This lesson will help you define cause, theory, trace, incident, evidence, wreckage, vanish, mysterious, disappearance and explanation.
cause verb to make something bad happen
- A huge wave caused the ship to sink.
(a) theory noun an idea that says how or why something happens
- One theory is that the ship hit something underwater.
(a) trace noun a small sign that something has happened or been there
- No trace of the plane was ever found.
(an) incident noun an event that is unpleasant or unusual
- In the Bermuda Triangle there have been many strange incidents.
(–) evidence uncountable noun reasons for believing that something is or is not true
- Two tornadoes at the same time – rubbish! Show me the evidence.
(–) wreckage uncountable noun what is left of something that has been badly damaged or destroyed
- They found the wreckage of the plane in 30 metres of water.
vanish verb to disappear suddenly and completely
- Three days after leaving home he vanished without a trace.
mysterious adjective difficult to understand or explain
- A mysterious ship can sometimes be seen floating near the harbour.
(a) disappearance noun a situation in which someone or something can no longer be found or seen
- A disappearance in or near the Bermuda Triangle always interests people.
(an) explanation noun a reason you give for something that has happened
- I can’t give you any explanation for what happened.
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