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Vocabulary Workshop Level C Units 1-3

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adage
(n.) a proverb, wise saying
bonanza
(n.) a rich mass of ore in a mine; something very valuable, profitable, or rewarding; a source of wealth or prosperity; a very large amount; sudden profit or gain
churlish
(adj.) lacking politeness or good manners; lacking sensitivity; difficult to work with or deal with; rude
citadel
(n.) a fortress that overlooks and protects a city; any strong or commanding place
collaborate
(v.) to work with, work together
decree
(n.) an order having the force of law; (v.) to issue such an order; to command firmly or forcefully
discordant
(adj.) disagreeable in sound, jarring; lacking in harmony, conflicting
evolve
(v.) to develop gradually; to rise to a higher level
excerpt
(n.) a passage taken from a book, article, etc.; (v.) to take such a passage; to quote
grope
(v.) to feel about hesitantly with the hands; to search blindly and uncertainly
hover
(v.) to float or hang suspended over; to move back and forth uncertainly over or around
jostle
(v.) to make or force one's way by pushing or elbowing; to bump, shove, brush against; to compete for
laggard
(n.) a person who moves slowly or falls behind; (adj.) falling behind, slow to move, act, or respond
plaudits
(n. pl.) applause; enthusiastic praise or approval
preclude
(v.) to make impossible, prevent, shut out
revert
(v.) to return, go back
rubble
(n.) broken stone or bricks; ruins
servile
(adj.) of or relating to a slave; behaving like or suitable for a slave or a servant, menial; lacking spirit or independence, abjectly submissive
vigil
(n.) a watch, especially at night; any period of watchful attention
wrangle
(v.) to quarrel or argue in a noisy, angry way; to obtain by argument; to herd; (n.) a noisy quarrel
antics
(n. pl.) ridiculous and unpredictable behavior or actions
avowed
(adj., part.) declared openly and without shame, acknowledged
banter
(v.) to exchange playful remarks, tease; (n.) talk that is playful and teasing
bountiful
(adj.) giving freely, generous; plentiful, given abundantly
congested
(adj., part.) overcrowded, filled or occupied to excess
detriment
(n.) harm or loss; injury, damage; a disadvantage; a cause of harm, injury, loss, or damage
durable
(adj.) sturdy, not easily worn out or destroyed; lasting for a long time; (n. pl.) consumer goods used repeatedly over a series of years
enterprising
(adj.) energetic, willing and able to start something new; showing boldness and imagination
frugal
(adj.) economical, avoiding waste and luxury; scanty, poor, meager
gingerly
(adj., adv.) with extreme care or caution
glut
(v.) to provide more than is needed or wanted; to feed or fill to the point of overstuffing; (n.) an oversupply
incognito
(adj., adv.) in a disguised state, under an assumed name or identity; (n.) the state of being disguised; a person in disguise
invalidate
(v.) to make valueless, take away all force or effect
legendary
(adj.) described in well-known stories (legends) rather than in real life
maim
(v.) to cripple, disable, injure, mar, disfigure, mutilate
minimize
(v.) to make as small as possible, make the least of; to make smaller than before
oblique
(adj.) slanting or sloping; not straightforward or direct
veer
(v.) to change direction or course suddenly, turn aside, shift, swerve
venerate
(v.) to regard with reverence, look up to with great respect
wanton
(adj.) reckless; heartless, unjustifiable; loose in morals; (n.) a spoiled, pampered person; one with low morals
allot
(v.) to assign or distribute in shares or portions
amass
(v.) to bring together, collect, gather, especially for oneself; to come together, assemble
audacious
(adj.) bold, adventurous, recklessly daring
comply
(v.) to yield to a request or command
devoid
(adj.) not having or using, lacking
elite
(n.) the choice part of a group of people or things; (adj.) superior
grapple
(n.) an iron hook used to grab and hold; (v.) to come to grips with, wrestle or fight with
incapacitate
(v.) to deprive of strength or ability; to make legally ineligible
instigate
(v.) to urge on; to stir up, provoke, start, incite
longevity
(n.) long life, long duration, length of life
myriad
(adj.) in very great numbers; (n.) a very great number
perspective
(n.) a point of view or general standpoint from which different things are viewed, physically or mentally; the appearance to the eye of various objects at a given time, place, or distance
perturb
(v.) to trouble, make uneasy; to disturb greatly; to throw into confusion
prodigious
(adj.) immense; extraordinary in bulk, size, or degree
relevant
(adj.) connected with or related to the matter at hand
skittish
(adj.) extremely nervous and easily frightened; shy or timid; extremely cautious; unstable, undependable
tether
(n.) a rope or chain used to fasten something to a fixed object; the outer limit of strength or resources; (v.) to fasten with a rope or chain
unison
(v.) a sounding together; agreement or accord
vie
(v.) to compete; to strive for victory or superiority
willful
(adj.) stubbornly self-willed; done on purpose, deliberate