Tag: collocations

Dec
16
2014

proponent

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pr@ po n@nt

noun
definition:  one who proposes or favors an idea, doctrine, course of action, or the like.
example:  He was an early proponent of giving women the vote.
example:  Proponents of the proposed law believe it will reduce crime.
example:  She took part in the demonstration along with other proponents of equal rights.
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Dec
12
2014

credible

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kre dih b@l

adjective
definition 1:  believable or plausible.
example:  The teacher allowed him to make up the exam because she thought his excuse was credible.

definition 2:  deserving of belief; trustworthy.
example:  Because he had been drinking at the time of the incident, he was not considered a credible witness.
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Nov
20
2014

transition

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traen zI sh@n

noun
definition:  a process of changing from one position, stage, or situation to another.
example:  There were painful experiences during his transition from boyhood to manhood.
example:  The nation’s citizens hoped for a peaceful transition from dictatorship to democracy.
example:  The life cycle of the monarch butterfly includes its transition from caterpillar to pupa and from pupa to butterfly.
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Nov
03
2014

mitigate

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mI tih geIt

transitive verb
definition 1:  to lessen the force, severity, or impact of.
example:  The politician’s apology mitigated the criticism of him in the press.
example:  All the sympathy of her friends and family could not mitigate the sadness she felt.
example:  The fact that the boys were trying to return what they’d stolen mitigated their punishment to some degree.

definition 2:  cause one to consider (a mistake, crime, or offense) less harshly.
example:  The defendant’s desperate circumstances mitigated her crime in the eyes of the jury.
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Oct
27
2014

eminent

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e m@ n@nt

adjective
definition 1:  outstanding in position or achievement; prominent; distinguished.
example:  She’s an eminent scientist who’s made illustrious contributions to the field of medicine.
example:  Several eminent scholars were scheduled to speak at the conference.

definition 2:  conspicuous; notable.
example:  The poem’s eminent simplicity contributed to its effectiveness.

definition 3:  protruding; prominent.
example:  The cathedral, with its eminent spires, had somehow remained intact during the bombing.
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