Dec
11
2013

attitude

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

ae tih tud

noun
definition 1:  a feeling or mental state in regard to something or someone.
example:  His attitude toward the proposal was strongly negative.
example:  Her poor performance in school is largely due to her attitude, not to her abilities.
example:  She was aloof at first, but her attitude towards me seems to be changing.

definition 2:  position of the body.
example:  He stood in a rigid attitude.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the noun attitude (definition 1)

attitude + PREPOSITION

  • ~ toward  (e.g., attitude toward one’s superiors, attitude toward one’s work, attitude toward one’s studies)
  • ~ to  (e.g., His attitude to life changed after the tragic accident)

ADJECTIVE + attitude:     positive ~ ,  negative ~ ,  favorable ~ ,  right ~ (e.g., You will surely succeed if you adopt the right attitude),  professional ~ , flexible ~ , liberal ~ ,  can-do ~ , hostile ~ , ambivalent ~ ,  changing ~ , caring ~ , mature ~ , cavalier ~ , casual ~ , tolerant ~ ,  enlightened ~ ,  laissez-faire ~ ,  dismissive ~ , discriminatory ~ , racist ~ , homophobic ~ , parental ~ , public ~ , prevalent ~

VERB + attitude:    adopt ~ , change ~ , examine  ~ , reflect ~ , shape ~ , influence ~ , cultivate ~  (e.g., He attempted to cultivate an attitude of indifference toward her),  promote ~ , foster ~ ,  harden ~ , challenge ~ , combat ~

attitude + VERB:    change ~ , shift ~ , prevail ~ , persist ~ , harden ~ , soften ~ , typify ~ , mirror ~ ,  underpin ~

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