31.conserve / preserve / reserve
new laws to conserve wildlife in the area
The government preserves the rights of the individual person.
We are reserving these seats for my parents.
32.continual / continuous / constant
That dog’s barking is a continual annoyance.
Our homes and offices need a continuous supply of electricity.
Everything in the universe is in constant motion.
This was their fourth successive win.
33.correct / rectify / remedy / revise / amend
Their eyesight can be corrected in just a few minutes by the use of a laser.
We must take steps to rectify the situation.
This situation is easily remedied.
I’ll prepare a revised estimate for you.
He asked to see the amended version.
34.credible / convincing / plausible
That the student told the teacher a credible story that she missed classes because she was sick.
She sounded very convincing to me.
The only plausible explanation is that he forgot.
35.decline / refuse / reject / deny
I invited her to join us, but she declined.
She refused to accept that there was a problem.
All our suggestions were rejected out of hand.
The department denies responsibility for what occurred.
36.decrease / diminish / lessen / reduce / dwindle / decline
The population decreaseda lot last year.
His influence has diminished with time.
Make sure that your immunizationsare up to date to lessen the risk of serious illness.
It reduces the risks of heart disease.
Exports are dwindling and the trade deficit is swelling.
Support for the party continues to decline.
37.delay / postpone / defer / suspend / prolong
Her late arrival delayed the start of the meeting.
Our meeting for today was postponed until next week.
She had applied for deferred admission to college.
The introduction of the new system has been suspended until next year.
The operation could prolong his life by two or three years.
38.dip / immerse / submerge
The artist dipped his brush in the paint.
Students immerse themselves in their studies.
The girl was submerged in the shallow end of the pool.
39.disappear / vanish / fade
The plane disappeared behind a cloud.
All hopes of a peaceful settlement had now vanished.
The laughter faded away.
40.divide / assign / distribute / allocate
Paul divides most of his spare time between the study and his bedroom.
The teacher assigned a different task to each of the children.
The organization distributed food to the earthquake victims.
The city government allocated money for schools and the police in this year’s budget.