Vocabulary Builder: 35 Essential Words with Definitions

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Vocabulary Builder: 35 Essential Words


1. Agonized

Manifesting, suffering, or characterized by great physical or mental pain.

2. Ample

Large and accommodating.

3. Assent

The expression of approval or agreement.


4. Befall

(Of something bad) happen to someone.


5. Chariots

A two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle used in ancient warfare and racing.

6. Conceive

Become pregnant with (a child). Form or devise (a plan or idea) in the mind.

7. Cordial

Friendly, warm.


8. Dews

Moisture condensed from the atmosphere, especially at night, and deposited in the form of small drops upon any cool surface.

9. Divine

Of, from, or like God or a god.

10. Doe

Female deer.


11. Foe

An enemy or opponent.


12. Gossamer

Used to refer to something very light, thin, and insubstantial or delicate.

13. Gown

A long dress, typically having a close-fitting bodice and a flared or flowing skirt, worn on formal occasions.


14. Haste

Excessive speed or urgency of movement or action; hurry.


15. Keepsakes

A small item kept in memory of the person who gave it or originally owned it.

16. Kneeling

Supported by knees


17. Leisure

Opportunity afforded by free time to do something.


18. Mat

A piece of protective material placed on a floor, in particular.


19. Onset

The beginning of something, especially something unpleasant


20. Prevail

Prove more powerful than opposing forces; be victorious.


21. Quivering

Tremble or shake with a slight rapid motion.


22. Roam

Move about or travel aimlessly or unsystematically, especially over a wide area.


23. Sorest

Painful or aching

24. Sovereign

A sovereign state or country is independent and not under the authority of any other country.

25. Straightway


26. Starkest

Severe or bare in appearance or outline.

27. Stir

Move a spoon or other implement around in (a liquid or other substance) in order to mix it thoroughly.

28. Strains

Force (a part of one's body or oneself) to make a strenuous or unusually great effort. Pour (a mainly liquid substance) through a porous or perforated device or material in order to separate out any solid matter.

29. Strove

Make great efforts to achieve or obtain something.

30. Stumbling

Tripping or losing one's balance while walking; moving with difficulty.

31. Surmised

Suppose that something is true without having evidence to confirm it.


32. Tippet

A long ceremonial scarf worn especially by the clergy.


33. Unveil

Remove a veil or covering from, especially uncover.


34. Vesuvian

Noun. A slow-burning match formerly used for lighting cigars; a fuse. Adjective. Marked by sudden or violent outbursts: a vesuvian temper.


35. Wring

Squeeze and twist (something) to force liquid from it.

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