504 ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL WORDS | LESSON 17

504 Absolutely Essential Words LELB Society

| Lesson 17

504 Absolutely Essential Words | Lesson 17


Words in Context

  1. appeal: attraction; interest; to urge
    a. Anything Jorge could get at wholesale* price had a great appeal for him.
    b. My boss always appeals to his employees* to work swiftly and neatly.
    c. I found her clothing designs to be enormously* appealing.
  2. addict: one who cannot break away from a habit or practice; addicted unable to break a habit
    a. Because he was a heroin addict, it was essential* for Carlos to get the drug each day.
    b. Marcia became flabby* because she was addicted to ice cream sodas.
    c. Those who take aspirins and other pain-killers regularly should realize that they may become drug addicts, too.
  3. wary: on one’s guard against danger or trickery; cautious*
    a. Marilyn’s mother told her to be wary of strangers with a gleam* in their eye.
    b. After Orlando had been the victim of a cheat, he was wary of those who said they wanted to help him.
    c. Living in a polluted* city makes you wary of the air you breathe.
  4. aware: knowing; realizing
    a. Donna was aware of her tendency* to exaggerate.*
    b. It was some time before the police became aware of the brawl* which was taking place on the street.
    c. The only way to gain knowledge* is to be aware of everything around you.
  5. misfortune: bad luck
    a. It was my misfortune that our car wasn’t thoroughly* checked before the trip through the desert.
    b. Being bitten by the vicious* dog was quite a misfortune for Tommy.
    c. I had the misfortune of working for a greedy* man.
  6. avoid: keep away from; keep out of the way of
    a. If you are fortunate* you can avoid people who are trying to deceive* you.
    b. There was no way to avoid noticing her beautiful green eyes.
    c. Avoid getting into a brawl* if you can.
  7. wretched: very unsatisfactory; miserable
    a. I feel wretched after a night when I’ve scarcely* slept.
    b. There was unanimous* agreement that we had seen a wretched movie.
    c. Toby had wretched luck at the gambling tables.
  8. keg: small barrel, usually holding less than ten gallons
    a. The corner saloon uses numerous* kegs of beer on a Saturday night.
    b. “Get a keg of nails,” the carpenter shouted at me.
    c. It is obvious* to me that the situation is filled with peril,* a real powder keg if I ever saw one.
  9. nourish: make or keep alive and well, with food; feed; develop an attitude
    a. A diet of nourishing food is served to every hospital patient.
    b. It was easy to detect* that the skinny boy was not well nourished.
    c. After the operation, our doctor plans to nourish my mother with vitamins and good food.
  10. harsh: rough to the touch, taste, eye, or ear; sharp
    a. The law is harsh on people who go around menacing* others.
    b. Looking at his cigarette, Phil realized it was absurd* to inhale such harsh smoke.
    c. Hazel altered* her tone of voice from a harsh one to a soft tone.
  11. quantity: amount
    a. I never neglect* to carry a small quantity of money with me.
    b. Who believes that quantity is better than quality?
    c. A large quantity of meat is always stored in our freezer.
  12. opt: choose or favor; select
    a. If you give me an ice cream choice, I’ll opt for chocolate.
    b. Our cheerleaders plan to opt for new sweaters.
    c. On Friday, three of my buddies will opt to go into the navy.

504 ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL WORDS | LESSON 17

504 ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL WORDS | LESSON 17

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