academic /ˌækəˈdemɪk/ (adj) connected with education, especially studying in schools and universities Example: high/low academic standards
account /əˈkaʊnt/ (n) an arrangement that somebody has with a bank, etc. to keep money there, take some out, etc. Example: a joint account (= one in the name of more than one person)
amazing /əˈmeɪzɪŋ/ (adj) very surprising, especially in a way that you like or admire Example: That's amazing, isn't it?
around /əˈraʊnd/ (pre) surrounding somebody/something; on each side of something Example: He put his arms around her.
bacteria /bækˈtɪəriə/ (n) the simplest and smallest forms of life. Bacteria exist in large numbers in air, water and soil, and also in living and dead creatures and plants, and are often a cause of disease. Example: an illness caused by bacteria in drinking water
born /bɔːn/ (v) to come out of your mother’s body at the beginning of your life Example: He was born of/to German parents.
building /ˈbɪldɪŋ/ (n) a structure such as a house or school that has a roof and walls Example: tall/old/historic buildings
capture /ˈkæptʃə(r)/ (v) to catch a person or an animal and keep them as a prisoner or shut them in a space that they cannot escape from Example: The animals are captured in nets and sold to local zoos.
character /ˈkærəktə(r)/ (n) a person or an animal in a book, play or film Example: Generosity is part of the American character.
club /klʌb/ (n) an organization for people who share an interest or do a sport or activity together Example: The club has/have voted to admit new members.
cookie /ˈkʊki/ (n) a small flat sweet cake for one person, usually baked until hard and dry Example: a cookie jar
corner /ˈkɔːnə(r)/ (n) a part of something where two or more sides, lines or edges join Example: a speck of dirt in the corner of her eye
crisis /ˈkraɪsɪs/ (n) a time of great danger, difficulty or doubt when problems must be solved or important decisions must be made Example: We provide help to families in crisis situations.
data /ˈdeɪtə/ (n) facts or information, especially when examined and used to find out things or to make decisions Example: These data show that most cancers are detected as a result of clinical follow-up.
dinner /ˈdɪnə(r)/ (n) the main meal of the day, eaten either in the middle of the day or in the evening Example: When do you have dinner?