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Words - Letter P
American English Vocabulary - Letter P

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Words - Letter P
  • pain - n. a hurt or suffering somewhere in the body
  • paint - v. to cover with a liquid color; to make a picture with liquid colors; n. a colored liquid used to cover or protect a surface
  • paper - n. a thin, flat material made from plants or cloth often used for writing
  • parachute - n. a device that permits a person or thing to fall slowly from an airplane or helicopter to the ground
  • parade - n. a group of people and vehicles moving together to celebrate a special event or anniversary
  • pardon - v. to forgive for a crime and release from punishment
  • parent - n. a father or mother
  • parliament - n. a government lawmaking group
  • part - n. something less than the whole; not all of something
  • partner - n. a person who takes part in some activity in common with another or others. ("The two men were business partners.")
  • party - n. a group of people working together for a political purpose; a group of people or friends gathered together for enjoyment
  • pass - v. to go by or move around something; to move along; to cause or permit to go
  • passenger - n. a person travelling by airplane, train, boat or car who is not the pilot or driver
  • passport - n. a document permitting a person to travel to another country
  • past - n. the time gone by; the time before; ad. recent; immediately before; former
  • path - n. a narrow way for walking; a way along which something moves
  • patient - n. a person being treated by a doctor for a health problem
  • pay - v. to give money for work done or for something bought
  • peace - n. the condition of freedom from war, fighting or noise; rest; quiet
  • people - n. any group of persons; all the persons of a group, race, religion or nation ("the American people")
  • percent - n. a part of every hundred ("Ten is ten percent of one hundred.")
  • perfect - ad. complete or correct in every way; completely right or good; without mistakes
  • perform - v. to speak, dance or sing in front of others
  • period - n. an amount of time within events, restrictions or conditions
  • permanent - ad. never changing; lasting for a very long time or for all time
  • permit - v. to let; to make possible
  • person - n. a man, woman or child
  • persuade - v. to cause someone to do something by explaining or urging. ("The police persuaded the criminal to surrender his weapon.")
  • physical - ad. of the body
  • physics - n. the study of motion, matter and energy
  • picture - n. something that shows what another thing looks like; an idea or representation of something as seen by the eye; a painting; what is made with a camera
  • piece - n. a part of something larger
  • pig - n. a farm animal used for its meat
  • pilot - n. one who guides or flies an airplane or helicopter
  • pipe - n. a long, round piece of material used to move liquid or gas
  • place - v. to put something somewhere; n. an area or a part of an area; space where a person or thing is; any room, building, town or country
  • plan - v. to organize or develop an idea or method of acting or doing something ("They plan to have a party."); n. an organized or developed idea or method ("The plan will not work.")
  • planet - n. a large object in space that orbits the sun ("Earth is a planet.")
  • plant - v. to put into the ground to grow; n. a living growth from the ground which gets its food from air, water and earth
  • plastic - n. a material made from chemicals that can be formed and made into things
  • play - v. to have fun; to not work; to take part in a sport; to make music on an instrument; n. a story acted in a theater
  • please - v. to make one happy; to give enjoyment
  • plenty - n. all that is needed; a large enough amount
  • plot - v. to make secret plans; n. a secret plan to do something wrong or illegal
  • poem - n. words and their sounds organized in a special way to express emotions
  • point - v. to aim one's finger toward; to aim; n. the sharp end of something
  • poison - n. a substance that can destroy life or damage health
  • police - n. a government agency responsible for guarding the public, keeping order, and making sure people obey the law; members of that agency
  • policy - n. an established set of plans or goals used to develop and make decisions in politics, economics or business
  • politics - n. the activities of government and of those who are in public office
  • pollute - v. to release dangerous or unpleasant substances into the air, soil or water
  • poor - n. people with little or no money; ad. lacking money or goods; of bad quality
  • popular - ad. liked by many people; generally approved by the public
  • population - n. all the people in a place, city or country
  • port - n. a city where ships load or unload goods; a place on a coast where ships can be safe from a storm
  • position - n. a place; the way of holding the body; the way a thing is set or placed; a job (or level of a job) in an organization
  • possess - v. to have; to own; to control or be controlled by
  • possible - ad. able to be done; can happen or is expected to happen
  • postpone - v. to delay action until a later time
  • pour - v. to flow; to cause to flow
  • poverty - n. the condition of being poor
  • power - n. the ability to control or direct others; control; strength; ruling force; force or energy used to do work ("Water power turns the wheel.")
  • praise - v. to say good things about; to approve
  • pray - v. to make a request to a god or spirit; to praise a god or spirit
  • predict - v. to say what one believes will happen in the future. ("The weather scientist predicted a cold winter.")
  • pregnant - ad. carrying a child within the body before it is born; expecting to give birth to a baby
  • present - v. to offer for consideration ("We will present our idea to the committee."); n. a gift ("I gave them a present for their anniversary."); now ("The present time is a good time."); ad. to be at a place ("I was present at school yesterday.")
  • president - n. the chief official of a country that is a republic; the leader of an organization
  • press - v. to urge strongly; n. newspapers, magazines and other publications
  • pressure - n. the force produced when something is pushed down or against something else
  • prevent - v. to keep or stop from going or happening
  • price - n. the amount of money for which anything is bought, sold or offered for sale
  • prison - n. a place where a person is kept as punishment for a crime
  • private - ad. of or about a person or group that is secret; opposite public
  • prize - n. something offered or won in a competition; something of value that one must work hard for to get
  • probably - ad. a good chance of taking place; a little more than possible
  • problem - n. a difficult question or situation with an unknown or unclear answer
  • process - n. an operation or series of changes leading to a desired result
  • produce - v. to make; to create; to cause something to be; to manufacture
  • profession - n. a job that requires special training
  • professor - n. a teacher at a college or university
  • profit - n. money gained from a business activity after paying all costs of that activity
  • program - n. a plan of action; the different events or parts of a meeting or show
  • progress - n. movement forward or toward improvement or a goal
  • project - n. a planned effort to do something
  • promise - v. to say one will do something; n. a spoken or written agreement to do something
  • propaganda - n. ideas or information used to influence opinions
  • property - n. anything owned by someone such as land, buildings or goods
  • propose - v. to present or offer for consideration
  • protect - v. to guard; to defend; to prevent from being harmed or damaged
  • protest - v. to speak against; to object
  • prove - v. to show to be true
  • provide - v. to give something needed or wanted
  • public - ad. of or about all the people in a community or country; opposite private
  • publication - n. something that is published such as a book, newspaper or magazine
  • publish - v. to make public something that is written; to include something in a book, newspaper or magazine
  • pull - v. to use force to move something toward the person or thing using the force; opposite push
  • pump - v. to force a gas or liquid up, into or through
  • punish - v. to cause pain, suffering or loss for doing something bad or illegal
  • purchase - v. to buy with money or with something of equal value; n. that which is bought
  • pure - ad. free from anything that is different or that reduces value; clean
  • purpose - n. the reason or desired effect for doing something; goal
  • push - v. to use force to move something away from the person or thing using the force; opposite pull
  • put - v. to place; to set in position
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