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Vocabulary 16 Using Context Clues
Abyss Bottomless gulf; anything too deep to measure
Agenda A list or program of things to be done or considered
Ephemeral Short-lived; lasting for a markedly brief time
Equilibrium A state of balance between opposing forces
Expend To lay out or use up
Fortuitous Happening by chance or accident
Grapple To try to cope with
Ideology A set of beliefs of an individual or a group
Palpable Easily perceived by the senses; obvious; touchable
Transient Temporary; passing with time
Vocabulary 17 Using definitions
Fraught Involving; full of; accompanied by
Frivolous Of little or no worth or importance; not worthy of serious notice; characterized by lack of seriousness or sense; trifling, petty, paltry, silly, foolish
gratify To give pleasure to by satisfying desires or humoring inclinations or feelings; to satisfy; indulge; humor, as one’s desires or appetites
Momentum Force or speed of movement; impetus
Narrate To give an account or tell the story of; to relate or recount events, experiences, etc. in speech or writing
Serendipity An aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident
Torrid Subject to parching or burning heat from the sun; oppressively hot, parching, burning; ardent; passionate; tropical, scorching, fiery
Ultimate Last; furthest or farthest; ending a process or series; maximum; decisive or conclusive; highest; extreme, remotest, uttermost
Vigilant Keenly watchful to detect danger or trouble; ever awake and alert; sleeplessly watchful
Wend To pursue or direct one’s way
Vocabulary 18 Prefixes That Tell Where
Circumlocution The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language; evasion in speech or writing; roundabout expression
Circumstance Condition or fact attending an event and having some bearing on it; a determining or modifying factor
Interact To act upon one another
Intersperse To distribute among other things at intervals
Intervention The act of coming between to modify, settle, or hinder some action
Midcontinent Located in the center of a land mass
Midlife Located in the middle of one’s period of existence
Subconscious Part of the mind below the level of awareness
Submerge To place under water; cover from view; obscure
Substandard Failing to meet a criterion or requirement
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