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pleasant - something that is pleasant is enjoyable and makes you happy.
coincidence - a coincidence is when two things happen that seem to fit together but are not connected.
modeled - if you modeled something, you showed it so that other people could see it.
loyal- someone who is loyal stands by you in good times and bad.
recited- if you recited something, you memorized it and then spoke it aloud.
murmur- when people murmur, they speak so softly that they can hardly be heard.
trudged- if you walked slowly as though your feet were stuck in mud, you trudged.
frustrated- when you try and try to do something and cannot, then you might feel frustrated.
imitated- if you copied what someone did or said, you imitated him or her.
gushed- when you were excited about something and talked a lot about it, you gushed.
assembly- an assembly is a group of people who have gathered for a reason.
plenty- if you have plenty of something, you have more than enough.
dismiss- to dismiss is to give permission to leave.
squirmed- if you squirmed in your seat, you kept wriggling around as if you were uncomfortable.
patchwork- patchwork is cloth made by sewing together small pieces of different fabrics.
autographed- if you autographed something, you signed your name on it.
conquer- when you conquer something, such as a problem or a fear, you win against it and over come it.
resistance- when you feel resistance, you do not want something to happen.
ponder- when you ponder, you take time to think about an idea.
anticipation- when you feel anticipation, you feel excited because something is about to happen.
chore- chores are small jobs that you need to do but may not enjoy.
certain- a certain thing is one particular thing.
resource- resources are materials, money, and other things that can be used.
culture- a culture is made up of a group’s customs and traditions.
tutor- a tutor is someone who helps another person with schoolwork.
uniform- uniforms are clothes that all the people in a group wear so they are dressed alike.
proper- something that is proper is the way it is supposed to be, or correct.
boarding- when you are boarding someone, you are giving that person a place to live for a while.
literacy- literacy is the ability to read and write.
diverse- if a group of things is diverse, then the individual things in the group are different from each other.
talented- a talented person has the special ability to do something very well.
apply- when you apply for a job, you are asking for work.
research- research involves getting information about a question or topic.
invention- an invention is something completely new that someone has made.
hinder- when you hinder someone, you make it difficult or impossible for them to do something.
disappointed- you are disappointed if you are unhappy about the way something turned out.
persevere- you persevere when you keep trying to do something without giving up.
confidence- if you are sure that everything will work out, you have confidence.
ambitious- an ambitious person is eager to reach a goal.
attain- when you reach a goal, you attain it.
viewers- viewers are people who watch something.
survive- to survive is to remain alive, even after great difficulties.
camouflage- when something has camouflage, it blends into its surroundings.
concealed- something that is concealed is covered up so it can’t be seen.
independent- a person who is independent is someone who does things on his or her own.
donated- something that has been donated has been given away for free.
media- the many ways that people communicate, including newspapers, magazines, and television, are
all part of the media.
feature- when reporters do a special report on a topic, the report is called a feature.
image- an image is a picture of something or someone.
popular- something that is popular is something that many people like.
skim- If a boat moves swiftly over the water, it skims the surface.
span- If the bridge spans meet, they come together.
contribution- If you help your family reach its goal, you make a contribution to your family.
initiative- When you take initiative, you make the first step in doing something.
midst- If you are in the midst of something,, you are in the middle of it.
shabby- Shabby things look old and worn out.
dazed- If you are dazed, you are confused and cannot think properly.
elevated- Something that is elevated is lifted up.
embarrass- If you embarrass someone, you make that person feel uncomfortable or ashamed.
collapses- When something collapses, it falls down because it is not well supported.
babble- If you babble, you say words that cannot be understood.
suspicious- If you think someone cannot be trusted, you are suspicious of him or her.
accompany- When you accompany someone, you go someplace with him or her.
competent- If you are competent, you’re good at what you are doing.
scent- A scent is what something smells like.
wanders- A person who wanders travels without planning where he or she is going.
whined- If someone or something whined, it gave a long, high cry.
obey- When you obey, you do what you are told to do.
demonstrate- When you demonstrate something, you show how it works or how it is done.
patrol- People patrol an area when they go through it with the purpose of guarding it.
charging- If an animal is charging, it is rushing or moving quickly towards something or someone.
ferocious- A ferocious animal looks angry and wild.
dominant- If someone or something is the strongest, it is dominant.
conflict- If two animals are fighting, they are in a conflict.
communicate- When two people or animals communicate, they share information.
flick- When you flick something, you move it or snap it quickly.
alert- If you alert people to something, you get their attention and let them know to be careful.
signal- A signal is a sound or an action that sends a message.
chatter- When animals chatter, they repeat their sounds quickly.
groom- When an animal grooms itself, it makes itself neat and clean.
dense- When something is made of things that are very close together, it is dense.
reaction- A response to something that happens is a reaction.
ingredients- Ingredients are all the foods and spices that you use to make a certain kind of food.
gracious- When you try to make a guest comfortable in your home, you are being gracious.
famine- When there is a famine, there is not enough food to feed everyone.
generous- People who are generous are happy to share with others.
curiosity- Something that is called a curiosity is something odd or unusual that interests people.
gaze- A gaze is a long look at something.
agreeable- Something that is agreeable is pleasing to the senses.
banquet- If you are going to a banquet, you are going to a special meal that will have a large amount
investigate- When you investigate something, you try to find out the truth about it.
expert- An expert is someone who knows a lot about a certain job.
laboratory- A place where experiments are done is a laboratory.
various- When there are various objects, there are objects of different types.
suspect- When you suspect someone of doing something; you think that person has done it.
confess- When you confess, you tell the truth about something you did wrong.
perplexed- When you are perplexed about something, you are confused about it.
inquisitive- If you are inquisitive about something, you are curious about it.
inviting- If something looks inviting, you want to take part in it or have something to do with it.
amusing- If something is fun or funny, it is amusing.
swooned- If you had a terrible shock or surprise that made you faint or fall, you might have swooned. astonished- When you are amazed and surprised by something, you are astonished.
encourgaging-An encouraging word from a friend can make you feel that you can do something well.
brief- If something is brief, it does not take much time.
chuckling- If you are chuckling, you are laughing quietly to yourself.
soothing- Something that is soothing makes you feel calm.
sobbed- Someone who sobbed cried very hard.
praised-If you praised someone, you told that person that he or she did something well.
envious- If you feel envious, you want something that someone else has.
rivalry- People who have a rivalry are competing against each other for something.
deciphered- If you have figured out a message that is difficult to understand or that is written in
code, then you have deciphered it.
mistaken- If you are wrong about something, you are mistaken.
translate- If you translate something, you say or write it in another language.
repairs- When something needs repairs, it needs to be fixed.
heaving- Heaving is throwing something heavy with great effort.
bothersome- When something is bothersome, it bothers you and causes problems
din- If there is a din, there is so much noise that it is hard to hear anything over it.
dodging- When you are dodging something, you avoid something that is coming toward you.
catastrophe- A catastrophe is something really terrible that has happened.
fortunate- If you are fortunate, you are very lucky.
tugged- If you tugged something, you pulled it hard.
paused- If you paused, you stopped what you were doing for just a moment.
columns- A column is a tall, circular structure that holds up part of a building.
absorb- Something absorbs a liquid if it soaks up the liquid.
protects- When you protect something, you keep it safe.
rustling- When objects are rustling, they are moving and making soft sound.
dissolve- When something dissolves, it mixes completely with a liquid.
particles- Tiny pieces of something are called particles.
scavenger- An animal is a scavenger if it collects leftover and unwanted objects.
self-sufficient- If something is self-sufficient, it makes everything it needs.
sprout- When something sprouts, it begins to grow.
damp- If something is damp, it is a little bit wet.
suppose- When you suppose something, you think that it is happening or that it is going to happen.
roost- A bird will try to roost, or settle, in trees or on branches.
spears- If someone spears something, he or she sticks something sharp through it.
strikes-When something strikes people, it hits them or happens to them.
glimpse- When you get a glimpse of something, you get only a quick peek at it.
maze- If you are in a maze, you are in winding paths that are like a puzzle.
transformation- If someone or something has gone through a transformation, it has been changed.
harmony- If two things are living in harmony, they are living in agreement, living peacefully.
luscious- Something that is luscious appeals to your senses, such as your sense of taste.
expertise- If someone has expertise, he or she knows a lot about a particular topic or skill
issue- An issue is an edition of a newspaper or magazine.
advice- If you give someone advice, you tell what you think the person should do.
consult- When you consult someone, you ask him or her for information.
recommend- When you recommend something, you tell someone that you think it is good.
sensible- Someone who is sensible makes good decisions and judgments.
devise- To devise is to figure out a way to do something.
correspondence- If you send correspondence, you are communicating in writing.
shudder- If you shudder, you are trembling from fear or from being cold.
charming- If you are charming, you have a way of pleasing people with what you say and how you act.
racket- If you make a lot of noise, you are making a racket.
ingenious- If you do something clever or imaginative, you are ingenious.
outwit- If you trick someone by doing something clever you outsmart, or outwit, them.
tender- Something like food, that is tender is soft and easy to chew or cut.
delighted- When you are very happy about something, you are delighted.
brittle- Things that are brittle are so stiff and hard that they break easily.
embraced- If you hugged someone, you embraced that person.
cunning- Someone who is cunning uses smart and tricky ways to get what he or she wants.
disguised- If you are disguised, you are wearing something that keeps people from knowing who you are.
awe- If something fills you with awe, you are amazed by it.
concentration- Concentration is focusing your attention on a single thing.
dilemma- A dilemma is a problem or a difficult situation.
commendable- If something is commendable, it is worthy of attention and praise.
glancing- When you are glancing at something, you are taking a quick look at it.
scolding- If you are scolding someone, you are angrily pointing out that person’s mistake.
console- When you comfort or cheer someone up, you console him or her.
heroic- Someone who is heroic is brave and acts like a hero.
drowsy- When you are drowsy, you feel sleepy.
burden- A burden is a heavy load that is difficult to carry.
dull- When something is not shiny, it is dull.
towers- Something that is very tall towers over shorter things.
masterpiece- A great piece of art can be called a masterpiece.
heritage- Memories and traditions of your family’s past are part of our heritage.
glorious- If something is so wonderful that you can hardly believe, it is glorious.
memory- A memory is something you remember.
ruined- If something is ruined, it is destroyed.
streak- To streak is to move very fast from one place to another.
crept- If you crept, you moved slowly and carefully so that you wouldn’t be seen or heard.
yanked- When something is yanked, it is given a quick, hard pull.
deliberately- If you move slowly and carefully you move deliberately.
composed- If you made up a song,, you composed it.
suggested- If you suggested something, you gave someone an idea.
enormous- Something that is enormous is very big.
exclaimed- If you exclaimed something, you said it excitedly.
swift- Something that is swift moves very quickly.
vain- If you are vain, you think very highly of yourself.
overheard- If you overheard what people said, you heard it without them knowing that you were listening.
gratitude- If you thank someone for something, you are showing gratitude.
compassion- If you are kind to someone, you are showing compassion.
versions- If there are different versions of a story, the story is told in different ways.
rehearse- To rehearse is to practice for a performance.
mandatory- Something that is mandatory is required.
criticize-When you criticize something, you tell what you think is wrong with it.
immerse- To immerse oneself is to become very involved in something.
dialogue- Conversation between people is called dialogue.
camaraderie- People have camaraderie when they are comfortable with each other and spend a lot of
flawless- If a performance is flawless, there are no mistakes in it.
tragic- A tragic event is something that is horrible and hard to forget.
limp- When something is limp, it is too weak to move or support itself.
conserved- If something is rare or important, you protect or conserve it.
strict- If you are stern and demand obedience, you are strict.
absence- An absence means that something or someone is not present.
shelters- Something that shelters you protects you and keeps you safe.
permanently- If something stays one way forever, it stays that way permanently.
drifts- When something drifts, it moves along without direction.
scarce- Something is scarce if there is not much of it to be found.
dim- It is dim when there is not much light.
harsh- If something is hard to stand up to, like a blizzard, it is harsh.
bleak- If something is cold and gloomy, it is bleak.
blanketed- If an area is blanketed in fog or snow, it is covered.
surroundings- The area around you is your surroundings.
nocturnal- If an animal is nocturnal, it sleeps during the day and is active at night.
effort- When you work hard, you put out effort.
dozes- Someone who dozes takes short naps.
swoops- When something moves through the air lightly and quickly, it is fluttering.
detail- A detail is a small feature.
fluttering- When something moves through the air lightly and quickly, it is fluttering.
plummet- If you drop suddenly from a great height, you plummet.
inverted- Something that is turned upside down or is inside out is inverted.
eagerly- If you are waiting eagerly for something, you are excited or anxious for it to happen.
transferred- If you transferred something, you moved it from one place to another.
fondness- If you like something very much, you have a fondness for it.
emotion- An emotion is a feeling such as happiness.
ridiculous- Something that is very silly is ridiculous.
disgraceful- If something is disgraceful, it is shocking and acceptable.
decent- Someone who is decent is good and fair.
inherit- When you inherit something, you have been given something by someone who used to own it.
contented- If you are contented, you are happy with the way things are.
collaborate- If you are going to work with others on a project, you are planning to collaborate.
affordable- If you have enough money to buy something, that thing is affordable.
individually- If you speak to your friends one at a time, you speak to them individually.
clutter- If a place such as your desk or your room has clutter, it is messy and full of things you do not
visible- When something is visible, you can see it.
mentioned- If you mentioned something, you talked about it briefly.
beckoned- If you beckoned to someone, you used your hand to signal him or her to come to you.
flustered- If something flustered you, it made you forget what you were saying or doing.
remark- A remark is something that is said about something.
presentation- If you describe or perform something in front of a group of people, you are putting on a
effective- When you get the result you want, then your actions have been effective.
required- Something that is required is needed.
functional- Something that serves a purpose is functional.
inhabitants- The people or animals that live in a certain place are the inhabitants of that place.
amazement- Amazement is a feeling of great wonder and surprise.
ample- An amount that is ample is enough or more than is needed.
responsibility- A responsibility is something you are excited to do.
futuristic- A futuristic story tells how things might be in the future.
realistic- A book that is realistic describes things as they really are.
confused- A confused person is mixed up.
shifting- If air is shifting, it is moving or changing.
bristly- If something is bristly, it is covered with short, stiff hairs.
dreadful- If something is dreadful, it is scary or terrible.
adamant- If someone is adamant, he or she is very determined or stubborn.
inevitable- If something is inevitable, it cannot be avoided or stopped.
nuisance- Something or someone that bothers you can be a nuisance.
boasting- Someone who is boasting is telling other people wonderful things about himself or herself
sway- When things sway, they swing slowly back and forth.
oblige- When you oblige someone, you help the person.
summoning- If you are summoning someone, you are calling for the person to come.
sedentary- If you have a sedentary job or lifestyle, you are sitting down most of the time.
justice- If you treat others fairly, you are showing justice.
task- When you finish your work, you have completed a task.
elaborate- If many details decorate something, it is elaborate.
inventive- A person who creates or solves something in a new way is inventive.
prey- Prey is an animal that is hunted for food.
shallow- Something shallow is not very deep.
reels- A person reels something in by winding up a line attached to it.
strands- Long, thin pieces of something are called strands.
social- A social animal is one that lives in a group with other animals of the same kind.
spiral- A spiral shape curls around and around in a circl
humor- When you have a sense of humor, it means you enjoy telling and hearing about things that are funny.
abroad- If you go abroad, you go overseas to a different country.
preparation- Preparation is everything you do to get ready for something.
gimmick- A gimmick is a trick or a way to grab people’s attention.
sprinkled- If something is sprinkled, it means tiny pieces of something else have been scattered over it.
expand- When things expand, they get bigger.
erupt- Something that erupts breaks out of its bounds.
thorough- If you do something in a thorough way, you do a careful and complete job.
deliberation- When something takes a lot of deliberation, it takes a great deal of thought.
grainy- If something is grainy, it is not smooth but has many small, hard pieces.
distinct- When there are several similar but separate objects, they are said to be distinct.
slightly- When something happens slightly, you can barely tell it happened.
infinite- When there is so much of something that it cannot be measured, its size it infinite.
expansive- Something that is expansive covers a lot of space.
rotate- Something that rotates spins like a top.
steady- A light that is steady always looks the same and does not change or go out.
reflect- When something reflects, light bounces off its surface instead of passing through it.
surface- The surface of something is the top part of it.
evidence- Evidence is proof of what has happened.
appear- How something appears is the way it looks or seems to be.
magnify- When you magnify something, you make it look larger than it actually is.
observed- If you observed something, you watched it carefully to learn more about it.
generate-To generate something is to produce it.
confirm- When you can prove something is correct, you can confirm it.
picturesque- Something that is picturesque is pretty enough to be in a picture.
safeguard- To safeguard something is to protect and guard it.
expedition- An expedition is an adventure or a journey to a new place.
uncharted- If an area is uncharted, there are no maps of that place.
aligned- When two things are aligned, they match up perfectly.
occur- When something occurs, it happens.