February 21, 2013
intrepid (adjective)
\in-TREP-id\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: feeling no fear : bold
How do you use it?
Rory thought he was intrepid as he climbed to the roof to retrieve the ball, but then he looked down.
Are you a word wiz?

Here are four example sentences for "intrepid," but only one of them uses the word correctly. Which one do you think it is?

If you intrepidly chose answer C, congratulations! "Intrepid" is an adjective and answer A uses it as a verb, so we can get rid of that one right away. "Catch" or "overtake" could be used its place. In answer B, Lana is more likely to be "nervous" or "scared," opposites of "intrepid," after her experience on her bike. Woodwork is a nonliving thing, so it isn't usually described as "intrepid," as it is in answer D. Besides, all that termite attention would likely cause it to become "weak" or "shaky." That leaves answer C and the adventurous soul of Amelia Earhart as the correct choice.
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