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4000 Essential English Words 5 Unit 12: Brothers

4000 Essential English Words 5 Unit 12: Brothers

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  • anthropology [ˌænθrəˈpɒlədʒi] n. 

Anthropology is the study of people, society, and culture.

 In anthropology class, I learned about simple tools that ancient cultures used.

  • applaud [əˈplɔːd] v. 

To applaud means to clap in order to show approval.

 Everyone cheered and applauded Manny’s efforts.

  • appoint [əˈpɔint] v. 

To appoint someone to a job means to give the job to them.

 Two students were appointed to help the scientists with their research.

  • compatible [kəmˈpætəbəl] adj. 

When things are compatible, they work well or exist together successfully.

 Jan and Fred are too different. They will never be compatible.

  • competence [ˈkɒmpətəns] n. 

Competence is the ability to do something well or effectively.

 The job was easy because the group had enough competence to do it well.

  • confer [kənˈfəːr] v. 

To confer with someone means to discuss something with them to make a decision.

 I will have to confer with my wife before I can purchase a new car.

  • consecutive [kənˈsekjətiv] adj. 

When things are consecutive, they happen one after another without interruption.

 The king ruled for ten consecutive years.

  • crude [kruːd] adj. 

When something is crude, it is not exact or detailed, but it can still be useful.

 She drew crude hearts on the ground to show how much she loved him.

  • cube [kjuːb] n. 

cube is a solid object with six square surfaces that are all the same size.

 Please get me some ice cubes to put in my soda.

  • feedback [ˈfiːdbæk] n. 

Feedback is comments to a person about how they are doing something.

 I asked my boss for feedback on my work.

  • ignorance [ˈignərəns] n. 

Ignorance of something is lack of knowledge about it.

 When he failed the test, his ignorance of math was obvious.

  • masculine [ˈmæskjəlin] adj. 

When something is masculine, it is a quality or thing related to men.

 American football is usually considered a masculine sport.

  • monument [ˈmɒnjəmənt] n. 

monument is a structure that is built to remind people of a person or event.

 A large monument was built to honor the brave soldiers.

  • muscular [ˈmʌskjələ:r] adj. 

When someone is muscular, they are very fit and strong.

 He exercised regularly so that his body could become muscular.

  • posture [ˈpɒstʃər] n. 

A person’s posture is the position in which they stand or sit.

 Your back will feel better if you improve your posture.

  • situate [ˈsitjueit] v. 

To situate something means to place or build it in a certain place.

 The road was situated between the forest and the lake.

  • supervise [ˈsuːpərvaiz] v. 

To supervise something means to make sure that it is done correctly.

 Allen supervised the construction workers to ensure everyone’s safety.

  • symmetry [ˈsimətri] n. 

Symmetry is the state of having two halves that are exactly the same.

 The artist made sure to use perfect symmetry when painting the butterfly.

  • tattoo [tæˈtuː] n. 

tattoo is a design that is drawn permanently on the skin with needles.

 The surfer had tattoos on both his arms.

  • undergraduate [ˈʌndərˈgrædjuit] n. 

An undergraduate is a student at a college who is studying fora bachelor’s degree.

 She was excited to finish high school and enroll as an undergraduate in the fall.

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