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This Week's Word In The News 

DILAPIDATED

DEFINITION:
A state of disrepair or ruin as a result of age or neglect.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Before the shooting on Monday, 35 people worked at the California Terra Garden and some of them lived in a collection of dilapidated trailers and make-shift homes, where they paid $300 a month in rent, according to a company spokesperson.
The San Jose Mercury News, 01/30/2023

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1. Quota

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

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

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

A proportional part or share.


2. Jovial

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

A schedule of prices or fees.

Marked by hearty conviviality and good cheer.

Grossly offensive to decency or morality.


3. Antibody

A Y-shaped protein on the surface of B cells that is secreted into the blood or lymph in response to an antigenic stimulus

To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder


4. Silhouette

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

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.

A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.


5. Zoology

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.

One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.

The branch of biology that deals with animals and animal life, including the study of the structure, physiology, development, and classification of animals.

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive


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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.