Reading Care Vocabulary Part 2
to put money, time, or effort into, with the hopes of receiving something in return
The new law invested the president with authority to fire anyone at the executive branch whenever he wanted to.
a joke or act done in fun
Juan and his brother often jest with each other, but sometimes a joke will go to far and someone's feelings will get hurt.
sharply perceptive or clever
At the funeral, the women keened loudly over the dead boy, but the men mourned silently.
fully developed, grown
Because Jill was such a spoiled brat as a child, her parents were worried about what she'd be like when she grew up; luckily, she has matured into a lovely, kind young woman.
humble, modest, and submissive
Frank is bossy, authoritative, and loud with his employees, but when he comes home to his domineering wife, he becomes quite meek.
someone who has just arrived or joined
Marie welcomed the newcomer to her lunch table, saying, "Pleasing sit with us -- I know how hard it is to move to a new school where you don't have friends yet!"
an aristocrat or high-class person
"Of course helping the poor would be a noble idea," said the politician, "but how do you plan to raise the money to achieve your high-minded, virtuous goal?"
to notice or watch
In recent years, Odie had grown less religious and only observed his Christian faith on Christmas, when his wife dragged him to church.
to make unable to move or function
"The car accident, which cut Jeff's spinal cord, paralyzed Jeff from the waist down," the doctor said sadly. "He wil never walk again."
a large, flat, and high expanse of land or rock
During the diet, Will's weight went up and down almost every day, until finally, in June, it plateaued at 190 pounds.
existing in a large amount
In the summer, the heavy rains and long weeks of sunshine ensured that the village had a plentiful harvest; no one would starve in the next year.
a plan with a certain goal, a group undertaking
Based on their profits from the past three months, the company projects that they will make $1 million by the end of the year.
to make pure, to move pollutants
Queenie purified the water by running it through a filter that removed any metal or dirt.
to identify something one has seen before
Although Fred seemed like an angry, rude boy most of the time, Debra recognized a good side to him.
the act of asking for something
Heathcliff requested a pay raise from his boss, but his boss said that there was not enough money in the budget to give raises that year.
nervous and continually moving, active and unable to be quiet or at rest
Nervous about his big test the next day, Craig spent the a restless night tossing and turning in bed, and wound up getting only a few hours of uneasy sleep.
to grab or take by force
When something flew into the engine and got stuck there, the engine seized up and caused the car to suddenly come to a grinding halt.
a number of items, often in sequence
After ten episodes, the television series suddenly ended, leaving fans to wonder what might have happened next.
to burn without flame, only smoke
They let the fire slowly burn out to a smolder and extinguished the hot coals with some water.
to leave or abandon
To make the necklace, she put some glass beads on a long strand of leather.
a cohesive, built object
The boss made sure to structure the meeting so that the most important decisions were made before lunch, because half of the staff had to leave at noon.
adequate, meeting needs and obligations
Henry's vegetable garden provides a sufficient amount of produce for the family, so they go grocery shopping only for other items, such as milk and eggs.
an unproven idea or guess
In music theory class, Miguel learned how to structure a symphony and why certain tones sound good to the human ear.
neat and ordered
Gillian asked Vern to tidy up the living room before the guests arrived, so he put the books and magazines back on the bookshelf, dusted the furniture, and vacuumed the carpet.
Bill's sore throat made it hard for him to utter a single word without feeling great pain.
completely empty, unfilled
"I would expect a smart boy like you to date intelligent woman," scoffed Tara, "instead of vacant airheads without a single interesting thought to share!"
feeling or showing exhaustion
The long walk wearied their two dogs, who collapsed on the front porch slept for the rest of the morning withoutmoving a muscle.
to measure the weight or heaviness of an object
Lola's guilt weighed on her conscience so heavily that she decided to go to church for the first time in years.
one's mental abilities, sanity, and intelligence (usually plural "wits")
Mel was a man of great wit, he could throw out funny jokes so quickly that people were sure he had prepared them in advance.
a line full of sharp turns
The zigzag road caused Shelley to slide from side to side in the back seat of the car, and she eventually got carsick as a result.
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