In order to thrive, newborn babies need to receive an adequate supply of nutrients.
He contributes regularly to the church's building fund.
The fire caused a major crisis in the hospitals; there was not enough room for all the victims.
the condition of being without money or hope of having any destitution has become a major problem in the city.
falling apart, in disrepair
The older couple lived in a dilapidated house with broken windows and no heating.
a person who lives in a certain place
The city dwellers grew tired of the long commutes and pollution.
to gather together
The little children flocked to see Santa Clause.
to help develop
His tennis coach helped foster his career as a professional tennis player.
The city dwellers were not hospitable to the influx of people from the country side.
the sudden arrival of many people or things
The influx of immigrants has flooded the school system in Florida.
the process of people traveling to a new place together
There was a mass migration of hurricane victims into the neighboring states.
child or children
The couple's three offsprings are all accomplished musicians.
the state of being poor poverty causes other challenges such as disease and illnesses.
The new president had a pronounced English accent.
the state or quality of being near
The two people, having worked in close proximity for years, finally fell in love with each other.
something that is real
The doctors were aware of the reality of the current situation.
I seldom go out with friends; I prefer to stay home and watch a good movie.
part of a city where poor people live in bad housing
The mother worked hard and saved enough money to move her children out of the slums.
a general pattern
The recent trend in developed countries is to have less children.
showing all the characteristics that you would expect from the stated person, thing or group
Mary, in her typically frank fashion, told Jim that he was being rude.
A revolt will arise if the government does not find ways to feed its people.
to state formally that something is true
The victim contended that the two young boys were guilty.
Religion and politics are controversial subjects that people tend to shy away from.
an important written statement
The declaration of Independence was written to ask England for independence.
The town was devoid of all human life.
related to one's home life
Pets are considered domestic animals because they live in your house.
It is evident that the suspect is guilty; he had his head down during the entire trial.
to serve as an example
Her willingness to work long hours exemplifies her desire to succeed.
to praise someone or something for good qualities
The students hailed their teacher as a being a good person.
the power to change or persuade others
It is a challenge to protect our children from the many negative influences they are exposed to each day.
Her mindless answers caused great frustration for her teacher.
to reduce to a minimum minimization of human suffering is the goal of the new agency.
the effect, result
The citizens were not happy with the outcome of the election.
saying clearly what one thinks
Being too outspoken in certain cultures is considered to be very rude.
My primary concern right now is studying so that I can pass my test.
someone who favors something
My sister is a proponent of women staying home and raising their children.
Her version of the story is quite different than mine.
be born anew in another body after death
Many religions believe the body can reincarnate into animals after their death.
a consequence of an action
The result of the meeting was not what she expected; she was fired.
an act of breaking a law
The judge sent her to jail because she had over 30 traffic violations.
The parents wanted to make amendments to the school by laws.
The parents assuaged the fears of their children about them getting divorced.
person born after World War II between 1946 and 1965 along with a great many other children
There will be a big void in many occupations when the baby boomers start retiring.
the legal state of being without money or credit, unable to pay bills
The parents had to file for bankruptcy because they had lost their store to the fire.
having a mental or physical disability
The mother had to quit her job and take care of her son when he became disabled from the accident.
Playing computer games could also result in an epidemic of short sightedness
an expecting or being expected
The life expectancy for American females is 79 years old.
A government bond is a bond issued by a national government denominated in the country's own currency
The investor does not invest in stocks but in government bonds; he thinks they are safer.
the field concerned with the maintenance or restoration of the health of the body or mind
The presidential debate focused on the issue of health care for children.
a tax levied on incomes
The citizens were outraged because of the rich pay less income tax than the middle class.
the domestic program of the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration
The New Deal programs lasted from 1933 to 1941 in the United States.
a supply of money which many people pay into, especially employees of a company, and which is invested in order to provide them with a pension when they are older
The mother contributed the maximum amount into her pension fund; she was concerned about how she will live in retirement.
right as to how to do something
Because they didn't have enough money, they could not pay for a proper wedding for their daughter.
an act of leaving or time when one leaves the workforce and stops work
After his retirement, he was able to play a lot of golf.
any of various forms of insurance in which a government is an insurer, esp. such insurance that provides assistance to disabled or unemployed workers and to aged persons
Medicare is social insurance for the elderly in America; it provides for health care services.
Because the mother's milk was not sufficient, the doctor recommended a supplementary diet for the infant.
The son's medical condition surfaced during a routine visit to the doctor.
an amount more than what is needed or used
The army had surpluses of supplies, so they gave them to the local people.
not equal in ability, intelligence, strength
The two boys did not enjoy playing chess together because their skills were uneven.
never having happened or existed in the past
The 20th century witnessed unprecedented new discoveries in technology.
great joy or happiness
Her dream was to live blissfully in the country side.
to try to be more successful than someone or something else
Both of his children try to compete for his attention.
to move downward
You can see the decline in the education standards because students no longer can recite their multiplication facts.
to make known
The fastest way to disseminate news these days is through the internet.
person in charge of publishing a periodical, a newscast, or a book series
Her work as the editor of a very large newspaper occupied most of her time.
shows, films, television, or other performances or activities that entertain people, or a performance of this type
The family enjoyed visiting Las Vegas because of the various entertainment it offered.
to hold someone's attention completely
Babies are enthralled by bright colors.
a charge, cost
The entrance fee to the museum was $25 per person.
Since the inception of the program, it has been very successful.
The nanny was an integral member of the family.
a means of doing something
She chose art as the medium to represent her ideas.
to copy the way in which a particular person usually speaks and moves, usually in order to amuse people
The baby mimicked every sound the dog made.
a thought or belief about something or someone
He held the opinion that the economy would improve significantly next year.
newspapers, magazines, and their reporters, and often radio and television editors
The president and his family is often followed by the press.
a machine for printing from inked type, plates, or rolls
Johannes Gutenberg is credited with the invention of the printing press.
take something old and do or show it in a new way
With the internet, communications has been reinvented.
very interesting or exciting
There was a sensational story in the newspaper about a monkey that could read a book.
to have an effect
Newspaper stories help shape people's opinions about political candidates.
commerce in general
The two leaders decided to expand trade between their two countries.
Water is vital for human survival.
to not be able to stop doing or using something, especially something harmful
It's easy to become addicted to cigarette smoking.
a person who reports, analyzes, and evaluates news events and trends on radio or television
Sports commentators are usually retired professionals from that field.
to take something away from
Because she had been raised by a nanny and not her parents, the woman felt deprived of a normal childhood.
to take a quick short look at something
She glanced at the newspaper before eating her breakfast.
to talk or write about other people's actions or lives, sometimes in an untruthful way
Did you hear the latest gossip about the president?
to put someone in a mental state like sleep
The psychologist hypnotized his patient in hopes of having her remember the details of the accident.
to enter or interrupt a situation or discussion
She had difficulty working from home because her child constantly interferes.
belonging naturally to someone or something
Taking care of their young is intrinsic for most animals.
relaxation free from work
The couple enjoyed their leisure time at the beach.
intentionally mischievous or harmful
The manager could no longer tolerate the malicious gossip that was circulating about him.
The mother was worried because her son had become obese; He weighed over 300 pounds.
to continue steadily in the same manner in spite of obstacles or opposition
The man persisted and finally won over the woman's heart.
In Silicon Valley, there is a pervasive trend towards casual dress.
to say what will happen in the future
Fortune tellers say they can predict the future, but they usually not right.
The prevalence of computer usage among teens is not a bad thing if it can be carefully monitored.
The thief thought the woman would be an easy prey because she could not work very well.
having the nature of a problem
The test question proved to be very problematic because there were four possible answers.
less of something
The reduction of the husband's salary affected the family greatly.
danger of losing something important
There is great risk of becoming addicted to gambling.
a general pattern
The recent trend in developed countries is to have less children.
able to be entered or reached
All the buildings in the city are accessible to people in wheelchairs.
an uncomfortable feeling of nervousness or worry about something that is happening or might happen in the future
She had a lot of anxiety regarding her upcoming surgery.
to believe something is true without knowing
Since all the lights were out, we assumed no one was home.
an action designed to distract
The thieves worked in pairs; one stole the wallets while the other provided a diversion.
having very noticeable effects
The company had to drastically reduce their work force; they fired 2,000 employees.
not obvious or noticeable
The presidents daughter wore a hat and sunglasses to the because she wanted to be inconspicuous.
something such as energy, money or information that is put into a system, organization or machine so that it can operate
The CEO did not put much input into the new design of the building.
Suffering from a mental illness
The family could not take vacations because of their mentally ill child.
accepting without resistance
The husband did not understand his wife's passive response to their child's temper tantrums.
of or pertaining to that which is material
The couple had no emotional bonding even thought they lived in the same house and shared physical space.
capable of being carried or moved around
The mother bought each of her children a portable CD player.
to improve or develop in skills or knowledge
Her English skills progressed to a level where she was able to hold conversations with native speakers.
complete or extreme
The school district made radical changes by forbidding bicycles on school campuses.
a state of needing something very much
Mark is reliant on his older brother for everything.
to depend on
After the birth of her child, she relied heavily on her mother for support.
to give something or do something
The new store attracts many customers because it renders good services.
causing very great pain, difficulty, anxiety, damage
The car was severely damaged from the accident.
Her success was due to sheer determination and will power.
The wife wanted a new oven and gave her husband subtle hints.
by way of
Singapore Airlines flies to Seoul via San Francisco.
to feel sad about something
The couple bemoans the fact that they never had children.
The building was comprised on 20 different stores.
to give completely
Mother Theresa dedicated her entire life to helping poor children.
central point or issue of a subject
The essence of his argument was that children should have the right to an education.
to advertise as important
Most McDonald's feature a play area for children.
a right to sell a company's products in a particular area using the company's name
She owned three Mc Donald's franchises.
a very famous person or thing considered as representing a set of beliefs or a way of life
Bill Gates is an icon for many young entrepreneurs.
desire to do something
She had an inclination to climb the mountain, but no one would go with her.
to allow yourself or another person to have something enjoyable, especially more than is good for you
My only indulgence is having two scoops of ice cream every day.
not costing a lot of money
The gift was very practical and inexpensive.
more than necessary
She takes an inordinate amount of time preparing dinner for her husband; she treats him as if he were king.
being extremely fat
A high fat diet can lead to obesity.
She had no other option but to get a divorce.
the quality or state of being original
The originality of the child's poem surprised everyone.
a regular customer patrons to the store come from the community.
The message was difficult to understand because of her rapid speech.
praise for doing something well
The dinner was given in recognition of her charity work.
A solitary person or thing is the only person or thing in a place
In the distance, they saw a solitary statue.
found all over
Large pieces of empty land is ubiquitous in Texas.
The situation required utmost sensitivity.
to change, to function in a new way
He adapted very quickly to his new life in South America.
the feeling that you have no connection with the people around you
Although she lived in a very busy city, she felt an alienation from the people around her.
difficult to see, understand or separate clearly
The distinction between art and graffiti has blurred in recent years.
a good feeling of togetherness
There was a certain level of camaraderie between the new freshmen students.
needing to do something and not being able to stop
She has a compulsive need to eat chocolate every day.
to signify or suggest certain meanings
The word "home" connotes different feelings for different people.
to struggle or deal on fairly even terms or with some degree of success
Since her family moved frequently, she developed coping strategies for not getting depressed.
a feeling of temporary sadness
She suffered depression after the death of her cat.
the ability to share someone else's feelings or experiences by imagining what it would be like to be in their situation
Having lost her husband to cancer, she was very empathetic to the couple's situation.
to experience it yourself
Mother's have first-hand experience of the pain of childbirth.
the first step, usu. showing strength
The student took the initiative to learn Chinese before going on his exchange program to China.
ability to see or know the truth, intelligence about something
His grandfather had a lot of insights about the war.
someone who is not trained in or does not have a detailed knowledge of a particular subject
The new financial book is for laymen who are interested in investing.
Their plight was that they were stranded in the middle of the desert.
to contribute money, knowledge, or other resources as a group for a common purpose
The workers pooled their money together to buy the manager a wedding gift.
when someone says what someone else must have or do
Many of the attendees wanted to know the prescription for success.
a successful way of curing an illness or dealing with a problem or difficulty
The remedy for her sickness was quite simple; she just needed to rest.
treatment of mental and physical illnesses and disorders, usu. without surgery
Speech therapy was recommended to fix the child's stuttering.
to be on the fringe
to behave very odd behavior
He is on the fringe of society; he can't seem to hold down a job.
The audience wholeheartedly agreed with the speaker.
a result that your plans or actions are intended to achieve
Our short term aims are to get out of debt and purchase a house.
the meanings that a word can have beyond its basic one
The word 'gentleman' has different connotations for different people.
There was big debate over who would have custody of the child.
refusal to accept something as true
Her denial of her son's medical condition prevents her son from getting the best medical care.
unfair treatment because of race, sex, age, religion, etc.
After moving to a new country, she faced much discrimination because of her race.
to draw the plans for something
The committee drafted a new plan for retaining students.
As the daughter of the CEO, she was entitled to many privileges not available to other girls her age.
a condition of being equal
There is no equality in the way women and men are paid in the workforce.
lucky in general
We were fortunate in that our house did not burn down during the fire.
the classification of male and female living things
Many countries still discriminate based on gender.
When he was younger, he was an immensely talented singer.
feeling or quality exists but you cannot describe it exactly or prove it
It is crucial that parents teach their children intangible characteristics such as work ethic and attitude.
used to emphasize what you are saying
The family was literally shocked by the news.
The students and parents mandated a new homework policy.
a way of acting
He behaved in a manner that was inappropriate for a 10 year old.
something that gets in the way and stops action or progress
Romeo and Juliet faced many obstacles to being together.
bit of light caused by hard surfaces scraping together or from fire
Rubbing two sticks together will create sparks.
a fixed idea that people have about what someone or something is like, especially an idea that is wrong
Many Americans have the stereotype that all Asians are good in math.
without complications; clear
The directions to the part were straightforward.
a difficult time or task using much effort and energy
The daughter's struggle for independence from their parents finally led to her moving to another country.
His new songs are akin to those of the 70s.
to stay away from
She avoids dark alleys at night.
a stop to an activity
The cessation of the couple's fighting brought peace to the family.
to desire greatly
She craves chocolate every night before bed.
to explain the meaning of
The roles of the husband and wife were not clearly defined and the couple struggled with their identity in the marriage.
in spite of despite the heavy rains, the children had fun at the zoo.
an amount of medicine
You should take the exact dose prescribed by your doctor.
a repeated behavior
He has a bad habit of picking his nose in public.
usual or repeated
There is something wrong with a student that habitually curses his teacher.
events imagined by someone
The new drug caused her to have hallucinations that someone was chasing her.
a sign, signal
The rain is a good indication that we will not have a drought this year.
Occupations in sales require great interpersonal skills.
the possibility of being or doing something
This company has the potential of making a lot of money.
a career, occupation
The occupational pursuits of the siblings were all different.
to return someone or something to a good or healthy condition
The judge ordered her to enter a drug rehabilitation program for six months.
to become worse again after being better
After completing the drug rehabilitation program he was doing very well, until he had a relapse.
to replace something that was used
The aunt allowed them to eat everything in the refrigerator as long as they replenished it before they left.
To have recourse
The mother tried very hard to discipline her son without resorting to spanking.
After getting married, the husband had many run-ins with his new brother-in-law.
ability to suffer or endure something
The doctors were surprised at her high tolerance for pain.
to accept or start to use something new
The parents decided to adopt a new strategy for disciplining their child.
to plan to use an amount of money for a specific purpose
The family had only allocated $50 for meals per day; it was not enough, so they ended their vacation short.
to mix or merge so as to make a combination
The three companies decided to amalgamate.
a large group of things or people
There was an array of beautiful flower arrangements on the stage.
to become part of a nation's culture or to absorb into a culture
She had no problems assimilating into her new culture.
The hope is that the family identity will become congruent as the foster children start adapting to their new environment.
the ideas, activities and ways of behaving that are special to a country
Because America is a land of immigrants, its culture is difficult to define.
a person who moves to another country to live
Many immigrants in the United States came to realize the American dream.
The bride had inadvertently left her future in-laws off the guest list.
to mix with and join society or a group of people
The integration of the two cultures was difficult to do because of their religious differences.
strong feeling or emotion
She had intense pain when the doctor pulled her tooth.
the group of ideas accepted by the majority of people
His ideas were so obscure that it was not accepted by the mainstream of American people.
a pattern or picture made using many small pieces of colored stone or glass
America is no longer considered a melting pot; the words 'salad' and 'mosaic' are deemed more appropriate.
The man had numerous wives in many different countries.
the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner
The oppression she endured for being a woman caused her to hate herself.
the act of harassing with oppressive treatment
The prisoners faced much persecution for their religious beliefs.
the act of keeping alive or in existence
The committee works hard in the preservation of historical buildings in the city.
to grow in wealth
He prospered in his new line of business.
Supremacy of authority
The two countries fought for the sovereignty of the island.
to compete with other people to achieve or obtain something
Because she has eight children, all the children are constantly vying for their mother's attention.
much or less correct or exact
They determined the age of the fossil to be approximately three million years old.
the type of weather that a place or region has
When people grow old, they prefer to live in places where the climate is moderate.
something that is as good or better than something else
The new smaller cars had a competitive advantage over larger cars.
the result of doing something
The consequences of her drinking was losing her children.
a person who buys goods or services for personal needs
She was a consumer of fine wines and always went to great lengths to purchase quality wines.
the process of divesting or clearing forests or trees
There are many environmental problems caused by deforestation.
causing great damage
The destructive winds caused great damage to the small town.
causing great harm, damage
Her first attempt at cooking was disastrous; she almost caused a fire.
physical or mental work
She put a lot of effort into planning the party.
a wearing away
River erosion created the Grand Canyon.
no longer in existence
Dinosaurs are no longer in existence; they are extinct.
The immense mansion was purchased for 20 million dollars.
a broad view of the land
The woman wanted to purchase a house that would have a beautiful view of the landscape.
to influence someone or something to your advantage
The son loved his mother dearly, but he grew tired of her trying to manipulate his life.
a large number of something, especially people
The politician spoke to a multitude of 30,000 people.
an experience of a group of people who move from one place to another rather than living in one place all of the time
The rich young professionals sold all their belongings and lived a nomadic life, traveling from country to country.
to take away
The mayor was stripped of his administrative powers when he was found guilty.
The new house suits the needs of the family.
the spread of the city to the suburbs
Los Angeles was one of the first cities to experience an urban sprawl.
to build houses, offices, etc. in an area of countryside so that it becomes a town
The United States is a highly urbanized country.
The father was absent from his daughter's wedding.
The aggressive behavior of the child caused much concern for the parents.
There was a slight alteration in the plan; they decided to fly instead of driving.
a person or thing ready for something
She is the next candidate for the promotion.
a fact or event that makes a situation the way it is
The circumstances were not favorable for them to start a family.
the desire to purchase, coupled with the power to do so
The demand for the talking doll was high during the Christmas holiday.
The guides language skills help facilitate our tour through the congested part of town.
unlearned behavior or ability
A mother's instinct tells her when her child is in pain.
not conforming to or in accord with tradition
She married a nontraditional man; he cooks, cleans, and stays at home to watch the children.
standard of behavior
Wearing baggy pants and earrings is the norm for students in this school.
Some women resent the fact that some men think they were put on this earth to procreate only.
The church propagates a message of peace to the community.
to work hard at something
She studied hard and pursued a career in medicine.
to make copies of something
The teacher reproduced 50 copies of the exam.
a description of events that make up a general situation
The scenario of the play was that of a many trying to save his wife.
get a divorce
Ever since her parents split up, Mary has not been the same.
planning in order to achieve a goal
The company's strategy is simple: make good products and sell at a low price.
following customs that have continued in a group of people or society for a long time without changing
She decided not to marry Tom because he was too traditional; he expected her to stay home, cook and have babies.
how parents, teachers, and others give a good or bad education and manners to a young person growing up
By the way she behaves, it is obvious that she had a very good upbringing.
capable of succeeding
The only viable solution to the family's situation was that the children had to quit school.
The grades were accurate and reflected the hard work of the students.
having a negative or harmful effect on something
The loss of the farm adversely affected the family's income.
to officially announce that something such as a law, agreement, or marriage no longer exists
The couple received an annulment of their marriage because the woman already had a husband.
money paid for the care of one's minor child
Since the father made more money than the mother, he was required to pay $3,000 a month for child-support.
a difference, disagreement
A conflict arose between the two people when they couldn't agree on a price for the table.
much, a lot
The woman received a considerable amount of money from the insurance company.
The wife liked contemporary furniture, and the husband liked antiques.
different from contrary to what people think, the doctors in this country do not make that much money.
After the divorce, the mother received custody of the children.
causing a lot of damage or destruction
The devastating fire consumed over 30 homes.
to make necessary
Getting a job in the White House entails a lot of security checks.
to say something is better, worse, more important than it really is
The company profits were exaggerated, and no one knew the financial state of the company.
to have an effect
The new program to help the poor people impacted the community greatly.
Her desk was always messy; she had paper everywhere.
null and void
without legal force or effect
The marriage was considered null and void because the bride was a minor.
He was obliged to pay for the accident because he was at fault.
a reason or act that hides the real reason for doing something
He enter the house on the pretense that he was going to fix the refrigerator, but he really wanted to steal her money.
Our rental agreement was terminated because we had too many parties.
an exception to a rule or standard
There has been an unusual variance in temperature this month.
a solemn promise
She made a vow to exercise every day.
hurt badly, either physically or emotionally
Since the abused children had no place to go, the judge placed them with foster care families.
The mother allowed her children to watch TV programs that were not appropriate for them.
to become pregnant
She had a hard time conceiving a child.
a cause of shame or dishonor
She had disgraced her family by becoming pregnant when she was only 15 years old.
to do without
Many young couples these days forego a formal engagement party.
exaggerated advertising claims
They went to the new restaurant because of the hype, but they were disappointed.
born to unmarried parents
The illegitimate daughter of the president became a famous actress.
to stop an action happening between other people
The police had to intervene and take the child out of the house.
to not give enough care or attention
She was too busy drinking that she neglected her baby.
a place where orphans live and are cared for
The neighbors placed the little girl in an orphanage when they could not locate the parents.
David was not permitted to leave the house after 10 pm.
to describe someone or something in a certain way, to characterize them
Hollywood tends to portray Asians as being very weak and submissive.
anticipated in the future
The prospective buyers came to look at the house one more time.
a likeness to someone or something
The actress showed a resemblance to her famous grandfather.
something that someone must do
The responsibilities of becoming a parent are tremendous.
That which is just, morally good, legal, proper, or fitting
The citizens of this country do not have many rights; they can not vote or express their opinions.
a mark of shame or disgrace
Her father was an alcohol and that has been a stigma all her life.
lacking in good personal qualities
Due to her constant drinking, she was declared an unfit mother by the judge.
They considered getting an abortion because their child was unwanted, but they decided to keep the baby and start a family.
concerned about danger
Being wary of all strange men, the little girl started to run when the man approached her.
the method or possibility of approaching a place or person, or the right to use or look at something
Many poor people do not have access to a good education.
relating to the enjoyment or study of beauty
The table was not very practical, but it was aesthetically pleasing.
in an opposite way
Children should respect their parents; conversely, parents should not aggravate their children.
a group of events which happen in a particular order, one following the other, and which are often repeated
The life cycle of a butterfly is fascinating and remarkable for children to observe.
to show the limits of something
Properties in the neighborhood are clearly demarcated with fences.
thick; close together
The neighborhood was densely populated, and there was no space for the children to run around.
too large or too small in comparison to something else
All the men complained the ratio of men to women was disproportionately unbalanced.
a condition of being broken down and needing to be fixed
The town has fallen into a state of disrepair; all the buildings and street lights are damaged.
a national or racial group living in a country or area which contains a larger group of people of a different race or nationality
California has a disproportionate number of ethnic minorities in the school system.
Your plan is feasible as long as we can raise the funds.
writings and drawings on walls, often rude, funny, or political
Graffitis are against the law allowed in Singapore.
to meet people who might be useful to know, especially in your job
Having the right education and skills is important, but networking is becoming more important in finding a job.
to fight against successfully
He had to overcome his fear of flying first before he could become a pilot.
the amount by which two things or activities cover the same area
There is an overlap in the products of the two companies.
to keep alive or preserve in memory for a long time
He worked hard to perpetuate his father's legacy.
having an advantage that only one person or group of people has
Many children of wealthy families are privileged to receive an excellent education.
to keep one group of people apart from another and treat them differently
Racial segregation in the United States prevented blacks and whites from eating in the same restaurants.
the ability of individuals or groups to move within a social hierarchy with changes in income, education, occupation, etc
The family moved into a better neighborhood because they thought it would help with their social mobility.
one's position in society in terms of power and importance
Lawyers and doctors have more status than bus drivers.
The family has surmounted some difficulties and now they are doing well.
permit; to let
We allowed our son to start driving when he turned 16 years old.
the practice of looking after children until they are old enough to look after themselves
After she devoted 15 years to childrearing, she decided to pursue a career.
a period of 10 years
After decades of working on his invention, the scientist was finally rewarded for his hard work.
making a big impression
She made a dramatic entrance to the party; she wore a beautiful gown with lots of jewelry.
happen in sequence
After the terrible earthquake, a tsunami ensued.
to found, create
The English established several colonies around the world.
the ability to produce offspring or new plants
They decided to adopt a child because they had problems with fertility.
the economic crisis and period of low business activity in the U.S. and other countries, roughly beginning with the stock-market crash in October, 1929, and continuing through most of the 1930s
Her grandfather had lived through the Great Depression, and he hates to waste any food.
definitely going to happen
It was inevitable that you will not get into a good college if you don't study hard.
to live in an area
I was surprised to find that people inhabit such places as Siberia.
the length of time that a living thing, especially a human being, is likely to live
The life expectancy in America has greatly increased in the past 50 years.
A massive amount of information is available on the internet.
a period of 1000 years
By the year 2000, there were two millennia.
the rate of death from illness or disaster
The infant mortality rate in poor countries tend to be very high
the state of being a mother
Now that she was married, she eagerly looked forward to motherhood.
tempo of an activity
The company could not keep up with the pace of the demand for their product.
a financial plan that allows you to receive money after you or your employer have paid money into it for a number of years
She had diligently put money into her pension plan, and now she is able to enjoy the benefits.
to delay an event and plan or decide that it should happen at a later date or time
After postponing having children, the couple realized they were now too old to have children.
a possibility of success in the future
The prospect of her getting married was not very good; she was not over 50 years old.
continuing to live or exist
The whale did not have any chances of surviving because his wounds were too deep.
The little girl abhors vegetables.
to give what is needed to someone
The restaurant was not set up to accommodate the physically disabled.
something that adds to people's comfort
The only amenities at the hotel was its gym.
a strong action against something
After the senator made the comment about ethnic minorities, there was a backlash against his campaign.
a need for support
A child's dependence on his mother gradually decreases as he ages.
differences among people in race, ethnic group, religion
American is known for the diversity of its people.
to give strength or hope to someone; urge
The teacher encouraged his students to never give up their dreams.
discharge in the form of smoke or steam
The people in the village got sick from breathing in the exhaust from cars passing by.
The company's expansion program included building a gym for its employees.
a slow increase of the temperature of the air around the earth caused by pollution
Some scientist argue that global warming is not caused by human actions.
to go where someone or something doesn't belong
Our neighbor's fruit trees infringes in our yard.
the second of two people or things named
We watch a lot of horror and mystery movies, but we preferred the latter.
long in distance, time, or coverage
The speaker gave a lengthy description on the mating habits of whales.
a place, location for something that happens
The movie director chose a new locale for his next film.
the social level of people between the working class and upper class
Korea's middle class is starting to grow.
any person walking on a sidewalk, across a street, or down a road
In America, most pedestrians have the right of way; this is not true in some other countries.
to refuse, not accept
I do not reject his story, I just question some of the details.
After a vacation to Thailand, the man's health was restored.
to give up something that is valuable to you in order to help another person
You can not achieve your goals without sacrificing something in your life.
Public transport in Seoul is safe and efficient.
to soak up
The flowers absorbed all the water in the vase.
the basic of living things
Our bodies are made up of many cells.
to make up
Giving advice to young teens constituted most of his time at work.
a pain, often muscular, esp. starting the birth of a baby
The doctor told her to come to the hospital when her contractions were 10 minutes apart.
to make larger
The pupils dilate in the dark.
easy to see
They were able to see the baby's distinct features through the ultrasound.
the early stage of growth before birth
When they cracked open the egg, they saw the embryo of the chicken inside.
one of two tubes connecting the uterus with the ovaries
The woman's difficulty getting pregnant was caused by a blockage in her fallopian tube.
the union of egg and sperm that starts the development of new life
In vitro fertilization is a technique in which egg cells are fertilized by sperm outside the woman's womb.
the developed embryo in humans and other mammals
When the couple did an ultrasound, they were able to see the fetus.
to put an organ, group of cells, or device into the body in a medical operation
The doctor implanted a device into the man's skin which would help him stop smoking.
If you ingest any poison, you must call 911 immediately.
When the police found the children, they were badly malnourished.
while a baby is in the mother's womb
The fetus did not thrive because the woman did not receive adequate prenatal care.
a group of similar things or events
She likes to read books that are in a series.
the ability to continue to exist or live
The team's survival in the tournament depended on their defensive tactics.
The climbers traversed over the rocky mountains.
any of the three three-month periods that a human pregnancy is divided into
The woman felt very good during her second trimester of her pregnancy.
female organ where a baby develops
The doctors had to remove the woman's uterus, and she could no longer get pregnant.
the part of a woman's body where a baby can grow
Although her daughter did not grow in her womb, she loved her all the more.
related to ideas, feelings and not concrete things
Love is an abstract concept for many people.
independence or freedom
When children become toddlers, they start to assert their autonomy.
to criticize heavily
The audience bombarded the candidate with many comments about healthcare.
noting a relationship between actions or events such that one or more are the result of the other or others
Babies normally do not understand the cause-and-effect of their behaviors.
having many parts or details that make something hard to understand or deal with
The mother could no longer her son with his complex math problems.
to think hard about something
It was difficult to concentrate in the library because the people were talking too loudly.
dealing with facts and certainties
The police did not have any concrete evidence to arrest the criminal.
to think about something
She considered becoming a doctor, but she decided against it because she couldn't stand blood.
to act or work together for a particular purpose
The school, the hospital and the church worked cooperatively to help the child get better.
an eager desire to know or learn about something
Out of curiosity, he called the police station to find out what had happened to the robber.
to take away one's confidence or hope
The parents tried to discourage their son from joining the army.
showing no respect
The students had a disdainful attitude towards their substitute teacher.
From it's infancy, the restaurant never served alcohol.
asking lots of questions
She had a very inquisitive daughter; she asked at least five questions to everyone she met.
a system of reasoning
The youth had very poor logic and was not able to win many arguments.
capable of going from one place to another
Her doctor recommended four weeks of bed rest, but after one week she was quite mobile.
the ability to perform complex muscle-and-nerve acts that produce movement
The five year old had very good fine motor skills; she used her scissors effectively.
to assume the attitudes, actions, and discourse of (another)
The school teaches the students to role-play different situations in order to prevent the students from getting kidnapped.
able to take care of oneself without outside help
Even after the stroke, her 70 year old mother was very self-reliant; she cooked her own meals and did her own shopping.
a violent demonstration of rage or frustration
It was obvious the child was not properly disciplined; he threw a temper tantrum even in public.
a teenager, especially ages 13-17 adolescents are often confused because of their emotions; they do not realize this is normal.
By 10 months, most babies are autonomous enough to roam around the house by themselves.
difficult to use, do, or deal with
During adolescents, teenagers often feel very awkward with what is going on in their bodies.
awkward in movement or manner
After she first learned how to walk, Sarah was very clumsy and fell often.
connected with thinking or conscious mental processes
Although she was 15, her cognitive skills were not fully developed, and she behaved like a five year old.
to think about something seriously
Her parents were not a very good role model for her, and she seriously contemplated whether she wanted to get married or not.
a sickness or disturbance
Teenage girls who struggle with self-esteem often suffer from eating disorders.
a group viewed as a whole
Although they are owned by the same person, they are essentially different entities.
to proceed with strength or speed despite problems or difficulties
Despite her lack of funds and other complications, she decided to forge ahead with her plans.
a chemical from body organs that stimulates activity in living systems
Teenage years can be difficult because the body is adjusting to all the hormones that are being produced.
imagined or suggested but not necessarily real or true
The two men liked to have hypothetical discussions about what the future will be like.
The couple found it difficult to have an intimate relationship because the husband was constantly traveling.
the organ of a woman or a female animal that produces eggs
The woman could not get pregnant because she had her ovaries removed when she was young.
a person who is one's equal in age, rank, ability, or other quality
During teenage years, the advice of their peers become much more important than that of the parents.
a small organ at the base of the brain that regulates the body's growth
Because Tom was not growing, the doctors checked his pituitary glands to see if there any problems.
relating to the human mind and feelings
She felt very sick, but after extensive tests the doctors realized that it was all psychological.
ability to think logically
The stroke had impaired her reasoning skills, and she was no longer able to have normal conversations.
to let something go
After catching 30 fish, the fisherman released them back into the ocean.
to move out or forward with great force
He was always short until he had a grow spurt in college.
very loud, or full of confusion, change or uncertainty
After growing up in a very tumultuous family environment, Mary decided never to get married.
the world of students and teachers
He had spent all of his adult life in academia because he was a history professor.
to be provided or exist at the same time as something
There is a lot of stress that accompanies planning a wedding.
Her pants were too big so she had to get them altered.
more than enough
They thought they had ample time to get to the party, but they didn't anticipate the accident on the highway.
a flat surface to write on in classrooms
Most blackboards in the school have been replaced with dry erase boards.
going against one's sense of honesty
The mother recognized her son's blatant lies.
the courses offered at an educational institution
Parents believe that private schools offer a more rigorous curriculum than public schools do.
to look deeply into
Unless you delve into a subject, you really wont' understand it.
a group of 12
I bought a dozen donuts and ate them by myself.
the rate at which something happens
The frequency of her contractions had increased.
belonging naturally to someone or something
Taking care of their young is intrinsic for most animals.
funny and not serious
The child was very playful and continued to entertain the adults around her.
to recall, remember someone or something when one sees or hears that person or thing
The young woman recognized the tall man from the party.
something that is not accepted
His rejection of his wife's culture caused them to divorce.
to stay after others are gone
The family decided to remain in the house even after the death of their grandfather.
a person with the same parents as someone else
Because there were seven children in her family, she often fought with her siblings for her parent's attention.
The family was able to take a vacation because the father had received a significant increase in his salary.
The spontaneous nature of her son drove the mother crazy; she liked everything planned.
My children have a very structured day; they have a different activity each hour of the day.
Babysitting five rebellious children was a trying experience for the baby sitter.
helpful or good effect
The benefit of a high school diploma is that you will be more employable.
She had many concerns about her daughter living alone in New York City.
the desire to purchase, coupled with the power to do so
The demand for the talking doll was high during the Christmas holiday.
the throwing away or dumping of
Most American homes have a garbage disposal in the kitchen.
the system of trade and industry by which the wealth of a country is made and used
The housing boom improved the country's sagging economy.
working or operating quickly and effectively in an organized way
After fixing refrigerators for 20 years, he was very efficient at what he did.
a Chinese art that reveals ways to balance the energies of the environment to assure health, wealth and good fortune
After having bad luck in her business for several years, she finally consulted a feng shui specialist who told her to paint her house red for better luck.
To move through or as if through a funnel
The tourists were slowly funneling their way through airport customs.
person who lives in a certain area
The inhabitants of the east coast enjoy four distinct seasons.
She labored over creating the perfect wedding dress for her daughter.
a system of public transportation in a given metropolitan area, typically comprising of buses, subways, and elevated trains
Residents of Seoul do not need a car because of the efficient mass transit system.
to give a reason to do something
None of the students were motivated to study harder.
to make as effective
The city officials did not optimize the existing land in the city.
a salary or wage check
Most employees work hard to receive their paycheck.
to give preference or priority to
If given a choice, most children would prefer to watch television over doing homework.
a person who lives in a certain area
The residents of Hawaii enjoy a very scenic view.
a useful or valuable possession or quality
Having traveled to over 30 countries, the student was a valuable resource to her peers.
to make a home
Our family immigrated to the United States and settled in San Francisco.
related to a city
Many young people from the small towns choose to move to urban areas.
She loved to eat at buffets because if offered her a variety of foods.
a change that results in something to suit different conditions or uses
The elementary students enjoyed the adaptation of Romeo and Juliet; it was an animation.
She was adept at making everyone believe her lies.
a good feature
She had an advantage over other students because she had studied Latin in high school.
to satisfy someone's special needs and desires
The parents catered to their child's every needs.
act of working with someone toward a common goal
The goal of kindergarten is to teach children cooperation.
a person or thing that is like another or does the same type of job
His counterpart at the hospital was a woman in her 50's.
made specially for individual customers
She liked to be unique and always wore custom shoes made especially for her.
giving a lot of information with many details
The detailed report outlined the patients history and treatments that were offered.
something that hurts or gets in the way of success
The disadvantage of the new pay system is that it is completely based on the number of hours you work regardless of the quality.
to improve the quality, amount or strength of something
Some athletes believe enhancing their muscles will help them improve their game.
A comprehensive elementary education is essential for students to do well in high school.
an amount which is more than acceptable
The parents were excessively involved in their teenage son's school life.
education after high school
More than 75% of the population has some training in higher education.
to cause something to get better
If his situation does not improve, we will have to operate.
Learning style is an individual's unique approach to learning based on strengths, weaknesses, and preferences
The student learned best by listening to audio tapes of books because he had an auditory learning style.
the ability to read and write
Korea has a very high literacy rate; more than 95% of the people can read and write.
normal or expected
It is natural to get nervous before a big test.
the tasks, or beliefs that are most important and require attention
Getting good grades was not his priority; getting a well rounded education was.
a particular characteristic that can produce a particular type of behavior
Being rude is not a positive trait.
the belief that work is morally good
Without good work ethics, it is impossible to advance in your career.
As you approach the town, you'll see the college on the left.
capacity for, to be good at doing something
Her aptitude for math made her a good candidate for the math contest.
not required in school or college
In addition to his core classes, he took 2 electives: logic and debate.
To subject or allow to be subjected to an action, influence, or condition
Children that have been exposed to different situations tend to be more mature.
to make longer in space or time
We extended our vacation because we really enjoyed the beach.
any general arrangement of something
The format of the meeting was a short lecture followed by a question and answer session.
slowly; over time
Nathan practiced every day and gradually became much better.
Children often have a lot of respect for grown ups, whether they deserve it or not.
Anna received guidance from her math teacher; she is now pursuing a doctorate degree in math.
to give information imparting his love of God to his grandchildren was a priority for the old man.
make a part of
Traditional television is integrated as it contains images, sound and text.
to communicate with someone
Although they lived in the same house, the father and son barely interacted with each other.
the things that a person must have in order to have a satisfactory life
The family did not make enough money for their basic needs, such as food and clothing.
in general, considering everything
His overall grade in school was not bad, although he was not doing well in science.
a manual that covers the basics of a subject
He wrote a primer on how to discipline rebellious children.
initiative to undertake or continue a task or activity without another's prodding or supervision
Being self-motivated is crucial for people who want to pursue a career in medicine.
to make something to specific requirements
He tailored his speech to match the needs of the audience.
Her arguments for living alone were so tenuous her parents decided against the idea.
The weather gets colder during the transition from summer to autumn.
to stop former habits
She weaned herself from eating chocolates by exercising whenever she had cravings.
When he attained his doctorate, he felt he had accomplished all his dreams.
to draw interest
With its beautiful beaches and friendly people, Thailand attracts many tourists each year.
After her father's stroke, she had the burden of supporting her family.
Tom had to quit his job because he couldn't make a decent living with his salary.
to get something one deserves as the result of action or effort
After studying very hard, she earned a scholarship to Harvard University.
the potential to make money
Compared to her sister, Mary had more earning power because she had a university degree.
The little boy had extraordinary musical abilities.
the teaching staff at a school or college
The faculty at that university is known for their spectacular research.
The school set firm requirements for graduation.
The old man funds his grandchildren's education.
to give a promise of satisfaction
She was a little worried about her piano because the movers could not guarantee when it would be delivered.
study of the humanities, social and natural sciences, and mathematics
She studied liberal arts in university which prepared her well for her teaching career.
a sum of money borrowed at a rate of interest
She took out a loan from the bank to pay for her college education.
one's condition in life
It was his lot in life to make a lot of money.
It is a very lucrative business in this industry.
minimum hourly rate that employers must pay to workers
Most fast-food restaurants pay minimum wage; it is not sufficient to support a family on.
enthusiasm; strong interest
He must have some passions.
an education beyond high school
Many foreigners choose to complete their post-secondary education in the United States.
to give money to a person, group, or business
Many small businesses that first start out are subsidized by the government.
describes sports teams at schools or colleges which are at the most skilled level of play
He was a member of the varsity football team at her high school.
when something goes faster
The new car model was touted for its sleek design, but it had poor acceleration.
express something in clear and effective language
The speaker articulated the need for conserving energy in his speech.
to state something as being true, especially when there is some doubt
She claimed she graduated from Harvard University, but no one believed her.
to tell someone what he or she says isn't true
The couple could never agree; the wife always contradicted her husband.
unusual and attractive
On their trip to Asia, they had discovered many exotic fruits and vegetables.
The scientist presented a flawed argument during his lecture.
The formulation of a new education policy took months to prepare.
a natural force pulling objects to the ground
Without gravity, we would all be floating in the air.
any object existing in space, especially a planet, star, or the moon
The sun is a heavenly body that we can all see and feel.
to give a possible but not yet proved explanation for something
Everyone hypothesized about how the accident happened.
source of motivation or creativity
His inspiration for his book came from his long walks along the beach.
increase or improvement
After being inspired by the movie, Mary made leaps in her studies; she received all A's on her report card.
The change to the script was so minute, everyone disregarded it.
new and different
She had novel ways of solving problems.
movement; trend; happening
The wrapping of Christmas presents is a fairly recent phenomenon in American life.
to make difficult to see
The car was shrouded by tree branches.
a surface at an angle
She skiing ability had improved significantly that she no longer skied down the same slopes.
an unusual development
There was a new twist to the murder case; the husband was found guilty.
so bad that one cannot think about it
It is unthinkable for me to imagine getting divorced.
a totally empty and airless space
How will the human body, without the protection of a spacesuit, respond to the vacuum of outer space?
set on doing something
She was bent on finishing her degree, no matter how long it took.
the understanding of something from thinking intelligently and from everyday experience
It is common sense that the man should pay for the meal on a first date.
say what someone must do
The winning team will dictate what the losing team must do.
The entire building caught on fire.
The little children were fascinated by the clown and his magic tricks.
Thousands of balloons fell from the heavens.
having or representing the sun as a center heliocentrism is the theory that the sun is at the center of the Universe.
She labored over creating the perfect wedding dress for her daughter.
The soldiers stood motionless for several hours.
revolve around a star, planet, etc.
Smooth sailing after the storm, the aircar arrived at the orbit of the Island of Paradise.
a model or concept used as a standard by which people evaluate, understand, and often act
The older generation had to have a paradigm shift in order to understand the younger generation.
You need to follow the precise measurements of the recipe if you want your cake to turn out o.k.
a statement about what will happen in the future
The weather man's predictions about the weather is almost always incorrect.
to bring together people or ideas that were separated
Before the group could move forward, they had to first reconcile their differences.
The religious revival swept the entire nation.
unkind words or actions that make someone or something look stupid or worthless
The new student was treated with such ridicule by her peers that her parents decided to send her to another school.
having strict or high standards for behavior or action
Students must finish a rigorous program in order to become a doctor.
There has been a steady wind blowing all day.
a likelihood to behave in a particular way or to like a particular thing
She has a tendency of leaving her clothes everywhere.
describes something that has been in use, or someone who has been involved in something, for a long time
In recent years, there has been a decline in the venerable tradition of Easter egg hunting.
At the beginning of the play, the actor broke his leg.
a game played by two people on a table covered in green cloth in which a long pole is used to hit balls against each other and into pockets around the table
The mother was worried when her son just wanted to play billiards rather than study.
His contributions to the arts was significant; he had created five art museums.
to give more detail
The eye witness elaborated on the details of the accident.
stylish in appearance, graceful, refined
Mary had exquisite tastes and had her house decorated with elegant furniture.
to act with power, force, influence
The doctors warned her to stay in bed and not exert too much energy.
a source or instrument of power or energy
The forces of the wind knocked over ten trees.
resistance that results when two surfaces are rubbed together
When you rub two stones together, the friction causes a spark which can start a fire.
The president's humble beginnings surprised everyone.
Are you interested in the political implications of weblogs and social software?
Her artistic abilities are quite impressive; it is difficult to imagine she painted everything with her feet.
without clear limits
Due to the lack of staff, the science education program has been stopped indefinitely.
the amount of matter of an object
Although the plastic box was bigger than the book, the book had a greater mass.
The orphans only had a miniscule piece of toast to eat each morning.
small, not important
The cost of getting the car fixed is negligible compared to what could have happened.
of or belonging to the eye optics is a branch of physics that describes the behavior and properties of light.
a child that is advanced in intelligence or development
He had a precocious child that played the piano beautifully at the age of three.
happening or done too soon, especially before the natural or desired time
The baby was born prematurely and had to be placed in an incubator for six weeks.
The news of your retirement stunned me.
something that helps you to do a particular activity
The calculator is a useful tool for all math students.
to reach, gain
She didn't realize that she would be able to achieve everything that she had.
suitable or right for a particular situation
We had saved over two years for our vacation, and we stayed at a resort aptly named "Pamper Yourself."
A revolt will arise if the government does not find ways to feed its people.
a small amount of something
There was a bit of crumb on the pastor's tie.
to make or create for oneself
He was very diligent and was able to carve out a career in real estate.
the chief foundation on which something is constructed or developed
The cornerstone of the Christian religion is that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for people's sins.
to go out of sight
The father often disappears for several hours a day; he needs to be alone.
all the living things in an area and the way they affect each other and the environment
The major oil spill will have a great impact on the surrounding ecosystems.
one's sense of balance
The senior citizen lost her equilibrium and fell down the stairs.
the development of living things
The evolution of the computer happened very rapidly.
change over time
A small argument evolved into a big war between the two families.
The parade came to a halt when it started raining hard.
someone who studies the processes that cause particular weather conditions
The meteorologist forecasted five days of severe thunderstorms.
unclear and dark
Due to the oil spill, the river had turned very murky.
an example or model to be followed
All scientific research must follow certain patterns.
During the time of Hitler, the Jews lived in perpetual fear of being captured.