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Ancient Lao Tzu's Life Lessons Men Learn Too Late In Life

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anxious

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US / ˈæŋkʃəs /

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  • adjecitve
  • Afraid of what may happen; worried and nervous
  • Wanting something badly

begin

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US / bɪ'ɡɪn /

UK / ˈbeɡɪn /

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  • verb
  • To do the first part of an action; to start

rich

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  • adjecitve
  • Having a lot of money or valuable possessions
  • Containing a lot of exciting events or experiences and therefore very interesting
  • (of a color, sound, smell, etc.) Pleasantly deep or strong
  • If food is rich, it contains a large amount of oil, butter, eggs, or cream.

smart

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  • adjecitve
  • Fashionable; well-dressed; well-groomed
  • Looking clean, neat and stylish
  • (Of phones, weapons) with clever features
  • Associated with rich, popular and stylish people
  • Clever; with intelligence
  • adverb
  • Energetic or quick in motion or movement
  • In a clever way; with intelligence
  • noun
  • Feeling of being hurt and upset
  • Sharp, burning pain
  • verb
  • To feel hurt or upset
  • To hurt with an unexpected sharp or burning pain

soon

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US / su:n /

UK / sun /

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  • adverb
  • At a time not long from now

water

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US / 'wɔ:tə(r) /

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  • noun
  • Clear liquid that forms the seas, rivers and rain
  • Large area such as an ocean or sea
  • verb
  • (Of the eyes) to produce tears
  • (Mouth) to become wet at the thought of nice food
  • To pour liquids onto a plant to keep it alive

disguise

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US / dɪs'ɡaɪz /

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  • noun
  • Change in appearance so you will not be noticed
  • verb
  • To change your appearance to not be noticed
  • To hide something so it will not be noticed

few

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US / fju: /

UK / fju /

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  • pronoun
  • Not many, a small number

nourish

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US / 'nʌrɪʃ /

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  • verb
  • To cause an idea, belief, or feeling to develop
  • To provide food and the necessary things to live

cultivate

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US / 'kʌltɪveɪt /

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  • verb
  • To grow plants, crops etc.
  • To cause to grow by education; to enlighten

caterpillar

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US / 'kætəpɪlə(r) /

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  • noun
  • Insect with many legs that becomes a butterfly

introspected

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US / ˌɪntrəʊˈspɛktɪd /

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  • verb
  • To consider your own feelings

well

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US / wel /

UK / wɛl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Being in a fortunate, good condition or state
  • Healthy and in good condition
  • adverb
  • In an acceptable, proper, or successful manner
  • In a complete, total, or full manner
  • A great and considerable degree
  • In a successful way, in a good or satisfactory way
  • exclamation
  • Used to begin or continue a particular statement
  • Used to show you want to start saying something
  • Used to express that you are waiting for a reply
  • You say this to change the topic of a conversation
  • Used to indicate you are making a final remark
  • noun
  • Long deep hole in the ground to get water
  • verb
  • To cause your eyes to fill with tears

yourself

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UK / jʊrˈsɛlf, jɔr-, jor-, jə- /

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  • pronoun
  • Reflexive form of 'you', used for an emphasis

difficult

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US / 'dɪfɪkəlt /

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  • adjecitve
  • Hard; not easy; you need to work hard to do it

convince

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US / kən'vɪns /

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  • verb
  • To persuade someone, or make them feel sure

treasure

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US / 'treʒə(r) /

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  • noun
  • Valuable things collected, and often hidden
  • Someone or something that is worth a lot
  • verb
  • To value something you keep very much
  • To take great care of because you love/value it

just

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  • adjecitve
  • Proper or appropriate; as is deserved
  • Doing or being what is right or fair
  • Legally correct; having enough evidence
  • adverb
  • Almost; nearly
  • Exactly at the time of
  • Exactly (the same as, like)

prohibition

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US / ˌprəʊɪ'bɪʃn /

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  • noun
  • Law forbidding the sale of alcohol, etc.
  • Act of not allowing something

for

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US / fə(r) /

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  • preposition
  • Used to show the purpose, or need of something

profoundness

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US / /

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  • noun
  • Extremeness of degree

time

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  • noun
  • Speed at which music is played; tempo
  • Point as shown on a clock, e.g. 3 p.m
  • Number of hours, minutes needed to do something
  • Occasion when something happens
  • Period or occasion that something occurred
  • Period in history or the past
  • Something measured in minutes, hours, days, etc.
  • How long an event takes; duration
  • verb
  • To check speed at which music is performed
  • To choose a specific moment to do something
  • To measure how long an event takes, e.g. a race
  • To schedule something to occur at a specific moment

disgrace

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US / dɪsˈgreɪs /

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  • noun
  • Shame or dishonor

never

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  • adverb
  • Not ever; not at any time

success

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  • noun
  • Achievement of a desired purpose or goal
  • A successful person; one who achieved their aims

deed

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US / di:d /

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  • noun
  • Something that is done; act or action
  • Papers giving someone the right to some property

himself

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  • pronoun
  • The same (male) person who did the action

knowledge

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  • noun
  • Information, understanding, or skill

past

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  • adjecitve
  • No longer current or new
  • adverb
  • So as to go beyond, or further than something
  • noun
  • Time that existed before now, e.g. long ago
  • preposition
  • After a particular time
  • At a later point in distance; beyond

day

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US / deɪ /

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  • noun
  • A period of 24 hours beginning at midnight
  • The period of time when it is light outside
  • Person's name

regulation

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  • noun
  • Act of controlling something with rules or orders
  • other

new

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US / nju: /

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  • adjecitve
  • Not old, recently born, built or made
  • Being or doing something for the first time
  • Not felt, seen or known previously
  • Having been recently bought or obtained

satisfied

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  • adjecitve
  • Happy because you got what you wanted; content
  • verb
  • To make someone happy because they got their wish
  • To do what is required in order to finish

small

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  • adjecitve
  • Little in size; not big
  • (Of letters) not written in capital letters
  • Being insignificant or minor
  • (Of a business) with few people or things; local
  • (Of voice) being soft and quiet
  • (Of a child) being young

try

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US / traɪ /

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  • noun
  • Act of putting the ball over the rugby goal line
  • verb
  • To make an effort, to attempt to do something
  • To examine someone or something in a court of law
  • To test to see if it is good or you like it
  • To make a person go through hardship; test
  • To examine something to see if it works

appear

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US / ə'pɪə(r) /

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  • verb
  • To be seen, become visible; come into sight
  • To seem to be
  • To act in a play, movie, or be mentioned in media

always

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  • adverb
  • For a very long time
  • At all times; in every situation
  • For ever

lay

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US / leɪ /

UK / le /

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  • adjecitve
  • Amateur; not being a trained priest
  • verb
  • To place a bet on a game outcome
  • (Of a bird, etc.) to produce eggs from its body
  • To put or set something down in a flat position
  • To set out things on (table) to prepare for a meal

overcome

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US / ˌəʊvə'kʌm /

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  • verb
  • To succeed in a struggle against; defeat

silence

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  • noun
  • State of being quiet and not talking for a time
  • When there is not sound or noise; complete quiet
  • Refusal to discuss or talk about an issue
  • verb
  • To stop the noise that something is making
  • To prevent someone from expressing thoughts

thousand

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US / ˈθaʊznd /

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  • number
  • Number 1,000

will

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US / wɪl /

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  • noun
  • Desire or choice of someone
  • Document saying who gets your money when you die
  • Strong desire to do something; determination
  • Desire to do something; strong wish to do
  • other
  • Used with verbs to express the future
  • verb
  • To leave property to someone after your death
  • To use mental effort to make something happen
  • Am (is, are) likely to do
  • To influence someone to do something
  • To make something happen by strongly wanting it

while

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US / waɪl /

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  • conjunction
  • In spite of the fact that; although
  • During the time that; at the same time
  • noun
  • Short amount of time

yield

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US / ji:ld /

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  • noun
  • Amount of crops grown
  • Amount of profit you make
  • verb
  • To bend or break because of a strong force
  • To give way to someone or something else
  • To produce, usually in agriculture or business
  • To produce a certain amount of profit; result in
  • To total to a certain amount, as in a calculation

flow

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US / fləʊ /

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  • noun
  • Amount of something that moves through an area
  • verb
  • To move steadily and easily in a certain direction

someone

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  • pronoun
  • Person who is not known or named

true

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  • adjecitve
  • Agreeing with the facts; not false; real or actual

afraid

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  • adjecitve
  • Worried that something bad will happen; scared

realize

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US / 'ri:əlaɪz /

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  • verb
  • To become aware of or understand mentally

speak

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  • verb
  • To be able to use a certain language
  • To use words to tell information, express thoughts

all

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  • adverb
  • Completely; totally
  • determiner
  • Being every one of something
  • pronoun
  • 100% of something; the complete amount

everyone

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  • pronoun
  • Every person; everybody

journey

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US / 'dʒɜ:nɪ /

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  • noun
  • Act of traveling from one place to another; trip
  • verb
  • To travel through a place

produce

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US / prə'dju:s /

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  • noun
  • Fresh foods such as fruits and vegetables
  • verb
  • To grow something naturally
  • To make something appear
  • To manufacture something using machines
  • To control the making a movie or television show

who

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US / hu: /

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  • pronoun
  • Which person
  • Used to introduce information about people

their

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  • determiner
  • Belonging to them

way

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  • adverb
  • Used to emphasize the amount of something
  • noun
  • Particular aspect of something being thought about
  • One of various choices that could be made
  • Particular existing condition or state
  • (Often long) distance or length of time
  • How something is done
  • Route to go to a place
  • Small street
  • Usual behavior, emotions or habits of someone

fill

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  • noun
  • Act of filling; amount used to make something full
  • verb
  • To make something full
  • To move into all parts of an area
  • To repair a surface by adding a substance to it
  • To use (time); to do something during

worry

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  • noun
  • Something that causes trouble or concern
  • verb
  • To cause concern or trouble over something

weed

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US / wi:d /

UK / wid /

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  • noun
  • Marijuana
  • Wild plant growing where it is not wanted
  • verb
  • (Childish use) to urinate; go to the bathroom
  • To remove unwanted plants growing wild in a garden
  • To quit or reduce an activity

constantly

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US / ˈkɒnstəntli /

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  • adverb
  • Frequently, or without pause

manifest

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US / 'mænɪfest /

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  • noun
  • List of cargo on a ship
  • verb
  • To express or show clearly

bring

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US / brɪŋ /

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  • verb
  • To take or go with someone to a place

take

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US / teɪk /

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  • noun
  • Filming of a single scene for TV or the movies
  • verb
  • To accept something that is offered
  • To use a method of traveling, e.g. a bus or train
  • To use a camera to make (a photo)
  • To pick up something and go away with it
  • To study a subject in school
  • To attempt to pass (an exam)
  • To require a certain amount of time, money, space

patience

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US / ˈpeɪʃns /

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  • noun
  • Ability to wait without being annoyed

achievement

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US / əˈtʃi:vmənt /

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  • noun
  • Something good that you have successfully done

fear

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  • noun
  • Unpleasant feeling caused by being aware of danger
  • verb
  • To be afraid of or nervous about something

everything

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US / 'evrɪθɪŋ /

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  • pronoun
  • All of the things mentioned

painful

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US / ˈpeɪnfl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Causing or feeling physical pain or hurt

repay

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  • verb
  • To do in return for something done for you
  • To make payments on money that you borrowed

they

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US / ðeɪ /

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  • pronoun
  • Two or more people, animals, or things

act

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  • noun
  • What someone did; action; behavior
  • A law or rule passed by a government we must obey
  • One of the parts that a stage play is divided into
  • verb
  • To behave in a certain way
  • To perform on a stage or in a movie

believe

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  • verb
  • To think or accept that something is true
  • To have a particular opinion about something

endure

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  • verb
  • To last for a long time; continue to exist
  • To accept difficulties without struggle

nature

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  • noun
  • Person's character or particular way of behaving
  • Basic look, feel or function of something
  • Physical world, including plants, animals, rocks

alone

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US / ə'ləʊn /

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  • adjecitve
  • Apart from others
  • Without equal
  • adverb
  • Without anyone or anything else

let

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  • verb
  • To allow someone to do something
  • Introducing a suggestion to do something together
  • To rent a house, etc. to others

person

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  • noun
  • Man, woman or child

the

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US / ðə /

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  • article
  • Used to refer to something already mentioned
  • Used to show there is only one of something
  • determiner
  • Used to describe all of a family

wicked

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  • adjecitve
  • Morally bad; evil
  • Excellent

bowl

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  • noun
  • Part of an object that has a rounded, inward curve
  • Round container used for holding rice, soup etc.
  • Round Building to watch sports events, concerts
  • Low-lying land with higher ground around it
  • verb
  • To roll a ball in the sport of bowling
  • To throw a ball in a game such as cricket

how

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  • adjecitve
  • To what degree? in what amount?
  • adverb
  • (Used to explain the way to do something)
  • exclamation
  • For what purpose or reason?
  • (Used to ask someone or something's condition)

live

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US / lɪv /

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  • adjecitve
  • Being broadcast as events happen, not recorded
  • Carrying electric current; able to give a shock
  • Glowing because burning; hot
  • Not yet killed (for food)
  • adverb
  • (Music, drama) as it is performed
  • verb
  • To be alive
  • To experience a particular type of life
  • To make your home in a house or town

simply

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US / ˈsɪmpli /

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  • adverb
  • In an easy or clear manner

you

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US / jʊ /

UK / ju /

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  • pronoun
  • Person someone is speaking or writing to
  • Person or people in general

destiny

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US / /

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  • noun
  • Someone's future; the power that governs this

illuminated

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US / ɪˈlu:mɪneɪtɪd /

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  • verb
  • To supply light to something
  • To make something easier to understand

plainness

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US / ˈpleɪnnəs /

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  • noun
  • Appearance of being plain and unpretentious

word

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  • noun
  • Unit of language that has a meaning
  • Promise
  • Short remark or piece of information
  • verb
  • To express something by choosing particular words

accept

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  • verb
  • To agree to receive or take something offered
  • To admit that something is true or correct

deep

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US / di:p /

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  • adjecitve
  • Complex and important
  • Extreme or intense
  • Going far down from the surface
  • Low in pitch, as a sound
  • adverb
  • At a certain distance beneath the surface

man

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US / mæn /

UK / mæn /

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  • noun
  • Humans in general, including male and female
  • An adult male human being
  • Male who acts in a masculine way; not like a woman
  • verb
  • To control or operate (a machine); be in charge of
  • To operate a machine (a boat, etc.)

selfishness

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US / 'selfɪʃnəs /

UK / ˈsɛlfɪʃnɪs /

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  • noun
  • Concern with your interests rather than others'

sharpen

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US / 'ʃɑ:pən /

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  • verb
  • To make something more pointed, e.g. a pencil

teach

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US / ti:tʃ /

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  • verb
  • To help someone learn or do something

thief

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US / θi:f /

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  • noun
  • Person who steals something

truly

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US / 'tru:lɪ /

UK / ˈtruli /

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  • adverb
  • In accordance with truth, fact or reality; really

demand

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US / dɪ'mɑ:nd /

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  • noun
  • Desire customers have to buy product, service
  • A strong request for someone to do something
  • verb
  • To strongly request someone to do something

order

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US / 'ɔ:də(r) /

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  • noun
  • Religious or social group, as of nuns
  • Instructions to others to do what you want
  • State in which things are neat and organized
  • What you ask to buy, e.g. food in restaurant
  • Social or political control of an area
  • verb
  • To put things in a sequence, e.g. a, b, c
  • To give instructions to others to do what you want
  • To ask for something you want to buy, e.g. a meal

path

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  • noun
  • Method of living leading to a particular result
  • Track made with stones, by walking over the ground

run

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  • noun
  • Journey between two places made by ship or car
  • Series of similar things or successes and failures
  • Act of running; exercise of running
  • verb
  • To depart or travel according to a schedule
  • To cause an animal to move in a certain direction
  • (Of an engine) to be operating
  • To start or use a computer program
  • To flow in a certain direction, like a liquid
  • To manage or operate a business
  • To operate or drive something
  • (Of a road) to go from one place to another
  • To move your legs faster than walking

dwell

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US / dwel /

UK / dwɛl /

B1
  • verb
  • To live in a certain place

love

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US / lʌv /

UK / lʌv /

A1
  • noun
  • Person's name
  • A very strong feeling of affection
  • The person you care very deeply about
  • Strong, deep emotional and sexual attraction
  • verb
  • To care for and like someone very strongly, deeply
  • To like doing very much; enjoy greatly
  • To feel a strong emotional and romantic attraction

power

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US / 'paʊə(r) /

UK / ˈpaʊɚ /

A1
  • noun
  • Legal or official right to perform certain actions
  • Ability to move forcefully and quickly
  • Energy of something (e.g. electricity or fuel)
  • Mathematical way to multiply a number
  • Condition of being in political control
  • Physical force, energy, and strength
  • verb
  • To give energy to something, e.g. by electricity
  • To move something forcefully and quickly

other

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US / 'ʌðə(r) /

UK / ˈʌðər /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • A thing different from that mentioned
  • determiner
  • (Something) else; not the first (one)
  • pronoun
  • Being the one and only thing of that category

one

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US / wʌn /

UK / wʌn /

A1
  • pronoun
  • You; we; people in general; someone
  • The thing or person previously referred to
  • adjecitve
  • Used to refer to people generally
  • Being a strong example of (something mentioned)
  • number
  • Number 1

strength

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US / streŋθ /

UK / strɛŋkθ, strɛŋθ, strɛnθ /

A2
  • noun
  • Condition of being strong

prisoner

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US / 'prɪznə(r) /

UK / ˈprɪzənɚ, ˈprɪznɚ /

A2
  • noun
  • Someone kept in a prison as punishment for a crime

than

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US / ðən /

UK / ðən /

A1
  • conjunction
  • Used to compare two things that are not equal

less

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US / les /

UK / lɛs /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Smaller in amount or degree
  • adverb
  • To a smaller degree
  • noun
  • A smaller amount
  • preposition
  • With the subtraction of

solution

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US / səˈlu:ʃn /

UK / səˈluʃən /

A2
  • noun
  • Mix of a liquid and a solid or a gas
  • Way to solve or deal with a problem

choke

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US / tʃəʊk /

UK / tʃoʊk /

B2
  • verb
  • To cause someone not to breathe
  • To be unable to breath due to a blockage
  • To fail to perform well, due to stress

immune

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US / ɪˈmju:n /

UK / ɪˈmjoon /

B1
  • adjecitve
  • Having a special protection from, e.g. the law

three

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US / θri: /

UK / θri /

A1
  • number
  • Number 3

bloom

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US / blu:m /

UK / blum /

B2
  • noun
  • Period of beauty, strength or freshness
  • verb
  • To flower; to produce flowers
  • To achieve an ideal state of beauty and strength

effort

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US / ˈefət /

UK / ˈɛfət /

A2
  • noun
  • Amount of work used trying to do something

come

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US / kʌm /

UK / kʌm /

A1
  • verb
  • To arrive at a place
  • (Of mail) to be delivered
  • To move toward someone; go with someone
  • To reach a certain point or state

failure

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US / ˈfeɪljə(r) /

UK / 'feɪljər /

A1
  • noun
  • When things go wrong; lack of function
  • Act or result of not achieving your goals

think

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US / θɪŋk /

UK / θɪŋk /

A1
  • verb
  • To have an idea about something without certainty
  • To have an idea, opinion or belief about something

and

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US / ənd /

UK / ənd, ən,ænd /

A1
  • conjunction
  • Used to refer to two or more things
  • Plus; in addition; on top of that
  • Used to introduce an action that follows another

hope

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US / həʊp /

UK / hop /

A1
  • noun
  • When you wish something will happen; what you wish
  • verb
  • To expect and want something to happen

intelligence

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US / ɪn'telɪdʒəns /

UK / ɪnˈtɛlədʒəns /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Of the spying services; acting in secrecy
  • noun
  • Collection of secret information about something
  • Ability to learn things or to consider situations

poor

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US / pʊə(r) /

UK / pʊr /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Inferior; below the normal standard
  • Deserving of pity or sympathy
  • Without money; not rich

depressed

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US / dɪˈprest /

UK / dɪˈprɛst /

B2
  • adjecitve
  • Feeling sad or miserable
  • verb
  • To make someone feel sad or miserable
  • To push something down

kindness

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US / ˈkaɪndnəs /

UK / ˈkaɪndnɪs /

B1
  • noun
  • Quality of being warmhearted and helpful

sometimes

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US / ˈsʌmtaɪmz /

UK / ˈsʌmˌtaɪmz /

A1
  • adverb
  • Only at certain times; occasionally

call

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US / kɔ:l /

UK / kɔl /

A1
  • noun
  • A order or request for action
  • The sound an animal makes, often when in danger
  • A correct prediction, e.g. a decision in a game
  • A short visit to a place or person
  • A decision by a referee or umpire in a game
  • verb
  • To make a request or order for action
  • (Animal) to make sounds to warn of danger
  • To announce the date of an election
  • To make a judgment about something
  • To give someone or something a name
  • To guess in advance the result or outcome
  • To visit a place or person for a short time
  • To phone someone
  • To speak, announce or shout in a loud voice

hide

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US / haɪd /

UK / haɪd /

A1
  • noun
  • The skin of an animal used for making leather
  • verb
  • To go to, or put a thing where it can't be found

reduce

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US / rɪ'dju:s /

UK / rɪˈdus, -ˈdjus /

A2
  • verb
  • To try to decrease, e.g. your weight if overweight
  • To boil a liquid until it has decreased in amount
  • To make something smaller in size, amount, level

where

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US / hwɛə /

UK / hwɛr, wɛr /

A1
  • conjunction
  • At or in the place which
  • In whatever place
  • pronoun
  • Word you use to ask the location of something

only

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US / ˈəunli /

UK / ˈonli /

A1
  • adverb
  • Just one; just that amount or thing; not more than
  • Not very important or serious
  • Just that type of thing, person
  • Short time ago; not before a certain time
  • conjunction
  • Except; but

knife

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US / naɪf /

UK / naɪf /

A1
  • noun
  • Long piece of metal you use for cutting things
  • verb
  • To attack someone with a sharp long blade
  • To move through something easily and quickly

peril

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US / ˈperəl /

UK / ˈpɛrəl /

B2
  • noun
  • Extreme danger or risk

rest

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US / rest /

UK / rɛst /

A1
  • noun
  • Time when one relaxes, sleeps, or is inactive
  • State in which there is a lack of motion
  • Part of something remaining after some was used
  • verb
  • To stop working or avoid activity to recover
  • (Of dead person) to lie in a grave
  • To lean, support or place something against
  • To not be tired because you had enough sleep

deeply

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US / ˈdi:pli /

UK / ˈdiplɪ /

A2
  • adverb
  • To a significant degree
  • To a great, intense or extreme extent

fish

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US / fɪʃ /

UK / fɪʃ /

A1
  • noun
  • Animal that swims and lives in water
  • verb
  • To go fishing with a net or hook

from

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US / frəm /

UK / frʌm, frɑm,frəm /

A1
  • preposition
  • Starting at a particular place, time or level

false

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US / fɔ:ls /

UK / fɔ:ls /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Not real or genuine

approval

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US / əˈpru:vl /

UK / əˈpruvəl /

A2
  • noun
  • Agreement that person/thing is acceptable
  • Positive opinion of something or someone

keep

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US / ki:p /

UK / kip /

A1
  • noun
  • Large, strong tower in the middle of a castle
  • Money spent on you so you can live in a place
  • verb
  • To continue doing something; not to stop
  • To stop balls going in a goal in sports
  • To not give back or return something
  • (Of food) to not spoil or not rot
  • To take possession of something to own, e.g. a pet
  • To have and continue to hold something
  • To do something that you have promised or agreed
  • To stay in a certain place or condition
  • To maintain the rules

lie

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US / laɪ /

UK / lai /

A2
  • noun
  • An untrue statement, when you know it is not true
  • verb
  • To be in a horizontal or flat position
  • To say something that you know is not true

maintain

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US / meɪn'teɪn /

UK / menˈten /

A2
  • verb
  • To keep saying something a certain way
  • To keep (machine) working by checking, repairing
  • To keep, exist or continue without changing

quietly

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US / 'kwaɪətlɪ /

UK / ˈkwaɪətlɪ /

A1
  • adverb
  • In a quiet manner; making little sound or fuss

feed

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US / fi:d /

UK / fid /

A2
  • noun
  • Food given to animals
  • verb
  • To give food, e.g. to animals or a baby
  • To push something through an opening
  • To provide necessary supplies to

wisdom

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US / 'wɪzdəm /

UK / ˈwɪzdəm /

A2
  • noun
  • Knowledge gained from experience in life

dangerous

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US / ˈdeɪndʒərəs /

UK / ˈdendʒərəs /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Involving the chance of hurt or damage; risky

his

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US / hɪz /

UK / hɪz /

A1
  • pronoun
  • Something belonging to a male person

intention

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US / ɪnˈtenʃn /

UK / ɪnˈtɛnʃən /

A2
  • noun
  • Aim or purpose

origin

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US / ˈɒrɪdʒɪn /

UK / ˈɔrədʒɪn,ˈɑr- /

A2
  • noun
  • Point at which something begins or is created
  • Country or social group that a person comes from

with

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US / wɪð /

UK / wɪð, wɪθ /

A1
  • preposition
  • As an employee of a certain company
  • Against something or someone
  • By using something as a means
  • Due to; because of
  • Including
  • Possessing as a feature
  • Related to
  • (Of the manner/attitude by which you do something)
  • Used to express that people or things are together

careful

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US / ˈkeəfl /

UK / ˈkerfl /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Trying not to make mistakes; working slowly

before

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US / bɪˈfɔ:(r) /

UK / bɪˈfɔr,-ˈfor /

A1
  • adverb
  • At a time earlier than the present; previously
  • conjunction
  • In advance of something happening
  • preposition
  • In front of someone or something

have

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US / həv /

UK / hæv /

A1
  • verb
  • To drink, smoke, eat or use something
  • To experience the effects of something
  • To organize an event, or join in an activity
  • To own, possess, or hold something
  • To cause to happen or produce a particular effect

without

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US / wɪˈðaʊt /

UK / wɪðˈaʊt, wɪθ- /

A1
  • preposition
  • Not with; not having

awaken

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US / əˈweɪkən /

UK / əˈwekən /

A2
  • verb
  • To make aware of (a certain feeling or memory)
  • To wake from sleep; wake someone from sleep

goodness

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US / ˈgʊdnəs /

UK / ˈɡʊdnɪs /

A2
  • exclamation
  • (Used to express slight surprise)
  • noun
  • Nourishment; good food value

leads

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US / 'ledz /

UK / 'ledz /

A1
  • other
  • Wires for electricity, computer, etc.; cable
  • Information that could help to solve crimes
  • Ropes used to tie some things to stop it escaping
  • verb
  • To show the way or guide others
  • To be at the front of a race or game

low

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US / ləʊ /

UK / lo /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Having a small quantity, supply, or amount
  • Being unhappy or unpleasant in attitude
  • Not high; being near the ground, or bottom
  • (Of a voice, sound) being soft; quiet
  • noun
  • Situation of not having a lot of something

end

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US / end /

UK / ɛnd /

A1
  • noun
  • The point where a process or activity stops
  • A point that marks the limit of something; finish
  • Goal or desired result
  • The tip, edge or limit of something
  • verb
  • To be the last part of something

exist

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US / ɪɡ'zɪst /

UK / ɪɡˈzɪst /

A1
  • verb
  • To be present, alive or real

busy

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US / 'bɪzɪ /

UK / ˈbɪzi /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Working hard doing something; full of activity
  • verb
  • To actively be occupied with doing something

injury

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US / 'ɪndʒərɪ /

UK / ˈɪndʒəri /

A2
  • noun
  • Physical or emotional harm or damage

know

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US / nəʊ /

UK / noʊ /

A1
  • verb
  • To be familiar with a person or place, thing
  • To feel sure or be convinced about something
  • To discover or be aware of something
  • To be able to distinguish
  • To have knowledge of things

simplicity

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US / sɪm'plɪsətɪ /

UK / sɪmˈplɪsɪti /

C1
  • noun
  • Being easy to understand or use

oneself

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US / wʌnˈself /

UK / wʌnˈsɛlf /

A2
  • pronoun
  • Reflexive pronoun of 'one'; yourself

problem

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US / ˈprɒbləm /

UK / ˈprɑbləm /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Causing trouble
  • noun
  • Something difficult to deal with or causes trouble
  • Question to show understanding of a math concept

away

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US / ə'weɪ /

UK / əˈwe /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Not present
  • adverb
  • Disappear completely
  • Doing something with a lot of energy
  • Not here; far from here; in a different direction
  • To a different area, location

contentment

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US / kənˈtentmənt /

UK / kənˈtɛntmənt /

B1
  • noun
  • Satisfaction with your situation in life

world

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US / wɜ:ld /

UK / wɜrld /

A1
  • noun
  • All the humans, events, activities on the earth
  • Political division due to some kind of similarity

compete

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US / kəmˈpi:t /

UK / kəmˈpit /

A2
  • verb
  • To try to beat others at something, e.g. a race

friend

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US / frend /

UK / frɛnd /

A1
  • noun
  • Person who you like and enjoy being with

law

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US / lɔ: /

UK / lɔ /

A1
  • noun
  • Field of study that relates to the legal profession
  • A rule made and enforced by a government
  • System or rules made by the government

hollow

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US / ˈhɒləʊ /

UK / ˈhɑ:loʊ /

B1
  • adjecitve
  • (Of objects) having nothing inside; not solid
  • Lacking value, sincerity, or meaning
  • (E.g. of a laugh) lacking strength and emotion
  • (Sound) produced when something empty is hit
  • Appearing sunken or curved down
  • noun
  • Gap or indented surface
  • Area of land a little deeper than the surface
  • verb
  • To make a solid object have a large hole inside it

credit

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US / 'kredɪt /

UK / ˈkrɛdɪt /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Having a positive amount of money
  • noun
  • System to buy something and pay for it later
  • Points earned instead of money
  • Quality of having a good reputation for a reason
  • Points earned towards a university degree
  • verb
  • To add a certain amount of money to a total
  • To recognize someone's achievements or help

blunt

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US / blʌnt /

UK / blʌnt /

B1
  • adjecitve
  • Without a sharp edge or point
  • verb
  • To make dull or lessen the sharpness of something

can

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US / kæn /

UK / kən,kæn /

A1
  • noun
  • A metal container for storing food
  • other
  • Able to; have the skill to; have the time to
  • verb
  • To have permission to
  • To be possible to do
  • To preserve food by sealing it in a metal container

content

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US / 'kɒntent /

UK / ˈkɑnˌtɛnt /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Being happy or satisfied
  • noun
  • Information in something, e.g. book or computer

justify

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US / ˈdʒʌstɪfaɪ /

UK / ˈdʒʌstəˌfaɪ /

B1
  • verb
  • To give good reasons for something

loneliness

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US / 'ləʊnlɪnəs /

UK / ˈlonlɪnɪs /

B2
  • noun
  • State of feeling sad because you are alone

belong

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US / bɪ'lɒŋ /

UK / bɪˈlɔŋ /

A1
  • verb
  • To be a welcomed as a new member of a group
  • To own something
  • To be in the right place or situation

not

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US / nɒt /

UK / nɑt /

A1
  • adverb
  • Word indicating the negative
  • (Used to form the negative of verbs)

powerful

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US / ˈpauəful /

UK / ˈpaʊəfəl /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Having control or influence over
  • Having a lot of physical force, energy, strength

whole

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US / həul /

UK / hol /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Complete or full; all of
  • Being in a good condition
  • noun
  • Complete amount or sum; total

elevate

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US / ˈelɪveɪt /

UK / ˈɛləˌvet /

B2
  • verb
  • To make something higher
  • To raise something in status, importance, feeling

yet

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US / jet /

UK / jɛt /

A1
  • adverb
  • At a later time (used after ‘not’)
  • (Used to emphasize that thing is, will be greater)
  • Eventually; at a future time
  • Until now; up to the present
  • conjunction
  • Adding to what has been said, often as a contrast

want

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US / wɔnt /

UK / wɑnt, wɔnt /

A1
  • noun
  • Something you desire or wish for
  • State or condition of poverty
  • verb
  • To desire or wish for something; hope for a thing

but

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US / bət /

UK / bʌt,bət /

A1
  • conjunction
  • Used before you say something different, opposite

desire

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US / dɪ'zaɪə(r) /

UK / dɪˈzaɪr /

A2
  • noun
  • Thing that is wished for or wanted
  • verb
  • To wish for, hope or want something

give

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US / ɡɪv /

UK / ɡɪv /

A1
  • noun
  • Degree of flexibility in something, a material
  • verb
  • To hand over or present something to someone
  • To cause someone to have or experience something

good

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US / ɡʊd /

UK / ɡʊd /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Proper, appropriate or right
  • (Of an amount) enough; plenty
  • Excellent; high quality
  • Acting well or properly; of moral character
  • In a positive or happy emotional state
  • noun
  • Advantage or benefit

life

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US / laɪf /

UK / laɪf /

A1
  • noun
  • All the living things e.g. animals, plants, humans
  • Period of time things live, from birth to death

single

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US / 'sɪŋɡl /

UK / ˈsɪŋɡəl /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Being one only, without others
  • Only; merely
  • Not married or in a relationship
  • noun
  • One run in cricket or a hit baseball
  • An individual song from a CD or album
  • Person who is not married or in a relationship

river

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US / ˈrɪvə(r) /

UK / ˈrɪvɚ /

A1
  • noun
  • Flowing water that runs from mountains to the sea

brim

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US / brɪm /

UK / brɪm /

B2
  • noun
  • Bottom part of a hat that sticks out all round

become

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US / bɪ'kʌm /

UK / bɪˈkʌm /

A1
  • verb
  • To begin to be; grow to be; develop into
  • To be suitable for a particular job or role

brigand

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US / ˈbrɪgənd /

UK / ˈbrɪɡənd /

A1
  • noun
  • A robber or bandit, especially one of an outlaw band.

dream

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US / dri:m /

UK / drim /

A1
  • noun
  • A wish or hope for something to happen
  • Imagination or image of something you want
  • Images, thoughts, feelings experienced when asleep
  • verb
  • To wish for something to happen
  • To experience thoughts, images while asleep

hurry

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US / 'hʌrɪ /

UK / ˈhɚri, ˈhʌr- /

A2
  • noun
  • Act of moving quickly because you are late
  • verb
  • To move, act, get somewhere, do something quickly

wise

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US / waɪz /

UK / waɪz /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Knowledgeable about life; having good judgment

compare

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US / kəm'peə(r) /

UK / kəmˈpɛr /

A1
  • verb
  • To consider how similar and different things are

embrace

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US / ɪm'breɪs /

UK / ɛmˈbres /

B1
  • noun
  • Act of holding someone closely
  • verb
  • To hold closely; cuddle, kiss or hug

habit

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US / 'hæbɪt /

UK / ˈhæbɪt /

A2
  • noun
  • Loose clothing like a cloak, worn by monks, nuns
  • Usual way of behaving; something often repeated

understand

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US / ˌʌndə'stænd /

UK / ˌʌndɚˈstænd /

A1
  • verb
  • To know the meaning of language, what someone says

action

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US / 'ækʃn /

UK / ˈækʃən /

A2
  • noun
  • Something that a person or thing does
  • verb
  • To act to do something

present

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US / 'preznt /

UK / ˈprɛznt /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Being in attendance; being there; having turned up
  • noun
  • Gift
  • Verb tense indicating an action is happening now
  • Current time; now
  • verb
  • To introduce someone to others
  • To host a program on television or radio
  • To give a speech or presentation
  • To show something to someone who will examine it
  • To appear or happen
  • To give an award or prize to someone

spill

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  • Accident when someone falls
  • Act of allowing a fluid to escape
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  • To come out of and spread beyond limits
  • To cause (blood) to flow from body, as by killing
  • To tell secrets or let information escape
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win

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  • Success in beating the other team or competitors
  • Success in a game or contest
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  • To get something as a prize because of a success
  • To gain something you want because of your efforts
  • To succeed in a game or contest

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  • The state of not having or not having enough of
  • A shortage of something
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  • To not have, or not have enough, of something

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  • Belong to oneself
  • determiner
  • Yours, his, hers, etc.; not belonging to another
  • pronoun
  • (Something) belong to myself
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  • To have something as your property

place

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  • Particular location, area or region
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  • To put someone in a particular type of situation
  • To put something in a certain location or position

understanding

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  • Being sympathetic
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  • When you get the meaning correctly; comprehension
  • Knowledge about something or someone
  • verb
  • To know the meaning of language, what someone says

impose

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  • To make someone to do or endure something

must

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  • Something that is necessary or required
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  • Used to say something is required or necessary

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  • Behavior that follows the established rules
  • Admiration for someone
  • Regard or admiration for someone or something
  • verb
  • To follow the established rules
  • To think very highly of another person

quiet

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  • Not loud; making very little sound
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practice

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  • The office and place for legal or medical work
  • Doing something many times to become better at it
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  • To work as a doctor or lawyer
  • To live according to the teachings of a religion
  • To do something many times to improve a skill

preserve

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  • Protected area of land with plants and animals
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  • To cook food so it can be kept for long periods
  • To protect something from harm, loss or damage
  • To keep or maintain unchanged or perfect

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  • Movement done as part of a particular dance
  • Distance covered by one movement of a leg; stride
  • One part or stage in a process
  • Sound made by the feet while walking; footstep
  • Flat horizontal piece that forms stairs
  • verb
  • To raise and moving the foot to put it down

cast

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  • People who appear in a play or movie
  • Small amount of a particular color
  • Shape to pour hot metal in to create objects
  • Hard covering put around injured arm, leg etc.
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  • To give specific roles to actors in a movie, play
  • To describe someone's personality or character
  • To make objects using a mold
  • To be presented in a certain way
  • To send out or direct something
  • To throw something using a line, e.g. when fishing

nothing

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  • Item of little or no value, importance, interest
  • Number or value of zero
  • pronoun
  • Not anything, not a single thing

tell

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  • To (strongly) advise a person to do something
  • To be able to guess
  • To say or communicate information to someone
  • To inform, but without speaking; indicate
  • To have a negative effect on someone
  • To order someone to do something; command
  • To recognize something based on certain signs
  • To report something to an authority
  • To explain something or teach someone something

example

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  • Thing, person which represents a category

master

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  • Being very skilled at doing something
  • Being the main or most important thing or part
  • noun
  • Someone who is very skilled at doing something
  • Holding a higher degree from a university
  • Male teacher
  • Owner of an animal, e.g. a dog
  • verb
  • To gain control over something
  • To learn to do something very well

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about

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  • To be ready to; going to
  • Nearly; approximately; roughly
  • Near; next to; close to
  • In every direction; in the area of
  • preposition
  • Concerning or of (a topic)

accomplish

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  • To succeed in doing; complete successfully

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  • Treatment you receive for your health or safety
  • Something that a person worries about
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  • To feel interest, concern, or worry
  • To look after someone or something

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  • (Person, company) being in a good condition; well

like

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  • Being equal in status or kind to something else
  • Similar; the same
  • adverb
  • For example
  • preposition
  • Used as a filler; used to ad emphasis
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  • To want to
  • To find something pleasing; to prefer something

people

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  • Persons sharing culture, country, background, etc.
  • Men, Women, Children

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  • To feel or express joy or great delight

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  • The person or thing being talked about
  • Used to identify something both the speakers know
  • adverb
  • Used to reinforce adjectives and adverbs
  • To such a degree
  • conjunction
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  • Used to introduce an adverbial clause
  • Used to introduce a noun clause
  • determiner
  • Used as a noun to refer to something
  • pronoun
  • Referring an object far away
  • Used to refer to the relative pronoun ‘which’

what

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  • Thing or things that; the same kind as
  • Used to emphasize something you are about to say
  • adjecitve
  • Used to refer to a particular amount, or number
  • Used to place emphasis on a particular quality
  • adverb
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  • Used to ask people to repeat something they said

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  • Sufficient to answer the need
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find

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  • Object discovered by chance
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  • To become aware of something that is happening
  • To discover or meet by chance
  • To decide if someone is guilty of a crime, or not
  • To learn through study, research, or effort
  • To discover something by looking for it

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  • Very large in size
  • Very important
  • Very good; fantastic; wonderful
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  • Very good; better than before
  • noun
  • Successful and well-admired person

watch

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  • Device you wear on your wrist that shows the time
  • Official warning statement, e.g. of bad weather
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  • To keep in check, manage, or control something
  • To look at something for entertainment, e.g. TV
  • To guard a place or people; protect child, etc.
  • To look at carefully to work out what is happening
  • To protect and care for someone or something
  • Introduction to Video Content
  • Ancient Lao Tzu's Life Lessons Men Learn Too Late In LifeIn this video, we explore some of the profound life lessons taught by the ancient philosopher Lao Tzu. These timeless teachings provide valuable wisdom that men often learn too late in life. One of the key insights shared by Lao Tzu is the importance of living in the present moment. He states that if you are depressed, you are living in the past, and if you are anxious, you are living in the future. Finding peace and contentment requires focusing on the present and letting go of attachment to past or future events. Lao Tzu also emphasizes the detrimental effects of caring too much about what others think. He warns that when we constantly seek approval and compare ourselves to others, we become prisoners of their opinions. True freedom and respect come from being authentic and not relying on external validation.Simplicity, patience, and compassion are three virtues that Lao Tzu considers to be our greatest treasures. These qualities, when cultivated, can bring us inner peace, understanding, and harmony in our relationships with others. The philosopher also highlights the significance of self-reliance and empowering others through education. He compares giving someone a fish, which only provides temporary assistance, to teaching them how to fish, which gives them the tools for a lifetime of self-sufficiency. This demonstrates the value of sharing knowledge and helping others to become self-reliant. Lao Tzu introduces the concept of new beginnings disguised as painful endings. He suggests that endings are not necessarily negative, but rather opportunities for growth and transformation. By embracing change and letting go of attachments, we can discover new beginnings and find fulfillment in unexpected ways. The wise person, according to Lao Tzu, does not hoard material possessions but focuses on giving to others. In this act of giving, one finds that the more they give, the more they receive. This philosophy emphasizes the abundance that comes from generosity and selflessness. Lao Tzu distinguishes true goodness from false goodness. He explains that a truly good person does not boast about their goodness but acts from a genuine place of kindness. On the other hand, a person who constantly seeks recognition for their goodness is inauthentic and lacks true virtue.The journey of self-improvement and personal growth begins with a single step, according to Lao Tzu. He encourages individuals to start their journeys and not be overwhelmed by the distance ahead. By taking incremental steps, we can achieve great things and move closer to our goals. Lao Tzu also emphasizes the importance of self-awareness and understanding. He states that true wisdom comes from knowing oneself, while strength comes from mastering others. This teaches us that true power lies in self-mastery and self-acceptance.Lao Tzu challenges the notion of limited time by suggesting that time is a created concept. He argues that saying, "I don't have time," is equivalent to saying, "I don't want to." This reminds us to prioritize what truly matters and not use time as an excuse.Believing in oneself and finding contentment within oneself are valuable qualities according to Lao Tzu. When we have self-belief and inner contentment, we don't feel the need to convince others or seek their approval. This self-assurance allows us to navigate the world with confidence, knowing that the acceptance of others is not necessary for our own self-worth.Love is a source of strength and courage in Lao Tzu's philosophy. Being deeply loved by someone gives us strength, while loving someone deeply gives us the courage to be vulnerable and open. Love is a powerful force that can empower us and enrich our lives.Lao Tzu encourages us to be content with what we have and find joy in the way things are. He reminds us that when we realize there is nothing lacking, the entire world becomes accessible to us. This mindset of abundance and gratitude allows us to appreciate the present moment and find fulfillment in life.Finally, Lao Tzu draws attention to the natural pace of life. Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. This serves as a reminder to embrace patience and trust in the natural flow of things. By aligning ourselves with the rhythm of nature, we can find peace and allow things to unfold in their own time.In conclusion, these life lessons from the ancient philosopher Lao Tzu hold timeless wisdom that men often learn too late in life. By embracing the present moment, letting go of the need for external validation, cultivating virtues, empowering others, embracing change, and finding contentment within oneself, we can live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. Lao Tzu's teachings remind us of the importance of self-awareness, self-mastery, and gratitude, and offer invaluable guidance for navigating the complexities of life.
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  • If you are depressed, you are living in the past.
  • If you are anxious, you are living in the future.
  • If you are at peace, you are living in the present.
  • Care about what other people think, and you will always be their prisoner.
  • When you are content to be simply yourself, and don't compare or compete, everyone will respect you.
  • I have just three things to teach.
  • Simplicity, patience, and compassion.
  • These three are your greatest treasures.
  • Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.
  • Teach him how to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.
  • New beginnings are disguised as painful endings.
  • The Wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
  • The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
  • A truly good person doesn't dwell on her goodness.
  • Thus, she can be good.
  • A person of false goodness never forgets her goodness.
  • Thus, her goodness is always false.
  • The Journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
  • Knowing others is intelligence.
  • Knowing yourself is true wisdom.
  • Mastering others is strength.
  • Mastering yourself is true power.
  • Time is a created thing.
  • To say, I don't have time, is like saying, I don't want to.
  • Because one believes in oneself, one doesn't try to convince others.
  • Because one is content with oneself, one doesn't need others' approval.
  • Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.
  • Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
  • Be Content with what you have.
  • Rejoice in the way things are.
  • When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
  • Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
  • Be careful what you water your dreams with.
  • Water them with worry and fear, and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream.
  • Water them with optimism and solutions, and you will cultivate success.
  • Kindness in words creates confidence.
  • Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
  • Kindness in giving creates love.
  • Manifest plainness.
  • Embrace simplicity.
  • Reduce selfishness.
  • Have few desires.
  • If you understand others, you are smart.
  • If you understand yourself, you are illuminated.
  • If you overcome others, you are powerful.
  • If you overcome yourself, you have strength.
  • If you know how to be satisfied, you are rich.
  • Act without expectation.
  • Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.
  • If a person seems wicked, do not cast him away.
  • Awaken him with your words.
  • Elevate him with your deeds.
  • Repay his injury with your kindness.
  • Do not cast him away.
  • Cast away his wickedness.
  • Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.
  • Watch your thoughts.
  • They become your words.
  • Watch your words.
  • They become your actions.
  • Watch your actions.
  • They become your habits.
  • Watch your habits.
  • They become your character.
  • Watch your character.
  • It becomes your destiny.
  • What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.
  • The more prohibitions that are imposed on people, the poorer the people become.
  • The more laws and regulations that exist, the more thieves and brigands appear.
  • Success is as dangerous as failure.
  • Hope is as hollow as fear.
  • Health is the greatest possession.
  • Contentment is the greatest treasure.
  • Confidence is the greatest friend.
  • Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill.
  • Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
  • To know when you have enough is to be immune from disgrace.
  • To know when to stop is to be preserved from perils.
  • Only thus can you endure long.
  • Sometimes you must yield in order to win.
  • And sometimes maintaining a low place leads you to win.
  • The wise person acts without effort and teaches by quiet example.
  • He accepts things as they come, creates without possessing, nourishes without demanding.
  • And accomplishes without taking credit.
  • Because he constantly forgets himself, he is never forgotten.
  • All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.
  • Never tell anyone what you are up to because in silence lies the strength of true intention.
  • When the river flows quietly, it runs the deepest.
  • Speak less of your journey and let your actions reveal your path.
  • A man who justifies his actions is introspected.
  • A man who boasts of his achievements has no merit.
  • If you are alone for a long time, soon you will accept loneliness.
  • You will never know your potential if you are afraid to be alone.
  • If a man hides being alone, it's a sign that he has found strength in silence, where true understanding blooms.
  • Act before there is a problem.
  • Bring order before there is disorder.