Vocabulary exercise

Complete the following sentences using an appropriate word. Choose your answers from the options given below.

(collateral, characteristic, circumvent, charitable, complacent, comely, coercion, colossal, cloistered, cherish)

1. Cloudy days are ……………….. of July.

2. A more ……………….. person would forgive the boy’s errors.

3. Some people ………………… possessions more than friends.

4. The pilot ……………….. the storm by flying farther south.

5. The child led a ………………….. life, seeing only her guardian and tutor.

6. The boy attended school only under ……………………

7. The house served as ………………… for the loan.

8. The prince fell in love with a …………………. young maiden.

9. I just made a ……………….. blunder.

10. Ever since he got a raise, he has been too …………………. to work hard.

Answers

1. Cloudy days are characteristic of July. 

2. A more charitable person would forgive the boy’s errors.

3. Some people cherish possessions more than friends.

4. The pilot circumvented the storm by flying farther south.

5. The child led a cloistered life, seeing only her guardian and tutor.

6. The boy attended school only under coercion.

7. The house served as collateral for the loan.

8. The prince fell in love with a comely young maiden.

9. I just made a colossal blunder.

10. Ever since he got a raise, he has been too complacent to work hard.

Meanings

Characteristic – typical, representative

Charitable – forgiving, sympathetic, gracious

Cherish – love, hold dear, value

Circumvent – escape, avoid, elude

Cloistered – secluded, isolated, closeted

Coercion – force, compulsion, pressure

Collateral – security, warranty

Comely – pretty, attractive

Colossal – huge, vast, enormous

Complacent – self-satisfied, content, smug

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