Tag: collocations

Mar
21
2014

undermine

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uhn d@r maIn

transitive verb
definition 1:  to weaken the foundations of.
example:  The dike is being undermined by water.

definition 2:  to gradually, secretly, or imperceptibly weaken and destroy.
example:  Her mother-in-law undermined her relationship with her husband.
example:  The rumors undermined the candidate’s credibility.
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Mar
17
2014

fulfill

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fUl fIl

transitive verb
definition 1:  to effect or bring to realization or completion.
example:  She eventually fulfilled her lifelong dream of publishing a novel.

definition 2:  to execute or carry out (a duty, command, or the like).
example:  He fulfilled his military duty by serving two years in the Navy.
example:  The man failed to fulfill his responsibilities as a father.

definition 3:  to satisfy (a requirement, expectation, or desire).
example:  She cannot graduate unless she fulfills the physical education requirement.
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Mar
10
2014

apparent

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@ per @nt

adjective
definition 1:  clear to the perception or understanding; obvious.
example:  It was apparent to everyone that he was lying.
example:  The symptoms of the man’s illness were quite apparent to the doctor.
example:  The bias in the newspaper article was strikingly apparent.

definition 2:  seeming to be so at first observation, but not necessarily so; ostensible.
example:  The apparent loser of the race ended up the winner.
example:  Her shy smile belied her apparent indifference.
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Mar
04
2014

entail

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ihn teIl

transitive verb
definition:  to call for or bring about as a necessary accompaniment; necessarily involve.
example:  Running a political campaign entails hard work.
example:  It sounds like a good idea, but think of all the complicated negotiating it would entail.
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Feb
25
2014

assumption

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@ suhmp  sh@n

noun
definition 1:  the act of supposing or taking for granted.
example:  You have never met the man, and your opinion of him is based purely on assumption.

definition 2:  that which is supposed or taken for granted.
example:  She was indeed lost, but his assumption that she was a tourist was incorrect.
example:  Because he was so late, she made the assumption that he’d missed his train.

definition 3:  a taking on, as of a duty, role, or office.
example:  His older brother’s abdication as king forced his assumption of the throne.
example:  Her assumption of the role of caregiver for their ailing mother was a relief to her siblings.
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