admire: to think well of someone
I admire your patience with young children.
She admired her mother for raising four children by herself.
behave: to act, usually in a good way
I’ll take my children to the movies if they promise to behave.
She behaved badly when she saw her ex-husband with his new girlfriend.
complete: to finish doing
It took them three weeks to complete their garden.
She makes her children complete their homework before dinnertime.
destroy: to make useless, to break
The fire destroyed the entire building.
He got so angry he destroyed his computer with a hammer.
fasten: to close (something) so it doesn’t open
He didn’t fasten his briefcase and everything fell on the floor.
Fasten your seatbelt. It’s the law.
improve: to make (something) better
Is there any way to improve the taste of this stew?
I’m afraid Johnny isn’t improving much in math.
kneel: to get on your knees
Grandfather kneeled to hug his granddaughter.
Kneel down and look under the desk for your lost keys.
lend: to let (someone) use (something) that’s yours
Could you lend me $100 until pay day?
He lent her his guitar and never saw it again.
mind: to be bothered (by something)
Do you mind if I close the window. I’m a little chilly.
My wife doesn’t mind my snoring at night.
offer: to give if the other accepts
We offered to help them, but they refused.
I can offer you some apple juice, but that’s all I have to drink.
protect: to keep safe
It was his job to protect his younger brother and keep him out of trouble.
He took karate lessons to learn how to protect himself.
reply: to answer
You don’t have to reply right now, but let me know by the end of the week.
When he called her name, no one replied.
seem: to appear to be a certain way
You seem tired. Have you been getting enough sleep?
I seem to be the only person who knows what to do.
succeed: to get what you want
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
She went to university, where she succeeded in getting her bachelor’s degree.
wander: to walk with no destination
He wandered around the park for hours thinking about his future.
While she was wandering through the town, she found a little coffee shop.
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