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4000 Essential English Words 4 Unit 9: Growing to be Great

4000 Essential English Words 4 Unit 9: Growing to be Great

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  • alongside [əˈlɒŋˈsaɪd] adv. 

If something is alongside another thing, then it is next to it.

 We work alongside each other in the office.

  • appetite [ˈæpitait] n. 

Your appetite is your hunger for food.

 Tom has a big appetite. He eats all the time.

  • assist [əˈsist] v. 

To assist someone is to help them.

 Andrew assisted me with my homework.

  • breeze [briːz] n. 

breeze is a soft wind.

 The breeze caused the leaves to fall off the tree.

  • defy [diˈfai] v. 

To defy someone is to work against them or refuse to do what they say.

 The students got into trouble for defying their teacher’s rules.

  • display [disˈplei] v. 

To display something is to show it, especially by putting it in a certain place.

 The museum displayed many wonderful paintings.

  • efficient [iˈfiʃənt] adj. 

If something or someone is efficient, they do not waste energy.

 My car is very efficient. I rarely have to buy gas.

  • feeble [ˈfiːbəl] adj. 

If someone is feeble, they are small or weak.

 The boy was too feeble to carry the object very far.

  • forgive [fə:rgɪv] v. 

To forgive someone is to stop being angry with them.

 Sandra forgave Peter after he said he was sorry.

  • lively [ˈlaivli] adj. 

If someone is lively, they have a lot of energy.

 Jennifer is very lively: she’s always running and playing.

  • majestic [məˈdʒestik] adj. 

If something is majestic, it is large and beautiful.

 The rich people lived in a big, majestic house.

  • nor [nɔːr] conj 

You use nor to connect two negative ideas.

 I eat neither apples nor oranges. I don’t like either one.

  • outraged [ˈautreɪdʒ] adj. 

If someone is outraged, they are very angry.

 My father was outraged when he saw that I had crashed his car.

  • pessimistic [ˌpesəˈmistik] adj. 

If someone is pessimistic, they believe that the worst will happen.

 John is pessimistic. He always thinks something bad will happen.

  • rumor [ˈruːmər] n. 

rumor is something people talk about even though it may not be true.

 Kevin was spreading rumors about Marcia to everyone.

  • slap [slæp] v. 

To slap someone means to hit them with the palm of the hand.

 Out of anger, Helen slapped Eunice on the face.

  • smash [smæʃ] v. 

To smash something is to break it into many small pieces.

 Jacob smashed the window with a rock.

  • subject [ˈsʌbdʒɪkt] n. 

subject is the topic that is being discussed or taught.

 The subject of Marco’s speech was the economy.

  • wage [weɪdʒ] n. 

wage is the money that a person gets for doing a job.

 The wages I receive from my job are really great!

  • whereas [hwɛərˈæz] conj. 

You use whereas to show how two things are different.

 My sister loves horror movies, whereas I prefer comedies.

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