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4000 Essential English Words 6 Unit 6: Amazing Komodo Dragons

4000 Essential English Words 6 Unit 6: Amazing Komodo Dragons

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  • ashore [əˈʃɔːr] adv. 

If something goes ashore, it goes from water to the land.

 After a long day of fishing, Glen pulled his boat ashore, so it wouldn’t float away.

  • contradict [ˌkɒntrəˈdikt] v. 

To contradict means to state the opposite of what someone else has.

 Ken was always fighting with his little sister because she kept contradicting him.

  • counterpart [ˈkauntərpɑːrt] v. 

counterpart is something that is very similar to something else in what it does.

 Our manager will meet our rival company’s counterpart later today.

  • devoid [diˈvɔid] adj. 

When something or someone is devoid of a thing, they are missing it.

 The movie was devoid of any violence, so it was a perfect movie for the family.

  • diverge [diˈvəːrdʒ] v. 

To diverge is to become different or to follow a different direction.

 The road diverged into two paths that led to our houses.

  • elude [iˈluːd] v. 

To elude means to avoid being caught by something.

 The rabbit eluded the wolf by hiding in a bush.

  • embryo [ˈembriou] n. 

An embryo is a human or animal that is still growing inside its mother.

 Some doctors say that what a mother eats has a big effect on her embryo.

  • fend [fend] v. 

To fend off something means to push it away and avoid it.

 Dave spent all night fending off bugs instead of sleeping.

  • fictitious [fikˈtiʃəs] adj. 

When something is fictitious, it is made up and not real.

 The author said that the characters in her book were completely fictitious.

  • gazette [gəˈzet] n. 

gazette is a newspaper.

 Alice wants to write for a gazette when she’s older.

  • homogeneous [ˌhouməˈdʒiːniəs] adj. 

If something is homogeneous, it is made up of things which are all the same.

 All of the houses on Victor’s block were boring and homogenous.

  • obstruct [əbˈstrʌkt] v. 

To obstruct something means to get in its way.

 The car broke down on the road and obstructed traffic for hours.

  • plunge [plʌndʒ] v. 

To plunge means to move down into something very quickly.

 The water in the pool was very cold, but the boy plunged in anyway.

  • prolong [prouˈlɔ:ŋ] v. 

To prolong means to make something last for a longer time.

 Sandy walked slowly across the beach, trying to prolong her lunch break.

  • publicize [ˈpʌbləsaiz] v. 

To publicize is to make something get a lot of attention.

 The company publicized the job positions in the newspaper.

  • sparse [spɑːrs] adj. 

If something is sparse, there is not very much of it in a big area.

 Rob spent Saturday in his garden, clearing out the sparse weeds.

  • surplus [ˈsəːrplʌs] n. 

surplus is an extra amount of something.

 The store sold their surplus items on sale.

  • theorize [ˈθi:əraiz] v. 

To theorize means to develop ideas about something.

 They enjoyed theorizing about how things worked.

  • verify [ˈverəfai] v. 

To verify means to find out if something is true.

 Julian called the movie theater to verify that the movie started at nine.

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