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Mixed Vocabulary Cloze 4


Activity by Steven Starry - (Alcorcón, Villaviciosa, Leganés)

Fill in all the gaps with the missing words, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. Click this button again for another letter. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints!
After you do this activity, do the quiz.

Rellena los espacios en blanco con las palabras que faltan. Haz click en "Check" para comprobar tus aciertos. Si te resulta difícil la respuesta utiliza el botón "Hint" y te revelará una letra de la casilla en la que te encuentres, puedes clickear varias veces en "Hint" y te dará cada vez una letra más de la palabra. Perderás puntos con las pistas.

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   dash      feign      lecture      mangle      probe      quarantine      relish      repose      scowl      spare   
to - to wrinkle the brows, as in frowning or displeasure; to put on a frowning look; to look sour, sullen, severe, gloomy, threatening, or angry (fruncir el ceño). Examples: “I feel like smiling at the coffee girl could be construed as flirting, so I always make sure to have a (. . .) on my face.” “I miss the good old days when Kobe Bryant would (. . .) and look at his teammates with disgust . . . even while they were winning.” “At one extreme, it is difficult to get past conflict if your tone of voice is tense or angry, if you (. . .), if you cross your arms, if you point at the other person, or if you seem threatening in any way.”
to – to rest (reposar, descanso). Examples: “How long the wine (. . .) in the cellar depends on whether the wine is suitable for lengthy ageing or not.” “Each morning sees some task begun, each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done, has earned a night's (. . .).” (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) “Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your (. . .) later on.” (Rabindranath Tagore)
to – to quickly run a short distance; to move with haste; to rush (salir corriendo, precipitarse en carrera) Examples: “Before you make a mad (. . .) to the gorgeous shoreline south of Santa Pola in the province of Alicante, take a brief detour into the idyllic palm gardens of Elche.” “The tiny turtle hatchlings made a mad (. . .) to the sea as the birds, crabs and other predators preyed on them.” “I was built for the long run, not for the short (. . .), I guess.” (William Shatner)
to – to enjoy greatly; to take great pleasure in; to taste or eat with pleasure (hacer algo de buena gana o con apetito) Examples: “People want safety, yet (. . .) adventure; they aspire to individual freedom, yet demand social equality.” “Think big thoughts but (. . .) small pleasures.” (H. Jackson Brown) “I love downtown Madrid and I (. . .) any opportunity to spend time there.”
to – to give up; to part with; to do without; to make available (prescindir, hacer disponible, escatimatizar, reparar) Examples: “Can you (. . .) a euro for charity?” “Vagabond: Hey buddy, can you (. . .) a cigarette, please? Passerby: No, I can’t. Buy your own smokes.” “Can you (. . .) a moment to check my essay for mistakes?”
to – to explore; to investigate; to question (investigar, explorar). Examples: “In order to bridge this gap, we must all understand that, throughout all the stages of our lives, each one of us attempts to (. . .) the same mystery of human consciousness: ‘Who am I?’” “If the policeman (. . .) the suspect’s past any further, he may discover new evidence.” “Whatever the case, the need to (. . .) this issue, as we have said, cannot be postponed.”
to - to retain in obligatory isolation or separation, as a sanitary measure to prevent the spread of contagious disease (poner en cuarentena). Examples: “The dogs were (. . .) and then euthanized when it was determined that they had not been vaccinated for rabies.” “Animal Control wants to (. . .) my cat before he can live in England.” “It is sensible to (. . .) any files that your antivirus software identifies as viruses.”
to - to change, mutilate or disfigure by cutting, tearing, rearranging etc. (destrozar, despedezar, aplastar). Examples: “The passenger’s hand was badly (. . .) in the accident.” “. . . they repeatedly (. . .) each other like two cats fighting for a piece of meat.” (The Mahabharata) “Two soldiers on top of the trench, their ammunition spent, choked each other to death and rolled down the embankment among the (. . .) bodies that filled the ditch.” (The Man in Gray)
to – to speak about a specific subject before an audience or a class, as for the purpose of instruction (dar una conferencia o charla). Examples: “The professor has gone to Harvard to (. . .) tomorrow on new technologies for analyzing the brain.” “The department of culture celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of Darwin with a (. . .) and an exhibition.” “A (. . .) is an occasion when you numb one end to benefit the other.” (John Gould)
to – to give a false appearance of; to pretend (fingir). Examples: “Although some kids will (. . .) headaches or tummy aches to avoid things they don't want to do (like go to school), most childhood headaches are real.” “Actually, in my own life I think I probably (. . .) neuroses to be more interesting than I am.” (Lake Bell) “I would tell anyone who wants something from someone else to (. . .) not wanting it. People are perverse. If you show great affection to them, they'll run the other way.” (Hedy Lamarr)


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Associated vocabulary - Verbs:
to wrinkle - a line or crease in the skin, sometimes under the eyes, especially when caused by age or fatigue. Other inanimate materials can also form these creases. (arrugar) Examples: “An hour in the tub will cause your fingers to wrinkle.” “Be careful not to wrinkle your dress before we arrive.” “Spending time out in the sun may cause you to develop wrinkles sooner.”
to frown – a facial expression in which the eyebrows are brought together, and the forehead is wrinkled, usually indicating displeasure, sadness or worry, or less often confusion or concentration. (mirar con el ceño fruncido)
to threaten – to be dangerous or menacing to other people; to be dangerous or menacing in general. (amenazar) Examples: “He threatened me with a knife.” “The rocks threatened the ship's survival.” “The black clouds threatened heavy rain.”
to construe – to interpret or explain the meaning of something. (interpretar) Examples: “He construed her smile as a come on.” “You could see how much happier she was every time you saw her, and I have no idea how anyone could construe that as a bad thing.”
to flirt - to insinuate emotional affection and/or sexual attraction through charm and playfulness; to play at courtship. (coquetear, flirtear) Examples: “People who flirt more tend to have shorter relationships.” Antonym: “to belittle”.
to bridge a gap – to fill an empty space; to interconnect as if with a bridge. (crear un vinculo de union) Examples: “The two groups were able to bridge their differences.”
to age – to become old; to cause to grow old. (envejecer, madurar) Examples: “Grief ages us.” “He grew fat as he aged.”
to slur – to articulate poorly as if drunk. (pronunciar mal como si borracho) Examples: “He slurs his speech when he is drunk.”
to hasten - to make someone speed up or make something happen quicker; to move in a quick fashion. (acelerar, apresurar)
to rush – to move quickly (apuro, prisa, ajetreo)
to prey – to hunt, catch or eat as prey (cazar)
to aspire – to hope or dream especially to hope or work towards a profession or occupation (aspirar) Examples: “He aspires to become a successful doctor someday.”
to demand – to desire; to want; to require; claim (exigir, querer). Examples: “Modern society is responding to women's demands for equality.” “She couldn't ignore the newborn baby's demands for attention.”
to make available – to offer as capable of being used for the accomplishment of a purpose. (poner algo a la disposición de alguien)
to attempt – to try (intentar).
to postpone – to delay untila future time; to put off. (aplazar)
to retain – to hold in position (retener)
to euthanize – to submit a person to euthanasia, or the intentional and painless killing of a human being or animal for humane reasons. (verbo de eutanasia)
to vaccinate – to treat with a vaccine to produce immunity against a disease. (vacunar)
to tear – to separate two parts of a solid material (such as paper) by holding in two places and pulling apart. (rasgar, romper) Examples: “He tore the coupon out of the newspaper.”
to mutilate – to injure severely such as to make unrecognizable, perhaps by cutting off an arm, etc. (mutilar)
to disfigure – to change the appearance of something/someone to the negative. (desfigurar) Examples: “The burnings disfigured his face.”
to rearrange – to put something into a new order. (reorganizar, cambiar de sitio) Examples: “I rearranged the furniture in the living room when I bought the new 50 –inch TV.”
to choke - to interfere with the respiration of by compression or obstruction of the larynx or trachea. (estrangular, asfixiar)
to roll down – to rotate in a downwards motion (rodar para abajo)
to analyze - to examine methodically by separating into parts and studying their interrelations (analizar)
to numb – to deaden; to make insensitive. (adormecer, paralizar) Examples: “The dentist gave me novocaine to numb my tooth before drilling, thank goodness.”

Associated vocabulary – Adjectives (etc):
displeasure – a feeling of being displeased with someone or something): discontent, discontentment, dissatisfaction, unhappiness (desagrado)
sour – displeased; bad-tempered and morose; peevish (avinagrado, amargado)
sullen - having a brooding ill temper; sulky. (hosco, huraño)
severe – rigorous or harsh in the treatment of others. (severo, estricto)
gloomy – affected with, or expressing, melancholy, sadness or depression; dejected. (sombrío, pesimista)
disgust - to cause an intense dislike for something. (repugnancia, asco) Examples: “It disgusts me to see her chew with her mouth open.”
suitable - having sufficient or the required properties for a certain purpose or task; appropriate to a certain occasion. (adecuado, apropiado)
lengthy - long and overextended, especially in time rather than dimension. (largo, prolongado, extenso). Examples: “By the time she finished her lengthy lecture, we had all fallen asleep.”
later on - subsequently; afterward. (más tarde)
haste – a speedy or quick action. (prisa, apuro) Examples: “We were running late so we finished our meal in haste.” “I’m regretting my decision. Decisions made in haste are never right.”
gorgeous – very beautiful. (precioso) Examples: “All the contest judges agreed that Brigitt was absolutely gorgeous.” “The sunsets in Hawaii are gorgeous.”
brief - of short duration; happening quickly. (breve, corto)
mad - extremely foolish or unwise; irrational; imprudent. (imprudente, loco, descabellado)
idyllic - extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque. (idílico)
sanitary - of or relating to health or the protection of health. (higiénico)
rabies - a viral disease that causes acute encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain, in warm-blooded animals and people, characterised by abnormal behaviour such as excitement, aggressiveness, and dementia, followed by paralysis and death. (rabia)
spent – used
sensible – acting with or showing good sense; able to make good judgments based on reason. (sensato)
perverse – perverted, wicked; turned away from the morally correct. (perverso, retorcido)
affection - love; kind feeling; tender attachment. (afecto)
tone – the quality or character of sound. (tono) Examples: “He had an angry tone of voice.”
stage – phase Examples: “He is in the recovery stage of his illness.” “It’s unwise, no matter your stage of life, to try to pinpoint a single dream around which your existence revolves.” “I am at that stage of life where one usually hopes to find a soulmate.”

Associated vocabulary – Nouns (etc):
a brow – the part of the body directly above the eyes and below the hair – this area may refer to both the eyebrow and the forehead. (frente, ceja)
a task – a piece of work done as part of one’s duties. (tarea)
a ghost – a spirit. (fantasma)
a shoreline - the divide between land and a body of water. (línea de la costa)
a detour - a diversion or deviation from one's original route. (desviar) Examples: “We had to make a detour around the stretch of highway with the scene of the accident.” “The police directed us on a detour around the area of the marathon.”
a hatchling - a newly hatched bird, reptile or other animal that has emerged from an egg. (recién nacido de un huevo) Examples: “The hatchling alligator had just broken out of its shell but was already trying to follow its mother, who hunted hatchling birds.”
a crab – a crustacean of the infraorder Brachyura, having five pairs of legs, the foremost of which are in the form of claws, and a carapace. (un cangrejo)
a charity - an organization, such as an NGO, the objective of which is to carry out a charitable purpose; the money given to those in need. (caridad)
a buddy – a friend (un amigo)
a passerby (plural = passersby) - a person who walks by, especially casually or by chance. (transeúnte, peatón)
a trench - a long, narrow ditch or hole dug in the ground, especially in warfare. (trinchera)
a ditch - a trench; a long, shallow canal, as for irrigation or drainage. (zanja, cuneta, foso) Examples: “Digging ditches has long been considered one of the most demanding forms of manual labor.”
a tummy ache – a childish way of saying “a stomachache”; abdominal pain. (dolor de estomago)
a measure - a tactic, strategy or piece of legislation. (una medida) Examples: “The President took drastic measures to halt inflation.”
an embankment - a long artificial mound of earth and stone, built to hold back water, for protection or to support a road. (terraplén)
an essay – a written composition of moderate length exploring a particular issue or subject. (una redacción)
consciousness - an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation. (consciencia)
neuroses (singular: neurosis) - any of various mental or emotional disorders such as hypochondria involving symptoms such as insecurity, anxiety, depression, and irrational fears. (neurosis)
isolation – the state of being isolated, detached, or separated. (aislamiento)
childhood - the time of person's life when they are a child. (niñez, infancia)
ammunition - articles used in charging firearms and ordnance of all kinds; such as powder, bullets, balls, shot, shells, percussion caps, rockets, etc. (munición)