25 terms


ail (verb)
To cause sickness, pain, or trouble.
What ails you? the Doctor asked.
ailment (noun)
An illness; a disease.
Measles is a common childhood ailment.
ailing (adjective)
In poor health.
I have been ailing all winter.
banish (verb)
1. To force someone out of the country.
When the tsars ruled Russia, lawbreakers were banished to Siberia.
2. To get rid of completely.
Joe was such a cheerful person, he banished gloom wherever he went.
communicate (verb)
To make known; to give or exchange information.
Since I hate to write letters, we communicate mostly by phone.
communication (noun)
The exchange of information between people.
The misunderstanding was caused by a lack of communication between us..
communicative (adjective)
Willing to speak; eager to talk.
When I asked her where she had been, she was not very communicative, replying only "out"!
console (verb)
To make less sad; to comfort.
My parents tried to console me when my best friend moved away.
consolation (noun)
I knew I could alwasy turn to my aunt for consolation whenever I was upset.
cower (verb)
To shrink from, as if from fear.
When I saw the poor dog cower, I knew it's master was cruel.
deliberate (adjective)
Carefully thought out; not hasty.
Although my mother was angry, she spoke in a calm and deliberate manner.
deliberate (verb)
To think carefully in order to make up one's mind.
We deliberated a long time before deciding to move to Arizona.
depth (noun)
Distance from top to bottom or front to back; deepness.
The floodwaters reached a depth of several feet.
depths (plural noun)
The innermost parts or the deepest parts.
The treasure chest lay buried in the depths of the sea.
desire (verb)
To wish for; to want very much.
A person who is famished desires just one thing-food!
desire (noun)
A strong wish.
Pizarro's desire for gold was so great he ordered the Inca King, Atahualpa, to fill three rooms with it.
desirable (adjective)
Pleasing, agreeable.
My new school is in a very desirable location.
livelihood (noun)
The means of supporting oneself.
The storekeeper in Key West depend on tourists for their livelihood.
misfortune (noun)
1. Bad luck; trouble.
He had the misfortune to break his leg right before the big game.
2. An unlucky event.
The 1992 hurricane was Floridas worst misfortune in many years.
orphan (noun)
A child whose parents are dead.
Tom Sawyer lived with his Aunt Polly because he was an orphan.
precipice (noun)
A very high and steep cliff.
We stood watchfully on the edge of the precipice and looked down.
precipitous (adjective)
1. Very steep.
The Two Mile Terror ski trail has many precipitouse slopes.
2. Hasty; abrupt; done without careful thought.
Joining the Navy so suddenly was a precipitous act.
regain (verb)
To get back.
By following the doctors orders, I slowely regained my health.
slay (verb)
To kill violently.
The scene where St George slays the dragon comes right at the end of the play.
symptom (noun)
A sign of something.
Headaches can be a symptom of eyestrain.