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

  • Word of the Day
    gratuitous

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

    adjective
    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
    pathetic

    p@ the tihk

    adjective
    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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Feb
17
2014

extent

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

iks tent

noun
definition:  the degree, amount, space, or distance that something reaches or covers.
example:  His family was not aware of the extent of his illness.
example:  We were surprised by the great extent of her knowledge on the subject.
example:  This map shows the extent of the journey made by the explorers.
example:  He will be punished to the full extent of the law.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the noun extent

VERB + extent:    determine ~ (e.g., The  investigators are trying to determine the extent of the damage caused by the tornado), evaluate ~ , assess ~ , ascertain ~ , investigate ~ , reveal ~ ,  measure ~ , limit ~ , explore ~ , realize ~ , appreciate ~ ,  exaggerate ~,  underestimate ~ , estimate ~ , gauge ~ ,  map ~ , clarify ~