Tag: collocations

Jul
29
2014

devise

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dih vaIz

definition:  to invent or make (a plan, device, or solution of a problem), especially by a fresh application of known information; arrange; contrive.
example:  They devised a plan to outdo the opposing team.
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Jul
26
2014

illustrate

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I l@ streIt

transitive verb
definition 1:  to explain or clarify by providing an example or presenting a graphic representation.
example:  My father always used examples from his own life experience to illustrate his point.
example:  The gym teacher illustrated how the move should be done by demonstrating it herself.
example:  The drawing on the opposite page helped illustrate the concept.

definition 2:  to provide pictures or drawings for (a book, story, or other work).
example:  The artist illustrated the book with very detailed drawings.
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Jul
25
2014

trend

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trend

noun
definition 1:  a general course, direction, or tendency.
example:  The trend toward obesity continues.
example:  Studies show that standards of living are on a downward trend.
example:  A trend toward living together before marriage began some decades ago.

definition 2:  the latest style; mode.
example:  Short skirts are the trend this year.
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Jul
23
2014

adhere

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aed hir

intransitive verb
definition 1:
 to stick or cling firmly, as by gluing (usually followed by “to”).
example:  The dust adhered to her skin.

definition 2:  to follow or hold to closely (usually followed by “to”).
example:  You’ll get into trouble if you don’t adhere to the rules.
example:  I adhered to the recipe this time, but the dish is still too salty.
example:  Despite persecution, they adhered to their religion.

definition 3:  to maintain loyalty or support (usually followed by “to”).
example:  Many of the nobles adhered to the deposed king.
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Jul
22
2014

imperative

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ihm per @ tihv

adjective
definition 1:  extremely important; urgent; unavoidable.
example:  It is imperative that these peace efforts succeed.
example:  It is imperative that the town be evacuated immediately.
example:  Getting the burn victims to a hospital is imperative.

definition 2:  in grammar, of or denoting the mood of the verb used in making demands, giving orders, or the like.
example:  In the sentence, “Come here!” the verb “come” is in the imperative form.
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