n. something that may help one to be successful or to gain something
- Is there any advantage in arriving early?
- He was advantageously born into a rich family.
n. the coming or appearance of something
- With the advent of computers, many tasks have been made easier.
- The orchestra’s latest newsletter announced the advent of the upcoming concert season.
adj. able to move in a quick and easy way
- Deer are very agile animals.
- She moved agilely across the stage.
conj. in spite of the facts, regardless of the fact
- His trip was successful, albeit tiring.
- Albeit difficult at times, speaking another language is rewarding.
adj. attractive or interesting
- Working abroad is appealing to many people.
- Through his speeches, the candidate appealed to the voters.
adj. acclaimed; well-known and popular
- The celebrated pianist will be giving a concert this weekend.
- San Francisco is celebrated for its multicultural makeup.
v. to go around; avoid
- The hacker attempted to circumvent the computer’s security system.
- Circumvention of the freshman math requirement is possible.
v. to hit one object against another with violent force; to be in opposition
- The collision caused major damage to both cars.
- Moon craters were caused when large asteroids collided with the moon.
adj. modern, up-to-date,
or (n.) a person living at the same time as another person
- Contemporary architecture makes very good use of space.
- Cervantes was a contemporary of Shakespeare.
v. to divide among people or to give out
- Many publishers now distribute their newspapers via the Internet.
- The distribution of seeds is very quick with this new machine.
v. to promote, help, or support
- The government cut taxes in order to encourage spending.
- The professor gave each student the encouragement that was needed to learn the material.
adj. full of life, action, or power
- Sam hasn’t been as energetic as he usually is.
- There’s a lot of energy in these batteries.
adj. weak in health or in body
- The frail wings of the newborn bird could not lift it off the ground.
- One of the frailties of human beings is laziness.
n. a high point of success or abundance
- Many settlers became rich during the heyday of the California gold rush of the 1800s.
- We are living in the heyday of digital communications.
n. an invented story or idea
- Throughout history myths were created in an attempt to explain many common natural occurrences.
- Mythology is the study of legends and fables.
v. to make pure; to improve
syn. perfect (verb)
- Factories must refine oil before it can be used as fuel.
- A squirt of lime juice is the perfect refinement to cola.
adj. value in doing something
- It was worthwhile waiting ten hours in line for the tickets.
- It’s worthwhile to prepare for the TOEFL.