From the Word Wizard Club...
June 18, 2007

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

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fizzle

Which Means:

To become weaker and slowly end.

As In:

Image As Howard walked along, he was happy to see the rain fizzle out and the sun shine again."

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This word can also mean to make a hissing noise (like sizzle): The fire fizzled in the rain.

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overcome

Which Means:

To win and go past an obstacle to your goal.

As In:

Image To overcome her fear of planes, Lucille will be taking her first flight this summer.

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This compound word is made of two words: 'over' and 'come'. Easy to remember.

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obliged

Which Means:

The past tense of 'oblige': To have to do something because it is your duty.

As In:

Image All students are obliged to hand in their math homework on Monday.

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This word can also be used when making a polite request: I'd be obliged if you brought me a glass of lemonade on this hot day!

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void

Which Means:

Empty or useless.

As In:

Image The man's ticket was void because it had been used already.

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This word can also be a verb meaning to make empty or useless: She voided the check.

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belong

Which Means:

To be owned by or part of.

As In:

Image The puppy belongs to the girl.

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Anything you have and must not return belongs to you.

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scaffold

Which Means:

A structure that workers can stand on while they paint or repair of a building that is taller than they can reach from the ground.

As In:

Image The scaffold helped the workman reach the windows he had to clean.

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Although this word has the word 'fold' in it, you don't want it to fold because then it will fall!

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defiantly

Which Means:

Insisting in a strong way, boldly and without fear.

As In:

Image The man defiantly said he would not do it.

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Do not confuse this word with 'definitely'!

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allow

Which Means:

To say okay and give permission, to not stop or prevent.

As In:

Image The sunny day allowed the twins to enjoy the boat ride together.

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This word means the same as 'permit'.

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flail

Which Means:

To move about in all directions wildly.

As In:

Image Burt began to flail his arms once he realized he couldn't swim!

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This word can also mean to beat with a stick.

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dawn

Which Means:

When the light first comes in the morning, sunrise.

As In:

Image The rooster crows every day at dawn.

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The opposite of dawn is dusk.

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