Posted by: crisdiaz24 | December 5, 2012

VOCABULARY UNIT 8C

UNIT 8 C

Extended family: a family group with a close relationship among the members that includes not only parents and children but also uncles, aunts, grandparents, etc.

Rapport: a friendly relationship in which people understand each other very well.

On friendly terms: to have a good, friendly, etc. relationship with sby.

Stormy: full of strong feelings and angry arguments.

Breakout: an escape from prison, usually by a group of prisoners.

Break-up: the ending of a relationship or an association.

To foster: to encourage sthg to develop.

Ties: [usually pl.] a strong connection between people or organizations.

Relations: [usually pl.] a strong connection between people or organizations.

Relationship: a loving and/or sexual friendship between two people.

To comfort: to make sby who is worried or unhappy feel better by being kind and sympathetic towards them.

Figures: [C, often pl.] a number representing a particular amount, especially one given in official information.

To increase: to become or to make sthg greater in amount, number, value, etc.

To ensure: to make sure.

To dump sby: (informal) to end a romantic relationship with sby.

To see sthg coming: to realize that there is going to be a problem before it happens.

To languish: to be forced to stay somewhere or suffer sthg unpleasant for a long time.

Ether: the air, when it is thought of as the place in which radio or electronic communication takes place.

Spouse: (formal or law) a husband or wife.

Sibling: (formal or technical) a brother or sister.

Vivacious: (approving) (especially of a woman) having a lively, attractive personality.

To grapple with: to try hard to find a solution to a problem.

Conundrums: a confusing problem or question that is very difficult to solve. Puzzles.

Long-term: that will last or have an effect over a long period of time.

To walk out: (on sby)(informal) to suddenly leave sby that you are having a relationship with and that you have a responsibility for.

Kettle: a container with a lid, handle and a spout, used for boiling water.

Supplied: provided or available to be used.

Tissue: a piece of soft paper that absorbs liquids, used especially as a handkerchief.

To respond to: to do sthg as a reaction to sthg that sby has said or done. To react.

Newly: (usually before a past participle) recently.

Network: a closely connected group of people, companies, etc. that exchange information, etc.

To review: to carefully examine or consider sthg again, especially so that you can decide if it is necessary to make changes. To reassess.
Borderline: not clearly belonging to a particular condition or group; not clearly acceptable.

Acquaintance: a person that you know but who is not a close friend.

Consumer goods: [pl.] goods such as food, clothing, etc. bought by individual customers.

To discard: to get rid of sthg that you no longer want or need.

Hint: suggestion, trace.

To be around: to be present in a place; available.

Household: all the people living together in a house.

Solitary: (of a person, thing or place) alone, with no other people or things around.

Sby’s rock: sby you can always rely on, depend on for support.

Survey: an investigation of the opinions, behaviour, etc. of a particular group of people, which is usually done by asking them questions.

Truly: used to emphasize a particular quality.

To rely on: to trust or have faith in sby/sthg.

Otherwise: in a different way to the way mentioned; differently.

To caution: to warn sby about the possible dangers or problems of sthg.

Burden: a duty, responsibility, etc. that causes worry, difficulty or hard work.

To fulfil: to do or achieve what was hoped for or expected.

Peril: serious danger.

Depth: the distance from the top or surface to the bottom of sthg.

To witness: to see sthg happen (typically a crime or an accident).

Commitment: a thing that you have promised or agreed to do, or that you have to do.

To portray: to describe or show sby/sthg in a particular way, especially when this does not give a complete or accurate impression of what they are like. To represent.

To herald: [often passive] to say in public that sby/sthg is good or important. To announce or present.

Umpteen: (informal) very many.

To agonise over sthg: (over / about sthg) to spend a long time thinking and worrying about a difficult situation or problem.

To hang (on) in there: (informal) to remain determined to succeed even when a situation is difficult.

Charming: very pleasant or attractive.

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