Vocabulary Activities

Upper-intermediate Vocabulary 8 - Crossword

  Activity by Steven Starry - Profesor en Alcorcón

Listen to the vocabulary, pronounce the words, memorize the list. Then, complete the crossword. (Note that there are no spaces between the words in the crossword below.) Then press "Check" to check your answers.
(Find a test of this vocabulary by clicking on the word "cloze" above.)

accidental - (accidental) happening by chance. Officials immediately reported that the Notre Dame fire was completely accidental, but how can they be sure so quickly?
illegitimate - (ilegítimo) not legal or fair; born of unmarried parents. The Brexit referendum seems illegitimate to me because teenagers and many expats (expatriados) were not allowed to vote.
insecure - (inseguro) to have little confidence in one's own abilities or popularity. If you often feel insecure, it's probably either because it's a normal part of your personality or a normal reaction to a stressful (estresante) environment (ambiente).
illogical - (ilógico) not reasonable, wise, or practical. Ultraconservatism is, to me, so illogical. Everywhere you go, conservatives want to cut, cut, cut, cut - cut money for powerless people. So, that's the biggest problem I have with them. Alec Baldwin
scientific - (científico) relating to science, or using the organized methods of science. According to NASA, the scientific consensus (consenso) among 97 percent or more of actively publishing (publicando) climate scientists is that Earth's climate is warming.
impossible - (imposible) of something that cannot happen or be achieved. There are 100s of memorable quotes (citas) by famous people at Brainyquote.com about nothing being impossible. Could you possibly go read a few of them right now and be inspired? (ser motivado)
irresponsible - (irresponsable) not thinking enough or not worrying about the possible results of what you do. The government's management of
desertification so far has been utterly (totalmente) irresponsible.
inattentive - (desatento, distraído) not giving attention to someone or something. An inattentive student is wasting his time.
regrow - (rebrotar) to grow again. Many bald people would like to be able to regrow their hair.
disapprove - (desaprobar) to feel that something or someone is bad, wrong, etc. I, for one, strongly disapprove of our civilization's lack of commitment (falta de compromiso) to the cause of carbon capture (captación de carbono). ("I, for one,..." is used for emphasizing what you believe or think, even if other people disagree.)
inoffensive - (inofensivo) not causing any harm or offence. Breaking News: Yesterday, two years into his tumultuous (turbulento) presidency, Trump actually had something inoffensive to say for a change (para variar), which in and of itself (por sí solo) is not worth reporting here.
inaction - (inacción) failure to do anything that might provide a solution to a problem. Decades of inaction and delay are making the problems even worse (todavía peor).
misunderstand - (malinterpretar) to think you have understood someone or something when you have not. People misunderstand the severity (gravedad) and nearness (proximidad) of the issues.
incomplete - (incompleto) not having some parts, or not finished. Unfortunately, his collection of sports cards (cromos) remained (seguía siendo) incomplete.
unfasten - (desabrochar) to release or open something that is fixed or closed, such as a seat belt. James unfastened the bonds (ataduras, cuerdas) and set the kidnap victim (víctima de secuestro) free. (set free = liberar)
irregular - (irregular) not happening at regular times or not with regular spaces in between. The patient had an irregular heartbeat (latido de corazón).
nonsmoker - (no fumador) a person who doesn't smoke. The classified ad (anuncio clasificado) sought a roommate who was a nonsmoker.
representative - (representante) someone who speaks or does something officially for another person or group of people. What we need to do to stop desertification is to assign a committed (comprometido) representative or custodian (guardián) to each manageable section of forest and wasteland.
immoral - (inmoral) not socially acceptable or honest. In the west, sexual misbehavior (mal comportamiento) with minors (menores) is generally considered immoral.
defensive - (defensivo) too quick to protect yourself from being criticized. Whenever reporters ask Trump difficult questions, he gets extremely defensive.
disappear - (desaparecer) to go somewhere where you cannot be seen or found. In the last 30 years, nearly 80% of insects have disappeared from German nature reserves.
inaccurate - (inexacto, impreciso, incorrecto) not completely correct or exact. Even if this figure were innacurate by 10%, it would still be quite alarming.
uncomfortable - (incómodo) not feeling pleasant, or not making you feel pleasant. He fell into a puddle (charco) after school and felt uncomfortable on the way (de camino a) home.
substandard - (deficiente) below a satisfactory standard. Billions of people around the world are forced to live in substandard housing (vivienda).
first-aid - (primeros auxilios) basic medical treatment given by a friend or relative for minor medical problems. His son got stung (picado) by a bee (abeja) so he got the ammonia (amoniaco) out of the first-aid kit (botiquín) and poured (echó) a little on it.
uptown - (parte alta/norte de la ciudad) in or towards the northern part of a city or town. The shopping mall (centro comercial) is uptown, but the central train station is downtown (en el centro).
illegible - (ilegible) difficult or impossible to read because of being unclear. We were lost because the map had gotten wet and it was illegible.
disease - (enfermedad) an illness of people, animals, plants, etc. Regular exercise is said to reduce the risk of many diseases.
unspoiled - (bien conservado, virgen) a place which is beautiful because it has not been changed or damaged by people. There can't possibly be very many places in the world that remain unspoiled.
laid - (colocado, puesto, establecido) (past participle) to put something in especially a flat or horizontal position. He laid his book on the nightstand (mesa de noche), turned off the light and went to sleep.
reprocess - (reprocesar) to put a material that has been used through another industrial process to change it so that it can be used again. Nuclear waste (residuos) is sometimes reprocessed to produce nuclear weapons (armas).
immobile - (inmóvil) not moving or not able to move. During a CT Scan (tomografía computada), the patient should remain (permanecer) immobile and may even be ordered (ser ordenado) to hold his or her breath (contener la respiración).
poetic - (poético) like or relating to poetry (poesía) or poets (poetas). Edgar Allan Poe is aptly (acertadamente) named as even his prose is somewhat (en cierto modo) POEtic.
unbeaten - (invicto, imbatido) having won every game in sports. Wilt Chamberlain's Los Angeles Lakers were unbeaten in 33 straight games in the 1971-72 season.
profitable - (rentable, lucrativo) producing a profit or an advantage. According to Vox.com, the most profitable agricultural business in the world is Marijuana at over $47 million per km2.
anglosphere - (angloesfera, países angloparlantes) the countries where English is the main native language, considered collectively. The anglosphere is a bit of a mess (un cierto desorden) at the moment, what with (entre ... una cosa y otra) Brexit and Trump happening.
flammable - (inflamable) something that burns easily. Western forest management methods are only making forests more flammable.
pandemic - (pandemia) of a disease that has spread (propagado) to almost all of an area. HIV/AIDS is probably the most notable (destacado) of pandemics.
income - (ingresos, renta) money that is earned from doing work or received from investments. His annual income has gone up since his promotion (ascenso).
disprove - (refutar, desmentir) to prove that something is not true. We cannot, of course, disprove God, just as we can't disprove Thor, fairies (hadas), leprechauns (duendes) and the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Richard Dawkins.
unsafe - (inseguro) not safe. Many bridges are becoming unsafe because they are poorly maintained.


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