vocabulary words Spring 2012

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  1. dreadful
    • 1 extremely unpleasant [= terrible]: We've had some dreadful weather lately. Michelle felt absolutely dreadful (=very ill).
    • 2 [only before noun] used to emphasize how bad something or someone is [= terrible]: a dreadful mistake
  2. inquired
    • to ask someone for information: 'Why are you doing that?' the boy inquired.
    • inquire about I am writing to inquire about your advertisement in The Times.
    • inquire whether/why/how etc The waiter inquired whether we would like to sit near the window.
    • inquire something of somebody 'Where's the station?' she inquired of a passer-by. Toby would have liked to inquire further (=ask more questions).
  3. conceal
    • 1 to hide something carefully: The shadows concealed her as she crept up to the house. The path was concealed by long grass. a concealed weapon
    • 2 to hide your real feelings or the truth: She tried to conceal the fact that she was pregnant. conceal something from somebody She was taking drugs and trying to conceal it from me. —concealment noun [uncountable] deliberate concealment of his activities
  4. conjecture(noun)
    • 1 [uncountable] when you form ideas or opinions without having very much information to base them on: What she said was pure conjecture. There has been some conjecture about a possible merger.
    • 2 [countable] an idea or opinion formed by guessing [= guess, hypothesis]: My results show that this conjecture was, in fact, correct.
    • —conjectural adjective
  5. flee
    • to leave somewhere very quickly, in order to escape from danger: His attackers turned and fled. Masaari spent six months in prison before fleeing the country.
    • flee to/from/into Many German artists fled to America at the beginning of World War II.
  6. strove
    • strive past tense strove past participle striven [intransitive] formal to make a great effort to achieve something
    • strive to do something I was still striving to be successful. strive for/after We must continue to strive for greater efficiency.
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vocabulary words Spring 2012
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