Wordlist Upstream Advanced Unit 1

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delegate

to give part of your work, duties, or responsibilities to someone who is junior to you

accomplishment

sth difficult that you succeed in doing especially after working hard over a period of time; special ability to do sth very well

affluent

wealthy

appreciation

the feeling you have when you are grateful to someone; the ability to understand the true nature of a situation and realize why it is important or serious

assertive

behaving in a confident way in which you are quick to express your opinions and feelings

attend

to be present at an event or activity

benefit from something

to get help or an advantage from something

breakthrough

a time when you begin to be successful at something

business executive

a senior manager in a business or other organization

channel one's efforts

to direct money or supplies and activities to achieve a particular aim

child prodigy

a child who is extremely skilful at something that usually only adults can do

competitive spirit

attitude to try to be more successful than other people

coverage

news about sth on TV or radio or newspapers; information about a range of things

determination

the refusal to let anything prevent you from doing what you have decided to do

detrimental

damaging

discounted

disregarded

distraction

sth that gets your attention and prevents you from concentrating on sth else

elimination

eradication

ensuing

later, further

exceptional

extremely good or impressive in a way that is unusual

external

coming from outside a place or organization

fatal disease

illness causing someone to die

financial backing

support or help in which money is involved

foresight

the good judgment to think and plan before an event, so that you are prepared for whatever may happen

gut instinct

a natural tendency to behave in a particular way that people and animals are born with and that they obey without knowing why

house-warming

a party that you give in a house that you have just moved into

housewarming

a party that you give in a house that you have just moved into

hurdle

sth blocking one's way

incivility

rudeness

ingrate

ungrateful person

insinuation

accusation

insurmountable

impossible to overcome

joviality

cheerfulness and friendliness

life expectancy

the length of time that someone is likely to live

loaded

carrying a load, very full, very rich, very drunk

mortality rate

the number of deaths within a particular area

nerve-racking

frightening

New Year's resolution

serious decisions to change sth in your life at the beginning of a New Year

obsession

an emotional state in which someone or something is so important to you that you are always thinking about them, in a way that seems extreme to other people

on a whim

impulsively

on the off chance

just in case

on the second thoughts

after re-consideration

outline

v.give the main ideas of a plan or a piece of writing without giving all the details; n. an explanation that includes the general points about sth, but not the details

permutations

variations

persistence

continuing to do something in a determined way

persistent

continuing to do something in a determined way

power of persuasion

the ability to make someone do sth by giving them reasons why they should

promotion

moving to a higher level in a company, institution; the activity of encouraging or supporting sth; the process of attracting people's attention to a product or event by advertising

prosperity

the situation of being successful and having a lot of money

purportedly

supposedly

pursue one's goals

to do everything to achieve your aim

relevant

important and directly connected to what is being discussed or considered

relieve sth (tension)

to make pain or another bad physical feeling less unpleasant

replete (with)

full (of), feeling that you do not want anything more to eat or drink

resilience

someone's ability to become healthy, happy or strong again after illness, disappointment or other problem

retirement

that time when you stop working, especially because you have reached the age when you are officially too old to work, or the act of doing this

run contrary to

oppose, go against

set goals

decide what you want to achieve

social background

the type of family or social position that someone comes from

stay focused

to concentrate on sth and pay particular attention to it

steal the show

to do something that makes people pay more attention to you than to other people

be assertive

behaving in a confident way in which you are quick to express you opinions and feelings

be endowed with talent

to have a good ability or quality

beam

smile happily

boost one's confidence

to make one believe more in oneself

get sidetracked

to delay the progress of sth by causing people to waste time on sth else that is unimportant

maintain

argue, to make something stay the same

manage one's time

to succeed in doing sth that you do not really want to do

mature

to grow up, to start behaving like an adult and become more sensible as you get older

perk somebody up

make somebody feel happier or livelier

surpass oneself

to be even better than what was expected or hoped for

tackle sth

to make an organized and determined attempt to deal with a problem

underestimate

believe oneself to be weaker than one is

undeterred

continuing to do something even though you are not successful or people do not support you

unfazed

not worried or upset by something bad that happens

unkempt

dirty and untidy

wear off

if something such as a pain or emotion wears off, you gradually stop feeling it

Wretched

miserable

carry off

manage (a victory)

carry on

continue

carry out

follow (orders)

carry over

continue to exist

carry something through

manage to accomplish

wear away

erode, become eroded

wear down

weaken

wear off

decrease

wear on

pass (of a day)

wear sth out

damage through use

at ease

free from worry or anxiety

disillusioned

disappointed in something after discovering it to be less good than once believed

unfazed

calm; not disturbed

undeterred

not discouraged

assertive

confidently aggressive

burn the candle at both ends

to do more than one ought to: to overextend oneself

work wonders

do a lot of good for something

through thick and thin

through good and bad

on the off-chance

just in case

on second thoughts

after reconsideration

on a whim

impulsively

on a budget

with a limited amount of money

on principle

due to a belief

on one's own

independantly

on target

as planned

on duty

working

on purpose

intentionally

on condition that

only if

have the world at one's feet

have limitless opoortunities

be a feather in one's cap

an important achievement you can be proud of

keep on top of things

to be in control

steal the show

to do something that makes people pay more attention to you than to other people

work one's fingers to the bone

to work extremely hard, especially for a long time

massively

in a way that tends to be huge

prosaic

lacking wit or imagination

affluent

having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value

ingrates

people who are ungrateful

take up

start (a hobby)

give up

stop trying

block out

ignore

count on

rely on

make up for

compensate

run through

examine

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