Words in the News

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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5 Elementary 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. Strange or mysterious, esp. in an unsettling way

headway

muster

uncanny

circumference


2. To gain, usually by one's own exertions; to get as one's own.

quell

barricade

acquire

reflection


3. More or most likely to be exposed to the chance of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.

vulnerable

diminish

materialize

restitution


4. A glowing piece of coal or wood.

ember

infer

stamina

reference


5. Enthusiasm; enjoyment, vigor

reference

persistent

gusto

source


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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.