Tag: collocations

Sep
29
2014

distort

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dih stort

transitive verb
definition 1:  to twist out of shape; deform the appearance or functioning of.
example:  The uneven surface of the mirror distorted his reflection.
example:  Having the volume too loud distorts the sound.

definition 2:  to falsify or misrepresent.
example:  The actor felt the newspaper article distorted what he had said in the interview.
example:  Exaggerating is often harmless, but it does distort the truth.
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Sep
18
2014

superfluous

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s@ puhr flu @s

adjective
definition:    being beyond a sufficient amount; excessive.
example:  This paragraph is superfluous and could easily be eliminated.
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Sep
16
2014

esoteric

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e s@ ter ihk

adjective
definition:    understood or known only by a few persons who have special training, access, or interests.
example:  He wrote a book on the esoteric topic of how to grow ornamental onions.
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Sep
15
2014

alleviate

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@ li vi eIt

transitive verb
definition:  to make more bearable; ease.
example:  A good nurse alleviates suffering.
example:  The medication will alleviate the pain, but it will not eliminate it.
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Sep
12
2014

incur

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ihn kuhr

transitive verb
definition:  to become liable for or bring upon oneself (usually some unwanted or harmful consequence).
example:  The duchess incurred an enormous gambling debt.
example:  The teenager incurred his parents’ anger by telling them an outrageous lie.
example:  If you give false information, you could incur a fine or an even stiffer penalty.
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