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confine

Type: verb Definitions: (verb) If something is confined, it is limited in its actions or its movements. Examples: (verb) She confined herself to her small house in the forest while she completed her masterpiece. (verb) The disease was confined to a small area in 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...

conversely

Type: adverb Definitions: Conversely is used to say that one idea is the opposite of the other idea. Examples: The over-confident driver may drive too fast. Conversely the under-confident person may also cause problems by driving too slowly. Synonyms: on the contrary,...

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...

devote

Type: verb Definitions: (verb) If someone devotes time or energy to something, they feel that it is important and they spend a lot of time or energy on it. Examples: (verb) He decided to devote his life to helping people overcome poverty. (verb) She devoted ten years...

diminish

Type: verb Definitions: (verb) When something diminishes it gets smaller or less important. Examples: (verb) Huge inflation has caused the economy to diminish. (verb) The amount of water in the lake is diminishing because there has been no rain. Synonyms: verbs:...

distort

Type: verb Definitions: (verb) If something is distorted, its shape or meaning is changed, often in a bad or unnatural way. Examples: (verb) These import taxes can distort the market. (verb) A small change in wording can completely distort the meaning of the speaker....

duration

Type: noun Definitions: (noun) Duration is the length of time something takes. Examples: (noun) The duration of this event will be three hours. (noun) In the duration of his speech, ten more people came into the room Synonyms: nouns: length, period, span. Academic...

erosion

Type: noun Definitions: (noun) Erosion is a slow loss of something (often land due to water and wind). Examples: (noun) Since the new government increased taxation, it has seen the erosion of its support from voters. (noun) Footpath erosion is a significant problem in...

ethical

Type: adjective Definitions: (adjective) If something is ethical, it is good, not bad or wrong. Often, this is based on formal philosophy. (adjective) An ethical issue, problem, etc. relates to questions of good or bad, right or wrong. Examples: (adjective) Some argue...

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...

found

Type: verb Definitions: (verb) To found is to start some type of organization or company. Examples: (verb) The company was founded on the idea that transportation needn’t be expensive. (verb) They founded the company in 2003. Synonyms: verbs: create, establish,...