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April 11, 2014

Vocabulary: Units 1, 2, and 3

Filed under: vocabulary — richardlstansfield @ 12:49 pm

Unit 1

only child: (noun) someone who has no siblings (brothers or sisters)

weeknight: (noun) the evening or night of any day of the week except Saturday and Sunday

wreck: (verb) to destroy something completely

allergy: (noun) a medical condition in which your body reacts badly to something that you eat, breathe, or touch:

afford: (verb) to have enough money to buy something or enough time to do something

broke: (adjective) to not have any money

neighbor: (noun) someone who lives very near you, especially in the next house

neighborhood: (noun) an area of a town or city that people live in

vintage: (adjective) having all the best or most typical qualities of something, especially from the past

surroundings (noun) the place where someone or something is and the things that are in it

sweatshirt: (noun) a shirt made of soft, thick cotton that is worn during exercise or informal activities

Unit 2

creative: (adjective) good at thinking of new ideas or using imagination to create new and unusual things

pool: (noun) a game in which two people use long, thin sticks to hit coloured balls into holes around the edge of a table

work out: (verb) to do exercises to make your body stronger

skill: (noun) the ability to do an activity or job well, especially because you have practised it:

gym: (noun) a building with equipment for doing exercises

local: (adjective) relating to an area near you

lasagne: (noun) a type of Italian food consisting of flat pieces of pasta with layers of meat and sauce in between

martial arts: (noun) traditional fighting methods, done as self-defense or a sport

puzzles: (noun) a game or activity in which you have to put pieces together or answer questions using skill

memorabilia: (noun) objects relating to famous people or events that people collect:

geocaching: (noun) the outdoor sport or game of searching for hidden objects by using Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates posted on the Internet

duct tape: (noun) a long, thin strip of very strong sticky material that is sold in a roll and is often used for covering holes or other repair jobs

flea market: (noun) a market where you can buy old or used things cheaply

pottery: (noun) the activity of making plates, bowls, etc from clay

Unit 3

cope: (verb) to deal quite successfully with a difficult situation

checkup: (noun) a medical examination to test your general state of health

reunion: (noun) an occasion when people who have not met each other for a long time meet again

in shape: (phrase) healthy and physically strong

once in a while: (phrase) sometimes but not often

meditation: (noun) to think calm thoughts for a long period in order to relax or as a religious activity

cut down: (verb) to eat or drink less of something, or to reduce the amount or number of something

give up: (verb) to stop doing or having a bad habit or something unhealthy, such as smoking or alcohol

flu: (noun) an illness like a very bad cold, that makes you feel hot and weak

vinegar: (noun) a sour liquid that is used in cooking, often made from wine

gargle: (verb) to move liquid or medicine around in your throat without swallowing, especially to clean it or stop it feeling painful

run-down: (adjective) weak; having lost energy, power, or strength

sore: (adjective) painful, especially when touched

cough drop: (noun) a hard, sweet piece of medicine that you suck on to help a cough get better

upset stomach: (phrase) an illness in the stomach

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