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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suhr veI [or] s@r veI

transitive verb
definition 1:  to take an overall look at.
example:  He stood on the cliff  a while, surveying the landscape below.
example:  We surveyed the remaining tasks that had to be done.

definition 2:  to examine in detail; scrutinize.
example:  She surveyed his face for any signs of deceit.
example:  I surveyed the application forms for any errors before sending them in.

definition 3:  to carry out a survey of; canvass.
example:  They surveyed the neighborhood and found out that most people were against the zoning proposal.

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