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504 Absolutely Essential Words | Lesson 35

504 Absolutely Essential Words | Lesson 35

504 Absolutely Essential Words | Lesson 35

Words in Context

  1. vague: not definite; not clear; not distinct
    a. Joe’s position was vague because he wanted to remain neutral* in the dispute.*
    b. When asked her opinion, Gladys was tactful* enough to give a vague answer that did not hurt anyone.
    c. The vague shape in the distance proved to be nothing more weird* than a group of trees.
  2. elevate: raise; lift up
    a. Private Carbo was elevated to higher rank for his valor.*
    b. Reading a variety* of good books elevates the mind.
    c. The candidate* spoke from an elevated platform.
  3. lottery: a scheme for distributing prizes by lot or chance
    a. The merit* of a lottery is that everyone has an equal chance.
    b. We thought that a lottery was an absurd* way of deciding who should be the team captain.
    c. The rash* young man claimed the lottery prize only to find he had misread his number.
  4. finance: money matters; to provide money for
    a. The new employee* boasted of his skill in finance.
    b. Frank circulated* the rumor that his uncle would finance his way through college.
    c. Mrs. Giles retained* a lawyer to handle her finances.
  5. obtain: get; be in use
    a. An adolescent* is finding it increasingly difficult to obtain a good job without a diploma.
    b. David obtained accurate* information about college from his guidance counselor.
    c. Because this is a coeducational* school, different rules obtain here.
  6. cinema: moving picture
    a. Censors* have developed a rating system for the cinema.
    b. Today’s cinema is full of homicides* and violence.*
    c. A best-seller is often the source* of cinema stories.
  7. event: happening; important happening; result or outcome; one item in a program of sports
    a. The greatest event in Ellie’s life was winning the $50,000 lottery.*
    b. We chose our seat carefully and then awaited the shot-put event.
    c. There is merit* in gaining wisdom even after the event.
  8. discard: throw aside
    a. Anna casually* discarded one boy friend after another.
    b. Confident* that he held a winning hand, Slim refused to discard anything.
    c. Asked why he had discarded his family traditions,* Mr. Menzel remained mute.*
  9. soar: fly upward or at a great height; aspire
    a. We watched the soaring eagle skim* over the mountain peak.
    b. An ordinary man cannot comprehend* such soaring ambition.
    c. The senator’s hopes for victory soared after his television appearance.
  10. subsequent: later; following; coming after
    a. Subsequent events* proved that Sloan was right.
    b. Further explanations will be presented in subsequent lectures.*
    c. Though th* enemy forces resisted* at first, they subsequently learned that their efforts were in vain*
  11. relate: tell; give an account of; connect in thought or meaning
    a. The traveler related his adventures with some exaggeration.*
    b. After viewing the cinema’s* latest show, the observant* student was able to relate every detail.
    c. Would you say that misfortune* is related to carelessness?
  12. stationary: having a fixed station or place; standing still; not
    moving; not changing in size, number or activity
    a. A factory engine is stationary.
    b. The population* of our town has been stationary for a decade.*
    c. Caught in the middle of traffic, the frightened pedestrian* remained stationary in the busy street.

504 Absolutely Essential Words | Lesson 35

504 Absolutely Essential Words | Lesson 35

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