Vocabulary lesson 58

Definitions and samples

  • timid (adj.) not having courage or confidence

- I was a timid child.

  • seldom (adv.) very rarely or almost never

- Karen had seldom seen him so angry.

  • resign (v.) if you resign from a job or position, you formally announce that you are leaving it

- Mr Robb resigned his position last month.

  • estimate (v.) a calculation of the value, size, amount etc of something made using the information that you have, which may not be complete

- We just need an estimate of the number of people who will come.

  • drought (n.) long period of time in during which no rain falls

- drought and famines have killed up to two million people here.

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