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4000 Essential English Words 6 Unit 15: Epidemic in Zimbabwe

4000 Essential English Words 6 Unit 15: Epidemic in Zimbabwe

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  • adhere [ədˈhiər] v. 

To adhere means to act in the way that a rule or agreement says is right.

 If the new employees wish to succeed, they must adhere to the boss’s rules.

  • administer [ədˈministər] v. 

To administer means to take responsibility for organizing something.

 The teacher’s assistant will administer the test.

  • compassionate [kəmˈpæʃənit] adj. 

When people are compassionate, they feel pity and sympathy for others.

 The compassionate nurse tried to make the sick man feel comfortable.

  • contaminate [kənˈtæməneit] v. 

To contaminate something means to put dirty or harmful chemicals into it.

 The lake was contaminated when pollutants entered into the water.

  • deficiency [diˈfiʃənsi] n. 

deficiency is a lack of something, especially something that is needed.

 Your snack has a deficiency of any real nutrients.

  • epidemic [ˌepəˈdemik] n. 

An epidemic is an outbreak of a disease that spreads quickly.

 It was difficult to stop the flu epidemic.

  • hazard [ˈhæzərd] n. 

hazard is something that could be dangerous to a person’s health or safety.

 Smoking cigarettes poses many health hazards.

  • imperative [imˈperətiv] adj. 

When something is imperative, it is extremely important and must be done.

 It was imperative for him to find a job.

  • intestines [inˈtestinz] n. 

Intestines are tubes through which food passes after it leaves the stomach.

 Whatever you eat goes into your intestines.

  • manifest [ˈmӕnəfest] v. 

To manifest means to make something visible or obvious.

 The holiday season manifested joy in the children.

  • metabolic [ˌmetəˈbɒlik] adj. 

When something is metabolic, it relates to a person’s or animal’s metabolism.

 People who have a low metabolic rate will gain weight.

  • overcrowded [ˌouvərˈkraudid] adj. 

When a place is overcrowded, it has too many people or things in it.

 The lobby was overcrowded with people.

  • paramount [ˈpærəmaunt] adj. 

When something is paramount, it is more important than anything else.

 The safety of passengers must be paramount when designing a car.

  • practitioner [prækˈtiʃənər] n. 

practitioner is a doctor.

 She made an appointment with the practitioner to treat her cough.

  • provision [prəˈviʒən] n. 

The provision of something is the act of giving it to people in need or want.

 That department is responsible for the provision of emergency supplies.

  • replenish [riˈpleniʃ] v. 

To replenish something means to make it full or complete again.

 We planted nearly one hundred seeds to replenish the garden after the fire.

  • sterile [ˈsteril] adj. 

When something is sterile, it is completely clean and free from germs.

 The hospital room looked quite sterile.

  • upgrade [ˈʌpgreid] v. 

To upgrade something means to improve it or make it more efficient.

 He upgraded to a real fancy car.

  • viable [ˈvaiəbəl] adj. 

When something is viable, it is capable of doing what it is intended to do.

 Her method of solving the math problem seemed viable.

  • voluntary [ˈvɒləntəri] adj. 

When something is voluntary, it is done by choice but is not required.

 Many people attended the voluntary boat safety class.

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