English Vocabulary: Noun, Verb, Adjective, Adverb

Thanks Guimin, for asking about the following words and how to use them. I will give the most common meanings, but some may have additional meanings that you can find in most dictionaries.

  1. awe (noun) – a feeling of wonder, amazement or fear. They looked into the sky in awe at the solar eclipse.
  2. clasp (noun) – a device that holds parts together. She had trouble putting her necklace on because the clasp was so small. (verb) – to take in hands. Mary clasped her son’s hand as they crossed the road.
  3. clench (verb) – to hold something tightly. Tom clenched his fist in frustration.
  4. coax (verb) – to influence or urge using flattery. He coaxed her to go out with him by telling her how wonderful he thought that she was.
  5. compile (verb) – produce a report or a list. Prior to the election, his job was to compile a list of voters.
  6. dainty (adjective) – something small, delicate and pretty. She always brought a dainty handkerchief with her, whenever she went out.
  7. devotion (noun) – a deep dedication to a person or a cause. His devotion to his wife was sincere.
  8. disconcerting (adjective) – meaning upsetting. His rude actions were disconcerting to everyone around him.
  9. divinely (adverb) relating to God. – His actions were so honest they seemed to be divinely inspired.
  10. duffel bag (noun) a long tubular bag often made of canvas used to carry personal belongings. When he arrived at the gym he realized that he had forgotten to bring his duffel bag.
  11. filthy (adjective) – extremely unclean, completely dirty. The filthy dog had been playing in the mud and needed a bath.
  12. fist (noun) – a closed hand with fingertips touching palms. He was angry and punched the wall with his fist.
  13. fumble (verb) – to do something in a clumsy or awkward manner. He fumbled through the drawer looking for his glasses.
  14. grasp (verb) – to physically or mentally take hold of something. Bill was unable to grasp the meaning of the complicated instructions. 
  15. halting (adjective) – imperfect or hesitating often in reference to speech. They became bored, due to the speaker’s halting speech.
  16. hurl (verb) – throw with great force. Robert hurled the book across the room in anger.
  17. knuckle (noun) – the joint of a finger when the finger is bent. Did you scrape your knuckles when you picked up the rock?
  18. pluck (verb) – to pull with a quick forceful motion. She is busy at the moment, plucking her eyebrows.
  19. roam (verb) – to travel or wander with no specific destination. It was a beautiful day, so he decided to roam around for the afternoon.
  20. savvy (adjective) – experienced and knowledgeable. He is savvy when it comes to computers because of his tech background.
  21. shatter (verb) – break something into many pieces. The window shattered when it was hit by a hardball.
  22. shed (noun) – a small building used for storage, or (verb) to naturally lose hair, feathers or skin. Some dogs shed a large amount of fur after the winter.
  23. singe (verb) – to burn slightly. I bent too close to the lighter and singed my hair.
  24. tentatively (adverb) – in a manner that lacks confidence. “I’m familiar with that program”, she answered tentatively.

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