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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sIs t@m

definition 1:  a group of related things or parts that function together as a whole.
example:  There are twelve elementary schools in our city’s school system.

definition 2:  a particular method of procedure, organization, or classification.
example:  The people are demanding a new system of government.
example:  The books are organized according to a system.

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Collocations:  words often used in combination with the noun “system”

ADJECTIVE + system:    complex ~ , adequate ~ , inadequate ~ , efficient ~ , capable ~ , reliable ~, advanced ~ , flexible ~ , fair ~ , unfair ~ ,  compatible ~ , suitable ~ , robust ~

VERB + system:    operate ~ ,  use ~ ,  develop ~ , design ~ ,  build ~ ,  introduce ~ ,  implement ~ ,  create ~ ,  improve ~ , test ~ , monitor ~ , maintain ~ ,  install ~