autobiography n.a book about a person's life, written by that person
He published his autobiography last autumn.
inspirational a.making you feel full of hope or encouraged
Gandhi was an inspirational figure.
obscure a.not discovered or known about
His origins and parentage are obscure.
The area is renowned for its schools.
memorize v.learn by heart
He memorized thousands of verses.
tedious a.boring and tiring because long or often repeated
Learning a new computer program can be a tedious process.
dull a.lacking interest or excitement; boring
Those books seem rather dull beside this one.
despise v.to feel a strong dislike for someone or something
She despised him for the way he treated her sister.
glimpse v.a brief look or catch a sight of
He caught a glimpse of her face.
drop by v.to visit
He dropped by my office this morning.
recollect v.call to mind or remember something
There were five young men in the car, as near as I can recollect.
restricted a.limited; don’t allow
Building in this area of town is restricted.
fascinated a.strongly attracted and interested
They were absolutely fascinated by the game.
curricular a.relating to the subjects studied in a school, college
Universities welcomed the free textbooks and other curricular materials.
pursuit n.the action of following someone or something
We all deserve the pursuit of happiness.
hard-pressed a.having a lot of difficulties doing something
This year the airline will be hard-pressed to make a profit.
passionate a.having very strong feelings or emotions
He's passionate about football.
occurrence n.something that happens
Death was an everyday occurrence during the Civil War.
prominent a.important or famous
She was a prominent member of the city council.
frightened a.afraid or anxious
The police officer found a frightened child in the hut.
cherish v.recognize the full value or worth of something or someone
The previous owners had cherished the house.
genre n.a category of composition
What genre does the book fall into - comedy or tragedy?
devour v.read quickly and eagerly
She began devouring newspapers when she was only 12.
chunky a.thick and bulky
Her taste in fiction was for chunky historical romances.
loathe v.to hate
I loathe doing housework.
bookshelf n.a shelf on which books can be stored
He had built a set of bookshelves into one of the walls.
cultivate v.to create a new condition by directed effort
We’re trying to help these kids cultivate an interest in science.
decisive a.making choices quickly and surely, without having any doubts
In an emergency, decisive action is called for.
defeat v.win a victory over someone in a battle or other contest
The French were defeated at Waterloo in 1815.
distorted a.giving a misleading or false account or impression
His report gives a distorted view of the meeting.
irresponsible a.not showing a proper sense of responsibility
It would be irresponsible to ignore these warnings.
baffling a.impossible to understand
I found what he was saying completely baffling.
amaze v.surprise someone greatly
He amazed us by his knowledge of Welsh history.
keen a.very interested
She's keen on playing tennis.
hustle n.energetic action
The team showed a lot of determination and hustle.