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coincide

Type: verb Definitions: (verb) Two things coincide with each other if they’re both in the same place or happen at the same time. Examples: (verb) The strong winds coincided with falling temperatures. (verb) The end of one side of a triangle coincides with the...

controversy

Type: noun Definitions: (noun) When there is a controversy about something, people strongly disagree about it. Examples: (noun) There is always a controversy or two on the front page of the newspaper. (noun) There’s a controversy about whether cars should be...

device

Type: noun Definitions: (noun) A device is a clever way of doing something. (noun) A device is a small machine or tool. Examples: (noun) The film uses the island as a device to highlight the man’s loneliness. (noun) A metaphor is a useful device to help explain...

format

Type: verb, noun Definitions: (verb) When something is formatted, it is organised or prepared. (noun) The format of something is the way it is organised. Examples: (verb) You need to format the hard disk before you can copy those files onto it. (verb) The essay should...

mediation

Type: noun Definitions: Mediation is the process of helping two people or groups who are arguing to come to an agreement. Examples: Couples often need mediation to help decide who gets what after they divorce. Synonyms: negotiation, intervention Academic Word List...

medium

Type: noun, adjective Definitions: (noun) A medium is an area of artistic expression. (noun) A medium is a person who believes that they can communicate with people who are dead. (noun) A medium is stuff that something moves through. (adjective) A medium amount is an...

portion

Type: verb, noun Definitions: (verb) If you portion something out, you give parts of it to different people. (noun) A portion is an amount of food for one person. (noun) A portion is a part of something. Examples: (verb) They portioned out the water among the...

qualitative

Type: adjective Definitions: (adjective) A reason, idea or writing is qualitative if it is about the way something is, or about the thing’s qualities, but not about numbers/amounts. Examples: (adjective) Qualitative differences between advertisements are likely...

rigid

Type: adjective Definitions: (adjective) A rigid idea, belief etc is unable to change. (adjective) Something that is rigid is stiff rather than flexible. It is difficult to bend or break. Examples: (adjective) The ideas of Buddhism are far less rigid than those of...

sphere

Type: noun Definitions: (noun) A sphere is an area of influence or activity. (noun) A sphere is a shape that is round in all directions, like a ball. Every point on a sphere is the same distance from the centre of the sphere. Examples: (noun) Many believe education...

trigger

Type: verb, noun Definitions: (verb) When a little thing triggers a big thing to happen, it causes it. (noun) A trigger is a little thing that makes something bigger happen. (noun) A trigger is the part of a gun that you push with one finger when you want to make the...

violation

Type: noun Definitions: (noun) A violation of a rule is an act of breaking the rule: going past the limits of the rule. Examples: (noun) This violation of our trust cannot be forgiven. (noun) The new finding seems to be in violation of our understanding of physics....