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mourns


feels sad because someone has died

The United States mourns the loss of soldiers who die in war.

mourns

victory


a win in a battle or a contest

The baseball team went out for ice cream to celebrate their victory in the league finals.

victory

tradition


an activity that is repeated over many years

Eating turkey on Thanksgiving is an
American tradition.

tradition

cruelty


an act that hurts others on purpose

Don’t throw Jason’s lunch on the ground—that would be an act of cruelty.

cruelty

sorrow


sadness

Amanda was filled with sorrow when her dog ran away.

sorrow

mentor


someone who helps others learn

My dad is my mentor for basketball—he taught me how to shoot.

mentor

determined


set on doing something

Carlton was determined to finish the marathon.

determined

foster care


a system in which children are cared for by adults who are not their legal parents

Paul was placed in foster care with a loving family.

foster care

adapted


changed to make something work better

I adapted my morning routine—now I go to bed earlier so I have more time to exercise.

adapted

brittle


easily broken

The pages of the old book were brittle, and they crumbled when Pete touched them.

brittle

exterminated


killed off

Dave’s new house was filled with roaches, so he had them exterminated.

exterminated

wildlife conservation


the protection of wild animals

Trent wants to get a job in wildlife conservation because he loves animals.

wildlife conservation

profits


money earned from a business

My father took some of his company’s profits and bought a brand-new office.

profits

wounded


hurt

Angela took care of the wounded bird until it could fly again.

wounded

trophy hunter


someone who kills animals for sport and keeps parts of the animals’ bodies to put on display

I couldn’t be a trophy hunter because I don’t want to kill wild animals.

trophy hunter
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