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Word Up: 3rd Grade Word List

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  1. ability

    the quality of having the means or skills to do something
  2. absorb

    take in a liquid
  3. accuse

    blame for; make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against
  4. act

    behave in a certain manner
  5. active

    characterized by energetic movement
  6. actual

    existing in act or fact
  7. adopt

    take into one's family
  8. advantage

    the quality of having a superior or more favorable position
  9. advice

    a proposal for an appropriate course of action
  10. ambition

    a strong drive for success
  11. ancient

    belonging to times long past
  12. approach

    move towards
  13. arrange

    put into a proper or systematic order
  14. arctic

    extremely cold
  15. attitude

    a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings
  16. attract

    exert a force on
  17. average

    an intermediate scale value regarded as normal or usual
  18. avoid

    stay away from
  19. bold

    fearless and daring
  20. border

    the boundary of a surface
  21. brief

    of short duration or distance
  22. brilliant

    full of light; shining intensely
  23. cable

    a very strong thick rope made of twisted hemp or steel wire
  24. capture

    seize as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping
  25. certain

    established beyond doubt or question; definitely known
  26. chill

    coldness due to a cold environment
  27. clever

    mentally quick and resourceful
  28. climate

    the weather in some location averaged over a period of time
  29. cling

    hold on tightly or tenaciously
  30. coast

    the shore of a sea or ocean
  31. confess

    admit to a wrongdoing
  32. consider

    think about carefully; weigh
  33. contain

    hold or have within
  34. continent

    one of the large landmasses of the earth
  35. convince

    make realize the truth or validity of something
  36. coward

    a person who shows fear or timidity
  37. crew

    an organized group of workers
  38. crumple

    gather something into small wrinkles or folds
  39. custom

    accepted or habitual practice
  40. decay

    the organic phenomenon of rotting
  41. deed

    a legal document to effect a transfer of property
  42. defend

    protect against a challenge or attack
  43. delicate

    developed with extreme subtlety
  44. device

    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
  45. diagram

    a drawing intended to explain how something works
  46. digest

    convert food into absorbable substances
  47. disease

    an impairment of health
  48. distant

    separated in space or coming from far away
  49. doze

    a light fitful sleep
  50. drift

    be in motion due to some air or water current
  51. elegant

    refined and tasteful in appearance, behavior, or style
  52. enable

    provide the means to perform some task
  53. examine

    observe, check out, and look over carefully or inspect
  54. explore

    travel to or penetrate into
  55. fan

    a device for creating a current of air by movement
  56. fatal

    bringing death
  57. fierce

    marked by extreme and violent energy
  58. flutter

    flap the wings rapidly or fly with flapping movements
  59. fortunate

    having unexpected good luck
  60. frail

    physically weak
  61. gasp

    a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open
  62. glide

    move smoothly and effortlessly
  63. globe

    an object with a spherical shape
  64. grace

    elegance and beauty of movement or expression
  65. gradual

    proceeding in small stages
  66. grasp

    hold firmly
  67. habit

    an established custom
  68. harsh

    disagreeable to the senses
  69. imitate

    reproduce someone's behavior or looks
  70. individual

    being or characteristic of a single thing or person
  71. intelligent

    having the capacity for thought and reason to a high degree
  72. intend

    have in mind as a purpose
  73. journey

    the act of traveling from one place to another
  74. launch

    propel with force
  75. limit

    as far as something can go
  76. locate

    determine the place of by searching or examining
  77. loyal

    steadfast in allegiance or duty
  78. magnificent

    characterized by grandeur
  79. marsh

    low-lying wet land with grassy vegetation
  80. method

    a way of doing something, especially a systematic way
  81. misery

    a state of ill-being due to affliction or misfortune
  82. moisture

    wetness caused by water
  83. mural

    a painting that is applied to a wall surface
  84. mystify

    be puzzling or bewildering to
  85. Nation

    United States prohibitionist who raided saloons and destroyed bottles of liquor with a hatchet (1846-1911)
  86. nectar

    a sweet liquid secretion that is attractive to pollinators
  87. nursery

    a child's room for a baby
  88. observe

    watch attentively
  89. opponent

    someone who offers resistance
  90. opposite

    being directly across from each other
  91. ordeal

    a severe or trying experience
  92. origin

    the place where something begins
  93. outcome

    something that results
  94. passage

    the act of moving from one state or place to the next
  95. pastime

    an interest or pursuit that someone pursues regularly
  96. pause

    cease an action temporarily
  97. perform

    get done
  98. plunge

    dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity
  99. predator

    any animal that lives by preying on other animals
  100. predict

    tell in advance
  101. prevent

    keep from happening or arising; make impossible
  102. primary

    of first rank or importance or value
  103. privilege

    a special advantage or benefit not enjoyed by all
  104. process

    a particular course of action intended to achieve a result
  105. rare

    especially good, remarkable, or superlative
  106. rate

    a quantity considered as a proportion of another quantity
  107. recall

    bring to mind
  108. rely

    have confidence or faith in
  109. remark

    make or write a comment on
  110. resident

    someone who lives at a particular place for a long period
  111. respect

    regard highly; think much of
  112. responsible

    worthy of or requiring trust; held accountable
  113. reverse

    change to the contrary
  114. revive

    cause to regain consciousness
  115. risk

    a source of danger
  116. scatter

    cause to separate and go in different directions
  117. schedule

    a list of times at which things are planned to occur
  118. sensitive

    responsive to physical stimuli
  119. signal

    any action or gesture that encodes a message
  120. solution

    a homogeneous mixture of two or more substances
  121. spoil

    make a mess of, destroy or ruin
  122. starve

    die of food deprivation
  123. steer

    be a guiding or motivating force or drive
  124. struggle

    strenuous effort
  125. suitable

    meant or adapted for an occasion or use
  126. survey

    consider in a comprehensive way
  127. swift

    moving very fast
  128. symbol

    something visible that represents something invisible
  129. talent

    natural abilities or qualities
  130. theory

    a belief that can guide behavior
  131. thrill

    something that causes a sudden intense feeling
  132. treasure

    any possession that is highly valued by its owner
  133. triumph

    a successful ending of a struggle or contest
  134. value

    the quality that renders something desirable
  135. vision

    the ability to see
  136. volunteer

    a person who performs work done by choice
  137. wander

    move or cause to move in a sinuous or circular course
  138. wisdom

    accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment
  139. wit

    mental ability
  140. woe

    misery resulting from affliction
Created on July 30, 2012
(updated August 14, 2012)

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