acid /ˈæsɪd/ (n) a chemical, usually a liquid, that contains hydrogen and has a pH of less than seven. The hydrogen can be replaced by a metal to form a salt. Acids usually have a bitter sharp taste and can often burn holes in or damage things they touch. Example: Vinegar is an acid.
add /æd/ (v) to put something together with something else so as to increase the size, number, amount, etc. Example: Shall I add your name to the list?
alone /əˈləʊn/ (adj) without any other people Example: Finally the two of us were alone together.
careless /ˈkeələs/ (adj) not giving enough attention and thought to what you are doing, so that you make mistakes Example: a careless worker/driver
cut /kʌt/ (v) to make an opening or a wound in something, especially with a sharp tool such as a knife or scissors Example: The canoe cut through the water.
dark /dɑːk/ (n) with no or very little light, especially because it is night Example: All the lights went out and we were left in the dark.
directly /dəˈrektli/ (adj) without stopping or changing direction Example: The issues raised in the report relate directly to the ongoing work of the charity.
divorce /dɪˈvɔːs/ (v) the legal ending of a marriage Example: They're getting divorced.
excuse /ɪkˈskjuːs/ (n) a reason, either true or invented, that you give to explain or defend your behaviour Example: There's no excuse for such behaviour.
gamble /ˈɡæmbl/ (v) to risk money on a card game, horse race, etc. Example: I gambled all my winnings on the last race.
honestly /ˈɒnɪstli/ (adj) in an honest way Example: I can't believe he got that money honestly.
later /ˈleɪtə(r)/ (adj) at a time in the future; after the time you are talking about Example: This is discussed in more detail in a later chapter.
nest /nest/ (n) a hollow place or structure that a bird makes or chooses for laying its eggs in and sheltering its young Example: sparrows building a nest of twigs and dry grass
packet /ˈpækɪt/ (n) a small container made of paper or card in which goods are packed for selling Example: a packet of biscuits/cigarettes/crisps
panel /ˈpænl/ (n) a square or rectangular piece of wood, glass or metal that forms part of a larger surface such as a door or wall Example: One of the glass panels in the front door was cracked.