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The American Heritage Dictionary Define-a-Thon for the High School Freshman
by the Editors of the American Heritage® Dictionaries

The American Heritage Dictionary Define-a-Thon for the High School Freshman
The American Heritage Dictionary Define-a-Thon for the High School Freshman

The American Heritage Dictionary Define-a-Thon for the High School Freshman offers an entertaining way to help middle-schoolers and students entering high school become vocabulary masters. Written by the editors of the American Heritage® Dictionaries, this book will encourage students and parents alike to energize their word power. The book has two parts—a challenge section and an answers section. Each question in the challenge section consists of a definition along with four candidate words, of which only one is correct. The answers section gives the correct answer and shows that word in an example sentence. It also provides word histories and quotations by respected authors. All the candidate words are defined, and there is a separate list of the correct answers for quick look-up. The American Heritage Dictionary Define-a-Thon for the High School Freshman offers a fun and easy way for anyone who enjoys language to get on good terms with some useful new words and to appreciate the importance of a strong vocabulary.



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Define-a-Thon Word Challenge Revealed
1. envelop

To enclose completely with or as if with a covering; wrap up.

They enveloped the baby in a blanket to protect her from the harsh wind.

A heavy summer fog enveloped Kennedy International. The roar of the great planes was silenced but in the airport there was noise and confusion. Adam wandered about, trying not to look lost, keeping one ear open to the blaring of the loudspeaker in case his flight to Lisbon should be called or canceled.
- Madeleine L'Engle
The Arm of the Starfish

[From Middle English envolupen, to be involved in, from Old French envoluper, envoloper : en-, in + voloper, to wrap up.]

WHAT THE OTHER WORDS MEAN

* endeavor: To make a serious effort; to try earnestly.
* enhance: To make greater, as in value or beauty; heighten.
* enthrall: To hold as if under a magic spell; fascinate.