【a or an】(1) one; (2) any; (3) each.
○Would you give me a sheet of paper? (1)
○A triangle has three sides. (2)
○He comes to see his grandmother once a week. (3)
【able】having the power to do something.
○Are you able to speak English?
【about】(1) almost; (2) of or having a relation to.
○He completed about half of his work. (1)
○We talk about the weather. (2)
【above】at a higher place.
○His head was above the water.
【accept】to agree to receive.
○Please accept my thanks.
【accident】(1) something that happens by chance or mistake; (2) an unplanned event.
○She was injured in the accident. (1)
○We met again by accident after seventeen years had passed. (2)
【accuse】(1) to say a person is responsible for an act or crime; (2) to make a statement against someone.
○Her friend accused her of breaking his heart. (1)
○The lawyer accused the suspect of lying. (2)
【across】(1) from side to side; (2) to the other side.
○The box was ten centimeters across. (1)
○The dog ran across the road. (2)
【act】to do something.
○He acted immediately to stop the fight.
【activist】one who seeks change through action.
○The activist worked hard to change the law.
【actor】someone acting in a play or show.
○That actor frightened me.
【add】(1) to put (something) with another to make it larger; (2) to say more.
○Please add my name to the list. (1)
○She told him to leave, but added that she would like to see him again. (2)
【administration】the executive part of a government, usually headed by a president or prime minister.
○The new administration starts work in January.
【admit】(1) to accept; (2) to express one's guilt or responsibility.
○When was the country admitted to the United Nations? (1)
○He admitted that what he did was wrong. (2)
【adult】a grown person.
○Only an adult can sign the document.
【advise】to help with information, knowledge or ideas in making a decision.
○Did you advise him to leave?
【affect】(1) to influence；(2) to produce an effect on.
○A lack of sleep affected the singer's performance. (1)
○Mr. Nutley's belief in my talent greatly affected my life. (2)
○I am afraid of guns.
be afraid of：害怕，担忧
【after】(1) later; (2) behind.
○She arrived after the lesson started. (1)
○In the alphabet, B is after A. (2)
在字母表中，b 在a 的后面。
【again】(1) another time; (2) as before.
○Sam played the song again. (1)
○I found my book in the same place again. (2)
【against】(1) opposed to; (2) not agreeing with something.
○They marched against the war. (1)
○He agreed to most of the plan, but was against starting it now. (2)
【age】how old a person or thing is.
○The legal age for voting is eighteen.
【agency】an organization that is part of a larger group.
○UNICEF is an agency of the United Nations.
【aggression】(1) an attack against a person or country; (2) the violation of a country's borders.
○The surprise attack was an act of aggression. (1)
○The country committed aggression when it crossed the border of the other country. (2)
【ago】(1) of time past; (2) before now.
○He was my friend long ago. (1)
○I saw her two years ago. (2)
【agree】(1) to have the same belief as someone; (2) to be willing to do something.
○We agree about politics. (1)
○Both sides agree to meet again next week. (2)
○John studied agriculture because he wanted to be a farmer.
【aid】(1) to help; (2) to support; (3) help, assistance.
○He offered to aid the victims of the fire. (1)
○Did you give money to aid the Democratic or the Republican candidate? (2)
○Congress voted to provide aid to the flood victims. (3)
【aim】(1) to point a gun at; (2) a goal or purpose.
○You cannot hit the target if you do not aim the gun. (1)
○The aim of the reformers is to improve government. (2)
【air】the mixture of gases around the earth, mostly nitrogen and oxygen, that we breathe.
○The air is clean in the mountains.
【air force】a military organization using airplanes.
○The air force wants more airplanes and missiles.
【airplane】a vehicle with wings that flies.
○I flew home on an airplane.
【airport】a place where airplanes take off and land.
○The airplane landed at the airport in Washington.
【album】a collection of recorded music.
○He recorded the song from an old record album.
【alcohol】a strong, colorless liquid, usually made from grain, used as a drug or in industrial products.
○The man fell because he drank too much alcohol.
【alive】(1) having life; (2) not dead.
○The flowers become alive in the spring. (1)
○The accident victim was seriously injured but is still alive. (2)
【all】(1) everything; (2) everyone; (3) the complete amount.
○She ate all that she wanted. (1)
○All were invited to speak on the proposal. (2)
○She spent all her money for a new car. (3)
【ally】a nation or person joined with another for a special purpose.
○Britain is a military ally of the United States.
【almost】a little less than completely.
○My dog is almost five years old.
【alone】separated from others.
○Some people enjoy eating alone.
【along】near or on.
○We walked along the road.
【already】(1) before now; (2) even now.
○She was already there when we arrived. (1)
○It is already too late to take the train. (2)
【also】(1) added to; (2) too.
○Please bring me the fish dinner and coffee, and also some water. (1)
○She said she also wanted to go home. (2)
【although】even if it is true that.
○Although he was tired, he kept walking.
【always】(1) at all times; (2) every time.
○This street is always busy. (1)
○We always study together. (2)
【ambassador】a nation's highest diplomatic representative (to another government).
○Foreign ambassadors live in the capital city.
【amend】to add to or to change (a proposal or law).
○The committee refused to amend its proposal.
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