Tag: collocations

Mar
21
2016

behavior

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b@ heIv y@r

noun
definition 1:  the actions and reactions of a group, person, animal, or thing, either characteristically or under specific circumstances.
example:  The experiment looks at certain aspects of human behavior.
example:  What is the behavior of carbon molecules when subjected to heat?

definition 2:  the way in which one acts or conducts oneself.
example:  Your child’s behavior will have to improve or he will be asked to leave.
example:  His behavior at the party was embarrassing to his friends.
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Mar
11
2016

changing

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cheIn jihng

adjective
definition:  becoming different; shifting; varying.
example:  We do our best to keep up with changing technology.
example:  We watched the changing colors of the sky at sunset.
example:  As an old man now, he finds life in this rapidly changing world somewhat frustrating.
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Feb
29
2016

stage

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steIj

noun
definition 1:  a platform upon which lectures, music, or theatrical productions are performed.
example:  In the first scene of the play, there are only two actors on the stage.

definition 2:  the profession of acting in the theater (preceded by “the”).
example:  The stage had been her life, and adjusting to retirement was difficult.

definition 3:  a period or phase in the progression or development of something.
example:  Back pain is not uncommon in the final stage of pregnancy.
example:  Adolescence is a stage between childhood and adulthood.

transitive verb
definition 1:  to perform or exhibit on or as on a stage.
example:  The repertory theater group will be staging two plays by Shakespeare this year.
example:  The playwright was delighted that the producer finally agreed to stage her play.

definition 2:  to cause to take place, as an event or performance for public viewing.
example:  Animal rights activists will be staging a demonstration outside the research facility on Saturday.

definition 3:  to present (something) to others in order to create a particular impression or illusion.
example:  The friendly handshake between the two leaders was staged for the photograph.
example:  The movement of the tanks was staged to fool the enemy; in fact, the tanks were not even real.

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Feb
25
2016

compile

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k@m paIl

transitive verb
definition 1:  to form (a written work or list) by bringing together pieces of information, articles, documents, or the like.
example:  They’re compiling a recipe book, so they’ve asked each of us to submit one of our favorite recipes.
example:  The agency thinks he’s a spy and has compiled a dossier on him.
example:  The publisher is compiling a glossary to accompany the textbook.

definition 2:  to gather together; collect.
example:  Our research team has been compiling data on population shifts for several years now.
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Feb
24
2016

drawback

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draw baek

noun
definition:  an impediment to the success or desirability of something; negative feature; flaw.
example:  It’s a great job offer, but the drawback is that I would have to travel a lot.
example:  The main drawback of the plan is how long it would take to complete.
example:  One drawback to the proposed location is that there is little space outside for parking.
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