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

  • Word of the Day

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

    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

    p@ the tihk

    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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Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2


intransitive verb
definition:  to change position or direction, or to move from one place to another.
example:  Bored with the lecture, the students shifted restlessly in their seats.
example:  His family shifted from town to town during the Depression.
example:  The photographer asked her to shift a little to the left.
example:  Public opinion seems to be shifting on this issue.

transitive verb
definition:  to remove or abandon and replace with another; change.
example:  It’s not always easy to shift another person’s opinion.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the verb shift


  • ~ to  (e.g, The wind shifted to the north;  Opinion shifted to the right)
  • ~ toward (e.g., The government shifted toward dictatorship;  The province is shifting toward solar power)

shift + ADVERB:     ~ constantly, ~ gradually, ~ dramatically, ~ suddenly, ~ radically, ~ abruptly, ~ subtly, ~ decisively, ~ rapidly, ~ effortlessly, ~ fundamentally, ~ continually, ~ away (e.g., The focus shifted away from local concerns to international events),  ~ upward, ~ downward, ~ northward, ~ eastward

NOUN + shift:    focus ~ (e.g., The focus shifted from exercise to eating healthier foods) , emphasis  ~ , wind  ~ , attention ~ ,  opinion ~ , balance ~ , paradigm ~ , burden ~ (e.g., The burden of his elderly father’s care shifted to him when his sister died) , phase ~


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

shift + NOUN:    ~ attention (e.g., The teacher struggled to shift the attention of his students),  ~ focus,  ~ opinion, ~  blame (e.g., The sheriff  hoped to shift the blame to his deputy), ~ emphasis, ~ allegiance, ~ burden, ~ weight, ~ perception, ~ balance, ~ alliances, ~ boundary, ~ gaze