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4000 Essential English Words 6 Unit 3: Dressed to Excess

4000 Essential English Words 6 Unit 3: Dressed to Excess

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  • absurd [əbˈsəːrd] adj. 

If something or someone is absurd, they are ridiculous.

 That group of people making animal noises sounds completely absurd.

  • anemia [əˈniːmiə] n. 

Anemia is a blood condition that causes a person to be pale and tired.

 When she first developed anemia, she became tired often.

  • aristocracy [ӕrəˈstokrəsi] n. 

The aristocracy is the highest class of people in certain societies.

 Most members of the aristocracy were very well-fed.

  • aristocrat [ˈæristəkræt] n. 

An aristocrat is a person who is of the highest class in certain societies.

 The aristocrat did not need a job because his family was wealthy.

  • attire [əˈtaiər] n. 

Attire is nice or special clothing.

 Everyone wore their best attire to the president’s daughter’s wedding.

  • craze [kreiz] n. 

craze is a brief and popular activity or object.

 Wearing bright red socks was a craze when I was in high school.

  • enlarge [enˈlaːrdʒ] v. 

To enlarge something means to make it bigger.

 The classrooms were enlarged over the summer to make room for more students.

  • excess [ekˈses] n. 

An excess is an amount of something that is more than needed or wanted.

 Because it never got cold that winter, many stores had an excess of coats.

  • feminine [ˈfemənin] adj. 

If something is feminine, then it has qualities that are commonly related to women.

 Many of the older people thought his long hair made him look too feminine.

  • hallmark [ˈhɔːlmɑːrk] n. 

hallmark is a unique characteristic of something.

 Different types of pasta and tomato sauces are hallmarks of Italian food.

  • pad [pæd] n. 

pad is a thick piece of soft material used to protect or clean things.

 Football players wear shoulder pads to keep them safe.

  • predominant [priˈdɒmənənt] adj. 

If something is predominant, then it is the most important, common or strongest.

 Before cars were invented, horses were the predominant method of travel.

  • reputable [repjəˈtəbəl] adj. 

If someone or something is reputable, then they have a good reputation.

 The service from the less than reputable company made her angry.

  • rouge [ruːʒ] n. 

Rouge is a red powder or cream used as makeup on the cheeks or lips.

 Even when she didn’t wear rouge, her cheeks appeared red.

  • signify [ˈsignəfai] v. 

To signify means to be a symbol of something.

 A red octagon is used to signify to stop.

  • strap [stræp] n. 

strap is a thin long piece of fabric used to fasten, carry, or hold something.

 She put the strap of her purse over her shoulder and walked out of the door.

  • tangle [ˈtæŋgəl] n. 

tangle is something or many things twisted together.

 The laces of his shoes were in such a tangle that he could not untie them.

  • vanity [ˈvænəti] n. 

Vanity is excessive pride or love of one’s own appearance or things one has done.

 Her vanity won’t allow her to pass a mirror without looking at herself.

  • vie [vai] v. 

To vie for something means to compete against others for it.

 The three boys vied for the prize in the chemistry contest.

  • vulgar [ˈvʌlgər] adj. 

If something or someone is vulgar, then they are rude or lacking in style.

 Her vulgar behavior got her into trouble with her parents.

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