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

  • 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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Jun
19
2013

nature

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

neI ch@r

noun

definition 1:   the essential character or quality of a person or thing.
example:  Need for control is an aspect of human nature.
example:  It’s not in her nature to forgive easily.
example:  I was not aware of the illicit nature of their dealings.

definition 2:   the physical world and living things as they exist apart from the activity or intervention of human beings.
example:  Animals, plants, and mountains are part of nature.
example:  We need to preserve the wonders of nature.

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Collocations:  Words frequently used in combination with the noun “nature” (definition 1)

ADJECTIVE + nature:     human ~ ,  true  ~ , very ~ (e.g., By their very nature, humans are egocentric),  complex  ~ (e.g., the complex nature of higher mathematics),  serious  ~ ,  technical  ~ ,  competitive  ~ (e.g., It was not in his competitive nature to give up without a fight),  fundamental ~ ,  sexual ~ , changing ~ , divine ~ ,  violent ~ (e.g., the violent nature of the films the children are exposed to), aggressive ~ (e.g., the aggressive nature of the boys’ interaction with each other),  dual ~ ,  multidimensional ~ , interdisciplinary ~