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4000 Essential English Words 6 Unit 16: The Brute and the Billionaire

4000 Essential English Words 6 Unit 16: The Brute and the Billionaire

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  • amid [əˈmid] prep. 

If something is amid something else, then it is in the middle of it.

 The bee was busily flying amid the flowers in the garden.

  • backstage [ˈbækˈsteidʒ] adv. 

If something happens backstage, it occurs behind a theater’s stage.

 After the show, the director went backstage and thanked the actors.

  • billionaire [biljəˈnɛər] n. 

billionaire is someone who has at least one billion dollars.

 The sale of his inventions made the inventor a billionaire.

  • brute [bruːt] n. 

brute is someone who behaves or looks like a violent animal.

 My older brother can act like a brute when he doesn’t get his way.

  • clumsy [ˈklʌmzi] adj. 

If someone is clumsy, then they are awkward in handling things.

 The businessman was clumsy and dropped his work files.

  • collide [kəˈlaid] v. 

To collide with something means to hit into it while moving.

 The two cars collided with each other because their drivers were not careful.

  • culprit [ˈkʌlprit] n. 

culprit is someone who did a crime or other bad deed.

 The police were still searching for the culprit from the robbery.

  • evacuate [iˈvækjueit] v. 

To evacuate means to leave a place of danger to a place of safety.

 During the flood, many families were evacuated to higher ground.

  • flammable [ˈflæməbəl] adj. 

If something is flammable, then it is able to catch on fire.

 Be careful with that blanket near the candle. It is extremely flammable.

  • mob [mɒb] n. 

mob is a large crowd of people that often wants to cause violence.

 The copier was destroyed by a mob of angry workers.

  • premature [ˈprimətʃuər] adj. 

If something is premature, then it is done too early or before the proper time.

 Mark’s celebration was premature because the ball hadn’t fallen in the hole.

  • resent [riˈzent] v. 

To resent something means to have bad feelings about it.

 She resented the fact that she had never been able to play an instrument.

  • satire [ˈsætaiər] n. 

satire is a work of art that uses humor and irony to make fun of something.

 This book is a satire of what life was like in the army.

  • scrutiny [ˈskruːtəni] n. 

Scrutiny is the careful examination of something.

 A scientist should always practice scrutiny with their work.

  • segregate [ˈsegrigeit] v. 

To segregate something means to place it in a group apart from other things.

 In gym class, the children were segregated into two groups: boys and girls.

  • subject [səbˈdʒekt] v. 

To subject someone to something means to force them to do or experience it.

 The officers subjected everyone to a careful search before they left the plane.

  • testify [ˈtestəfai] v. 

To testify means to give evidence as a witness.

 The judge listened while the victim testified about the robbery.

  • tumult [ˈtjuːmʌlt] n. 

tumult is a loud and confused noise made by a large crowd of people.

 She couldn’t hear her friend over the tumult of the other excited guests.

  • underestimate [ˈʌndərˈestəmeit] v. 

To underestimate something or someone means to think they are not important.

 Ne lost the game because we underestimated the other team’s skill.

  • uproar [ˈʌprɔːr] n. 

Uproar is loud noise caused by people who are very angry or upset.

 The fans made a great uproar when their team lost the game.

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