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  • Word of the Day
    balmy

    bal mi

    adjective
    1.  gentle, mild, and soothing.
    They prefer the balmy climate of the South Sea Islands.

    2.  fragrant, like a balm.
    The tropical air was balmy with the scent of gardenias.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    dainty

    deIn ti

    adjective
    1.  small and delicate.
    In her hand she held one dainty blossom.
    We drank small amounts of tea in my grandmother’s dainty cups.
    Taking dainty steps, she entered the room without a sound.

    2.  having delicate and refined manners or taste, esp. with respect to cleanliness or food.
    She is always so dainty in the way she eats;  I just shovel food into my mouth and spill things on my shirt.

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Feb
20
2014

industry

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

In d@ stri

noun
definition 1:  the activity or process of turning raw materials into finished goods, or a particular business that does this.
example:  The state has little industry in the rural western areas.
example:  Many new industries have been established in this region in recent years.

definition 2:  the companies, regarded collectively, that produce a similar product or service.
example:  The automobile industry employs thousands of workers.
example:  They invested heavily in the steel industry.
example:  The cosmetics industry has shown high profits this year.

definition 3:  the tendency to work hard.
example:  The volunteers were rewarded for their industry.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the noun industry (definition 2)

MODIFIER + industry:    competitive ~  , vital ~ ,  essential ~ ,  leading ~ , growing ~ , expanding ~ , booming ~ , thriving ~ ,  burgeoning ~ , failing ~ , declining ~ ,  revived ~

VERB + industry:    regulate ~ , revolutionize ~ , dominate ~ , affect ~ , transform ~ , subsidize ~ , nationalize ~ , privatize ~ ,  expand ~ , revive ~