Wednesday, 25 April 2018, 5:14 PM
Site: Minnesota Literacy Council
Course: Study for the U.S. Citizenship Test (Citizenship Study)
Glossary: New Vocabulary

current

at the present time (now), or the most recent.

Example:  The current Governor of Minnesota is Tim Pawlenty.  (He is Governor now.)

governor

the leader of a state government's executive branch.  Just as the country has one President, each state has one Governor.

liberty

The freedom to live as you wish and go where you want.

population

how many people live in a place.

Example:  The population of Minnesota is about 5 million.

term

a period of time.

In government, a term is how long an elected official keeps his or her job before the next election.

Example:  The President is elected to a 4-year term.  Each President can only serve two terms.

federal

having to do with the national government, rather than the government of a specific state.

debate

to discuss (talk about) a subject in a formal way; to argue about something by giving different opinions about it.

Example:  The presidential candidates will debate their plans for improving the economy.

convention

a large formal meeting of people.

Example:  The Republican National Convention was held in St. Paul in September, 2008.

colonist

a person who goes to live in a colony.

Example:  Many colonists came to America for religious freedom.

adopt

to accept or choose.

Example:  The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776.