Unit 2 Vocab
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Unit 2 Vocab
definitions and examples
-to avoid, prevent, escape from.
ex: I had to swerve to the right to
a hug pothole.
-sticking or holding together, connected, unified
ex: A family needs to be
- to stay together even when stresses and strains threaten to tear it apart.
-causing grief or pain, terrible
ex: The assassination of a great leader, such as Mahatma Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr. often does
harm to a society.
- to floodm cover, overwhelm
ex: During the heavy rains the river overflowe and
the fields, destroying all the crops.
- unaware, failing to notice
ex: The driver continued into the intersection, apparently
to the fact that the light turned red.
-quiet uncommunicative; reluctant to speak out
ex: It's od that many people who love to gossip about someone else are so
about their own lives.
-healthy and strong; vigorous
ex: Once energetic,
man, Mr. Rand has been considerably weakened by illness.
-to authorize, allow, or approve
ex: The principal wouldn't sanction the use of the gym for an after school dance club, even though one of the teachers agreed to be in charge of it.
- loud, noisy
ex: The baseball player's protest was
-he stamped his feet and screamed at the umpire.
- a natural loss of individuals
ex: Sport teams are constantly looking for new talent to replace players lost through
- those who retire, quit because of injuries, and so on.
- to hold up, strengthen, reinforce, support.
ex: The front porch was sagging so we had to
it with cinder blocks until it could be repaired.
- to lower in value
ex: As soon as you drive a new car off the lot, it
; it's immeditally worth less than you paid for it.
-not selective; not chosen carefully
ex: Some people end up hopelessly in debt because of
spending, so be selective about what and how much you buy.
curious, eager to learn, questioning
ex: Small children are naturally
. They wonder about the world around then, and they are constantly asking "Why?"
-vague, unclear; indefinite
ex: "A good essay cannot be
," The English instructor explained. "It must contain sharp, precise details."
-to send, to assign to a less important position.
ex: At family gatherings, we kids were always
to the kitchen table, while the adults ate in the dining room.
- filled, plentifully supplied
ex: The show was
with dazzling effect, including gorgeous scenery, glittering costumes, dramatic lighting, and thrilling music.
- marked by much sitting
ex: People in
occupations such as bus drivers and writers, need to make a special effort to exercise.
- a belief or principle
ex: One of the basic
of democracy is freedom of speech.
- short; brief and clear
ex: I was hurt by Roberto's
response to my invitation all he said was "No thanks."
-secert; kept hidden
ex: The famous "Underground Railroal" was not an actual railroad; it was a
network that took escaped slaves to safety in the years before the civil war.
- a possibility
ex: Faye thought her company night transfer her to another city. With that
in mind, she decided to rent a house rather that buy one.
- self-centere, seeing everything in terms of oneself
ex: Denise is completely
. Whatever event takes place, she thinks only of how it will affect her personally.
- to be found not guilty
ex: Saul was suspected of shoplifting, but he was
when the hidden camera's photos clearly showed another man taking handfuls of DVD's from a rack and stuffing them into his backpack.
-contradictory; out of place; inconsistent.
ex: It wasn't really
for former general to join the peace movement. He had seen the horrors of war.
ex: Kangaroos are
only to Australia. They have never been found living anywhere else in the world.
-a handicap; disadvantage; drawback
ex: My shyness with strangers would be a
in any job that involve meeting the public, such as sales.
-fertile; creating abundantly
ex: Rabbits deserve, their reputation for being
A female rabbit can produce three families each summer.
- to put back; to restore to a previous position or condition
ex: The college had canceled the course in folklore, but the demand was so great that the class had to be
- unnecessary; extra, beyond what is needed
ex: Lately, business at the store has heen so slow that the there clerks have almost nothing to do. Two of them seem
-very plain; severely simple
ex: Ms. Stone's appearance was
. She wore plain, dark-colored clothing with no jewelry and she never used make up.
-difficult to understand, understoo by only a certain group.
ex: The instruction manuals that come with computer software often us such
terms that they seem to be written in a foreign language.
-an accurate copy, exact copy
ex: The word fax is short for
. With a fax machine, you can send a precise image of a document across the country electronically in seconds.
- strange-looking; distorte shape.
ex: Most people found the movie character E.T, adorable, but I though the little alien was
, with it's weird combination of babyish features and old wrinkled skin.
to fascinate; hypnotize
ex: The intense eyes of the woman in the photograph
me. I couldn't take my eyes off the picture.
- a change in for, transformation
ex: A caterpiller's transformation into a butterfly is a well-known example of
-regard negatively, ill known
ex: Batman and Robin matched wits with the Joker and The Penguin, who were
for their evil deeds.
-uninterested; done only as routine.
ex: the doctor's examination was
. It seeme to be just going through the motions without taking any interest in the patient.
-attention-getting; arouse interest or curiosity
ex: "A good essay is
," said our English teacher, "It gets the reader interested and attentive, starting with the very first paragraph.
-mockery, joking , disrespectful imitation
ex: The faternity skit, a travesty of college life,
and ridiculed many campus activities.
- an authority; expert
ex: Curtis has broad knowledge of French wines- where they are made, when they are at their best, and exactly how each one tastes. He's a true
- secert plot
ex: Although only Lee Harvey Oswald was arested for the assassination of Presient Kennedy. Many believe there was a
to kill the President.
ex: Dolores was especially
about tearing her sister's dress, because she borrowe it without permission.
-upset; distressed, bery troubled
ex: The parents of the little girl who wandere of in the crowde mall were
until she was found.
-related; issue at hand, relevant
ex: Stacy went to the law library to look up information that might be
to her client's case.
-easy to understand, clearly expressed
ex: I usually fin computer manuals horribly unclear. but this one is
-am unfortunate situation
of the homeless can be smoewhat relieved by decent shelters.
-slightly, not thoroughly
ex: Nina spent a full week studying for the exam. Joyce, however, reviewed
flipping through the pages of her text book an hour before the test.
ex: No one's face is perfectly
. For example, one eye is usually slightly higher than the other and the left and right sides of the mouth differ.
ex: Gabe is the most
person I know. He always uses ten words when one would do.