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perceive

[p a rs h v ]

v.

To perceive something means to be aware of it. —* He was talking loudly, so he did not perceive that the music had stopped.

primate

[p ra im e it]

n.

A primate is a type of mammal that includes monkeys, apes, and humans. —►Primates use their hands for such tasks as swinging from branches.

primitive

[p rim a tiv ]

adj.

If something is primitive, then it is simple, basic, and not very developed. —► The computers of the 1980s are primitive compared to those of todays.

Stereotype

[s te ria ta ip ]

n.

A stereotype is a general but often incorrect idea about a person or thing. -*• There’s a stereotype that pigs are dirty animals. But they are rather clean.

sticky

[s tiki]

adj.

If something is sticky, then it is covered with a substance that things stick to. —► Place the sticky part of the tape against the paper, so it will cling to the wall.

termite

[ t a r m a it ]

n.

A termite is an insect that lives in groups and feeds on wood. —* The wood we found was full of termites.

thereby

[6£a:rbai] adv.

If something happens thereby an action, then it is the result of that action. —► He didn’t score a goal, thereby ending his chance at setting a record.

trail

[treil]

n.

A trail is a path through a wild area. —►A narrow trail cut through the field and over the hills.

twig

[tw ig ]

n.

A twig is a short and thin branch from a tree or bush. —* They started the fire with a handful of dry twigs.

welfare

[welfear] n.

Welfare is the health and happiness of a person or group. —► Having plenty of clean water is necessary for the welfare of people.

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