Words - Letter C
American English Vocabulary - Letter C

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Words - Letter C
  • cabinet - n. a group of ministers that helps lead a government
  • call - v. to give a name to ("I call myself John."); to ask for or request ("They called for an end to the fighting.")
  • calm - ad. quiet; peaceful; opposite tense
  • camera - n. a device for taking pictures
  • camp - n. a place with temporary housing
  • campaign - n. a competition by opposing political candidates seeking support from voters; a connected series of military actions during a war
  • can - v. to be able to; to have the right to; n. a container used to hold liquid or food, usually made of metal
  • cancel - v. to end; to stop
  • cancer - n. a disease in which dangerous cells grow quickly and destroy parts of the body
  • candidate - n. a person who seeks or is nominated for an office or an honor
  • capital - n. the official center of a government; the city where a country's government is
  • capture - v. to make a person or animal a prisoner; to seize or take by force; to get control of
  • car - n. a vehicle with wheels used to carry people; an automobile; a part of a train
  • care - v. to like; to protect; to feel worry or interest
  • career - n. a chosen profession; a person’s working life ("The actor’s career lasted for thirty years.")
  • careful - ad. acting safely; with much thought
  • carry - v. to take something or someone from one place to another
  • case (court) - n. a legal action
  • case (medical) - n. an incident of disease ("There was only one case of chicken pox at the school.")
  • cat - n. a small animal that often lives with humans
  • catch - v. to seize after a chase; to stop and seize with the hands
  • cause - v. to make happen; n. the thing or person that produces a result
  • ceasefire - n. a halt in fighting, usually by agreement
  • celebrate - v. to honor a person or event with special activities
  • center - n. the middle of something; the place in the middle; a place that is the main point of an activity
  • century - n. one hundred years
  • ceremony - n. an act or series of acts done in a special way established by tradition
  • chairman - n. a person leading a meeting or an organized group
  • champion - n. the best; the winner
  • chance - n. a possibility of winning or losing or that something will happen
  • change - v. to make different; to become different
  • charge - v. to accuse someone of something, usually a crime; n. a statement in which someone is accused of something
  • chase - v. to run or go after someone or something
  • cheat - v. to get by a trick; to steal from
  • cheer - v. to shout approval or praise
  • chemicals - n. elements found in nature or made by people; substances used in the science of chemistry
  • chemistry - n. the scientific study of substances, what they are made of, how they act under different conditions, and how they form other substances
  • chief - n. the head or leader of a group; ad. leading; most important
  • child - n. a baby; a boy or girl
  • children - n. more than one child
  • choose - v. to decide between two or more
  • circle - n. a closed shape that has all its points equally distant from the center, like an "O"
  • citizen - n. a person who is a member of a country by birth or by law
  • city - n. any important large town
  • civilian - ad. not military
  • civil rights - n. the political, economic and social rights given equally to all people of a nation
  • claim - v. to say something as a fact
  • clash - n. a battle; v. to fight or oppose
  • class - n. a group of students who meet to study the same subject; also, a social or economic group. ("They were members of the middle class.")
  • clean - v. to make pure; ad. free from dirt or harmful substances ("clean water")
  • clear - ad. easy to see or see through; easily understood
  • clergy - n. a body of officials within a religious organization
  • climate - n. the normal weather conditions of a place
  • climb - v. to go up or down something by using the feet and sometimes the hands
  • clock - n. a device that measures and shows time
  • close - v. to make something not open; ad. near to
  • cloth - n. a material made from plants, chemicals, animal hair and other substances
  • clothes - n. what people wear
  • cloud - n. a mass of fog high in the sky
  • coal - n. a solid black substance used as fuel
  • coalition - n. forces, groups or nations joined together
  • coast - n. land on the edge of the ocean
  • coffee - n. a drink made from the plant of the same name
  • cold - ad. not warm; having or feeling great coolness or a low temperature
  • collapse - v. to fall down or inward suddenly; to break down or fail suddenly in strength, health or power. ("The building collapsed in the earthquake.” “The government collapsed after a vote in parliament.")
  • collect - v. to bring or gather together in one place; to demand and receive ("collect taxes")
  • college - n. a small university
  • colony - n. land controlled by another country or government
  • color - n. the different effects of light on the eye, making blue, red, brown, black, yellow and others
  • combine - v. to mix or bring together
  • come - v. to move toward; to arrive
  • command - v. to order; to have power over something
  • comment - v. to say something about; to express an opinion about something
  • committee - n. a group of people given special work
  • common - ad. usual; same for all ("a common purpose")
  • communicate - v. to tell; to give or exchange information
  • community - n. a group of people living together in one place or area
  • company - n. a business organized for trade, industrial or other purposes
  • compare - v. to examine what is different or similar
  • compete - v. to try to do as well as, or better than, another or others
  • complete - ad. having all parts; ended or finished
  • complex - ad. of or having many parts that are difficult to understand; not simple
  • compromise - n. the settlement of an argument where each side agrees to accept less than first demanded
  • computer - n. an electronic machine for storing and organizing information, and for communicating with others
  • concern - n. interest, worry ("express concern about"); v. to fear ("to be concerned")
  • condemn - v. to say a person or action is wrong or bad
  • condition - n. something declared necessary to complete an agreement; a person's health
  • conference - n. a meeting
  • confirm - v. to approve; to say that something is true
  • conflict - n. a fight; a battle, especially a long one
  • congratulate - v. to praise a person or to express pleasure for success or good luck
  • Congress - n. the organization of people elected to make the laws of the United States (the House of Representatives and the Senate); a similar organization in other countries
  • connect - v. to join one thing to another; to unite; to link
  • conservative - n. one who usually supports tradition and opposes great change
  • consider - v. to give thought to; to think about carefully
  • constitution - n. the written general laws and ideas that form a nation's system of government
  • contact - n. the act of touching or being close to a person or thing ("He was in contact with animals that had the disease.") v. to meet or communicate with ("He wanted to contact his local official.")
  • contain - v. to hold; to include
  • container - n. a box, bottle or can used to hold something
  • continent - n. any of the seven great land areas of the world
  • continue - v. to go on doing or being
  • control - v. to direct; to have power over
  • convention - n. a large meeting for a special purpose
  • cook - v. to heat food before eating it
  • cool - ad. almost cold
  • cooperate - v. to act or work together
  • copy - v. to make something exactly like another; n. something made to look exactly like another
  • corn - n. a food grain
  • correct - ad. true; free from mistakes; v. to change to what is right
  • corruption - n. actions taken to gain money or power that are legally or morally wrong
  • cost - n. the price or value of something ("The cost of the book is five dollars."); v. to be valued at ("The book costs five dollars.")
  • cotton - n. a material made from a plant of the same name
  • count - v. to speak or add numbers
  • country - n. a nation; the territory of a nation; land away from cities
  • court - n. where trials take place; where judges make decisions about law
  • cover - v. to put something over a person or thing; n. anything that is put over a person or thing
  • cow - n. a farm animal used for its milk
  • crash - v. to fall violently; to hit with great force
  • create - v. to make; to give life or form to
  • creature - n. any living being; any animal or human
  • credit - n. an agreement that payments will be made at a later time
  • crew - n. a group of people working together
  • crime - n. an act that violates a law
  • criminal - n. a person who is responsible for a crime
  • crisis - n. an extremely important time when something may become much better or worse; a dangerous situation
  • criticize - v. to say what is wrong with something or someone; to condemn; to judge
  • crops - n. plants that are grown and gathered for food, such as grains, fruits and vegetables
  • cross - v. to go from one side to another; to go across
  • crowd - n. a large number of people gathered in one place
  • crush - v. to damage or destroy by great weight; to defeat completely
  • cry - v. to express or show sorrow or pain
  • culture - n. all the beliefs, traditions and arts of a group or population
  • cure - v. to improve health; to make well ("The doctor can cure the disease."); n. something that makes a sick person well ("Antibiotics are a cure for infection.")
  • curfew - n. an order to people to stay off the streets or to close their businesses
  • current - n. movement of air, water or electricity; ad. belonging to the present time ("She found the report in a current publication.")
  • custom - n. a long-established belief or activity of a people
  • customs - n. taxes on imports
  • cut - v. to divide or injure with a sharp tool; to make less; to reduce
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