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4000 Essential English Words 5 Unit 19: Jane’s Pride

4000 Essential English Words 5 Unit 19: Jane’s Pride

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  • accordingly [əˈkɔːrdiŋli] adv. 

If someone acts accordingly, they act in a way that is suitable.

 He feels like he did a good job, and his boss should pay him accordingly.

  • anchor [ˈæŋkər] n. 

An anchor is a heavy object dropped from a boat to make it stay in one place.

 When the ship reached its destination, the crew dropped the anchor.

  • buoy [ˈbuːi] n. 

buoy is a floating sign that warns boats of dangerous areas.

 Don’t steer the boat near those buoys. There are rocks underneath the water.

  • catastrophe [kəˈtæstrəfi] n. 

catastrophe is an unexpected event that causes great suffering or damage.

 It was a catastrophe for my family when my dad lost his job.

  • context [ˈkɒntekst] n. 

Context is the situations that form the background of an event.

 They studied the context of the battle before giving their presentation.

  • designate [ˈdezigneit] v. 

To designate someone or something means to give them a particular description.

 The famous lighthouse was designated a historical monument.

  • distort [disˈtɔːrt] v. 

To distort something means to lie about it.

 His lawyer distorted the facts so that he would be set free.

  • dock [dɒk] n. 

dock is an enclosed area where ships go to be loaded, unloaded, and repaired.

 The huge ship pulled into the dock, and the crew unloaded the cargo.

  • fore [fɔːr] n. 

The fore of something is the front part of it.

 The teacher’s desk is at the fore of the classroom.

  • frequent [ˈfriːkwənt] adj. 

If something is frequent, then it happens or is done often.

 While Dad was sick, the doctor made frequent visits to his house.

  • genuine [ˈdʒenjuin] adj. 

When something is genuine, it is true or real.

 After the painting was determined to be genuine, it sold for a million dollars.

  • grease [griːs] n. 

Grease is an oily substance put on moving parts, so they work smoothly.

 When I was done working on the car, I had grease all over my hands.

  • intricate [ˈintrəkit] adj. 

When something is intricate, it has many small parts or details.

 The intricate painting on the quilt was very lovely.

  • offset [ˈɔ:fset] v. 

To offset means to use one thing to cancel out the effect of another thing.

 Increased wages are offset by higher prices for goods.

  • overlap [ˈouvərlæp] v. 

To overlap something means to cover a piece of it.

 The gift on top overlaps the other gift on the bottom.

  • precipitate [priˈsipəteit] v. 

To precipitate an event means to cause it to happen sooner than normal.

 The violent attack precipitated an all-out war.

  • secondhand [ˈsekəndˈhænd] adj. 

When something is secondhand, it has been owned by someone else.

 Her secondhand jeans were a bit faded in the front.

  • slot [slɒt] n. 

slot is a narrow opening in a machine or container.

 To operate the machine, put your coins into the slot.

  • submerge [səbˈməːrdʒ] v. 

To submerge something means to put it below the surface of a liquid.

 The whale submerged its huge body into the ocean.

  • tactic [ˈtæktik] n. 

tactic is a careful plan to achieve something.

 Sam thought of a good tactic in order to attract more business.

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