represent v.to be a symbol of something
To many people the White House represents the identity of the United States.
superstition n.excessively credulous belief in and reverence for supernatural beings
I don't believe in the old superstition that the number 13 is unlucky.
count v.determine the total number of a collection of items
I started to count the stars I could see.
measure v.to discover the exact amount of something
This machine measures your heart rate.
coincidence n.an occasion when two or more similar things happen at the same time, especially in a way that is unlikely and surprising
Meeting you here in London is a remarkable coincidence.
instantly adv.at once; immediately
We can now communicate instantly with people on the other side of the world.
The lights on the Bay Bridge seemed stretched out to infinity.
numerology n.the study of particular numbers, such as a person's date of birth, in the belief that they may have special significance in a person's life
The number eighty-eight is very lucky in Chinese numerology.
aspire v.strong desire to achieve something
They aspired to be gentlemen, though they fell far short of the ideal.
dominate v.to have control over a place or person
They work as a group - no one person is allowed to dominate.
fascinated a.strongly attracted and interested
They were absolutely fascinated by the game.
obsessed a.too interested in or worried about something
Why are people so obsessed with money?
tremendously adv.to a very great extent
He was a tremendously strong individual.
symbolize v.to represent something
The lighting of the Olympic torch symbolizes peace and friendship.
valuable a.worth a lot of money
Diamonds are still valuable, even when they are flawed.
unfortunately adv.used to say that something is sad or disappointing
We tried to get tickets, but unfortunately they were already sold out.
memory gap n.memory loss
What causes memory gaps?
forte n.a strong ability, something that a person can do well
Cooking was not exactly her forte.
verification n.the process of establishing the truth of something
I was not asked for any verification of my identity or age.
purpose n.why you do something or why something exists
The purpose of the research is to try to find out more about the causes of the disease.
rare a.not occurring very often
Talent like hers is rare in someone so young.
resource person n.a person who is an expert of something who is called upon to perform a task or provide information
If you are unfamiliar with a resource person or agency, you may wish to ask for references from that person or from other educators.
write up something v.to record something completely on paper or on a computer
We have to write up the lab report for chemistry.
deal with v.to behave towards and talk to someone in an effective way
The pub trade is one area where the ability to deal with people is very important.
laborious a.needing a lot of time and effort
Unfortunately, this can be a slow, laborious , and very deadly process.
tedious a.boring; monotonous
It was laborious and tedious and horrible, but it got me interested in math.
brag v.to say something in a boastful manner
He once bragged that he would become the world's richest man.
muddled adj.badly organized or confusing
He became increasingly muddled as he grew older.
entrenched adj.unlikely to change
It's very difficult to change attitudes that have become so deeply entrenched over the years.
constitute v.to form something
Asians constitute seven percent of the population in this county.
addition n.the process of adding numbers or amounts together
Twice a week the children are tested in basic mathematical skills such as addition and subtraction.
multiplication n.the process of calculating the total of one number multiplied by another
There will be simple tests in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.