Lesson 164 — Academic Word List: Lesson 14

Part 1: Watch the video 2-3 times

Part 2: Match the Words with their Definitions

a. to focus all one’s attention or effort on a particular task or activity.
b. a part or element that makes up a larger whole, often essential for its functioning.
c. a substance formed by the chemical combination of two or more elements in fixed proportions.
d. to put together information or data from various sources into one cohesive document or program.
e. to form or develop an idea or plan in the mind; to imagine or create something new.
f. covering all aspects or details of a subject; thorough and inclusive.
g. to calculate or determine an answer using mathematical operations or algorithms.
h. to consist of or be made up of; to include or contain.
i. to enhance or complete something by adding a different but related element.
j. consisting of many interconnected parts; intricate and difficult to understand fully.


  1. component
  2. compute
  3. compound
  4. compile
  5. conceive
  6. concentrate
  7. comprise
  8. complement
  9. comprehensive
  10. complex

Correct matches:

  1. b
  2. g
  3. c
  4. d
  5. e
  6. a
  7. h
  8. i
  9. f
  10. j

Part 3: Vocabulary in Context: Sentences

  1. The librarian must compile a list of all the books in the library’s collection.
  2. Her calm demeanor perfectly complemented his more intense personality.
  3. Understanding quantum mechanics can be quite complex for most people.
  4. One crucial component of a successful business is a solid marketing strategy.
  5. The scientist was studying a compound made up of various elements.
  6. The comprehensive report covered every aspect of the investigation.
  7. The United States comprises fifty states and several territories.
  8. Scientists use supercomputers to compute complex calculations quickly.
  9. It took Michelangelo years to conceive and complete the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
  10. To succeed in college, you need to concentrate on your studies and avoid distractions.

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