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听故事学4000英语词汇82:马戏团

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4000 Essential English Words 3 Paul Nation

4000英语核心词汇3 保罗·纳森

Unit 22 Word List

第22单元 词汇表

accommodate v.

容纳

To accommodate is to have enough room.

表示有足够的空间。

→ The meeting room can accommodate nine people.

这个会议室能容纳九个人。

circus n.

马戏;马戏团

A circus is a traveling show with animals and people.

指一种动物和人的旅行表演。

→ I like to go to the circus to see the animals do tricks.

我喜欢去马戏团看动物表演。

coincide v.

同时发生

If two things coincide, they happen at the same time.

指两件事发生时间一样。

→ My birthday coincides with Christmas.

我的生日恰逢圣诞节。

commission v.

委任

To commission someone to do something is to pay them to do it.

表示付钱让别人做某事。

→ The artist was commissioned to create a picture.

那位艺术家受委托创作一幅画。

dose n.

一剂

A dose is a certain amount of medicine that you take at one time.

指你一次服用一定数量的药物。

→ My mother gave me a dose of medicine before I went to bed.

睡觉前妈妈给了我一剂药。

dye v.

染;把……染上颜色;

To dye something is to make it a certain color by using a special chemical.

指用一种特殊的化学物质使某物变成某种颜色。

→ Valery got her hair dyed at the salon yesterday.

瓦莱丽昨天在发廊染了头发。

extent n.

程度

The extent of something is how large, important, or serious it is.

表示事情有多大、有多重要或有多严重。

→ He ate to such an extent that he became overweight.

他胡吃海喝,以致于体重超标。

gender n.

性别

Gender is a category that describes being either a boy or a girl.

是对男孩或女孩的描述。

→ Do you know the gender of her new baby?

你知道她生的是男孩还是女孩吗?

headline n.

大标题

A headline is the title of a newspaper story.

指报纸报道的标题。

→ The headline on the front page was about the economy.

今日头条是关于经济的。

informal adj.

非正式的

When something is informal, it is not official.

表示不是正式的事情。

→ They had an informal meeting to talk about their experiences.

他们举行了一次非正式会议,讨论各自的经历。

inquire v.

询问

To inquire about something is to ask about it.

指问询某事。

→ Dad called to inquire about the price of tickets for the show.

爸爸打电话来询问演出的票价。

messenger n.

报信者,送信者

A messenger is one who carries information from one place to another.

指把信息从一个地方带到另一个地方的人。

→ The messenger delivered an important document to the office.

信使把一份重要文件送到办公室。

peer v.

凝视,盯着看

To peer at something is to watch it carefully.

指仔细观察。

→ She peered at people through the window.

她透过窗户凝视着人们。

portrait n.

肖像

A portrait is a painting or photograph of someone.

指某人的画像或照片。

→ I saw many religious portraits when I went to the museum.

我去博物馆时看到了许多宗教肖像。

pose v.

摆姿势

To pose is to stay in one place without moving.

指一动不动地呆在一个地方。

→ The kids and their dog posed for a picture.

孩子们和他们的狗摆好姿势照相。

ranch n.

大农场;大牧场

A ranch is a large farm where animals are kept.

指一个饲养动物的大农场。

→ My uncle has many horses on his ranch.

我叔叔的牧场有许多马。

steer v.

控制;驾驶

To steer something is to control where it goes.

表示控制某事物的方向。

→ He steered the go-cart around the track.

他驾驶着卡丁车绕过跑道。

stripe n.

条纹,斑纹

A stripe is a thick line.

指一条粗线。

→ The flag of the United States has red and white stripes.

美国国旗有红白相间的条纹。

tame adj.

驯服的;平淡的;乏味的;顺从的

When an animal is tame, it is not afraid to be near people.

指不怕人类的动物。

→ The tame bird rested on his hand.

那只驯服的鸟停在他的手上。

tempt v.

诱惑;引起;冒…的风险;使感兴趣

To tempt people is to offer them something they want but shouldn't have.

表示给人想要但不应该有的东西。

→ I wasn't hungry, but she tempted me with a piece of my favorite cake.

我不饿,但她用一块我最喜欢的蛋糕诱惑我。

The Circus

马戏团

Ben was unhappy. He lived on a ranch near a small town, and he didn't have many friends. Then one day a messenger came to the ranch. He showed the headline in the town newspaper. The circus was coming to the town. It even coincided with Ben's birthday!

本过得不开心。他住在一个小镇附近的牧场,也没有很多朋友。有一天,一个信使来到牧场。他送来了镇上报纸的头条新闻。报纸上说马戏团即将要来镇上,而那天刚好是本的生日!

Ben was very excited as his father steered the car through the town. The circus couldn't accommodate all the people who wanted to see the show, but Ben had a ticket.

本非常兴奋,因为他父亲开车带他来到了镇上。马戏团容纳不了所有想看演出的人,但本买到了票。

Ben peered at the activity around him. He watched people of both genders dance all around. They wore funny costumes, and their hair was dyed many different colors. Also, tame tigers with stripes on their fur did tricks. Outside, people could commission an informal portrait. They posed in front of a funny picture while an artist quickly drew them. Ben couldn't believe it. He was happier than he had ever been before.

本注视着他周围的活动,他看到男女老少都在跳舞。他们穿着有趣的服装,长着五颜六色的头发。而且,皮毛带条纹的温顺老虎也会表演。外面的人们委托别人画一幅非正式的肖像。他们在一张有趣的照片前摆姿势,艺术家很快就把他们画了出来。这令本难以置信,他比之前任何时候都快乐。

That day, Ben knew what he wanted to do. He loved the circus to such an extent that he wanted to have his own circus when he grew older. Seeing the circus was like a dose of medicine for him. He wasn't unhappy anymore. He felt special. He inquired about what he needed to do to have his own circus. He studied hard and learned about business.

那天,本知道自己想做什么。他很喜爱马戏团,以至于长大后想拥有自己的马戏团。看马戏对他来说就像一剂良药。他不再怏怏不乐,而是有了一种特殊的感觉。他打听需要做些什么才能拥有自己的马戏团。他努力学习,学习商业知识。

Ben worked very hard, and one day, he had his own circus. It was a great circus. People told him that he could be very rich. But he wasn't tempted by money. He just wanted to make children happy. He knew the circus had changed his life, and he wanted to do the same thing for others.

本工作很努力,终于有一天,他有了自己的马戏团。那是一个伟大的马戏团。人们告诉他,他可以因此变得很富有,但他并不为金钱所动,他只是想让孩子们开心。他知道马戏团改变了他的生活,所以他也想为别人做同样的事情。

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