Tag: collocations

Aug
15
2014

local

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lo k@l

adjective
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.
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Aug
13
2014

complicate

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kam plih keIt

transitive verb
definition:  to make more difficult or complex.
example:  We were already lost, but getting the wrong directions only complicated the situation.
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Aug
12
2014

disrupt

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dihs ruhpt

transitive verb
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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ritual

rI chu @l

noun
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.

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Aug
06
2014

employ

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ihm ploI

transitive verb
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

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