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Study for the TOEFL exam. Study the words and practice below.

Get more practice with the story: Cherrapunji.

blur (BLUR): to make seeing difficult, to cause things to be unclear either physically or symbolically

She suffers from eye strain. It blurs her vision. 
He blurred the line between right and wrong.

caution (CAH-shun): to tell or alert someone to be safe

He cautioned me not to buy a used car without having my own mechanic check it first.

challenge (CHA-lenj): to make something difficult in order to increase a person's motivation or competitive nature

The teacher challenged her students with several extra credit questions.

clarify (CLARE-i-fī): to make clear

I want to clarify my meaning. Your work has been excellent, but we have to cut your hours because of our budget problems.

crush (CRUSH): to make flat, destroy, either physically or symbolically

We crushed the ice and then used it to make summer drinks.
His manager was unkind for years. He finally crushed the man by denying him the promotion he deserved.

Choose the correct word. Answers are at the bottom of the page. 

1. My father often ________________ me with difficult games.

2. He had to _______________ the rules so that everyone understood.

3. The drug ______________ her vision, and she couldn't drive.

4. She _________________ her grandchildren to avoid playing in the street.

5. She _______________ me in the competition. She did everything so much better.

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