20 terms

Reading Explorer 4, Unit 3

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compulsory
something that must be done because it is the law or because someone in authority orders you to; mandatory
contaminate
to make a place or substance dirty or harmful by putting something such as chemicals or poison in it
digestion
the process of changing food that you have just eaten into substances that your body can use
diligent
to work hard and be careful and thorough
feasible
possible and likely to work
integral
forming a necessary part of something
nationwide
happening or existing in every part of the country
optimistic
believing that good things will happen in the future; not pessimistic
pioneer
someone who is important in the early development of something, and whose work or ideas are later developed by other people
allergic
having a medical condition in which you become ill or in which your skin becomes red and painful because you have eaten or touched a particular substance
battle
a fight between opposing armies, groups of ships, groups of people etc
confine
to keep someone or something within the limits of a particular activity or subject; restrict
conventional
a method, product, practice etc that has been used for a long time and is considered the usual type
diminish
to become or make something become smaller or less; reduce
gene
a part of a cell in a living thing that controls what it looks like, how it grows, and how it develops
notwithstanding
in spite of something
nutrition
the process of giving or getting the right type of food for good health and growth
pest
a small animal or insect that destroys crops or food supplies; vermin
revolution
a complete change in ways of thinking, methods of working etc
skeptic
a person who disagrees with particular claims and statements, especially those that are generally thought to be true