2 1. Ambiguous (ăm-bĭg'yoo-əs) - adjective AVS: CH. 3 - TEN WORDS IN CONTEXT:1. Ambiguous (ăm-bĭg'yoo-əs) - adjectiveLee left an ambiguous message on my answering machine: "Meet me at twelve o'clock." I couldn't tell whether he meant noon or midnight.a. unclear b. unintentional c. unpleasantIn a dictatorship, dissidents are not tolerated. People who speak out against the government may be imprisoned or even executed.a. rebel(s) b. dishonest people c. foolish people2.Dissident (dĭs'ə-dənt) - nounavs-10
3 3. Embellish (ĕm-bĕl'ĭsh) - verb The cover of the biology textbook was embellished with a pattern of colorful seashells.a. hidden b. decorate(d) c. damage(d)I thought my little sister would fritter away her entire allowance on M&M's, but instead of wasting her money, she put it in her piggy bank.a. earn b. count c. waste4. Fritter (frĭt'ər) - verbavs-10
4 5. Inadvertent (ĭn-ăd-vûr't'nt) - adjective The final draft of Nancy's paper was shorter than the previous version, but this was inadvertent. She had accidentally deleted an entire page without realizing it.a. not required b. not finished c. not intendedTelevision programming is often so inane that TV has been described as "bubble gum for the mind."a. silly b. interesting c. shocking6. Inane (ĭn-ān') - adjectiveavs-10
5 7. Juxtapose (jŭks'tə-pōz') - verb Dottie spread her new dress out on her bed and then juxtaposed all her scarves and jackets to it to see which combination would look best.a. cover(ed) up b. put side by side c. replace(d)Although Wendy seemed to recover from the flu, one symptom persisted - lethargy. She felt exhausted for weeks.a. inactivity b. hopelessness c. foolishness8. Lethargy (lĕth'ər-jē) - nounavs-10
6 a. steady b. irregular c. long 9. Sporadic (spə-răd'ĭk) - adjective Dave makes sporadic attempts to give up smoking, but his occasional efforts have been halfhearted.a. steady b. irregular c. long9. Sporadic (spə-răd'ĭk) - adjectiveDuring college, many students are subsidized by their parents, while others rely on grants or loans.a. paid for b. advertise(d) c. criticize(d)10. Subsidize (sŭb'sə-dīz) - verbavs-10
7 AVS: CH. 3 - MATCHING WORDS WITH DEFINITIONS: To place close together, especially in order to compare or contrastJuxtaposeA great lack of energy; inactivity due to lazinessLethargyAble to be interpreted in more than one way; not clearAmbiguousWithout sense or meaning; foolishInaneA person opposed to established ideas or beliefs, especially in politics or religionDissidentTo decorate; beautify by adding detailsEmbellishTo support financially; provide a grant or contributionSubsidizeTo spend or waste a little at a timeFritterUnintentional; accidentalInadvertentHappening now and then; occasionalSporadicavs-10
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