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

  • Word of the Day
    shyster

    shaI st@r

    noun
    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

    see more
  • Vocabulary of the Day
    naysayer

    neI seI @r

    noun
    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

    see more
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.

See full entry

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 ~