Essential Academic Vocabulary for Middle School Students, List 5

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  1. admonish
    scold or reprimand; take to task
    “Don’t talk about your father like that on Christmas Eve. Shame on you,” Mrs. Meecham admonished.The Great Santini
  2. coherent
    marked by an orderly and consistent relation of parts
    She plans to ensure that the museum approaches the areas she oversees “with a really clear, coherent storyline,” as she explains in this edited conversation.Los Angeles Times (Oct 19, 2020)
  3. conspicuous
    obvious to the eye or mind
    Today, the link is more conspicuous: highlighted in blue, it appears directly beneath the site’s login form.New York Times (Oct 23, 2014)
  4. contortion
    a tortuous and twisted shape or position
    There was tumbling, human pyramids and bodies stretched into extraordinary contortions.BBC (Aug 25, 2013)
  5. demeanor
    the way a person behaves toward other people
    His peaceful demeanor was helping her calm down a bit.Fablehaven
  6. dispel
    force to go away
    For most of us, dispelling the darkness is as simple as turning on a light.Time (Oct 23, 2014)
  7. meander
    move or cause to move in a winding or curving course
    Instead of straight paths and noisy throngs, the new park will have meandering walkways and quiet places for picnicking nestled in gently sloping "lawn valleys."Chicago Tribune (Jul 26, 2014)
  8. recuperate
    restore to good health or strength
    Sleep is the time when your body recuperates and rebuilds from the day’s stress.US News (Jun 24, 2014)
  9. replenish
    fill something that had previously been emptied
    They bring in dredged sand to replenish the beach.Washington Post
  10. vigilant
    carefully observant or attentive
    We inspected it several times a day, vigilant for signs of under- or overwatering, too much or too little sun, spider mites, drafts, chlorosis, general malaise.The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
Created on January 12, 2021 (updated January 13, 2021)

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