Tag: collocations

Feb
13
2015

acquire

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@ kwaIr

transitive verb
definition 1:  to come to possess; obtain.
example:  He is acquiring some bad habits from his friends.
example:  You’ve acquired an American accent since you’ve been living here.
example:  We acquired some furniture for our apartment from some relatives.
example:  I never liked asparagus before, but I seem to have acquired a taste for it.

definition 2:  to gain, esp. through one’s own efforts or dealings.
example:  He acquired his wealth by building railroads.
example:  The company’s been trying to acquire that land for years.
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Feb
12
2015

worthy

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wuhr thi

adjective
definition 1:  having adequate or considerable worth or merit; admirable; commendable.
example:  She donates money for famine relief and other worthy causes.
example:  The volunteers put in a worthy effort to save the historic building.

definition 2:  deserving (often followed by “of”).
example:  He’s a man worthy of his reputation.
example:  Her essay was certainly worthy of the praise it received.
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Feb
10
2015

poignant

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poIn y@nt

adjective
definition:  deeply touching; arousing strong emotion, esp. sadness or sympathy; piercing; penetrating.
example:  The scene in which the soldier comes home to his wife is the most poignant in the film.
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Feb
03
2015

disseminate

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dih se mih neIt

transitive verb
definition:  to spread widely, as though scattering seed.
example:  This information will be disseminated nationally.
example:  The question is how we can best disseminate the findings of these important studies.
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Jan
27
2015

consistent

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k@n sIs t@nt

adjective
definition 1:  steadily conforming to a regular style or pattern; not varying.
example:  Her writing style is consistent across all her novels.
example:  If you want your bread to turn out the same every time, you need to follow the recipe in a consistent manner.

definition 2:  not contradictory; in agreement.
example:  The statements in your summary should be consistent with all the points you’ve made earlier in your essay.
example:  Unfortunately, his moralistic words are not consistent with his actions.
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