3 1. CACHE /’kash/ Noun Hiding place to store something After confessing, the robber led detectives to a cache of stolen gems in the basement.
4 2. COMMEND Verb Praise; mention favorably; compliment The volunteers were commended for their heroic efforts to save lives.COMMENDABLEAdjectivePraiseworthy; laudable
5 3. CURNounWorthless dogLassie is a kind and intelligent animal. Please don’t refer to her as a “cur.”
6 4. DESPOTICAdjectiveOf a despot (a monarch having absolute power); domineering; dictatorial; tyrannical; autocraticDESPOTISMNounTyranny; dictatorship
7 5. DISPUTEVerbArgue about; debate; declare not true; call into question; oppose; challengeCharley disputed my solution until I showed him definite proof that I was right.DISPUTATIOUSAdjectiveArgumentativecontentious
8 6. EDIFICE Noun Building, especially a large or impressive building The huge edifice under construction near the airport will be a hotel.
9 7. ERA Noun Historical period; period of time; age; epoch The atomic era began with the dropping of the first atomic bomb in 1945.
10 8. INITIATE Verb Begin; introduce; originate; inaugurate The Pilgrims initiated the custom of celebrating Thanksgiving Day.Put through the ceremony of becoming a member; admit; inductNext Friday our club is going to initiate three new membersINITIATIONNounInduction; installation
11 9. JOLLY ROGERNounPirates’ flag; black flag with white skull and crossbonesThe Jolly Roger flying from the mast of the approaching ship indicated that it was a pirate ship.
12 10. MULTITUDENounVery large number of people or things; crowd; throng; horde; swarmThere was such a multitude outside the store waiting for the sale to begin that we decided to return later.MULTITUDINOUSAdjectiveMany; numerous
13 11. PERCEIVEVerbBecome aware of through the senses; see; note; observe; behold; understandWhen the lights went out, I couldn’t see a thing, but gradually I was able to perceive the outlines of the larger pieces of furniture.PERCEPTIONNounIdea; conception
14 12. PORTALNoun(usually plural) door; entrance, especially, a grand or impressive one; gateThe original doors at the main entrance have been replaced by bronze portals.
15 13. RESERVEDAdjectiveRestrained in speech or action; reticent; uncommunicative; tightlipped; taciturnMark was reserved at first but became much more communicative when he got to know us better.Unsociable; aloof; withdrawn
16 14. RESTRAIN Verb Hold back; check; curb; repress; keep under control Midred could not restrain her impulse to open the package immediately, even though it read, “Do not open before Christmas.”
17 15. RETRACT Verb Draw back; withdraw; take back; unsay You can depend on Frank. Once he has given his promise, he will not retract it.
18 16. SPINENounChain of small bones down the middle of the back; backboneThe ribs are curved bones extending from the spine and enclosing the upper part of the body.SPINELESSAdjectiveHaving no backbone; weak; indecisive; cowardly
19 17. STROLL Noun Idle and leisurely walk; ramble It was a warm spring afternoon, and many people were out for a stroll.
20 18. TIMOROUS Adjective Full of fear; afraid; timid I admit I was timorous when I began my speech, but as I went along, I felt less and less afraid.
21 19. TUITION Noun Payment for instruction When I go to college, I will probably work each summer to help pay the tuition.
22 20. VERSIONNounAccount or description from one point of view; interpretationNow that we have Vera’s description of the accident, let us listen to your version.TranslationTHE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO was written in French, but you can read it in English version.
24 A(n) *** of desperate depositors gathered outside the closed ***. If you prove me wrong, I will gladly *** my statement.It is hoped that the settlement just reached will *** a new *** of cooperation between labor and management.Most of us would be too *** to try sky-diving.ERA, RETRACT, TIMOROUSMULTITUDE, INITIATE, DISPUTE
25 Since you *** my *** of what was said at today’s meeting, I am eager to hear your interpretation. Many college students hold part-time jobs to help pay their ***.In our *** down Broadway, we passed one magnificent *** after another.EDIFICE, TUITION, STROLL, VERSION, DISPUTE
26 Sit up straight. Slouching tend to deform the ***. It is hard to *** why any people would prefer to keep their saving in a(n) *** at home, instead of an insured saving bank.Why are you so *** today? Don’t you have anything to say?RESERVED, CACHE, SPINE, PERCEIVE