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4000 Essential English Words 4 Unit 22: The Scribe’s Warning

4000 Essential English Words 4 Unit 22: The Scribe’s Warning

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  • charity [ˈtʃӕrəti] n. 

Charity is an act of giving help, usually money, to those who need it.

 Thanks to his friends’ charity, he had enough money to pay the rent.

  • commerce [ˈkɒmərs] n. 

Commerce is the activity of buying and selling things.

 The new shopping mall increased the commerce in that section of town.

  • condemn [kənˈdem] v. 

To condemn someone means to give them a specific punishment.

 The judge condemned the criminal to five years in prison.

  • cozy [ˈkouzi] adj. 

If something is cozy, then it is comfortable, warm, and relaxing.

 The thick blanket made the bed very cozy.

  • deplete [diˈpliːt] v. 

To deplete an amount of something means to use up all of it.

 All the driving he was doing was depleting his car’s fuel supply.

  • economy [iˈkɒnəmi] n. 

An economy is the money and businesses of a country or region.

 The factory was good for the economy because it brought jobs to the area.

  • empire [ˈempaɪər] n. 

An empire is a large group of countries ruled by an emperor or empress.

 The emperor built roads to make travel easier throughout the empire.

  • goods [gudz] n. 

Goods are anything that can be bought or sold.

 Shoes, hats, dresses and purses were the goods she wanted to buy.

  • heed [hiːd] v. 

To heed something means to obey or follow it.

 You should heed the advice on the sign and not drive so fast.

  • hitchhike [ˈhitʃhaik] v. 

To hitchhike means to travel by asking for rides from passing vehicles.

 She didn’t have a car, so she hitchhiked several miles to her brother’s home.

  • mock [mɒk] v. 

To mock someone means to tease them in a cruel way.

 The girls mocked Nancy because she was a new student.

  • neutral [ˈnjuːtrəl] adj. 

If someone is neutral, then they do not help either of the two fighting sides.

 The girl’s friend remained neutral while the couple was arguing.

  • persecute [ˈpəːrsikjuːt] v. 

To persecute means to treat someone badly.

 Dan felt persecuted because he was smaller than the other boys at school.

  • pity [ˈpiti] n. 

Pity is the feeling of sadness and kindness for those who are suffering.

 Because she had pity for the lost boy, she helped him find his parents.

  • reduce [riˈdjuːs] v. 

To reduce something means to make it less in size or number.

 When the store reduced its prices, people wanted to shop there.

  • scribe [skraib] n. 

scribe was a person whose job was to copy written works.

 In Ancient Egypt, scribes recorded important events.

  • temper [ˈtempə:r] n. 

temper is someone’s mood or a chance that they might get angry.

 She has a temper. Even the slightest mistakes make her angry.

  • throne [θroun] n. 

throne is the special chair in which a ruler sits.

 Nobody except the king and queen sat in the thrones in the great hall.

  • unity [ˈjuːnəti] n. 

Unity is the state of people working together for a certain purpose.

 The project was finished early, thanks to the unity of the workers.

  • victor [ˈviktər] n. 

victor is a group or person that wins in a contest.

 At the end of the game, the blue team was the victor.

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