1 [uncountable] formal careful thought and attention, especially before making an official or important decision:
1 unable to look after yourself or to do anything to help yourself:
He began to feel depressed and helpless.
a vicious attack on a helpless victim
Newman threw out a hand in a helpless gesture.
someone who is impulsive does things without considering the possible dangers or problems first:
Rosa was impulsive and sometimes regretted things she'd done.
In a burst of impulsive generosity, I offered to pay.
to make someone think and behave exactly as you want them to, by skilfully deceiving or influencing them:
He was one of those men who manipulated people.
the way in which someone behaves towards or talks to other people:
She has a calm relaxed manner.
1 to give support to an opinion, idea, or feeling, and make it stronger:
The film reinforces the idea that women should be pretty and dumb.
1door etc [intransitive and transitive] if a door, gate etc slams, or if someone slams it, it shuts with a loud noise [= bang]:
We heard a car door slam.
He slammed the door shut.
1 [transitive] to say something in a loud, sad, and complaining way:
'But what shall I do?' Bernard wailed.
to twist your body from side to side violently, especially because you are suffering pain
writhe in pain/agony etc
He lay writhing in pain.
2 behaving or speaking in a confident, determined way that makes people respect and obey you:
He has a commanding presence and an authoritative voice.
to move with a quick sudden movement, or to make part of your body move in this way:
Wilcox jerked his head to indicate that they should move on.
to complain in an annoying way, especially in an unhappy voice and without good reason:
'I feel seasick already,' she moaned.
in an emotional way that shows you very much want someone to do something:
Kathleen looked at him pleadingly.
1 to ask a lot of people the same questions in order to find out what they think about a subject:
18% of the women we polled said their husbands had a drinking problem.
3 to move someone into a new situation or make them do something
propel somebody to/into something
The film propelled her to stardom.
Company directors were propelled into action.
the part of something that is left after everything else has gone or been dealt with [= the rest]:
The remainder must be paid by the end of June.
the remainder of
He spent the remainder of his police career behind a desk.
1 [intransitive] to cry noisily while breathing in short sudden bursts:
He began sobbing uncontrollably.
intransitive and transitive] to hold someone or something so they become more balanced or controlled, or to become more balanced or controlled
straighten something ↔ out to deal with problems or a confused situation and make it better, especially by organizing things [= sort