dam [a wall built acrossriverhold back flowing water] The dam burst afterweekrain.
damage [()cause injury or destruction; (2) harm; (3) hurt or injury, usuallythings] The boy damagedtoys by throwing them againstwall. () The storm causedlotdamagecrops. (2) Hittingtree did serious damagemy car. (3)
dance [()movebodyfeetmusic; (2)seriessteps, usuallymusic] Will you dance with me? () Do you know howdochicken dance? (2)
danger [a strong chancesuffering injury, damage or loss] Some people enjoydangerrock climbing or sky diving.
dark [having little or no light] The room was dark.
date [a day, monthyear] Today's dateSeptember 0, 2000.
daughter [a person's female child] Tommygoingthe movies with Helen's daughter.
day [() twenty-four hours; (2)hourssunlight] I planbe away from hometen days. () Alan works at nightsleeps duringday. (2)
dead [not living] The numberdeadinjuredthe riotingnot yet known.
deaf [not ablehear] The deaf man could not hear what you said.
deal [()havedo with; (2)buy or sell] The talks will deal withproblempollution. () Her company dealsplastic. (2)
debate [()argueor against something; (2)public discussion or argument] The two candidates debatedone andhalf hoursnationwide television. () Which candidate do you think wondebate? (2)
debt [() something thatowed; (2)the conditionowing] The bank will wantlistall your debts beforeconsiders your loan request. () I owegreat debtmy familyall they didme. (2)
decide [()choose; (2)settle; (3)judge] Whichthe two books did you decideread? () Jay andagreed that we would decide our dispute. (2) The judge decided thataccused man was not guilty. (3)
declare [()say; (2)makestatement] Jane declared that she never wantedsee him again. () The United States declared its independence from BritainJuly 4, 776. (2)
decrease [to make lesssize or amount] Technology helpedfarmerdecreaseuseelectricity.
deep [() going far down; (2)long way from topbottom] The diver went deep intoocean. () The ocean was very deep whereship went down. (2)
defeat [to causelosea battle or struggle; (2)loss; (3)conditionhaving lost] The HouseRepresentatives defeatedPresident's requestmore moneyhealth care. () It wasfirst defeatthe White Househealth care spending. (2) The defeat kills effortsexpandhealth care system. (3)
defend [()guard or fight against attack; (2)protect] The soldiers fought harddefendcity frominvaders. () How can you defend what he did? (2)
deficit [a shortage that results when spendinggreater than earnings, or imports are greater than exports] The Presidentthe Congress worked togetherreducebudget deficit.
define [()givemeaning of; (2)explain] Today,want youdefine allwordsthis list. () Please define hownew system will work. (2)
degree [a measuretemperature] The temperature outsidetwo degrees, Celsius.
delay [()decidedo something atlater time; (2)postpone; (3)causebe late] Let us delay dinner until we finish this work. () The meeting will be delayed until ten o'clock tomorrow morning. (2) The snowstorm delayed my arrival. (3)
delegate [() one sentactanother; (2) one who represents another] The President namedVice Presidentbechief delegate attrade talks. () The elected state assemblyVirginiacalledHouseDelegates. (2)
demand [()ask by ordering; (2)ask with force] His wife demanded that he paintwindows. () The law demands that we pay our taxestime. (2)
democracy [the systemgovernmentwhich citizens votechoose leaders ormake other important decisions] The United States has beenrepresentative democracymore than two hundred years.
demonstrate [()makepublic showopinions or feelings; (2)explain by using examples] The crowd demonstratedsupporthuman rights. () The teacher demonstratedidea with an experiment. (2)
denounce [()accusebeing wrong or evil; (2)criticize severely] The war crimes court denouncedgeneralmurderother evil acts. () The candidate denouncednewspaper report aboutarrest. (2)
deny [()declare that somethingnot true; (2)refuserequest] The mayor deniedreport that he had taken illegal payments. () The appeals court deniedwoman's request fornew trial. (2)
depend [to need helpsupport] I dependmy friendsemotional support.
deplore [()regret strongly; (2)express sadness] The United Nations deploredlatest violencethe Middle East. () The President deploreddeathsthe ship explosion. (2)
deploy [to move forces or weapons into positionsaction] The general deployedforces alongborder.
depression [() severe unhappiness; (2)periodreduced businesseconomic activity during which many people lose their jobs] The doctor gave her medicineher depression. () The latest economic depressionthe United States happenedlong time ago. (2)
describe [()giveword picturesomething; (2)give detailssomething] The young man describedhomethe desert. () The report described howproblem developed. (2)
design [to plan or create plans for] An architect designed my new home.
desire [()want very much; (2)wish for] After travelingtwo weeks, Jim very much desiredmeal cooked at home. () If you could have anything you wanted, what would you desire? (2)
destroy [()break into pieces; (2)endexistence of] The earthquake destroyed many houses. () His actions destroyed any trust between them. (2)
detail [()small partsomething; (2)small pieceinformation] Lisa decided every detailher wedding. () I wanthear every detailyour story. (2)
develop [()grow; (2)create; (3)experience progress] Hedeveloping intofine young man. () The professor developednew wayteach English. (2) The country needed many yearsdevelop an industrial economy. (3)
device [a pieceequipment made forspecial purpose] The microwave cookera deviceuse every day.
dictator [a ruler with complete power] The peopleYugoslavia forceddictator from power.
die [()become dead; (2)stop living; (3)end] If you touch that wire you will die. () The river died slowly as pollution increased. (2) All hope died whenprison gate closed. (3)
diet [usual daily fooddrink] The doctor orderedspecial diethelp him lose weight.
different [notsame] His clothes are different from mine.
difficult [() not easy; (2) harddo, make or carry out] Keith wasdifficult child. () Buildingboata difficult job. (2)
dig [to makeholethe ground] Dig hereyou will find water.
dinner [()main amountfood eaten atusual time; (2)special event that includes food ] The family had its dinner at noon. () The official dinner took place atWhite House. (2)
diplomat [a person who representsor her governmentdealing with another government] Most foreign diplomats livethe Washington area.
direct [()lead; (2)aim or showway；(3) straightsomething; (4) not through some other person or thing] The mayor directs all city agencies. () He directed methe theater. (2) The most direct wayAnnapolisHighway 50. (3) The pathdirect. (4)
direction [()way (east, west, north, south); (2) where someone or something came from or went to] Norththe opposite direction from south. () The cold windcoming from that direction. (2)
dirt [earth or soil] Little children enjoy playingthe dirt.
disappear [()become unseen; (2)no longer exist] His dog disappears when ittime forbath. () Dinosaurs disappearedlong time ago. (2)
disarm [()take away weapons; (2)no longer keep weapons; (3)makebomb harmless by removing its exploding device] The policeman disarmedgunman. () Some smaller countries have disarmed. (2) Explosives experts often can disarm bombs. (3)
discover [to find or learn something] Scientists have discovered curesmany kindscancer.
discuss [()talk about; (2)exchange ideas] We can discuss anything you wish. () The two presidents discussed tradeother economic issues. (2)
disease [a sicknessliving things, often caused by viruses, germs or bacteria] Modern medicines have made some diseases disappear.
dismiss [()send away; (2)refuseconsider] The scientist was dismissedcopying secret information about nuclear weapons. () The senators dismissed any ideacampaign finance reform. (2)
dispute [()oppose strongly by argument; (2) an angry debate] The two nations disputed whereborder between them should be. () The United Nations helped settleborder dispute. (2)
dissident [a person who strongly disagrees withor her government] The three dissidents were sentencedlong prison terms.
distance [the amountspace between two places or objects] The distance from my houseyour housetwo kilometers.
dive [to jump into water head first] He dived intoriverswamthe screaming child.
divide [to separate into two or more parts] She dividedfood into four equal amounts.
do [()act; (2)make an effort] I didjob exactly as ordered. () He didbest that he could do. (2)
doctor [a person trainedmedicinetreat sick people] He was sick so he wentseedoctor.
document [an official piecepaper with facts writtenit, used as proof or supportsomething] The lawyer offered many documentssupportcase.
dog [a small animal that often lives with humans] Our dog loveschase our cat.
dollar [United States money, one hundred cents] Couldborrowdollar from you?
door [an openingentering or leavingbuilding or room] He ran throughdoor just as she closed it.
down [() from higherlower; (2)a low place] The climbers walked downmountain. () I was doing some exercises downthe floor when she walked in. (2)
dream [()havepicture or storythe mind during sleep; (2)picture or storythe mind during sleep; (3)happy idea aboutfuture] He dreamed he was standinga falling building. () The man describeddreamthe psychiatrist. (2) The civil rights leader haddream that someday whitesblacks could live togetherpeace. (3)
drink [to take liquid intobody throughmouth] I always drink water after running.
drop [()fall or let fall; (2)go lower] She droppedbook as she walked by him. () The valuethe dollar dropped. (2)
drown [to die under water] Three hundred people drowned whenferry boat sank.
drug [() anything used asmedicine ormaking medicine; (2)chemical substance usedease pain oraffectmind] The new drug seemsbe an effective weapon against infections. () Some doctors sayillegal drug marijuana can reduce bad effectstreatment with anti-cancer chemicals. (2)
dry [() not wet; (2) without rain] This raincoat will keep you dry. () The hot, dry weathercausing severe problemsfarmers. (2)
during [() throughwhole time; (2) while (somethinghappening)] She said she would be too busy duringdaysee me. () I slept duringlong speech. (2)
dust [piecesmatter so small that they can floatthe air] Afterexplosion,airthe building was filled with dust.
duty [() one's job or responsibility; (2) what one must do because itrightjust] The soldier was oftenguard duty. () Itmy dutyvoteelection day. (2)