Practice Words: s


sacrifice
verb
to do without something or to suffer a loss for a belief, idea, goal or another person
sad
adjective
not happy
safe
adjective
away from harm or danger
sail
verb
to travel by boat or ship
sail
noun
a large piece of cloth used to move a boat by wind
sailor
noun
a person involved in sailing a boat or ship
salt
noun
a white substance found in sea water and in the ground, used to affect the taste of food
same
adjective
not different; not changed; like another or others
sand
noun
extremely small pieces of crushed rock found in large amounts in deserts and on coasts
Satan
noun
name of the chief evil spirit; the chief devil
satellite
noun
a small object in space that moves around a larger object; an object placed in orbit around the earth
satisfy
verb
to give or provide what is desired, needed or demanded
Saturday
save
verb
to make safe; to remove from harm; to keep for future use
say
verb
to speak; to express in words
school
noun
a place for education; a place where people go to learn
science
noun
the study of nature and the actions of natural things, and the knowledge gained about them
sea
noun
a large area of salt water, usually part of an ocean
search
verb
to look for carefully
season
noun
one of the four periods of the year that is based on the earth’s position toward the sun (spring, summer, autumn, winter); a period of time based on different weather conditions (“dry season”, “rainy season”); a period during the year when something usually happens (“baseball season”)
seat
noun
a thing to sit on; a place to sit or the right to sit there (“a seat in parliament”)
second
adjective
the one that comes after the first
second
noun
a measure of time
secret
noun
something known only to a few and kept from general knowledge
secret
adjective
hidden from others; known only to a few
security
noun
freedom from danger or harm; protection; measures necessary to protect a person or place (“Security was increased in the city.”)
see
verb
to know or sense through the eyes; to understand or know
seed
noun
the part of a plant from which new plants grow
seek
verb
to search for (“They are seeking a cure for cancer.”); to try to get (“She is seeking election to public office.”); to plan to do (“Electric power companies are seeking to reduce their use of coal.”)
seem
verb
to appear to be (“She seems to be in good health.”)
seize
verb
to take quickly by force; to take control of quickly; to arrest
self
noun
all that which makes one person different from others
sell
verb
to give something in exchange for money
send
verb
to cause to go; to permit to go; to cause to be carried, taken or directed to or away from a place
sense
verb
to come to know about by feeling, believing or understanding
sense
noun
any of the abilities to see, hear, taste, smell or feel
sentence
verb
to declare the punishment for a crime
sentence
noun
the punishment for a crime; a group of words which make sense together
separate
verb
to set or keep people, things or ideas away from or independent from others
separate
adjective
not together or connected; different
September
Number: 9
series
noun
a number of similar things or events that follow one after another in time, position or order
serious
adjective
important; needing careful consideration; dangerous; without humor
serve
verb
to work as an official; to be employed by the government; to assist or help
service
noun
an organization or system that provides something for the public (“Schools and roads are services paid for by taxes.”); a job that an organization or business can do for money; something done to help other people; military organizations such as an army, navy or air force; a religious ceremony
set
verb
to put in place or position; to establish a time, price or limit
set
noun
a number of things that belong together
settle
verb
to end (a dispute); to agree about (a problem); to make a home in a new place; to become calm
seven
Number: 7
Adjective: seventh
several
determiner
three or more, but not many
severe
adjective
not gentle; causing much pain, sadness or damage
sex
noun
either the male or female group into which all people and animals are divided because of their actions in producing young; the physical activity by which humans and animals can produce young
shake
verb
to move or cause to move in short, quick movements
shame
noun
the feeling a person gets when he knows he has done wrong
shape
verb
to give form to
shape
noun
the form of something, especially how it looks
share
verb
to give part of something to another or others
share
noun
a part belonging to, given to or owned by a single person or a group; any one of the equal parts of ownership of a business or company
sharp
adjective
having a thin edge or small point that can cut or hurt; causing hurt or pain; very sudden
she
pronoun
the girl or woman who is being spoken about
sheep
noun
a farm animal used for its meat and hair
shell
verb
to fire large guns
shell
noun
hard outer covering of an egg or of some animals; a metal container that is fired from a large gun and explodes when it reaches its target; a hard outside cover
shelter
verb
to protect or give protection to
shelter
noun
something that gives protection; a place of safety
shine
verb
to aim a light; to give bright light; to be bright; to clean to make bright
ship
verb
to transport
ship
noun
a large boat
shirt
noun
an item of clothing that covers the upper part of the body, usually having a method of opening and closing at the front
shock
verb
to cause to feel sudden surprise or fear
shock
noun
something that greatly affects the mind or emotions; a powerful shake, as from an earthquake
shoe
noun
a covering for the foot
shoot
verb
to cause a gun or other weapon to send out an object designed to kill; to use a gun; to try to score a goal (in sport)
short
adjective
lasting only for a small period of time; not long; opposite of tall; less than expected
should
verb
used with another verb (action word) to show responsibility (“We should study.”), probability (“The talks should begin soon.”), or that something is believed to be a good idea (“Criminals should be punished.”)
shoulder
noun
part of the body, see spotlight_body_diagram.png
shout
verb
to speak very loudly
show
verb
to make something be seen; to make known
show
noun
a play or story presented in a theater, or broadcast on radio or television, for enjoyment or education; something organized to be seen by the public
shrink
verb
to make or become less in size, weight or value
sick
adjective
suffering physically or mentally with a disease or other problem; not in good health
sickness
noun
the condition of being in bad health
side
noun
the outer surfaces of an object that are not the top or bottom; parts away from the middle; either the right or left half of the body; a group of people opposing another group in a conflict or in sport
sign
verb
to write one’s name
sign
noun
a mark or shape used to mean something; evidence that something exists or will happen; a flat piece of material with writing that gives information
signal
verb
to send a message by signs
signal
noun
an action or movement that sends a message
silence
verb
to make quiet; to stop from speaking or making noise
silence
noun
a lack of noise or sound
silver
noun
a valued white metal; the color of this metal
similar
adjective
like something else but not exactly the same
simple
adjective
easy to understand or do; not difficult or complex
sin
noun
wrong-doing, especially against God's rules (which may be different from human ideas of right and wrong!)
since
preposition
from a time in the past until now (“I have known her since we went to school together.”)
sing
verb
to make music sounds with the voice
single
adjective
one only
sink
verb
to go down into water, land, or something soft
sink
noun
an open container with water - used for washing
sister
noun
a female with the same father or mother as another person
sit
verb
to rest on the lower part of the body without the support of the legs; to become seated
situation
noun
the way things are during a period of time
six
Number: 6
Adjective: sixth
size
noun
the space occupied by something; how long, wide or high something is
skeleton
noun
all the bones of a human or other animal together in their normal positions
skill
noun
the ability gained from training or experience
skin
noun
the outer covering of humans and most animals
sky
noun
the space above the earth
slave
noun
a person owned or controlled by another
sleep
verb
to rest the body and mind with the eyes closed
sleep
noun
the state of sleeping
slide
verb
to move smoothly over a surface
slide
noun
angled surface that material or people can slide down
slow
verb
to reduce the speed of
slow
adjective
not fast in moving, talking or other activities
small
adjective
little in size or amount; few in number; not important; opposite large
smash
verb
to break or be broken into small pieces by force; to hit or move with force
smell
verb
to sense through the nose
smell
noun
something sensed by the nose (“the smell of food cooking”)
smile
noun
a happy look on a person’s face, with the corners of the mouth turned upwards
smile
verb
to show a smile on the face
smoke
verb
to use cigarettes or other tobacco products by burning them and breathing in the smoke
smoke
noun
that which can be seen rising into the air like a cloud from something burning
smooth
adjective
having a level surface; opposite rough
snake
noun
long thin animal with no legs, often having a poisonous bite
snow
noun
soft, white pieces of frozen water that fall from the sky, usually in winter or when the air temperature is very cold
so
adjective
in such a way that (“He held the flag so all could see it.”); also; too (“She left early, and so did we.”); very (“I am so sick.”); as a result (“They were sick, so they could not come.”)
so
conjunction
in order that; for the purpose of (“Come early so we can discuss the plans.”)
social
adjective
of or about people or a group
soft
adjective
not hard; easily shaped; pleasing to touch; not loud
soil
noun
earth in which plants grow
soldier
noun
a person in the army of a country
solid
adjective
having a hard shape with no empty spaces inside; strong; not in the form of a liquid or gas
solution
noun
something that deals with and ends a problem; the answer to a problem; a liquid mixed with a solid

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solve
verb
to find a way to deal with a problem; to find the correct answer or explanation
some
determiner
of an amount or number or part not stated; not all
son
noun
a person’s male child
song
noun
the musical sound a person makes when he sings
soon
adverb
not long after the present time; quickly
sort
noun
any group of people or things that are the same or are similar in some way; a kind of something
sound
noun
fast-moving waves of energy that affect the ear and result in hearing; that which is heard
south
noun
the direction to the right of a person facing the rising sun
space
noun
the area outside the earth’s atmosphere where the sun, moon, planets and stars are; the area between or inside things; an empty place
speak
verb
to talk; to say words with the mouth; to express one’s thoughts to others and exchange ideas; to give a speech to a group
special
adjective
of a different or unusual kind; not for general use; better or more important than others of the same kind
speech
noun
a talk given to a group of people; the power of speaking
speed
verb
to move fast; to make something go or move faster
speed
noun
the rate at which something moves or travels; the rate at which something happens or is done
spend
verb
to give as payment; to use (“He spends much time studying.”)
spill
verb
to cause or permit liquid to flow out, usually by accident
spirit
noun
the part of a human that is not physical and is connected to thoughts and emotions; the part of a person that is believed to remain alive after death; a being without a body; (Note: The Holy Spirit has a special meaning for Christians. They mean God.)
split
verb
to separate into two or more parts; to divide or break into parts
sport
noun
any game or activity of competition involving physical effort or skill
spread
verb
to become longer or wider; to make or become widely known
spring
noun
the time of the year between winter and summer
spy
verb
to steal or get information secretly
spy
noun
one who watches others secretly; a person employed by a government to get secret information about another country
square
noun
a flat shape having four equal sides
stand
verb
to move into or be in a position in which only the feet are on a surface; to be in one position or place
star
noun
a mass of gas that usually appears as a small light in the sky at night, but is not a planet; a famous person, usually an actor or singer
star
verb
to perform a leading part in a play or film
start
verb
to begin; to make something begin
starve
verb
to suffer or die from a lack of food
state
verb
to say; to declare
state
noun
a political part of a nation
state
noun
the way something is (“The state of her health is very bad.”)
station
noun
a place of special work or purpose (“a police station”); a place where passengers get on or off trains or buses; a place for radio or television broadcasts
statue
noun
a form of a human, animal or other creature usually made of stone, wood or metal
stay
verb
to continue to be where one is; to remain; to not leave; to live for a time (“They stayed in New York for two years.”)
steal
verb
to take without permission or paying
steam
noun
the gas that comes from hot water
steel
noun
iron made harder and stronger by mixing it with other substances
step
verb
to move by lifting one foot and placing it in a new position
step
noun
the act of stepping; one of a series of actions designed to reach a goal; a raised part of a floor to help people climb up or down from one level to another
stick
verb
to push something sharp into (“He stuck a pin into the map to mark their position.”); to attach something to another thing using a substance that will hold them together; to become fixed in one position so that movement is difficult (“Something is making the door stick.”)
stick
noun
a thin piece of wood
still
adjective
not moving (“The man was standing still.”); until the present or a stated time (“Was he still there?”); even so; although (“The job was difficult, but she still wanted to do it.”)
stomach
noun
breaks down food for the body to use
stone
noun
a small piece of rock; rocky substance
stop
verb
to prevent any more movement or action; to come or bring to an end
store
verb
to keep or put away for future use
store
noun
a place where people buy things
storm
noun
violent weather, including strong winds and rain or snow
story
noun
the telling or writing of events, either real or imagined
stove
noun
a heating device used for cooking
straight
adjective
continuing in one direction without turns
strange
adjective
unusual; not normal; not known
street
noun
a road in a city, town or village
strength
noun
see strong
stretch
verb
to extend for a distance; to pull on to make longer or wider
strike
verb
to hit with force; to cause a sudden thought, idea or awareness (“The funny side of the statement suddenly struck her.”); to stop work as a protest
strike
noun
an attack; a stoppage of work as a protest
strong
adjective
having much power; not easily broken, damaged or destroyed. The noun from ‘strong’ is ‘strength’. So ‘The bridge is very strong.’ = ‘The bridge has much strength.’
structure
noun
the way something is built, made or organized; a system that is formed or organized in a special way; a building
struggle
verb
to try with much effort; to fight with
struggle
noun
a great effort; a fight
student
noun
a person who is studying, especially in college or university
study
verb
to make an effort to gain knowledge by using the mind; to examine carefully
stupid
adjective
not able to learn much; not intelligent
subject
noun
the person or thing being discussed, studied or written about
substance
noun
the material of which something is made (a solid, liquid or gas)
success
noun
the reaching of a goal or thing desired; the achieving of a planned result
such
determiner
of this or that kind; of the same kind as; similar to
sudden
adjective
not expected; without warning; done or carried out quickly or without preparation
suffer
verb
to feel pain in the body or mind; to receive or experience hurt or sadness
sugar
noun
a sweet substance made from liquids taken from plants
suggest
verb
to offer or propose something to think about or consider; to cause an idea to form
summer
noun
the warmest time of the year, between spring and autumn
sun
noun
the huge star in the sky that provides heat and light to earth
Sunday
supply
verb
to give; to provide
supply
noun
the amount of something that can be given or sold to others
support
verb
to carry the weight of; to hold up or in position; to agree with others and help them reach a goal; to approve
suppose
verb
to believe, think or imagine (“I suppose you are right.”); to expect (“It is supposed to rain tonight.”)
suppress
verb
to put down or to keep down by force; to prevent information from being known publicly
sure
adjective
very probable; with good reason to believe; true without question; having no doubt (“We are sure that the world is round.”)
surface
noun
the outer side or top of something (“The rocket landed on the surface of the moon.”)
surplus
noun
an amount that is more than is needed; extra; (“That country has a trade surplus. It exports more than it imports.”)
surprise
verb
to cause a feeling of wonder because something is not expected
surprise
noun
something not expected; the feeling caused by something not expected
surrender
verb
to give control of oneself or one’s property to something or someone; to stop fighting and admit defeat
surround
verb
to form a circle around; to be in positions all around someone or something
survive
verb
to remain alive during or after a dangerous situation
suspect
verb
to think that something is probably true, especially something bad
suspect
noun
a person believed to be guilty of a crime
suspend
verb
to cause to stop for a period of time
swallow
verb
to take into the stomach through the mouth
sweet
adjective
tasting pleasant, like sugar; kind, gentle, and friendly (of a person)

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swim
verb
to move through water by using the arms and legs
sword
noun
a long metal weapon held in the hand. It has sharp edges, and a sharp point at the end.
symbol
noun
a picture or shape that has a particular meaning; a person or thing that represents a particular idea or quality
sympathy
noun
a sharing of feelings or emotions with another person, usually feelings of sadness
system
noun
a method of organizing or doing something by following rules or a plan; a group of connected things or parts working together for a common purpose or goal