afford: to have enough money or time for (something)
I can’t afford a new car this year.
Can we afford to ignore his advice?
beg: to ask desperately
She begged her father for a loan until she could find a job.
I beg of you, please don’t hurt me!
cause: to make happen
The accident on the highway caused thousands to be late for work.
Did you hear that loud noise last night? I wonder what caused it.
confuse: to make unclear
Calculus has always confused me.
The teacher’s instructions confused some of the students.
damage: to break or partly destroy something
The explosion damaged his eardrums.
The flood damaged all their furniture.
embarrass: to make (someone) feel shame
I want you to behave and not embarrass me at the party.
His mother embarrassed him by showing pictures of him as a baby.
guarantee: to promise a refund if you don’t like something
The store guaranteed their customers’ satisfaction.
The online store guarantees delivery in five business days.
itch: to have an irritation on your body that needs to be scratched
My right ear has been itching ever since we went swimming yesterday.
My toes itch so bad that I can’t stop scratching them.
mend: to fix, to repair (clothing, heart, relationship)
How do you mend a broken heart?
I can mend those holes in your jeans, if you like.
possess: to have as your own
He possesses the ability to make people believe him.
We know that you possess two handguns. Where’s the other?
prevent: to stop (something) from happening
I can’t prevent my teenage daughter from seeing her boyfriend.
Only you can prevent forest fires.
reflect: to bounce light back after hitting a surface
White roofs reflect sunlight back into space and help cool the earth.
The mirror reflected an image of a tired old man.
require: to need
This job requires someone with patience and organization.
He requires absolute silence when he’s studying.
shock: to surprise in a bad or strong way
She shocked her parents when she said she wasn’t going to university.
He enjoyed shocking his sister with a dead snake.
wonder: to think about curiously
I wonder what’s taking her so long. She should be here by now.
Do you ever wonder what it would be like to fly?
Pronunciation Exercise: Listen and repeat the above vocabulary on the audio file below.
Use these flashcards to help you study.
When you think you’re ready, do the following exercise.
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