504 Absolutely Essential Words LELB Society

| Lesson 18

504 Absolutely Essential Words | Lesson 18

Words in Context

  1. tragedy: a very sad or terrible happening; a sad play
    a. It was a tragedy that some pioneers* were killed on their way west.
    b. If you had your choice between seeing a comedy or a tragedy, which play would you choose?
    c. Harry’s enormous* jealousy* led to the tragedy in their family.
  2. pedestrian: person who goes on foot; walker
    a. After driving a bus all day, Norris liked to be a pedestrian and take long, casual* walks in the evening.
    b. The police say it is urgent* that pedestrians stay on the sidewalk.
    c. I don’t doubt* that a pedestrian can get places faster than a car in downtown traffic.
  3. glance: to look at quickly; a quick look
    a. The observant* driver glanced at the accident at the side of the road.
    b. I took one glance at the wretched* animal and turned away.
    c. Thompson identified* the burglar after a glance at the photograph in the police station.
  4. budget: estimate of the amount of money that can be spent for different purposes in a given time
    a. We had to decrease* the budget this year because our club is broke.
    b. The prominent* executive presented her budget to the Board of Directors.
    c. When my mother draws up her budget for the week, she sets aside a goodly sum for nourishing* food.
  5. nimble: active and sure-footed; quick moving; light and quick
    a. Although Dusty was a miniature* poodle, he was nimble enough to fight bigger dogs.
    b. The nimble policeman leaped over the fence to pursue* the car thief.
    c. At his press conference, the Commissioner was quite nimble in avoiding* the difficult questions.
  6. manipulate: handle or treat skillfully
    a. Scientists must know how to manipulate their microscopes.*
    b. While Mr. Baird manipulated the puppets, Fran spoke to the audience.
    c. The wounded pilot manipulated the radio dial until he made contact.
  7. reckless: careless; heedless; wild
    a. We must not ignore* reckless drivers; we must take them off the road.
    b. After breaking his hand fighting recklessly, Arthur decided to be more cautious* in the future.
    c. The reckless smoker ignited* the entire forest.
  8. horrid: terrible; frightful
    a. Janey avoided* staring at the horrid man’s face.
    b. It is simply horrid the way cars pollute* the air we breathe.
    c. When Mary was good, she was very good, but when she was bad, she was horrid.
  9. rave: talk wildly
    a. Shortly after taking the drug, the addict* began to rave and foam at the mouth.
    b. Speedy raved that his car had the capacity* to reach 120 miles per hour.
    c. Sadie was confident* that Mr. Stebbe would rave about her essay.
  10. economical: not wasting money or time
    a. I find it economical to shop in the large supermarkets.
    b. Marissa was praised for her economical management of the budget.*
    c. The President made Congress aware* of the need to be more economical.
  11. lubricate: make (machinery) smooth and easy to work by putting on oil, grease, or a similar substance
    a. The bulky* wheels of a railroad train must be lubricated each week.
    b. A large quantity* of grease is needed to lubricate an airplane engine.
    c. When a watch is lubricated, it keeps more accurate* time.
  12. ingenious: having great mental ability; clever
    a. Bernie devised* an ingenious plan to cheat on his income tax.
    b. Rube Goldberg was a journalist* who won fame for his ingenious inventions.
    c. The master spy had an ingenious way of passing secrets to the agent.



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