Academic Word List

The 570 most common words in English academic texts

Type: verb, noun

Definitions: (verb) If something bulks, it appears to be big in size. (noun) If you sell/buy something in bulk, you sell/buy a large amount of it; not individually packaged. (noun) Someone or something’s bulk is its size or amount, especially if it is large. (noun) The bulk of something is the largest part of it.

Examples: (verb) Animals often bulk when they see a predator to try and scare it away. (noun) The store offers discounts for buying in bulk. (noun) It is becoming common for people to buy in bulk to save money. (noun) A big dog’s bulk can help scare away possible criminals. (noun) The great bulk of crime has always involved stealing of one kind or another. (noun) The bulk of the shipment was headed for Toronto.

Synonyms: nouns: majority, main part. weight, amount, volume. verbs: enlarge, expand.

Academic Word List Sublist and Group: 9 A

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