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Academic Vocabulary List 18

Alphabetical list of words and meanings

Word

agent

conceal

courtship detective

durable

enhance

forbid

initiate

merit

optimal

parrot

publicity

random

reinforce

status

tactic

toxic

tunnel

versatile

victim  


Definition, meaning

person who represents another, usually for business

hide, keep secret or not allow others to discover

getting to know another for the purposes of marriage

someone who gathers evidence, especially about crimes

strong and long lasting; able to resist wear and tear

make more valuable, raise the quality of something

prohibit, disallow, prevent from doing something

begin or get a process started 

excellence, something that deserves praise

the best; most desirable

type of "talking" bird sometimes kept as a pet

widespread notification, or announcement; advertisement

by chance, in an unorganized way

to support, strengthen, add to

a person's position or rank within a social group

strategy, method, or system to achieve results

poisonous, or containing poisonous chemicals

a passageway that goes underground

having many skills or functions; flexible and easy to adapt

a person who suffers harm because of a crime or action    



Note: These are general meanings for the words. You may encounter other definitions depending on context.
Check a dictionary for other meanings.

See Academic Vocabulary Exercise 18 for quiz matching words and definitions.

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