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Expand your vocabulary

11 September, 2022

Circle A, B, C or D that most accurately fits the meaning and check your answers with the key.

1. Decelerate
A. to fall in value
B. to speak noisily
C. to speed up
D. to slow down
2. Chassis
A. vehicle frame
B. car seat
C. bonnet
D. tyres
3. Valid
A. physically strong
B. legally acceptable
C. very old
D. in working order
4. Tailgate
A. to park carelessly
B. overload
C. to follow closely
D. to stop suddenly
5. Odometer
Instrument to measure
A. power
B. fuel consumption
C. speed
D. distance
6. Gradient
A. slope
B. tunnel
C. step
D. crossing
7. Aerodynamic
A. lightweight
B. gas-powered
C. streamlined
D. unstable
8. Gridlock
A. traffic jam
B. security device
C. junction
D. map
9. Sunny
A. painful
B. having problems
C. always complaining
D. cheerful and happy
10. Sashay
A. to walk in a confident way
B. small plastic pack
C. to put a saddle on a horse
D. threaten someone with
11. Pluck
A. to abuse someone
B. to annoy
C. to pick a quarrel
D. to pick a flower
12. Grenade
A. a small bomb
B. a soldier
C. a type of gas
D. a line on a weather
13. Proscribe
A. to prohibit
B. to recommend
C. to prepare a list
D. to dream
14. Tweak
A. cry out
B. to pinch
C. dance
D. grieve
15. Hale
A. honest
B. happy
C. healthy
D. shy
16. Flout
A. to palm off
B. show off
C. be impatient
D. scorn
17. Gauge
A. evaluate
B. to dig out
C. to fill
D. to smile
18. Tout
A. to ridicule
B. publicise
C. lie
D. gloat
19. Prone
A. persistent
B. oversensitive
C. inclined
D. deliberate
20. Rail
A. to criticise harshly
B. mourn
C. stretch
D. to carry off

1. D
2. A
3. B
4. C
5. D
6. A
7. C
8. A
9. D
10. A
11. D
12. A
13. A
14. B
15. C
16. D
17. A
18. B
19. C
20. A

10 – 14 Correct: Good
15 – 17 Correct: Excellent
18 – 20 Correct: Exceptional