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

  • Word of the Day

    gr@ tu ih t@s  [or]  grae tu ih t@s

    1.  given or done without sufficient reason or justification; unwarranted.
    The movie’s gratuitous violence earned it low ratings from critics.

    2.  given or received without charge or cost.
    The company offers gratuitous shipping with large orders.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day

    p@ the tihk

    1.  arousing feelings of pity, sorrow, or tender concern.
    The baby’s pathetic crying was due to both hunger and cold.
    The limping dog was a pathetic sight.

    2.  miserably ineffective or inadequate; worthy of arousing scorn or ridicule.
    You did a pathetic job of fixing this–look! It’s still leaking!
    I’ve always been a pathetic housekeeper, so I finally hired a cleaner.
    Your attempts to get our sympathy is pathetic!
    He’s pathetic at playing tennis; he’s always hitting the ball straight over the fence.

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@ chiv

transitive verb
definition 1:  to reach or carry through successfully; accomplish.
example:  They worked hard to achieve their goals.

definition 2: to gain or bring about through effort.
example:  The fighter Muhammad Ali achieved greatness in his sport.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the transitive verb achieve (definition 1)

achieve + NOUN:    ~ goal, ~ objective, ~ result, ~ success, ~ aim, ~ ambition,  ~ target, ~ standards,  ~ level, ~ score, ~ one’s potential, ~  reduction (e.g., achieve a reduction in levels of pollution)


Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the transitive verb achieve (definition 2)

achieve + NOUN:  ~ success, ~ excellence, ~ fame, ~ recognition, ~ status, ~ greatness, ~ notoriety