4000 Essential English Words 5 Unit 12: Brothers
- 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.
A 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.
A 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.
A 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.