4000 Essential English Words 6 Unit 8: Watch Out!
- congested [kənˈdʒestid] adj.
If something is congested, it is full or blocked.
→ Tom didn’t get home until after dark because the road was so congested.
- courier [ˈkuriər] n.
A courier is someone who takes and delivers mail or packages.
→ Before trains, most couriers used horses to travel.
- deform [diˈfɔːrm] v.
To deform something means to change it from its correct or original shape.
→ The computer program deformed the building’s picture into an unreal sight.
- etiquette [ˈetiket] n.
Etiquette is the group of rules about how to be polite.
→ When in Asian countries, bowing is a form of etiquette.
- exclusive [iksˈkluːsiv] adj.
If something is exclusive, it is expensive and only for rich people.
→ The golf course was so exclusive that most people hadn’t even heard of it.
- freight [freit] n.
Freight is a set of items carried on a train, boat, or airplane.
→ Trade ships only carried valuable freight like silk and spices.
- garment [ˈgɑːrmənt] n.
A garment is a piece of clothing.
→ The business man had all of his garments cleaned before the important meeting.
- insomnia [inˈsɒmniə] n.
Insomnia is a condition in which a person has difficulty sleeping.
→ Nate’s insomnia prevented him from getting enough rest.
- intuitive [inˈtjuːitiv] adj.
Intuitive is knowing about something without naturally having support or proof.
→ Rhonda had an intuitive feeling that Shane wasn’t coming to school today.
- liable [ˈlaiəbəl] adj.
If something is liable to happen, it is very likely that it will happen.
→ During the summer months, hikers in the forest are liable to see deer and elk.
- obsess [əbˈses] v.
To obsess about something means to think about it all of the time.
→ After watching the Star Wars movies, Ike obsessed about becoming a Jedi.
- overboard [ˈouvərbɔːrd] adv.
When something is overboard, it is over the side of a boat and in the water.
→ Tom and Gary slipped on the wet floor and fell overboard.
- premium [ˈpriːmiəm] n.
A premium is a payment that is higher than average.
→ Tony paid for premium gas because it made his car run the best.
- privilege [ˈprivəlidʒ] n.
A privilege is a special right given to only a certain person or group of people.
→ Only the best employee had the privilege of parking in that spot.
- propel [prəˈpel] v.
To propel something means to push or move it somewhere.
→ The strong wind propelled the leaf through the air and across the street.
- socialize [ˈsouʃəlaiz] v.
To socialize is to have a good time with people.
→ I like to socialize with my classmates after school.
- suppress [səˈpres] v.
To suppress something means to prevent it from happening.
→ She suppressed her urge to scream because she didn’t want to be noticed.
- tram [træm] n.
A tram is a vehicle like a streetcar that runs on electricity above ground.
→ I took the tram to Eighth Avenue.
- unsettle [ˈʌnˈsetl] v.
To unsettle someone means to make them anxious or worried.
→ The dark clouds in the sky unsettled Beth.
- warp [wɔːrp] v.
To warp means to become bent into the wrong shape.
→ The woman put the clock above the fireplace, and the heat warped it.