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Essential Academic Vocabulary for High School Students, List 1

December 8, 2020
Whether you're preparing for a standardized test, hoping to improve your comprehension of reading assignments, or simply looking to increase your word knowledge, our lists of essential, high-frequency words will put you on the path to vocabulary success.

Here are links to our lists in this collection: List 1, List 2, List 3, List 4
abundant
Sea lions are now so abundant they are pushing into new territory to forage, disrupting efforts to save other species from extinction.
ambiguous
The charity said more needed to be done to protect consumers, claiming current rules were " ambiguous".
correlate
However, diets using artificial sweeteners still correlate with health issues such as an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes.
differentiate
Forecasters said they were able to differentiate between birds and bats on radar due to the pattern of movement and the timing.
anomaly
Indeed, Norway’s case was something of an anomaly: a rare example of reality intruding.
meticulous
The Clean Air Act dictates a meticulous process for considering a new standard; each review usually takes at least five years, Goldman said.
discrepancy
In some cases, says Moult, it was not clear whether the discrepancy between AlphaFold’s predictions and the experimental result was a prediction error or an artefact of the experiment.
fleeting
The problem, according to Buddhism, is that our feelings are no more than fleeting vibrations, changing every moment, like the ocean waves.
spontaneous
In a spontaneous way, without any preparation, he told everything to his brother.
antagonize
While the new version included some needed modernization, it antagonized allies and left months of uncertainty over the future of the $1.2 trillion trade bloc.
incremental
Can incremental reforms transform the U.S. into a just, prosperous society, or are more drastic measures required?
feign
Sometimes the job calls for displaying the right emotion, as when a funeral parlor attendant feigns sorrow and performs what I call “surface acting.”
apprehensive
He was apprehensive about a storm system forecast to hit the area starting Sunday night, but fortunately, the weather system proved mild.
relegate
The match will decide which of the two teams is relegated to the second tier.
profound
I’m waiting for her to say something profound—I always am, even though it’ll never happen.
proliferate
When water's pH is too high, the disinfecting power of chlorine diminishes, allowing germs to proliferate.
relevant
A year ago, my daily reading was largely determined by what curators considered to be important and relevant, catalogue essays and scholarly articles related to upcoming exhibitions.
assessment
But even the epidemiologists didn’t all agree on their assessment of risk.
skeptical
He looked to me and added, “Your highly skeptical friend may not believe me at all. That notwithstanding, it is true.”
astute
Here we find the words Homer applies to Ulysses, the same descriptions applied to the hero of the Odyssey: sagacious, cunning, astute, shrewd, artful, crafty, deceitful, tricky.
attribute
Scientists attribute the significantly larger population in the Americas to a relatively disease-free society whose use of herbal medicine, surgery, dentistry, and hygienic and ritual bathing kept disease at bay.
befall
On the ground in New Orleans’ famed French Quarter, residents said they were definitely concerned, but that the virus was an entirely different threat from the natural disasters that routinely befall the city.
nonchalant
“It appeared nonchalant and not too concerned about me.”
bolster
She was just trying to bolster my mood and keep my spirits up—and maybe my courage, too.
coherent
The division of the liberal arts is not accidental; it articulates a coherent system of thought.

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