Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 


The act or process of giving out parts of a whole.

Under those same drought agreements, Nevada’s allocation would be cut to 270,000 acre-feet if Lake Mead were to fall to 1,025 feet.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal, 05/29/2023

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5 High School Words

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Then see if you can find the word in your newspaper -- the print edition, the website or the digital edition and copy the sentence for context. NOTE: High School words are much harder to find!

1. Vortex

Of the same or similar nature or kind

A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it.

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

To seize another’s place, authority, or possession wrongfully.

2. Xenophobe

A doctrine holding that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated.

The iron-containing respiratory pigment in red blood cells of vertebrates.

A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

3. Bowdlerize

A part, portion, or share.

Of or relating to money

To modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skewing the content in a certain manner.

A marked change in appearance, character, condition, or function.

4. Photosynthesis

The lowest point

Everyday; commonplace.

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

The process in green plants and certain other organisms by which carbohydrates are synthesized from carbon dioxide and water using light as an energy source.

5. Quasar

To insert or introduce between other elements or parts.

An extremely distant, and thus old, celestial object whose power output is several thousand times that of our entire galaxy.

Noninterference in the affairs of others.

To repeat in concise form. To make a summary.

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Common Core State Standard
LS.CCS.4/5/6 Grades 3-12: Students are asked to determine the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words through multiple choice vocabulary quizzes. Quizzes are designed to help students demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in words, acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words, and gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.