73 terms

WPSD Vocabulary Bee 2014/2015

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DEBATE
a formal discussion of a specific problem or issue in which people express different opinions
DATA
information that you collect, share, or store
Literal
when the meaning of a word or expression is its basic original meaning; using a word to fit its true definition
Figurative
when the meaning of a word or expression is different from what it usually means; using a word to express a different meaning
Priority
something of high importance; top of the list
Operate
run a piece of machinery; how something works
Volatile
can change very quickly and unpredictably
flourish
to grow or develop rapidly (quickly) and successfully
maintenance
all of the necessary work you do to keep something going and/or in good condition
contract
a formal agreement between two or more people that states what each person will do responsibly
Phenomena
something that happens or exists in society or nature and is studied because it is difficult to understand
Maneuver
a skilled movement
fluctuate
rising (going up) and falling (going down) irregularly
beware
be cautious or careful of something that could be harmful/dangerous
defect
an imperfection, a flaw, or a weakness
bizarre
very strange; odd
zone
an area of land or space with a specific purpose or designation
participate
to take part in or become involved in an activity
alter
to slightly change
component
a small part of a larger whole (e.g. part of a machine)
consumer
A person who purchases (buys) goods and services
zealous
having a lot of energy or enthusiasm
saturate
to be thoroughly soaked (wet) or filled with a liquid substance
toxin
a poisonous substance that can cause damage if ingested (eaten, inhaled)
export
send goods or services to another country for sale
import
bring goods or services from another country into our country for sale
shortage
situation when there is "not enough" of something that we really need
obtained
to get something
published
printed as a book, magazine, or newspaper and sold to the general public
illustrated
drawing, taking pictures, or using graphics in a book, magazine or newspaper
region
general area of definable characteristics (such as climate or geography)
site
specified area for hosting an event/activity or beginning building/construction
vital
very important or absolutely necessary
vile
extremely unpleasant; awful or wicked
obligation
a duty or commitment of which you are morally or legally bound
oblivious
not aware of what's happening around you
withdraw
to remove or take something away
regulations
rules maintained by some authority
instruct
to teach
survey
investigate opinions or experiences of people by asking them questions
version
a copy of something that has been changed so that it is slightly different
vary
always changing; never the same
structure (1)
(1) something that has been built, especially something large such as a building or a bridge
resident
resident
someone who lives or stays in a particular place
structure (2)
(2) a situation where activities are carefully organized and planned
defrost
1)remove ice from (2) thaw frozen foods before cooking
dichotomy
difference between two things that are complete opposites
element
a small, but important, part of something bigger
conduct
the way someone behaves
strenuous
needing a lot of effort or strength; not easy
luxury
something that brings great comfort or pleasure that you don't need, and can be expensive
ominous
feeling like something bad is going to happen
anonymous
unknown person or name
flaw
a mistake, a weakness, or a defect
hoax
an attempt to make people believe something that is not true​
initiate
to start something up or put into action
conquer
overcome and take control of
sacrifice
to willingly give something up to someone/something, especially something you enjoy or need
urgent
very important and needing immediate attention
trespass
enter land or property without owner's permission
revoke
to officially put a stop to a law, decision, or agreement
flammable/inflammable
easily sets fire
promote
to help someone/something develop and become better​
expansion
when something becomes larger in size, more in number, or increases in range
species
group of animals or plants whose members are all the same
sequence
the order of events that describe how something happens
guarantee
a promise that something will happen or will be done
isolate
to separate someone/something from the group
manipulate
to CONTROL something or someone; to make someone to think or behave a certain way by skillfully deceiving, bribing, or threatening them
transmit
to pass on from one person/place to another (e.g. signals, messages, diseases)
expose
to show something that is usually covered or hidden
pursue
to continue doing something or trying to achieve something over a long period of time
yield
to pause of slow down in order to assess a situation

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