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Spark English Vocabulary Series

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Spark English Vocabulary Series

adhere

    China will adhere to an independent and peaceful foreign policy in dealing with international affairs.

    cherish

    I will cherish my visit here in memory, as long as I live! ascribe

    The agency ascribed the temperature climb mainly to increased greenhouse gases emissions, cyclical temperature fluctuations and less cold air generated from the Arctic.

    coincide

    Her taste in music coincides with her husband’s.

    overwhelm

    Our team overwhelmed the visitors by 40 points.

    overwhelming

    Beijing took an overwhelming majority of votes and won the Olympic bid. pursuit

    We’ve simply reaffirmed an old truth: the pursuit of affluence does not always end with happiness.

    comply

    China will strictly comply with the universally acknowledged market rules. conspicuous

    The house standing on the island is very conspicuous. endeavo(u)r

    Despite our best endeavors, we couldn’t get the machine started.

    homogeneous

    Milk and cream are homogeneous foods, and they are both dairy products. immerse

    She was so deeply immersed in reading that she forgot the supper. indulge

    Will you indulge my curiosity and tell me how much it cost? persistent

    She eventually married the most persistent of her admirers. retrieve

    The shopkeeper went to the window and retrieved Reuben’s treasure.

    revive

    Peter tried to revive the frozen robin; but it was stone-dead. suppress

    All these movement were suppressed by the government. testify

    This excellent book testifies to the author’s ability.

    accustom

    The hunter is trying to accustom his hunting dog to the noise of a gun. ambiguous

    That’s a rather ambiguous answer--what exactly do you mean?

    ascend

    Step by step the ladder is ascended.

    billionaire

    The billionaire is campaigning for political reform. brisk

    Taking a brisk walk can often induce a feeling of well-being. certify

    You are basically asking people to certify, with big penalties, that nobody has lied on their expense accounts.

    conceive

    The coach conceived the strategy that won the game for us. contemplate

    She stood contemplating the painting.

    disable

    An accident disabled him from playing football.

    eccentric

    A few weeks later I began saving again. Was I becoming an eccentric hoarder? Not at all.

essence

    Senior citizen discounts are the essence of the very thing older Americans are fighting against discrimination by age.

    extravagant

    When asked to use three words to describe society's rich, the top responses were “extravagant”, “greedy” and “corrupt”.

    flush

    The child's cheeks were flushed with fever.

    funding

    Even Hilton Hotels has shown interest in the space tourism industry and the possibility of

    building or co-funding a space hotel.

    grantedad

    Granted, some amount of delusion (错觉) is probably part of the human condition. haunt

    He was haunted by memories of his unhappy childhood well into his adult life.

    initiate

    The concept of a “non-smoking” Olympics, initiated in 1988, has been put into practice since the 1992 Barcelona Games.

    intrinsic

    The intrinsic value of a coin is the value of the metal it is made of. intuition

    Nobody told me where to find you. It was sheer intuition. irritate

    The boy's foolish question irritated his mother.

    manifest

    She manifested little interest in her studies.

    mingle

    Security men mingled with the crowd.

    obscure

    I received a letter of complaint from them; but the letters of the sign were made obscure by rain.

    paradox

    “More haste,less speed” is a paradox.

    privacy

    With seven people squashed in one house, you don't get much privacy. radiate

    The sun radiates both light and heat.

    refrain

    You must be able to refrain yourself in some matters in order to accomplish others.

    supervisor

    The supervisor didn't have time so far to go into it at length, but he gave us an idea about his plan.

    surgical

    The doctors and nurses had surgical masks on.

    suspicious

    I am always suspicious of anyone who wants to sell me something on the cheap. terminate

    They terminated their agreement and renewed another one according to the situation.

    terrorist

    Terrorists hijacked an airplane with 260 people on board. tumble

    I tumbled several times when learning to skate for the first time. absurd

    She said to herself that the idea was absurd.

    allege

    You alleged that the accused man was seen at the scene of the crime, didn't you? analogy

    My theory applies to you and by analogy to others like you.

array

    The royal couple appeared in splendid array.

    articulate

    It is believed that girls are usually more articulate than boys. ascertain

    The researcher ascertained that he had discovered a new element which led to the SARS.

    assertive

    Katsue Reynolds has argued that girls nowadays are using more assertive language strategies

    in order to be able to compete with boys in schools and out. availability

    Human population growth and technological development result in dramatic reductions and alterations in quality and availability of wildlife habitat. baffle

    She was completely baffled by his strange behavior.

    barren

    There are about 98% thick continental ice sheet and 2% barren rock in Antarctica. bewilder

    The child was bewildered by the noise and the crowds.

    coincidence

    Is there any coincidence between your statistics and your friends'? conform

    Nowadays, it is commonly observed that young women are not conforming to the feminine linguistic ideal.

conscientious

    This essay is a most conscientious piece of work.

    consolidate

    As we all know, too many countries lapse back into violence when efforts to consolidate peace or

    create stability are weak.

    consultancy

    Software, consultancy and mobile telephones use far less oil than steel or car production.

    contrive

    After much difficulty I contrived to pull the boat onto the beach. converge

    Capitalism and socialism will not eventually converge.

    decisive

    Your English proficiency is the decisive factor in getting the job. deduce

    You will notice water rising in the tube; now what do you deduce from that? deem

He deemed that it was his duty to help.

    deprive

    It is absolutely unfair that these children are deprived of the rights to receive education.

    deteriorate

    Leather quickly deteriorates in hot, damp climate.

    diminish

    The amount of water in the pond will diminish as the dry season comes. disciplined

    The inventiveness of the early Americans shed light on disciplined school management.

    disperse

    A thunderstorm came up and dispersed the picnickers.

    divert

    Once young offenders embark on a life of crime, prison does little to divert them. eject

    The fire ejected yellow flames into the night sky.

    elapse

    Three years have elapsed since we last met.

    elevate

    A special device elevated the stage for the finale.

    elicit

    At last we've elicited the truth from him.

    eligible

    Only native-born citizens who are over 18 are eligible to the office of president. emission

    The emission of radio signals was interrupted by a power failure. endanger

    Drunk drivers endanger the lives of others.

    endow

    She endowed the new hospital with a large sum of money.

    erase

    The vision of that big black car hitting the sidewalk a few feet from us will never be erased

    from my memory.

    exhaustion

    The exhaustion of the army's ammunition caused its defeat. exquisite

    He has an exquisite ear for music.

    extract

    The newspaper extracted several passages from the speech and printed them on the front page.

    flaw

    There is a flaw in the marble near the base of the statue. fraud

    Bend the law for personal gain and engage in fraud.

    hamper

    Our progress was hampered by the bad weather.

    impart

    A good teacher should impart wisdom to his pupils.

    incentive

    His words gave me incentive, and I worked twice as hard. incidentally

    Incidentally, your letter came only this morning.

    indignant

    He was most indignant with me when I asked for a day's leave. infectious

    An infectious disease is one that can be passed from one person to another.

ingenious

    So you fitted that wire through that little hole there: that's very ingenious! instantaneous

    She accidentally swallowed the poison and death was instantaneous. integral

    The form, the sound and the grammar rules are integral parts of a language. intelligible

    He used so many archaisms in his speech that half of it was barely intelligible. jeopardize

    The security of the whole operation has been jeopardized by one careless person. lawsuit

    A bad compromise is better than a good lawsuit.

    linger

    She lingered after the concert, hoping to meet the star. magnify

    The microscope magnified the object one hundred times.

    maturity

    This highly polite style is no doubt something that young women have been expected to“grow into”--

    after all, it is a sign not simply of femininity, but of maturity and refinement. migrate

    Wealthy people often migrate in winter to warmer, sunnier countries. misfortune

    Think about the misfortune of others that you may be satisfied with your own lot. negligible

    The damage to my car is negligible.

    notorious

    Maradona, a most famous football star, is a notorious drug addict. outdate

    More companies are learning the importance of destructive technologies --innovations that hold

    the potential to make a product line, or even an entire business segment, virtually outdated.

    outflow

    We watched the heavy outflow of the tide.

    permeate

    On a spring moonlit night, birds are singing, the air is permeated with the fragrance of flowers.

    porch

    A porch is a covered entrance to a building.

    predominant

    Her predominant characteristic is her friendliness.

    prescription

    She feels fine now that the doctor has made fine adjustments to her prescription. prevalent

    Traveling by motor car is becoming more and more prevalent in the country. profound

    The doctor's discovery will have a profound influence on mankind. prolong

    I do not want to prolong our talk; it is time to go home.

    reassure

    What reassures executives does not always reward shareholders. rectify

    Once we get to know our mistakes, we should rectify them as soon as possible. refute

    You can easily refute his argument.

    repel

    The soldiers repelled the attacking enemy.

    reproach

    She reproached him for forgetting their anniversary.

    roughly

    I could not keep my anger down when I was roughly treated.

    sensational

    After a sensational trial, the football player was cleared off the killing. simulate

The computer simulates conditions on the sea bed.

    sociologist

    “Music expressed its times,” says sociologist Irving Horowitz.

    spacious

    I want to live in a spacious house.

    subscribe

    I subscribe to Newsweek.

    subsidiary

    The question of finance is subsidiary to the question of whether the project will be approved.

    surpass

    Though we thought that we might lose in the first round, the result surpassed our hopes. tempt

    Money and beauty tempted him to commit crime.

    terrorism

    Bush said both countries love freedom and together they will fight against terrorism. tow

    If you park your car here the police may tow it away.

    transition

    The transition from planned economy to share system is certainly a painstaking course.

underlying

    It's the economist's mission to try to find out the underlying causes of the depression. unprecedented

    People's living standards have been rising steadily and China's comprehensive strength has been

    clearly enhanced. This is an unprecedented miracle in China's history. unveil

    The queen unveiled a statue of Prince Albert

    void

    The desert stretching away before the traveler seemed frighteningly void. vow

    The couple exchanged vows in a romantic Labor Day sunset ceremony on Maui. vulgar

    The houses and cars of the newly rich are huge but vulgar.

    wasteful

    His wife was wasteful and he had to keep his nose to the grindstone. abort

    The rescue mission had to be aborted.

    accessory

    The accessories for a car include the heater and the radio.

adherence

    Her adherence to her principles cost her her job administer

    She had a huge department to administer

    aerospace

    The Challenger shuttle crew, of seven astronauts-including the specialties of pilot, aerospace

    engineers, and scientists died tragically in the explosion. affiliate

    The college is affiliated to the university.

    alien

    We should not ignore others' opinions just because they are alien to our own ideas.

    alleviate

    The medicine is administered to alleviate the pain. alternate

    Mary and her sister will alternate in setting the table. ambiguity

    There is a degree of ambiguity in her answer. amend

    The government has amended the law twice to accord with the changing situation

    appraise

    Sotheby's apprised Donald of the fact that his “Rembrandt” was appraised as worthless.

    appropriation

    The mayor approved the appropriation of the new school. apt

    Everyone at present was very excited at his apt remark. arrogance

    I would on no account authorize in my child the smallest degree of arrogance.

    assurance

    The only complete defense is the elimination of nuclear weapons and assurance that they will

    never be produced again.

    athletic

    He is taking part in an athletic meeting.

    attendant

    Sally is too flighty to be a flight attendant. authorize/ise

    I have authorized him to act for me while I am away. avail

    They made great efforts, but it was all to no avail. bald

Too much knowledge makes the head bald.

    bankruptcy

    The company is reported to be on the brink of bankruptcy. behavioral

    The behavioral sciences have been slow to change partly because the explanatory items often seem to be directly observed and partly because other kinds of explanations have been hard to

    find.

    blunder

    The police blundered badly by arresting the wrong man. brighten

    The new carpet brightened the room.

    capsule

    The capsule failed to separate from the earth satellite. carefree

    How wonderful it would be to be young and carefree again! chronic

    Is your disease chronic or acute?

    circulation

    Police say a number of forged banknotes are in circulation. clearing

    This is the unorthodox view of a German soil scientist who has shown that burnt clearings in the Amazon, dating back more than 1 000 years, helped create patches of rich, fertile soil that

    farmers still benefit from today.

collaboration

    Garment making typically calls for a collaboration among yarn spinners, fabric weavers and

    sewing factories.

    collide

    The government collided with parliament over its industrial plans. commemorate

    The Nobel Prize is awarded to commemorate Nobel, the great chemist. commentary

    It affords a striking commentary on the limitations of our present knowledge. commonplace

    When leaving the house, she was heard to make some commonplace remark to her husband.

    complement

    A flaming dessert complemented the dinner.

    compliment

    Your presence is a great compliment.

    compulsory

    English is a compulsory subject in this course; Art is optional.

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