Tag: collocations

Dec
18
2014

stringent

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strIn j@nt

adjective
definition 1:  rigorous or exacting; strict.
example:  Day care centers must maintain the stringent standards of cleanliness set by the state.
example:  The school has stringent requirements for graduation.

definition 2:  tight or severely limited, as in time or money.
example:  Her stringent schedule doesn’t allow much time for exercise.
example:  The city is operating on a stringent budget.
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Dec
16
2014

proponent

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pr@ po n@nt

noun
definition:  one who proposes or favors an idea, doctrine, course of action, or the like.
example:  He was an early proponent of giving women the vote.
example:  Proponents of the proposed law believe it will reduce crime.
example:  She took part in the demonstration along with other proponents of equal rights.
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Dec
12
2014

credible

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kre dih b@l

adjective
definition 1:  believable or plausible.
example:  The teacher allowed him to make up the exam because she thought his excuse was credible.

definition 2:  deserving of belief; trustworthy.
example:  Because he had been drinking at the time of the incident, he was not considered a credible witness.
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Nov
20
2014

transition

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traen zI sh@n

noun
definition:  a process of changing from one position, stage, or situation to another.
example:  There were painful experiences during his transition from boyhood to manhood.
example:  The nation’s citizens hoped for a peaceful transition from dictatorship to democracy.
example:  The life cycle of the monarch butterfly includes its transition from caterpillar to pupa and from pupa to butterfly.
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Nov
03
2014

mitigate

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mI tih geIt

transitive verb
definition 1:  to lessen the force, severity, or impact of.
example:  The politician’s apology mitigated the criticism of him in the press.
example:  All the sympathy of her friends and family could not mitigate the sadness she felt.
example:  The fact that the boys were trying to return what they’d stolen mitigated their punishment to some degree.

definition 2:  cause one to consider (a mistake, crime, or offense) less harshly.
example:  The defendant’s desperate circumstances mitigated her crime in the eyes of the jury.
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