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Terms in this set (14)
to study and think about something, especially in order to decide what to do
We need to look very carefully at ways of improving our efficiency.
to speak in favor of
equivalent in seriousness to; virtually the same as
chas‧tise /tʃæˈstaɪz/ verb [transitive]
1 formal to criticize someone severely
'You're a fool, ' she chastised herself.
noun [ U ] UK /ədˈhɪə.rəns/ US /ədˈhɪr.əns/ formal
the fact of someone behaving exactly according to rules, beliefs, etc.:
He was noted for his strict adherence to the rules.
Yet at the heart of the matter is ....
thrive on something phrasal verb formal
to enjoy or be successful in a particular situation, especially one that other people find difficult or unpleasant
I wouldn't want that much pressure, but she seems to thrive on it.
formal the way someone or something appears to be, which hides the truth or is only temporary
in/under the guise of something
They operated a drug-smuggling business under the guise of an employment agency.
It's the same idea in a different guise.
(v.) to cause to become; to perform; to deliver officially; to process, extract
to express or present something in a particular way
render something as something
She made a sound that in print is rendered as 'harrumph'.
render something sth
Infrared film renders blue skies a deep black.
render something in something
a sculpture rendered in bronze
in‧sur‧mount‧a‧ble /ˌɪnsəˈmaʊntəbəl◂ $ -sər-/ adjective formal
an insurmountable difficulty or problem is too large or difficult to deal with
The language difference proved an insurmountable barrier.
out‧ward‧ly /ˈaʊtwədli $ -wərd-/ adverb
according to the way people or things seem OPP inwardly
Calvin remained outwardly calm, but inside he was very angry.
Outwardly, at least, he was an optimist.
caution2 ●○○ verb
1 [intransitive, transitive] to warn someone that something might be dangerous, difficult etc
caution (somebody) against something
Business leaders are cautioning against hasty action that would hamper flexibility.
caution (somebody) that
Officials were quick to caution that these remarks did not mean an end to the peace process.
caution somebody to do something
He cautioned them to avoid the forest at night.
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1 to deliberately try to influence or change a situation that does not concern you, or that you do not understand SYN interfere
I don't like other people meddling in the way I run this prison.
He accused the US of meddling in China's internal affairs.
I'm not the sort of newspaper owner who meddles with editorial policy.
when someone says or does something in a way that shows a lack of respect for other people and is likely to offend them → audacity
He actually had the temerity to tell her to lose weight.