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Context Clues, Exercise 3
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Directions: Adding verbs to your vocabulary makes it more powerful and precise. This exercise features ten verbs, words that describe actions. From the following definitions, select the one that means the same as the bold print word in each sentence. Use context clues to help you determine your answers. There are two extra definitions that you will not need. Once you have worked with these words, use them in when you speak or write. Make them part of your active vocabulary.


Two endangered species of fish inhabit that river. To protect them, fishing is not allowed.


Since registration is coming up, the financial aid office will disburse spring tuition checks next week.


The airport police are authorized to detain anyone they suspect of smuggling. If the police do not find any illegal substances or objects, they release the person.


The water pipe is weak and may rupture. To avoid a flood in the basement, the pipe should be replaced as soon a possible.


The State Bar Association is going to disbar that lawyer; she has admitted that she tried to bribe a juror.


The soldiers plan to use explosives to annihilate the enemy's headquarters.


Because the Montoyas frequent their neighborhood restaurant, the staff knows them well and provides excellent service.


Children tend to gorge themselves on candy, so it is a good idea to limit them one or two small pieces each day.


Some speakers digress when they give a speech; in other words, they stray from their topic and talk about unrelated things.


Telemarketers frequently antagonize people with their calls. As a result, many people say rude things to them or hang up on them.

A)to live in
B)to provoke anger or hostility
C)to keep in custody or temporary confinement
D)to break open, to burst
E)to destroy completely
F)to give or pay out funds
G)to stuff with food, eat greedily
H)to remove an attorney from the legal profession
I)to go or visit often
J)to stray from the main subject

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