Essential Academic Vocabulary for Middle School Students, List 10

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  1. brandish
    move or swing back and forth
    She brandishes a spruce branch to show me how she fends the bird off.On the Far Side of the Mountain
  2. emerge
    become known or apparent
    The justice locked away in his office the little evidence that he’d gathered, in case more information emerged.Killers of the Flower Moon
  3. engross
    consume all of one's attention or time
    I don’t know how long I was reading; I was so engrossed in the paper that I did not hear any footsteps.Long Walk to Freedom
  4. hasten
    speed up the progress of; facilitate
    Ranofer spread a fresh cloth over the glittering debris on the sheepskin, pressing it down with his palms to hasten the drying process.The Golden Goblet
  5. impartial
    free from undue bias or preconceived opinions
    According to him, he was there to conduct in an impartial manner the proceedings of a case which he would consider objectively.The Stranger
  6. impede
    be a hindrance or obstacle to
    The chamber said an increase would impede economic recovery by slowing rehiring and possibly leading to further layoffs.Washington Times (Jan 11, 2021)
  7. kindle
    call forth, as an emotion, feeling, or response
    This was the book that kindled my interest in the Islamic Golden Age, a period in history that oddly doesn’t get discussed much in history class.Forbes (Oct 2, 2011)
  8. multitude
    a large indefinite number
    Oppenheimer provided it, warning that a multitude of theoretical and technical questions still remained unresolved; therefore, design work should be initiated immediately if the weapon were to be ready in time to influence the war.Big Science
  9. terse
    brief and to the point
    “It’s pointless to speculate,” she said in her terse, businesslike tone.Son
  10. zeal
    a feeling of strong eagerness
    The enthusiasm has caught on among his regulars, who come often, linger and talk about pumpkins with the zeal of converts.Washington Post
Created on January 12, 2021 (updated January 13, 2021)

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