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  1. tragedy
    a very sad or terrible happening; a sad play

    • It was a tragedy that some pioneers* were killed on their way west.
    • If you had your choice between seeing a comedy or a tragedy, which play would you choose?
    • Harry's enormous* jealousy* led to the tragedy in their family.
  2. pedestrian
    person who goes on foot; walker

    • After driving a bus all day, Norris liked to be a pedestrian and take long, casual* walks in the evening.
    • The police say it is urgent* that pedestrians stay on the sidewalk .
    • I don't doubt* that a pedestrian can get places faster than a car in downtown traffic.
  3. glance
    to look at quickly; a quick look

    • The observant* driver glanced at the accident at the side of the road.
    • I took one glance at the wretched* animal and turned away.
    • Thompson identified* the burglar after a glance at the photograph in the police station.
  4. budget
    estimate of the amount of money that can be spent for different purposes in  a given time

    •  We had to decrease* the budget this year because our club is broke.
    • The prominent* executive presented her budget to the Board of Directors.
    • When my mother draws up her budget for the week, she sets aside a goodly sum for nourishing* food.
  5. nimble
    active and sure-footed; quick moving; light and quick

    • Although Dusty was a miniature* poodle, he was nimble enough to fight bigger dogs.
    • The nimble policeman leaped over the fence to pursue* the car thief.
    • With my nimble fingers, I'm good at text messaging.
  6. manipulate
    handle or treat skillfully

    • Scientists must know how to manipulate their microscopes.*
    • While Mr. Baird manipulated the puppets, Fran spoke to the audience.
    • The wounded pilot manipulated the radio dial until he made contact.
  7. reckless
    careless; heedless; wild

    • We must not ignore* reckless drivers; we must take them off the
    • road.
    • After breaking his hand fighting recklessly, Arthur decided to be
    • more cautious* in the future.
    • The reckless smoker ignited* the entire forest.
  8. horrid
    terrible; frightful

    • Janey avoided* staring at the horrid man's face.
    • It is simply horrid the way cars pollute* the air we breathe.
    • When Mary was good, she was very good, but when she was bad, she was horrid.
  9. rave
    talk wildly

    • Shortly after taking the drug, the addict* began to rave and foam at the mouth.
    • Speedy raved that his car had the capacity* to reach 120 miles per hour.
    • Sadie was confident* that Mr. Stebbe would rave about her essay.
  10. economical
    not wasting money or time

    • I find it economical to shop in the large supermarkets.
    • Marissa was praised for her economical management of the budget.*
    • The President made Congress aware* of the need to be more economical.
  11. lubricate
    make (machinery) smooth and easy to work by putting on oil, grease, or a similar substance

    • The bulky* wheels of a railroad train must be lubricated each week.
    • A large quantity* of grease is needed to lubricate an airplane engine.
    • When an engine is lubricated, it works much better.
  12. ingenious
    having great mental ability; clever

    • Bernie devised* an ingenious plan to cheat on his income tax.
    • Rube Goldberg was a journalist* who won fame for his ingenious inventions.
    • The master spy had an ingenious way of passing secrets to the agent.
  13. harvest
    gathering in of grain or other food crops

    • This year's harvest was adequate* to feed all our people.
    • The farmer decided to expand* his fields so that he would get a bigger harvest.
    • If the harvest is poor, there is always the possibility of a famine.*
  14. abundant
    more than enough; very plentiful

    • It is urgent* that the hospital have an abundant supply of blood.
    • An abundant harvest* was predicted* by the secretary of agriculture.
    • In recent* years an abundant number of complaints have disturbed the telephone company.
  15. uneasy
    restless; disturbed; anxious

    • Mrs. Spinner was uneasy about letting her son play in the vicinity* of the railroad tracks.
    • The treasurer was uneasy about the company's budget.*
    • Arnold felt uneasy about the meeting even though he tried to act in a casual* manner.
  16. calculate
    find out by adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing; figure

    • The cook had to calculate the number of diners to see whether he could decrease* his order for meat.
    • In order to see how expensive* the car was, the buyer calculated the tax and other charges.
    • I used an abacus to calculate my average.
  17. absorb
    take in or suck up (liquids); interest greatly.

    • The sponge absorbed the beer which had leaked from the keg.*
    • Our bodies must absorb those things which will nourish* them.
    • I became absorbed in what the teacher was saying and did not hear the bell ring.
  18. estimate
    form a judgment or opinion about; guess

    • The driver estimated that the auto race would commence* at nine o'clock.
    • I try to avoid* making estimates on things I know nothing about.
    • In your estimate, who will be victorious* in this conflict?*
  19. morsel
    a small bite; mouthful; tiny amount

    • When Reynaldo went into the restaurant, he pledged* to eat every morsel on his plate.
    • Suzanne was reluctant* to try even a morsel of the lobster.
    • If you had a morsel of intelligence, you would be uneasy,* too.
  20. quota
    share of a total due from or to a particular state, district, person, etc.

    • The company revealed* a quota of jobs reserved for college students.
    • There was a quota placed on the number of people who could migrate* here from China.
    • Lieutenant Dugan doubted* that a quota had been placed on the number of parking tickets each police officer was supposed to give out.
  21. threat
    sign or cause of possible evil or harm

    • There is always the horrid* threat that my job will be abolished.*
    • It is absurd* to think that a tiny bug could be a threat to a person.
    • Our English teacher made a threat to take away our cell phones.
  22. ban
    prohibit; forbid

    • The group unanimously* voted to ban all people who were under six feet.
    • Health officials are trying to expand* their field in order to ban cigarette advertising from newspapers and magazines.
    • I want to ban all outsiders from our discussion on security.*
  23. panic
    unreasoning fear; fear spreading through a group of people so that they lose control of themselves

    • The leader of the lost group appealed* to them not to panic.
    • When the danger was exaggerated,* a few people started to panic.
    • The source* of panic in the crowd was a man with a gun.
  24. appropriate
    fit; set apq.rt for some special use

    • At an appropriate time, the chief promised to re'(eal* his plan.
    • The lawn was an appropriate setting for Eileen's wedding.
    • After some appropriate prayers, the dinner was served.
  25. emerge
    come out; come up; come into view

    • When the fight was over, the underdog* emerged the winner.
    • You have to be nimble* to emerge from the narrow opening in five seconds.
    • What emerged from the bottle was a blend* of fruit juices.
  26. jagged
    with sharp points sticking out; unevenly cut or torn

    • Being reckless,* Rudy didn't watch out for the jagged steel.
    • It's an enormous* job to smooth the jagged edge of a fence.
    • Leslie's hair was so jagged it was scarcely* possible to tell that it had just been cut.
  27. linger
    stay on; go slowly as if unwilling to leave

    • The odor didn't vanish,* but lingered on for weeks.
    • Some traditions* linger on long after they have lost their meanings.
    • After the campus* closed for the summer, some students lingered on, reluctant* to go home.
  28. ambush
    a trap in which soldiers or other enemies hide to make a surprise attack

    • The ambush became a tragedy* for those who attempted it because they were all killed.
    • General Taylor raved* about the ingenious* ambush he planned.
    • The troops lay in ambush in the dense* woods all through the night.
  29. crafty
    skillful in deceiving others; sly; tricky

    • His crafty mind prepared a comprehensive* plan to defraud* his partners.
    • Leo didn't use brutal* strength against his opponents,* but he used his crafty bag of tricks to beat them.
    • The Indians did not fall for the crafty ambush.*
  30. defiant
    openly resisting; challenging*

    • "I refuse to be manipulated,"* the defiant young woman told her father.
    • Professor Carlyle was defiant of any attempt to disprove his theory.*
    • Defiant of everyone, the addict* refused to be helped.
  31. vigor
    active strength or force

    • Having a great deal of vigor, jason was able to excel* in all sports.
    • Tom Thumb made up for size by having more vigor than most people.
    • Putting all her vigor into the argument, Patsy persuaded* me to let her drive.
  32. perish
    be destroyed; die

    • Unless the plant gets water for its roots to absorb,* it will perish.
    • Custer and all his men perished at the Little Big Horn.
    • We are trying to make sure that democracy will never perish from this earth.
  33. fragile
    easily broken, damaged, or destroyed; delicate

    • The expensive* glassware is very fragile.
    • Things made out of plywood have a tendency* to be fragile.
    • On the box was a label that read, "Fragile! Handle with care!"
  34. captive

    • The major was grateful* to be released after having been held captive for two years.
    • Until the sheriff got them out, the two boys were held captive in the barn.
    • Placido can hold an audience captive with his marvelous singing voice.
  35. prosper
    be successful; have good fortune

    • Howard Hughes owned numerous* businesses and most of them prospered.
    • No one should prosper from the misfortunes* of his or her friends.
    • The annual* report showed that the new business was prospering.
  36. devour
    eat hungrily; absorb* completely; take in greedily*

    • It was a horrid* sight to see the lion devour the lamb.
    • The animal doctor was pleased to see the terrier devour the dog food.
    • My aunt devours four or five mystery books each week.
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