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

  • Word of the Day

    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

    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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Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2


transitive verb
definition 1:  to emphasize; highlight.
example:  Her speech stressed the need to improve the city’s schools.
example:  The chef stressed the importance of measuring the ingredients carefully.
example:  The salesman stressed the usefulness of the product and avoided discussing the price.

definition 2:  to subject to pressure or strain.
example:  The heavy lifting stressed his back.

definition 3:  to utter (a word or syllable) with relatively greater emphasis.
example:  “I DO want to help!” she exclaimed, strongly stressing the word “do.”
example:  Americans stress the second syllable of the word “café,” but British speakers stress the first.

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the transitive verb stress (definition 1)

stress + NOUN:    ~ importance (e.g., She stressed the importance of taking steps to prevent the spread of disease), ~ need, ~ fact, ~ significance, ~ role, ~ necessity, ~ desirability, ~ danger, ~ potential, ~ similarity, ~ unity, ~ commonality, ~ primacy, ~ magnitude, ~ urgency