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4000 Essential English Words 5 Unit 28: The Lottery

4000 Essential English Words 5 Unit 28: The Lottery

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  • aquarium [əˈkwɛəriəm] n. 

An aquarium is a building where fish and underwater animals are kept.

 We took a trip to the aquarium and saw a scary shark.

  • arbitrary [ˈɑːrbitreri] adj. 

If something is arbitrary, it is not based on any plan or system, so it seems random.

 The classroom had many arbitrary rules that made me confused.

  • autobiography [ˌɔːtəbaiˈɒgrəfi] n. 

An autobiography is a true story of a person’s life written by that person.

 I read an autobiography about my favorite entertainer.

  • convention [kənˈvenʃən] n. 

convention is behavior that is considered to be common or polite.

 In the US, a popular convention is to shake hands when you meet someone.

  • gracious [ˈgreiʃəs] adj. 

If someone is gracious, then they are kind and helpful to those who need it.

 The operator was gracious enough to help me find his number.

  • improve [imˈpruːv] v. 

To improve something means to make it better.

 He studied hard to improve his test scores from the previous year.

  • insulate [ˈinsəleit] v. 

To insulate something means to protect it from heat, cold, or noise.

 People can conserve energy by insulating their houses.

  • intrigue [inˈtriːg] v. 

To intrigue means to cause an interest in something or someone.

 Her mysterious past intrigued her new friend.

  • longevity [lɒnˈdʒevəti] n. 

Longevity is the ability to live for a long time.

 Sea turtles have an amazing longevity.

  • misplace [misˈpleis] v. 

To misplace something means to lose it.

 I misplaced my wallet, and I didn’t find it until a week later.

  • naughty [ˈnɔːti] adj. 

When children are naughty, they behave badly or do not do what they are told.

 The boy had to go to his room because he was being naughty.

  • norm [nɔːrm] n. 

norm is a way of behaving that is considered normal in a particular society.

 Wearing a heavy coat all summer is not considered a norm in the desert.

  • orangutan [ɔ:ˈræŋuˈtæn] n. 

An orangutan is a large ape with red and brown hair and long arms.

 Orangutans use their long arms to swing from trees.

  • overload [ˌouvərˈloud] v. 

To overload something means to put more things into it than it is meant to hold.

 If you overload the truck, it might crash.

  • philanthropy [fiˈlænθrəpi] n. 

Philanthropy is the act of helping others, without wanting anything in return.

 The wealthy business owner is well known for his acts of philanthropy.

  • probe [proub] v. 

To probe into something means to ask questions to discover facts about it.

 The bank probed into his financial history to see if he qualified for a loan.

  • recipient [riˈsipiənt] n. 

recipient of something is the person who receives it.

 I was the recipient of four phone calls today.

  • reptile [ˈreptail] n. 

reptile is a cold-blooded animal that lays eggs and has skin covered with scales.

 Lizards are my favorite type of reptile.

  • thrive [θraiv] v. 

To thrive means to do well and be successful, healthy, or strong.

 He may be an old man, but he continues to thrive.

  • ultimate [ˈʌltəmit] adj. 

When something is ultimate, it is the final result or aim of a long series of events.

 By trying hard in school, I will reach my ultimate goal of becoming a doctor.

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