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4000 Essential English Words 5 Unit 5: a Famous Accident

4000 Essential English Words 5 Unit 5: a Famous Accident

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  • assess [əˈses] v. 

To assess something means to judge the structure, purpose, or quality of it.

 She assessed the condition of the toy car before buying it.

  • astonish [əˈstɒniʃ] v. 

To astonish someone means to greatly surprise them.

 The amount of people that came to her party astonished her.

  • commence [kəˈmens] v. 

To commence something means to begin it.

 His speech commenced with a “thankyou” to all who had helped him succeed.

  • essence [ˈesəns] n. 

The essence of something is its important qualities or basic characteristics.

 The essence of the argument was that both sides felt they had lost money.

  • extract [ikˈstrӕkt] v. 

To extract something means to remove it.

 The dentist extracted the woman’s damaged tooth and put in a fake one.

  • fabulous [ˈfæbjələs] adj. 

If something is fabulous, it is extremely good.

 This strawberry is the best I’ve ever had. It’s fabulous.

  • haste [heist] n. 

Haste is speed in movement or action.

 In order to get to the meeting in time, he proceeds with haste.

  • impulse [ˈimpʌls] n. 

An impulse is a sudden thoughtless urge to do something.

 Because of the scary noise, she had an impulse to run somewhere and hide.

  • latter [ˈlætə:r] adj. 

Latter describes something last in a series or the second choice of two things.

 In the latter minutes of the game, the visitors scored the winning goal.

  • molecule [ˈmɒləkjuːl] n. 

molecule is the smallest basic unit that makes up a physical substance.

 A tiny drop of water is made up of thousands of molecules of water.

  • ongoing [ˈɒnˌgouiŋ] adj. 

If something is ongoing, then it is still happening or still growing.

 The development of plants is ongoing because it takes time for them to mature.

  • pharmaceutical [ˌfɑːrməˈsuːtikəl] adj. 

If something is pharmaceutical, then it is related to the development of drugs.

 Pharmaceutical companies discover new cures to illnesses all the time.

  • precise [priˈsais] adj. 

If someone is precise, then they are exact and careful about their work.

 The builder was very precise about where he placed the nails.

  • proximity [prɒkˈsiməti] n. 

Proximity is closeness in time, space, or relationships.

 All the trees in the proximity of the beach had been cut down.

  • publicity [pʌbˈlisəti] n. 

Publicity is public attention given to someone or something by the media.

 She received a lot of publicity after her performance in the film.

  • remedy [ˈremədi] n. 

remedy is a cure for a disease, argument, or problem.

 A good remedy for a headache is an aspirin and a glass of water.

  • significance [sigˈnifikəns] n. 

The significance of something is the quality that makes it important.

 The significance of the snowy weather was that we didn’t have to go to school.

  • subsequent [ˈsʌbsikwənt] adj. 

If something is subsequent, then it comes after something else in time.

 The flood and the subsequent rescue of those caught in the flood were on TV.

  • synthetic [sinˈθetik] adj. 

If something is synthetic, then it is made to be like something natural.

 Clothing made out of synthetic fabrics is very effective at keeping people warm.

  • terminal [ˈtəːrmənəl] adj. 

If something is terminal, then it causes or results in death.

 Since his condition was not terminal, he felt a great sense of relief.

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