express indirectly by an image, form, or model
Mary Elizabeth is a very interesting person because she has a tattoo that
symbolizes Buddhism and a belly button ring and wears her hair to make somebody mad, but when she’s in charge of something, she acts like my dad when he comes home from a “long day.”
The adjective "interesting" is a nice way of saying that Mary Elizabeth is a strange mix of moods. Buddhism emphasizes calm detachment from worldly things, but her tattoo, belly ring, and hair show an opposite nature.
take on a certain form, attribute, or aspect
I don’t want to go into detail about it because it’s pretty private stuff, but I will say that Brad
assumed the role of the girl in terms of where you put things.
The Latin "sumere" means "to take"--this can be seen in the many definitions of "assume": 1) take to be true (the most frequently used definition); 2) take on titles, offices, duties, or responsibilities; 3) take control without authority; 4) take on as one's own the debts of another; 5) take up someone's soul into heaven.
a person regarded as arrogant and annoying
She is a senior, and she says that my sister is a tease and a
exhibiting lack of regard; rude and discourteous
I would write it out for you, but I think that would be
disrespectful to Sam.
having the attention diverted especially because of anxiety
It’s just that he always looks
notoriety for some particular characteristic
My sister also said that Sam had a
reputation when she was a sophomore.
Then, they repeated the experiment, but they replaced the food with something that gave the rat or mouse
characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight
I used to play sports when I was little, and I was actually very good, but the problem was that it used to make me too
aggressive, so the doctors told my mom I would have to stop.
I know you think what I’m about to write is an
exaggeration, but I promise you that it isn’t.
In Latin, "extra" means "outside" and "vagari" means "to wander"--an extravagant exaggeration wanders outside the truth so much that it's not believable. The example sentence is the narrator Charlie's way of assuring the readers that this story is true; it is the author's way of building suspense to keep the readers turning the pages of the fictional novel.
a residential district located on the outskirts of a city
My grandfather usually just complains about black people moving into the old neighborhood, and then my sister gets upset at him, and then my grandfather tells her that she doesn’t know what she’s talking about because she lives in the
make known to the public information previously kept secret
Then, at the end, you have a party, and all the people
reveal who they really are as they give their last presents.
believed or reputed to be the case
supposedly the party at the end is always the best of the year.
a film presenting the facts about a person or event
I found an article about a
documentary movie about Harvey Milk. And when I couldn’t find the movie, I just searched for his name, and I found this book.
discriminatory on the basis of gender roles
My sister made some remark about how cheerleading is stupid and
sexist, and my brother told her to shut up.
declare untrue; contradict
My brother said that although Kelly
denies this, he’s sure that she dropped the book on purpose.
unhappy about being away and longing for familiar things
They spent the rest of the afternoon playing old video games like Donkey Kong and feeling
nostalgic, which as a general statement, I found sad and sweet.
a social club for female undergraduates
My sister spent the next ten minutes denouncing the Greek system of
sororities and fraternities.
The Latin "soror" means "sister" and "frater" means "brother"--members of sororities and fraternities often treat each other like family, but are not as welcoming to outsiders.
being susceptible to the attitudes or feelings of others
“Oh, you’re such a
sensitive new age guy.”
of a system of philosophy emphasizing the spiritual
Kelly’s favorite book just happens to be Walden by Henry David Thoreau. And Kelly just happened to say that the
transcendental movement is a close parallel to this day and age.
auguring favorable circumstances and good luck
It seems like a rather “
to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement
She had to get
restraining orders instead.
The Latin "stringere" means "to bind"--a "restraining order" is a court order that binds a person within certain limits in order to prevent him from threatening another.
depleted of energy, force, or strength
I read until I was completely
exhausted and had to go to sleep.
suggesting an unhealthy mental state
I think wanting that is very
morbid, but I want it when I get like this.
unusually great in size or amount or extent or scope
vast and open and thinly quiet, and I felt so small.
an undivided or unbroken completeness with nothing wanting
And you know that if you looked at these facts when you were happy, you would feel great because you are describing “