Practice Words: d


dam
noun
a wall built across a river to hold back flowing water
damage
verb
to cause injury or destruction
damage
noun
harm; hurt or injury, usually to things
dance
verb
to move the body and feet to music
dance
noun
a series of steps, usually to music; a social event at which people dance
danger
noun
a strong chance of suffering injury, damage or loss
dark
adjective
having little or no light (“The room was dark.”), close to the color of black
date
noun
an expression of time; a day, month and year
daughter
noun
a person’s female child
day
noun
twenty-four hours; the hours of sunlight
dead
adjective
not living
deal
verb
to have to do with (“The talks will deal with the problem of pollution.”); to solve a problem (“The new road will deal with traffic pollution in the town center.”); to buy or sell (“Her company deals in plastic.”)
death
noun
the end of life
debate
verb
to discuss a particular subject with people who have different opinions than you do
debate
noun
a discussion about a particular subject where people express different opinions
debt
noun
money that is owed; when you owe someone something, usually money
decay
noun
the result of being slowly destroyed by a natural process
decay
verb
to be slowly destroyed by a natural process; to go bad; to break down
December
Number: 12
decide
verb
to choose or judge after considering different possibilities
declare
verb
to officially and publicly make a statement
decrease
verb
to make less in size or amount
deep
adjective
going far down; a long way from top to bottom
defeat
verb
to cause to lose in a battle or struggle
defeat
noun
a loss; the condition of having lost
defend
verb
to guard or fight against attack; to protect
define
verb
to give the meaning of; to explain
degree
noun
a measure of temperature; a measure of angle; a document from a university or college confirming that a person has completed studies in a subject
delay
verb
to decide to do something at a later time; to postpone; to cause to be late
demand
verb
to ask by ordering; to ask with force
democracy
noun
the system of government in which citizens vote to choose leaders or to make other important decisions
demonstrate
verb
to make a public show of opinions or feelings (“The crowd demonstrated in support of human rights.”); to explain by using examples (“The teacher demonstrated the idea with an experiment.”)
deny
verb
to declare that something is not true; to refuse a request
depend
verb
to need help and support
deplore
verb
to regret strongly; to express sadness
depression
noun
severe unhappiness; a medical condition in which the person is severely unhappy; a period of reduced business and economic activity during which many people lose their jobs
describe
verb
to give a word picture of something; to give details of something
desert
noun
a dry area of land
deserve
verb
to earn something (good or bad) as a result of good or bad acts
design
verb
to plan or create plans for
design
noun
a plan for making something; an arrangement of shapes and colors intended to look good together
desire
verb
to want very much; to wish for
desire
noun
a strong wish or want
destroy
verb
to break into pieces; to end the existence of
detail
noun
a small part of something; a small piece of information
develop
verb
to grow; to create; to experience progress
device
noun
a piece of equipment made for a special purpose
devil
noun
an evil spirit
devote
verb
to give time, work or love to something or somebody
dictator
noun
a ruler with complete power
die
verb
to stop living; to become dead; for a machine to stop working
diet
noun
usual daily food and drink
different
adjective
not the same as someone or something else; two or more separate things of the same basic kind
difficult
adjective
not easy; requiring a lot of work or skill to do or make
dig
verb
to make a hole in the ground
dinner
noun
the main amount of food eaten at a usual time (“The family had its dinner at noon.”); a special event that includes food (“The official dinner took place at the White House.”)
direct
verb
to lead; to aim or show the way (“He directed me to the theater.”)
direct
adjective
straight to something; not through some other person or thing (“The path is direct.”)
direction
noun
the way (east, west, north, south); where someone or something came from or went to
dirt
noun
earth or soil; unclean matter
disappear
verb
to become unseen; to no longer exist
discover
verb
to find or learn something
discuss
verb
to talk about; to exchange ideas
disease
noun
a sickness in living things, often caused by viruses, germs or bacteria
dismiss
verb
to send away; to refuse to consider
dispute
verb
to oppose strongly by argument
dispute
noun
an angry debate
distance
noun
the amount of space between two places or objects (“The distance from my house to your house is two kilometers.”)
dive
verb
to jump into water head first
divide
verb
to separate into two or more parts
divorce
noun
the legal ending of a marriage
do
verb
to act; to make an effort
doctor
noun
a person trained in medicine and officially approved to treat sick people
document
noun
an official piece of paper with facts written on it, used as proof or support of something
dog
noun
a small animal that often lives with humans
dollar
noun
United States money, one hundred cents
donkey
noun
an animal like a small horse, used to carry people and things
door
noun
an opening for entering or leaving a building or room
down
adverb
from higher to lower; in a low place
dream
verb
to have a picture or story in the mind during sleep
dream
noun
a picture or story in the mind during sleep; a happy idea about the future
drink
verb
to take liquid into the body through the mouth
drink
noun
the liquid substance you drink
drive
verb
to control a moving vehicle
drop
verb
to fall or let fall; to go lower
drown
verb
to die under water
drug
noun
anything used as a medicine or in making medicine; a chemical substance used to ease pain or to affect the mind
dry
adjective
without water; having little rain; not wet
dry
verb
to remove water or wetness
during
adverb
through the whole time; while something is happening
dust
noun
pieces of matter so small that they can float in the air
duty
noun
one’s job or responsibility; what one must do because it is right and just