aquatic(adj) 1. growing or living in water2. done in or on water (e.g. aquatic sports) Clue: related to water Mary saved her money to buy aquatic plants for her aquarium.
assert (v) to say firmly, to declareassertion: firm statementassertive: bold, confident CLUE: declareThe suspect repeatedly asserted his innocence to the police.
avert This boy is averting his eyes.(v) 1. to turn away 2. to keep from happeningCLUE:1. to stop The pilot of this flight averted disaster by landing the damaged plane in the Hudson River.
bleak(adj)1. without much hope2. cold and dreary; exposed to bad weatherCLUE: dreary Her chances of survival from the injury were bleak. In the bleak of winter, most flowers do not grow.
blithe (adj) 1. cheerful, carefree 2. not caringCLUE: cheerful; careless The teenager’s blithe mood is captured in the photo above. After the accident the driver drove off blithely unaware of the damage to his care.
docile(adj) well behaved; easy to handle CLUE: obedientI was given the most docile horse to ride during my first horse-back riding lesson.
dwindle(v) to grow smallerin amountCLUE: to decrease The dwindling supplies at a food bank were a cause for alarm.
lethal(adj) causing, orcapable of causing,deathCLUE: deadlyA rattlesnake’s bite can be lethal.
monitor(v) to watch closely andfrequently; to observe(n) a video screen ClUE: (v) observe (n) screen Many parents monitor their children’s internet use.
mutilate(v) to hurt or damageby cutting into, cutting off, or cutting out CLUE: to damageIf you leave my dog in the house during a thunder storm, he will mutilate anything he can find.
nimble(adj) 1. able to move quickly and easily2. quick-thinking; cleverCLUE: quick Jack was nimble; Jack was quick. Jack jumped over the candlestick.
plight(n) a difficult or dangerous condition or situation CLUE: danger The news stations showed continuous coverage yesterday of the plight of flood victims.
ponderous (adj) heavy and slow-moving CLUE: heavy and slowThe elephant made its way throughthe clearing with ponderous steps.
verge (n) an edge or border (v) to come close to the edge of CLUE: EDGEAfter being on the verge of extinction, the bald eagle made a remarkable comeback in the 1980s. The hype over Justin Bieber verges on ridiculous.
vigilant(adj) watchful; ready for dangerCLUE: watchfulA watchdog should be vigilant.