Word of the Day
Word of the Day: Week of 9/11
Definition: one of a kind
Definition: given as an honor
Sentence: A fish that could survive on dry land would be very unique.
Sentence: Famous people often receive honorary degrees from universities.
Definition: someone who is applying for a job or running for office
Definition: the ability to read and write
Sentence: Each candidate for student council officers gave a speech at the assembly.
Sentence: Literacy is important for succeeding in our society.
Definition: to eat something very quickly
Definition: ready to collapse; rickety
Sentence: People like to gather to watch the cheetahs devour their steak at feeding time.
Sentence: We came across a ramshackle cabin on our walk in the woods.
Definition: a thing done by one person on their own
Definition: having trust or faith
Sentence: You could tell that Sidney had been practicing, because she performed her solo perfectly.
Sentence: I am confident that I can pass this test.
Definition: to give an order to follow
Definition: a short sentence or phrase that expresses a guiding belief
Sentence: The trainer at the wild animal park commanded the wolf to bring him a stick.
Sentence: Her motto is “Carpe diem: seize the day!”
Word of the Day: Week of 9/18
Definition: something so funny that it makes you laugh
Definition: something newly introduced
Sentence: The movie was so hilarious that we almost cried from laughing so hard.
Sentence: The first automobile was a major innovation in transportation.
Definition: confused or puzzled
Definition: a game in which someone acts out each word or syllable of a phrase
Sentence: I was baffled by the complicated directions for assembling my new model car.
Sentence: You need to have a good imagination or be a good actor to play charades.
Definition: a puppet that you can move by pulling its strings
Definition: full or fun; or jolly
Sentence: Pinocchio was a wooden marionette until the Blue Fairy helped him become a real live boy.
Sentence: Our coach is so jovial that even workouts can be fun.
Definition: to make someone laugh or smile
Definition: commonly practiced
Sentence: The playful monkeys always amuse the visitors at the zoo.
Sentence: In Japan it is customary to remove your shoes when you enter a house.
Definition: tired or exhausted
Definition: to try to convince lawmakers to vote a certain way, or a hall or a room at the entrance
Sentence: Mom was weary after driving for almost 8 hours to get to Grandmom’s house.
Sentence: Nature lovers have had to lobby the government to protect redwood forests. The lobby of the governor’s office was filled with protestors.
Word of the Day: Week of 9/25
Definition: a story that is handed down from the past that is usually based on something that really happened
Definition: to combine or unite
Sentence: The legend of Johnny Appleseed is based on the life of a man named John Chapman.
Sentence: The singer integrates elements of jazz and rock into her music.
Definition: to shine or sparkle
Definition: the most important thing at a certain time
Sentence: The silver bells look so lovely when they glitter in the candlelight.
Sentence: My highest priority after school is to get my homework done.
Definition: soaking wet through and through
Definition: the ability to guess about something correctly
Sentence: We got drenched when we were caught out in the rain without an umbrella.
Sentence: My intuition was right! There was a pop quiz today.
Definition: to soak up something
Definition: beautiful or very pleasing to look at
Sentence: A heavy-duty sponge can absorb even a big puddle of milk.
Sentence: The tropical garden was filled with gorgeous plants and birds.
Definition: to easily fit into all sorts of different situations
Definition: polite and respectful
Sentence: A chameleon can adapt to its surroundings by changing color to blend in with rocks and trees.
Sentence: It’s a good idea to be courteous when you speak to adults.
Word of the Day: Week of 10/2
Definition: the home to a particular group of plants and animals
Definition: to dig a hole in the ground
Sentence: Although you might see a lion at a wild animal park, its natural habitat is the African savannah.
Sentence: Rodents like moles and groundhogs burrow tunnels underground.
Definition: behavior that often annoys or irritates others
Definition: to shop at or use the services of regularly
Sentence: When the puppies chewed up Pop-pop’s new slippers, their mischief finally got them in trouble.
Sentence: My parents prefer to patronize the locally owned market instead of the national chain.
Definition: slightly wet or damp
Definition: an independent system of stars, gas, dust, and planets
Sentence: I used a moist towel to wipe the pencil marks off my desk.
Sentence: Earth is in the galaxy called the Milky Way.
Definition: a bundle of fibers between the brain and parts of the body or courage or bravery
Definition: to not show much interest or enthusiasm about something
Sentence: When you touch something hot, your nerves tell your brain there’s pain, and your brain tells your hand to let go. The firefighter had a lot of nerve to run into the burning building.
Sentence: You probably won’t improve too quickly on the piano if you have such a lackadaisical attitude about practicing.
Definition: to talk about other people’s personal matters, whether or not you’re sure that what you’re saying is the truth
Definition: having the power to get others to do something without commanding or using force
Sentence: The neighbors gossiped about why the Smith family moved to New York, but no one really knew for sure.
Sentence: A very influential music teacher convinced me to continue studying the cello.
Word of the Day: Week of 10/9
Definition: dark and sad
Definition: to join the armed forces or to get the help or support of someone
Sentence: Soon the dark clouds had turned our sunny picnic into a gloomy outing.
Sentence: My older brother will enlist in the U.S. Army after graduation. We had to enlist the fire department to rescue our cat from the chimney.
Definition: a dull, steady pain
Definition: the real thing
Sentence: After the doctor gave me a flu shot, I had an ache in my arm for a few days.
Sentence: The sofa was made from authentic leather.
Definition: very high, grand, or proud
Definition: not capable of being resisted
Sentence: The eagle looked down over the entire valley from his lofty perch in the trees.
Sentence: The fuzzy puppy was so irresistible that I just had to take it home.
Definition: to take extra time to do something
Definition: to drive or urge forcefully to do something
Sentence: If you dawdle before breakfast, you’ll miss your bus to school.
Sentence: My football coach compels me to do my best.
Word of the Day: Week of 10/16
Definition: something that you must do
Definition: the time, place, and conditions of a particular event
Sentence: After my birthday, one of my obligations is to write thank-you notes to the people who gave me gifts.
Sentence: Due to unavoidable circumstances, the football game had to be cancelled.
Definition: a sudden feeling of fear that comes over a person or group of people
Definition: a young person or adolescent
Sentence: I felt panic when I got separated from my family in a crowd.
Sentence: The marathon had a special prize for juvenile runners.
Definition: something that does not follow any pattern or order
Definition: a serious attempt to do something or to make an effort
Sentence: The teacher put everyone’s name in a hat and chose the teams at random.
Sentence: He was successful in his endeavor to get an “A.” He planned to endeavor to become a scientist.
Definition: something that is very easy to see or understand
Definition: to obtain a great success or victory
Sentence: It was obvious from the smile on her face that she was happy to see her grandmother.
Sentence: The gymnast triumphed in the competition and won an Olympic gold medal.
Definition: when you make a firm decision to do something
Definition: capable of floating
Sentence: No matter what anyone else said, Jordan was determined to finish the race.
Sentence: The inner tube was buoyant enough to support three people.
Word of the Day: Week of 10/23
Definition: a situation when you have to make a difficult choice
Definition: to say words in a soft voice
Sentence: Brittany’s dilemma was whether to go to her softball game or stay after school for math tutoring.
Sentence: It’s okay to murmur in the library.
Definition: when two things crash into each other
Definition: to hold the interest of someone completely
Sentence: If you don’t watch where you’re going, you can collide with someone.
Sentence: I was so enthralled by the book that I read nonstop for hours.
Definition: to tell someone about what he or she has done wrong
Definition: the act of showing one’s pride in a confident manner
Sentence: The father criticized his son’s poor table manners.
Sentence: The Olympic figure skater glider onto the ice with dignity and grace.
Definition: a tool that can help you figure out in which direction you are facing
Definition: a movement of the hands or head that has meaning or to move your hands or head to emphasize what you are saying or thinking
Sentence: We used our compass to help us find our way out of the forest.
Sentence: An international gesture meaning “silence” is an index finger pressed to the lips. My mother used it to gesture to me during the concert.
Definition: the mood or feeling of a place
Definition: growing or living in water
Sentence: The atmosphere at the funeral was quiet and serious.
Sentence: The aquatic flowers sparkled in the sunlight reflected off the water.
Word of the Day: Week of 10/30
Definition: to be confused or not understand something
Definition: brief or expressed in a few words
Sentence: I was perplexed as I studied the map and read the directions to the museum.
Sentence: Isaac’s report was concise yet packed with information.
Definition: someone or something that is hard to control
Definition: playful teasing or joking
Sentence: The unruly crowd went wild when the rock concert started.
Sentence: The backstage banter stopped as soon as the rehearsal began.
Definition: someone or something that provides information
Definition: to pronounce words clearly
Sentence: The library is a great resource for all sorts of subjects.
Sentence: Our teacher enunciates so students who are learning English can understand her.
Definition: a difficult or unpleasant situation
Definition: close and familiar or very personal or private
Sentence: The climber was in a predicament when his safety rope came loose.
Sentence: My sister’s wedding was very intimate since only family and close friends were invited. I wrote about it in my diary, where I record my most intimate thoughts.
Definition: something that is done without planning
Definition: playful, but naughty
Sentence: I can’t make spontaneous plans after school; I have to make plans the night before.
Sentence: The mischievous puppy chewed on all my shoes.