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4000 Essential English Words 6 Unit 4: The Butler’s Bad Day

4000 Essential English Words 6 Unit 4: The Butler’s Bad Day

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  • attic [ˈætik] n. 

An attic is a room just below a house’s roof.

 There were two windows in their attic.

  • chunk [tʃʌŋk] n. 

chunk is a thick, solid piece of something.

 When they broke open the rock, they saw it was filled with chunks of gold.

  • civic [ˈsivik] adj. 

If something is civic, then it is related to a town or city, especially its government.

 Most of the important civic buildings are located downtown.

  • descent [diˈsent] n. 

descent is a movement downwards.

 During the space shuttle’s descent, the Earth became larger and larger.

  • din [din] n. 

din is loud, unpleasant, and extended noise.

 The din of the rusty machinery made the factory a horrible place to work.

  • dissatisfy [dissӕtisfai] v. 

To dissatisfy someone means to fail to please them.

 He was dissatisfied with his meal.

  • fuss [fʌs] n. 

fuss is excited or annoyed behavior that is not useful in any way.

 The child made an awful fuss because she didn’t want to go to bed.

  • gourmet [ˈguərmei] adj. 

If food is gourmet, then it is nicer and more expensive than regular food.

 In order to get a gourmet meal, you have to eat at an expensive restaurant.

  • hence [hens] adv. 

If something happens hence, then it happens as a result of something.

 John forgot the key. Hence, we couldn’t open the door.

  • intrinsic [inˈtrinsik] adj. 

If something is intrinsic, then it is related to the basic nature of that thing.

 Paper money has no intrinsic value. It is useful simply because society says it is.

  • kettle [ˈketl] n. 

kettle is a large metal pot used for boiling liquids or cooking food.

 The soup was being cooked in a large kettle.

  • ministry [ˈministri] n. 

ministry is a government department.

 The Ministry of Trade is responsible for taxing imports and exports.

  • ordeal [ɔːrdiːəl] n. 

An ordeal is a bad experience.

 Driving in the snowstorm was an ordeal she’d never forget.

  • outspoken [aʊtˈspoukkən] adj. 

If someone is outspoken, then they are not afraid to say what they think.

 She was an outspoken critic about the new banking laws.

  • overwork [ouvərwəːrk] v. 

To overwork someone means to make them tired with too much work.

 After working for three weeks with only one day of rest, Judy was overworked.

  • particular [pərtikjələr] adj. 

If something is particular, then it is a single, important part of a group of things.

 The dress shop didn’t have the particular dress she was looking for.

  • pungent [ˈpʌndʒənt] adj. 

If something is pungent, then it tastes or smells strong and sharp.

 The garlic made the soup taste so pungent that the chef wouldn’t serve it.

  • snore [snɔːr] v. 

To snore means to make a loud noise each time a sleeping person breathes.

 It was impossible to get to sleep because my husband snored.

  • soundly [ˈsaundli] adv. 

If something is done soundly, then it is done in the best or most complete way.

 The nearest opponent was ten meters behind. She won the race soundly.

  • superintendent [suːpərinˈtendənt] n. 

superintendent is a person who runs a certain department or building.

 The superintendent decided to close the schools because of the weather.

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