4000 Essential English Words 6 Unit 20: The Greedy Bee
- adhesive [ædˈhiːsiv] n.
An adhesive is a substance used for sticking things together.
→ The carpenter used an adhesive to hold the two pieces of wood together.
- adverse [ˈædvəːrs] adj.
If something is adverse, then it is harmful.
→ Not eating healthy foods can have an adverse effect on your health.
- dependency [diˈpendənsi] n.
A dependency is a strong need for someone or something.
→ The child still has a dependency on her mother.
- dump [dʌmp] v.
To dump something means to throw it away or get rid of it.
→ She dumped the garbage into the trash can.
- eternal [iˈtəːrnəl] adj.
If something is eternal, then it lasts forever.
→ She said that her love for him was eternal.
- fluctuate [ˈflʌktjueit] v.
To fluctuate means to rise and fall in number or amount.
→ Prices for gasoline have been fluctuating all month.
- fro [frou] adv.
If something moves to and fro, it moves backward and forward or side to side.
→ Her long hair went to and fro as she swung on the swing.
- inclusion [inˈkluːʒən] n.
Inclusion is the act of including someone or something in a group.
→ Her inclusion into the photo club was well received.
- intermediate [ˌintərˈmiːdiit] adj.
If something is intermediate, then it is in the middle of two levels, places, or times.
→ He selected the intermediate ski hill to begin his afternoon of skiing.
- intermittent [ˌintərˈmitənt] adj.
If something is intermittent, then it happens in a way that is not constant.
→ It was hard to focus because intermittent noises came from the workers outside.
- mentor [ˈmentɔːr] n.
A mentor is a person with experience or knowledge who advises someone.
→ The students each chose a mentor to help them with the experiment.
- phoenix [ˈfiːniks] n.
A phoenix is an imaginary bird that burned to ashes and was reborn.
→ Some believe the phoenix is a symbol for rebirth and a new beginning.
- photosynthesis [ˌfoutouˈsinθəsis] n.
Photosynthesis is the process in which plants change sunlight and air.
→ The chemical in plants that makes them green is used in photosynthesis.
- pollen [ˈpɒlən] n.
Pollen is the tiny yellow powder made in the flowers of plants.
→ During the spring, the pollen in the air makes some people become sick.
- regain [riˈgein] v.
To regain something means to get it back.
→ The battery regained its power after being recharged.
- reverse [riˈvəːrs] v.
To reverse means to change to the opposite direction.
→ They reversed their direction after seeing the sign.
- swarm [swɔrːm] n.
A swarm is a group of flying insects.
→ A beautiful swarm of butterflies filled the summer sky.
- texture [ˈtekstʃər] n.
Texture is the quality of something that can be known by its touch.
→ The texture of her skin was very soft and smooth.
- tickle [ˈtikəl] v.
To tickle someone is to touch them in a way that causes laughter.
→ The mother tickled the little boy’s foot, and he screamed with laughter.
- vibrant [ˈvaibrənt] adj.
If something is vibrant, then it is bright and full of color.
→ Their new shirts were a vibrant shade of red.