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现代大学英语精读第二册 Unit14

  Lesson fourteen

  Pre-class Work

  Read the text a third time. Learn the new words and expressions listed below.

  Glossary

  acre

  n. a measure of land 英亩 (equal to 6 市亩 a in China)

  afresh

  adv. (fml) once more; from the beginning

  Alabama

  n. 亚拉巴马州(U.S.)

  assault

  n. an attempt to achieve sth. difficult

  assignment

  n. a piece of work given to sb.

  balloon

  v. to get larger in amount; to increase in number

  blueprint

  n. a plan for achieving sth. 蓝图

  capital

  n. money to start a business

  charity

  n. an organization that gives help to the poor

  commute

  v. to travel regularly a long distance to work

  contractor

  n. a person or company that makes an agreement to do work 承包商

  corporation

  n. a company

  dilapidated

  adj. old and in very bad condition

  distribute

  v. to give to a group of people or organization, esp. in a planned way 分配;分发

  donation

  n. sth. esp. money given to an organization without asking for anything in return 捐款

  dubious

  adj. not sure whether sth. is true or good

  dwelling

  n. (fml) a house where people live

  dynamic

  adj. full of energy and new ideas, and determined to succeed

  equity

  n. 产权 sweat ~: unpaid labor that is invested to start or expand a business

  erect

  v. to build

  foundation

  n. 基础

  generous

  adj. showing readiness to give money, help, kindness, etc.

  Georgia

  n. 佐治亚州(U.S.)

  habitat

  n. the natural home of a plant or animal. Here: the name given to the housing project

  handle

  v. to deal with a difficult situation

  install

  v. 安装

  jolt

  v. to shock suddenly

  knack

  n. (infml) a special skill or ability

  livestock

  n. animals kept on a farm

  luxurious

  adj. very expensive, beautiful and comfortable

  Manhattan

  曼哈顿 (U.S.)

  millionaire

  n. a person who has at least 1,000,000 pounds or dollars; a very wealthy person

  minimal

  adj. very small in degree or amount

  mission

  n. sth. you feel you must do because it is your duty

  Mississippi

  n. 密西西比州(U.S.)

  mortgage

  n. an agreement to borrow money from a bank in order to buy a house, with the house belonging to the lender until the money is repaid 抵押贷款

  needy

  adj. having very little food or money

  passer-by

  n. a person who happens to pass by a place

  peek

  v. to look at sth. quickly, esp. sth. you are not supposed to see

  plea

  n. an eager or serious request

  plumbing

  n. all the pipes that carry water through in a building

  plus

  prep. with the addition of; and also

  profit

  n. money gained by selling things or doing business

  ranch

  n. (AmE) a very large farm where sheep, cattle or horses are raised

  recruit

  v. to find new people to work in a company, join an organization or do a job, etc.

  rent

  v. to pay money regularly for the use of a house or room that belongs to sb. else

  reservoir

  n. an artificial lake where water is stored before it is supplied to people's houses. Here: a large amount of sth, that has not been used

  scaled-down

  adj. less than before

  scorching

  adj. very hot

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