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Words - Letter T
American English Vocabulary - Letter T

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Words - Letter T
  • take - v. to put a hand or hands around something and hold it, often to move it to another place; to carry something ; to seize; to capture; to begin to be in control ("The president takes office tomorrow.")
  • talk - v. to express thoughts in spoken words; n. a meeting for discussion
  • tall - ad. higher than others; opposite short
  • tank - n. a large container for holding liquids; a heavy military vehicle with guns
  • target - n. any person or object aimed at or fired at
  • taste - v. to sense through the mouth ("The fruit tastes sweet.")
  • tax - n. the money a person or business must pay to the government so the government can provide services
  • tea - n. a drink made from the plant of the same name
  • teach - v. to show how to do something; to provide knowledge; to cause to understand
  • team - n. a group organized for some purpose, often for sports
  • tear - v. to pull apart, often by force
  • technical - ad. involving machines, processes and materials in industry, transportation and communications; of or about a very special kind of subject or thing ("You need technical knowledge to understand how this system works.")
  • technology - n. the use of scientific knowledge and methods to produce goods and services
  • telephone - n. a device or system for sending sounds, especially the voice, over distances
  • telescope - n. a device for making objects that are far away appear closer and larger
  • television - n. a device that receives electronic signals and makes them into pictures and sounds; the system of sending pictures and sounds by electronic signals over a distance so others can see and hear them on a receiver
  • tell - v. to give information; to make known by speaking; to order; to command
  • temperature - n. the measurement of heat and cold
  • temporary - ad. lasting only a short time
  • tense - ad. having fear or concern; dangerous; opposite calm
  • term - n. a limited period of time during which someone does a job or carries out a responsibility ("He served two terms in Congress."); the conditions of an agreement that have been accepted by those involved in it
  • terrible - ad. very bad; causing terror or fear
  • territory - n. a large area of land
  • terror - n. extreme fear; that which causes great fear
  • terrorist - n. a person who carries out acts of extreme violence as a protest or a way to influence a government
  • test - v. to attempt to learn or prove what something is like or how it will act by studying or doing ("The scientists will test the new engine soon."); n. an attempt to learn or prove what something is like or how it will act by studying or doing ("The test of the new engine takes place today."); a group of questions or problems used to find out a person's knowledge ("The students did well on the language test.")
  • than - conj. connecting word used to link things that may be similar, but are not equal ("My sister is taller than I am.")
  • thank - v. to say that one has a good feeling toward another because that person did something kind ("I want to thank you for helping me.")
  • that - ad. showing the person, place or thing being spoken about ("That man is a soldier."); pro. the person, place or thing being spoken about ("The building that I saw was very large.")
  • the - pro. used in front of a name word to show that it is a person or thing that is known about or is being spoken about
  • theater - n. a place where movies are shown or plays are performed
  • them - pro. other people being spoken about
  • then - ad. at that time; existing; and so
  • theory - n. a possible explanation of why something exists or how something happens using experiments or ideas, but which is not yet proven ("Other scientists are debating his theory about the disappearance of dinosaurs.")
  • there - ad. in that place or position; to or toward that place
  • these - pro. of or about the people, places or things nearby that have been spoken about already
  • they - pro. those ones being spoken about
  • thick - ad. having a large distance between two opposite surfaces ("The wall is two meters thick."); having many parts close together ("The forest is very thick."); almost solid, such as a liquid that does not flow easily; opposite thin
  • thin - ad. having a small distance between two opposite surfaces; not fat; not wide; opposite thick
  • thing - n. any object
  • think - v. to produce thoughts; to form ideas in the mind; to consider; to believe
  • third - ad. coming after two others
  • this - pro. of or about the person, place or thing nearby that has been spoken about already
  • threaten - v. to warn that one will do harm or cause damage
  • through - prep. in at one end and out at the other; from front to back; from top to bottom; with the help of; by
  • throw - v. to cause to go through the air by a movement of the arm
  • tie - v. to join or hold together with some material; n. anything that joins or unites; links or connections ("The two nations have strong trade ties.")
  • time - n. that which is measured in minutes, hours, days and years; a period that can be identified in hours and minutes and is shown on a clock; a period when an event should or will take place
  • tired - ad. having less strength because of work or exercise; needing sleep or rest
  • to - prep. showing the direction of an action; showing the person or place toward which an action is directed; showing a goal or purpose
  • today - n. this day
  • together - ad. in one group; at the same time or place; in cooperation
  • tomorrow - n. the day after today
  • tonight - n. this night
  • too - ad. also; as well as; more than is necessary
  • tool - n. any instrument or device designed to help one do work
  • top - n. the upper edge or surface; the highest part; the cover of something
  • torture - v. to cause severe pain; n. the act of causing severe pain in order to harm, to punish or to get information from
  • total - n. the complete amount
  • touch - v. to put the hand or fingers on
  • toward - prep. in the direction of; leading to
  • town - n. a center where people live, larger than a village but not as large as a city
  • trade - v. to buy and sell or exchange products or services; n. the activity of buying, selling or exchanging products or services
  • tradition - n. a ceremony, activity or belief that has existed for a long time
  • traffic - n. the movement of people, vehicles or ships along a street, road or waterway
  • tragic - ad. extremely sad; terrible
  • train - v. to teach or learn how to do something; to prepare for an activity; n. an engine and the cars connected to it that move along a railroad
  • transport - v. to move goods or people from one place to another
  • transportation - n. the act or business of moving goods or people
  • trap - v. to catch or be caught by being tricked; to be unable to move or escape; n. a device used to catch animals
  • travel - v. to go from one place to another, usually for a long distance
  • treason - n. the act of fighting against one's own country or of helping its enemies
  • treasure - n. a large collection of money, jewels or other things of great value
  • treat - v. to deal with; to act toward in a special way; to try to cure
  • treatment - n. the act of treating; the use of medicine to try to cure or make better
  • treaty - n. a written agreement between two or more nations
  • tree - n. a very tall plant that is mostly wood, except for its leaves
  • trial - n. an examination in a court of a question or dispute to decide if a charge is true
  • tribe - n. a group of families ruled by a common chief or leader
  • trick - v. to cheat; to fool a person so as to get something or make him or her do something
  • trip - n. a movement from one place to another, usually a long distance
  • troops - n. a number of soldiers in a large controlled group
  • trouble - n. that which causes concern, fear, difficulty or problems
  • truce - n. a temporary halt in fighting agreed to by all sides involved
  • truck - n. a heavy vehicle used to carry goods
  • true - ad. correct; not false
  • trust - v. to believe that someone is honest and will not cause harm
  • try - v. to make an effort; to take court action against a person to decide if he or she is guilty or innocent of a crime
  • tube - n. a long, round structure through which liquids or gases can flow; a long, thin container in which they can be kept
  • turn - v. to change direction; to move into a different position; to change color, form or shape
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