to buy or obtain for oneself
He has acquired a new Porsche!
He was the first in the town to acquire a bicycle!
This vocabulary word is from my lesson plan on China & Cars: A Love Story
delighted, excited, happy
She was thrilled that she got such a large bonus.
I was thrilled to hear your good news.
done in a deceptive, dishonest, sly and sneaky way
Fraudsters often use underhand tactics to get information from people via e-mail.
This vocabulary word is from my lesson plan on Business Ethics.
He was jubilant when he found out that he had passed the exam.
The announcement of the results was followed by jubilant celebrations.
This vocabulary word is from my lesson plan on Emotional Intelligence
to write quickly without worrying about being neat, clear or legible
Whenever I think of something I need to buy, I quickly scribble it into my diary.
Can you stop scribbling in my notebook please, use your own!
(taken from my lesson about Einstein)
to ponder, to think about
Sometimes it's good to just sit and cogitate about the meaning of life.
Philosophers need lots of time to cogitate over deep issues.
(taken from my Googe NGram Viewer lesson plan)
very, very expensive
Properties in London are exorbitant!
Have you seen the exorbitant prices of designer clothes?
to be at a loss, unable to find a solution
I am completely stumped as to how she managed to beat him!
I've nearly finished the crossword, but this one clue has me stumped.
(taken from my Intelligence Lesson Plan)
confusing, because you cannot understand something or solve a puzzle; confounding
The fact that he won that race is baffling - I didn't think he was the best.
Her behaviour is baffling, one minute she is sweet as sugar, and the next she won't talk to me.
(taken from my Olympics Lesson Plan)
That's a blatant lie! I saw you do it!
The answer is blatantly obvious. The professor hit her over the head with the candlestick in the drawing room.
(taken from my Freakonomics lesson)
a great flood, a heavy downpour, or something that overwhelms us like a flood
Since starting this website I have received a deluge of fan mail! (I'm still waiting J)
Were you awake during that deluge last night? Our road turned into a river!
(taken from my weather vocabulary list)
shockingly noticeable or obvious
The fact that he was found guilty is a flagrant miscarriage of justice.
In Syria recently there have been flagrant violations of human rights.
(taken from my lesson on Planned Obsolescence)
Posterity will not thank us for the damage we have done to our planet.
tiny, very small
(sometimes also spelt miniscule)
Don't go to the new restaurant down the road, their portions are minuscule.
I don't know how that school manages to pay its teachers - they have such a minuscule budget.
very, very, very large
(this American word first entered into the world in the 1960's, probably starting as college slang, and is a combination of the words huge and monstrous)
She's not even 9 months pregnant yet, and she looks humongous!
That new block of flats is humongous, it's going to block out all our sunlight!
very, very, very large
That new shopping mall is colossal, it takes more than half an hour to walk from one end to the other!
I was attacked by a colossal mosquito, it nearly took my head off!
causing great surprise, amazement or dismay
The view from the top of the hill is staggering!
They want a staggering amount of money for that house.
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