brave: doing something even though you’re afraid
The brave fireman ran into the burning building and carried the baby to safety.
His mother told him to be a brave boy in the dentist’s chair.
complicated: difficult to understand or explain
His relationship with his girlfriend is complicated.
The explanation was too complicated for most people to understand.
cute: pretty in a pleasing way
There were three cute kittens on the bed.
Most people remember the actor when he was a cute little kid.
crazy: wild, uncontrolled, senseless, not at all normal
John was acting like a crazy person at the party.
It was crazy to go swimming in the lake in winter.
dependable: able to be trusted to do what is necessary
Although his car is old, it’s still very dependable.
She has been his dependable secretary for many years.
faithful: always supportive, loyal
He is one of her oldest and most faithful friends.
She remained faithful to her husband during his long illness.
horrible: terrible, awful
He’ll never forget the skunk’s horrible smell.
There was a horrible five-car accident on the highway.
international: between countries, of many countries
Global warming is an international problem.
Canada has an international reputation as a peace keeper.
official: recognized as true by authorities, legal
Canada has two official languages – English and French.
This is an official copy of their marriage certificate.
proud: having a good feeling for a good result
His father was proud of him for telling the truth.
She was proud of herself for scoring the winning goal.
steep: at a high angle
The driveway up to his house was very steep.
She likes to ski on steep slopes to test her abilities.
sudden: fast, without warning
Their picnic was ruined by a sudden rainstorm.
A sudden outbreak of the flu kept many children home from school.
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