Amazing Kids! Magazine

Word Booster – June 2014

By Ryan Traynor, Assistant Editor


Rather than having words related to our theme this month, here is a list of some interesting words that you may be able to use. Have fun learning them and impressing your friends.

Abolish (verb) – do away with

President Lincoln decided to abolish slavery in the United States.

Alleviate (verb) – provide physical relief, as from pain; make easier.

The nurse provided him with aspirin to alleviate his headache.

Bungle (verb) – spoil by behaving clumsily or foolishly; make a mess of, destroy or ruin.

The magician bungled his act when the wind blew up the curtain and revealed the lever.

Candid (adjective) – openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness; informal or natural.

His candid responses to the questioning shocked the jury.  

Converge (verb) – come together so as to form a single product; move or draw together at a certain location.

The two lanes converged to cause a backup on the freeway exit.  

Corrupt (adjective) – lacking in integrity.

The corrupt policeman was seen taking money from the mobster.

Cursory (adjective) – hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough

He took a cursory glance around the room before deciding to enter.

Docile (adjective) – easily handled or managed; ready and willing to be taught.

The docile prisoner did not need handcuffs before placing him in the police car.

Enhance (verb) – increase; make better or more attractive.

The makeup on the actress was used to enhance her features for the magazine cover.

Famished (adjective) – extremely hungry.

After an 11 inning baseball game, the boys were famished.

Hinder (verb) – put at a disadvantage.

The soldiers acted to hinder their enemy by putting up barbed wire around their compound.

Jeopardize (verb) – to expose to danger or risk.

The student jeopardized his standing in the class by skipping the final exam.

Precise (adjective) – sharply exact or accurate.

The handyman measured the space twice so that he could make a precise cut on the board.

Wary (verb) – on guard, cautious, watchful.

The little girl was wary of the man offering her candy because she had been taught to never talk with strangers.