Grades 6-8 (WVI 3)
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alias a false name used to hide one's real name.
dictate to state or order with authority.
engagement a meeting with someone at a certain time; appointment.
executive a person who has a managing or directing role in a business or government.
girder a heavy beam made of steel or wood used to support the floor or framework of a bridge or building.
insurgent one who uses armed force to rebel against one's own government.
lament to mourn for or regret.
maneuver to move to a desired position or goal using strategy or skill.
mortgage a written agreement by which a bank or other institution agrees to lend money so that one can buy a property. The bank holds a claim to this property until the money is paid back.
off-key not on the right musical note or pitch; flat or sharp.
patent a government grant that gives someone the right to make, use, or sell an invention. A patent is given for a certain number of years.
premature done, happening, or born before the expected time; too soon.
skew to turn or go off at an angle; swerve.
thunderous producing a sound of or like thunder.
tolerant willing to accept or respect what is different in others, especially their beliefs and customs.