20 Matching questions
- a ( noun )
the richest, most powerful, best educated or best trained group in a society
the country's educated elite
a member of the elite
disapproving A powerful and corrupt elite has bled this country dry.
- b ( verb ) ( GET INVOLVED )
to intentionally become involved in a difficult situation in order to improve it or prevent it from getting worse
The Central Bank intervened in the currency markets today to try to stabilize the exchange rate.
[+ to infinitive] The Minister intervened personally to stop the museum being closed.
intervention ( noun )
Half the people questioned said they were opposed to military
intervention (in the civil war).
Repeated interventions on the currency markets have failed to prevent the value of the currency falling.
- c ( noun )
the income that a government or company receives regularly
Taxes provide most of the government's revenue.
Government revenues fell dramatically.
- d ( verb )
to happen many times or to happen again
The theme of freedom recurs throughout her writing.
If the pain/problem/trouble, etc. recurs, come and see me.
recurrence ( noun )
The doctor told him to go to the hospital if there was a recurrence of his symptoms.
- e ( verb )
to lose the determination to oppose something; to accept defeat
The town finally succumbed last week after being pounded with heavy artillery for more than two months.
I'm afraid I succumbed to temptation and had a piece of cheesecake.
I felt sure it would only be a matter of time before he succumbed to my charms.
• to die or suffer badly from an illness
Thousands of cows have succumbed to the disease in the past few months.
- f ( verb )
to do or be better than
His time for the 100 metres surpassed the previous world record by one hundredth of a second.
The book's success has surpassed everyone's expectations.
[R] The director has really surpassed himself (= done better than he has done before) with this new film.
- g having a natural ability to do something that needs skill ( adj )
She's very adept at dealing with the media.
Tamsin Palmer gave an impressive and technically adept performance on the piano.
- h verb ( BURN BRIGHTLY )
[I] to burn brightly either for a short time or not regularly
The flame above the oil well flared (up) into the dark sky.
- i ( noun )
• [C] a long and determined attempt to achieve something which you believe in strongly
They have long been involved in a crusade for racial equality.
a moral crusade against drugs
• [C often plural] (also Crusade) a holy war fought by the Christians against the Muslims, often in Palestine, in the 11th, 12th, 13th and 17th centuries
- j foster
verb ( TAKE CARE OF )
[I or T] to take care of a child, usually for a limited time, without being the child's legal parent
Would you consider fostering (a child)?
- k (a formal) agreement
On 31 May the two leaders signed a peace accord
Before 1987, the accord between the Labour government and the unions was a simple affair.
The project is completely in accord with government policy.
of your own accord
If you do something of your own accord, you do it without being asked to do it
She came of her own accord. No one asked her to come.
with one accord formal
If people do something with one accord, they do it together and in complete agreement
With one accord, the delegates walked out of the conference.
- l to publicly support or suggest an idea, development or way of doing something
[+ -ing( verb )] She advocates taking a more long-term view.
He advocates the return of capital punishment.
She is renowned for her advocacy of human rights.
- m ( noun )
someone with a very great ability which usually shows itself when that person is a young child
The 16-year-old tennis prodigy is the youngest player ever to reach the Olympic finals.
He read in the paper about a mathematical prodigy who was attending university at the age of 12.
- n ( verb )
(of a person) to feel very hot
The soldiers were sweltering in their uniforms.
- o ( adj )
able to move your body quickly and easily
Monkeys are very agile climbers.
You need to have agile fingers to do this kind of work.
agility ( noun )
- p ( adjective )
• having a lot of complicated decoration
a room with an ornate ceiling and gold mirrors
• mainly disapproving Language which is ornate contains too many complicated words or phrases
Some students are put off studying his work because of the ornate language of the poetry.
ornately ( adverb )
a pair of ornately carved doors
- q ( noun )
an idea that a lot of people think is true but which is false
[+ that ] It is a common fallacy that women are worse drivers than men.
- r ( adj )
done or shown publicly or in an obvious way; not secret
He shows no overt signs of his unhappiness.
overtly ( adverb )
It was an overtly sexual advertising campaign.
- s ( verb )
to be or give a typical example of something
This painting perfectly exemplifies the naturalistic style which was so popular at the time.
exemplification ( noun )
- t ( noun )
features belonging to the culture of a particular society, such as traditions, languages or buildings, which still exist from the past and which have a historical importance
These monuments are a vital part of the cultural heritage of South America.