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Wordlist 21
Coober Pedy: Really Down Under
1. Aborigine (n.)
one of the original or earliest known inhabitants of a country or re
Synonym: original inhabitant
Example: They were form the aborigines of Australia.
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2. Assume (v.)
Definition: to accept something to be true without question or proof
Synonym: bear, undertake
Example: Let's assume (that) they're coming and make plans on that
Word Family:
as·sum·er, noun
o·ver·as·sume, verb (used with object), o·ver·as·sumed,
pre·as·sume, verb (used with object), pre·as·sumed, pre·as·sum·ing.
re·as·sume, verb (used with object), re·as·sumed, re·as·sum·ing.
3. Atop (pre.)
Definition: on or at the top of
Synonym: on top of
Example: She sat atop a two-metre wall.
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4. Blast (v.)
Definition: to explode or destroy something or someone with
explosives, or to break through or hit something with a similar,
very strong force
Synonym: blow up, explode
Example: A tunnel was to be blasted through the mountains.
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5. Blessedly (adv.)
Definition: enjoyably
Synonym: enjoyably. pleasantly
Example: The garden was blessedly peaceful.
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bless·ed·ness, noun
su·per·blessed, adjective
su·per·bless·ed·ness, noun
well-blessed, adjective
6. Burrow (v.)
Definition: to make a hole or passage in, into, or under
Synonym: tunnel, excavate
Example: The worms burrow deep into the ground.
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bur·row·er, noun
un·bur·rowed, adjective
7. Dispute (n.)
Definition: a debate, controversy, or difference of opinion
Synonym: debate, discussion, argument
Example: There is a dispute between two countries about the
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dis·pute·less, adjective
dis·put·er, noun
pre·dis·pute, noun, verb, pre·dis·put·ed, pre·dis·put·ing.
re·dis·pute, verb, re·dis·put·ed, re·dis·put·ing.
un·dis·put·ed, adjective
8. Emerge (v.)
Definition: to appear by coming out of something or out from
behind something
Synonym: appear, come into view
Example: She emerged from the sea, blue with cold.
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re·e·merge, verb (used without object), re·e·merged,
un·e·merged, adjective
9. Endure (v.)
Definition: to suffer something difficult, unpleasant, or painful
Synonym: tolerate, stand, bear
Example: We had to endure a nine-hour delay at the airport.
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en·dur·er, noun
un·en·dured, adjective
10. Ethnic (adj.)
Definition: relating to a particular race of people
Synonym: tribal, native
Example: Conflicts between the different ethnic groups in the
country exploded into civil war.
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eth·ni·cal·ly, adverb
in·ter·eth·nic, adjective
11. Far-flung (adj.)
Definition:describes places that are a great distance away, or
something that is spread over a very large area
Synonym: distant, far away
Example: The news spread to all corners of our far-flung empire.
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12. Fleck (n.)
Definition:a small mark or spot
Synonym: spot, mark
Example: I got a few flecks of paint on the window.
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fleck·less, adjective
fleck·less·ly, adverb
fleck·y, adjective
un·flecked, adjective
13. Groove (n.)
Definition: long, narrow, hollow space cut into a surface
Synonym: channel, cutting
Example: The window slides along a deep metal groove to open
and close.
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groove·less, adjective
groove·like, adjective
groov·er, noun
re·groove, verb (used with object), re·grooved, re·groov·ing.
14. Immigrate (v.)
Definition: to come to live in a different country
Synonym: migrate
Example: He immigrated with his parents in 1895, and grew up
in Long Island.
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im·mi·gra·tor, noun
un·im·mi·grat·ing, adjective
15. Liberal (adj.)
Definition: respecting and allowing many different types of
beliefs or behaviour
Synonym: open-minded, unprejudiced
Example: Her parents were far more liberal than mine.
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lib·er·al·ly, adverb
lib·er·al·ness, noun
an·ti·lib·er·al, adjective, noun
an·ti·lib·er·al·ly, adverb
an·ti·lib·er·al·ness, noun
16. Moonscape (n.)
Definition: the general appearance of the surface of the moon
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17. Nook (n.)
Definition: a small space that is hidden or partly sheltered
Synonym: opening, gap, cavity
Example: a shady nook that was ideal for a picnic.
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nook·like, adjective
18. Notwithstanding (adv.)
Definition: despite the fact or thing mentioned
Synonym: despite, regardless of
Example: Notwithstanding some members' objections, I think
we must go ahead with the plan.
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19. Outcrop (n.)
Definition: a large rock or group of rocks that sticks out of the
Synonym: rock shelf, mantel
Example: A rocky outcrop is visible far away.
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20. Overlook (v.)
Definition: to provide a view of, especially from above
Synonym: dominate,
Example:Our hotel room overlooked the harbour.
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21. Patron (n.)
Definition: a person or group that supports an activity or organization,
especially by giving money
Synonym: sponsor, supporter
Example: The Princess Royal is a well-known patron of several
Word Family:
pa·tron·al, pa·tron·ly, adjective
pa·tron·dom, pa·tron·ship, noun
pa·tron·less, adjective
sub·pa·tron·al, adjective
22. Refuge (n.)
Definition: protection or shelter from danger,
unhappiness, etc.
Synonym: protection, safety
Example: The climbers slept in a mountain refuge.
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23. Rig (n.)
Definition: the equipment used in drilling an oil well.
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24. Settlement (n.)
Definition: an official agreement that finishes an argument
Example: As part of their divorce settlement, Geoff agreed to let
Polly keep the house.
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non·set·tle·ment, noun
o·ver·set·tle·ment, noun
pre·set·tle·ment, noun
re·set·tle·ment, noun
25. Sprawl out (v.)
Definition: to be stretched or spread out in an unnatural or
ungraceful manner
Example: The puppy sprawled out in all directions.
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26. Stop off (v.)
Definition: to halt for a brief stay at some point on the way
Example: On the way to Rome we stopped off at Florence.
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27. Striking it rich (exp.)
Definition: to get a lot of money especially suddenly and
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28. Vein (n.)
Definition: a streak or marking, as of a different shade or color,
running through marble, wood,
Synonym: stripe, line
Example: The floor was covered with white marble with gray veins.
Word Family:
vein·al, adjective
vein·less, adjective
vein·like, adjective
in·ter·vein, verb (used with object)
in·ter·vein·al, adjective
29. Watch one’s step (exp.)
Definition: Walk carefully
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