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Expand your vocabulary

28 May, 2023

Circle A, B, C or D that most accurately fits the meaning and check your answers with the key.

1. Interstellar

A. between stars

B. between nations

C. outstanding

D. powerful

2. Corona

A. centre of a planet

B. ring of light

C. comet’s tail

D. cool liquid

3. Methane

A. scientific approach

B. space rocket

C. odourless gas

D. large balloon

4. Vicinity

A. new road

B. intensity

C. speed

D. nearby area

5. Nebula

A. gaseous cloud

B. collection of stars

C. erratic orbit

D. empty space

6. Magnitude

A. small planet

B. degree of brightness

C. heavy metal

D. powerful pull

7. Prototype

A. solid matter

B. temporary state

C. original model

D. unit of measure

8. Turbulence

A. exhaustion

B. balance

C. engine power

D. disturbance of the atmosphere

9. Binary

A. composed of two parts

B. distorted

C. well-organised

D. powerful

10. Anomaly

A. lack of oxygen

B. deviation

C. change of colour

D. space between planets

11. Jettison

A. speed up

B. rotate

C. cast off

D. plunge sharply

12. Ambient

A. left behind

B. flickering

C. dwindling

D. surrounding

13. Hypothesis

A. theory

B. corruption

C. correction

D. dim light

14. Methodical

A. new

B. orderly

C. dull

D. deep

15. Fantasise

A. to enlarge

B. to lie

C. to imagine

D. to argue

16. Therapy

A. heat

B. side dish

C. melody

D. healing

17. Chronic

A. constant

B. cranky

C. officially recorded

D. severe

18. Pragmatic

A. productive

B. practical

C. discouraging

D. fussy

19. Orate

A. to express sympathy

B. to sing

C. to insult

D. to speak

20. Hoi polloi

A. common people

B. confusion

C. disagreement

D. royalty



1. A

2. B

3. C

4. D

5. A

6. B

7. C

8. D

9. A

10. B

11. C

12. D

13. A

14. B

15. C

16. D

17. A

18. B

19. D

20. A



10 – 14 Correct: Good

15 – 17 Correct: Excellent

18 – 20 Correct: Exceptional