OGDEN's BASIC ENGLISH (1000 Words)

If one were to take the 25,000 word Oxford Pocket English Dictionary and take away the redundancies of our rich language and eliminate the words that can be made by putting together simpler words, we find that 90% of the concepts in that dictionary can be achieved with 850 words. The shortened list makes simpler the effort to learn spelling and pronunciation irregularities. The rules of usage are identical to full English so that the practitioner communicates in perfectly good, but simple, English.
We call this simplified language Basic English, the developer is Charles K. Ogden, and was released in 1930 with the book: Basic English: A General Introduction with Rules and Grammar. He founded the Orthological Institute to develop the tools for teaching Basic English. His most famous associate, I.A. Richards, led the effort in the Orient, which uses the techniques to this day.
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  1. a
    the 1st letter of the Roman alphabet
  2. able
    having the necessary means or skill to do something
  3. about
    (of quantities) imprecise but fairly close to correct
  4. account
    a record or narrative description of past events
  5. acid
    any of various water-soluble compounds having a sour taste
  6. across
    to the opposite side
  7. act
    behave in a certain manner
  8. addition
    the arithmetic operation of summing
  9. adjustment
    the act of making something different
  10. advertisement
    a public promotion of some product or service
  11. after
    happening at a time subsequent to a reference time
  12. again
    anew
  13. agreement
    harmony of people's opinions, actions, or characters
  14. air
    a mixture of gases required for breathing
  15. all
    to a complete degree or to the full or entire extent
  16. almost
    slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but
  17. amount
    how much there is of something that you can quantify
  18. amusement
    an activity that is diverting and that holds the attention
  19. angle
    the space between two lines or planes that intersect
  20. angry
    feeling or showing extreme displeasure or hostility
  21. animal
    a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
  22. answer
    a statement made to reply to a question or criticism
  23. ant
    social insect living in organized colonies
  24. any
    one or some or every or all without specification
  25. apparatus
    equipment designed to serve a specific function
  26. apple
    a tree widely cultivated for its firm rounded edible fruits
  27. approval
    the formal act of giving agreement or permission
  28. arch
    a curved masonry construction for spanning an opening
  29. argument
    a dispute where there is strong disagreement
  30. arm
    a human limb
  31. army
    a permanent organization of a nation's military land forces
  32. art
    the creation of beautiful or significant things
  33. as
    to the same degree (often followed by `as')
  34. at
    100 at equal 1 kip in Laos
  35. attack
    an offensive against an enemy
  36. attempt
    make an effort
  37. attention
    concentrating on certain features of the environment
  38. attraction
    the quality of arousing interest
  39. authority
    the power or right to give orders or make decisions
  40. automatic
    operating with minimal human intervention
  41. awake
    not in a state of sleep; completely conscious
  42. baby
    a very young mammal
  43. back
    the posterior part of a human (or animal) body
  44. bad
    having undesirable or negative qualities
  45. bag
    a flexible container with a single opening
  46. balance
    harmonious arrangement or relation of parts within a whole
  47. ball
    an object with a spherical shape
  48. band
    an unofficial association of people or groups
  49. base
    lowest support of a structure
  50. basin
    a bowl-shaped vessel used for holding food or liquids
  51. basket
    a container that is usually woven and has handles
  52. bath
    a large open container filled with water to wash the body
  53. be
    have a specified quality or characteristic
  54. beautiful
    pleasing to the senses
  55. bed
    a piece of furniture that provides a place to sleep
  56. bee
    a hairy-bodied insect including social and solitary species
  57. before
    at or in the front
  58. behavior
    the way a person acts toward other people
  59. belief
    any cognitive content held as true
  60. bell
    a hollow metal device that makes a ringing sound when struck
  61. bent
    stooped (used of the back and knees)
  62. berry
    a small fruit having any of various structures, e.g., simple (grape or blueberry) or aggregate (blackberry or raspberry)
  63. between
    in the interval
  64. bird
    warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrate with feathers and wings
  65. birth
    the time when something begins (especially life)
  66. bit
    a small piece or quantity of something
  67. bite
    to grip, cut off, or tear with or as if with the teeth or jaws
  68. bitter
    causing a sharp and acrid taste experience
  69. black
    being of the achromatic color of maximum darkness
  70. blade
    the flat part of a tool or weapon that has a cutting edge
  71. blood
    the fluid that is pumped through the body by the heart
  72. blow
    be in motion due to some air or water current
  73. blue
    of the color intermediate between green and violet
  74. board
    a stout length of sawn timber
  75. boat
    a small vessel for travel on water
  76. body
    an individual 3-dimensional object that has mass
  77. boiling
    the application of heat to change something from a liquid to a gas
  78. bone
    rigid tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates
  79. book
    an object consisting of a number of pages bound together
  80. boot
    footwear that covers the whole foot and lower leg
  81. bottle
    a vessel used for storing drinks or other liquids
  82. box
    a (usually rectangular) container; may have a lid
  83. boy
    a youthful male person
  84. brain
    the center of the nervous system
  85. brake
    a restraint used to slow or stop a vehicle
  86. branch
    a division of a stem arising from the main stem of a plant
  87. brass
    an alloy of copper and zinc
  88. bread
    food made from dough of flour or meal and usually raised with yeast or baking powder and then baked
  89. breath
    the process of taking in and expelling air during breathing
  90. brick
    rectangular block of clay baked by the sun or in a kiln
  91. bridge
    structure allowing passage across a river or other obstacle
  92. bright
    emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts
  93. broken
    physically and forcibly separated into pieces or cracked or split
  94. brother
    a male with the same parents as someone else
  95. brown
    of a color similar to that of wood or earth
  96. brush
    an implement that has hairs or bristles set into a handle
  97. bucket
    a roughly cylindrical vessel that is open at the top
  98. building
    the act of constructing something
  99. bulb
    anything with a round shape resembling a teardrop
  100. burn
    destroy by fire
  101. burst
    come open suddenly and violently
  102. business
    the principal activity in one's life to earn money
  103. but
    and nothing more
  104. butter
    a solid yellow food made from cream
  105. button
    a round fastener sewn to shirts and coats
  106. by
    so as to pass a given point
  107. cake
    baked good based on a mixture of flour, sugar, eggs, and fat
  108. camera
    equipment for taking photographs
  109. canvas
    a heavy, closely woven fabric
  110. card
    thin cardboard, usually rectangular
  111. care
    providing treatment for or attending to someone or something
  112. carriage
    a vehicle with wheels drawn by one or more horses
  113. cart
    a heavy open wagon usually having two wheels and drawn by an animal
  114. cat
    feline mammal usually having thick soft fur
  115. cause
    events that provide the generative force of something
  116. certain
    established beyond doubt or question; definitely known
  117. chain
    a series of (usually metal) rings or links fitted into one another to make a flexible ligament
  118. chalk
    a soft whitish calcite
  119. chance
    an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon
  120. change
    become different in some particular way
  121. cheap
    relatively low in price or charging low prices
  122. cheese
    a solid food prepared from the pressed curd of milk
  123. chemical
    produced by reactions involving atomic or molecular changes
  124. chest
    the part of the human torso between the neck and the diaphragm or the corresponding part in other vertebrates
  125. chief
    the head of a tribe or clan
  126. chin
    the protruding part of the lower jaw
  127. church
    a place for public (especially Christian) worship
  128. circle
    ellipse in which the two axes are of equal length
  129. clean
    free from dirt or impurities
  130. clear
    readily apparent to the mind
  131. clock
    a timepiece that shows the time of day
  132. cloth
    artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
  133. cloud
    a visible mass of water or ice particles suspended at a considerable altitude
  134. coal
    fossil fuel consisting of carbonized vegetable matter
  135. coat
    an outer garment that covers the body from shoulder down
  136. cold
    having a low or inadequate temperature
  137. collar
    a band that fits around the neck and is usually folded over
  138. color
    a visual attribute of things from the light they emit
  139. comb
    a flat device with narrow pointed teeth on one edge
  140. come
    move toward, travel toward
  141. comfort
    a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain
  142. committee
    a special group delegated to consider some matter
  143. common
    having no special distinction or quality
  144. company
    an institution created to conduct business
  145. comparison
    the act of examining resemblances
  146. competition
    the act of contending with others for rewards or resources
  147. complete
    having all necessary qualities
  148. complex
    complicated in structure
  149. condition
    a mode of being or form of existence of a person or thing
  150. connection
    a relation between things or events
  151. conscious
    having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts
  152. control
    power to direct or determine
  153. cook
    transform by heating
  154. copper
    a ductile malleable reddish-brown corrosion-resistant diamagnetic metallic element; occurs in various minerals but is the only metal that occurs abundantly in large masses; used as an electrical and thermal conductor
  155. copy
    a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing
  156. cord
    a line made of twisted fibers or threads
  157. cork
    outer bark of the cork oak
  158. cotton
    erect bushy mallow plant or small tree bearing bolls containing seeds with many long hairy fibers
  159. cough
    a sudden noisy expulsion of air from the lungs that clears the air passages; a common symptom of upper respiratory infection or bronchitis or pneumonia or tuberculosis
  160. country
    the territory occupied by a nation
  161. cover
    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  162. cow
    female of domestic cattle
  163. crack
    a narrow opening
  164. credit
    an estimate of ability to fulfill financial commitments
  165. crime
    an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act
  166. cruel
    able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering
  167. crush
    to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition
  168. cry
    shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain
  169. cup
    a small open container usually used for drinking
  170. current
    occurring in or belonging to the present time
  171. curtain
    hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)
  172. curve
    the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes
  173. cushion
    protect from impact
  174. cut
    separate with or as if with an instrument
  175. damage
    the occurrence of a change for the worse
  176. danger
    the condition of being susceptible to harm or injury
  177. dark
    devoid of or deficient in light or brightness
  178. daughter
    a female human offspring
  179. day
    time for Earth to make a complete rotation on its axis
  180. dead
    no longer having or seeming to have or expecting to have life
  181. dear
    a beloved person
  182. death
    the permanent end of all life functions in an organism
  183. debt
    the state of owing something, especially money
  184. decision
    a position or opinion reached after consideration
  185. deep
    having great spatial extension downward or inward
  186. degree
    a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series
  187. delicate
    developed with extreme subtlety
  188. dependent
    a person who relies on another person for support
  189. design
    the act of working out the form of something
  190. desire
    the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
  191. destruction
    an event that completely ruins something
  192. detail
    a small part considered separately from the whole
  193. development
    a process in which something passes to a different stage
  194. different
    unlike in nature, quality, form, or degree
  195. digestion
    the process by which the body breaks down food
  196. direction
    a line leading to a place or point
  197. dirty
    soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime
  198. discovery
    the act of finding something
  199. discussion
    an extended communication dealing with a particular topic
  200. disease
    an impairment of health
  201. disgust
    strong feelings of dislike
  202. distance
    the property created by the space between two objects
  203. distribution
    the act of spreading or apportioning
  204. division
    the act of partitioning
  205. do
    engage in
  206. dog
    a canine domesticated by man since prehistoric times
  207. door
    a swinging or sliding barrier that will close the entrance to a room or building or vehicle
  208. doubt
    the state of being unsure of something
  209. down
    spatially or metaphorically from a higher to a lower level
  210. drain
    emptying something by allowing liquid to run out of it
  211. drawer
    a boxlike container in a piece of furniture
  212. dress
    put on clothes
  213. drink
    take in liquids
  214. driving
    the act of controlling and steering the movement of a vehicle or animal
  215. drop
    let fall to the ground
  216. dry
    free from liquid or moisture
  217. dust
    fine powdery material such as dry earth or pollen
  218. ear
    the sense organ for hearing and equilibrium
  219. early
    at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time
  220. earth
    the third planet from the sun
  221. east
    the cardinal compass point that is at 90 degrees
  222. edge
    a line determining the limits of an area
  223. education
    activities that impart knowledge or skill
  224. effect
    a phenomenon that is caused by some previous phenomenon
  225. egg
    animal reproductive body consisting of an ovum or embryo together with nutritive and protective envelopes; especially the thin-shelled reproductive body laid by e.g. female birds
  226. elastic
    capable of resuming shape after stretching or compression
  227. electric
    using or providing the flow of charge through a conductor
  228. end
    either extremity of something that has length
  229. engine
    motor that converts energy into work or motion
  230. enough
    sufficient for the purpose
  231. equal
    having the same quantity, value, or measure as another
  232. error
    a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance
  233. even
    being level or straight or regular and without variation
  234. event
    something that happens at a given place and time
  235. ever
    at all times; all the time and on every occasion
  236. every
    (used of count nouns) each and all of the members of a group considered singly and without exception
  237. example
    an item of information that is typical of a class or group
  238. exchange
    the act of changing one thing for another thing
  239. existence
    the state or fact of being
  240. expansion
    the act of increasing in size or volume or quantity or scope
  241. experience
    the content of observation or participation in an event
  242. expert
    a person with special knowledge who performs skillfully
  243. eye
    the organ of sight
  244. face
    the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin
  245. fact
    a piece of information about events that have occurred
  246. fall
    descend freely under the influence of gravity
  247. false
    not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality
  248. family
    primary social group; parents and children
  249. far
    at or to or from a great distance in space
  250. farm
    workplace or land used for growing crops or raising animals
  251. fat
    a soft greasy substance occurring in organic tissue
  252. father
    a male parent
  253. fear
    an emotion in anticipation of some specific pain or danger
  254. feather
    a light growth that makes up the covering of a bird's body
  255. feeble
    pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness
  256. feeling
    a physical sensation that you experience
  257. female
    of the sex that produces eggs from which offspring develop
  258. fertile
    capable of reproducing
  259. fiction
    a literary work based on the imagination
  260. field
    extensive tract of level open land
  261. fight
    be engaged in a contest or struggle
  262. finger
    any of the terminal members of the hand
  263. fire
    the process of combustion of inflammable materials
  264. first
    preceding all others in time or space or degree
  265. fish
    any of various mostly cold-blooded aquatic vertebrates
  266. fixed
    unmoving
  267. flag
    a rectangular piece of cloth of distinctive design
  268. flame
    combustion of materials producing heat and light and smoke
  269. flat
    having a surface without slope
  270. flight
    an instance of traveling by air
  271. floor
    the inside lower horizontal surface
  272. flower
    reproductive organ of plants especially if showy or colorful
  273. fly
    travel through the air; be airborne
  274. fold
    bend or lay so that one part covers the other
  275. food
    any substance that can be metabolized by an animal
  276. foolish
    lacking good sense or judgment
  277. foot
    the pedal extremity of vertebrates other than human beings
  278. force
    influence that results in motion, stress, etc. when applied
  279. fork
    a pronged tool used for serving and eating food
  280. form
    a perceptual structure
  281. forward
    at or to or toward the front
  282. fowl
    a domesticated gallinaceous bird
  283. frame
    the internal structure that gives an artifact its shape
  284. free
    able to act at will
  285. frequent
    coming at short intervals or habitually
  286. friend
    a person you know well and regard with affection and trust
  287. front
    the side that is forward or prominent
  288. fruit
    the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant
  289. full
    containing as much or as many as is possible or normal
  290. future
    the time yet to come
  291. garden
    a plot of ground where plants are cultivated
  292. general
    applying to all or most members of a category or group
  293. get
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  294. girl
    a young woman
  295. give
    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract
  296. glass
    a brittle transparent solid with irregular atomic structure
  297. glove
    handwear: covers the hand and wrist
  298. go
    change location
  299. goat
    any of numerous agile ruminants related to sheep but having a beard and straight horns
  300. gold
    a soft yellow malleable ductile metallic element
  301. good
    having desirable or positive qualities
  302. government
    the system or form by which a community is ruled
  303. grain
    a cereal grass
  304. grass
    narrow-leaved green herbage: grown as lawns
  305. great
    a person who has achieved distinction in some field
  306. green
    of the color between blue and yellow in the color spectrum
  307. grey
    of an achromatic color intermediate between white and black
  308. grip
    hold fast or firmly
  309. group
    any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
  310. growth
    changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level
  311. guide
    someone employed to conduct others
  312. gun
    a weapon that discharges a missile at high velocity
  313. hair
    a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss
  314. hammer
    a hand tool with a heavy rigid head and a handle
  315. hand
    the (prehensile) extremity of the superior limb
  316. hanging
    the act of suspending something
  317. happy
    marked by good fortune
  318. harbor
    a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo
  319. hard
    resisting weight or pressure
  320. harmony
    compatibility in opinion and action
  321. hat
    headdress that protects the head from bad weather
  322. hate
    the emotion of intense dislike
  323. have
    possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
  324. he
    the 5th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
  325. head
    the upper part of the human body or the body in animals
  326. healthy
    free from infirmity or disease
  327. hearing
    the ability to hear; the auditory faculty
  328. heart
    the hollow muscular organ located behind the sternum
  329. heat
    a form of energy transferred by a difference in temperature
  330. help
    give assistance; be of service
  331. here
    in or at this place; where the speaker or writer is
  332. high
    being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation
  333. history
    a record or narrative description of past events
  334. hole
    an opening into or through something
  335. hollow
    not solid; having a space or gap or cavity
  336. hook
    a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something
  337. hope
    the general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled
  338. horn
    a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone
  339. horse
    solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times
  340. hospital
    a medical institution where sick or injured people are given medical or surgical care
  341. hour
    a period of time equal to 1/24th of a day
  342. house
    a dwelling that serves as living quarters for a family
  343. humor
    a message that has the power to evoke laughter
  344. I
    the 9th letter of the Roman alphabet
  345. ice
    water frozen in the solid state
  346. idea
    the content of cognition
  347. ill
    affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function
  348. important
    significant in effect or meaning
  349. impulse
    an impelling force or strength
  350. in
    to or toward the inside of
  351. increase
    a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous
  352. industry
    the action of making of goods and services for sale
  353. ink
    a liquid used for printing or writing or drawing
  354. insect
    small air-breathing arthropod
  355. instrument
    the means whereby some act is accomplished
  356. insurance
    protection against future loss
  357. interest
    a sense of concern with and curiosity about something
  358. invention
    the act of making something new
  359. iron
    a heavy ductile magnetic metallic element
  360. island
    a land mass that is surrounded by water
  361. jelly
    any substance having the consistency of jelly or gelatin
  362. jewel
    a precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece of jewelry
  363. join
    cause to become joined or linked
  364. journey
    the act of traveling from one place to another
  365. judge
    an official authorized to decide questions before a court
  366. jump
    move forward by leaps and bounds
  367. keep
    continue a certain state, condition, or activity
  368. kettle
    a metal pot with a lid for stewing or boiling
  369. key
    metal device that allows a lock's mechanism to be rotated
  370. kick
    drive or propel with the foot
  371. kind
    having a tender and considerate and helpful nature
  372. kiss
    touch with the lips or press the lips (against someone's mouth or other body part) as an expression of love, greeting, etc.
  373. knee
    hinge joint in the human leg connecting the tibia and fibula with the femur and protected in front by the patella
  374. knife
    edge tool used as a cutting instrument
  375. knot
    any of various fastenings formed by looping and tying a rope (or cord) upon itself or to another rope or to another object
  376. knowledge
    the result of perception, learning, and reasoning
  377. land
    the solid part of the earth's surface
  378. language
    a means of communicating by the use of sounds or symbols
  379. last
    coming after all others in time or space or degree or being the only one remaining
  380. late
    at or toward an end or late period or stage of development
  381. laugh
    produce laughter
  382. law
    the collection of rules imposed by authority
  383. lead
    take somebody somewhere
  384. leaf
    a flat, usually green part of a plant attached to a stem
  385. learning
    the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge
  386. leather
    animal skin made smooth and flexible by tanning
  387. left
    being or located on or directed toward the side of the body to the west when facing north
  388. leg
    a human limb
  389. let
    actively cause something to happen
  390. letter
    a written message addressed to a person or organization
  391. level
    a relative position or degree of value in a graded group
  392. library
    depository containing books and other materials for reading
  393. lift
    raise from a lower to a higher position
  394. light
    electromagnetic radiation that can produce visual sensation
  395. like
    having the same or similar characteristics
  396. limit
    as far as something can go
  397. line
    a length without breadth or thickness
  398. linen
    a fabric woven with fibers from the flax plant
  399. lip
    either of two fleshy folds of tissue that surround the mouth and play a role in speaking
  400. liquid
    fluid matter having no fixed shape but a fixed volume
  401. list
    a database containing an ordered array of items
  402. little
    limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude
  403. living
    pertaining to living persons
  404. lock
    a fastener fitted to a door or drawer to keep it firmly closed
  405. long
    primarily spatial sense
  406. look
    perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards
  407. loose
    not affixed
  408. loss
    the act of losing someone or something
  409. loud
    characterized by sound of great volume or intensity
  410. love
    a strong positive emotion of regard and affection
  411. low
    less than normal in degree or intensity or amount
  412. machine
    a mechanical or electrical device that transmits energy
  413. make
    perform or carry out
  414. male
    being the sex that performs the fertilizing function
  415. man
    an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)
  416. manager
    someone who controls resources and expenditures
  417. map
    a diagrammatic representation of the earth's surface
  418. mark
    a distinguishing symbol
  419. market
    a marketplace where groceries are sold
  420. married
    joined in matrimony
  421. mass
    the property of a body that causes it to have weight
  422. match
    a formal contest in which people or teams compete
  423. material
    the substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object
  424. may
    thorny shrub of a small tree having white to scarlet flowers
  425. meal
    any of the occasions for eating food that occur by custom or habit at more or less fixed times
  426. measure
    determine the dimensions of something or somebody
  427. meat
    the flesh of animals used as food
  428. medical
    relating to the study or practice of medicine
  429. meeting
    the social act of assembling for some common purpose
  430. memory
    the cognitive process whereby past experience is remembered
  431. metal
    a chemical element or alloy that is usually a shiny solid
  432. middle
    an area that is approximately central within some larger region
  433. military
    the armed forces of a nation
  434. milk
    a white nutritious liquid secreted by mammals and used as food by human beings
  435. mind
    that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings
  436. mine
    excavation from which ores and minerals are extracted
  437. minute
    a unit of time equal to 60 seconds or 1/60th of an hour
  438. mist
    a thin fog with condensation near the ground
  439. mixed
    consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds
  440. money
    the most common medium of exchange
  441. monkey
    any of various long-tailed primates
  442. month
    one of the twelve divisions of the calendar year
  443. moon
    the natural satellite of the Earth
  444. morning
    the time period between dawn and noon
  445. mother
    a woman who has given birth to a child
  446. motion
    the act of changing location from one place to another
  447. mountain
    a land mass that projects well above its surroundings
  448. mouth
    the opening through which food is taken in
  449. move
    change location
  450. much
    great in quantity or degree or extent
  451. muscle
    animal tissue consisting predominantly of contractile cells
  452. music
    an artistic form of auditory communication
  453. nail
    a thin pointed piece of metal that is hammered into materials as a fastener
  454. name
    a language unit by which a person or thing is known
  455. narrow
    not wide
  456. nation
    a politically organized body of people under a government
  457. natural
    in accordance with the physical world
  458. near
    near in time or place or relationship
  459. necessary
    absolutely essential
  460. neck
    the part of an organism (human or animal) that connects the head to the rest of the body
  461. need
    require or want
  462. needle
    a sharp pointed implement (usually steel)
  463. nerve
    a bundle of fibers running to organs and tissues of the body
  464. net
    an open fabric of string or rope or wire woven together
  465. new
    not of long duration
  466. news
    information about recent and important events
  467. night
    the time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside
  468. no
    quantifier
  469. noise
    sound of any kind
  470. normal
    being approximately average or within certain limits
  471. north
    the direction corresponding to the northward cardinal compass point
  472. nose
    the organ of smell and entrance to the respiratory tract
  473. not
    negation of a word or group of words
  474. note
    a brief written record
  475. now
    at the present moment
  476. number
    a concept of quantity involving zero and units
  477. nut
    usually large hard-shelled seed
  478. observation
    the act of taking a patient look
  479. off
    from a particular thing or place or position
  480. offer
    present for acceptance or rejection
  481. office
    place of business where professional duties are performed
  482. oil
    a slippery or viscous liquid or liquefiable substance not miscible with water
  483. old
    having lived for a long time or attained a specific age
  484. on
    in a state required for something to function or be effective
  485. only
    without any others being included or involved
  486. open
    affording free passage or access
  487. operation
    process or manner of functioning
  488. opinion
    a personal belief or judgment
  489. opposite
    being directly across from each other
  490. orange
    any citrus tree bearing oranges
  491. order
    logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements
  492. organization
    a methodical and orderly manner or approach
  493. ornament
    something used to beautify
  494. other
    not the same one or ones already mentioned or implied
  495. out
    moving or appearing to move away from a place, especially one that is enclosed or hidden
  496. oven
    kitchen appliance used for baking or roasting
  497. over
    beyond the top or upper surface or edge
  498. owner
    a person who owns something
  499. page
    one side of one leaf (of a book or magazine or newspaper or letter etc.) or the written or pictorial matter it contains
  500. pain
    a somatic sensation of acute discomfort
  501. paint
    a substance used as a coating to protect or decorate a surface (especially a mixture of pigment suspended in a liquid); dries to form a hard coating
  502. paper
    a material made of cellulose pulp derived mainly from wood or rags or certain grasses
  503. parallel
    being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting
  504. parcel
    a wrapped package
  505. part
    one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole
  506. past
    earlier than the present time; no longer current
  507. paste
    an adhesive made from water and flour or starch
  508. payment
    the act of paying money
  509. peace
    the state prevailing during the absence of war
  510. pen
    a writing implement with a point from which ink flows
  511. pencil
    a thin cylindrical pointed writing implement
  512. person
    a human being
  513. physical
    involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit
  514. picture
    a visual representation produced on a surface
  515. pig
    domestic swine
  516. pin
    a small slender (often pointed) piece of wood or metal used to support or fasten or attach things
  517. pipe
    a hollow cylindrical shape
  518. place
    a point located with respect to surface features of a region
  519. plane
    an unbounded two-dimensional shape
  520. plant
    a living organism without the power to move
  521. plate
    dish on which food is served or from which food is eaten
  522. play
    engage in recreational activities rather than work
  523. please
    give enjoyment to
  524. pleasure
    something or someone that provides a source of happiness
  525. plough
    a farm tool having one or more heavy blades to break the soil and cut a furrow prior to sowing
  526. pocket
    a small pouch inside a garment for carrying small articles
  527. point
    a distinguishing or individuating characteristic
  528. poison
    any substance that causes injury or illness or death
  529. polish
    make (a surface) shine
  530. political
    involving or characteristic of governing or social power
  531. poor
    having little money or few possessions
  532. porter
    a person employed to carry luggage and supplies
  533. position
    the particular part of space occupied by something
  534. possible
    capable of happening or existing
  535. pot
    metal or earthenware cooking vessel that is usually round and deep; often has a handle and lid
  536. potato
    an edible tuber native to South America
  537. powder
    a solid substance in the form of tiny loose particles
  538. power
    possession of the qualities required to do something
  539. present
    temporal sense
  540. price
    the amount of money needed to purchase something
  541. print
    the text appearing in a book, newspaper, or other printed publication
  542. prison
    a correctional institution where persons are confined while on trial or for punishment
  543. private
    confined to particular persons or groups
  544. probable
    likely but not certain to be or become true or real
  545. process
    a particular course of action intended to achieve a result
  546. produce
    bring forth or yield
  547. profit
    the advantageous quality of being beneficial
  548. property
    something owned
  549. prose
    ordinary writing as distinguished from verse
  550. protest
    a formal and solemn declaration of objection
  551. public
    not private
  552. pull
    apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion
  553. pump
    a device that moves fluid or gas by pressure or suction
  554. punishment
    the act of imposing a penalty
  555. purpose
    what something is used for
  556. push
    move with force, "He pushed the table into a corner"
  557. put
    cause to be in a certain state
  558. quality
    an essential and distinguishing attribute of something
  559. question
    a sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply
  560. quick
    moving rapidly and lightly
  561. quiet
    characterized by an absence of agitation or activity
  562. quite
    to the greatest extent; completely
  563. rail
    a horizontal bar (usually of wood or metal)
  564. rain
    water falling in drops from vapor in the atmosphere
  565. range
    a variety of different things or activities
  566. rat
    any of various long-tailed rodents similar to but larger than a mouse
  567. rate
    a quantity considered as a proportion of another quantity
  568. ray
    a group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation
  569. reaction
    an idea evoked by some experience
  570. reading
    written material intended to be read
  571. ready
    completely prepared or in condition for immediate action or use or progress
  572. reason
    a logical motive for a belief or action
  573. receipt
    the act of receiving
  574. record
    anything providing permanent evidence about past events
  575. red
    the chromatic color resembling the hue of blood
  576. regret
    feel sorry for; be contrite about
  577. regular
    conforming to a standard or pattern
  578. relation
    the state or quality of having something in common
  579. religion
    a strong belief in supernatural powers that control destiny
  580. representative
    serving to typify
  581. request
    express the need or desire for; ask for
  582. respect
    regard highly; think much of
  583. responsible
    worthy of or requiring trust; held accountable
  584. rest
    take a short break from one's activities in order to relax
  585. reward
    compensation for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing
  586. rhythm
    an interval during which a recurring sequence occurs
  587. rice
    annual or perennial rhizomatous marsh grasses
  588. right
    free from error; especially conforming to fact or truth
  589. ring
    a toroidal shape
  590. river
    a large natural stream of water (larger than a creek)
  591. road
    an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation
  592. rod
    a long thin implement made of metal or wood
  593. roll
    move by turning over or rotating
  594. roof
    a protective covering that covers or forms the top of a building
  595. room
    an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling
  596. root
    underground plant organ that lacks buds or leaves or nodes
  597. rough
    having or caused by an irregular surface
  598. round
    having a circular shape
  599. rub
    move over something with pressure
  600. rule
    prescribed guide for conduct or action
  601. run
    move fast by using one's feet
  602. sad
    experiencing or showing sorrow or unhappiness
  603. safe
    free from danger or the risk of harm
  604. sail
    a large piece of fabric used to propel a vessel
  605. salt
    white crystalline form of especially sodium chloride used to season and preserve food
  606. same
    same in identity
  607. sand
    a loose material consisting of grains of rock or coral
  608. say
    utter aloud
  609. scale
    an ordered reference standard
  610. school
    an educational institution
  611. science
    ability to produce solutions in some problem domain
  612. scissors
    an edge tool having two crossed pivoting blades
  613. screw
    a simple machine of the inclined-plane type consisting of a spirally threaded cylindrical rod that engages with a similarly threaded hole
  614. sea
    a large body of salt water partially enclosed by land
  615. seat
    any support where you can sit
  616. second
    coming next after the first in position in space or time
  617. secret
    not openly made known
  618. secretary
    an assistant who handles correspondence and clerical work
  619. see
    perceive by sight or have the power to perceive by sight
  620. seed
    a mature fertilized plant ovule consisting of an embryo and its food source and having a protective coat or testa
  621. seem
    give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
  622. selection
    the act of choosing
  623. self
    your consciousness of your own identity
  624. send
    cause to go somewhere
  625. sense
    the faculty through which the external world is apprehended
  626. separate
    standing apart; not attached to or supported by anything
  627. serious
    of great consequence
  628. servant
    a person working in the service of another
  629. sex
    one of two categories into which most organisms are divided
  630. shade
    relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body
  631. shake
    move or cause to move back and forth
  632. shame
    a painful feeling of embarrassment or inadequacy
  633. sharp
    having a point or thin edge suitable for cutting or piercing
  634. sheep
    woolly usually horned ruminant mammal related to the goat
  635. shelf
    a support that consists of a horizontal surface for holding objects
  636. ship
    a vessel that carries passengers or freight
  637. shirt
    a garment worn on the upper half of the body
  638. shock
    an unpleasant or disappointing surprise
  639. shoe
    footwear shaped to fit the foot (below the ankle) with a flexible upper of leather or plastic and a sole and heel of heavier material
  640. short
    having little length or lacking in length
  641. shut
    move so that an opening or passage is obstructed; make shut
  642. side
    a place within a region identified relative to a center or reference location
  643. sign
    a visible clue that something has happened or is present
  644. silk
    animal fibers produced by larvae that spin cocoons
  645. silver
    a soft white precious univalent metallic element having the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal; occurs in argentite and in free form; used in coins and jewelry and tableware and photography
  646. simple
    having few parts; not complex or complicated or involved
  647. sister
    a female person who has the same parents as another person
  648. size
    the physical magnitude of something (how big it is)
  649. skin
    a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch
  650. skirt
    a garment hanging from the waist
  651. sky
    the atmosphere and outer space as viewed from the earth
  652. sleep
    a natural and periodic state of rest
  653. slip
    move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner
  654. slope
    be at an angle
  655. slow
    not moving quickly; taking a comparatively long time
  656. small
    limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude
  657. smash
    hit violently
  658. smell
    the faculty that enables us to distinguish scents
  659. smile
    a facial expression with the corners of the mouth turned up
  660. smoke
    a cloud of fine particles suspended in a gas
  661. smooth
    having a surface free from roughness or irregularities
  662. snake
    limbless scaly elongate reptile; some are venomous
  663. sneeze
    exhale spasmodically, as when an irritant entered one's nose
  664. snow
    precipitation falling from clouds in the form of ice crystals
  665. so
    to a very great extent or degree
  666. soap
    a cleansing agent made from the salts of vegetable or animal fats
  667. society
    an extended group having a distinctive cultural organization
  668. sock
    hosiery consisting of a cloth covering for the foot
  669. soft
    yielding readily to pressure or weight
  670. solid
    not soft or yielding to pressure
  671. some
    quantifier
  672. son
    a male human offspring
  673. song
    a short musical composition with words
  674. sort
    a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
  675. sound
    mechanical vibrations transmitted by an elastic medium
  676. soup
    liquid food especially of meat or fish or vegetable stock often containing pieces of solid food
  677. south
    the direction corresponding to the southward cardinal compass point
  678. space
    the unlimited expanse in which everything is located
  679. spade
    hand shovel that can be pushed into the earth with the foot
  680. special
    adapted to or reserved for a particular purpose
  681. sponge
    primitive multicellular marine animal whose porous body is supported by a fibrous skeletal framework; usually occurs in sessile colonies
  682. spoon
    a piece of cutlery with a shallow bowl-shaped container and a handle; used to stir or serve or take up food
  683. spring
    move forward by leaps and bounds
  684. square
    a polygon with four equal sides and four right angles
  685. stage
    any distinct time period in a sequence of events
  686. stamp
    walk heavily
  687. star
    a celestial body of hot gases that radiates energy
  688. start
    take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
  689. statement
    the act of affirming or asserting something
  690. station
    a facility equipped with special equipment and personnel
  691. steam
    water at boiling temperature diffused in the atmosphere
  692. steel
    an alloy of iron with small amounts of carbon
  693. stem
    cylinder forming a long narrow part of something
  694. step
    the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down
  695. stick
    a long thin implement resembling a length of wood
  696. sticky
    having the sticky properties of an adhesive
  697. stiff
    incapable of or resistant to bending
  698. still
    not in physical motion
  699. stitch
    a link or loop made by sewing, knitting, or needlework
  700. stocking
    the activity of supplying a stock of something
  701. stomach
    enlarged and muscular saclike organ of the alimentary canal
  702. stone
    a lump or mass of hard consolidated mineral matter
  703. stop
    have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense
  704. store
    a mercantile establishment for the sale of goods or services
  705. story
    a record or narrative description of past events
  706. straight
    having no deviations
  707. strange
    unusual or out of the ordinary
  708. street
    a thoroughfare that is lined with buildings
  709. stretch
    extend one's limbs or muscles, or the entire body
  710. strong
    having strength or power greater than average or expected
  711. structure
    a complex entity made of many parts
  712. substance
    the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists
  713. such
    of so extreme a degree or extent
  714. sudden
    happening without warning or in a short space of time
  715. sugar
    a white crystalline carbohydrate used as a sweetener
  716. suggestion
    an idea that is proposed
  717. summer
    the warmest season of the year
  718. sun
    the star that is the source of light and heat for the planets in the solar system
  719. support
    the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening
  720. surprise
    come upon or take unawares
  721. sweet
    having or denoting the characteristic taste of sugar
  722. swim
    travel through water
  723. system
    a group of independent elements comprising a unified whole
  724. table
    furniture having a smooth flat top supported by legs
  725. tail
    the posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body
  726. take
    get into one's hands
  727. talk
    use language
  728. tall
    great in vertical dimension; high in stature
  729. taste
    the faculty of distinguishing sweet, sour, bitter, and salty properties in the mouth
  730. tax
    charge against a citizen's person or property or activity for the support of government
  731. teaching
    the activities of educating or instructing
  732. tendency
    an inclination to do something
  733. test
    standardized procedure for measuring sensitivity or aptitude
  734. then
    at that time
  735. theory
    a belief that can guide behavior
  736. there
    in or at that place
  737. thick
    not thin
  738. thin
    of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite
  739. thing
    a separate and self-contained entity
  740. though
    (postpositive) however
  741. thought
    the content of cognition
  742. thread
    a fine cord of twisted fibers used in sewing and weaving
  743. throat
    the passage to the stomach and lungs
  744. through
    having finished or arrived at completion
  745. thumb
    the thick short innermost digit of the forelimb
  746. thunder
    a booming or crashing noise along the path of lightning
  747. ticket
    a commercial document showing that the holder is entitled to something (as to ride on public transportation or to enter a public entertainment)
  748. tight
    closely constrained or constricted or constricting
  749. till
    work land as by ploughing to make it ready for cultivation
  750. time
    the continuum of experience in which events pass to the past
  751. tin
    a silvery malleable metallic element that resists corrosion
  752. tired
    depleted of strength or energy
  753. toe
    one of the digits of the foot
  754. together
    in contact with each other or in proximity
  755. tomorrow
    the day after today
  756. tongue
    a mobile mass of muscular tissue located in the oral cavity
  757. tooth
    hard bonelike structures in the jaws of vertebrates
  758. top
    the upper part of anything
  759. touch
    make physical contact with, come in contact with
  760. town
    an urban area with a fixed boundary that is smaller than a city
  761. trade
    the commercial exchange of goods and services
  762. train
    educate for a future role or function
  763. transport
    move something or somebody around
  764. tray
    an open receptacle for holding or displaying or serving articles or food
  765. tree
    a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
  766. trick
    a cunning or deceitful action or device
  767. trouble
    a source of difficulty
  768. trouser
    (usually in the plural) a garment extending from the waist to the knee or ankle, covering each leg separately
  769. true
    consistent with fact or reality; not false
  770. turn
    move around an axis or a center
  771. twist
    cause an object to assume a curved or distorted shape
  772. umbrella
    a lightweight handheld collapsible canopy
  773. under
    below some quantity or limit
  774. unit
    a single undivided whole
  775. up
    spatially or metaphorically from a lower to a higher position
  776. use
    put into service
  777. value
    the quality that renders something desirable
  778. verse
    a piece of poetry
  779. very
    being the exact same one; not any other:
  780. vessel
    an object used as a container, especially for liquids
  781. view
    the visual percept of a region
  782. violent
    acting with great force or energy or emotional intensity
  783. voice
    the sound made by the vibration of vocal folds
  784. waiting
    the act of waiting
  785. walk
    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  786. wall
    an architectural partition with a height and length greater than its thickness; used to divide or enclose an area or to support another structure
  787. war
    the waging of armed conflict against an enemy
  788. warm
    having or producing a comfortable and agreeable degree of heat or imparting or maintaining heat
  789. wash
    clean with some chemical process
  790. waste
    use inefficiently or inappropriately
  791. watch
    look attentively
  792. water
    compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear liquid
  793. wave
    (physics) a movement up and down or back and forth
  794. wax
    substance solid at normal temperature and insoluble in water
  795. way
    how something is done or how it happens
  796. weather
    atmospheric conditions such as temperature and precipitation
  797. week
    any period of seven consecutive days
  798. weight
    the vertical force exerted by a mass as a result of gravity
  799. well
    in a good or satisfactory manner or to a high standard
  800. west
    the cardinal compass point that is a 270 degrees
  801. wet
    wetness caused by water
  802. wheel
    a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes (or a solid disc) that can rotate on a shaft or axle (as in vehicles or other machines)
  803. while
    a period of indeterminate length marked by some action
  804. whip
    an instrument with a handle and a flexible lash
  805. whistle
    the sound made by something moving rapidly
  806. white
    being of the achromatic color of maximum lightness
  807. why
    the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase `the whys and wherefores'
  808. wide
    having great extent from one side to the other
  809. will
    the capability of conscious choice and decision
  810. wind
    air moving from high pressure to low pressure
  811. window
    a framework of wood or metal that contains a glass windowpane and is built into a wall or roof to admit light or air
  812. wine
    fermented juice (of grapes especially)
  813. wing
    a movable organ for flying (one of a pair)
  814. winter
    the coldest season of the year
  815. wire
    ligament made of metal and used to fasten things or make cages or fences etc
  816. wise
    having intelligence and discernment
  817. woman
    an adult female person (as opposed to a man)
  818. wood
    the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
  819. wool
    outer coat of especially sheep and yaks
  820. word
    a unit of language that native speakers can identify
  821. work
    activity directed toward making or doing something
  822. worm
    any of numerous relatively small elongated soft-bodied animals especially of the phyla Annelida and Chaetognatha and Nematoda and Nemertea and Platyhelminthes; also many insect larvae
  823. wound
    an injury to living tissue
  824. writing
    symbols imprinted on a surface to represent sounds or words
  825. wrong
    not correct; not in conformity with fact or truth
  826. year
    the period of time that it takes for a planet (as, e.g., Earth or Mars) to make a complete revolution around the sun
  827. yellow
    yellow color or pigment
  828. yes
    an affirmative
  829. yesterday
    the day immediately before today
  830. young
    any immature animal

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