Vocabulary list Metropolis havo



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Vocabulary list Metropolis havo
In this word list you will find many of the words you come across in this unit. They are put together in order of assignment and in sequence of their place in the text. These words may be part of your vocabulary test.


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The very heart




whim

His every whim, however outrageous, is complied with because every one dreads his anger.

gril

at a stroke

At a stroke of the pen all the expensive plans were cancelled.

in een keer

foundation stone

The five-year-old daughter of the architect was allowed to lay the foundation stone with his name inscribed.

eerste steen

hub

He thinks that Groningen is the hub of the universe.

middelpunt

humble

Street-cleaning is rather a humble occupation for an architect, isn't it?

eenvoudig

to flourish

His business is flourishing; he can even afford to hire a secretary.

bloeien

translation

This translation from Dutch into English is full of mistakes: do have some one check it for you.

vertaling

mutation

Are mutations in plants caused by cosmic rays?

verandering

clang

The bell gave a loud clang.

gekletter

barrel

' Roll out the Barrel' is a well-known song beloved by soldiers.

ton

to replenish

Wanting to be a good host, he kept replenishing our glasses.

aanvullen

gable

Dutch gables are a real tourist attraction in Amsterdam.

gevelspits

predictable

He is so predictable, rather boring in fact.

voorspelbaar

to banish

The terrorist was banished to Siberia.

verbannen

to linger

After she had left the room her perfume still lingered on the air.

blijven hangen

debris

All the debris in outer space causes a grave danger for astronauts.

brokstukken

to forage

At night the grizzly bears came into the camp to forage for food.

naar voedsel zoeken

rally

Thousands of people rallied to the call of the political leader to march in a demonstration for peace.

bijeenkomen

seductive

The girl gave him a seductive look.

verleidelijk

rite

He died after receiving the last rites of the church.

rite

fair

Every year there is a huge fair held in the marketplace around Christmas.

markt

mulled wine

She has this marvellous recipe for mulled wine, but I still don't like the taste.

bisschopswijn

spectacle

The circus provided quite a spectacle.

schouwspel










3

Dashed hopes of a London junkie




millstone

I am so proud of that millstone I use in my garden path.

molensteen

chilly

It is rather chilly in the sitting room, let me light a fire.

kil

to initiate

They initiated a new programme for collecting money for Gambia.

starten

to scour

I spend every Saturday scouring the bookshops for interesting books on trees.

afstropen

wherewithal

Where are you going to get the wherewithall for these ambitious plans of yours?

middelen

extortionate

That is an extortionate price for such a tumble-down house.

bijzonder hoog

penury

He was reduced to penury having spent all his inheritance on drink and women.

ontbering

berth

I managed to get the last berth on the ship going to America.

slaapplaats

skaghead

These skagheads hanging around the station look rather frightening to the passers-by.

heroïneverslaafde

lie-in

I always have a long lie-in on Sunday morning and then read my newspapers in peace.

uitslapen

to refer

She was referred to the hospital by her doctor

doorverwijzen

GP

He is my GP, my General Practitioner as we call it in England.

huisarts

to mutter

He muttered angrily that he was not going to do his homework.

mompelen

to shiver

She was shivering because of the cold wind.

bibberen

ebullient

She was ebullient with joy when he finally asked her to marry him.

uitgelaten

greasy

You need to clean your windows, they are quite greasy because of this polluting rain.

vet

draughty

The old castle was terribly draughty, but very romantic nonetheless.

tochtig

to retrieve

He retrieved the ball from the pond for the little boy.

eruit halen

to append

If you get an e-mail from an unknown person saying: 'Please open the appended file', you had better be careful not to get a virus in your computer.

vasthechten

hedge

Hedges are a lot of work if you want to keep them looking tidy.

heg

anticipation

In anticipation of the big day he could not sleep a wink.

verwachting

foul

This is a foul deed.

smerig

to succumb

Her father succumbed to her entreaties and let her go to the all-night party after all.

zwichten










5

It’s a mall world after all




rug

That looks like a comfortable rug over there in front of the fire-place.

vloerkleed

fake

Fake euros are becoming quite a problem for shopkeepers.

vals

to blare

At the festival the music blared from the loudspeakers.

schallen

stroller

We will need a new stroller now that we have twins.

kinderwagentje

to plague

He was plagued by hay-fever every spring.

het leven zuur maken

suburban sprawl

The suburban sprawl around most of the towns in the western part of The Netherlands is beginning to look like those horrible cities in America.

naar alle kanten uitgroeiende voorsteden

venture

A joint venture is a business arrangement in which two or more parties undertake a specific economic activity together.

onderneming

exile

I feel like an exile having to live up here far from Amsterdam.

banneling

scarce

In winter strawberries are scarce.

schaars

to gorge

Because of the heat many people were gorging on ice-cream to cool off a little.

volproppen

to account for

He accounted for the sale of 600 copies of my new book, fortunately.

voor zijn rekening nemen

disposable

The world wide use of all these disposable goods has a horrifying effect on our environment.

wegwerpbaar

retailer

Most of the retailers in this part of town are going bankrupt now that everyone prefers buying goods in bulk.

winkelier

crippling

There is a crippling competition going on among the supermarkets at the moment.

moordend

blandness

The blandness of hospital meals makes everything taste the same.

weinig gekruid

congestion

Because of the accident on the main road even all the secondary roads suffered from traffic congestion.

opstopping










6

Meeting the Mob




to cram together

All the children were crammed together in the air-raid shelter.

bij elkaar proppen

casting call

If you want to make a film the first thing you need to do is make a casting call to find the proper actors for the parts.

oproep voor acteurs

to holler

I hadn't realised he was trying to catch up with me until I heard him holler out to me to wait.

roepen

rowdy

The people who couldn't get a ticket to the football match became quite rowdy.

luidruchtig

to mount

He mounted the photographs beautifully on a red cardboard background.

opzetten

tough

That actor always plays the part of a tough in those gangster films.

zware jongen

to wield

He wielded a whip to make the horse go faster.

hanteren

unprecedented

This case is completely unprecedented, the lawyer said.

ongekend

to slap

Parents are no longer allowed to slap their children in Britain.

meppen

to corner

His arguments were so convincing that he completely cornered his opponent.

in het nauw drijven

enterprise

The ship on which Captain Cook discovered Australia was called The Enterprise.

onderneming

public fund

The treasurer of the committee stole the public funds of his committee to buy an expensive car and run off to Spain.

openbare gelden

trench

During the First World War the German and the French trenches were only a couple of hundred meters apart from each other.

loopgraaf

fugitive

The police tried to track the fugitive out on the moor with dogs.

voortvluchtige

to slay

The king was slain by an anarchist.

vermoorden

retired

When I am retired I am never going to stop reading all day.

gepensioneerd

core business

Let's stick to discussing the core business in this meeting, please.

kernactiviteit










7

A burglary




exempt

Poor eyesight will exempt you from military service.

vrijgesteld

sortie

The four planes each made two sorties yesterday.

uitstapje

device

He invented this funny device for catching flies.

apparaat

decorator

I would like to become a decorator and be my own man.

huisschilder

to give chase

The police gave chase when they saw the pick-pocket taking a purse from that poor woman.

erachteraan gaan

blind

This is a blind alley, no use going through here, then.

doodlopend

alleyway

In old towns you often find quite a few picturesque alleyways.

steegje

miscreant

The miscreant was taken away by the detective and put into a car.

schoft

recess

Modern architects try to avoid building recesses in the streets to prevent homeless people from trying to find shelter there.

schuilhoek

to bruise

I have a very thin skin and bruise easily when bumping into things.

blauwe plekken bezorgen

assault

He was in prison for six months on a charge of assault and causing grievous bodily harm.

aanranding

to detain

Everybody has the right to detain a criminal, but I wouldn't advise you to do so.

aanhouden

to shout abuse

I find people who shout abuse at you for just a minor traffic violation so vulgar.

uitschelden

wrapper

Please put a wrapper round the book to avoid getting it wet in the rain.

zakje

to assume

I assume you know how old she is.

aannemen

to comb

The soldiers combed the jungle to find the enemy.

afzoeken, uitkammen

bobby

English policemen do not appreciate being called a bobby.

politieagent

beat

The policeman on the beat gives most civilians a feeling of safety.

ronde van agent

refuse

Gosh, you had better clean up your room before your mother comes home from her holiday – the place looks like a refuse belt.

vuilnis

to stash

This is where I stash my collection of gold coins: I'm sure nobody will ever find them here.

verstoppen

to spring

The detective decided to spring the thief the minute he had put the stolen goods in his car.

vastgrijpen

surveillance

The children playing near the river were kept under close surveillance by their teachers.

bewaking










9

Intimidation




toddler

The toddler staggered round the room when trying to walk independently for the first time.

kleuter



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