Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Ready for CAE p 88. Reading. Feeling Good. Vocabulary

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS

to carry out: to do or complete something, especially that you have said you would do or that you have been told to do.

range: a set of similar things.

to aim at: to plan, hope or intend to achieve something.

to be willing: to be happy to do something if it is needed.

trial: a test, usually over a limited period of time, to discover how effective or suitable something or someone is.

to ascertain: to discover; to make certain.

Blood pressure: a measure of the pressure at which the blood flows through the body.

To undergo: to experience something which is unpleasant or which involves a change.

Thorough: detailed and careful.

To attend: to go to an event, place, etc.

Compulsory: If something is compulsory, you must do it because of a rule or law.

To set up: to formally establish a new company, organization, system, way of working, etc.

Records: information about someone or something which is stored by the police or by a doctor.

Side effects: an unpleasant effect of a drug that happens in addition to the main effect.

Mild: not violent, severe or extreme.

Severe: causing very great pain, difficulty, anxiety, damage, etc.; very serious.

To seek – sought – sought: to look for.

Outcome: result.

EXTRACT FROM A MAGAZINE ARTICLE

Blinding: extremely painful.

To crash: to stop operating.

To get round to: to do something that you have intended to do for a long time.

To pass on: to give someone something that another person has given you.

To relieve: to provide relief for a bad situation or for people in need.

Strain: when you feel nervous and worried about something.

To stretch: to (cause an elastic material to) become longer or wider than usual as a result of pulling at the edges.

Limb: an arm or leg of a person or animal, or a large branch of a tree.

To be taken aback: to be surprised or shocked so much that you do not know how to behave for a short time.

Dough: flour mixed with water and often yeast, fat or sugar so that it is ready for baking.

To knead: flour mixed with water and often yeast, fat or sugar so that it is ready for baking.

Eerie: strange in a frightening and mysterious way.

at ease: relaxed.

To ease off: to gradually stop or become less; to start to work less or do things with less energy.

To put down to: to attribute.

EXTRACT FROM A NOVEL

To tilt: to (cause to) move into a sloping position.

To peer: to look carefully or with difficulty.

Matchstick: the short wooden stick of a match, or the match itself.

Undergrowth: a mass of bushes, small trees and plants growing under the trees of a wood or forest.

Stiff: not easily bent or moved; firm or hard; If you are stiff or part of your body is stiff, your muscles hurt when they are moved.

To scrape: to remove an unwanted covering or a top layer from something, especially using a sharp edge or something rough.

Cankerous: not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind. Having an ulcer or canker.

Coating: To coat: to cover something with a layer of a particular substance.

To behold: to see or look at.

Wrinkled: with a lot of wrinkles; wrinkle: If skin or material wrinkles, or if something wrinkles it, it gets small lines or folds in it.

Toddler: a young child, especially one who is learning or has recently learned to walk.

Gnarled: rough and twisted, especially because of old age or a lack of protection from bad weather.

Stoop: when someone stands or walks with their head and shoulders bent slightly forwards and down.

Overmeasure: Excessive measure; the excess beyond true or proper measure; surplus.

Aural: related to hearing.

Bowl: a round container that is open at the top and is deep enough to hold fruit, sugar, etc., or the rounded inside part of something.

To cram into: to force a lot of things into a small space, or to do many things in a short period of time.

To chuckle: to laugh quietly.

To purse one’s lips: to bring your lips tightly together so that they form a rounded shape, usually as an expression of disapproval.

To fold: to bend something, especially paper or cloth, so that one part of it lies on the other part, or to be able to be bent in this way.

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