- legal (adjective, noun): based on law; conforms to law
- league(noun): a group of people, an association
- leag + ue
- There are fifty people participating in the bowling league.
- eligible (adjective): qualified, worthy to be chosen
- illuminate(verb): to provide with light, to make lighter, to make clear
- illustrate(verb): to explain by using pictorial examples, to show by using visual examples
- memory(noun): the ability to recall past events
- mental(adjective): related to the mind
- mention(verb): to cite, to speak about, to refer to
- minor(adjective): lesser, less important
- minute(adjective, noun): tiny, very small; sixty seconds
- min + ute
- Even though the speck of dirt on the camera lens was minute, it ruined the photograph.
- Terry will be finished in one minute.
- minuscule(adjective): very small
- missive (noun): a letter to be sent
- mobile(adjective): able to move
- motion(noun): act of moving, action
- pregnant (adjective): having a child developing in the womb, “with child”
- naive (adjective): lack of experience, not knowledgeable of the world
- synonym (noun): a word with a similar meaning to another word in the same language
- novice (noun): a newcomer, a beginner, someone new to something
- opus (noun): a musical composition
- Vivaldi’s opus number three is not as well known as is other compositions.
- sympathy (noun): sharing another person’s feelings, the ability to feel for another person’s suffering
- pathology (noun): the study of diseases
- pedestal (noun): a support for a column or other structure, a base for something
- pedest + al
- Johannes put the vase on a pedestal.
- pedestrian (noun): a person walking
- podium (noun): a platform, an area raised above the surrounding ground, a place at which to speak in front of an audience
- pod + ium
- The professor walked up to the podium and spoke into the microphone.
- pulse (noun): the regular action of blood through arteries
- The nurse felt for the patient’s pulse in his neck.
- suspend(noun): to hang from, to interrupt, to stop
- ponder(verb): to think about, to weigh in one’s mind
- phan + tom
- The children told horror stories about phantoms and ghosts.
- fantasy(noun): a creation of the imagination that cannot be real, a daydream
- portage (noun) the labor of carrying boats across land
- implicate (verb): to involve, to incriminate
- ply (noun): a layer
- Two ply tissue paper is stronger than one ply.
- postpone (verb): to put off to a later time
- posture (noun) the position of a body
- exquisite (adjective): carefully selected, marked by beauty
- quest (noun): a search, the act of seeking
- At four in the morning Quincy went out on a quest for ice cream.
- query (verb, noun): to ask questions, a question
- The lawyer queried the witness.
- I have a
- query about the origins of the English language.
- rupture (verb): to break or burst
- interrupt (verb): to stop, to break in (usually with questions)
- scribble (verb): to write quickly or carelessly
- scribb + le
- He scribbled a note in his notebook.
- script(noun): handwriting, something written
- Sometimes her script is hard to read.
- describe(verb): to say what something is like
- sensation(noun): ability to feel due to stimulation
- sentimental(adjective): marked by feeling or emotion
- consecutive (adjective): following in an unbroken order
- ensue (verb): to happen afterward
- isolate (verb): to separate from others, to place something by itself
- i +
- The sick cat was isolated from the other animals.
sol + uble
- absolute (adjective): complete, unrestricted, perfect
- The babysitter has absolute authority over the children while their parents are away.
- soluble (adjective): able to disperse in liquid
- Sugar is soluble in water.
- despise (verb): to hate, tolook down on
- Marguerite despises people who are cruel to animals.
- auspicicious (adjective): favorable
- au +
- The thousand dollar donation made for an auspicious beginning.
- espionage (noun): using spies or observers
- inspire (verb): to stimulate, to fill with a feeling or desire
- Students are often inspired by their teachers.
- establish (verb): to found, to start, to make firm
- e +
- Southampton College was established in 1963.
- stance (noun): a way of standing, a position, an attitude
- A person’s stance is very important in the games of golf and baseball.
- constrict (verb): to squeeze, to make narrow
- Marvin felt constricted by the suit and tie he wore to the meeting.
- stringent (adjective): strict, tight, severe
- There are stringent rules and regulations one must follow when operating a child care center.
- prestige (noun): respect for a person or a thing
- misconstrue (verb): to interpret, analyse, or understand something incorrectly; misunderstand
- Do not misconstrue his actions to mean he likes you — being pleasant to customers is part of his job.
- obstruct (verb): to block, prevent, hinder
- The fallen tree obstructed the roadway and blocked traffic for hours.
- tangible (adjective): able to be perceived by touch, physically real
- Many people want tangible proof of something before they believe it to be true.
- contiguous (adjective): touching, next in a sequence
- The United States has forty-eight contiguous states.
- contingent (adjective): possible, dependent on something else
- contend (verb): to strive or reach for, to argue
- The two fighters contended for the heavy-weight championship title.
- continue (verb): to keep going, to remain
- The movie is scheduled to continue until midnight.
- content (noun, adjective): something contained, held; satisfied
- I can’t tell what the content of this can is until I open it.
- tenacious (adjective): holding or sticking to something
- terminal (adjective): relating to an end
- Margot has been diagnosed with a terminal disease and has been given only six months to live.
- terrain (noun): the physical features of an area
- There is some very rough terrain in the White Mountain area of New Hampshire.
- testify (verb): to make a statement based on personal knowledge
- The witness testified at the trial.
- thermal (adjective): relating to the presence of heat
- Lisa bought some thermal underwear to take with her when she goes skiing.
- torsion (noun): twisting of a body or an organ by an external force along an axis
- The torsion of the bolt will help release the wheel.
- contort (verb): to twist into an abnormal shape
- The actor contorted her face into an evil grin and scared the audience.
- train (verb): to teach or to cause to do something
- Yvette trained her dog to perform tricks.
- treaty (noun): a formal agreement
- The rebels and the new government signed a treaty calling for peace.
- unison (noun): at the same time, at the same pitch
- The two singers sang in unison.
- vacuum (noun): empty space, isolation from outside influence
- Some people seem to live in a vacuum and they have no knowledge of current events.
- invent (verb): to create through thought or imagination
- Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone and other devices.
- prevent (verb): to act ahead of, to keep from happening
- Lamont prevented a disastrous fire by calling the fire department the moment he smelled smoke.
- veracity (noun): truthfulness, accuracy
- Daphne is known for her veracity and honesty.
- verve (noun): enthusiasm
- The cheerleaders showed verve and school spirit at the football game.
- revert(verb): to go back, to return (to an original state)
- The land slowly reverted to a wild state after it was abandoned.
- review (verb): to look at again, to re-examine
- Marsha reviewed for the test by re-reading her class notes.
- visible (adjective): able to be seen
- Sometimes the moon is visible during the day.
- indivisible(adjective, noun): cannot be separated
- revive (verb): to return to life
- After spending a day in the sun, I was revived by a glass of water.
- revoke (verb): to call back, to withdraw
- Karl’s license was revoked because he was caught driving 20 miles over the speed limit.
- revolt (verb): to rebel, to turn against, to feel disgust
- It was the peasants who revolted during the French Revolution.
- Cooked carrots revolt some people.
- evolution (noun): the process by which something develops
- Darwin and other natural scientists have developed theories of evolution.
(verb): to turn around
(adjective): uttered by the voice, producing sound
(adjective): necessary for life
- vit + al
- The cancer had not yet spread to her vital organs and she was given an excellent chance for a full recovery.
(noun): television or recorded movies
- vid + eo
- Patricia rented a video and watched it on her television.
(adjective): capable of changing or adapting, useful
(verb): to express in words, to put into words
(verb): to confirm that something is true
(verb): to assemble, to come together
(adjective): empty, not occupied, free
(verb) to make one, to join together
- The two small companies united and became one large business.
(verb): to draw toward, to arouse interest
(noun, verb): agony, pain; to cause recurring pain
- tor + ment
- The torment Jean’s nightmares caused made him seek professional help.
- The guards tormented the prisoners.
(noun) a device for measuring heat
- thermo + meter
- I took my temperature with a thermometer.
(verb): to provide proof, to say something is true
(noun): area of land
- territ + ory
- This area is considered to be Canadian territory.
(verb): to kill off, to get rid of
- ex + term + in + ate
- The Schaeffer’s hired a company to exterminate the cockroaches living in their house.
(verb): to keep, to hold in place
- re + tain
- Blanche retained her Alaskan residence since she will return there when she is finished with school.
(adjective): large in area, wide
(adverb): related to the sense of touch
(verb): to ruin, to pull down
(verb): to hold back, to prevent from doing
(noun): height of a body, importance of position
(noun): a person who watches or observes
(verb): to find an answer
- The professor asked the student to solve the problem and show her answer on the board.
(adjective): being alone
(noun): community, the relationship among individuals living or working in a common area, companionship
- societ + y
- Sometimes what is best for a society is not always good for an individual living in that society.
(adjective): to lie next to
- ad + jac + ent
- You won’t have a long walk between classes because the engineering building is adjacent to the chemistry laboratories.
(adjective): written, drawn, vividly shown
grade (verb): to place things in classes or sets, to classify
(noun): a science that describes the earth’s surface
(noun): the shape and size of something, the arrangement of something
- form + at
- The format of this class will be half lecture and half class participation.
- Anand gave a brief lecture on the rain forest.
(noun): the study of life
(noun): a list of written works
(adjective): marked by goodwill
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