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unanimous

/yuˈnænəməs/ (adj)Everyone agrees.

Examples:

It was a unanimous decision. We all agreed.

unlimited

/ʌnˈlɪmɪtɪd/ (adj)

Without a maximum amount.

Example:

I rented a car with unlimited kilometers.

uninspired

/ʌnɪnˈspaɪərd/ (adj)

Having no excitement about, or interest in, something.

Example:

Edward is uninspired at work. He needs to find a new job.

uptake

/ˈʌpteɪk/ (n)

‘on the uptake’

The speed at which you understand or learn something.

Example:

Artistic people are often slower on the uptake at mathematics.

understatement

/ˈʌndərˌsteɪtmənt/ (n)

Something you say that does not explain the real situation.

Example:

Saying the world economy is weak right now is an understatement. It is in fact extremely bad.

uncalled for

/ʌnˈkɔld ˈfɔr/ (adj)

Behavior that is not appropriate or suitable.

Example:

Telling Lisa it was time to get a job was uncalled for. She’s been looking for work for a long time.

umpteenth

/’ʌmptinθ/ (informal quantifier)

Something happens many times – you are not happy about it.

Example:

Edward! This is the umpteenth time I’ve told you to clean your bedroom! Do it now!

uproar

/’ʌprɔr/ (n)

People protesting angrily about something.

Example:

There was an uproar in the streets after the government increased taxes.

umbrella

Umbrella

Something you put over your head in the rain to keep you dry.

Examples:

Oh no! It is raining and I my umbrella is in the car.

You are getting wet…come under my umbrella.

unacceptable

Unacceptable

An action, or something said, that should not happen again.

Examples:

What Mark said to you was unacceptable. He was so rude!

Children being hungry anywhere in the world is unacceptable.

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