Words - Letter W
American English Vocabulary - Letter W

The words on this page came from the VOA, Voice of America, Special English Word Book. Use the Fun Easy English dictionary for a more detailed explanation of each word.
Words - Letter W
  • wages - n. money received for work done
  • wait - v. to delay acting; to postpone
  • walk - v. to move by putting one foot in front of the other
  • wall - n. the side of a room or building formed by wood, stone or other material; a structure sometimes used to separate areas of land
  • want - v. to desire; to wish for; to need
  • war - n. fighting between nations, or groups in a nation, using weapons
  • warm - ad. almost hot; having or feeling some heat
  • warn - v. to tell of possible danger; to advise or inform about something bad that may happen
  • wash - v. to make clean, usually with water
  • waste - v. to spend or use without need or care; to make bad use of; n. a spending of money, time or effort with no value gained or returned; something thrown away as having no value; the liquid and solid substances that result from body processes and are passed out of the body
  • watch - v. to look at; to observe closely; to look and wait for
  • water - n. the liquid that falls from the sky as rain or is found in lakes, rivers and oceans
  • wave - v. to move or cause to move one way and the other, as a flag in the wind; to signal by moving the hand one way and the other; n. a large mass of water that forms and moves on the surface of a lake or ocean
  • way - n. a path on land or sea or in the air; how something is done; method
  • we - pro. two or more people, including the speaker or writer ("He and I will go together, and we will return together.")
  • weak - ad. having little power; easily broken, damaged or destroyed; opposite strong
  • wealth - n. a large amount of possessions, money or other things of value
  • weapon - n. anything used to cause injury or to kill during an attack, fight or war
  • wear - v. to have on the body, as clothes
  • weather - n. the condition of the atmosphere resulting from sun, wind, rain, heat or cold
  • Web site - n. a collection of information prepared by a person or organization on the World Wide Web of the Internet
  • week - n. a period of time equal to seven days
  • weigh - v. to measure how heavy someone or something is
  • welcome - v. to express happiness or pleasure when someone arrives or something develops
  • well - ad. in a way that is good or pleasing; in good health; n. a hole in the ground where water, gas or oil can be found
  • west - n. the direction in which the sun goes down
  • wet - ad. covered with water or other liquid; not dry
  • what - pro. used to ask about something or to ask for information about something ("What is this?"); ad. which or which kind ("He wants to know what you would like to drink.")
  • wheat - n. a grain used to make bread; the plant that produces the grain
  • wheel - n. a round structure that turns around a center
  • when - ad. at what time; at any time ("When will she come home?"); conj. during or at the time ("I studied hard when I was in school.")
  • where - ad.. conj. at, to or in what place ("Where is his house?" "The house where he lives is in the old part of the city.")
  • whether - conj. if it be the case or fact that ("He did not know whether he was right or wrong.")
  • which - pro. used to ask about what one or what ones of a group of things or people ("Which program do you like best?" "Which students will take the test?")
  • while - n. a space of time ("Please come to my house for a while."); conj. at or during the same time ("It may not be a good idea to eat while you are running.")
  • white - ad. having the color like that of milk or snow
  • who - pro. what or which person or persons that ("Who wants to go?"); the person or persons ("They are the ones who want to go.")
  • whole - ad. the complete amount; all together; not divided; not cut into pieces
  • why - ad. for what cause or reason ("Why did she do it?"); conj. the reason for which ("I do not know why she did it.")
  • wide - ad. having a great distance from one side to the other; not limited
  • wife - n. a woman who is married
  • wild - ad. living and growing in natural conditions and not organized or supervised by humans; angry; uncontrolled
  • will - v. a word used with action words to show future action ("They will hold talks tomorrow.")
  • willing - ad. being ready or having a desire to ("They are willing to talk about the problem.")
  • win - v. to gain a victory; to defeat another or others in a competition, election or battle
  • wind - n. a strong movement of air
  • window - n. an opening in a wall to let in light and air, usually filled with glass
  • winter - n. the coldest time of year, between autumn and spring
  • wire - n. a long, thin piece of metal used to hang objects or to carry electricity or electronic communications from one place to another
  • wise - ad. having much knowledge and understanding; able to use knowledge and understanding to make good or correct decisions
  • wish - v. to want; to express a desire for
  • with - prep. along or by the side of; together; using ("He fixed it with a tool."); having ("the house with the red door")
  • withdraw - v. to take or move out, away or back; to remove
  • without - prep. with no; not having or using; free from; not doing
  • witness - n. a person who saw and can tell about an action or event, sometimes in a court of law
  • woman - n. an adult female human
  • wonder - v. to ask oneself; to question ("She wonders if it is true."); n. a feeling of surprise
  • wonderful - ad. causing wonder; especially good
  • wood - n. the solid material of which trees are made
  • word - n. one or more connected sounds that form a single part of a language
  • work - v. to use physical or mental effort to make or do something; n. the effort used to make or to do something; that which needs effort; the job one does to earn money
  • world - n. the earth; the people who live on the earth
  • worry - v. to be concerned; to continue thinking that something, possibly bad, can happen
  • worse - ad. more bad than
  • worth - n. value measured in money
  • wound - v. to injure; to hurt; to cause physical damage to a person or animal; n. an injury to the body of a human or animal in which the skin is usually cut or broken
  • wreck - v. to damage greatly; to destroy; n. anything that has been badly damaged or broken
  • wreckage - n. what remains of something severely damaged or destroyed
  • write - v. to use an instrument to make words appear on a surface, such as paper
  • wrong - ad. not correct; bad; not legal; opposite right
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