TOEFL exam vocabulary. Study the words and answer questions below.
Get more practice with the story: Monkeys.
|tightly (TIT-lee): adv--with grip, pulling inward, closely|
|He tightly grabbed my hand.|
She tightly held onto the jungle gym bars.
|precarious (pre-CARE-ee-us): adj--dangerous, uncertain|
|I used to climb trees. I never knew how precarious it was until I almost fell.|
"This is a precarious situation," the FBI agent said.
|limber (LIM-ber): adj--able to bend easily, flexible|
|Many athletes have to be limber to compete in their sports. |
She was limber when did she did yoga, but she isn't now.
|dramatic (dru-MA-dic): adj-- having a big, often emotional, effect|
|The actress won an award for her dramatic performance as a ballet dancer. |
Stop being dramatic. Your grades will get better if you do your homework.
|elaborate (ee-LA-bor-ut): adj--having a lot of detail, complex|
|We don't need to have elaborate plans for our vacation. Let's just go and hang out.|
He created an elaborate story to explain his lie. He mixed up a few details, though, and was found out.
Practice: Complete the sentences. Answers are at the bottom of the page.
1. When the little boy was afraid, he ____________ hugged his mother.
2. She wrote a story and created an ______________ new world.
3. My sister is always _________________. She thinks everything is overly important and emotional!
4. When the family was about to get eaten by monsters in the movie--that was a _______________ moment!
5. Dancers are usually ______________. They have to be able to move in all different ways.
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