Words of Topic: Building

Word group for topic: Building, it helps to enhance speaking and writing skills in English tests, especially for ESL students who are working for IELTS, TOEFL, and GRE exams.
 Word Group By Topic: Building
architect  Speak
n.
a person who plans designs and oversees the construction of buildings
He is probably the best-known living architect.
planner  Speak
n.
a person who makes decisions about how something will be done in the future
The city planners are considering the options.
delay  Speak
v.
make (someone or something) late or slow
The train was delayed.
detection  Speak
n.
the fact of noticing or discovering something
It is also fitted with equipment to avoid detection.
faulty  Speak
a.
working badly or unreliably because of imperfections
The money will be used to repair faulty equipment.
inspection  Speak
n.
an examination of the structure of a building by a specially trained person
A routine inspection revealed several faults with the engine.
hype  Speak
v.
to advertise something a lot in newspapers, on television, online, etc. in order to make people excited about it and want to buy or try it
Europe was hyped up as the place to invest last year.
amenity  Speak
n.
something intended to make life more pleasant or comfortable for people
Heating is regarded as a basic amenity.
wander  Speak
v.
walk or move in a leisurely, casual, or aimless way
He wandered aimlessly through the narrow streets.
run-down  Speak
a.
used to describe a building or area that is in poor condition
The office building was rundown, so the rents were low.
donkey’s years  Speak
n.
a very long time
She's been in the same job for donkey's years.
laughing stock  Speak
n.
someone or something that seems silly or stupid, especially by trying to be serious or important and not succeeding
He was the laughing stock of the company when he announced his plan.
run-of-the-mill  Speak
a.
ordinary and not special or exciting in any way
He gave a fairly run-of-the-mill speech.
pass the time  Speak
v.
to do something to keep busy while waiting
We passed the time in the airport playing cards.
stack up  Speak
v.
to produce a particular result or impression
How do the three project proposals and their financing stack up?
density  Speak
n.
the quality of being close together and difficult to go or see-through
The density of the smoke made it difficult to breathe.
skyrocket  Speak
v.
(of a price, rate, or amount) increase very steeply or rapidly
The cost of housing has skyrocketed.
torn  Speak
a.
finding it difficult to choose between two possibilities
She was torn between staying and going.
monstrosity  Speak
n.
something, especially a building, that is very large and is considered unsightly
The shopping center, a multistory monstrosity of raw concrete.
justification  Speak
n.
the action of showing something to be right or reasonable
He made a speech in justification of his career.
renovate  Speak
v.
to repair and improve something, especially a building
He renovates old houses and sells them at a profit.
castle  Speak
n.
a large strong building, built in the past by a ruler or important person to protect the people inside from attack
The castle is set on a steep hill.
ruin  Speak
v.
to spoil or destroy something completely
Huge modern hotels have ruined this once unspoiled coastline.
quaint  Speak
a.
old-fashioned
In Spain, we visited a cobblestone plaza with quaint little cafes around its perimeter.
attraction  Speak
n.
something that makes people want to go to a place or do a particular thing
Skiing holds no attraction for me.
hassle  Speak
n.
(a situation causing) difficulty or trouble
I can’t face the hassle of moving again.
irrelevant  Speak
a.
not related to what is being discussed or considered
These documents are totally irrelevant to the investigation.
aesthetically  Speak
adv.
in a way that gives pleasure through beauty
The buildings and gardens of the factory have been aesthetically designed and laid out.
outskirts  Speak
n.
the outer parts of a town or city
The park was built on the outskirts of New York in 1857.
handful  Speak
n.
a small number of people or things
She invited all her friends to her party, but only a handful of them turned up.
façade  Speak
n.
the front of a building, especially a large or attractive building
Meanwhile, the building of the facade had run into difficulties.
blight  Speak
n.
a thing that spoils or damages something
Those new buildings are a blight on the neighborhood and make it look terrible.
landscape  Speak
n.
a large area of countryside, especially in relation to its appearance
The cathedral dominates the landscape for miles around.
inclination  Speak
n.
a feeling that you want to do a particular thing
My own inclination would be to look for another job.
erect  Speak
v.
to build a building, wall, or other structure
They decided to erect a bridge across the Niagara Gorge.