4000 Essential English Words 5 Unit 30: The Demon’s Bridge
- burden [ˈbəːrdn] n.
A burden is a serious or difficult responsibility.
→ Children who do not behave are a burden to their parents.
- compromise [ˈkɒmprəmaiz] v.
To compromise is to agree to something that is not exactly what you want.
→ We both compromised about the game we decided to play.
- craft [kræft] v.
To craft something is to make it using skill.
→ She crafted the bookcase out of solid pine wood and then painted it.
- crook [kruk] n.
A crook is someone who is not honest or who commits crimes.
→ The manager was arrested by the police for being a crook.
- currency [ˈkə:rənsi] n.
Currency is the form of money used in a certain place.
→ Elizabeth had to exchange her dollars for foreign currency.
- enigma [iˈnigmə] n.
An enigma is someone or something that is mysterious or hard to understand.
→ The theft of the paintings is an enigma to the investigators.
- fragile [ˈfrædʒəl] adj.
When people or things are fragile, they are not strong and can be damaged easily.
→ The fragile glassware was carefully packed into boxes.
- hybrid [ˈhaibrid] n.
A hybrid is a mixture of different things or styles.
→ In Greek mythology, a centaur is a hybrid of a man and a horse.
- innocence [ˈinəsns] n.
Innocence is a lack of experience of difficult or complex things in life.
→ Everyone who met her found her innocence to be charming.
- merge [məːrdʒ] v.
To merge two things is to combine them into one whole thing.
→ The storm clouds merged into one large menacing cloud that filled the sky.
- moderate [ˈmɒdəreit] adj.
When something is moderate, it is not too big or too small in size or amount.
→ It takes a moderate amount of patience to be around small children all day.
- overwhelm [ˌouvərhˈwelm] v.
To overwhelm is to exist in such a large amount that someone cannot deal with it.
→ The amount of homework her teacher assigned has overwhelmed her.
- perception [pərˈsepʃən] n.
A perception of a situation is a way of thinking about it or understanding it.
→ Since he couldn’t see, his perception of life was much different than mine.
- reunion [riːˈjuːnjən] n.
A reunion is the meeting of people or things that have been separated.
→ Every summer we have a family reunion at the lake.
- rig [rig] v.
To rig something means to dishonestly arrange it.
→ The bad politician rigged the election so that he would win.
- shiver [ˈʃivə:r] n.
A shiver is a shaking movement the body makes when someone is cold or scared.
→ I got shivers on my way home because it was so cold.
- sociable [ˈsouʃəbəl] adj.
When someone is sociable, they are friendly.
→ Many of my good friends are sociable, but I am shy.
- talkative [ˈtɔːkətiv] adj.
When someone is talkative, they talk a lot.
→ My aunt is very talkative whenever she is on the phone.
- tow [tou] v.
To tow something is to pull it.
→ The truck was towing a trailer behind it.
- tramp [træmp] v.
To tramp is to put your feet down in a loud, heavy way as you walk.
→ The baby tramped across the floor as he was learning to walk.