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4000 Essential English Words 6 Unit 9: Dangerous Bites

4000 Essential English Words 6 Unit 9: Dangerous Bites

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  • 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. 

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. 

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.

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