50 Words For Intermediate ESL Students


1.        scam – a trick, a rip-off
2.        talent – natural ability
3.        essential – very important
4.        annual – once a year
5.         persuade –  to convince
6.         stationery – things used for writing
7.         hasty – quick; impulsive; not careful
8.         retirement – end of one’s working life
9.         wholesale – in large quantity; less than retail in price
10.       predict – tell beforehand
11.       humid – moist; damp
12.       villain – a very wicked person
13.       rural - in the country
14.       campus – grounds of a college, university or school
15.       employee – a person who works for pay
16.       decade – ten years
17.       fiction – that which is imagined or made up
18.       hike - A long walk
19.        avoid – try not to do
20.        property – belongings
21.        compromise – agreement
22.        develop – create
23.        victim – the person who is hurt
24.        document – official paper; record
25.        ascend – go up
26.        spank – to beat
27.        ego – self; opinion of self
28.        gullible – easy to fool
29.        ancient – very old; antique
30.        misbehave – to act up; do the wrong thing
31.        illegal – against the law
32.        childhood – a persons earliest years
33.        drought – a period of dry weather
34.        minimum – the smallest amount
35.        swallow – take in food’ to consume
36.        obtain – to get ; to achieve
37.        toss - throw
38.        disaster – damaging or destructive event; tragedy  
39.        manager- someone who controls a business
40.        stationary – not moving; motionless
41.        bigamy – having two legal wives at the same time
42.        charity – hand-outs;  contribution
43.        conclude – end; finish; decide
44.        coeducational – the education of both male and female together
45.        swamp -  an area of land with water, trees and shrubs
46.        ignore – pay no attention to; disregard
47.        threat – danger,  warning
48.        worried – anxious; concerned
49.        scratched – make a mark in something
50.        prohibit – forbib; not allow
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