Word Meanings from Context
Use the context of the selections to
choose the correct meanings of the underlined words.
Ashlee was not happy with her friend Samantha. “I’ve been waiting here for an
hour!” she growled into her cell phone. “You’d better hike
yourself over here,” she continued, “or we’ll leave without you.
is the meaning of “hike”? __________.
hurry, or hasten
b. stroll, or walk slowly
c. float above the trees
d. greet in an unfriendly manner
When Beth and Donna were fighting over a boy who didn’t like either one of
them, Shana stepped in as a mediator. She sat them both in a
corner and kept them talking to each other. Finally, Shana’s efforts resulted
in her two friends making up.
is the meaning of “mediator”? __________.
No one suspected that Jerry was a spy. On the surface he behaved like any
normal citizen. When his covert activity was discovered and
announced to the world, we were all shocked.
is the meaning of “covert”? __________.
The workers stood in front of the factory and wondered what to do next. The
doors were locked and the windows were boarded up. They doubted that they would
even collect their final pay checks now that the company was insolvent.
is the meaning of “insolvent”? __________.
broke, or out of money
b. hiring new workers
c. changing a name
d. making too much money
1. A 2. B 3. D