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Vocabulary List Crossroads vwo
In this word list you will find many of the words you come across in this unit. They have been 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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All play and no work …?




to issue

Collectors buy new stamps on the day they are issued.

uitvaardigen

to be infuriated

I was infuriated because this was the third time in a row that he made the same mistake.

woedend zijn

idler

That boy is an idler and a ne'er do well, not a good future husband for you, my dear girl.

nietsnut

impervious

He is completely impervious to criticism, which makes him a difficult person to work on a team with.

onontvankelijk

to slob about

I become so irritated by my sixteen-year-old son slobbing about all the weekend instead of his giving me a hand in the garden.

rondhangen

to be estranged

We used to be best friends at school, but after he married that girl we have become completely estranged.

geen contact meer hebben

distraught

The parents of the girl that had gone missing were distraught.

radeloos

to sort oneself out

After slowly counting to ten I managed to sort myself out instead of slogging him one.

tot rede komen

to ditch someone

The way he ditched her after all those years was particularly unsympathetic.

het uitmaken met iemand

inkling

Well, that is exciting news hearing she is getting married next week, for I hadn't an inkling of her even having met anyone.

flauw vermoeden

appalling

That is appalling work, you had better do it all over again.

erg slecht










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Holiday jobs




to monitor

Two nurses were monitoring the patients in the intensive care unit.

toezicht houden op

current

His current girlfriend is a real beauty.

huidig

query

I have a query that I hope you can give an answer to.

vraag

hefty

The angry man gave him a hefty blow, nearly breaking his glasses.

hevig

turnover

The turnover of waiters in this restaurant is amazing; you never see the same person twice.

wisseling

boost

The fact that we had won the match against the champion team was quite a boost.

oppepper

to gain insight into

When he spoke she gained an unpleasant insight into what life would be like as his wife.

inzicht krijgen in

to quit

I am quitting this job at the end of the month for my boss is an unbearable brute.

er mee ophouden










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You will be hearing from us shortly




adequate

Are you getting adequate recompense for the work you are doing?

voldoende

to consider

We are considering going to Canada.

overwegen

impressive

That body builder does have an impressive physique!

indrukwekkend

immaturity

It is because of their immaturity, not stupidity, that these girls keep giggling whenever they are asked to give their opinion.

onvolwassenheid

to appreciate

I do appreciate your help so much.

op prijs stellen

dubious

The result is still dubious.

twijfelachtig

to perpetuate

The country decided to perpetuate the memory of this great statesman by erecting a statue of him.

doorzetten, vereeuwigen










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Doing your own thing




remote

This remote village can only be reached by helicopter.

afgelegen

beetle

When he switched on the light he saw beetles scuttling away in all directions.

kever

dot

We watched the ship until it was a mere dot on the horizon.

spikkel

wispy

Her wispy hair was blown in a tangle by the wind.

dun

to scurry round

As it was nearly closing time she scurried round to the shops to buy something for tea.

zich haastig verplaatsen

fringe

The house stood on the fringe of the forest.

rand

sought-after

He is a much sought-after doctor and has many patients.

gewild

treacherous

Because of the heavy snowfall the slopes had become treacherous and dangerous for skiers.

verraderlijk

to trumpet

Well, you need not trumpet the news of my promotion like that for everyone to hear.

luidkeels verkondigen

obvious

That is so obvious only a nit-wit would not understand.

voor de hand liggend

obscured

The moon was obscured by the dark clouds.

verborgen

suspicious

The police is treating this as a suspicious death.

verdacht

to patrol

The night watchman patrolled the building every hour on the hour.

de ronde doen

cabin

I prefer a cabin on deck, please, so I can open a port-hole and look out over the sea.

hut

to stake out

The police staked out the house so the criminal could not evade them.

onder surveillance plaatsen

to be impressed

I was quite impressed by your performance.

onder de indruk zijn

to dictate

He dictated their every move until they revolted and gained their independence.

voorschrijven

to establish

Newton conclusively established the law of gravity.

vaststellen

vantage point

From this vantage point you can oversee the entire valley.

uitkijkpunt

appropriate

That is not a very appropriate remark in these circumstances.

passend

a plot of land

Every inhabitant of this country has a right to their own plot of land to grow their own vegetables.

een stukje grond

to eyeball

He eyeballed his opponent but neither of them retreated one step.

oog in oog staan

to encounter

If you are going to Africa you are bound to encounter elephants in the wild.

tegenkomen

to tail

Tailing a person without their noticing is a real skill.

volgen

rear

The wounded soldiers made up the rear.

achterkant

to leg it

When the burglar was caught red handed he legged it and managed to escape.

ervandoor gaan

to scrape past

The car racing down the narrow alley just managed to scrape past the corner.

er net langs kunnen

to haul ahead

By gunning the engine he managed to haul his car ahead of the bus.

optrekken

to punch the air

When he made a goal he punched the air in triumph.

een overwinnings gebaar maken

sidekick

You could say the vice-president is the president's sidekick.

handlanger

nominally

Nominally you could say the house is mine, but my mother is entitled to live here as long as she likes.

slechts formeel

barely

We barely had time to catch the train.

nauwelijks

to elicit

With a lot of patience the teacher managed to elicit the truth from his pupils.

ontlokken

overwhelming

He was chosen with an overwhelming majority.

overweldigend

to enroll

Now that you have passed your final exam you can enroll in the university.

inschrijven

core

He is English to the core.

kern

orchid

Many people think it is difficult to grow orchids, but they are actually quite tough and hardy.

orchidee

cinnamon

Cinnamon is made from the inside of the bark of the cinnamon tree.

kaneel

delicatessen

Could you please buy some Belgian chocolate at the delicatessen’s for me?

delicatessenwinkel

to conceive

This firm was conceived in 1935.

hier: oprichten










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Global business influentials




remedy

The best remedy for a cold is e few days in bed.

geneesmiddel

casual

Casual clothes are not really appropriate at a funeral.

sportief

demeanor

I dislike his supercilious demeanor.

gedrag

to trade off

I traded off going first in the bathroom with my sister for a CD of her favourite group.

ruilen, afwisselen

internship

When I have done my internship at the hospital I can start a private practice at last.

stage

lateral

You must pinch out the lateral buds if you want to get large tomatoes.

op gelijke hoogte

to woo

The politicians who wanted to be elected wooed the people by making all kinds of promises for the future.

dingen naar de gunst van

to excel

He excelled at sports and won a scholarship.

uitblinken

wistfully

She looked wistfully at the photographs of herself when she was young and beautiful.

weemoedig

to dispatch

Dispatch these important letters at once.

sturen

to spin off

They are planning to either sell the company outright or spin it off to current shareholders.

apart zetten van, losmaken van

convertible

A convertible is an ideal car for the summer.

cabriolet

to assemble

He managed to assemble all the bits and pieces of the clock together again.

in elkaar zetten

mere

She is a mere child, she cannot stay at home alone as yet.

niet meer dan

component

All the component parts need to be fitted together to form a whole.

onderdeel

CEO

Have you met the new CEO yet? Fine man, I’d say.

chief executive officer; directeur

to launch

The rocket was launched from Cape the Good Hope.

lanceren

to evolve

He has evolved a new plan for recycling paper.

ontwikkelen

to air a program

The BBC currently airs a fascinating programme about life in medieval Europe.

een programma uitzenden

acquisition

John will be a valuable acquisition to our team.

aanwinst

to peddle

He peddled newspapers and cigarettes.

uitventen

annual

At our annual meeting we always have a great deal to discuss.

jaarlijks










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British brains to tackle robotic desert challenge




counterpart

I am detective inspector with the London police force and he is my counterpart with the NYPD.

tegenhanger

equipment

If you go climbing in winter you better check that you have the proper equipment.

uitrusting

attrition

The work-force will diminish through natural attrition fortunately, so no one need fear for losing his job.

uitval

obstacle

The fact that a number of nations want to keep their nuclear weapons is an obstacle to world peace.

belemmering

to be wrapped

I had all my Christmas presents wrapped up by the 1st of December.

verpakt zijn

to include

Service tax is included at most restaurants nowadays.

bij inbegrepen

sewer

Have you heard about those rats living in the underground sewers in New York that are sometimes as large as small tigers?

riool

geeky

He is one of those geeky, brainy fellows who know everything about computers.

oenig

innovative

This is a very innovative approach towards an old problem. It is bound to be successful.

vernieuwend

specifications

The technical specifications for building the new car were very clear.

gedetailieerde beschrijving

peers

Children seem to learn more from their peers than their parents.

leeftijdgenoten

to be savvy

My word, you are a savvy young lady and quite in the know.

snugger zijn

initial

The initial stages of the undertaking promised final success.

eerste

to scrap

Because of the economic situation a great many jobs were scrapped and many people had to depend on the dole.

schrappen



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