Tag: collocations

May
26
2015

preserve

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prih zuhrv

transitive verb
definition 1:  to protect from injury, harm, or mishap.
example:  Using this polish will help preserve the wood.

definition 2:  to keep safe from loss.
example:  We don’t know how many endangered species can be preserved.

definition 3:  to maintain in a relatively unchanged condition, esp. historic buildings or wildlife environments.
example:  They’re doing what they can to preserve the animal’s habitat.

definition 4:  to prepare (food) so that it can be kept for a long period of time.
example:  They often preserved meat by preparing it with salt and smoking it.
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May
25
2015

overcome

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o v@r kuhm

transitive verb
definition 1:  to defeat or quell in a conflict; succeed in a struggle with.
example:  With this bold plan of attack, they hoped to overcome the enemy.
example:  We’ll have to overcome many obstacles in order to accomplish this goal.
example:  I think this is a problem we can easily overcome if we work together.

definition 2:  to cause to be weak or inactive, or to lose consciousness.
example:  He struggled to speak, but the drug quickly overcame him.

definition 3:  to emotionally overwhelm or render inarticulate.
example:  We were overcome by the powerful images of suffering in the film.
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May
20
2015

friction

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frIk sh@n

noun
definition 1:  the rubbing of surfaces against each other.
example:  Oil prevents friction from wearing down engine parts too quickly.
example:  Friction creates heat.

definition 2:  the resistance of a surface to relative motion, as of an object sliding or rolling over it.
example:  When the ice is rough and snowy, it causes too much friction to skate well.

definition 3:  conflict between people or groups of people; contention.
example:  The friction between the two countries centers on a dispute over the border.
example:  At our last family gathering, I could sense friction between my mother and my aunt.
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May
18
2015

infinite

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In f@ niht

adjective
definition 1:  having no bounds or limits; not measurable; limitless.
example:  Outer space appears infinite to us.
example:  One’s imagination is infinite.

definition 2:  in mathematics, incapable of being completely counted or measured; not finite.
example:  A line consists of an infinite number of points.
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May
05
2015

prevalent

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pre v@ l@nt

adjective
definition:  generally accepted; pervasive; widespread.
example:  These surgical techniques were already prevalent at the turn of the century.
example:  That a woman’s proper place was in the home was a prevalent attitude during the 1950s.
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