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resident - /rez'-i-dent/ n one who lives in a place; citizen, inhabitant

From "reside" vi to live, dwell.

Example: Most of the residents of Colorado are used to rapid changes in the weather.



automobile - /aw-toe-moe-beel'/ n car

This somewhat old-fahioned word comes from the Latin roots "auto" and "mobil" and means that it is a vehicle that moves or propels itself by means of an engine as opposed to a wagon or carriage pulled by a horse or other animal. The short form "auto" is also used.

Example: The Automobile Club of America (AAA) provides useful services to people who drive cars.



inconceivable - /in-kun-seev'-uh-bul/ adj unimaginable, unthinkable, impossible

From the verb "conceive" which means to think or imagine.

Example: It is inconceivable that a student who does not do homework will get a good grade.



liability - /lie-uh-bil'-uh-tee/ n burden; disadvantage

From the adjective "liable" which means "to be responsible for."

Example: It is a great liability not to be able to speak a foreign language.









prohibitive - /pro-hib'-uh-tiv/ adj excessive; too much; in a way that is limiting

From the verb "prohibit" which means to limit or stop.

Example: I liked the designer jeans in the department store, but they were prohibitively expensive.








notorious - /no-taw'-ree-us/ adj well-known or famous in a bad way

From a Latin word that means "evident" or "known".

Example: Jesse James, Al Capone and Jack the Ripper were notorious criminals.








prospect - /prah'-spect/ n idea; expectation; notion

From the Latin words "pro" meaning "forward" and "spec" meaning "look" and has the idea of "what is in front of our eyes or what is expected."

Example: The prospect of staying up all night to study for the test didn't make me happy.








commute - /kum-myoot'/ vi to travel back and forth between home and work

From the Latin words "com" which means "with" and "mutare" which means "change" and has the idea of "exchange or back and forth"

Example: It takes me about an hour to commute to and from work each day.









via - /vee'-uh/ prep by way of

A Latin word meaning "way" or "road"

Example: Please send this package via air mail.








expressway - /ek-spress'-way/ n highway

The word "express" means fast and an expressway is a road for fast travel.

Example: Get off the expressway at exit 133 and then go west.









eminent - /em-uh-nent/ adj special; famous; notable; conspicuous

From a Latin word meaning "to stand out"

Example: The room was filled with diplomats and other eminent people from many different countries.









unappealing - /un-up-peel'-ing/ adj unattractive; disgusting

To "appeal" means to "attract" and something that is unappealing is the opposite of something that is attractive

Example: The food looked unappealing after it was left out of the refigerator for several hours.









access /ak'-sess/ n entrance, approach

If you have "access" or "approach" to something, you have the freedom to use it.

Example: If you have access to a computer it will be easier for you to do the homework.









predicament /pre-dik'-uh-ment/ n dilemma; difficult situation or condition

From the Latin words "pre' which means "before" and "dic" which means "say" and has the idea of "that which is said."

Example: If I fail the final exam, I will be in a terrible predicament.









get along with - phrasal verb manage, survive

If you "get along with" someone or something, you have no trouble with it

Example: If you study hard, you will have no trouble getting along in your university classes.









depart - /de-part'/ vi go; leave

From a Latin word meaning "to go away"

Example: The train is scheduled to depart in fifteen minutes.









vehicular - /ve-hik'-yoo-lar/ adj from the noun "vehicle"

A vehicle is anything that provides transportation such as a car, truck, bus, taxi etc.

Example: The hit-and-run driver was guilty of vehicular homicide.









deficiency - /de-fish'-en-see/ n lack; need; shortage

From the adj "deficient" which comes from a Latin word meaning "to lack or fail"

Example: She didn't feel well because of a vitamin deficiency in her diet.









pose - /poze/ v present; set forth

From a French word that means "to place"

Example: After the problem was stated, the team members posed several possible solutions.