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|alter (AL-ter) verb: to change, usually to change in small or detailed ways|
|He has not altered his appearance in years. He still has the same beard and mustache.|
Please do not alter your plans because of me. You should go on vacation without me.
|analyze (AN-ul-ize) verb: to organize information for usefulness, to observe information and figure out how and why things are|
|When we analyzed the budget, we found that with several small cuts we can save $500 a month.|
|baffle (BA-ful) verb: to confuse, often used with the phrase "as to why" or used with an object-word following, as in "she baffled him."|
|I'm baffled as to why the salesman called me 10 times in one day. I certainly won't buy anything from him.|
My nephew baffled me with his electronics knowledge. He knew of so many applications and devices.
|bear (BĀR) verb: to put up with, to deal with, usually something difficult|
|Please bear with me. I'm doing my best to help you.|
She had to bear many difficulties last year. Her husband was sick, and then he lost his job.
|block (BLOCK) verb: to stop something physically|
|He blocked the ball with his arm.|
The exit was blocked by a large family that stood in the doorway.
Choose the correct word. Answers are at the bottom of the page.
1. He could not ___________ her mean words and angry attitude.
2. His strange ways _________________ me.
3. I'm sorry. I didn't realize I was ____________________ the door.
4. After ________________ the data, we will present our report.
5. You don't need to _________ your home. The house will sell as it is.
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