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Vocabulary 3

Written by Harry Nguyen
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- Chapter one -
The Riddle House
Then he disappeared from sight again.
‘Where is Nagini?’ said the cold voice.
 'I – I don’t know, my Lord,’ said the first voice nervously. ‘She set out to explore the
house, I think ...’
 ‘You will milk her before we retire, Wormtail,’ said the second voice. ‘I will need
feeding in the night. The journey has tired me greatly.’
 Brow furrowed, Frank inclined his good ear still closer to the door, listening very
hard. There was a pause, and then the man called Wormtail spoke again.
 'My Lord, may I ask how long we are going to stay here?’
 'A week,’ said the cold voice. ‘Perhaps longer. The place is moderately comfortable,
and the plan cannot proceed yet. It would be foolish to act before the Quidditch
World Cup is over.’
 Frank inserted a gnarled finger into his ear and rotated it. Owing, no doubt, to a
build-up of earwax, he had heard the word ‘Quidditch’, which was not a word at all.
‘The – the Quidditch World Cup, my Lord?’ said Wormtail. (Frank dug his finger still
more vigorously into his ear.) ‘Forgive me, but – I do not understand – why should we
wait until the World Cup is over?’
‘Because, fool, at this very moment wizards are pouring into the country from all over
the world, and every meddler from the Ministry of Magic will be on duty, on the
watch for signs of unusual activity, checking and double-checking identities. They
will be obsessed with security, lest the Muggles notice anything. So we wait.’
Frank stopped trying to clear his ear out. He had distinctly heard the words ‘Ministry
of Magic’, ‘wizards’ and ‘Muggles’. Plainly, each of these expressions meant
something secret, and Frank could think of only two sorts of people who would speak
in code – spies and criminals. Frank tightened his hold on his walking stick once
more, and listened more closely still.‘Your Lordship is still determined, then?’
Wormtail said quietly. 'Certainly I am determined, Wormtail.’ There was a note
of menace in the cold voice now. A slight pause followed – and then Wormtail spoke,
the words tumbling from him in a rush, as though he was forcing himself to say this
before he lost his nerve.
 'It could be done without Harry Potter, my Lord.’ Another pause, more protracted,
and then –
 'Without Harry Potter?’ breathed the second voice softly. ‘I see ...’
 'My Lord, I do not say this out of concern for the boy!’ said Wormtail, his voice rising
squeakily. ‘The boy is nothing to me, nothing at all! It is merely that if we were to
use another witch or wizard – any wizard – the thing could be done so much more
quickly! If you allowed me to leave you for a short while
 – you know that I can disguise myself most effectively – I could be back here in as
little as two days with a suitable person –’
'I could use another wizard,’ said the second voice softly, ‘that is true ...’
 'My Lord, it makes sense,’ said Wormtail, sounding thoroughly relieved now,
‘laying hands on Harry Potter would be so difficult, he is so well protected –’
 And so you volunteer to go and fetch me a substitute? I wonder ... perhaps the task
of nursing me has become wearisome for you, Wormtail? Could this suggestion of
abandoning the plan be nothing more than an attempt to desert me?’
‘My Lord! I – I have no wish to leave you, none at all –’
 'Do not lie to me!’ hissed the second voice. ‘I can always tell, Wormtail! You are
regretting that you ever returned to me. I revolt you. I see you flinch when you look
at me, feel you shudder when you touch me ...’
 'No! My devotion to your Lordship –’
 ‘Your devotion is nothing more than cowardice. You would not be here if you had
anywhere else to go. How am I to survive without you, when I need feeding every
few hours? Who is to milk Nagini?’
 'But you seem so much stronger, my Lord –’
‘Liar,’ breathed the second voice. ‘I am no stronger, and a few days alone would be
enough to rob me of the little health I have regained under your clumsy care.
 Wormtail, who had been spluttering incoherently, fell silent at once. For a few
seconds, Frank could hear nothing but the fire crackling. Then the second man
spoke once more, in a whisper that was almost a hiss.
‘I have my reasons for using the boy, as I have already explained to you, and I will
use no other. I have waited thirteen years. A few more months will make no
difference. As for the protection surrounding the boy, I believe my plan will be
effective. All that is needed is a little courage from you, Wormtail – courage you will
find, unless you wish to feel the full extent of Lord Voldemort’s wrath –’
sight (n) /saɪt/ tầm nhìn
[something that is in someone’s view, or the view someone
Don’t let the children out of your sight.

explore (v) /ɪkˈsplɔːr/ khám phá

[to search and discover (about something)]
The children have gone exploring in the woods.

retire (v) /rɪˈtaɪər/ ngủ

[to go to bed]
It had been a long day, so I retired early.

feed (v) /ˈwel.θi/ ăn

[to eat something]
Slugs and snails feed at night.

furrow (v) /ˈfʌr.əʊ/ nhíu chân mày

[to pull brows or eyebrows together, usually because you are
worried, and so produce lines on your face]
When Tony’s deep in thought, he furrows his brow.

incline (v) /ɪnˈklaɪn/ hướng, giỏng

[to lean or slope in a particular direction]
He inclined his head in acknowledgement.

moderately (adv) /ˈmɒd.ər.ə khá, vừa phải

[in a way that is neither small nor large in size, amount, degree,
or strength]
There's very little moderately priced housing in this area.
proceed (v) /prəˈsiːd/ tiến hành
[an area of ground where flowers are planted]
A garden with beautifully kept flowerbeds.

foolish (adj) /ˈfuː.lɪʃ/ ngốc

[unwise, stupid, or not showing good judgment]
That was a rather foolish thing to do

insert (v) /ɪnˈsɜːt/ lồng vào

[to put something inside something else]
Insert the key in the lock.

gnarled (adj) /nɑːld/ co quắp

[rough and twisted in shape]
The old man drew a long, gnarled finger across his throat

rotate (v) /rəʊˈteɪt/ ngoáy, xoay

[to turn something in a circle, especially around a fixed point]
Rotate the handle by 180° to open the door.

doubt (n) /daʊt/ sự nghi ngờ

[not being certain about something, especially about how good
or true it is]
I'm having doubts about his ability to do the job.

build-up (n) /ˈbɪld.ʌp/ sự tăng lên

[an increase, especially one that is gradual]
The build-up of troops in the region makes war seem more likely.
obsess (v) /əbˈses/ ám ảnh
[to be always talking or worrying about a particular thing]
She used to obsess about her weight.

security (n) /sɪˈkjʊə.rə.ti/ an ninh

[the protection of people, organizations, countries, etc. against
a possibleattack or other crime]
The criminals were caught (= filmed) on a security video.

notice (v) /ˈnəʊ.tɪs/ nhận ra

[to see or become conscious of something or someone]
He noticed (that) the woman was staring at him.

distinctly (adv) /dɪˈstɪŋkt·li/ rõ ràng

[in a clear or noticeable way]
I distinctly remember asking Ralph not to tell anyone about it.

expression (n) /ɪkˈspreʃ.ən/ thành ngữ

[a word or group of words used in a particular situation or
by particular people]
"A can of worms" is an expression that means "a difficult situation".

spy (n) /spaɪ/ gián điệp

[a person who tries to get secret information about another country,
organization or person]
He was denounced as a foreign spy.

criminal (n) /ˈkrɪm.ɪ.nəl/ tội phạm

[someone who commits a crime]
Today's problem child may be tomorrow's criminal.
vigorously (adv) /ˈvɪɡ.ər.ə (một cách) mạnh mẽ
[in a way that is very active, determined or full of energy]
She shook her head vigorously.

wizard (n) /ˈwɪz.əd/ phù thủy

[a man with magic powers]
Abbot was a wizard, practising magic and the black arts.

pour (v) /pɔːr/ đổ xô 

[to flow quickly and in large amounts, or to cause (something) to
flow in large amounts]
When the movie ended, the crowd poured into the street

meddler (n) /ˈmed.əl.ər/ kẻ quấy rầy

[a person who tries to change or have an influence on things
that are not theirresponsibility]
He is a troublemaker, an unwelcome meddler.

duty (n) /ˈduːti/ nhiệm vụ

[something that you feel you have to do because it is your moral
or legal responsibility]
It is my duty to report it to the police.

unusual (adj) /ʌnˈju·ʒu·əl/ bất thường

[different from what is usual or expected]
I was actually on time, which is unusual for me.

identity (n) /aɪˈden.tə.ti/ căn

căn cước
[information that proves who a person is, for example, their
name and date of birth]
You may be asked to confirm your identity by phone.
tighten (v) /ˈtaɪ.tən/ nắm chặt
[to make something become tighter, firmer, or less easy to move]
As he struggled, the ropes tightened even more.

determine(v) /dɪˈtɜr·mən/ quyết tâm

[to control or influence directly; to decide]
He determined to find out the real reason.

menace (n) /ˈmen.ɪs/ sự đe dọa

[something that is threatening and may cause harm]
The world is still facing the menace of terrorism.

slight (adj) /slaɪt/ nhẹ

[small in amount or degree]
She had a slight headache.

tumble (v) /ˈtʌm.bəl/ lộn xộn

[to move or fall somewhere in a relaxed, uncontrolled, or noisy
Her words came tumbling out

rush (n) /rʌʃ/ sự tuôn trào

[the act of suddenly moving somewhere quickly]
There was a rush of air as she opened the door.

nerve (n) /nɜːv/ lòng can đảm

[the courage or confidence necessary to do something difficult,
unpleasant, or rude]
I wanted to ask her out, but I lost my nerve and couldn't
go through with it.
protract (adj) /prəˈtræk.tɪd/ kéo dài
[lasting for a long time or made to last longer than necessary]
A protracted strike carries a high risk of violence.

concern (v) /kənˈsɜːn/ lo nghĩ

[to cause worry to someone]
His attitude concerns me.

merely  (adv) /ˈmɪə.li/ chỉ là

[used to emphasize that you mean exactly what you are saying
and nothing more]
I wasn't complaining, I merely said that I was tired.

witch (n) /wɪtʃ/ mụ phù thủy

[a woman who is believed to have magical powers and who uses
them to harm or help other people]
The witch put a magic spell on the prince and turned him into a frog.

disguise (v) /dɪsˈɡaɪz/ ngụy trang

[to give a new appearance to a person or thing , especially in order
 to hide its true form]
He disguised himself by wearing a false beard.

effectively (adv) /ɪˈfek.tɪ hiệu quả

[in a way that successfully achieves the result that you want]
Staff must be given enough training and development to be able to
do their jobs effectively.

suitable (adj) /ˈsuː.tə.bəl/ phù hợp

[acceptable or right for someone or something]
The film is not suitable for children.
relieved (adj) /rɪˈliːvd/ nhẹ lòng
[happy that something unpleasant has not happened or
has ended]
I'm relieved to feel well again.

protected (adj) /prəˈtek.tɪd/ được bảo vệ

[kept safe from danger or harm, or away from other people]
This dolphin is a protected species.

fetch (v) /fetʃ/ đem về

[to go to another place to get something or someone and bring it,
him, or her back]
She fetched another chair from the dining room.

substitute (n) /ˈsʌb.stɪ.tʃuːt/ thay thế

[a thing or person that is used instead of another thing or person]
Vitamins should not be used as a substitute for a healthy diet.

task (n) /tɑːsk/ công việc

[a piece of work that somebody has to do, especially a hard or
unpleasant one]
It was my task to wake everyone up in the morning.

nursing (n) /ˈnɜr·sɪŋ/ nuôi dưỡng

[the job or skill of looking after people who are ill, injured, or old]
I’d love to go into nursing.

wearisome (adj) /ˈwɪə.ri.səm/ nhàm chán

[causing a person to be tired and/or bored]
Simple repetitive tasks can be very wearisome
abandon (v) /əˈbæn.dən/ hủy bỏ
[to stop doing an activity before you have finished it]
They had to abandon their attempt to climb the mountain.

desert (v) /dɪˈzɜːt/ rời bỏ

[to leave someone without help or in a difficult situation and
not come back]
He deserted his wife and family for another woman.

hiss (v) /hɪs/ rít lên

[to say something in a quiet angry way]
"Shut up, Tom!" she hissed.

revolt (v) /rɪˈvəʊlt/ ghê tởm

[to make someone feel unpleasantly shocked or disgusted]
We were revolted by the dirt and mess in her house.

flinch (v) /flɪntʃ/ nao núng

[to make a sudden, small movement because of pain or fear]
He didn't even flinch when the nurse cleaned the wound.

shudder (v) /ˈʃʌd.ə/ rùng mình

[to shake suddenly with very small movements because of a very
unpleasant thought or feeling]
She shuddered at the thought of kissing him.

devotion (n) /dɪˈvəʊ.ʃən/ sự tận tụy

[loyalty and love or care for someone or something]
He inspired respect and devotion from his pupils
cowardice (n) /ˈkɑʊ·ər·dɪs/ nhút nhát
[fear or lack of courage]
She was ashamed of her cowardice.

survive (v) /səˈvaɪv/ tồn tại

[to continue to live or exist]
These plants cannot survive in very cold conditions.

rob (v) /rɒb/ cướp

[If someone is robbed of a quality, that quality is taken away]
Elderly people should not be robbed of their dignity.

regain (v) /rɪˈɡeɪn/ thu lại

[to take or get possession of something again]
She made an effort to regain her self-control.

clumsy (adj) /ˈklʌm·zi/ vụng về

[awkward in movement or manner]
I’m so clumsy – I keep dropping things.

splutter (v) /ˈsplʌt.ə/ lắp bắp

[to speak in a quick and confused way, producing short, unclear 
noises because of surprise, anger]
"But, er ... when, um, ... how?" he spluttered.

incoherently (adv) /ˌɪn.kəʊˈhɪə.rə vô nghĩa

[in a way that is difficult to understand and does not make sense]
She was muttering incoherently.
crackling (n) /ˈkræk.lɪŋ/ tiếng lốp bốp
[short, dry, sharp sounds made by something]
We could hear the crackling of a fire.

whisper (n) /ˈwɪs.pər/ tiếng thì thầm

[a soft, low noise]
I heard whispers outside my room.

surround (v) /səˈraʊn.dɪŋ/ xung quanh

[To surround something also means to have to do with it or to result
 from it]
I’m interested in the circumstances surrounding the accident.

courage (n) /ˈkʌr.ɪdʒ/ lòng dũng cảm

[the ability to control your fear in a dangerous or difficult situation]
People should have the courage to stand up for their beliefs.

extent (n) /ɪkˈstent/ mức độ

[the degree or limit of something; how great or severe something is]
We didn’t know the extent of his injuries.

lord (n) /lɔːd/ chúa tể

[a man who has a lot of power in a particular area of activity]
The people treat him as a lord.

wrath (n) /rɒθ/ cơn thịnh nộ

[extreme anger]
The people feared the wrath of God.