504 Absolutely Essential Words | Lesson 20

504 Absolutely Essential Words LELB Society

| Lesson 20

504 Absolutely Essential Words | Lesson 20

Words in Context

  1. emerge: come out; come up; come into view
    a. When the fight was over, the underdog* emerged the winner.
    b. You have to be nimble* to emerge from the narrow opening in five seconds.
    c. What emerged from the bottle was a blend* of fruit juices.
  2. jagged: with sharp points sticking out; unevenly cut or torn
    a. Being reckless,* Rudy didn’t watch out for the jagged steel.
    b. It’s an enormous* job to smooth the jagged edge of a fence.
    c. Leslie’s hair was so jagged it was scarcely* possible to tell that it had just been cut.
  3. linger: stay on; go slowly as if unwilling to leave
    a. The odor didn’t vanish* but lingered on for weeks.
    b. Some traditions* linger on long after they have lost their meanings.
    c. After the campus* closed for the summer, some students lingered on, reluctant* to go home.
  4. ambush: a trap in which soldiers or other enemies hide to make a surprise attack
    a. The ambush became a tragedy* for those who attempted it because they were all killed.
    b. General Taylor raved* about the ingenious* ambush he planned.
    c. The troops lay in ambush in the dense* woods all through the night.
  5. crafty: skillful in deceiving others; sly; tricky
    a. His crafty mind prepared a comprehensive* plan to defraud* his partners.
    b. Leo didn’t use brutal* strength against his opponents,* but he used his crafty bag of tricks to beat them.
    c. The Indians did not fall for the crafty ambush.*
  6. defiant: openly resisting; challenging*
    a. “I refuse to be manipulated’,’* the defiant young woman told her father.
    b. Professor Carlyle was defiant of any attempt to disprove his theory.*
    c. Defiant of everyone, the addict* refused to be helped.
  7. vigor: active strength or force
    a. Having a great deal of vigor, Jason was able to excel* in all sports.
    b. Tom Thumb made up for size by having more vigor than most people.
    c. Putting all her vigor into the argument, Patsy persuaded* me to let her drive.
  8. perish: be destroyed; die
    a. Unless the plant gets water for its roots to absorb,* it will perish.
    b. Custer and all his men perished at the Little Big Horn.
    c. We are trying to make sure that democracy will never perish from this earth.
  9. fragile: easily broken, damaged, or destroyed; delicate
    a. The expensive* glassware is very fragile.
    b. Things made out of plywood have a tendency* to be fragile.
    c. On the box was a label which read, “Fragile! Handle with care!”
  10. captive: prisoner
    a. The major was grateful* to be released after having been held captive for two years.
    b. Until the sheriff got them out, the two boys were held captive in the barn.
    c. Placido Domingo can hold an audience captive with his marvelous singing voice.
  11. prosper: be successful; have good fortune
    a. Howard Hughes owned numerous* businesses and most of them prospered.
    b. No one should prosper from the misfortunes* of his or her friends.
    c. The annual* report showed that the new business was prospering.
  12. devour: eat hungrily; absorb* completely; take in greedily*
    a. It was a horrid* sight to see the lion devour the lamb.
    b. The animal doctor was pleased to see the terrier devour the dog food.
    c. My aunt devours four or five mystery books each week.

504 Absolutely Essential Words | Lesson 20

504 Absolutely Essential Words | Lesson 20

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