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4000 Essential English Words 6 Unit 29: The Shortcut

4000 Essential English Words 6 Unit 29: The Shortcut

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  • analogous [əˈnæləgəs] adj. 

If something is analogous to another thing, then it is like it in certain ways.

 The relationship with his teacher was analogous to that of a son and mother.

  • binoculars [bəˈnɒkjələrz] n. 

Binoculars are a device used for seeing things that are far away.

 He could see the ship on the horizon only if he used his binoculars.

  • bulk [bʌlk] n. 

The bulk of something is its great size.

 The large elephant moved its bulk with legs as strong as tree trunks.

  • comprise [kəmˈpraiz] v. 

If something comprises something else, it consists of or is made up of it.

 Our school’s football team is mostly comprised with seniors.

  • depict [diˈpikt] v. 

To depict something means to show or portray it, often using art.

 The statue’s face depicted the general’s determination and courage.

  • dual [ˈdju:əl] adj. 

If something is dual, then it is made up of two parts.

 The room had a dual function. It was a living room, but at night it was a bedroom.

  • Fahrenheit [ˈfærənhait] n. 

Fahrenheit temperature is a scale where water freezes at 32° and boils at 212°.

 When the temperature dropped to 32° Fahrenheit, it started snowing.

  • fulfill [fulˈfil] v. 

To fulfill something means to achieve or finish it.

 The professor did not fulfill his promise not to miss a single class.

  • grove [grouv] n. 

grove is a small group of trees.

 All the trees in this grove are apple trees.

  • ore [ɔːr] n. 

Ore is the raw form of rock or material from which a valuable metal is taken.

 The factory melted the ore and used it to make iron products.

  • outback [ˈautbæk] n. 

The outback is the wild inland region of Australia where very few people live.

 Many Australian farmers use the outback to raise cattle.

  • outweigh [autˈwei] v. 

To outweigh something means to exceed it in value, amount, or importance.

 Finding a warm place to sleep outweighed the need to find something to eat.

  • paradox [ˈpærədɒks] n. 

paradox is a true statement or real event that seems illogical.

 The paradox of her work was that the less she worked, the more she got done.

  • pier [piər] n. 

pier is a structure that extends into a body of water.

 If you want to catch bigger fish, then go to the far end of the pier.

  • shortcut [ˈʃɔːrtkʌt] n. 

shortcut is a route that is shorter than the main route.

 We got to the house first because we took a shortcut through the forest.

  • tariff [ˈtærif] n. 

tariff is a tax or fee paid on certain imports or exports.

 Our tariff on imported wool makes foreign wool more expensive.

  • thermometer [θə:rˈmɒmitə:r] n. 

thermometer is a device that measures temperature.

 The thermometer outside the window indicated that it was a hot day today.

  • tilt [tilt] v. 

To tilt something means to tip it into a sloping position.

 She tilted her glass and almost spilled some of the wine inside.

  • vice versa [ˈvaisiˈvəːrsə] adv. 

If a statement is vice versa, then its two main ideas are switched with one another.

 Students learn from their teachers, and vice versa.

  • whereabouts [ˌhwɛərəˈbauts] n. 

The whereabouts of someone or something is the place where they are.

 The police looked for the lost dog, but its whereabouts were still unknown.

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