Most Common Words Challenge 6

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Did you know that there are over 600,000 words in English? That's a lot of words, and far more than any human being could ever manage to learn. Even Shakespeare only used around 55,000 different words in all of his works. Mind you, he did actually invent quite a few of them. To get a good mastery of English, you do need to expand your vocabulary as much as possible. The more words you know, the better your English will be. The Activities here will help you to quickly develop your vocabulary.

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The 34 words in this Challenge are taken from the 4,015 most common English words database. If you learn all 4,015 of these English words, you will be able to understand 90% of everyday spoken and written English. Can you put your name at the top of the Challenge Leader Board by writing the word for each of the definitions in this Challenge?

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The words used in this Challenge are: afford, art, attack, definitely, device, disappointed, dozen, enemy, entitle, few, fundamental, gas, graph, hit, idea, ink, input, key, medicine, normal, offend, one, platform, stake, steak, sympathetic, tap, teen, toe, two, vague, victim, whatever, and yard.

adj. a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `a'; a small but indefinite number; noun: a small elite group; an indefinite but relatively small number | adj. being of the age 13 through 19; noun: a juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity | adj. being one more than one; noun: the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one or a numeral representing this number | adj. being or involving basic facts or principles; far-reaching and thoroughgoing in effect especially on the nature of something; serving as an essential component; noun: the lowest tone of a harmonic series | adj. conforming with or constituting a norm or standard or level or type or social norm; not abnormal; being approximately average or within certain limits in e.g. intelligence and development; in accordance with scientific laws; forming a right angle; noun: something regarded as a normative example | adj. disappointingly unsuccessful | adj. expressing or feeling or resulting from sympathy or compassion or friendly fellow feelings; disposed toward; (of characters in literature or drama) evoking empathic or sympathetic feelings; of or relating to the sympathetic nervous system; having similar disposition and tastes; relating to vibrations that occur as a result of vibrations in a nearby body; showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity | adj. having a toe or toes of a specified kind; often used in combination; noun: the part of footwear that provides a covering for the toes; (golf) the part of a clubhead farthest from the shaft; one of the digits of the foot; forepart of a hoof; verb: touch with the toe; drive (a golf ball) with the toe of the club; hit (a golf ball) with the toe of the club; drive obliquely; walk so that the toes assume an indicated position or direction | adj. indefinite in time or position; being a single entity made by combining separate components; used informally as an intensifier; of the same kind or quality; used of a single unit or thing; not two or more; having the indivisible character of a unit; eminent beyond or above comparison; noun: a single person or thing; the smallest whole number or a numeral representing this number | adj. not clearly understood or expressed; not precisely limited, determined, or distinguished; lacking clarity or distinctness | adj. one or some or every or all without specification | adj. serving as an essential component; effective; producing a desired effect; noun: metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock's mechanism can be rotated; a lever that actuates a mechanism when depressed; pitch of the voice; something crucial for explaining; a generic term for any device whose possession entitles the holder to a means of access; a list of words or phrases that explain symbols or abbreviations; a list of answers to a test; any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music; (basketball) a space (including the foul line) in front of the basket at each end of a basketball court; usually painted a different colour from the rest of the court; a coral reef off the southern coast of Florida; United States lawyer and poet who wrote a poem after witnessing the British attack on Baltimore during the War of 1812; the poem was later set to music and entitled `The Star-Spangled Banner' (1779-1843); a kilogram of a narcotic drug; the central building block at the top of an arch or vault; mechanical device used to wind another device that is driven by a spring (as a clock); a winged often one-seed indehiscent fruit as of the ash or elm or maple; verb: harmonize with or adjust to; regulate the musical pitch of; vandalize a car by scratching the sides with a key; provide with a key; identify as in botany or biology, for example | adv. without question and beyond doubt | noun: (baseball) a successful stroke in an athletic contest (especially in baseball); a conspicuous success; the act of contacting one thing with another; a connection made via the internet to another website; a murder carried out by an underworld syndicate; a dose of a narcotic drug; (physics) an brief event in which two or more bodies come together; verb: pay unsolicited and usually unwanted sexual attention to; hit the intended target or goal; consume to excess; affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely; hit against; come into sudden contact with; deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument; cause to move by striking; drive something violently into a location; cause to experience suddenly; gain points in a game; make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target; hit with a missile from a weapon; produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments, also metaphorically; reach a point in time, or a certain state or level; reach a destination, either real or abstract; encounter by chance; kill intentionally and with premeditation | noun: a component of production; something that goes into the production of output; any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action; signal going into an electronic system; verb: enter (data or a program) into a computer | noun: a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase; an offensive move in a sport or game; the act of attacking; (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons); strong criticism; the onset of a corrosive or destructive process (as by a chemical agent); a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition; ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation; intense adverse criticism; verb: begin to injure; set to work upon; turn one's energies vigorously to a task; attack in speech or writing; take the initiative and go on the offensive; launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with; attack someone physically or emotionally | noun: a light touch or stroke; a plug for a bunghole in a cask; a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads; a small metal plate that attaches to the toe or heel of a shoe (as in tap dancing); the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information; a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask; the sound made by a gentle blow; a gentle blow; verb: strike lightly; cut a female screw thread with a tap; pierce in order to draw a liquid from; draw (liquor) from a tap; walk with a tapping sound; make light, repeated taps on a surface; draw from or dip into to get something; furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it; make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently; draw from; make good use of; dance and make rhythmic clicking sounds by means of metal plates nailed to the sole of the dance shoes; tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information | noun: a raised horizontal surface; any military structure or vehicle bearing weapons; the combination of a particular computer and a particular operating system; a document stating the aims and principles of a political party; a woman's shoe with a very high thick sole | noun: a slice of meat cut from the fleshy part of an animal or large fish | noun: a visual representation of the relations between certain quantities plotted with reference to a set of axes; verb: represent by means of a graph; plot upon a graph | noun: an enclosure for animals (as chicken or livestock); a long horizontal spar tapered at the end and used to support and spread a square sail or lateen; the enclosed land around a house or other building; an area having a network of railway tracks and sidings for storage and maintenance of cars and engines; a tract of land enclosed for particular activities (sometimes paved and usually associated with buildings); a tract of land where logs are accumulated; a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimetres; originally taken to be the average length of a stride; a unit of volume (as for sand or gravel) | noun: an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance; a person who is tricked or swindled | noun: any clever manoeuvre; an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose; an emblematic design (especially in heraldry); any ornamental pattern or design (as in embroidery); something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect | noun: any hostile group of people; an opposing military force; an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force); a personal enemy | noun: dark protective fluid ejected into the water by cuttlefish and other cephalopods; a liquid used for printing or writing or drawing; verb: fill with ink; append one's signature to | noun: instrument of execution consisting of a vertical post that a victim is tied to for burning; the money risked on a gamble; a pole or stake set up to mark something (as the start or end of a race track); (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something; verb: mark with a stake; tie or fasten to a stake; place a bet on; kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole; put at risk | noun: the cardinal number that is the sum of eleven and one; adjective: denoting a quantity consisting of 12 items or units | noun: the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; a personal view; an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth; your intention; what you intend to do; (music) melodic subject of a musical composition | noun: the creation of beautiful or significant things; the products of human creativity; works of art collectively; a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation; photographs or other visual representations in a printed publication | noun: the learned profession that is mastered by graduate training in a medical school and that is devoted to preventing or alleviating or curing diseases and injuries; (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease; the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques; punishment for one's actions; verb: treat medicinally, treat with medicine | noun: the state of matter distinguished from the solid and liquid states by: relatively low density and viscosity; relatively great expansion and contraction with changes in pressure and temperature; the ability to diffuse readily; and the spontaneous tendency to become distributed uniformly throughout any container; a fluid in the gaseous state having neither independent shape nor volume and being able to expand indefinitely; a pedal that controls the throttle valve; a state of excessive gas in the alimentary canal; a volatile flammable mixture of hydrocarbons (hexane and heptane and octane etc.) derived from petroleum; used mainly as a fuel in internal-combustion engines; a fossil fuel in the gaseous state; used for cooking and heating homes; verb: attack with gas; subject to gas fumes; show off | verb: be able to spare or give up; afford access to; have the financial means to do something or buy something; be the cause or source of | verb: cause to feel resentment or indignation; hurt the feelings of; strike with disgust or revulsion; act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises | verb: give a title to; give the right to; give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility 


Most Common Words

Developing your vocabulary is one of the most essential things you can do if you are to really improve your English skills. I have created a database of over 4,000 of the most common English words to help you expand your vocabulary. If you learn these 4,015 British English words, you will be able to understand 90% of normal, everyday conversations in British English, as well as most written media such as newspapers, magazines, and Internet articles. There are several ways to learn these words in the Britlish Library and you will find them in this course.

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The 31 words in this crossword puzzle are taken from the 4,015 most common English words database. If you learn all 4,015 of these English words, you will be able to understand 90% of everyday spoken and written English. Developing your vocabulary is one of the most important things you can do to improve your English skills.

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If you learn just 4,015 British English words, you will be able to understand 90% of normal, everyday conversations in British English. You will also be able to understand most written material such as that found in newspapers, magazines, and Internet articles. After years of extensive research using the latest technology to access lists of millions of examples of spoken and written English, I have assembled a definitive list of over 4,015 of the most commonly used British English words. If you learn these 4,015 words, you will have an active vocabulary which will let you participate in any English-speaking situation with confidence. Let me show you how Britlish can help you quickly and easily master these 4,015 most common English words.

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The 35 words in this Challenge are taken from the 4,015 most common English words database. If you learn all 4,015 of these English words, you will be able to understand 90% of everyday spoken and written English. Can you put your name at the top of the Challenge Leader Board by writing the word for each of the definitions in this Challenge?

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