Lesson 189— Academic Word List: Lesson 39

Part 1: Watch the video 2-3 times

Part 2: Match the Words with their Definitions

a. to reduce to the smallest possible amount or degree.
b. relating to the mind or mental processes.
c. relating to or characteristic of soldiers or armed forces.
d. of a minimum amount, quantity, or degree.
e. means of mass communication, such as newspapers, television, or the internet.
f. an intervening substance through which something else is transmitted or carried.
g. to move from one region or habitat to another.
h. to intervene in a dispute to bring about an agreement between parties.
i. a particular procedure for accomplishing or approaching something.
j. relating to the practice of medicine or treatment of illness.


  1. migrate
  2. method
  3. minimal
  4. mediate
  5. minimize
  6. media
  7. medical
  8. mental
  9. military
  10. medium

Correct matches:

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

Part 3: Vocabulary in Context: Sentences

  1. The media plays a significant role in shaping public opinion.
  2. In order to reach a compromise, we need someone to mediate the discussion.
  3. The medical field is constantly advancing with new technologies and treatments.
  4. She prefers to work with watercolors as her medium for painting.
  5. Practicing mindfulness meditation has helped improve my mental health.
  6. The scientific method involves forming a hypothesis and conducting experiments.
  7. Many birds migrate south for the winter to avoid the cold weather.
  8. He joined the military right after he graduated from college.
  9. The minimal design of the new smartphone is sleek and modern.
  10. To reduce clutter, it’s important to minimize the number of belongings you have.

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