definition 1: of or relating to a particular limited area such as a neighborhood or town.
example: This is a matter for the local police to handle rather than the state police.
example: Many people are not aware of issues involving the local government.
definition 2: of or relating to one’s own residential area.
example: We only eat local produce.
definition 3: of or relating to a limited area in the body.
example: The surgery is simple and can be carried out under a local anesthetic.
definition 1: to throw into disorder or turmoil.
example: An explosion disrupted the peaceful demonstration.
definition 2: to interrupt or break off, usually temporarily.
example: Hecklers disrupted the governor’s speech.
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definition 1: an established and prescribed procedure for a ceremony, especially a religious one.
example: Drinking sips of rice wine is part of the traditional wedding ritual in Japan.
definition 2: a pattern of behavior repeated in a fixed form and order as though prescribed by custom or authority.
example: He always observed a ritual of reading his mail from the bottom of the stack to the top.
example: Going through her morning ritual took a considerable amount of time in the bathroom.
example: The children’s bedtime ritual ends with the reading of a story.
definition 1: to make use of; use.
example: We’re studying the unique devices he employs in his poetry.
example: You would have to employ a microscope to be able to see these organisms.
definition 2: to provide work for or obtain services from in exchange for payment; hire.
example: Our company employs thirty people in the sales department.
definition 3: to apply or direct toward a particular goal or activity.
example: You need to employ more energy in this job.
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Collocations: Words often used in combination with the transitive verb employ (definitions 1 & 3 )
employ + NOUN: ~ technique, ~ tactic, ~ approach (e.g., The school employs a unique approach to teaching), ~ design, ~ method, ~ methodology, ~ tool, ~ device ,~ means, ~ measure, ~ terminology, ~ vocabulary, ~ imagery, ~ logic, ~ metaphor, ~ motif