Vocabulary Words 3 - Finding the Definition of Words
I cannot stand how haughty Margaret has been since getting her new car.

Vocabulary Words 3 - Finding the Definition of Words

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If you have already taken the Vocabulary Word quizzes Part 1: The Explosion of Words Begins and Part 2: Stretching the Brain with Words, then you are quickly coming to understand just how deep of a vocabulary bank you are required to have. It’s also a time when you can start to really impress others with your vocabulary usage.

For this quiz (Part 3), as well as in Part 4: Feeling Comfortable using those Big Words, you will be tested on your ability to see a new word used in a sentence and then see if you can locate its true or appropriate meaning in the four definitions provided. You might want to look back at the English quiz, Determining the Meaning of Unfamiliar Words, as it will be a good refresher in understanding just how to work out or figure out the meaning of a new word as it is used in the context of a sentence.

It’s really a lot easier than you might first imagine. There are a list of ten sentences given below. Each sentence has a new vocabulary word that is underlined. Four possible definitions are then given. If you feel you are ready to tackle the new vocabulary words then let’s begin the quiz. Don’t rush it though. See what words you can use to replace the underlined word. This is often a hint as to what the word actually means. Once you find a definition that you believe fits, then move on to the next sentence. Ready…begin!

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1.
William is the begotten of Mr. Phillips.
student
teacher
offspring
boss
Looking at the context of the sentence we learn that “William is the begotten.” To try and determine the meaning of “begotten” we need to see how it relates to William. Although Answers (a), (b) and (d) could fit into the sentence neither of them describes what “begotten” means. “Begotten” means the offspring of or the child of showing us that Answer (c) is the correct answer here
2.
It took Daniel several weeks to get acclimated to the high humidity of the south.
acquainted
familiar
situated
accustomed
The definitions of Answers (a), (b) and (c) just do not seem to fit into the sentence here when they are used to substitute the underlined word “acclimated.” On the other hand, if we substitute the definition given in Answer (d) so that “It took Daniel several weeks to get accustomed to the high humidity in the south,” then we see that it works perfectly. In fact, the definition of “acclimated” is to become accustomed to a new climate or environment. Therefore, Answer (d) is correct
3.
The President was inaugurated in January.
vacationing
elected
acquitted
sworn into office
Looking at the context of the sentence we learn that “The President was inaugurated.” Replacing the word “inaugurated” with the four choices, which word fits in best? Answers (a), (b) and (c) could fit in but neither of them fit in to what a President does in the month of January. However, Answer (d), i.e., “The President was sworn into office,” does fit and the definition of “inaugurated” means to be sworn into office. Answer (d) is correct
4.
In our history class we are studying ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics.
maps of wars
forms of writing using symbols
the lineage of pharaohs
religious belief
Looking at the context of the sentence we learn that “…we are studying ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics.” To try and determine the meaning of “hieroglyphics” we need to see how it relates to the study of ancient Egypt. Although Answers (a), (c) and (d) could fit into the sentence neither of them describes what “hieroglyphics” means. “Hieroglyphics” is a type of writing that uses symbols to describe things. Understanding this definition clearly tells us that Answer (b) is the correct definition of our underlined word
5.
Some people believe that there are extraterrestrials living among us.
beings from other planets
government spies
many diseases
different dimensions
Looking at the context of the sentence we learn that “Some people believe that there are extraterrestrials.” Looking at the four listed definitions, try to determine which of the four definitions seems most appropriate. Although Answers (b), (c) and (d) could possibly fit in, they do not express the meaning of the word “extraterrestrials.” “Extraterrestrials” refers to beings from a planet other than Earth. This tells us that the definition of Answer (a) is the correct definition we are looking for regarding this new vocabulary word
6.
It seemed that her weight gain was perpetual in spite of dieting.
territorial
lacking
automatic
permanent and/or eternal
The definitions of Answers (a), (b) and (c) when they are used to substitute the underlined word “perpetual” do not fit into the sentence well. However, if we substitute the definition given in Answer (d) so that “It seemed that her weight gain was permanent,” then we see that it works perfectly. Answer (d), therefore, correct
7.
Mary Jane has always had a strong propensity for living off of the land.
dislike
opinion
natural tendency to do something
commitment
Looking at the context of the sentence we learn that “Mary Jane has always had a strong propensity.” Now if we look at the four definitions given, which definition seems most likely? Although Answers (a), (b) and (d) could possibly fit in, they do not express the meaning of the word “propensity.” “Propensity” refers to having a natural tendency to do something. This means that Answer (c) gives us the correct definition for our underlined word
8.
They did not know if the cat they found was domesticated.
handicapped
tame and adapted to living indoors
ravenous
commercialized
The definitions of Answers (a), (c) and (d) just do not seem to fit into the sentence here when they are used to substitute the underlined word “domesticated.” However, if we substitute the definition given in Answer (b) so that “They did not know if the cat they found was tame and adapted to living indoors,” then we see that it works perfectly. In addition, the definition of “domesticated” means to be tame and comfortable living in a home. This shows us that Answer (b) is the correct definition
9.
I cannot stand how haughty Margaret has been since getting her new car.
acting in a superior fashion
happy
accommodating
relaxed
Looking at the context of the sentence we learn that Margaret has been haughty. How does Margaret and haughty relate? Answers (b), (c) and (d) do not seem to fit in with the context or tone of the sentence since the writer “cannot stand” what Margaret is doing. The definition of “haughty” is to act in a superior fashion or thinking she is better than others. This tells us that Answer (a) is correct
10.
His cold was having a bad effect upon his equilibrium.
vision
sense of balance
digestive system
relationships
With the list of definitions given here we can quickly eliminate Answer (d) as it has no real relationship with the sentence. Answers (a) and (d) could possibly fit but neither of them is the true definition of our underlined word “equilibrium.” “Equilibrium” refers to one’s sense of balance. Answer (b) is, therefore, the correct definition for our underlined word
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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