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TOEFL words. Study the words and complete the exercise below.

Get more practice with the story: Farmer in India.

cultivate (CUL-ti-vate): to help something grow, to put effort into developing something

He is cultivating his garden quite well. The flowers are beautiful.
She cultivates a positive attitude toward her work, even though it can be difficult.

dictate (DIK-tate): 1. to speak while another writes down, 2. to have absolute authority

He dictates his emails to his aunt because he is blind.
The tyrant dictates the rules that everyone has to follow.

harvest (HAR-vest): to collect food that is ripe and ready to eat, to symbolically collect something that one has put effort into creating

The farmers finally harvested their crop after several threatening weather changes.

mirror (MI-rer): to act in likeness to another person or thing

The plot of her new book exactly mirrors the plot of her previous book.

shed (SHED): to remove an outer layer physically or symbolically

Our cat sheds her coat every summer. The fur gets everywhere!
He decided to shed his old ideas and look at the project with new eyes.

tempt (TEMPT): to invite or encourage bad, unhealthy behavior

At the cafe, I was very tempted to by a sugary cookie, but I chose the small bag of nuts.

Fill in the word:

1. Does he ______________ the rules at this office or is it more democratic?

2. Were you ___________ to try the desert? 

3. If you ______________ his healthy lifestyle, you will feel the benefits.

4. She always ___________ good relationships with her coworkers.

5. He needs to _____________ quite a few pounds before he will look normal again.

6. We ______________ seeds from our sunflowers last week.

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