Tag: collocations

Apr
07
2014

minimal

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mI n@ m@l

adjective
definition:  of, pertaining to, or being the smallest or least possible in quantity, degree, or size.
example:  Even a minimal amount of this drug can have serious side effects in children.
example:  He gave a minimal response to his father’s question.
example:  Her salary was minimal when she started at the job.
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Apr
04
2014

widespread

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waId spred

adjective
definition 1:  extended, scattered, or accepted over a wide area.
example:  Her mystery novels enjoyed widespread popularity.
example:  The disease is under control in the north, but it is still widespread in the south.

definition 2:  open or spread out to full width.
example:  A bird with widespread wings flew overhead.
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Apr
02
2014

profound

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pr@ faUnd [or] pro faUnd

adjective
definition 1:  located at, reaching to, or coming from a great depth; deep.
example:  The ship was lost in the profound sea.

definition 2:  having intellectual insight and depth.
example:  Critics praised the novel as being filled with profound thought.
example:  The film is very entertaining but not profound in any way.

definition 3:  going to, or as though to, a great depth; penetrating; intense.
example:  The survivors experienced profound anxiety in the aftermath of the attack.
example:  The death of his mother had a profound effect on him.
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Apr
01
2014

hoax

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hox

noun
definition:
 something false or inauthentic presented as true or authentic, with intent to deceive or defraud.
example:  The so-called “ancient” cave painting was a hoax that fooled the public completely.

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Mar
31
2014

progress

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pra gres
noun
definition:  movement toward a specific end; advance.
example:  We’ve made a good deal of progress this week toward our fund-raising goal.

pr@ gres
intransitive verb
definition 1:  to advance in time or space; proceed.
example:  The climbers slowly progressed toward the summit.
definition 2:  to develop, esp. in a positive way; improve.
example:  As he progresses as an artist, he continues to gain recognition.

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