Essential Academic Vocabulary for Middle School Students, List 8

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  1. assimilate
    become like one's environment
    I was trying to assimilate into the British culture but also missing my American roots.Seattle Times (Jul 3, 2019)
  2. debris
    the remains of something that has been destroyed
    A bridge and roads were blocked by the landslides as authorities struggled to bring in heavy equipment to clear the debris.Seattle Times (Jan 9, 2021)
  3. dissent
    a difference of opinion
    We don’t need to all agree with each other – dissent is a healthy component of the scientific community.The Guardian (May 19, 2016)
  4. gusto
    vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment
    It was crouching on the floor holding a piece of bread in its front paws and nibbling away at it with great gusto.The Witches
  5. jostle
    come into rough contact with while moving
    Somebody was playing loud music from a gramophone; soon, a cluster of men by the compound gate began to laugh and jostle one another, mimicking the song.Half of a Yellow Sun
  6. notorious
    known widely and usually unfavorably
    When I asked him where it was, he said his shirt was to be laundered by the notorious gangster inmate Al Capone.Al Capone Does My Shirts
  7. outlandish
    noticeably or extremely unconventional or unusual
    Not everything in the show is outlandish; some events are all too realistic.New York Times (Nov 16, 2014)
  8. sabotage
    destroy property or hinder normal operations
    Intent on halting the construction of a new aluminum smelter outside Reykjavik, she sabotages power lines and demolishes the drones deployed to deter her.New York Times (Feb 28, 2019)
  9. subordinate
    rank or order as less important or consider of less value
    I said that if I were in a similar position to his, I would try to subordinate my own interests to those of the people.Long Walk to Freedom
  10. teem
    be full of or abuzz with
    The sideshow is on the midway, which teems with activity.Water for Elephants
Created on January 12, 2021 (updated January 13, 2021)

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