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collapse

Type: noun, verb Definitions: (noun) A collapse is an act of falling down dramatically. (verb) Something collapses when it falls down dramatically. Examples: (noun) The collapse of the economy 5 years ago means that unemployment is still very high. (noun) The collapse...

colleague

Type: noun Definitions: (noun) A colleague is a person who works together with another person or who does the same kind of work. In US English this is a co-worker. Examples: (noun) It’s important that colleagues get on well if the company is to succeed. (noun)...

conceive

Type: verb Definitions: (verb) A woman conceives a baby when she becomes pregnant. (verb) Someone conceives of an idea when they think of an idea for the first time, an idea that belongs only to them. (verb) If you can conceive of a certain situation, you can imagine...

depression

Type: noun Definitions: (noun) A depression is when the economy slows down over a long period. (noun) A depression is a low point on a surface. (noun) Depression is when a person’s feelings are very sad and unhappy. Examples: (noun) The business community is...

invoke

Type: verb Definitions: (verb) When someone invokes a rule, they use the rule in a specific situation. Examples: (verb) We need to invoke protection against deforestation, otherwise we may lose our forests. (verb) The government invoked a rule that allows more...

levy

Type: noun, verb Definitions: (noun) A levy is an extra charge on top of the basic price, usually a tax. (verb) If you levy a charge or a tax, you legally make people pay it. Examples: (noun) The levy on fuel went up this year. (verb) The government wants to levy a...

likewise

Type: adverb Definitions: (adverb) People say “likewise” to mean that they’re saying the same thing someone else just said. (adverb) When someone does something likewise, they do it the same way someone else did it. Examples: (adverb)...

nonetheless

Type: adverb Definitions: (adverb) When A is true, and nonetheless B is true, then A doesn’t stop B from being true. Examples: (adverb) The British were very interested in starting talks. Nonetheless, it was the Americans who actually got things organised....

ongoing

Type: adjective Definitions: (adjective) Something is ongoing if it’s continuing to happen without stopping in one long period of time. Examples: (adjective) There is an ongoing project in India to help farmers when there is no rain. (adjective) The growth of...

so-called

Type: adjective Definitions: (adjective) When someone uses the word “so-called” to talk about something, they mean that other people talk about the thing that way, but they don’t agree. Examples: (adjective) The so-called businessman went bankrupt...