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3rd Grade Vocabulary List

These words commonly appear in many state standardized tests. The word list originates from "The Word Up Project."
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ability
the power or skill to do something
absorb
to soak up or take in
accuse
to say that someone has done something wrong
act
play a role or part
active
taking action; full of movement
actual
taking place in reality
adopt
to take into your family
advantage
Something that is helpful or useful
advice
An opinion about what should be done
ambition
a strong drive for success
ancient
very old
approach
move towards
arrange
To put in a certain order
arctic
extremely cold
attitude
A way of thinking or feeling about certain things.
attract
to draw something to yourself (like magnets)
average
not special or unusual; ordinary
avoid
to keep away from
bold
fearless and daring
border
a strip forming the outer edge of something
brief
short; not long-lasting
brilliant
full of light
cable
A thick steel rope made of strands of wire twisted together.
capture
to take by force
certain
having no doubt; sure
chill
make cool or cooler
clever
bright; intelligent; having a quick mind
climate
Overall weather in an area over a long period of time
cling
to hold on tightly to somebody/something
coast
the shore of a sea or ocean
confess
to say or admit that one has done something wrong
consider
think about carefully
contain
to hold something within iteslf
continent
one of the large landmasses of the earth
convince
to make someone believe something
coward
a person who has no courage or gets scared easily
crew
an organized group of workmen
crumple
to crush together or press into wrinkles
custom
a tradition; a way of doing something that many people follow
decay
to become rotten
deed
a paper that shows who owns a certain building or piece of land
defend
to keep safe; to protect
delicate
easily broken, damaged or destroyed
device
Tool or piece of equipment
diagram
a drawing intended to explain how something works
digest
To change food after it has been eaten into simpler forms that the body can use.
disease
an illness or sickness
distant
far away
doze
sleep lightly or for a short period of time
drift
to be carried along by currents of air or water
elegant
showing good taste; graceful; beautiful
enable
to make possible
examine
to look at closely
explore
to travel around a new, unknown place to see what it is like
fan
someone who closely follows a group, team, or person
fatal
bringing death
fierce
very strong or violent
flutter
the motion made by flapping up and down
fortunate
lucky
frail
easily broken, damaged or destroyed
gasp
when you suddenly breathe in deeply, usually because you're scared or you' re crying
glide
to move smoothly and easily
globe
a round model of the Earth
grace
beautiful movement (like a ballerina)
gradual
happening little by little
grasp
hold firmly
habit
Something that a person does so often that it is done without thinking.
harsh
extremely unkind or cruel
imitate
to copy how someone else behaves
individual
a single person apart from others in a group
intelligent
smart
intend
to plan; to have in mind
journey
a long trip
launch
send into the air by force
limit
as far as something can go
locate
to find
loyal
Someone who stands by you in good times and bad
magnificent
very beautiful and impressive
marsh
lowland with moist soil and tall grasses
method
A way of doing something
misery
a feeling of great unhappiness
moisture
wetness caused by water
mural
a painting on a wall or ceiling
mystify
To confuse or puzzle someone
nation
an area of land with its own people and laws; a country
nectar
a sweet liquid found in flowers
nursery
a place where plants are grown for sale
observe
to watch carefully
opponent
a contestant that you are matched against
opposite
things that are as different as they possibly can be
ordeal
a difficult or painful experience
origin
an event that is a beginning
outcome
The way something ends; the final result
passage
place for people to pass
pastime
an activity which is done for enjoyment; a hobby
pause
to stop for a short time before going on
perform
to take part in a public show
plunge
to go down suddenly
predator
animal that hunts and eats other animals
predict
to say what will happen before it takes place
prevent
to stop from happening
primary
Most important; major
privilege
something that needs permission and can be taken away
process
a series of steps
rare
not common
rate
a price
recall
to remember
rely
To count on
remark
to say; to make a comment
resident
living in a particular place
respect
to look up to someone; to show honor
responsible
trustworthy; reliable
reverse
turn inside out or upside down
revive
bring back to life; restore
risk
to take a chance on being hurt or losing something
scatter
to cause to separate and go in different directions
schedule
a plan that gives expected times for different things to happen
sensitive
easily hurt
signal
a sound or an action that sends a message
solution
the successful action of solving a problem
spoil
to become bad or not fit to eat or use
starve
to be very hungry or to suffer because of not eating any food
steer
direct the course
struggled
had a hard time with something
suitable
Right for a certain purpose; proper; fitting
survey
the collection of data by having people answer a series of questions
swift
moving very fast
symbol
something that stands for something else
talent
an ability to do something well
theory
an idea based on study and research
thrill
A feeling of joy or excitement
treasure
keep as precious; cherish
triumph
victory; success
value
what something is worth
vision
the ability to see
volunteer
A person who offers to do something without pay
wander
to move from place to place without reason
wisdom
knowledge and good sense
wit
intelligence and the ability to think quickly
woe
great sadness