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Section 21: Words Starting with U. ugly u . g . l . y . ugly. ugly means displeasing

to the senses. He's such an ugly guy that no girl in our school wants to go out with

him. ultimate u . l . t . i . m . a . t . e . ultimate.

ultimate means furthest or highest in degree or order; utmost or extreme. One's ultimate

goal in life. ultimately u . l . t . i . m . a . t . e . l

. y . ultimately. ultimately means as the end result of a succession or process. Ultimately

he had to give in. umbrella u . m . b . r . e . l . l . a . umbrella.

umbrella means a lightweight handheld collapsible canopy. We give you the umbrella, in case

that's not clear. unable u . n . a . b . l . e . unable. unable

means usually followed by to not having the necessary means or skill or know-how. Unable

to get to town without a car. unacceptable u . n . a . c . c . e . p . t

. a . b . l . e . unacceptable. unacceptable means not adequate to give satisfaction. The

coach told his players that defeat was unacceptable. uncertain u . n . c . e . r . t . a . i . n

. uncertain. uncertain means lacking or indicating lack of confidence or assurance. Touched the

ornaments with uncertain fingers. uncle u . n . c . l . e . uncle. uncle means

the brother of your father or mother; the husband of your aunt. Once in a while my uncle

took me to the harbor. uncomfortable u . n . c . o . m . f . o . r

. t . a . b . l . e . uncomfortable. uncomfortable means conducive to or feeling mental discomfort.

This kind of life can prove disruptive and uncomfortable.

unconscious u . n . c . o . n . s . c . i . o . u . s . unconscious. unconscious means

not conscious; lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception as if asleep or dead.

Lay unconscious on the floor. uncontrolled u . n . c . o . n . t . r . o

. l . l . e . d . uncontrolled. uncontrolled means not being under control; out of control.

The greatest uncontrolled health problem is AIDS.

under u . n . d . e . r . under. under means located below or beneath something else. The

under parts of a machine. underground u . n . d . e . r . g . r . o

. u . n . d . underground. underground means under the level of the ground. These animals

live underground and never come up to the surface.

underneath u . n . d . e . r . n . e . a . t . h . underneath. underneath means on the

lower or downward side; on the underside of. A chest of drawers all scratched underneath.

understand u . n . d . e . r . s . t . a . n . d . understand. understand means know and

comprehend the nature or meaning of. She did not understand her husband.

understanding u . n . d . e . r . s . t . a . n . d . i . n . g . understanding. understanding

means the cognitive condition of someone who understands. He has virtually no understanding

of social cause and effect. underwater u . n . d . e . r . w . a . t . e

. r . underwater. underwater means beneath the surface of the water. A dolphin's hearing

is so acute that it can hear underwater sounds from up to 15 miles away. 

underwear u . n . d . e . r . w . e . a . r . underwear. underwear means undergarment

worn next to the skin and under the outer garments. A change of underwear.

undo u . n . d . o . undo. undo means cancel, annul, or reverse an action or its effect.

I wish I could undo my actions. unemployed u . n . e . m . p . l . o . y . e

. d . unemployed. unemployed means people who are involuntarily out of work (considered

as a group). The long-term unemployed need assistance.

unemployment u . n . e . m . p . l . o . y . m . e . n . t . unemployment. unemployment

means the state of being unemployed or not having a job. The rate of unemployment is

an indicator of the health of an economy. unexpected u . n . e . x . p . e . c . t . e

. d . unexpected. unexpected means not expected or anticipated. My proposal met with unexpected

opposition. unexpectedly u . n . e . x . p . e . c . t

. e . d . l . y . unexpectedly. unexpectedly means in a way that was not expected. Her

brother showed up at the wedding unexpectedly. unfair u . n . f . a . i . r . unfair. unfair

means not fair; marked by injustice or partiality or deception. It was an unfair trial.

unfortunate u . n . f . o . r . t . u . n . a . t . e . unfortunate. unfortunate means

not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune. An unfortunate

night for all concerned. unfortunately u . n . f . o . r . t . u . n

. a . t . e . l . y . unfortunately. unfortunately means by bad luck. Unfortunately it rained

all day. unfriendly u . n . f . r . i . e . n . d . l

. y . unfriendly. unfriendly means not easy to understand or use. Cold, or a diminution

of heat, carried beyond a certain degree, is unfriendly to all animals.

unhappiness u . n . h . a . p . p . i . n . e . s . s . unhappiness. unhappiness means

emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being. His reaction to the news was unhappiness.

unhappy u . n . h . a . p . p . y . unhappy. unhappy means experiencing or marked by or

causing sadness or sorrow or discontent. After the argument they lapsed into an unhappy silence.

uniform u . n . i . f . o . r . m . uniform. uniform means clothing of distinctive design

worn by members of a particular group as a means of identification. Boys' hair must be

cut to uniform length at her son's private school.

unimportant u . n . i . m . p . o . r . t . a . n . t . unimportant. unimportant means

not important. A relatively unimportant feature of the system.

union u . n . i . o . n . union. union means an organization of employees formed to bargain

with the employer. You have to join the union in order to get a job.

unique u . n . i . q . u . e . unique. unique means the single one of its kind.the unique

existing example of Donne's handwriting. unit u . n . i . t . unit. unit means any

division of quantity accepted as a standard of measurement or exchange. The dollar is

the United States unit of currency. unite u . n . i . t . e . unite. unite means

act in concert or unite in a common purpose or belief. If we all unite as a team, I'm

sure we can beat these guys. united u . n . i . t . e . d . united. united

means characterized by unity; being or joined into a single entity. Presented a united front.

universal u . n . i . v . e . r . s . a . l . universal. universal means of worldwide

scope or applicability. His experience as translated in his verses, is not individual

but universal, not leading to a blind alley but opening to a wider horizon.

universe u . n . i . v . e . r . s . e . universe. universe means everything that exists anywhere.

They study the evolution of the universe. university u . n . i . v . e . r . s . i . t

. y . university. university means an institution where students study for degrees and where

academic research is done. Our university is now affiliated with a number of post-secondary

institutions overseas. unkind u . n . k . i . n . d . unkind. unkind

means lacking kindness. A thoughtless and unkind remark.

unknown u . n . k . n . o . w . n . unknown. unknown means being or having an unknown or

unnamed source. A poem by an unknown author. unless u . n . l . e . s . s . unless. unless

means except under the circumstances that; except on the condition that. They'll sell

it unless he hears otherwise. unlike u . n . l . i . k . e . unlike. unlike

means marked by dissimilarity. Or twins they are very unlike.

unlikely u . n . l . i . k . e . l . y . unlikely. unlikely means not likely to be true or to

occur or to have occurred. Legislation on the question is highly unlikely.

unload u . n . l . o . a . d . unload. unload means leave or unload, especially of passengers

or cargo. Unload everything from the boat and clean it thoroughly.

unlucky u . n . l . u . c . k . y . unlucky. unlucky means having or bringing misfortune.

Friday the 13th is an unlucky date. unnecessary u . n . n . e . c . e . s . s

. a . r . y . unnecessary. unnecessary means not necessary. Julius Nyerere once observed

that violence is unnecessary and costly. unpleasant u . n . p . l . e . a . s . a . n

. t . unpleasant. unpleasant means disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings. We

had an unpleasant experience there. unreasonable u . n . r . e . a . s . o . n

. a . b . l . e . unreasonable. unreasonable means not reasonable; not showing good judgment.

I think he's being unreasonable. unsteady u . n . s . t . e . a . d . y . unsteady.

unsteady means not firmly or solidly positioned. Climbing carefully up the unsteady ladder.

unsuccessful u . n . s . u . c . c . e . s . s . f . u . l . unsuccessful. unsuccessful

means not successful; having failed or having an unfavorable outcome. The original conviction

for attempted murder was upheld in an unsuccessful appeal

until u . n . t . i . l . until. until means something happens during the period before

that time and stops at that time. I refused to eat until my parents came home.

unusual u . n . u . s . u . a . l . unusual. unusual means not usual or common or ordinary.

A scene of unusual beauty. unusually u . n . u . s . u . a . l . l . y

. unusually. unusually means to a remarkable degree or extent. She was unusually tall.

unwilling u . n . w . i . l . l . i . n . g . unwilling. unwilling means not disposed

or inclined toward. I am unwilling to study now.

up u . p . up. up means spatially or metaphorically from a lower to a higher position. They looked

up to their leader. upon u . p . o . n . upon. upon means another

word for on. He set the tray upon the table. upper u . p . p . e . r . upper. upper means

higher in place or position. In the upper center of the picture.

upset u . p . s . e . t . upset. upset means an unhappy and worried mental state. She didn't

realize the upset she caused me. upside down upside down. upside down means

the highest or uppermost side of anything. My brother hung the picture upside down.

upstairs u . p . s . t . a . i . r . s . upstairs. upstairs means on or of upper floors of a

building. He shut the door and went upstairs.  upward u . p . w . a . r . d . upward. upward

means extending or moving toward a higher place. A general upward movement of fish.

urban u . r . b . a . n . urban. urban means relating to or concerned with a city or densely

populated area. Most urban areas are close to a park.

urge u . r . g . e . urge. urge means force or impel in an indicated direction. I urged

him to finish his studies. urgent u . r . g . e . n . t . urgent. urgent

means compelling immediate action. He had urgent business in Japan.

us u . s . us. us means is used to refer both to himself or herself and to one or more other

people. They don't like us much. use u . s . e . use. use means put into service;

make work or employ (something) for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose.

He doesn't know how to use a computer. used u . s . e . d . used. used means previously

used or owned by another. He bought a used car.

used to used to. used to means habitually do something (use only in the past tense).

I used to get sick when I ate in that dining hall.

used to used to. used to means something was done regularly in the past or was the case

in the past. People used to come and visit him every day.

useful u . s . e . f . u . l . useful. useful means being of use or service. The girl felt

motherly and useful. useless u . s . e . l . e . s . s . useless.

useless means having no beneficial use or incapable of functioning usefully. She is

useless in an emergency. user u . s . e . r . user. user means a person

who makes use of a thing; someone who uses or employs something. Kazaa is an online program

which allows users to swap media files over the Internet.

usual u . s . u . a . l . usual. usual means occurring or encountered or experienced or

observed frequently or in accordance with regular practice or procedure. The usual summer

heat. usually u . s . u . a . l . l . y . usually.

usually means under normal conditions. Usually she was late.

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