Words starting with S

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List of VOA English words “S"

sabotage v. to damage or destroy as an act against an organization or nation
sacrifice v. to do without something or to suffer a loss for a belief, idea, goal or another person
sad ad. not happy
safe ad. away from harm or danger
sail v. to travel by boat or ship
sailor n. a person involved in sailing a boat or ship
salt n. a white substance found in sea water and in the ground, used to affect the taste of food
same ad. not different; not changed; like another or others
sand n. extremely small pieces of crushed rock found in large amounts in deserts and on coasts
satellite n. a small object in space that moves around a larger object; an object placed in orbit around the earth
satisfy v. to give or provide what is desired, needed or demanded
save v. to make safe; to remove from harm; to keep for future use
say v. to speak; to express in words
school n. a place for education; a place where people go to learn
science n. the study of nature and the actions of natural things, and the knowledge gained about them
sea n. a large area of salt water, usually part of an ocean
search v. to look for carefully
season n. one of the four periods of the year that is based on the earth’s position toward the sun; a period of time based on different weather conditions; a period during the year when something usually happens
seat n. a thing to sit on; a place to sit or the right to sit there
second ad. the one that comes after the first
secret n. something known only to a few and kept from general knowledge; ad. hidden from others; known only to a few
security n. freedom from danger or harm; protection; measures necessary to protect a person or place
see v. to know or sense through the eyes; to understand or know
seed n. the part of a plant from which new plants grow
seek v. to search for (“They are seeking a cure for cancer.”); to try to get (“She is seeking election to public office.”); to plan to do (“Electric power companies are seeking to reduce their use of coal.”)
seem v. to appear to be (“She seems to be in good health.”)
seize v. to take quickly by force; to take control of quickly; to arrest
self n. all that which makes one person different from others
sell v. to give something in exchange for money
send v. to cause to go; to permit to go; to cause to be carried, taken or directed to or away from a place
sense v. to come to know about by feeling, believing or understanding; n. any of the abilities to see, hear, taste, smell or feel
sentence v. to declare the punishment for a crime; n. the punishment for a crime
separate v. to set or keep people, things or ideas away from or independent from others; ad. not together or connected; different
series n. a number of similar things or events that follow one after another in time, position or order
serious ad. important; needing careful consideration; dangerous
serve v. to work as an official; to be employed by the government; to assist or help
service n. an organization or system that provides something for the public; a job that an organization or business can do for money; military organizations such as an army, navy or air force; a religious ceremon
set v. to put in place or position; to establish a time, price or limit
settle v. to end (a dispute); to agree about (a problem); to make a home in a new place
several ad. three or more, but not many
severe ad. not gentle; causing much pain, sadness or damage
shake v. to move or cause to move in short, quick movements
shape v. to give form to; n. the form of something, especially how it looks
share v. to give part of something to another or others; n. a part belonging to, given to or owned by a single person or a group; any one of the equal parts of ownership of a business or company
sharp ad. having a thin edge or small point that can cut or hurt; causing hurt or pain
sheep n. a farm animal used for its meat and hair
shell v. to fire artillery; n. a metal container that is fired from a large gun and explodes when it reaches its target; a hard outside cover
shelter v. to protect or give protection to; n. something that gives protection; a place of safety
shine v. to aim a light; to give bright light; to be bright; to clean to make bright
ship v. to transport; n. a large boat
shock v. to cause to feel sudden surprise or fear; n. something that greatly affects the mind or emotions; a powerful shake, as from an earthquake
shoe n. a covering for the foot
shoot v. to cause a gun or other weapon to send out an object designed to kill; to use a gun
short ad. lasting only for a small period of time; not long; opposite tall
should v. used with another verb (action word) to show responsibility (“We should study.”), probability (“The talks should begin soon.”), or that something is believed to be a good idea
shout v. to speak very loudly
show v. to make something be seen; to make known; n. a play or story presented in a theater, or broadcast on radio or television, for enjoyment or education; something organized to be seen by the public
shrink v. to make or become less in size, weight or value
sick ad. suffering physically or mentally with a disease or other problem; not in good health
sickness n. the condition of being in bad health
side n. the outer surfaces of an object that are not the top or bottom; parts away from the middle; either the right S or left half of the body
sign v. to write one’s name; n. a mark or shape used to mean something; evidence that something exists or will happen; a flat piece of material with writing that gives information
signal v. to send a message by signs; n. an action or movement that sends a message
silence v. to make quiet; to stop from speaking or making noise; n. a lack of noise or sound
silver n. a valued white metal
similar ad. like something else but not exactly the same
simple ad. easy to understand or do; not difficult or complex
since prep. from a time in the past until now
single ad. one only
sink v. to go down into water or other liquid
sister n. a female with the same father or mother as another person
sit v. to rest on the lower part of the body without the support of the legs; to become seated
situation n. the way things are during a period of time
skeleton n. all the bones of a human or other animal together in their normal positions
skill n. the ability gained from training or experience
skin n. the outer covering of humans and most animals
slave n. a person owned or controlled by another
sleep v. to rest the body and mind with the eyes closed
slide v. to move smoothly over a surface
slow v. to reduce the speed of; ad. not fast in moving, talking or other activities
smash v. to break or be broken into small pieces by force; to hit or move with force
smell v. to sense through the nose; n. something sensed by the nose
smoke v. to use cigarettes or other tobacco products by burning them and breathing in the smoke; n. that which can be seen rising into the air like a cloud from something burning
smooth ad. having a level surface; opposite rough
social ad. of or about people or a group
soft ad. not hard; easily shaped; pleasing to touch; not loud
soil n. earth in which plants grow
soldier n. a person in the army
solid ad. having a hard shape with no empty spaces inside; strong; not in the form of a liquid or gas
solve v. to find an answer; to settle
some ad. of an amount or number or part not stated; not all
son n. a person’s male child
soon ad. not long after the present time; quickly
sort n. any group of people or things that are the same or are similar in some way; a kind of something
sound n. fast–moving waves of energy that affect the ear and result in hearing; that which is heard
south n. the direction to the right of a person facing the rising sun
space n. the area outside the earth’s atmosphere where the sun, moon, planets and stars are; the area between or inside things
special ad. of a different or unusual kind; not for general use; better or more important than others of the same kind
speech n. a talk given to a group of people
speed v. to make something go or move faster; n. the rate at which something moves or travels; the rate at which something happens or is done
spend v. to give as payment; to use
spill v. to cause or permit liquid to flow out, usually by accident
spirit n. the part of a human that is not physical and is connected to thoughts and emotions; the part of a person that is believed to remain alive after death
split v. to separate into two or more parts; to divide or break into parts
sport n. any game or activity of competition involving physical effort or skill
spread v. to become longer or wider; to make or become widely known
spring n. the time of the year between winter and summer
spy v. to steal or get information secretly; n. one who watches others secretly; a person employed by a government to get secret information about another country
square n. a flat shape having four equal sides
stab v. to cut or push into or through with a pointed weapon
stand v. to move into or be in a position in which only the feet are on a surface; to be in one position or place
start v. to begin; to make something begin
starve v. to suffer or die from a lack of food
state v. to say; to declare; n. a political part of a nation
station n. a place of special work or purpose; a place where passengers get on or off trains or buses; a place for radio or television broadcasts
statue n. a form of a human, animal or other creature usually made of stone, wood or metal
stay v. to continue to be where one is; to remain; to not leave; to live for a time
steal v. to take without permission or paying
steam n. the gas that comes from hot water
steel n. iron made harder and stronger by mixing it with other substances
step v. to move by lifting one foot and placing it in a new position; n. the act of stepping; one of a series of actions designed to reach a goal
stick v. to attach something to another thing using a substance that will hold them together; to become fixed in one position so that movement is difficult (“Something is making the door stick.”); n. a thin piece of wood
still ad. not moving (“The man was standing still.”); until the present or a stated time (“Was he still there?”); even so; although
stone n. a small piece of rock
stop v. to prevent any more movement or action; to come or bring to an end
store v. to keep or put away for future use; n. a place where people buy things
storm n. violent weather, including strong winds and rain or snow
story n. the telling or writing of an event, either real or imagined
stove n. a heating device used for cooking
straight ad. continuing in one direction without turns
strange ad. unusual; not normal; not known
street n. a road in a city, town or village
stretch v. to extend for a distance; to pull on to make longer or wider
strike v. to hit with force; to stop work as a way to seek better conditions, more pay or to make other demands
strong ad. having much power; not easily broken, damaged or destroyed
structure n. the way something is built, made or organized; a system that is formed or organized in a special way; a building
struggle v. to try with much effort; to fight with; n. a great effort; a fight
study v. to make an effort to gain knowledge by using the mind; to examine carefully
stupid ad. not able to learn much; not intelligent
subject n. the person or thing being discussed, studied or written about
submarine n. an underwater ship
substance n. the material of which something is made
substitute v. to put or use in place of another; n. a person or thing put or used in place of another
subversion n. an attempt to weaken or destroy a political system or government, usually secretly
succeed v. to reach a goal or thing desired; to produce a planned result
such ad. of this or that kind; of the same kind as; similar to
sudden ad. not expected; without warning; done or carried out quickly or without preparation
suffer v. to feel pain in the body or mind; to receive or experience hurt or sadness
sugar n. a sweet substance made from liquids taken from plants
suggest v. to offer or propose something to think about or consider
suicide n. the act of killing oneself
summer n. the warmest time of the year, between spring and autumn
sun n. the huge star in the sky that provides heat and light to earth
supervise v. to direct and observe the work of others
supply v. to give; to provide; n. the amount of something that can be given or sold to others
support v. to carry the weight of; to hold up or in position; to agree with others and help them reach a goal; to approve
suppose v. to believe, think or imagine (“I suppose you are right.”); to expect (“It is supposed to rain tonight.”)
suppress v. to put down or to keep down by force; to prevent information from being known publicly
sure ad. very probable; with good reason to believe; true without question
surface n. the outer side or top of something (“The rocket landed on the surface of the moon.”)
surplus n. an amount that is more than is needed; extra; (“That country has a trade surplus. It exports more than it imports.”)
surprise v. to cause a feeling of wonder because something is not expected; n. something not expected; the feeling caused by something not expected
surrender v. to give control of oneself or one’s property to another or others; to stop fighting and admit defeat
surround v. to form a circle around; to be in positions all around someone or something
survive v. to remain alive during or after a dangerous situation
suspect v. to imagine or believe that a person is guilty of something bad or illegal; n. a person believed to be guilty
suspend v. to cause to stop for a period of time
swallow v. to take into the stomach through the mouth
sweet ad. tasting pleasant, like sugar
swim v. to move through water by making motions with the arms and legs
sympathy n. a sharing of feelings or emotions with another person, usually feelings of sadness
system n. a method of organizing or doing something by following rules or a plan; a group of connected things or parts working together for a common purpose or goal
n. (noun) a name word
v. (verb) an action word
ad. (adjective/adverb) a describing word
prep. (preposition) a word used to show a relatio
pro. (pronoun) a word used in place of a noun
conj. (conjunction) a joining word

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