Category: Vocabulary

Dec
05
2016

feckless

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fek lihs

adjective
1.  weak or incompetent; ineffective.
His feckless efforts at appeasing her only served to anger her more.

2.  worthless or irresponsible.
That silly girl has gotten herself involved with some feckless youth.
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Dec
05
2016

insist

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ihn sIst

intransitive verb
1.  to be firm and unyielding about something.
I told her she couldn’t come in, but she insisted, and I was forced to allow her.
I insisted on seeing the man’s supervisor.

2.  to emphasize something with firmness (usually followed by “on”).
He insists on the rightness of his decision.

transitive verb
1.  to state with firmness or resolve (usu. fol. by a clause).
She insisted that someone had been lurking in the hall.

2.  to  continue to demand or require.
I insisted that he leave, and finally he did.
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Dec
02
2016

likelihood

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laI kli hUd

noun
the state or degree of being likely; probability.
With the likelihood of a thunderstorm tonight, the game will probably be canceled.
The likelihood of winning the lottery is very slim.
What is the likelihood of getting a job in your field once you graduate?

2.  a thing that is highly probable.
As he never turned in any work to the professor, his failure in the class is a likelihood.
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Dec
01
2016

illusion

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ih lu zh@n

noun
1.  a fantasy or mistaken belief.
He operated under the illusion that the city was a safe place until that day he was attacked.
Your notion that you will make it big in the music industry is just an illusion.

2.  a false perception of what one sees, hears, or otherwise senses.
The magician created the illusion in the mind of the audience that the bird had disappeared.
The white walls give an illusion of greater light and space in the small room.
The government took steps to create the illusion that reform was taking place, but little real progress was made.

3.  something that is mistakenly perceived or thought to exist.
The pool of water shimmering in the distance turned out to be an illusion.
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Nov
30
2016

network

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net wuhrk

noun
1.  a system or process that involves a number of persons, groups or organizations.
Their network of spies was operating all over Europe.
The university has a network of libraries.

2.  a group of radio or television stations, usu. a group transmitting the same programs, or the company that controls such a group.
The Columbia Broadcasting System, or CBS, is one of the major U.S. television networks.

3.  any physical system of interconnected roads, lines, canals, or the like that resembles a net.
A vast network of highways crosses our country.

4.  a system of computer terminals that are connected to one or more computers.
The internet is a vast computer network.
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