Tag: collocations

Jul
17
2015

favor

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feI v@r

noun
definition 1:  a kind or helpful act, usually done in response to another’s request.
example:  Could you do me a favor and hand me that screwdriver?
example:  He did me a big favor, so I’m writing to thank him.

definition 2:  high regard or approval.
example:  The princess quickly won the favor of the people.

definition 3:  preference or partiality.
example: The parents accused the teacher of showing favor to the boys in the class.

definition 4:  advantage
example:  The score is in our favor.

transitive verb
definition 1:  to have positive regard for (someone or something) rather than having objection to.
example:  Most of the parents favor the new principal and feel she’s doing a good job.

definition 2:  to have a preference towards, or to show partiality towards.
example:  I favor the stores downtown over the ones at the mall.
example:  It’s obvious that she favors her youngest child over the others.
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Jul
06
2015

underscore

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uhn d@r skor  [or]  uhn de@ skor

transitive verb
definition 1:  to emphasize by, or as if by, drawing a line beneath.
example:  The fact that this accident occurred underscores the need for stricter safety measures.

definition 2:  to draw a line or lines underneath (written text); underline.
example:  The child underscored the title of her paper at the top of the page.
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Jun
01
2015

ideology

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aI di a l@ ji  [or]  I di a l@ ji

noun
definition:  the body of beliefs, symbols, and political and social aims that characterizes a particular group or institution.
example:  They hoped to spread their political ideology in Southeast Asia.
example:  All aspects of our lives were influenced by Catholic ideology.
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May
29
2015

advantage

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@d vaen tihj

noun
definition 1:  a position or place of superiority or domination.
example:  All her preparation gave her the advantage in the debate.
example:  Our initiatives have paid off and put us at an advantage over our competitors.

definition 2:  something that gives a position of superiority or domination.
example:  A degree from a top school is said to be an advantage in competing for a job.
example:  The restaurant’s perfect location by the lake is its advantage over the other restaurants in the area.

definition 3:  something that is a benefit, profit, or gain.
example:  Saving money and avoiding the traffic are advantages of being able to walk to work.
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May
27
2015

monopoly

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m@ na p@ li

noun
definition 1:  complete control over a service or commodity within a given market, so that competition is eliminated.
example:  At that time, the telephone company had a monopoly over phone service in the entire region.
example:  The law prevented the company from gaining a monopoly.

definition 2:  a company that has such control.
example:  The Standard Oil Company was a monopoly established by John D. Rockefeller.
example:  Anti-trust laws were instituted in order to inhibit the creation of monopolies.

definition 3:  possession of something to a degree surpassing what others possess or are able to acquire.
example:  She’s always had a monopoly on our mother’s attention.
example:  He seems to think he has a monopoly on charm and wit.
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