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in a way that is the opposite or reverse of something
You can add the fluid to the powder, or, ..., the powder to the fluid.
extremely skilled; perfect
She was a ... performer.
careful when dealing with somebody/something because you think that there may be a danger or problem
Be ... of strangers who offer you a ride.
all the persons who live in a particular place or belong to a particular country, race, etc.
worked up (about sth)
very excited or upset about something
There's no point in getting ... about it.
mouthpiece (of/for sb)
a person, newspaper, etc. that speaks on behalf of another person or group of people
The newspaper has become the official ... of the opposition party.
impossible to understand
Some application forms can be ... to ordinary people.
extremely large in area, size, amount, etc.
a ... potential, forest, crowd etc.
(of a person or remark) very direct; saying exactly what you think without trying to be polite
She has a reputation for ... speaking.
difficult or impossible to reach or to get
They live in a remote area, ... except by car.
to become or to make something less unpleasant, painful, severe, etc.
The pain immediately ....
possible to be found in nature
a ... plant
the point of no return
the time when you must continue with what you have decided to do, because it is not possible to get back to an earlier situation
In his mind, he had already passed the ....
to stop existing
This species has nearly ... because its habitat is being destroyed.
to give a signal such as a warning by making a sound
to be on the brink of sth
to be very close to a very unpleasant or dangerous situation
The country is... of civil war.
soft and able to bend easily without cracking
Moisturizing cream helps to keep your skin soft and ...
to get rid of something that you no longer want or need
He had ... his jacket because of the heat.
a thing that can be dangerous or cause damage
a health ...
wealth of sth
a large amount of something
a ... of information
to make changes to the form of something, usually to improve its appearance
The company is attempting to ... its image.
a set of clothes that you wear together, especially for a particular occasion or purpose
a wedding ...
to fail to take care of somebody/something
to fail or forget to do something that you ought to do
The buildings had been .. for years.
dabble (in/with sth)
to take part in a sport, an activity, etc. but not very seriously
He ... local politics.
the disadvantages or less positive aspects of something
This is good news for farmers, but I do see a ...
feeling as if you have done something for too long and need to have a rest
I'm feeling... at work—I need a holiday.
the strength and power of feelings
the ... of her love
to produce or present a play, a show, etc.
The local drama club is ... 'Macbeth'.
beginning to develop or become successful
a ... artist, writer
set (yourself) up (as somebody)
to start running a business
After leaving college, he ...as a freelance photographer.
by selling your work or services to several different organizations rather than being employed by one particular organization
producing a large amount of money; making a large profit
Had the plan worked it would have proved highly ....
to ... your home, possessions, business, etc., usually because you are leaving the country or retiring
jump at sth
to accept an opportunity, offer, etc. with enthusiasm
1. without any previous preparation or knowledge
2. from the very beginning, not using any of the work done earlier
He built the orchestra up ...
very enthusiastic about something (often a hobby)
an ... reader/collector
show somebody/know/learn the ropes
to show somebody/know/learn how a particular job should be done
If you know your stuff and ..., you'll do fine.
a person who does all the boring jobs that nobody else wants to do, and who is treated as being less important than other people
I got myself a job as a typist and general ... on a small magazine.
insight (into sth)
an understanding of what something is like
The book gives us fascinating ... life in Mexico.
only; not involving somebody/something else
He became ... responsible for the firm.
swallow your pride
decide to do something even though you think it will cause you to lose some respect
She ... and phoned him.
to laugh at somebody/something in an unkind way, especially by copying what they say or do
He's always...my French accent.
to attract or impress somebody so much that they cannot think in a sensible way
He was completely ... by her beauty.
to take, carry or transport somebody/something from one place to another
A carriage was waiting to ... her home.
kind, polite and generous, especially to somebody of a lower social position
Lady Caroline was ... enough to accept our invitation.
smitten (with/by somebody/something)
suddenly feeling that you are in love with somebody
From the moment they met, he was completely ... by her.
in the middle of or during something, especially something that causes excitement or fear
He finished his speech ... tremendous applause.
the happy celebration of something
A grand ... is held for the travelers.
stand up to (sb)
to resist somebody; to not accept bad treatment from somebody
It was brave of her to ...those bullies.
1. to continue to exist for a long time
2. to experience and deal with something that is painful or unpleasant, especially without complaining
The torn flag has ... as a symbol of freedom.
a fault in somebody's character, a plan, a system, etc.
She made me aware of my own ...
a brother or sister
persist in (doing) sth
to continue to do something despite difficulties or opposition, in a way that can seem unreasonable
Why do you ... in blaming yourself for what happened?
the strength of character that you need to do something difficult
He doesn't have the ... to face the truth.
to keep something; to continue to have something
He struggled to ... control of the situation.
a close connection with the subject you are discussing or the situation you are thinking about
I don't see the ... of your question.
empathise with sb
to understand another person's feelings and experiences, especially because you have been in a similar situation
to dislike somebody/something very much
urge (somebody to do something)
to advise or try hard to persuade somebody to do something
She ... him to stay.
take the plunge
to decide to do something important or difficult, especially after thinking about it for a long time
They finally decided... and get married.
climb/jump on the bandwagon
to join others in doing something that is becoming fashionable because you hope to become popular or successful yourself
People want to ...
according to what seems or is stated to be real or true, when this is perhaps not the case
Troops were sent in, ... to protect the civilian population.
a substance that is used to change the colour of things such as cloth or hair
in a way that is well known for being bad
The local bus service is ... unreliable.
treating somebody unfairly in order to gain an advantage or to make money
The Administration has described the laws as ... to workers.
a person who makes money by starting or running businesses, especially when this involves taking financial risks
to gain a further advantage for yourself from a situation
The team failed to ... on their early lead.
something that people are interested in for only a short period of time
Rap music proved to be more than just a passing ...
of the moment
(of a person, a job, an issue, etc.) famous, important and talked about a lot now
She's the fashion designer ...
that can be won or lost, depending on the success of a particular action
We cannot afford to take risks when people's lives are ...
changing often and suddenly
The weather here is notoriously ...