The sick child's mother implored the doctor to come immediately.
1. implore (v.) [ formal ] to ask someone to do something, in a very emotional way, because you want it very much
In 1860, Robert O'Hara Burke, a police officer from Ireland, was chosen to lead an expedition across the continent from south to north.
But it was the first expedition to cross Australia, and Burke and Wills are still known as heroes of exploration.
I have feigned sleep, preoccupation, or a hostile levity when I realized by some unmistakable sign that an intimate revelation was quivering on the horizon.
1. preoccupation(n.) a state in which you think about something so much that you do not think about other things
He didn't say any more, but we've always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I understand that he meant a great deal more than that.
1. communicative [kə`mjunə͵ketɪv] (adj.) willing to tell things to other people
A British scientist has prognosticated that within ten years every suburban matron will have her own robot servant.
1. prognosticate[prɑg`nɑstɪk](v.)[ very formal ] to say what you think will happen in the future
The youngster who reads voraciously, though indiscriminately, does not necessarily gain in wisdom over the teenager who is more selective in his reading choices.
1. voracious [vo`reʃəs](adj.) a voracious person or animal eats a large amount of food