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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Jan
29
2014

generate

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

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definition 1:  to cause to be brought into being.
example:  The human body generates heat.
example:  The farm uses a windmill to generate its own electricity.
example:  The news generated a great deal of excitement.
example:  Establishment of the factory will generate more jobs in the area.
example:  The lottery generates significant revenue for the state.

definition 2:  to beget (offspring).
example:  Laboratory mice exposed to the chemicals were no longer capable of generating offspring.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the transitive verb generate

generate + VERB:    ~ electricity, ~ energy, ~ heat, ~ power, ~ waves, ~ noise, ~ waste, ~ income, ~ wealth, ~ profit, ~ revenue, ~ sales, ~ cash, ~ surplus, ~ output, ~ growth,  ~ jobs, ~ interest, ~ ideas, ~ enthusiasm, ~ excitement, ~ conflict, ~ controversy, ~ publicity, ~ traffic, ~ files, ~ data, ~ errors