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This Week's Word In The News 

EMBARKING

DEFINITION:
To begin a course of action.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Howell’s lawsuit had accused Meldeau, 77, of embarking on a campaign of harassment and urged the court to require him to employ an attorney licensed to practice law in Florida to report any future potential code violations on Howell’s property.
Fort Luderdale Sun-Sentinel, 05/27/2024

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1. Pulverize

To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion.

To cringe in fear

To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.

Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.


2. Yacht

The arrangement of events in time

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles


3. Marsupial

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.

One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.


4. Exponent

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.

One that speaks for, represents, or advocates

Of or relating to the range of invisible radiation wavelengths from about 4 nanometers, on the border of the x-ray region, to about 380 nanometers, just beyond the violet in the visible spectrum.

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive


5. Toxin

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.

Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder


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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.