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4000 Essential English Words 6 Unit 13: The End of Smallpox

4000 Essential English Words 6 Unit 13: The End of Smallpox

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  • certify [ˈsəːrtəfai] v. 

To certify something means to confirm that its results are true.

 The photograph on her passport certified that she was indeed Jolene Sawyer.

  • collaborate [kəˈlæbəreit] v. 

To collaborate means to work together on something.

 When they collaborated, they managed to finish their chores early.

  • compile [kəmˈpail] v. 

To compile things means to collect a variety of them into a group.

 She compiled a list of people who she wanted to attend her birthday party.

  • counteract [kauntəˈrӕkt] v. 

To counteract something means to act against it in order to reduce or stop it.

 Medicine is supposed to counteract illnesses.

  • curb [kəːrb] v. 

To curb something means to prevent it from happening or increasing.

 She curbed her anger by listening to a relaxing song.

  • diagnose [ˈdaiəgnouz] v. 

To diagnose someone means to identify the medical condition they have.

 Several of the children were diagnosed with the flu.

  • enact [iˈnækt] v. 

To enact something means to make it into a law.

 The council enacted a law that would only allow buses to drive downtown.

  • federation [ˌfedəˈreiʃən] n. 

federation is a group of states or businesses working for a common cause.

 The United Nations is a federation designed to prevent war, disease, and famine.

  • gross [grous] adj. 

If something is gross, then it is disgusting.

 The food was so gross that the dog couldn’t eat it without feeling sick.

  • humane [hjuːˈmein] adj. 

If something is humane, then it is good and kind.

 Helping build homes for poor people is very humane.

  • intolerable [inˈtɒlərəbəl] adj. 

If something is intolerable, then it is so bad that people cannot bear it.

 The weather was so intolerable that I had to put on my warmest clothes.

  • needy [ˈniːdi] adj. 

If someone is needy, they are very poor.

 After he lost his job, he became very needy.

  • onset [ˈɒnset] n. 

The onset of something unpleasant is the beginning of it.

 At the onset of the battle, the enemy wasn’t prepared for such a large attack.

  • pledge [pledʒ] v. 

To pledge means to make a promise to do something.

 Her mother pledged that she would find her daughter’s lost kitten.

  • prohibit [prouhibit] v. 

To prohibit something means to not allow it.

 She prohibited the students from speaking until their work was done.

  • rash [ræʃ] n. 

rash is an infected area of the skin with redness, bumps, itching, or dryness.

 The new perfume left a horrible rash on my skin.

  • render [ˈrendər] v. 

To render something means to make it become something else.

 His report was rendered unimportant by the release of new information.

  • smallpox [ˈsmɔːlpɒks] n. 

Smallpox is a disease that causes tiny bumps on the skin and high fevers.

 When she saw the tiny bumps, she thought her son might have smallpox.

  • transmit [trænsˈmit] v. 

To transmit something means to pass it from one person or place to another.

 The radio tower transmits a signal to all the radios in a 20-kilometer radius.

  • vow [vau] v. 

To vow means to make a promise to do something.

 Before they are allowed to work, all senators must vow to never accept bribes.

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