] n. 

Paradise is the place or condition of happiness where things are perfect.

 My vacation in Hawaii was like being in paradise.

  • plantation [plænˈteɪʃən] n. 

plantation is a big farm that only grows certain kinds of crops.

 In the 1800s, there were many cotton plantations in the southern US.

  • rapid [ˈræpɪd] adj. 

When something is rapid, it moves or changes very quickly.

 His mother was surprised by her son’s rapid growth.

  • rate [reɪt] n. 

rate is the speed at which something happens.

 Grass tends to grow at a very slow rate.

  • soothing [ˈsuːðɪŋ] adj. 

When something is soothing, it makes you calm or relaxed.

 The soothing music helped the baby fall asleep.

  • subtle [ˈsʌtl] adj. 

When something is subtle, it is not easy to see or notice.

 The handsome man has a subtle smile.

  • texture [ˈtekstʃə:r] n. 

The texture of something is the way its surface looks and feels.

 The texture of a rock found in the water is typically very smooth.

  • toxic [ˈtɒksɪk] adj. 

When something is toxic, it is poisonous. Toxic things are very dangerous.

 Please check the label to see if the product is toxic.

  • vary [ˈvɛərɪ] v. 

To vary means to be different from another thing in size or amount.

 The heights of the people in my class vary by a large amount.

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