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  • Word of the Day
    carouse

    k@ raUz

    intransitive verb
    to revel in a boisterous and drunken manner.
    They’d been carousing in the bar and were now staggering home, still singing and shouting.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    notify

    no tih faI

    transitive verb
    to give notice to; tell or inform, esp. formally.
    The contest judges notified the winners by mail.
    Who should we notify in case of an emergency?
    The landlord notified the tenants that the water would be shut off in the morning.

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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 ~