4000 Essential English Words 6 Unit 9: Dangerous Bites
- artery [ˈɑːrtəri] n.
An artery is a tube that takes blood from the heart to the rest of the body.
→ Eating healthily keeps your arteries clean, so blood can flow with ease.
- deterioration [diˌtiəriəˈreiʃən] n.
Deterioration is the act of becoming worse.
→ The lack of care led to the deterioration of the house.
- elusive [iˈluːsiv] adj.
If something or someone is elusive, they are hard to find.
→ The elusive fish only came out at night.
- forage [ˈfɔ:ridʒ] v.
To forage means to look around for food.
→ Many animals hide food in the fall since little can be foraged in winter.
- impede [imˈpiːd] v.
To impede something means to keep it from moving or going forward.
→ The barrier impeded our ability to get closer to the building.
- induce [inˈdjuːs] v.
To induce something means to make it happen.
→ Running without good shoes may induce leg pain.
- inseparable [inˈsepərəbəl] adj.
If two things are inseparable, they can’t be separated.
→ Denise and Diana have been inseparable since they first met.
- invalid [ˈinvælid] adj.
If something is invalid, it is not correct.
→ The way to winning debates is to avoid invalid arguments.
- magnify [ˈmægnəfai] v.
To magnify something means to make it look bigger than it really is.
→ Astronomers use telescopes to magnify far-away stars.
- mainstream [ˈmeinstriːm] n.
The mainstream is a group of ideas that are considered normal and accepted.
→ Before punk rock music became part of the mainstream, only a few people liked it.
- microbe [ˈmaikroub] n.
A microbe is a very small living thing that often makes people sick.
→ The first step in curing a disease is finding the microbe that causes the disease.
- negligible [ˈneglidʒəbəl] adj.
If something is negligible, it is extremely small and not important.
→ The amount she owed was negligible. It was less than ten cents.
- paralysis [pəˈræləsis] n.
Paralysis is the loss of the ability to move all or part of your body.
→ His paralysis meant that he had to use a wheelchair to get around.
- pest [pest] n.
A pest is an animal or insect that hurts plants or food.
→ Many farmers put up scarecrows to keep pests off of their corn.
- prevail [priˈveil] v.
To prevail means to be accepted or very common.
→ Unfortunately, injustice still prevails in the country’s court system.
- respiration [ˌrespəˈreiʃən] n.
Respiration is the act of breathing.
→ Artificial respiration is the best thing to do if someone stops breathing.
- rupture [ˈrʌptʃə:r] v.
To rupture means to tear or burst open.
→ Sarah put too much water into the balloon, and it ruptured.
- savage [ˈsævidʒ] adj.
If something or someone is savage, they are very violent or cruel.
→ Wild animals are very savage when defending their babies.
- stun [stʌn] v.
To stun someone means to make them unable to speak due to surprise or shock.
→ Tim fell off the swing and was too stunned to cry.
- susceptible [səˈseptəbəl] adj.
If one is susceptible to something like disease, they are easily harmed by it.
→ Not eating enough vegetables makes you more susceptible to getting sick.