Vocabulary lesson 36

Definitions and samples

  • vague (adj.) unclear because someone does not give enough detailed information or does not say exactly what they mean

- The governor gave only a vague outline of his tax plan.

  • disease (n.) an illness that affects people or animals, especially one that is caused by infection

- Studies have revealed that fewer vegetarians suffer from heart disease.

  • random (adj.) made, done, or happening without method or conscious decision

- A few random shots were fired.

  • syllabus (n.) (a plan showing) the subjects or books to be studies in a particular course, especially a course which leads to an examination

- Which novels are on the syllabus this year?

  • overcome (v.) to successfully control a feeling or problem that prevents you from achieving something

- He struggled to overcome his shyness.

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