Tag: collocations

Sep
04
2014

advocate

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aed v@ keIt

transitive verb
definition:  to urge support or acceptance of.
example:  The town council advocates buying fruits and vegetables grown on local farms.
example:  One candidate advocates the removal of the state’s death penalty, while the other opposes the idea.

 

aed v@ k@t

noun
definition 1:  one who supports a cause.
example:  She is an outspoken advocate of prison reform.

definition 2:  one who defends or pleads on behalf of another, esp. in a court of law.
example:  Who is the advocate for this defendant?
example:  Parents of children with severe disabilities must often become tireless advocates in order for their children to receive needed services.
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Sep
02
2014

robust

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ro buhst

adjective
definition 1:  physically strong, healthy, and energetic.
example:  Among the marathon runners were several robust middle-aged men and women.

definition 2:  having or showing vitality or strength; highly functioning or effective.
example:  The real estate market was particularly robust during that period.
example:  The robust argument made in favor of the proposal was difficult to oppose.

definition 3:  requiring strength and endurance.
example:  Containing the flood waters will require robust effort.

definition 4:  hearty or boisterous.
example:  The fans shouted down at the players in their usual robust manner.
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Aug
26
2014

homogeneous

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ho m@ ji ni @s [or] ho m@ jin y@s

adjective
definition 1:  having all parts of the same or a similar type.
example:  The influx of immigrants and refugees into the small nation has transformed what was once a homogeneous population.

definition 2:  having the same structure, nature, or texture throughout; uniform.
example:  Homogeneous matter has the same composition regardless of what amount is analyzed.
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Aug
25
2014

conform

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k@n form

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to be or act in accordance or compliance with an established standard or norm.
example:  He found it difficult to conform to the strict rules of the military academy.
example:  All highway signs must conform to standards established by the government.
example:  She refused to conform to society’s expectations of her as a woman.

definition 2:  to show similarity or become similar in nature or appearance.
example:  Her true self does not conform to everyone’s image of her.

transitive verb
definition:  to make similar in nature or appearance.
example:  He conformed his way of speaking to the local dialect.
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Aug
21
2014

realm

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relm

noun
definition 1:  a royal kingdom; domain.
example:  The king expanded his realm by conquering the neighboring tribes.

definition 2:  sphere; province.
example:  The art teacher encouraged the students to step into the realm of their imagination.
example:  He considered raising the children to be solely within his wife’s realm; he rarely took an interest or rendered an opinion.
example:  That their efforts should succeed is within the realm of possibility, but I don’t consider it likely.
example:  For her, astronomy is the most interesting area within the realm of science.
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