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1 narrate keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/nar-rate/ [n.eh1.r.ey2.t]

To narrate is to tell a story or to say the words that are heard as part of (a movie, television show, etc.) Here are example sentences:

  • The film is narrated by one of the Nine, Jefferson Thomas, who died in 2010.
  • The author narrates her story in great detail.


2 narrow keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/nar-row/ [n.eh1.r.ow0]

Definition: limited in size or scope

Example sentences:

  • He says the meetings will help him narrow down recruits and present the most fitting candidates.
  • The narrow window of time to diagnose and successfully treat a patient makes the treatment of meningococcal disease difficult.

3 necessitate keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/ne-ces-si-tate/ [n.ah0.s.eh1.s.ah0.t.ey2.t]

If something necessitates an event, action, or situation, it makes it necessary.

Example sentences:

  • It is widely acknowledged that the primary objective of school education is to impart theoretical knowledge and not the acquisition of life skills. However, it does not necessitate schools offering car repair or bank account management lessons.
  • New safety regulations necessitated adding a railing to the stairs. 
4 negligence keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/neg-li-gence/ [n.eh1.g.l.ah0.jh.ah0.n.s]

Negligence is when one neglects to do things that should be done, and there are usually consequences. 

Example sentences:

  • Medical negligence may be the cause of death. (This means the patient's death may have happened because the doctor did not do something that should have been done)
  • The company was charged with negligence in the manufacturing of the defective tires.
  • Negligence of one's children can lead to foster care
  • Negligence while driving can cause fatal accidents
  • Negligence of work can lead to the loss of a job.
  • negligence of nutrition can cause health problems. 


5 neoclassical keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/neo-clas-si-cal/ [n.iy2.ow0.k.l.ae1.s.ih0.k.ah0.l]

Definition: Relating to neoclassicism.

Example sentences:

  • Neoclassical architecture is an architectural style produced by the neoclassical movement that began in the mid-18th century.

6 neural keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/neur-al/ [n.uh1.r.ah0.l]

Definition: Relating to a nerve or the nervous system:

Example sentences:

  • Measuring neural activity in language-sensitive brain regions of toddlers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may help identify those who go on to have poor language outcomes

7 neutralized keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/neu-tral-ized/ [n.uw1.t.r.ah0.l.ay2.z.d]

Definition: Make (an acidic or alkaline substance) chemically neutral:

Example sentences:

  • Baking soda, a gentle alkaline powder, neutralizes odor-causing acids by restoring your skin's natural pH level.

8 nitrogen keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/ni-tro-gen/ [n.ay1.t.r.ah0.jh.ah0.n]

Definition: The chemical element of atomic number 7, a colourless, odourless unreactive gas that forms about 78 per cent of the earth’s atmosphere

Example sentences:

  • The data demonstrate that nitrogen and phosphorus are in especially short supply.

9 nomad keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/no-mad/ [n.ow1.m.ae2.d]

nomad is a member of a group of people who travel from place to place rather than living in one place all the time. Here are example sentences:

  • At first, the Anasazi were hunter-gatherers and nomads. During the agricultural era, the Anasazi became sedentary tribes, employing a wide variety of means to grow high-yield crops in areas of low rainfall.
  • Today, some nomads travel by motor vehicle and they live in tents or other portable shelters.
10 nominal keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/nom-i-nal/ [n.aa1.m.ah0.n.ah0.l]

Definition: very small; in form, but not in substance

Example sentences:

  • Electric vehicle drivers will be able to charge their cars without cost for a two-year trial period; then there will be a nominal fee.
  • One rule of thumb—that nominal growth in gross domestic product is a decent guide to the 10-year bond yield—has broken down.

11 noteworthy keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/note-wor-thy/ [n.ow1.t.w.er2.dh.iy0]

Definition: worthy of notice

Example sentences:

  • The last and more noteworthy finding was that students’ first impressions of their classmates tended to align with their classmates’ own self-assessments.

12 notion keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/no-tion/ []

Definition: an idea; belief; or opinion

Example sentences:

  • Others say this advice, which stems from the notion that eating saturated fat promotes heart disease, is not supported by scientific evidence.

13 nuance keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/nu-ance/ [n.uw1.aa0.n.s]

Definition: A subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound:

Example sentences:

  • It's not a point of view I've ever heard before, and I may not entirely have got the subtler nuances of it.

14 nucleus keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/nu-cle-us/ [n.uw1.k.l.iy0.ah0.s]

The nucleus of an atom or cell is the central part of it.

15 narration keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/nar-ra-tion/ []

Narration is the act of telling a story, usually in a chronological order. Narration is the voice of whoever is telling, or writing a story. For example:

  • The movie’s narration was done by a famous actor.​
  • Some distinguishable features of regionalist writing include informal language of narration and description of minute details of nature.


16 native keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/na-tive/ [n.ey1.t.ih0.v]

Definition: (Of a plant or animal) of indigenous origin or growth:

Example sentences:

  • The species is native to South Africa, but is now widespread in south-western Australia, being especially abundant on roadsides and wasteland. 
  • Spanish colonies were run under the system called encomienda, by which the Spanish crown granted colonists the right to demand tribute in gold of labor from native inhabitants.
  • She's a native Californian.


17 nectar keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/nec-tar/ [n.eh1.k.t.er0]

A nectar is a sweet liquid secretion that is attractive to pollinators. 

Example sentence:

  • Most flowers produce nectar just to attract pollinators.

18 negligible keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/neg-li-gi-ble/ [n.eh1.g.l.ah0.jh.ah0.b.ah0.l]

When something is meaningless or insignificant because it is so little, it's negligible.  If you work really hard on something, but the praise you get for it is negligible, you won't try so hard next time.

Besides meaning very small, negligible can mean unimportant or not worth paying attention to.  Used in a sentence, “The teacher was frustrated because her students thought she was negligible.

Example sentences:

  • A negligible amount of damage was done to the vehicle.
  • The price difference was negligible.
  • Health professionals widely concur that, beyond a certain amount of exercise each day, the benefits that an individual can expect to derive from further exercise is negligible.
  • An ectotherm is an organism in which internal physiological sources of heat are of relatively small or quite negligible importance in controlling body temperature.
  • Senior managers are convinced that the strike will have a negligible impact.
  • Uranium is distributed in rocks and soils in many regions of the world usually in negligible amounts.


19 neoclassicism keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/neo-clas-si-cism/ [no ipa available]

Definition: Neoclassicism is a revival of the styles and spirit of classic antiquity inspired directly from the classical period.

Example sentences:

  • Neoclassicism is a revival of the styles and spirit of classic antiquity inspired directly from the classical period, which coincided and reflected the developments in philosophy and other areas of the Age of Enlightenment, and was initially a reaction against the excesses of the preceding Rococo style.

20 neutrality keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/neu-tral-i-ty/ [n.uw0.t.r.ae1.l.ah0.t.iy0]

Definition: The condition of being chemically or electrically neutral

Example sentences:

  • A sodium ion was introduced into the system to reach overall electrical neutrality.

21 neutron keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/neu-tron/ [n.uw1.t.r.aa2.n]

neutron is an atomic particle that has no electrical charg

22 nocturnal keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/noc-tur-nal/ [n.aa0.k.t.er1.n.ah0.l]

Definition: active at night

Example sentences:

  • Most owls are nocturnal.

23 nomadic keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/no-madic/ [n.ow0.m.ae1.d.ih0.k]

A synonym for nomadic is migratory. Nomadic means anything moving around a lot. Certain times of birds are nomadic, because they move around several times a year depending on the weather. Nomadic people are ones that don’t stay in one place for too long. Used as an example,

  • The tribe was nomadic and migrated in a similar way the birds to warmer places for the winter.

24 nonsensical keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/non-sen-si-cal/ [n.aa0.n.s.eh1.n.s.ih0.k.ah0.l]

Definition: Having no meaning; making no sense

Example sentences:

  • It was a nonsensical argument and one got the impression that Kerr did not believe it himself.

25 noticeable keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/no-tice-able/ [n.ow1.t.ah0.s.ah0.b.ah0.l]

Something that is noticeable is apparent or easy to be noticed. 

Example sentences using the word noticeable:

  • The spot on your shirt is very noticeable.
  • There has been a noticeable improvement in her behavior.
  • It was noticeable that they were not prepared to give the presentation.
26 nouveau-rich keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/nou-veau-rich/ [no ipa available]

Someone who is nouveau-rich is someone who has just recently become wealthy and enjoys spending money. They may be someone who sold their business, or recently inherited a lot of money, but they aren’t frugal with it.

  • Our nouveau-rich neighbor just bought six new cars, even though his garage can only fit two.

27 nuclear keyboard_arrow_downkeyboard_arrow_up
/nu-clear/ [non-..n.aa1.n.uw1.k.l.iy2.er0]

Definition: Denoting, relating to, or powered by the energy released in nuclear fission or fusion

Example sentences:

  • To generate electricity, we use hydroelectric power, coal and nuclear energy.