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approachable

/əˈprəʊtʃəbəl/ (adj)

Friendly and easy to talk to.

Example:

Kim is approachable. Ask her for some advice.

attain

/əˈteɪn/ (v)

To get or achieve something after trying for a long time.

Example:

Women are finally attaining equality in the workplace.

abrasive

/əˈbreɪsɪv/ (adj)

rude and annoying

Example:

Jim is very abrasive. He says things that hurt people’s feeling quite a lot.

analytical

/ˌænəlˈɪtɪkəl/ (adj)

Giving a lot of time to thinking in detail about a situation or problem.

Example:

Lawyers must be very analytical. They have to research all the facts.

anorexia

/ˌænəˈrɛksɪə/ (n)

A mental illness that makes people (usually females) stop eating.

Example:

Some people believe that fashion magazines contribute to anorexia.

arson

/ˈɑrsən/ (n)

The crime of lightening a fire to cause damage.

Example:

Many of this week’s Australian fires were caused by arson.

aboveboard

/əˈbʌvˌbɔrd/ (adj)

Legal and honest.

Example:

A: ” Are you sure we can trust this guy?”
B: “Yes, my brother said he’s aboveboard.”

acne

/’ækni/ (n)

A skin problem that causes red bumps on the face – mainly of teenagers.

Example:

Bob had bad acne from the age of 14-17. He has little scars on his face from it.

ambiguous

/æm’bɪguəs/ (adj)

Something that is not clear because it can be understood in different ways. It is confusing.

Example:

The teacher’s directions are ambiguous. I’m not sure what to do next.

altitude

/’æltə,tud/(n)

The height of something above sea level.

Example:

Mount Kilimanjaro has an altitude of 5,895 meters/19,340 feet.

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