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VOA Special English Word Book
  • a (an) – ad. one; any; each
  • able – v. having the power to do something
  • about – ad. almost (“about half”); of or having a relation to (“We talk about the weather.”)
  • above – ad. at a higher place
  • abuse – n. bad treatment causing harm or injury
  • accept – v. to agree to receive
  • accident – n. something that happens by chance or mistake; an unplanned event
  • accuse – v. to say a person is responsible for an act or crime; to make a statement against someone
  • across – ad. from side to side; to the other side
  • act – v. to do something
  • activist – n. one who seeks change through action
  • actor – n. someone acting in a play or show
  • add – v. to put (something) with another to make it larger; to say more
  • administration – n. the executive part of a government, usually headed by a president or prime minister
  • admit – v. to accept (“admitted to the United Nations”); to express one’s guilt or responsibility (“He admitted that what he did was wrong.”)
  • adult – n. a grown person
  • advertise – v. to show or present the qualities of a product to increase sales
  • advise – v. to help with information, knowledge or ideas in making a decision
  • affect – v. to produce an effect on; to influence (“A lack of sleep affected the singer’s performance.”)
  • afraid – ad. feeling fear
  • after – ad. later; behind
  • again – ad. another time; as before
  • against – ad. opposed to; not agreeing with something
  • age – n. how old a person or thing is
  • agency – n. an organization that is part of a larger group (“an agency of the United Nations”)
  • aggression – n. an attack against a person or country; the violation of a country’s borders
  • ago – ad. of time past; before now
  • agree – v. to have the same belief as someone; to be willing to do something
  • agriculture – n. farming
  • aid – v. to help; to support; n. help, assistance
  • aim – v. to point a gun at; n. a goal or purpose
  • air – n. the mixture of gases around the earth, mostly nitrogen and oxygen, that we breathe
  • air force – n. a military organization using airplanes
  • airplane – n. a vehicle with wings that flies
  • airport – n. a place where airplanes take off and land
  • album – n. a collection of recorded music
  • alcohol – n. a strong, colorless liquid, usually made from grain, used as a drug or in industrial products
  • alive – ad. having life; not dead
  • all – ad. everything; everyone; the complete amount
  • ally – n. a nation or person joined with another for a special purpose
  • almost – ad. a little less than completely
  • alone – ad. separated from others
  • along – ad. near or on (“along the road”)
  • already – ad. before now; even now
  • also – ad. added to; too
  • although – conj. even if it is true that
  • always – ad. at all times; every time
  • ambassador – n. a nation’s highest diplomatic representative (to another government)
  • amend – v. to add to or to change (a proposal or law)
  • ammunition – n. the bullets or shells fired from guns
  • among – ad. in or part of (a group)
  • amount – n. the number, size or weight of anything
  • anarchy – n. a lack of order; lawlessness
  • ancestor – n. a family member from the past
  • ancient – ad. very old; long ago
  • and – conj. also; in addition to; with
  • anger – n. a strong emotion against someone or something
  • animal – n. a living creature that moves, such as a dog or cat
  • anniversary – n. a yearly celebration or observance of an event that happened in the past
  • announce – v. to make known publicly; to declare officially
  • another – ad. one more; a different one
  • answer – n. a statement produced by a question; v. to make a statement after being asked a question
  • any – ad. one or more of no special kind
  • apologize – v. to express regret for a mistake or accident for which one accepts responsibility
  • appeal – v. to take to a higher court, person or group for a decision; to call on somebody for help
  • appear – v. to show oneself; to come into sight; to seem
  • appoint – v. to name; to choose (“appoint a judge”)
  • approve – v. to agree with; to agree to support
  • archeology – n. the scientific study of past human life and activities
  • area – n. any place or part of it
  • argue – v. to offer reasons for or against something; to dispute; to disagree
  • arms – n. military equipment; weapons
  • army – n. military ground forces
  • around – ad. on every side (of)
  • arrest – v. to seize a person for legal action; to take as a prisoner
  • arrive – v. to come to a place, especially at the end of a trip
  • art – n. expressions or creations by humans, such as paintings, music, writing or statues
  • artillery – n. big guns
  • as – conj. equally (“as fast as”); when; while
  • ash – n. the part left after something burns
  • ask – v. to question; to say something is wanted (“We ask the teacher questions every day.”)
  • assist – v. to help
  • astronaut – n. a person who travels in space
  • astronomy – n. the scientific study of stars and the universe
  • asylum – n. political protection given by a government to a person from another country
  • at – prep. in or near (“at the edge”); where (“look at”); when (“at noon”)
  • atmosphere – n. the gases surrounding any star or planet
  • attach – v. to tie together; to connect
  • attack – n. a violent attempt to damage, injure or kill; v. to start a fight
  • attempt – v. to work toward something; to try; to make an effort
  • attend – v. to be present at
  • attention – n. close or careful observing of, or listening to, someone or something (“The student paid attention to his teacher.”)
  • automobile – n. a vehicle with wheels used to carry people; a car
  • autumn – n. the time of the year between summer and winter
  • available – ad. present and ready for use; willing to serve or help. (“There was a list of available candidates.”)
  • average – n. something (a number) representing the middle; ad. common; normal
  • avoid – v. to stay away from
  • awake – ad. not sleeping
  • award – n. an honor or prize for an act or service
  • away – ad. not near


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