Academic 9: sport, table, vacation, vegetable, wake

1. sport

– Part Of Speech: noun
– Meaning: An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.
– Example:
+ team sports such as soccer and rugby
+ a sports centre
+ Included in the school’s excellent facilities are a new library, sports centre, swimming pool, theatre and superb accommodation.
+ He loathed small talk, particularly that involving weather, or worse, sports, anything that did not really matter.
+ Do you get online to find out the latest scores of your favorite sports teams?
+ But I was always made fun of and I was never considered cool because I wasn’t a jock and I didn’t play sports on any school team.
+ Others partner with local charities or sports teams for exposure.
+ Now think about other physical tasks, such as playing a sport or a musical instrument, or a game involving perfecting neuromuscular skills.
+ As a result, major sports (football, basketball and baseball) have attracted a tremendous share of television revenue.

2. table

– Part Of Speech: noun
– Meaning: A piece of furniture with a flat top and one or more legs, providing a level surface for eating, writing, or working at.
– Example:
+ she put the plate on the table
+ he rang the restaurant to book a table for lunch
+ She looked up as Rachel arrived back at the table, holding a piece of paper in her hands.
+ In the middle of each room was a low table with a vase of fresh flowers on it.
+ Buffy came back up in a fighting stance holding a splintered piece of the table out in front of her.
+ Dropping her spoon with a clatter, Hope reached across the table to take the piece of paper from her sister.
+ The woodwork in the show includes large furniture items like tables, benches and screens as well as plates, letters openers and wine corkstoppers.
+ Finally reaching an empty table by the window, she sat down hastily.

3. vacation

– Part Of Speech: noun
– Meaning: A fixed holiday period between terms in universities and law courts.
– Example:
+ the Easter vacation
+ The application came before me as the vacation judge.
+ We’ve finished school this year and are going to university after summer vacation.
+ But we were only able to be together during summer vacations and mid term break.
+ There must surely be ways of, for example, employing undergraduates during vacations to enthuse these would-be physicists in labs that would otherwise be lying empty.
+ Some universities will cancel the usual summer vacations from mid-July to the end of August as part of the effort to prevent the spread of the disease.
+ I was by this time living in Cambridge, having won a scholarship to the university, and stayed with her only during my vacations.
+ When I was at home for university vacations, he would sit listening to me intently, head tilted to one side, as I poured out all the problems of an average early twenty-something.
+ Holidays and school vacations are to be shared equally.

4. vegetable

– Part Of Speech: noun
– Meaning: A plant or part of a plant used as food, such as a cabbage, potato, turnip, or bean.
– Example:
+ fresh fruit and vegetables
+ vegetable soup
+ Why not consider taking on an allotment and growing your own fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs.
+ Just about any book or article on nutrition recommends that we eat leafy green vegetables.
+ A glass of fresh vegetable juice is a healthy snack that will provide your body with important nutrients.
+ Scottish diets are high in fat and there is a marked deficiency of fruit and vegetables.
+ The children received cooking classes from local chefs who introduced them to cooking healthy foods such as vegetable soup and home made pizzas.
+ Both dishes came with a mountain of fresh vegetables – spinach, carrots and green beans.
+ Vegetables like broccoli will soak up flavour best.

5. wake

– Part Of Speech: verb
– Meaning: Emerge or cause to emerge from sleep; stop sleeping.
– Example:
+ The single mum-of-three never knows if she will wake up to yet more damage and destruction on her doorstep.
+ Many students attend classes in split shifts, which forces them to wake at dawn.
+ She wakes from a coma a few days later to learn the awful truth.

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