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Ascertain (a-sir-TAIN): verb -- to figure out, to deduce from some information
need to ascertain the origin
of the disease before we can create a cure.
She is trying to ascertain the political damage that was caused by the scandal.
Enigma (e-NIG-muh): noun - a mystery, adj: enigmatic
people have ideas about how the world began. The truth remains an enigma.
I could tell from her enigmatic expression that she would not give me a direct answer.
Contiguous (cun-TIG-yoo-us): adj - touching on at least one border, being in contact with something, 2. next to or near in sequence or time.
are two or more residences that are contiguous.
There were several meteor showers in that area. They were contiguous events.
Vindicate (VIN-di-kate): verb - to prove that a person was falsely charged, to prove that something is true, though it was previously thought to be false
felt vindicated. She admitted
that I had been right all along.
A good lawyer can vindicate a falsely accused person during a trial.
Obsequious (ob-SEE-quee-us): adj - servile, deferential, adv. obsequiously
behavior was so obsequious, I
knew she just wanted the manager to like her.
Dogs are well known for being obsequious; that's how they encourage human beings to take care of them.
Practice: Complete the
sentences with the correct word (answers are at the bottom of the page):
The architect had to redesign the building's blueprint. It was
necessary to remove one hallway and make two of the walls
B. an enigma
The woman suffered from some serious respiratory problems. Her doctor
tried many tests, but the main reason for her problems remained
B. an enigma
Now study more words and practice
them. After that, there are more practice problems using all 10 words
on this page.
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