NAEP Test Words – 45 Words


bring into existence

An interactive map showing the location of bombs dropped on London during the Blitz in World War II has been created.

distribute or disperse widely

Nor would Ebola virus spread easily through orangutan populations.BBC (Dec 7, 2012)

make too low an approximation of

However, as is so often the case, people underestimate how rapidly technology moves on.Scientific American (Nov 20, 2012)

the act of making an important discovery

In 2008, HP scientists announced an incredible breakthrough in fashioning a circuit that had eluded others for over three decades.Forbes (Nov 29, 2012)

rid of objects or obstructions such as e.g. trees and brush

The half-dozen trees that came down have been cleared.

closed or squeezed together tightly

I clenched my teeth as my small hands gripped the mirror shard tighter.Nature (Dec 5, 2012)

a long fixed look

He gazed up at a tree house he built — now being used by the protesters — turned around and walked quietly back toward his home.

a representation of something, often on a smaller scale

“Venice needs a new model of moving forward.”

a disgraceful event

Measured in tone and outraged in its argument, it is an emotionally stirring, at times crushingly depressing cinematic call to witness.

assume a bearing as for artistic purposes

The actor strikes familiar poses, the famous cigarette jauntily thrusting.

filled with bewilderment

The thing that puzzled Price the most: Getting better had only made him worse.Seattle Times (Nov 11, 2012)

reflect brightly

Floors were going to sparkle, and greeters would welcome customers at the entrance.Slate (Oct 5, 2012)

so surprisingly impressive as to stun or overwhelm

Not long ago, I chronicled their staggering decline in season-ticket sales — 62 percent over those same 10 years.Seattle Times (Nov 28, 2012)

having a quality that thrusts itself into attention

Scientists have observed a striking decline in Northeast winters.

make a proposal; declare a plan for something

He suggested that at heart, skiers and snowboarders are optimists.

an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation

Six years later, the barren, brown view has sprung back to life.Scientific American (Nov 20, 2012)

discover or determine the existence, presence, or fact of

They were making little test strips that would change color based on the amount of caffeine detected.

suggestive of the supernatural; mysterious

By early Monday, an eerie quiet had fallen over the agency.

grow vigorously

Organised crime is reported to flourish and kidnappings and violence are commonplace.

having an illustrious reputation; respected

The Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, the most prestigious British award, followed 10 years later.

short account of an incident

Beyond tips, Tomsky has packed his book with outrageous anecdotes about guests.Seattle Times (Nov 19, 2012)

suitable for use as food

She often brought home “mistakes,” confections lacking the trademark swirl, or misunderstood orders, edible but wrong.

contort the face to indicate a certain mental state

He caught it, but grimaced in pain and was unable to get up.

a visual representation produced on a surface

Public Enemy: Still ticked off after all these years, the hip-hop icons have been waging war on apathy since the ‘80s.

give an incentive for action

Her supporters say the impeachment charges are politically motivated.

reproduce or make an exact copy of

But say you want to replicate America’s most famous tree in your living room.BusinessWeek (Dec 5, 2012)

a distinguishing trait

As well as the notorious staples of sausage rolls and pasties, outlets sell regional specialities.

devise or invent

Wireless providers have concocted a particularly dizzying array of hurdles to get on their Web sites.New York Times (Jun 22, 2012)

inserted as an integral part of a surrounding whole

Code is embedded in our phones, ATMs, voting machines, buildings, social interactions, culture.Slate (Nov 30, 2012)

filled with a great quantity

In the clubhouse, a table is laden with flowers and sympathy notes offering “strength and support in these hard times”.

spread or diffuse through

In rural areas, cigarette smoke permeates buses, shops and even doctors’ offices.Nature (Sep 26, 2012)

being the agent or cause

Scientists are responsible for providing the hard data.Scientific American (Dec 6, 2012)

comfort in disappointment or misery

“Some of my patients take solace in knowing that the pesticide levels are below safety thresholds,” Dr. Bravata said.

put up with something or somebody unpleasant

These teachers, professionally trained to deal with cheeky people, tolerated my impertinent frisking.

unusually great in size or amount or extent or scope

TV still makes up the vast majority of advertising media budgets, by far.Forbes (Dec 7, 2012)

showing pensive sadness

“Lots of good memories here,” a wistful Francis said, before turning back and smiling.

showing a high degree of refinement

On air his urbane tenor speaking voice conveys a cool omniscience and authority that seem ageless.New York Times (Jun 23, 2012)

draw advantages from

Any transaction will need to move quickly in order to capitalize on consumer interest.

of or concerned with or related to the future

But who exactly will end up buying in Andermatt is on the minds of the marketers, as well as a few prospective buyers.

make steady progress

Every company in the world has tightened it’s belt and many are prospering, why?

pay back for some expense incurred

Insurance companies do not currently reimburse private advocates’ fees.

express or state clearly

Having articulated our business model in 20 minutes, we can now look back on the experience.

causing something to happen rather than waiting to respond

Shariat said men should be particularly proactive about their health care.

in full control of your faculties

But Mrs. Arlington, usually cold as ice and perfectly self-possessed, had quite lost her nerve.Standish, Burt L.

a mistaken or unfounded opinion or idea

People with schizophrenia can at times have delusions that they are responsible for crimes they did not commit.New York Times (Jun 1, 2012)

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