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1

vehement

adjective
expressing strong
feelings
synonym: intense
She was vehement about finishing the
project by herself.

2

restoration

noun
the act of bringing
something back to its
original condition
The restoration of the old house took more
than a year.

3

queue

noun
a line formed
for waiting
The queue to buy tickets wrapped all around
the theater and extended into the parking lot.

4

amuse

verb
1. to entertain
2. to cause to smile
or laugh
The boys read comic books to amuse
themselves during the long cross-country
flight. The antics of the comic-book characters
amused them.

5

dedicate

verb
to set apart for a
special purpose or use
synonym: devote
We will dedicate the new building for use
as a computer lab.

6

glare

verb
to stare in an angry way
noun
a strong, bright light
The driver glared at us when my mom pulled
out in front of him. She didn’t see him because
of the glare on the windshield.

7

utter

to make an audible
sound with your voice
We tried not to utter a sound as we watched
the deer and her fawn walk through our
backyard.

8

compose

verb
1. to become calm
2. to create by putting
together words or
musical notes
The pianist took a moment to compose
himself before he stepped onstage to perform
the music he had composed.

9

volunteer

noun
a person who
chooses to work
without being paid
The Red Cross counts on many volunteers to
help out during natural disasters.

10

pessimistic

adjective
expecting things to
turn out badly
antonym: optimistic
Andrea is so pessimistic! She is sure that it
will rain on the day of the class picnic.

11

detest

verb
to dislike very much
know that spinach contains lots of iron and is
a healthy food, but I still detest it.

12

tolerant

willing to respect
people who think or
act differently than you
To have a harmonious classroom, we all need to
recognize and be tolerant of our differences.

13

ultimate

adjective
final
synonym: last
When the bus reached its ultimate
destination, only two passengers remained.

14

ventilation

noun
the circulation of air
The cabin was hot and stuffy because there was
no ventilation.

15

anonymous

adjective
from someone whose
name is not known
The ancient Greek poem is by an
anonymous author.

16

know-how

noun
the knowledge of how
to do something
A carpenter has real know-how when it
comes to building things.

17

stratosphere

noun
the layer of
atmosphere that
extends from about
11 miles to 30 miles
above Earth

The stratosphere contains the ozone layer,
which absorbs solar radiation, helping the
temperatures in the stratosphere to remain
fairly constant.

18

endow

verb
1. to provide with
an ability, talent,
or other positive
qualities at birth
2. to give money or
property to

The scientist was endowed with an astounding
ability to invent new technologies. With his
fortune, he has endowed science programs
in many schools.

19

charisma

noun
an unusual ability to
influence people
and inspire devotion

Kali’s charisma made her a popular choice
for class president.

20

ancient

adjective
from times long past

The ancient pyramids of Egypt still
stand today.