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大学体验英语3 unit 1 Passage A Caring for Our Mother Earth


Unit 1 Passage A 词汇讲解 1). Isolate v. to set apart or cut off from others e.g. Presley’s early success isolated him from his friends. This policy could isolate the country from other members of the United Nations. 2). Deforest v. to cut down or destroy trees e.g. about 400,000 square kilometers of the Amazon basin have already been deforested. The decision to deforest the area for an airport/a golf course is strongly opposed by the local residents. 3). Ecosystem n. all the animals and plants in a particular area, and the way in which they relate to each other and to their environment e.g. Madagascar ’s ecosystem ranges from rainforest to semi-desert. Over-development often leads to disastrous effects on a dedicatedly balanced ecosystem. 4). Purify v. to remove the dirty or unwanted parts from something e.g. Purify the water before drinking it. It is said that in purified water minerals useful to our health has been removed. 5). Downwind adj. in the direction that the wind is moving e.g. the downwind region of the nuclear test site can hardly attract investment for development. The tiger approached the deer from behind some downwind bushes. 6). Release v. to stop holding something that one has been holding tightly or carefully e.g. The judge agreed to release the prisoner in consideration of his worsening health. Thousands of balloons were released at the beginning of the rally. 7). Specific adj. special, distinctive, or unique e.g. Massage may help to increase blood flow to specific areas of the body. This book gives specific instructions on how to make patent leather. 8). Inexhaustible adj. existing in such large amounts that it can never be finished or used up e.g. The terrorists seem to have an inexhaustible supply of ammunition. His energy was unbounded and his patience inexhaustible. 9). Greed n. a strong desire for more money, power, possessions etc. than one needs e.g. That old politician has an insatiable greed for personal power.

If we’re looking for the sources of our troubles, we should test people for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power. 10). Addicted adj. liking to do or have something so much that one does not want to stop e.g. Some students are so addicted to computer games that they neglect their studies. The girl is addicted to chocolates. 11). Nurture v. to feed or take care of a child or a plant while it is growing e.g. Parents want to know the best way to nurture and raise their children. Nurture your mind with great thoughts. (-- Benjamin Disraeli) 12). Strategy n. a general plan or set of plans intended to achieve something, especially over a long period e.g. Community involvement is now important to company strategy. We will open up another 15chain stores in China according to our marketing strategy.


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