Tactics for TOEIC Vocabulary

Unit 1       Photographs

focus (n&v): give attention to something: to give special attention to one particular person or thing, or to make people do this

predict (v) to say what is going to happen in the future, often on the basis of present indications or past experience [↪ prediction]:

pick out (phr-V) to choose or select something or somebody from among others

theme (n)the main subject or idea in a piece of writing, speech, film etc:

The book’s theme is the conflict between love and duty.

statement (n) the act of expressing something in words:

brainstorm (v) to think of many ideas on a topic quickly & creatively.

distractor (n) incorrect option in multiple-choice question: an incorrect option shown as a possible answer to a multiple-choice question

Internet café: a café with computers where people can pay to use the internet.

diary (n) a book in which you write down the things that happen to you each day [= journal]:

barber (n) 1. a man whose job is to cut men’s hair and sometimes to shave them

2.barber’s British English a shop where men’s hair is cut [=barbershop American English]


wood (n) the material that trees are made of [↪ wooden, woody]:

Put some more wood on the fire.

sail (n) a large piece of strong cloth fixed onto a boat, so that the wind will push the boat along: a yacht with white sails

pour (v) to make a liquid or other substance flow out of or into a container by holding it at an angle:          She poured coffee for everyone.

pot (n) for a plant: a container for a plant, usually made of plastic or baked clay:

gaze (v) to look at someone or something for a long time, giving it all your attention, often without realizing you are doing so [= stare] 

            Nell was still gazing out of the window.

hang (v) to put something in a position so that the top part is fixed or supported, and the bottom part is free to move and does not touch the ground:

Philip hung his coat on a hook behind the door.

phone booth (n) a small structure that is partly or completely enclosed, containing a public telephone

apron (n) a piece of clothing that covers the front part of your clothes and is tied around your waist, worn to keep your clothes clean, especially while cooking


Unit 2       Question-Response

factual (adj) based on facts or relating to facts:

•Try to keep your account of events as factual as possible. 

key words (n) the most important words in terms of meaning usually nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and question words (Wh-questions).

distractor (n) an incorrect option shown as a possible answer to a multiplechoice question

be familiar with something: to have a good knowledge or understanding of something:

•Are you familiar with this type of machine?

staff (n) the group of people who work for an organization:

•The entire staff has done an outstanding job this year.

stuff (n) material things generally, especially when unidentified, worthless, or unwanted:

• What’s all this stuff doing in my office?

range (n) a number of people or things that are all different, but are all of the same general type 

arrangement (n) plans and preparations that you must make so that sth can happen:

I’ve agreed to help with arrangements for the party.

minutes (plr-N) an official written record of what is said and decided at a meeting:

• Will you take the minutes? (=write them down)

go off (phr-V) begin sounding: to start to ring, sound, or vibrate

• I’ve set the alarm clock to go off at 7 am.

finding (n) the information that someone has discovered as a result of their study, work etc:

• Surveys conducted in other countries reported similar findings.

positively (adv) in a way that shows you agree with something or want it to succeed [≠negatively] It is hoped that the industry will respond positively to this new initiative.

parcel (n) (US package) an object or collection of objects wrapped in paper, especially so that it can be sent by post:  The parcel was wrapped in plain brown paper.


platform (n) a long flat raised structure at a railway station, where people get on and off trains

The train for Cambridge will depart from platform 9

midnight (n) 12 o’clock at night or the period around the middle of the night

vacation (n) US a holiday, especially when you are travelling away from home for pleasure

responsibility (n) something that it is your job or duty to deal with:

It’s her responsibility to ensure the project finishes on time.


Unit 3       Conversations

skim (v) to read or consider something quickly in order to understand the main points, to read something quickly to find the main facts or ideas in it [= scan]:

• I’ve only skimmed (through/over) his letter; I haven’t read it carefully yet.

predict (v) to say what will happen, before it happens [↪ prediction]:

• Sales were five percent lower than predicted.

context (n) text surrounding word or passage: the words that come just before and after a word or sentence and that help you understand its meaning:

• The meaning of ‘mad’ depends on its context.

paraphrase (v) to restate something using other words, especially in order to make it simpler or shorter

adapter (n) electric connector: a device used to connect an electrical appliance to a power source with a different voltage or a different plug shape, or to connect several appliances to one outlet

receipt (n) a piece of paper that you are given which shows that you have paid for something:

colleague (n) someone you work with, used especially by professional people:

• She discussed the idea with some of her colleagues.

client (n) [= customer]: a meeting with an important client

air conditioner (n) a machine that makes the air in a room or building cooler and drier

air conditioning (n) a system that makes the air in a room or building cooler and drier

delay (v) to make something happen at a later time than originally planned or expected

• Could we delay the meeting a few days?

comment (n) an opinion that you express about someone or something [= remark]:

• Does anyone have any questions or comments?

feedback (n) response: comments in the form of opinions about and reactions to something, intended to provide useful information for future decisions and development

• Have you had any feedback from customers about the new soap?

theoretical (adj) based on theory: about, involving, or based on theory

• She has theoretical knowledge of teaching, but no practical experience.

practical (adj): relating to real situations and events rather than ideas, emotions etc [theoretical]:

criticize (v) express disapproval of someone or something, or to talk about their faults [≠praise]:

session (n) a period of time used for a particular activity, especially by a group of people:

a training session for teachers about computers


ride (n) a journey in a vehicle, when you are not driving [↪ lift]

appreciate (v) value sb or sth highly: to recognize and like the qualities in sb or something

package (n) a set of ideas or services that are suggested or offered all together as a group

• The government has announced a package of measures to assist affected areas.

shop (n) workshop: a place where something is made or repaired:

block (v) obstruct movement: to prevent or restrict movement through, into, or out of something

emergency (n) an unexpected and dangerous situation that must be dealt with urgently [↪ crisis]:                   The staff need to know what to do in an emergency.

replace (v) to change something that is old, damaged, etc. for a similar thing that is newer or better

strap (n)a narrow flexible strip of a material such as leather, plastic, or metal, used to bind or secure something


Unit 4       Talks

imagine (v) to form an image or idea of somebody or something in the mind:

• I can just imagine his reaction!

announce (v) to declare or report something publicly [↪ announcement]

interrupt (v) to stop something from happening for a short period

• We had to interrupt our trip when we heard John’s mother was ill.

in the meantime (n) until something expected happens, or while something else is happening

• Your computer won’t be arriving till Thursday. In the meantime, you can use Jude’s

complimentary (adj): If tickets, books, etc. are complimentary, they are given free, especially by a business. biếu, mời (vé, sách)

attention (n) notice, thought or interest

Ladies and gentlemen, could I have your attention, please?

inform (v) to officially tell someone about something or give them information

The name of the dead man will not be released until his relatives have been informed.

shuttle (n) a vehicle or aircraft that travels regularly between two places

• To get across town, you can take the shuttle from Times Square to Grand Central.

as far as: used when talking about the distance between two places or the distance that is to be traveled:         We’ll go by train as far as London, and then take a bus.

unused (adj)  not being used at present

portion (n) a part of something larger, especially a part that is different from the other parts

journey (n) a trip or expedition from one place to another

I love going on long journeys.

shortly (adv) soon or in a short time:      • The guests will arrive shortly.

apologize (v) to tell someone that you are sorry that you have done something wrong:

I’m so sorry, I do apologize.

inconvenience (n) problems caused by something which annoy or affect you:

We apologise for the delay and any inconvenience caused.

immediate (adj): happening or done at once, or without delay

• Dioxin is a poison that takes immediate effect.

tropical (adj) relating to or characteristic of the tropics

getaway (n) a place that is suitable for a holiday/vacation

          a romantic weekend getaway in New York

secluded (adj): cut off from other places and therefore private and quiet

base (n) the main place from which a person, company, or organization controls their activities

no longer/not any longer: used when something used to happen or be true in the past but does not happen or is not true now:   It’s no longer a secret.

coral reef (n): found in warm sea water that is not very deep

host (v) to provide the place and everything that is needed for an organized event: 

Which country is going to host the next World Cup?

break (n) a short vacation away from home

• We needed to get away for a short break.

escape (v) to avoid something bad or that you do not want to happen:

deadline (n) a date or time by which you have to do or complete something:

The deadline for applications is May 27th.

finalize (v) to finish the last part of a plan, business deal etc:

Jo flew out to Thailand to finalize the details of the deal.

typos (n) typographical error: a printing error that results from striking the wrong key on a keyboard, e.g. a misspelled word

out of the blue:if something happens out of the blue, it is very unexpected, without warning

• The decision came out of the blue.


summarize (v) make summary: to give a shortened version of something that has been said or written, stating its main points

volume (n) the total amount of something

performance (n) working effectiveness: the manner in which something or somebody functions, operates, or behaves.         • a high-performance car

top-of-the-line (US)/range: used for describing something that is the most expensive in a group of similar products

executive (adj) expensive and designed for people who earn a lot of money

impressive (adj) something that is impressive makes you admire it because it is very good, large, important etc:

result in (phr-V) to make something happen [= cause]:

an accident that resulted in the death of two passengers

boost (v) to increase or improve something and make it more successful:

The new resort area has boosted tourism.

target (v) to aim something at a target: • The missiles were targeted on the enemy capital.

discard (v) to get rid of something [= throw away]:

residential (adj) relating to homes rather than offices or businesses [↪ domestic]:

telephone services for residential customers

waste (n) unwanted or unusable items, remains, or byproducts, or household garbage

apartment (n) American English a set of rooms on one floor of a large building, where someone lives [= flat British English]

safety (n) the state of being safe and protected from danger or harm

a place where children can play in safety

fasten (v) to attach something firmly to another object or surface

seat belt (n) belt attached to the seat of a car or plane which you fasten around yourself for protection in an accident

statistics (plr-N) a collection of information shown in numbers:

According to official statistics the disease killed over 500 people.

route (n) a particular way or direction between places

• I live on a bus route so I can easily get to work.

adjust (v) to change or move something slightly to improve it or make it more suitable for a particular purpose:       Check and adjust the brakes regularly.

distract (v) to take somebody’s attention away from what he or she is doing or thinking or from what is happening:

go down (phr-V) get lower: to become lower in level, amount etc:

• Computers have gone down in price.

isolate (v) to separate one person, group, or thing from other people or things:

bypass (v) to avoid an obstacle, obstruction, or problem by using an alternative route or method

failure (n) a breakdown or the state of not working correctly or as expected;

unfamiliar (adj) not known to you

underway (adj) happening now:   The project is already well underway.


Unit 5       Incomplete Sentences

feature (n) something important, interesting or typical of a place or thing

An interesting feature of the city is the old market.

Teamwork is a key feature of the training programme.

retire (v) to stop working, usually because you have reached a certain age: [↪retirement]

He was forced to retire early because of poor health.

rejection (n) the act of not accepting, believing in, or agreeing with something [≠ acceptance]

• What are the reasons for his rejection of the theory?

delegate (n) someone who has been elected or chosen to speak, vote, or take decisions for a group [↪ representative]:

• Around 350 delegates attended the conference.

eliminate (v) to completely get rid of something that is unnecessary or unwanted

result in (phr-V) to make something happen [= cause]:

an accident that resulted in the death of two passengers

proposal (n) suggested idea or plan: a suggestion or intention, especially one put forward formally or officially

favor (v) help: to provide suitable conditions for something to happen:

• The current economy does not favor the development of small businesses.

favorable /ˈfeɪvərəbl/ (adj) suitable and likely to make something happen or succeed:

The disease spreads quickly under favorable conditions.

challenge (v) competition: to invite someone to compete or fight against you, or to try to win something [↪ challenger, dare]

simplify (v) to make something easier or less complicated:

• The law needs to be simplified.

reach (v) speak to somebody: if you reach someone, you succeed in speaking to them on the telephone [= contact]:

• I can probably reach him on his mobile.

place (v) arrange something: to arrange for something to be done:

• He placed an advertisement in the local paper.

• You can place orders by telephone.

come by (phr-V) to make a short visit to a place on your way to somewhere else:

• I’ll come by the house and get my stuff later, OK?

responsibility (n) a duty to be in charge of someone or something, so that you make decisions and can be blamed if something bad happens:

• Kelly’s promotion means more money and more responsibility.

downturn (n) a period or process in which business activity, production etc is reduced and conditions become worse [≠ upturn]:

• America’s current economic downturn

underprivileged (adj) very poor, with worse living conditions, educational opportunities etc than most people in society:     underprivileged children

adult (n) a fully-grown person, or one who is considered to be legally responsible for their actions:          Some children find it difficult to talk to adults.

component (n) one of several parts that together make up a whole machine, system etc [= constituent]:  companies that make electronic components for computer products

attorney (n)  lawyer: a qualified lawyer, especially one who represents clients in court proceedings

warn (somebody) against something [phr-V] to advise someone not to do something because it may have dangerous or unpleasant results:

• Her financial adviser warned her against such a risky investment.

warn (somebody) against doing something:

• The police have warned tourists against leaving the main tourist centres.

witness (n) someone who sees a crime or an accident and can describe what happened:

• Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

influence (n) the effect of something on a person, thing, or event:

influence (v) affect something: to have the power to affect something

• the factors that influence a nation’s development

incident (n) event: something that happens, especially a single event

incidence (n) rate of occurrence of sth: the frequency with which something occurs

incidental (adj) happening or existing in connection with something else that is more important:

Increased motivation is more than an incidental benefit of reward

repercussion (n) result of action: something, especially an unforeseen problem, that results from an action (often used in the plural)

represent (v) act or speak for another: to act or speak on behalf of somebody or something

representative (adj) typical of a particular group or thing

plot (n) story line: the story or sequence of events in sth such as a novel, play, or movie

conflict (n) a state of disagreement or argument between people, groups, countries etc

convince (v) persuade so to do sth: to persuade somebody to believe or do something

stare (v) to look at something or someone for a long time without moving your eyes, for example because you are surprised, angry, or bored

stare at          What are you staring at?

efficient (adj) doing something well and thoroughly with no waste of time, money, or energy

influential (adj) having a lot of influence and therefore changing the way people think and behave:

simplistic (adj) treating difficult subjects in a way that is too simple:

intent (adj) showing strong interest and attention

optimistic (adj) with positive attitude: tending to take a hopeful and positive view of future outcomes [≠ pessimistic]

significant (adj) having an important effect or influence, especially on what will happen in the future [≠ insignificant]:

Please inform us if there are any significant changes in your plans.

donation (n) a gift/contribution, that you give to a person or an organization in order to help them

courier (n) a person or company that is paid to take packages somewhere


Unit 6

feature (v) to include a particular person or thing as a special feature:

          • The exhibition features paintings by Picasso.

intern (n) trainee, especially a student, who works for a short time in a particular job in order to gain experience [↪ internship]

invention (n) the act of inventing something:

• The invention of the computer has revolutionized the business world.

converter (n) TECHNOLOGY a device that converts something, e.g. an electrical device that converts alternating current into direct current:

• a converter that allows you to view digital television on your old TV

breakthrough (n) important discovery: an important new discovery, especially in science, medicine, or technology, that has a dramatic and far-reaching effect

monument (n) a building, STATUE, or other large structure that is built to remind people of an important event or famous person [↪ memorial]:

• He erected a monument on the spot where his daughter was killed.

individual (n) a person, considered separately from the rest of the group or society that they live in:

• Each individual receives two genes, one inherited from each parent.

trail (n) a rough path across countryside or through a forest:

• The trail led over Boulder Pass before descending to a lake.

during (prep) from the beginning to the end of a period of time:

• During the summer she worked as a lifeguard.

deal (n) business transaction, usually one that benefits all the parties involved

due to (prep) because of something:   

• She has been absent from work due to illness.

generator (n) a machine or company that produces electricity: • an emergency generator

bracket (n) a piece of metal, wood, or plastic, often in the shape of the letter L, fixed to a wall to support something such as a shelf

specifications (n) detailed description: a detailed description, especially one providing information needed to make, build, or produce something  (usually used in the plural)

inform (v) to officially tell someone about something or give them information

manual (n) a book that gives instructions about how to do something, especially how to use a machine          • Consult the computer manual if you have a problem.

vital (adj) extremely important and necessary for sth to succeed or exist [= crucial]

due to do something: expected to happen or arrive at a particular time      

• His new book is due to be published next year.

vessel (n) a ship or large boat:     a fishing vessel

consignment (n) a quantity of goods that are sent somewhere, especially in order to be sold

a large consignment of clothes

expenses (n) money that you spend on things such as travel and food while you are doing your job, and which your employer then pays to you

audit (n) an official examination of a company’s financial records in order to check that they are correct

accommodation (n) a place for someone to stay, live, or work:

• The price for the holiday includes flights and accommodation.


Unit 7

specific (adj) detailed and exact: 

• Mr Howarth gave us very specific instructions.

indicate (v) to show that a particular situation exists, or that something is likely to be true

consume (v) to use time, energy, goods etc [↪ consumption]:

• Only 27% of the paper we consume is recycled.

refund (n) returned money: an amount of money that is given back to you if you are not satisfied with the goods or services that you have paid for:

withdraw (v) not take part: to stop taking part in an activity, belonging to an organization etc, or to make someone do this [withdrawal]

regardless (adv) without being affected or influenced by something

passage (n) a short part of a book, poem, speech, piece of music etc

pick out (phr-V) choose: to choose someone or something from a group:

• She picked out a navy blue dress.

fitness (n) the state of being physically fit

pass (n) a document that entitles the holder to do something such as enter a place

issue (v) to supply or distribute something officially

advise (v) inform somebody: to tell somebody about something

remittance (n) act of paying: the sending of money to pay for merchandise or services

commitment (n) a promise to do something or to behave in a particular way:

• Are you ready to make a long-term commitment?

letterhead (n) American English paper that has the name and address of a person or business printed at the top of it:        • The letter had been written on university letterhead.

barcode (n) a group of thin and thick lines printed on products you buy in a shop, and which a computer can read. It contains information such as the price.

PIN (n) [abbrviated] PIN number Personal Identification Number:

a number that you use when you get money from a machine using a plastic card

guardian (n) person who is legally responsible for looking after someone else’s child, especially after the child’s parents have died

generous (adj) willing to give money, time etc, in order to help people or give them pleasure [≠ mean]

donation (n) a gift or contribution, especially a sum of money given to a charity; something, especially money, that you give to a person or an organization in order to help them:

• Would you like to make a donation (=give money) to our charity appeal?

the rest (n) what is left after everything or everyone else has gone, been used, dealt with, or mentioned [↪ remainder, leftovers]:        

• You carry these two bags, and I’ll bring the rest.

relaxation (n) a form of activity that provides a change and relief from effort, work, or tension, and gives pleasure: hoạt động giải trí

agenda (n) a list of the subjects to be discussed at a meeting:

Unit 8

feature (v) to include or show something as a special or important part of something,

• The exhibition features paintings by Picasso.

echo (v) literary to repeat what someone else has just said:

• ‘You bet,’ she said, echoing his words.

revise (v) British English to study facts again, in order to learn them before an examination [= review, study American English       • I’ve got to revise my geography.

revise for     • She’s revising for her history exam.

cast (v) light & shade: to make light or a shadow appear somewhere

• The flames cast dancing shadows on the walls.

overpass (n) a road, or a bridge or passage, that crosses over another route

• The police car waits under the overpass to catch speeding cars.

guardrail (n) a rail acting as a safety barrier at the side of a road, freeway, highway, or ship’s deck                        • A guardrail divides the highway.

feed (v) to give food to a person or animal:                 

• Have you fed the cat?

withdraw (v) to take money out of a bank account

• I’d like to withdraw £500 from my current account.

counter (n) the place where you pay or are served in a shop, bank, restaurant etc:

• He wondered if the girl behind the counter recognised him.

rug (n) a piece of thick cloth or wool that covers part of a floor, used for warmth or as a decoration [↪ mat, carpet]

tent (n)a shelter consisting of a sheet of cloth supported by poles and ropes, used especially for camping:

• We looked for a flat spot where we could pitch our tent

sled (n) a small vehicle for sliding over snow, often used by children or in some sports [↪ sleigh]

skyscraper (n) a very tall modern city building

tower (v) above/over: to be much taller than the people or things around you

• He towered over his classmates.


Unit 9

go ahead (phr-V) express welcome: used to indicate that somebody is welcome to do something

• “Would you mind if I used your phone?”  “Sure, go ahead.”

depart (v) set off: to leave, especially at the beginning of a journey

hand in (phr-V)to give or submit something to someone in authority:

• Did you hand your homework in on time?

venue (n) place where event is held: a place where an event such as a sports competition or a concert is held, especially one where such events are often held

stop (n) bus/train: a place where a bus or train regularly stops for people to get on and off:

• This is your stop, isn’t it?  – Our next stop will be York.

worn out (adj) too old or damaged to be used:   • a pair of old worn-out walking boots

latest (adj) the most recent or the newest:       

• His latest film is one of the funniest he’s ever made.

banquet (n) a formal dinner for many people on an important occasion:


Unit 10

Human Resource (n) HR the department in a company that deals with employing, training, and helping people

drastically (adv) in a drastic manner

drastic (adj) having a powerful effect: mạnh mẽ, quyết liệt, triệt để

favor (n) support/approval : support, approval, or agreement for sth… such as a plan, idea, or system

in favour of something:

• I talked to Susie about it, and she’s all in favor (=completely approves) of going.   

disagreement (n) a situation in which people express different opinions about something and sometimes argue [≠ agreement]:

• We’ve had a few disagreements, but we’re still good friends.

spot (n) to see or detect somebody or something suddenly

turnover (n) the rate at which people leave an organization and are replaced by others

pushy (adj) unpleasantly competitive or forceful: excessively aggressive or forceful in competing or dealing with others

handle (v) to deal with or cope with somebody or something

jump on (phr-V) to criticize or punish someone, especially unfairly

• He used to jump on me for every little mistake.

even though: used to emphasize that something is true although something else has happened or is true:   • I can still remember, even though it was so long ago.

receipt (n) a piece of paper that you are given which shows that you have paid for something:

• Keep your receipt in case you want to bring it back.

route (n) a way from one place to another

a bit (adv) a small amount of a substance or of something that is not a physical object [= a little]

• I want to spend a bit of time with him before he goes.

fantastic (adj) used when someone has just told you something good [= excellent, wonderful]:

• ‘I’ve passed my driving test.’ ‘Fantastic!’


Unit 11    TALKS

talk (n) a speech or lecture on a particular subject

• Dr. Howard will give a talk on herbal medicine.

overview (n) summary: a brief summary of something

address (v) to speak to someone directly:

to say something to somebody, or make a speech to an audience

• She turned to address the man on her left.

demonstration (n) an act of explaining and showing how to do something or how something works

closure (n) permanent end of  business: the permanent ending of a business or activity

bankrupt (n) somebody who cannot pay debts: somebody who is unable to pay his or her debts

debt (n) a sum of money that a person or organization owes

failure (n) a lack of success in achieving or doing something [≠ success]:

immigration (n) the process of entering another country in order to live there permanently [↪ emigration]:   • He called for a common European policy on immigration.

senior (n) person of great age: somebody who is older than somebody else [↪ junior]:

• Juniors and seniors train together on Wednesdays.

discount (n) reduction in price: a reduction in the usual price of something

deal (n) an agreement, arrangement, or transaction, usually one that benefits all the parties involved

upgrade (n) improvement of something: an improvement in the quality or performance of something such as computer hardware or software

complimentary (adj) given free to people:

• There was a complimentary bottle of champagne in the hotel room.

explore (v) to travel around an area in order to find out about it:

• Venice is a wonderful city to explore.

cater (v) to provide what is wanted or needed in a particular situation or by a particular group of people                   • We try to cater to all tastes in our bookstore.

taste (n) WHAT YOU LIKE: the kind of things that someone likes

venture (n) a business enterprise that involves risk, but could lead to profit

capitalist (n) an investor of money in business for profit

earnings (n) the profit that a company or country makes:

• The company’s earnings have dropped by 5% in the first quarter.

enable (v)  to make it possible for someone to do something, or for something to happen:

• The loan enabled Jan to buy the house.

make up for (phr-V) to make a bad situation better, or replace something that has been lost:

• The team will be anxious to make up for a disappointing start to the season.

boast (v) to talk too proudly about your abilities, achievements, or possessions:

• ‘I wouldn’t be afraid,’ she boasted.

spacious (adj) roomy: containing ample space

bay window (n) a window that sticks out from the wall of a house, usually with glass on three sides

flooring (n) any material that is used to make or cover floors:

• We’ve chosen wood flooring for the hall.

renovate (v) make something new again

adult (n) a fully-grown person, or one who is considered to be legally responsible for their actions:

• Some children find it difficult to talk to adults.

runner up (n) the person or team that comes second in a race or competition

a contestant or competitor who comes second, e.g. in a sports event or an election

coach (v) to teach a person or team the skills they need for a sport [= train; ↪ coaching]:

outlook (n) what is expected to happen in the future

• The outlook for the weekend is unsettled, with periods of heavy rain.

expect (v) to think that something will happen because it seems likely or has been planned

expect to do something    • I expect to be back within a week.

• The company expects to complete work in April.

interval (n) intervening period of time: a period of time between one event and the next

up-to-the-minute (adj) most recent: including or relating to the most recent events or things

including all the latest information:

• The general lacked up-to-the-minute information at the crucial moment.

latest (adj) the most recent or the newest:

• His latest film is one of the funniest he’s ever made.

compact (adj) small, but arranged so that everything fits neatly into the space available

• The compact design of the machine allows it to be stored easily.

gesture (n) an action intended to communicate feelings or intentions,

• They decided it would be a nice gesture to send her a card.





fit into (phr-V) to be part of a group or system:

• How does this fit into the company’s overall marketing strategy?

recall (v) to remember a particular fact, event, or situation from the past:

• You don’t happen to recall his name, do you?

contemplate (v) to think about something seriously for a period of time [= consider]:

• Jack went on vacation to contemplate his future.

indicate (v) to show that a particular situation exists, or that something is likely to be true

• The study indicates a connection between poverty and crime.

• Research indicates that over 81% of teachers are dissatisfied with their salary.

appreciate (v) to understand how good or useful someone or something is:

• Her abilities are not fully appreciated by her employer.

be/get used to (doing) something: to have experienced something so that it no longer seems surprising, difficult, strange etc:

I do the dishes every day, so I’m used to it.

deserve (v) to have earned something by good or bad actions or behavior:

deserve to do something      • We didn’t deserve to win.

reserve (v) to arrange for a place in a hotel, restaurant, plane etc to be kept for you to use at a particular time in the future [↪ book]

Do you have to reserve tickets in advance?

familiarize (v) yourself/somebody with something:       to learn about something so that you understand it, or to teach someone else about something so that they understand it:

Employees must familiarize themselves with the health and safety manual.

set up (phr-V) to make the arrangements that are necessary for something to happen:

There was a lot of work involved in setting up the festival.

call up (phr-V) American English to telephone someone:

He called me up to tell me about it.

I’m going to call up and cancel my subscription.

fill out (phr-V) to write all the necessary information on an official document, form etc

fall through (phr-V) not to be completed successfully, or not happen:

• Our plans fell through because of lack of money.

back up (phr-V) to provide support or help for someone or something:

• I’m sure you’ll back me up on this.

go over (phr-V) to examine or check something carefully:

• The police went over the car looking for fingerprints.

take over (phr-V) to take control of something [↪ takeover]

• His only reason for investing in the company was to take it over.

buy out (phr-V) to buy someone’s share of a business or property that you previously owned together, so that you have complete control [↪buyout]

phase out (phr-V) to stop using something gradually in stages over a period of time

• Subsidies to farmers will be phased out by next year.

fall behind (phr-V) to fail to keep up with somebody or something:

• His mother was chatting and didn’t notice that he had fallen behind.

back out (phr-V) to decide not to do something that you had promised to do:

• After you’ve signed the contract, it will be impossible to back out.

back out of (phr-V)to decide that you are no longer going to take part in something that has been agreed: • He lost confidence and backed out of the deal at the last minute.

look into (phr-V) to try to find out the truth about a problem, crime etc [= investigate]:

• Police are looking into the disappearance of two children.

fill in for (phr-V) do somebody’s job: to do someone’s job because they are not there

• I’m filling in for Joe for a few days.

go through (phr-V) to experience a difficult or unpleasant situation, feeling etc:

• They’re going through a series of business setbacks.

shut off (phr-V) to stop operating, or cause something to stop operating

run out of (phr-V) to use up or finish a supply of something

They ran out of money and had to abandon the project.

think over (phr-V) to consider something carefully before making a decision:

I’ve been thinking over your suggestion.

Why don’t you think it over and give me a call in a couple of days

look out (phr-V) be careful: to be careful to avoid danger

takeover (n) an assumption of control: of a corporation achieved by buying a majority of its shares

proposal (n) a plan or suggestion which is made formally to an official person or group, or the act of making it [↪ propose]

count on (phr-V) to depend on someone or something, especially in a difficult situation:

With luck, you might cover your costs, but don’t count on it.

entrée (n) the main dish of a meal, or a dish served before the main course – used in restaurants or on formal occasions:     an entrée of roast duck

regret (v) to feel sorry about something you have done and wish you had not done it:

• Don’t do anything you might regret.

regret doing something

• I now regret leaving school so young.

bring up (phr-V) to look after and influence a child until he or she is grown up [= raise]:

• He was brought up by his grandparents.

amongst (prep) in or through the middle of a group of people or things:

• The girl quickly disappeared amongst the crowd.

stem from (phr-V) to develop as a result of something else:

• His headaches stemmed from vision problems.

leave out (phr-V) to not include or mention somebody/something in something

• He hadn’t been asked to the party and was feeling very left out.

start up (phr-V) to begin to operate, or make something begin to operate

talk over (phr-V) to discuss something at length or thoroughly

assume (v) to start being responsible for something

• She assumed all of her brother’s debts when he died.

take over (phr-V) to take control of something [↪ takeover]

take in (phr-V) to understand and remember facts & information

take up (phr-V) to learn/start doing a particular activity or work

take out (phr-V) to remove something from a bag, box, your pocket

take back (phr-V) to admit that you were wrong to say something:

          “I don’t love you any more” she cried. Immediately she wished that she could take it back, but it was too late.

look up to (phr-V) to admire or respect someone a lot because they are older than you and have a lot of experience or knowledge:

look back on (phr-V) to think about or remember something that happened in the past:


triumph (n) an act or occasion of winning, being victorious, or overcoming something

courage (n) the quality of being brave when you are in danger, in pain, in a difficult situation etc [↪ bravery; ≠ cowardice]:       • Sue showed great courage throughout her illness.

spirit (n) character: the qualities that make someone live the way they do, and make them different from other people

attempt (n) an act of trying to do something, especially something difficult

attempt to do something  • All attempts to control inflation have failed.

grueling (adj) extremely arduous or exhausting; very difficult and tiring:

linger on (v) to stay somewhere a little longer, especially because you do not want to leave

briefly (adv) for a short time:                 • We stopped off briefly in London.

quickly (adv) fast: [= soon]:        • We need to get this finished as quickly as possible.

endurance (n) the ability to continue doing sth difficult or painful over a long period of time

archive (n) a collection of documents: such as letters, official papers, photographs, or recorded material, kept for their historical interest

release (n &v) to let news or official information be known and printed [= publish]:

• The new trade figures have just been released

respected (adj) admired by many people because of your good work or achievements:

• He’s one of the most respected managers in the game.

screen shot (n) image of what appears on a screen, especially for the purposes of demonstrating a program

catalog (n) list of goods for sale

dealer (n) someone who buys and sells a particular product, especially an expensive one

by far: (used with comparative or superlative adjectives or adverbs) by a great amount

proven (adj) tested and shown to be true or good, or shown to exist:

durability (n) lasting for a long time, especially without sustaining damage or wear

package (n) a set of ideas or services that are suggested or offered all together as a group

• The government has announced a package of measures to assist affected areas.

launch (n) the start of something, especially a carefully planned activity

invaluable (adj) extremely useful or valuable    

• Your advice has been invaluable to us.

input (n) a contribution (ideas, advice, money, or effort that you put into a job or activity in order to help it succeed) to something.

finalize (v) to complete sth: such as an agreement, sale, or other transaction

motivated (adj) very keen to do sth or achieve sth, especially because you find it interesting or exciting:

• The key to a successful modern economy is a well-educated and motivated workforce.

enthusiastic (adj) showing excited interest: showing passionate interest in something

innovative (adj) new and creative, especially in the way that something is done

conservative (adj) not very modern in style, taste [= traditional]:

debut (v) to introduce a product to the public for the first time [↪ release; = launch]:

• Ralph Lauren debuted his autumn collection in Paris last week

trend (n) a general tendency in the way a situation is changing or developing

unique (adj) only one: being the only one of a kind

consistent (adj) continuing to happen or develop in the same way:

• a consistent improvement in the country’s economy



context (n) the words that come just before and after a word or sentence and that help you understand its meaning:   The meaning of ‘mad’ depends on its context.          

advise (v)) inform somebody: to tell somebody about something

constitute (v) be something: to be, amount to, or have the status of a particular thing

signify (v)) mean something: to have something as a particular meaning

handle (v) to deal with or cope with somebody or something

unattended (adj) with no one there: with no one present to listen, watch, or participate

withdrawal (n) the act or condition of taking sth away or no longer taking part in something

policy (n) a way of doing something that has been officially agreed and chosen by a political party, business, or other organization

remittance (n) act of paying the sending of money to pay for merchandise or services

alumni (plr-N) a male graduate or former student of a school, college, or university

upcoming (adj) forthcoming: about to happen or coming soon

anticipate (v) expect sth; look forward to sth:

launch (n) start of activity: the start of something , especially a carefully planned activity such as a military offensive, an investigation, or a campaign

await (v) wait for sth: to wait for, expect, or look for somebody or something

garbage (n) discarded waste: discarded food waste or any other unwanted or useless material

transparent (adj) easilyseenthrough: allowing light to pass through with little or no interruption so that objects on the other side can be clearly seen

receptacle (n) container: a container that holds, contains, or receives a liquid or solid

reinforce (v) strengthensth:

separate (v) move/keepsthapart:

cardiovascular (adj) relatingtobothheartandblood vessels

comprehensive (adj) inclusive: covering many things or a wide area

martial art (n) combattechnique: a system of combat and self-defense, e.g. judo or karate, developed especially in Japan and Korea and now usually practiced as a sport

aquatics (n) watersports: played in or on water

locker (n) lockablecompartment: a small lockable cupboard or compartment where personal belongings can be left, e.g. at a swimming pool, gym, school, or workplace

impact (n) strongeffect

entail (v) to involve or resultinsomething inevitably


Unit 15    Photographs

suit (n) clothes: a set of clothes made of the same material, usually including a jacket with trousers or a skirt:   • She was wearing a black trouser suit.

bake (v) cookfoodinoven: to cook food in an oven by dry heat, or be cooked in this way

• I’m baking some bread.

oven (n) a piece of equipment that food is cooked inside, shaped like a box with a door on the front [↪ cooker, stove]:

• Press the mixture onto the bread and bake in a hot oven for 10 minutes.

drill (n) a tool or machine used for making holes in something;

(v) – to make a hole in something using a drill:    • Drill a hole in each corner.

hike (n) a long walk in the mountains or countryside:    

(v) – to take a long walk in the mountains or countryside

mend (v) British English: to repair something that is broken or not working [= fix]:

• When are you going to mend that light in the hall?

backpack (n) a bag used for carrying things on your back, especially by people on long walks [=rucksack]

shelter (n) a place to live, considered as one of the basic needs of life:

• They are in need of food and shelter.

shelter (from something) protection from rain, danger or attack

to take shelter from the storm

crowded (adj) too full of people or things:         • a crowded street

popular (adj) well-liked or enjoyed by a large number of people:

• Coffee is probably the most popular drink in the world.

yard (n) the area around a house, usually covered with grass [= garden British English]

• The kids were playing in the back yard.

chef (n) a skilled cook, especially the main cook in a hotel or restaurant:

grill (n&v) British English a part of a cooker        in which strong heat from above cooks food on a metal shelf below [= broiler American English]

          – to cook food above or below very strong direct heat

log (n) a thick piece of wood from a tree:

stack (v) to put things one on top of another to form a pile, or be arranged in this way

forest (n) a large area of land that is covered with trees [↪ wood]

• Much of Scandinavia is covered in dense forest.

valley (n) an area of lower land between two lines of hills or mountains, usually with a river flowing through it:

fire-truck (n) American English: fire engine British English: a special large vehicle that carries equipment and the people that stop fires burning,

figurine (n) a small model of a person or animal used as a decoration


hang (v) hung2to suspend or fasten something so that it is held up from above and not supported from below, or be suspended or fastened in this way

backpack (n) a bag used for carrying things on your back, especially by people on long walks [=rucksack]


Unit 16    Question-Response

involve (v) to contain or include something as a necessary element

drop sb/sth off  (phr-V) to take s.o or sth to a place by car and leave them there on your way to another place:         • I’ll drop you off on my way home.

polite (adj) having or showing good manners and respect for the feelings of others

stare (v) to look at something or someone for a long time without moving your eyes, for example because you are surprised, angry, or bored

stare at        • What are you staring at?

as usual: in the way that happens or exists most of the time:

• As usual, they’d left the children at home with Susan.

entrance (n) way in: a door or gate through which people enter

boardroom (n) a room where the directors of a company have meetings

run out (phr-V)  to use up or finish a supply of something         • We ran out of fuel.


Unit 17    Conversations

clue (n) information that helps you understand the reasons why something happens

• Childhood experiences may provide a clue as to why some adults develop eating disorders.

occupation (n) the job by which somebody earns a living

rail (n) a narrow steel bar, or a series of connected bars laid in two parallel lines, supporting and guiding the wheels of railroad locomotives and cars or anything similar.

track (n) a rail or pair of parallel rails on which a vehicle, especially a train, runs, along with supporting structures

license (n) permit: a printed document that gives official permission to a person or group to own something or do something

fan (v) an enthusiastic admirer of a celebrity or public performer

vacancy (n) a room in a hotel or building that is not being used and is available for someone to stay in:    • Let me see if we have a vacancy for tonight.

bride (n) woman at her wedding: a woman who is about to marry or who has just married

bridegroom (n) man at his wedding: a man who is about to marry or who has just married

deposit (n) to pay money into an account in a bank or other financial institution

pour (v) to rain heavily without stopping:  • It’s pouring now.

desperate (adj) willing to do anything to change a very bad situation, and not caring about danger:                        • I had no money left and was desperate.

fascinating (adj) extremely interesting:   • That sounds absolutely fascinating.

turn out (phr-V) to happen in a particular way, or to have a particular result, especially one that you did not expect

• It was a difficult time, but eventually things turned out all right.

turn out to be something:

• That guy turned out to be Maria’s second cousin.

disappointing (adj) not as good as you hoped or expected:    

• disappointing profit figures

misunderstand (v) to fail to understand someone or something correctly:

• Rachel, you must have misunderstood her! Ellie would never say something like that.

special (n) a lower price than usual for a particular product for a short period of time:

• a lunch special for $4.99

carnival (n) a public event at which people play music, wear special clothes, and dance in the streets:

concern (n) worry: a feeling of worry about something important:

• The recent rise in crime is a matter of considerable public concern.

assignment (n) a task that is assigned or undertaken:

• All team members have received their assignments.


Unit 18    Talks

quantity (n) an amount of something that can be counted or measured


A statement is a sentence which gives information. If you make a statement, you usually give the sentence a subject, and this must go in front of the verb.

• The children are playing in the garden.

convention (n) a large formal meeting for people who belong to the same profession or organization or who have the same interests:                  •  a teachers’ convention

qualification (n) if you have a qualification, you have passed an examination or course to show you have a particular level of skill or knowledge in a subject

• the academic qualifications needed for university entrance

seminar (n) a class on a particular subject, usually given as a form of training:

• Publishers and writers from 13 countries attended the seminar.

transit (n) the process of moving goods or people from one place to another:

• baggage that is lost or damaged in transit (=while it is being moved)

damage (n) physical harm caused to something which makes it less attractive, useful or valuable

estimate (v) calculate sth roughly: to make an approximate calculation of something

• Can you estimate the time it will take?

expertise (n&v) special skills or knowledge in a particular subject, that you learn by experience or training:

• What he’s bringing to the company is financial expertise.

extend (v) to affect or include people, things, or places

graduate (n) someone who has completed a university degree, especially a first degree [↪ undergraduate]:

keen (adj) enthusiastic: eager and willing to do something

ado (n) without more/further ado:      without delaying or wasting any time:

• So without further ado, I’ll now ask Mr. Davis to open the debate.

spectator (n) someone who is watching an event or game [↪ audience]:

• The match attracted over 40,000 spectators.

get down (phr-V) to sth: to start doing something that is difficult or needs a lot of time or energy:           • We need to get down to some serious talking.

marina (n) harbor for pleasure boats:

knot –tying: making knot:to tie something in a knot, or be tied with a knot

tall ship (n) a type of ship with square sails and very tall masts, used especially in the past

artifact (n) artefact: an object such as a tool, weapon etc that was made in the past and is historically important:               ancient Egyptian artefacts

salvage (v) save sth for further use: save to save used, damaged, or rejected goods for recycling or further use:

• Maybe we can salvage some spare parts from your old car.

clash (n) conflict caused by difference: a difference of opinions or qualities that causes conflict

plenary (adj) involving all the members of a committee, organization etc:

• The conference ended with a plenary debate.

swap (n) a situation in which you give something to someone and get another thing in return [= exchange]:              • We can do a swap if you like.

volunteer (n) somebody who does something voluntarily, especially something undesirable

romance (n) a story about the love between two people:         • romance novels.

comedy (n) a play, film, or television programme that is intended to make people laugh:

• a highly successful TV comedy

mystery (n) murder mystery:       a story, film, or play about a murder, in which you are not told who the murderer is until the end:        an Agatha Christie mystery

drama (n) a play for the theatre, television, radio etc, usually a serious one, or plays in general [↪ comedy]:

feature (v) contain sth as important element: to include or show something as a special or important part of something, or to be included as an important part:

• The exhibition features paintings by Picasso.

reserve (v) to ask for a seat, table, room, etc. to be available for you or somebody else at a future time

decorate (v) to make something look more attractive by putting something pretty on it:

• Children’s pictures decorated the walls of the classroom.

academic (adj) relating to education, especially at college or university level:

• He possessed no academic qualifications.

background (n) the personal circumstances and experiences that shape somebody’s life;  someone’s family, education, previous work etc

• People from different ethnic and social backgrounds

waterproof (adj) not allowing water to enter:

adjust (v) to change or move something slightly to improve it or make it more suitable for a particular purpose:       Check and adjust the brakes regularly.

Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning.


Unit 19    Incomplete Sentences

criticize (v) to express disapproval of or dissatisfaction with somebody or something

simplify (v) to make something less complicated or easier to understand

an attempt to simplify the tax system

activate (v) to make something active or operational, or become active or operational

• Any sound in the room will activate the alarm.

• The detonator will activate in 30 seconds.

security (n) safety: protection against attack from without or subversion from within

• a matter of national security

realize (v) to be aware or conscious of something, or to become aware of something

• Do you realize the problems you’ve caused?

identify (v) to recognize sb or sth and to be able to say who or what he, she, or it is

elevate (v) to raise something up: to raise something a higher level or position

repetitive (adj) saying or doing the same thing many times, so that it becomes boring

repeated many times:       repetitiveness (n)

            • Travel sickness is caused by the effect of repetitive movements.

soften (v)to become soft or softer, or make something soft or softer

prime minister (n) (also Prime Minister) (abbr. PM):

the main minister and leader of the government in some countries

impress (v)affect somebody greatly: have a strong, usually favorable effect on the mind or feelings of somebody

sculptor (n) a person who makes sculptures

pedestal (n) the base that a column, statue, etc. rests on

• I replaced the vase carefully on its pedestal

assembly line (n) (also production line): a line of workers and machines in a factory, along which a product passes, having parts made, put together or checked at each stage until the product is finished:

• Cars are checked as they come off the production line.

discomfort (n) something that makes you feel uncomfortable or causes you a slight feeling of pain:                    the dangers and discomforts of a life at sea

discontinue (v) stop doing sth: to come to an end after happening regularly, or end something that has been happening regularly

unfasten (v) seperate part of sth: to undo or open something by moving or loosening things that are holding it together, e.g. the buttons of a garment, or be undone or opened in this way

non-fiction (adj) factual: books, articles or texts about real facts, people and events

I prefer reading non-fiction.

submarine (n) a ship, especially a military one, that can stay under water:

a nuclear submarine

sub-section (n) a part of a section, especially in a legal document

overpriced (adj) something that is overpriced is more expensive than it should be

mislead (v) misled2 to make someone believe something that is not true by giving them information that is false or not complete

mislead somebody about/over something

bid (n) an offer to pay a particular price for something, especially at an auction

mishear (v) past & participle past: misheard2 : to not hear properly what someone says, so that you think they said something different:

unwrap (v) to remove the paper, plastic etc that is around something:

Brigitte was unwrapping her birthday presents.

fragile (adj) easily broken or damaged [= delicate; ≠ strong]:

Be careful with that vase – it’s very fragile.

overpaid (adj) given more money for a job than you deserve [≠ underpaid]:

grossly overpaid football players

non-refundable (adj) a non-refundable amount of money cannot be paid back to you:

There is a £40 deposit, which is non-refundable.

intercom (n) a communication system by which people in different parts of a building, aircraft etc can speak to each other:

The pilot’s voice came over the intercom.

rival (n) a person, group, or organization that you compete with in sport, business, a fight etc [= competitor]:

This gives the company a competitive advantage over its rivals.

interface (n) the way in which you see the information from a computer program on a screen, or how you type information into the program [↪ GUI]

circumscribe (v) to limit power, rights, or abilities [= restrict]:

The President’s power is circumscribed by Congress and the

string (v) strung2

dismantle (v) to take a machine or piece of equipment apart so that it is in separate pieces:

Chris dismantled the bike in five minutes.

mishandle (v) to deal with a situation badly, because of a lack of skill or care:

The prime minister admitted that the crisis had been mishandled.

circumscribe (v) to draw a line around something:

a circle circumscribed by a square

conglomerate (n) a large business organization consisting of several different companies that have joined together:       an international conglomerate

subsidiary (n) a company that is owned or controlled by another larger company:

girder (n) a strong beam, made of iron or steel, that supports a floor, roof, or bridge

beam (n) a long heavy piece of wood or metal used in building houses, bridges etc

astute (adj) able to understand situations or behaviour very well and very quickly, especially so that you can get an advantage for yourself [= clever]:

interjection (n) an interruption or the act of interrupting

prescription (n) a piece of paper on which a doctor writes what medicine a sick person should have, so that they can get it from a pharmacist [↪ prescribe]

subscription (n) an amount of money you pay, usually once a year, to receive copies of a newspaper or magazine, or receive a service, or the act of paying money for this

statutory (adj) fixed or controlled by law: statutory employment rights

She’s below the statutory age for school attendance.

relief (n)

uncompromising (adj) unwilling to change your opinions or intentions:

an uncompromising opponent of democratic reform

overstock (v) to obtain more of something than is needed

paragliding (n) sport of gliding with parachute

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