Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Monthly Archives: August 2016

Aug
26
2016

vacate

veI keIt

transitive verb
to make vacant or unoccupied by leaving.
They vacated the room just as the new guests were arriving.
She announced that she will vacate her position on the governor’s staff.

intransitive verb
to leave or surrender a job or location.
I plan to vacate just as soon as my new job is assured.
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Aug
26
2016

posterity

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pa ste rih ti
noun
1. all generations to come.
Their subhuman living conditions would have remained unknown had not one photographer recorded them for posterity.
The monument was to last for posterity.

2. all of one person’s descendants.
“It was all over; that old maid and that aged Cardinal could leave no posterity. They remained face to face like two withered oaks, sole remnants of a vanished forest, and their fall would soon leave the plain quite clear.” (Émile Zola, The Three Cities Trilogy: Rome, Complete)



Aug
25
2016

enforce

ihn fors

transitive verb
1.   to compel compliance with or obedience to.
The government makes the laws, and the police enforce them.
There is a law against fishing in this area, but no one seems to be enforcing it because there are always people fishing here.

2.  to collect or obtain (money or performance) by force or coercion.
Thugs enforced the payment of debts to their boss.

3.  to maintain forcibly; stress.
I must enforce upon you the importance of this matter.
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Aug
24
2016

offset

awf set

transitive verb
to balance or compensate for.
The profits in this business offset the losses we sustained in our other business.
The delicious dessert helped offset the horrible main course.

 

awf set

noun
that which provides a counterbalance or compensation.
Product output decreased due to the power outages, and now it will take a month with extended work hours to produce the offset.
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Aug
24
2016

easement

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iz mənt

noun
in law, a relaxation of or exception to real property laws, as to allow a person or agency a right of way through another’s property, or to allow a person or agency to build a structure not normally permitted.