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Words - Letter B
American English Vocabulary - Letter B

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Words - Letter B
  • baby - n. a newly born creature
  • back - n. the part behind the front; ad. the other way from forward
  • bad - ad. wrong; acting against the law; not good
  • balance - v. to make two sides or forces equal
  • ball - n. something round
  • balloon - n. a device of strong, light material that rises when filled with gas lighter than air
  • ballot - n. a piece of paper used for voting
  • ban - v. to not permit; to stop; n. an official restriction
  • bank - n. an organization that keeps and lends money
  • bar - v. to prevent or block
  • barrier - n. anything that blocks or makes an action difficult
  • base - n. a military center; v. to establish as a fact ("Her research was based on experiments.")
  • battle - n. a fight between opposing armed forces
  • be - v. to live; to happen; to exist
  • beat - v. to hit again and again
  • beauty - n. that which pleases the eye, ear or spirit
  • because - prep. for the reason that ("He left because he was sick.")
  • become - v. to come to be
  • bed - n. a sleeping place
  • before - prep. earlier
  • begin - v. to do the first part of an action; to start
  • behavior - n. the way in which a person or animal acts ("The child’s behavior was bad because he fought with other children.")
  • behind - ad. at the back of; in back of
  • believe - v. to think; to feel sure of; to accept as true; to trust
  • belong - v. to be owned by; to be a member of
  • below - ad. lower than
  • best - ad. the most good
  • betray - v. to turn against; to be false to
  • better - ad. more good than
  • between - ad. in the space or time that separates; from one to the other ("talks between two nations")
  • big - ad. of great size; not small
  • bill - n. a legislative proposal
  • biology - n. the scientific study of life or living things in all their forms
  • bird - n. a creature that flies
  • bite - v. to cut with the teeth
  • black - ad. dark; having the color like that of the night sky
  • blame - v. to accuse; to hold responsible
  • bleed - v. to lose blood
  • blind - ad. not able to see
  • block - v. to stop something from being done; to prevent movement
  • blood - n. red fluid in the body
  • blow - v. to move with force, as in air ("The wind blows.")
  • blue - ad. having the color like that of a clear sky
  • boat - n. something built to travel on water that carries people or goods
  • body - n. all of a person or animal; the remains of a person or animal
  • boil - v. to heat a liquid until it becomes very hot
  • bomb - n. a device that explodes with great force; v. to attack or destroy with bombs
  • bone - n. the hard material in the body
  • book - n. a long written work for reading
  • border - n. a dividing line between nations
  • born - v. to come to life; to come into existence
  • borrow - v. to take as a loan
  • both - ad. not just one of two, but the two together
  • bottle - n. a container, usually made of glass, to hold liquid
  • bottom - ad. the lowest part of something
  • box - n. something to put things into; a container, usually made of paper or wood
  • boy - n. a young male person
  • boycott - v. to refuse to take part in or deal with
  • brain - n. the control center of thought, emotions and body activity of all creatures
  • brave - ad. having no fear
  • bread - n. a food made from grain
  • break - v. to divide into parts by force; to destroy
  • breathe - v. to take air into the body and let it out again
  • bridge - n. a structure built over a waterway, valley or road so people and vehicles can cross from one side to the other
  • brief - ad. short; not long
  • bright - ad. giving much light; strong and clear in color
  • bring - v. to come with something
  • broadcast - v. to send information, stories or music by radio or television; n. a radio or television program
  • brother - n. a male with the same father or mother as another person
  • brown - ad. having the color like that of coffee
  • budget - n. a spending plan
  • build - v. to join materials together to make something
  • building - n. anything built for use as a house, factory, office, school, store or place of entertainment
  • bullet - n. a small piece of metal shot from a gun
  • burn - v. to be on fire; to destroy or damage by fire
  • burst - v. to break open suddenly
  • bury - v. to put into the ground and cover with earth
  • bus - n. a public vehicle to carry people
  • business - n. one's work; buying and selling to earn money; trade
  • busy - ad. doing something; very active
  • but - conj. however; other than; yet
  • buy - v. to get by paying something, usually money
  • by - conj. near; at; next to ("by the road"); from ("a play by William Shakespeare"); not later than ("by midnight")
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