English Vocabulary Words With Meaning: the Oxford 3000: Words Starting With M - Free English Lesson

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Section 13: Words Starting with M. machine m . a . c . h . i . n . e . machine.

machine means any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to

perform or assist in the performance of human tasks. Machines have replaced human labour

in many industries. machinery m . a . c . h . i . n . e . r . y

. machinery. machinery means machines or machine systems collectively. An expensive piece of

machinery . mad m . a . d . mad. mad means roused to anger.

Affected with madness or insanity.a man who had gone mad.

magazine m . a . g . a . z . i . n . e . magazine. magazine means a periodic publication containing

pictures and stories and articles of interest to those who purchase it or subscribe to it.

It takes several years before a magazine starts to break even or make money.

magic m . a . g . i . c . magic. magic means possessing or using or characteristic of or

appropriate to supernatural powers. Magic signs that protect against adverse influence.

mail m . a . i . l . mail. mail means the system whereby messages are transmitted via

the post office. He works for the United States mail service.

main m . a . i . n . main. main means most important element. The main doors were of

solid glass. mainly m . a . i . n . l . y . mainly. mainly

means for the most part. He is mainly interested in butterflies.

maintain m . a . i . n . t . a . i . n . maintain. maintain means keep in safety and protect

from harm, decay, loss, or destruction. The museum curator maintained the ancient manuscripts.

major m . a . j . o . r . major. major means of greater importance or stature or rank.

Your grandfather was a major in the army. majority m . a . j . o . r . i . t . y . majority.

majority means the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number

of two parts; the main part. The majority of his customers prefer it.

make m . a . k . e . make. make means make or cause to be or to become; give certain

properties to something. This invention will make you a millionaire.

make m . a . k . e . make. make means to invent something. I've given talks so many times that now I

just make them up as I go along make m . a . k . e . make. make means cosmetics

applied to the face to improve or change your appearance. Scarcely had she put on her make-up

before he arrived. male m . a . l . e . male. male means characteristic

of a man. A person who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies. The typical ratio

of male to female births is about 105 males for every 100 females.

mall m . a . l . l . mall. mall means mercantile establishment consisting of a carefully landscaped

complex of shops representing leading merchandisers; usually includes restaurants and a convenient

parking area. They spent their weekends at the local malls.

man m . a . n . man. man means an adult person who is male. There were two women and six

men on the bus. manage m . a . n . a . g . e . manage. manage

means be successful; achieve a goal. I managed to carry the box upstairs.

management m . a . n . a . g . e . m . e . n . t . management. management means the act

of managing something. He was given overall management of the program.

manager m . a . n . a . g . e . r . manager. manager means someone who controls resources

and expenditures. The new manager is already developing a reputation for briskness in getting

things done. manner m . a . n . n . e . r . manner. manner

means how something is done or how it happens. Her easy-going manner conceals a ruthless

business sense. manufacture m . a . n . u . f . a . c . t

. u . r . e . manufacture. manufacture means put together out of components or parts. The

company manufactures plastic chairs. manufacturing m . a . n . u . f . a . c . t

. u . r . i . n . g . manufacturing. manufacturing means the organized action of making of goods

and services for sale. American manufacturing is making increased use of computers to control

production. manufacturer m . a . n . u . f . a . c . t

. u . r . e . r . manufacturer. manufacturer means a business engaged in manufacturing

some product. There are very few manufacturing industries in this city.

many m . a . n . y . many. many means a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often

preceded by as or too or so or that; amounting to a large but indefinite number. Take as

many apples as you like. map m . a . p . map. map means a diagrammatic

representation of the earth's surface or part of it. They carried a map with them in case

they should lose their way. March M . a . r . c . h . March. March means

the month following February and preceding April. I flew to Milan in early March.

march m . a . r . c . h . march. march means walk fast, with regular or measured steps;

walk with a stride. The soldiers marched across the border.

mark m . a . r . k . mark. mark means the impression created by doing something unusual

or extraordinary that people notice and remember. He left an indelible mark on the American

theater. market m . a . r . k . e . t . market.marketmeansthe

world of commercial activity where goods and services are bought and sold.without competition

there would be no market. marketing m . a . r . k . e . t . i . n . g

. marketing. marketing means the commercial processes involved in promoting and selling

and distributing a product or service. Most companies have a manager in charge of marketing.

marriage m . a . r . r . i . a . g . e . marriage. marriage means two people who are married

to each other. His second marriage was happier than the first.

marry m . a . r . r . y . marry. marry means take in marriage. He married Jean in 1975.

married m . a . r . r . i . e . d . married. married means of or relating to the state

of marriage. She's married to John. mass m . a . s . s . mass. mass means a large

number or amount or extent. A high mass of rock.

massive m . a . s . s . i . v . e . massive. massive means imposing in size or bulk or

solidity. The massive proportions of Stalinist architecture.

master m . a . s . t . e . r . master. master means an artist of consummate skill. A master

of the violin. match m . a . t . c . h . match. match means

be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics. The two stories

don't match in many details. matching m . a . t . c . h . i . n . g . matching.

matching means intentionally matched. Curtains and walls were color matching.

mate m . a . t . e . mate. mate means a fellow member of a team. It was his first start against

his former teammates. material m . a . t . e . r . i . a . l . material.

material means the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object.

Wheat is the material they use to make bread. mathematics m . a . t . h . e . m . a . t

. i . c . s . mathematics. mathematics means a science dealing with the logic of quantity

and shape and arrangement. You need to know basic mathematics in order to study statistics.

matter m . a . t . t . e . r . matter. matter means that which has mass and occupies space.

An atom is the smallest indivisible unit of matter.

maximum m . a . x . i . m . u . m . maximum. maximum means the greatest or most complete

or best possible. The maximum load for this bridge is two tonnes.

may m . a . y . may. may is a modal verb. It is used to indicate that something will

possibly happen or be true in the future, but you cannot be certain. We may have some

rain today May M . a . y . May. May means the month following

April and preceding June. She started work here last May.

maybe m . a . y . b . e . maybe. maybe means something may happen or may be true but not

certain. Maybe she will call tomorrow. mayor m . a . y . o . r . mayor. mayor means

the head of a city government. The mayor of our city is of Chinese origin.

me m . e . me. me means is a pronoun. Me is the form of I that is used by the person speaking

or writing to refer to himself or herself. He bought me a drink.

meal m . e . a . l . meal. meal means the food served and eaten at one time. Mavis ate

her meal in silence. mean m . e . a . n . mean. mean means mean

or intend to express or convey. You never understand what I mean!

meaning m . e . a . n . i . n . g . meaning. meaning means the message that is intended

or expressed or signified. What is the meaning of this sentence.

means m . e . a . n . s . means. means means how a result is obtained or an end is achieved.

An example is the best means of instruction. by means of by means of. by means of means

with the use or help of. Our thought is expressed by means of language.

meanwhile m . e . a . n . w . h . i . l . e . meanwhile. meanwhile means during the intervening

time. Meanwhile I will not think about the problem.

measure m . e . a . s . u . r . e . measure. measure means determine the measurements of

something or somebody, take measurements of. Measure the length of the wall.

measurement m . e . a . s . u . r . e . m . e . n . t . measurement. measurement the

act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule. The measurements were

carefully done. meat m . e . a . t . meat. meat means the

flesh of animals including fishes and birds and snails used as food. She bought some meat

and eggs so that she might make omelets. media m . e . d . i . a . media. media means

all means of communication, such as radio, television, cinema, and print matter that

provide the public with news and entertainment. Most of the media in the United States are

driven by advertising dollars. medical m . e . d . i . c . a . l . medical.

medical means relating to the study or practice of medicine. The medical profession.

medicine m . e . d . i . c . i . n . e . medicine. medicine means the branches of medical science

that deal with nonsurgical techniques. The aspirin is in the medicine cabinet in the

bathroom. medium m . e . d . i . u . m . medium. medium

means around the middle of a scale of evaluation of physical measures. A plane with medium

range. meet m . e . e . t . meet. meet means come

together. How nice to meet you again! meeting m . e . e . t . i . n . g . meeting.

meeting means the social act of assembling for some common purpose. His meeting with

the salesmen was the high point of his day. melt m . e . l . t . melt. melt means reduce

or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating. The wax melted

in the sun. member m . e . m . b . e . r . member. member

means one of the persons who compose a social group (especially individuals who have joined

and participates in a group organization). She was introduced to all the members of his

family. membership m . e . m . b . e . r . s . h . i

. p . membership. membership means the body of members of an organization or group. They

found dissension in their own membership. memory m . e . m . o . r . y . memory. memory

means the cognitive processes whereby past experience is remembered. He can do it from

memory. in i . n . in. in means the memory of someone

intended to show respect and remind people of someone who has died. He founded the charity

in memory of his late wife. mental m . e . n . t . a . l . mental. mental

means involving the mind or an intellectual process. Free from mental defects.

mentally m . e . n . t . a . l . l . y . mentally.mentallymeans in your mind.he suffered mentally.

mention m . e . n . t . i . o . n . mention. mention means a remark that calls attention

to something or someone. She made frequent mention of her promotion.

menu m . e . n . u . menu. menu means a list of dishes available at a restaurant. The menu

was in French. mere m . e . r . e . mere. mere means apart

from anything else; without additions or modifications. Shocked by the mere idea.

merely m . e . r . e . l . y . merely. merely means and nothing more. I was merely asking.

mess m . e . s . s . mess. mess means a state of confusion and disorderliness. The house

was a mess. message m . e . s . s . a . g . e . message.

message means a communication usually brief that is written or spoken or signaled. He

sent a three-word message. messy m . e . s . s . y . messy. messy means

dirty and disorderly. A child's messy eating habits.

metal m . e . t . a . l . metal. metal means any of several chemical elements that are

usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets.

Man began using metal tools about 5,000 years ago.

meter m . e . t . e . r . meter. meter means the basic unit of length adopted under the

Systeme International d'Unites (approximately 1.094 yards). He will be competing in the

100-meter and 200 meter sprints. method m . e . t . h . o . d . method. method

means a way of doing something, especially a systematic way; implies an orderly logical

arrangement (usually in steps). I think we should try again using a different method.

mg m . g . mg. mg is the written abbreviation of milligram or milligrams. a unit for measuring

weight; a 1 000th of a gram.An effective dosage for supplemental calcium is 800 to 1,200 milligrams per

day for most women. mid m . i . d . mid. mid means used in combination

to denote the middle. In mid-1958. middle m . i . d . d . l . e . middle. middle

means an area that is approximately central within some larger region. They ran forward

into the middle of the struggle. midnight m . i . d . n . i . g . h . t . midnight.

midnight means 12 o'clock at night; the middle of the night. Young children should not be

allowed to stay up until midnight. might m . i . g . h . t . might. might is

modal verb. It is used when showing that something is or was possible. He might get there in

time, but I can't be sure. mild m . i . l . d . mild. mild means moderate

in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme. Would you like the spices in

your meal mild or hot? mile m . i . l . e . mile. mile means a unit

of length equal to 1760 yards. The smell of a skunk can be detected by a human over a

mile away. military m . i . l . i . t . a . r . y . military.

military means characteristic of or associated with soldiers or the military. Military uniforms.

milk m . i . l . k . milk. milk means a white nutritious liquid secreted by mammals and

used as food by human beings. Children should drink milk every day.

milligram m . i . l . l . i . g . r . a . m . milligram. milligram means is a unit of

weight that is equal to a thousandth of a gramme. 0.5 milligrams of mercury.

millimeter m . i . l . l . i . m . e . t . e . r . millimeter. millimeter means a metric

unit of length equal to one thousandth of a meter. In Israel, violent storms sometimes

bring in 100 millimeters of rainfall in just 24 hours.

mind m . i . n . d . mind. mind means that which is responsible for one's thoughts and

feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason. I couldn't get his words out of my mind.

mine m . i . n . e . mine. mine means is a pronoun. It means of or belonging to the person

writing or speaking. He's a friend of mine. mineral m . i . n . e . r . a . l . mineral.

mineral means solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite

chemical composition. I always carry a bottle of mineral water with me.

minimum m . i . n . i . m . u . m . minimum. minimum means the least possible. A minimal

charge for the service. minister m . i . n . i . s . t . e . r . minister.

minister means a person authorized to conduct religious worship. Clergymen are usually called

ministers in Protestant churches. ministry m . i . n . i . s . t . r . y . ministry.

ministry means building where the business of a government department is transacted.

The Ministry of Agriculture. minor m . i . n . o . r . minor. minor means

of lesser importance or stature or rank. Many of these hardy adventurers were minor noblemen.

minority m . i . n . o . r . i . t . y . minority. minority means being or relating to the smaller

in number of two parts. When the vote was taken they were in the minority.

minute m . i . n . u . t . e . minute. minute means each of the 60 parts of an hour, that

are equal to 60 seconds. It's four minutes to six.

mirror m . i . r . r . o . r . mirror. mirror means polished surface that forms images by

reflecting light. He looked at himself in the mirror.

miss m . i . s . s . miss. miss means fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or

the mind. She missed his point. Miss M . i . s . s . Miss. Miss means a girl

or unmarried woman when you are speaking to her or referring to her. I'd like to make

an appointment with Miss Taylor. missing m . i . s . s . i . n . g . missing.

missing means not existing; not able to be found. Character development is missing from

the book. mistake m . i . s . t . a . k . e . mistake.

mistake means a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention.

I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical mistakes.

mistaken m . i . s . t . a . k . e . n . mistaken. mistaken means wrong in opinion or judgment.

A mistaken belief. mix m . i . x . mix. mix means to bring or

combine together or with something else. Oil does not mix with water.

mixed m . i . x . e . d . mixed. mixed means caused to combine or unite. The waiter mixed

up our orders, so none of us got what we wanted. mixture m . i . x . t . u . r . e . mixture.

mixture means any foodstuff made by combining different ingredients. He drank a mixture

of beer and lemonade. mm m . m . mm. mm is an abbreviation for millimetre

or millimetres. A metric unit of length equal to one thousandth of a meter. A tiny little

transparent pill, about 20 millimetres long. mobile m . o . b . i . l . e . mobile. mobile

means moving or capable of moving readily (especially from place to place). A mobile

missile system. model m . o . d . e . l . model. model means

a particular design or type of product. The computer program was based on a model of the

circulatory and respiratory systems. modern m . o . d . e . r . n . modern. modern

means relating to a recently developed fashion or style. The modern flush toilet was invented

by Thomas Crapper in 1878. mom m . o . m . mom. mom means informal terms

for a mother. My homestay mom always encourages me to speak English.

moment m . o . m . e . n . t . moment. moment means a particular point in time; an indefinitely

short time. The moment he arrived the party began.

Monday M . o . n . d . a . y . Monday. Monday means the second day of the week; the first

working day. She did not visit me on Sunday but on Monday.

money m . o . n . e . y . money. money means the most common medium of exchange; functions

as legal tender. We tried to collect the money he owed us.

monitor m . o . n . i . t . o . r . monitor. monitor means display produced by a device

that takes signals and displays them on a television screen or a computer monitor. Your

computer monitor should be level with your eyes.

month m . o . n . t . h . month. month means one of the twelve divisions of the calendar

year; a time unit of approximately 30 days. He was given a month to pay the bill.

mood m . o . o . d . mood. mood means a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of

feeling. Ether he praised or cursed me depended on his mood at the time.

moon m . o . o . n . moon. moon means the natural satellite of the Earth. Men first

stepped on the moon in 1969. moral m . o . r . a . l . moral. moral means

relating to principles of right and wrong. Ayer once observed that no moral system can

rest solely on authority. morally m . o . r . a . l . l . y . morally.

morally means in a moral manner. He acted morally under the circumstances.

more m . o . r . e . more. more means used to form the comparative of some adjectives

and adverbs. I'm getting more and more gray hair.

moreover m . o . r . e . o . v . e . r . moreover. moreover meansin addition. The cellar was

dark; moreover, mice nested there. morning m . o . r . n . i . n . g . morning.

morning means the time period between dawn and noon. I spent the morning running errands.

most m . o . s . t . most. most means used to form the superlative. The king cobra is

the most dangerous snake. mostly m . o . s . t . l . y . mostly. mostly

means in large part; mainly or chiefly. These accounts are mostly inactive.

mother m . o . t . h . e . r . mother. mother means a woman who has given birth to a child

(also used as a term of address to your mother). The mother of three children.

motion m . o . t . i . o . n . motion. motion means a change of position that does not entail

a change of location. The reflex motion of his eyebrows revealed his surprise.

motor m . o . t . o . r . motor. motor means machine that converts other forms of energy

into mechanical energy and so imparts motion. New York was the first state to require the

licensing of motor vehicles, in 1901. motorcycle m . o . t . o . r . c . y . c . l

. e . motorcycle. motorcycle means a motor vehicle with two wheels and a strong frame.

The repairs on my motorcycle are going to cost over $500.

mount m . o . u . n . t . mount. mount means put up or launch. Mount a campaign against

pornography. mountain m . o . u . n . t . a . i . n . mountain.

mountain means a land mass that projects well above its surroundings; higher than a hill.

Three climbers were killed during an assault on the south face of the mountain.

mouse m . o . u . s . e . mouse. mouse means any of numerous small rodents typically resembling

diminutive rats having pointed snouts and small ears on elongated bodies with slender

usually hairless tails. The cat slowly approached the bush where the mouse was hiding.

mouth m . o . u . t . h . mouth. mouth means the opening through which food is taken in

and vocalizations emerge. He stuffed his mouth with candy.

move m . o . v . e . move.movemeanschange location; move, travel, or proceed.The soldiers

moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell.

moving m . o . v . i . n . g . moving. moving means in motion. The moving parts of the machine.

movement m . o . v . e . m . e . n . t . movement. movement means a change of position that does

not entail a change of location. The reflex movement of his eyebrows revealed his surprise.

movie m . o . v . i . e . movie. movie means a form of entertainment that enacts a story

by a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement. They went to a movie

every Saturday night. movie m . o . v . i . e . movie. movie theater

means a theater where films are shown. The owners of the movie theater chain are trying

to force their employees to take a cut in salary. 

Mr M . r . Mr. Mr. is a form of address for a man. Mr. Togawa was nominated for mayor.

Mrs M . r . s . Mrs. Mrs. is a form of address for a married woman. Chewtarou is Mrs. Tanaka's

dog. Ms M . s . Ms. Ms. is a form of address for

a woman. Ms. Tanaka wasn't shot even once in the mock battles.

much m . u . c . h . much. much means to a great degree or extent. She's much better

now. mud m . u . d . mud. mud means water soaked

soil; soft wet earth. The monster rose from the mud and howled at the full moon.

multiply m . u . l . t . i . p . l . y . multiply. multiply means combine by multiplication.

combine or increase by multiplication. He managed to multiply his profits.

murder m . u . r . d . e . r . murder. murder means unlawful premeditated killing of a human

being by a human being. His lawyer has filed an appeal of his conviction for attempted

murder. muscle m . u . s . c . l . e . muscle. muscle

means one of the contractile organs of the body. The heart is simply a big muscle used

to pump blood. museum m . u . s . e . u . m . museum. museum

means a depository for collecting and displaying objects having scientific or historical or

artistic value. The museum is holding a special exhibit of the paintings of Emily

Carr. music m . u . s . i . c . music. music means

an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones

in a structured and continuous manner. The background music in the movie was really effective

in creating a mood of romance. musical m . u . s . i . c . a . l . musical.

musical means characterized by or capable of producing music. A musical evening.

musician m . u . s . i . c . i . a . n . musician. musician means someone who plays a musical

instrument (as a profession). She was an excellent musician despite the fact that she had no

formal training. must m . u . s . t . must. must means is a

modal verb. It is used to indicate something that is necessary or important. You must make

up for lost time. my m . y . my. my means belonging to, or associated

with the speaker or writer. My own ideas. myself m . y . s . e . l . f . myself. myself

means is used as the object of a verb or preposition when the subject refers to the same person.

I looked at myself in the mirror. mysterious m . y . s . t . e . r . i . o . u

. s . mysterious. mysterious means having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious

to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding. The mysterious learning of the ancients.

mystery m . y . s . t . e . r . y . mystery. mystery means something that baffles understanding

and cannot be explained. It remains one of nature's mystery.

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