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1 [uncountable] formal careful thought and attention, especially before making an official or important decision:


1 [uncountable] extreme sadness, especially because someone you love has died


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 formal to continue to do something that has already been planned or started [↪ proceeds]


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 a way of dealing with a problem or making a bad situation better [= solution]:


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

with ease

if you do something with ease, it is very easy for you to do it [= easily]:
They won with ease.

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