- endorse |inˈdôrsenˈdôrs| (also dated indorse) verb–declare one’s public approval or support of: the report was endorsed by the college.
- persuade |pərˈswād|-verb–cause (someone) to do something through reasoning or argument: it wasn’t easy, but I persuaded him to do the right thing.
- reluctant |rəˈləktənt| adjective-unwilling and hesitant; disinclined: [ with infinitive ] : she seemed reluctant to discuss the matter.
- capacity |kəˈpasədē| noun (pl. capacities) the ability or power to do, experience, or understand something: I was impressed by her capacity for hard work | [ with infinitive ] : his capacity to inspire trust in others | their intellectual capacities.
- recession |rəˈseSH(ə)n| noun- a period of temporary economic decline during which trade and industrial activity are reduced, generally identified by a fall in GDP in two successive quarters.
- bigoted |ˈbiɡədəd| adjective-having or revealing an obstinate belief in the superiority of one’s own opinions and a prejudiced intolerance of the opinions of others: a bigoted group of reactionaries | a thoughtless and bigoted article.
- incremental |ˈˌiNGkrəˈˌmen(t)lˈˌinkrəˈˌmen(t)l| adjective-relating to or denoting an increase or addition, especially one of a series on a fixed scale: incremental changes to the current system | the incremental cost of sending additional newsletters.
- misstep |misˈstep, ˈmisˌstep| noun-a mistake or blunder.
- caucus |ˈkôkəs| noun (pl. caucuses) a group of people with shared concerns within a political party or larger organization.
- achievement |əˈCHēvmənt|-noun-a thing done successfully, typically by effort, courage, or skill: to reach this stage is a great achievement.
Reading Comprehension: Fill-ins
As secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton was charged with repairing American credibility after eight years of the Bush administration’s unilateralism. She bears a share of the responsibility for the Obama administration’s foreign-policy failings, notably in Libya. But her achievements are substantial. She led efforts to strengthen sanctions against Iran, which eventually pushed it to the table for talks over its nuclear program, and in 2012, she helped negotiate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.