4000 Essential English Words 5 Unit 24: The Resourceful Landlord
- bankrupt [ˈbæŋkrʌpt] adj.
If someone is bankrupt, then they are unable to pay their debts.
→ The store had few customers and soon went bankrupt.
- conform [kənˈfɔːrm] v.
To conform to rules or laws is to obey them.
→ The new student had to conform to the school’s dress code.
- employ [imˈplɔi] v.
To employ someone means to give work to them.
→ The bookstore employed two full-time clerks.
- expel [iksˈpel] v.
To expel someone means to force them to leave a place.
→ Since he would not follow the rules, the principal had to expel the student.
- extension [iksˈtenʃən] n.
An extension is a part added to something to give it more time or space.
→ My parents decided to add an extension to our house for the new baby.
- forthcoming [fɔːrθˈkʌmiŋ] adj.
If something is forthcoming, then it is about to happen in the future.
→ Some economists predicted that the forthcoming world economy would be severe.
- furnish [ˈfəːrniʃ] v.
To furnish means to put furniture in a house or room.
→ Most homes are furnished with tables, chairs, and beds.
- hygiene [ˈhaidʒiːn] n.
Hygiene is the conditions or methods needed for health and cleanliness.
→ People who brush their teeth at least twice a day are practicing good hygiene.
- hygienic [haiˈdʒinik] adj.
If something is hygienic, then it is clean and unlikely to cause disease.
→ My sister works very hard to keep her entire home as hygienic as possible.
- landlord [ˈlændlɔːrd] n.
A landlord is a man who rents property to a person.
→ The landlord collected everyone’s rent money on the first day of every month.
- lease [liːs] v.
To lease means to rent property, usually an apartment or land.
→ When the family first leased the apartment, the rent was very low.
- mandatory [ˈmændətɔ:ri] adj.
If something is mandatory, then it is required by law.
→ It’s mandatory that everyone be at least sixteen to drive a car in the US.
- mend [mend] v.
To mend something means to fix it when it is broken or damaged.
→ Mother mended the rip in my pants with a piece of cloth.
- mortgage [ˈmɔːrgidʒ] n.
A mortgage is a loan for property, especially homes and businesses.
→ When they bought their new home, the married couple had to sign a mortgage.
- personnel [ˌpəːrsəˈnel] n.
Personnel are employees in a business.
→ When business increased, we had to hire more personnel.
- plumbing [ˈplʌmiŋ] n.
Plumbing is the system of pipes used in a home to supply water.
→ When the plumbing stopped working, no one was allowed to use the toilets.
- tenant [ˈtenənt] n.
A tenant is a person who rents property from a landlord.
→ The new tenants moved into the house across the street.
- trendy [ˈtrendi] adj.
If something is trendy, then it is very popular and new.
→ Carlo bought a trendy new car.
- utility [juːˈtiləti] n.
A utility is a business that supplies services such as water or electricity.
→ If you don’t pay the utilities, you may have your electricity turned off.
- whereby [hwɛə:rˈbai] conj.
Whereby means by which or through which.
→ The mayor had a new bridge built whereby the citizens could cross the river.