From the Word Wizard Club...
December 18, 2006

Congratulations, Kids! You've completed learning the next round of vocabulary words, and now it's time to review.

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billow

Which Means:

To swell or bulge from the wind blowing it.

As In:

Image The wind made the curtain billow and the mouse on it fell off.

Heads Up!

This word's spelling and meaning can be easy to remember because it looks like pillow but with a B.

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coax

Which Means:

To gently encourage.

As In:

Image After Britney coaxed the kitten to her, she was able to pet it.

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If you coax something, you want it to come to you, and both words are spelled with CO at the beginning.

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congratulate

Which Means:

To give good wishes and say, "Good job!" to someone.

As In:

Image The boss congratulated Neil after making his biggest sale ever.

Heads Up!

Although this word is often pronounced with a D sound in the middle, spell it with a T.

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jubilant

Which Means:

Full of joy.

As In:

Image Weddings are usually jubilant celebrations.

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The noun form of this word is jubilee, a jubilant celebration.

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rebellious

Which Means:

Disobedient or not following the rules.

As In:

Image Sherry thought she was rebellious by dying her hair bright yellow and wearing sunglasses to class every day.

Heads Up!

Rebellious is so rebellious that it has two Ls!

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retrieve

Which Means:

To get back.

As In:

Image Carli left the school building to retrieve her shirt after it had fallen all the way down to the street.

Heads Up!

The 'I before E, except after C' rule applies here.

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sizzle

Which Means:

To make a hissing or popping sound, like cooking with fat or oil.

As In:

Image I knew breakfast was almost ready when I heard the bacon sizzle.

Heads Up!

This word has two Zs that sound like something sizzling!

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submerge

Which Means:

To put under water.

As In:

Image He liked to submerge himself in the pool on hot summer days.

Heads Up!

The prefix SUB- means under, and merge means to blend or join. What other words do you know that start with SUB-?

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majestic

Which Means:

Of great dignity, soaring in beauty or importance.

As In:

Image The prince lived in a very majestic castle in the mountains.

Heads Up!

Don't forget: it's a J, not a G, in majestic!

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flame

Which Means:

One tongue of fire.

As In:

Image There was a flame on top of each candle.

Heads Up!

Remember A is pronounced just like the letter A in words with a silent E.

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