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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Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

pronunciation:    ə plaI
part of speech:    transitive verb

definition 1:         to make use of or put to use.
example:               I had to apply every bit of my knowledge of computers to solve the problem.

definition 2:        to put into effect or action.
example:               If you apply the principles that I describe in my book, your business is sure to be successful.
example:               You can’t really play the game without applying the rules. 

part of speech:    intransitive verb

definition 1:         to be related or relevant
example:              The rules apply to all students without exception.
example:              This article in the newspaper applies to the discussion we had this morning.

definition 2:        to make an application for admission, employment, or permission.
example:              I applied for a job at the hospital.
example:              Our son applied for admission to four colleges.
example:              For that type of permit, you have to apply at the town hall.

Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the intransitive verb apply (definition 2)

apply + PREPOSITION:    ~ for (e.g., apply for a job, apply for admission, apply for a visa, apply for a permit), ~ to (e.g., apply to a college, apply to a university for admission) ~ at (e.g., apply for a job at a factory, apply for a position at a university)