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Hamster Escapes Cage To Go Exploring! | Pets: Wild At Heart | BBC Earth

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echo

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US / 'ekəʊ /

UK / 'ekoʊ /

B1
  • noun
  • Repetition of sounds after bouncing off something
  • A repetition of events or circumstances
  • verb
  • (Of a place) to be filled with repeating sounds
  • (Of a sound) to be repeated
  • To repeat something, e.g. something someone said

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

guide

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US / ɡaɪd /

UK / ɡaɪd /

A2
  • noun
  • Book or a magazine containing information/advice
  • Person leading others visiting an unknown place
  • verb
  • To help or advise someone about something
  • To control missile to hit a target by radio signal
  • To lead people visiting a new or unknown place

disaster

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US / dɪ'zɑ:stə(r) /

UK / dɪˈzæstɚ, -ˈsæs- /

A2
  • noun
  • State of extreme ruin and misfortune

out

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US / aʊt /

UK / aʊt /

A1
  • adverb
  • No longer stylish (e.g. fashion)
  • Away from home, business, or the usual place
  • In a direction/movement away from inside or center
  • noun
  • Act when a batter cannot continue playing
  • verb
  • To tell people a secret

detect

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US / dɪˈtekt /

UK / dɪˈtɛkt /

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  • verb
  • To discover or identify the presence of something

whisker

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US / ˈwɪskə(r) /

UK / ˈhwɪskɚ, ˈwɪs- /

C2
  • noun
  • Hair that grows on a man's face
  • Long stiff hair at either side of cat's mouth

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

back

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US / bæk /

UK / bæk /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Farthest from the front e.g. in a classroom
  • adverb
  • Have returned to a place you were before
  • noun
  • The part of a chair that the upper body leans upon
  • Location at the rear of something
  • The reverse of side something
  • Area on the rear of your body
  • verb
  • To bet money on something
  • To go backwards in a car
  • To support and encourage someone or some cause

and

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US / ənd /

UK / ənd, ən,ænd /

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

featureless

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US / ˈfi:tʃələs /

UK / ˈfitʃəlɪs /

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  • adjecitve
  • Lacking distinguishing characteristics or features

call

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US / kɔ:l /

UK / kɔl /

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  • 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

picture

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  • noun
  • General situation or state of being
  • Mental image of what something is or looks like
  • Movie; film
  • Painting, drawing or photograph on paper or screen
  • verb
  • To understand or imagine something
  • To imagine someone or something in an image

avert

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US / əˈvɜ:t /

UK / əˈvɜ:rt /

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  • verb
  • To prevent something negative from happening
  • To turn (your eyes, gaze) away from something

secret

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US / 'si:krət /

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  • adjecitve
  • That you don't want others to know; private
  • noun
  • Information you do not want others to know

belly

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US / 'belɪ /

UK / ˈbɛli /

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  • noun
  • Middle part of the body; the stomach
  • verb
  • To expand outward; swell
  • To swell like a balloon

incredible

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US / ɪnˈkredəbl /

UK / ɪnˈkrɛdəbəl /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Very good; amazing
  • Really good; amazing; great
  • Very hard to believe

predator

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US / 'predətə(r) /

UK / ˈprɛdətɚ, -ˌtɔr /

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  • noun
  • An animal that hunts and kills other animals
  • Person preying on the weak to gain advantage

sound

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  • adjecitve
  • Sensible, dependable and reliable
  • Unbroken or undisturbed, as of sleep
  • Firm or solid in structure
  • Sane; not mentally ill
  • Clearly reasoned; involving sense, good judgment
  • noun
  • Unique quality that characterizes a style of music
  • Waves traveling in air or water that can be heard
  • verb
  • To seem or appear to be, from what was said
  • To say in a clear deliberate manner
  • To make a noise, e.g. to ring a bell

for

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US / fə(r) /

UK / fɔr,fə /

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

time

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US / taɪm /

UK / taɪm /

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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

control

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US / kən'trəʊl /

UK / kənˈtrol /

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  • noun
  • A device designed to operate a machine
  • Participant in experiment that is left untouched
  • Act to dominate or command; make manageable
  • A law limiting the growth or spread of something
  • A place which overseas or manages e.g. a factory
  • verb
  • To direct or influence the behavior of something

trail

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US / treɪl /

UK / trel /

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  • noun
  • Series of marks or signs left by something moving
  • Rough path, as through a forest or field
  • Following behind someone to see what they're doing
  • verb
  • To follow behind someone
  • To be losing to a competitor
  • To pull something behind you along the ground
  • To follow behind someone to see what they're doing

gland

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US / ɡlænd /

UK / ɡlænd /

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  • noun
  • Organ that produces substances for the body to use

home

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US / həʊm /

UK / hom /

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  • adjecitve
  • A sports team's own field or place of play
  • adverb
  • Into the correct or intended position
  • noun
  • House, apartment or building to be rented or sold
  • Institution for sick or elderly people
  • Place where a person or a family lives
  • Country where a person lives or was born
  • Region that is native to peoples, plant or animals
  • verb
  • To move towards a particular target location

modern

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US / ˈmɔdən /

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  • adjecitve
  • Of the present time; up to date; contemporary

pitch

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US / pɪtʃ /

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  • adjecitve
  • Very dark black color
  • noun
  • Act of throwing a baseball for someone to hit
  • Playing fields in sports, e.g. for soccer
  • Attempt to sell/persuade someone of the value of
  • Degree of slope on e.g. a plane's wing
  • Measure of how high or low a sound is
  • Black substance that is very stick when heated
  • verb
  • To suggest a product, idea to make someone buy
  • To throw a baseball to a batter
  • To plunge or fall forward or headlong
  • To set up a camp or tent for a length of time
  • To attempt to sell something to someone
  • To set a sound to a certain level

retrace

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US / rɪ'treɪs /

UK / riˈtres /

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  • verb
  • To go back over a previous route or explanation

the

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US / ðə /

UK / ðə /

A1
  • 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

across

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US / əˈkrɔs /

UK / əˈkrɔs,əˈkrɑs /

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  • adverb
  • Distance from one side to another
  • (Go) from one side to the other of something

this

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US / ðɪs /

UK / ðɪs /

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  • adjecitve
  • Used to indicate something already been discussed
  • Used to indicate something happening around now
  • adverb
  • An indication by a physical motion or gesture
  • A specific amount of
  • determiner
  • Person, thing, or idea near you
  • pronoun
  • Person, thing that has already been discussed

although

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US / ɔ:lˈðəu /

UK / ɔlˈðo /

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  • conjunction
  • Despite the fact that; however

map

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US / mæp /

UK / mæp /

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  • noun
  • Diagram showing the geography of an area
  • verb
  • To draw a diagram to show the geography of an area
  • To find points of similarity between things

aspect

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US / 'æspekt /

UK / ˈæspɛkt /

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  • noun
  • Way something looks or seems to be
  • An element, feature, or quality of something

also

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US / 'ɔ:lsəʊ /

UK / ˈɔlso /

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  • adverb
  • In addition; too; in a similar way

into

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US / 'ɪntə /

UK / ˈɪntu /

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  • preposition
  • Moving or going inside something
  • In the same direction as; in the direction of
  • So as to become; taking the state of

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

scent

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US / sent /

UK / sɛnt /

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  • noun
  • Pleasant smell, as of flowers or perfume
  • verb
  • To become aware of the presence of a smell, etc.
  • To add smell to something

get

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US / ɡet /

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  • verb
  • To become affected by illness or disease
  • To begin to feel or understand an emotion or idea
  • To send or bring someone or something home, etc.
  • To go somewhere to obtain something
  • To (cause to) do a particular thing
  • To obtain, receive or be given something
  • To currently have
  • To prepare for use
  • To understand something being said or read

down

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US / daʊn /

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  • adjecitve
  • Being sad, sick, or unhappy
  • Not operating, working, or functioning as expected
  • adverb
  • In a sitting or lying position
  • Towards or on the ground, floor, or bottom
  • Written or copied onto a piece of paper or book
  • noun
  • A period of play in American Football
  • The soft, smooth hairs that cover a bird's body
  • preposition
  • Along something's path, course, or direction
  • Going from a higher position to a lower position
  • verb
  • To eat or drink very quickly and without stopping

must

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US / məst /

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  • noun
  • Something that is necessary or required
  • other
  • (Used to state that something ought to be true)
  • Used to say something is required or necessary

step

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US / step /

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  • noun
  • 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

even

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US / 'i:vn /

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  • adjecitve
  • Being equal in influence, power, possibility etc.
  • Being divided equally or fairly
  • (Of teams/contest) with similar chances of success
  • Smooth, level, or regular
  • Can be divided by 2; ending in 2, 4, 6, 8, or 0
  • At a regular, equally steady manner
  • Remaining steady and unchanging
  • adverb
  • (When this is surprising) as well; too
  • (Used to compare two things/stress the difference)
  • verb
  • To make something level; to flatten
  • To make something equal

like

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  • adjecitve
  • Being equal in status or kind to something else
  • Similar; the same
  • adverb
  • For example
  • preposition
  • Used as a filler; used to ad emphasis
  • In a way similar to the way something is done
  • Such as; for example
  • verb
  • To want to
  • To find something pleasing; to prefer something

that

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US / ðæt /

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  • adjecitve
  • 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
  • Used to connect a noun clause
  • 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’

enough

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US / ɪˈnʌf /

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  • adjecitve
  • Sufficient to answer the need
  • adverb
  • To a satisfactory degree
  • pronoun
  • Equal to what is needed; as much as required
  • Adequate number or amount

sensitive

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US / 'sensətɪv /

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  • adjecitve
  • Taking offense easily; easily upset or hurt
  • (Private information) needing careful treatment
  • Concerning awareness of small differences
  • Able to recognize the feelings of others
  • Responsive to physical touch
  • Becoming unstable

ball

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US / bɔ:l /

UK / bɔl /

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  • noun
  • Large dance where people dress formally
  • Small round object often used in a game or sport

own

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US / əʊn /

UK / on /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Belong to oneself
  • determiner
  • Yours, his, hers, etc.; not belonging to another
  • pronoun
  • (Something) belong to myself
  • verb
  • To have something as your property

equipment

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US / ɪˈkwɪpmənt /

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  • noun
  • Tools or materials used to perform a task

sensory

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US / ˈsensəri /

UK / ˈsɛnsəri /

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  • adjecitve
  • Referring to the physical senses

challenge

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US / 'tʃælɪndʒ /

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  • noun
  • An activity you wish to try that may be hard to do
  • Act of formally inviting someone to compete
  • A question to determine correctness of something
  • verb
  • To formally invite someone to compete at something
  • To question the correctness of something

hear

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  • verb
  • To be aware of sound; to perceive with the ear
  • To be told or find out information or facts
  • To consider or listen to a court case

before

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US / bɪˈfɔ:(r) /

UK / bɪˈfɔr,-ˈfor /

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

information

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US / ˌɪnfəˈmeɪʃn /

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  • noun
  • Collection of facts and details about something

desert

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US / 'dezət /

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  • noun
  • Bare area of land, often with few plants and water
  • verb
  • To leave a place for ever; abandon
  • To leave when one is needed or expected to stay

hamster

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US / ˈhæmstə(r) /

UK / ˈhæmstɚ /

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  • noun
  • Small animal with small tail, and large cheeks

world

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US / wɜ:ld /

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

astute

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US / əˈstu:t, əˈstju:t /

UK / əˈstut, əˈstjut /

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  • adjecitve
  • Very clever; shrewd

his

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US / hɪz /

UK / hɪz /

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  • pronoun
  • Something belonging to a male person

complete

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US / kəm'pli:t /

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  • adjecitve
  • Being finished; done; achieved
  • Being as perfect and as total as could be
  • verb
  • To finish or reach the end of doing something

hole

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  • noun
  • An empty space, as in the ground, in a sock etc.
  • Fault or weakness in a plan, idea or explanation
  • Opening into or through something
  • An awkward or difficult situation
  • Dirty or unpleasant place with poor facilities
  • verb
  • (Golf) to get the ball into the hole

too

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US / tu: /

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  • adverb
  • In addition, also; with emphasis
  • Say that something is more than you want

continue

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  • verb
  • To do something without stopping, or after pausing
  • To start doing again after a break, pause, or stop

use

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  • noun
  • Ability to employ something
  • Need to enable it to work
  • Permission to do something with something
  • Act of spending money
  • Operation of a machine for its function
  • verb
  • To have; to eat, drink, consume etc.
  • To need to operate or work
  • To operate a machine, e.g. a computer
  • To treat a person badly
  • To do something with, for a task or purpose

mission

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  • noun
  • A task or role someone is given to do
  • Special assignment given to a person or group
  • Group tasked with a specific duty
  • A task given to someone to gain or achieve
  • Religious group wishing to convert others
  • Housing for a religious group working overseas
  • Religious or charitable task in a foreign country

wild

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  • adjecitve
  • Living in nature; not tame
  • (Of land) not developed by people
  • adverb
  • In a manner which lacks control
  • noun
  • A natural environment e.g. jungle, forest

drop

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US / drɒp /

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  • noun
  • Distance between a higher and a lower level
  • Act of letting something fall (from your hand)
  • A decrease in quantity or quality; reduction
  • Tiny amount of liquid, with rounded bottom
  • verb
  • To drive someone to a place and then drive away
  • To let something fall from your hand
  • To fall or lie down quickly, as when shot
  • To decide to stop something e.g. a course)
  • To (cause to) reduce in quantity or quality

eyesight

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  • noun
  • Normal use of the faculty of vision

its

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  • adjecitve
  • Referring to or belonging to ‘it’
  • determiner
  • Of something; belonging or related to something
  • other
  • Possessive form of “it”

return

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US / rɪ'tɜ:n /

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  • adjecitve
  • Do again; repeated
  • noun
  • Faulty or unwanted product sent back to a company
  • Enter key; the main key on the computer keyboard
  • Profit made as a result of a business activity
  • Process of going back to a previous way or state
  • verb
  • To hit something back to the other player or team
  • To come back after being away from somewhere
  • To repay someone's actions, kindness etc.
  • To put, bring, take, give, or send something back
  • To occur again

super

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US / ˈsu:pə(r) /

UK / ˈsupɚ /

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  • adjecitve
  • Of the highest quality; great; marvelous

build

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  • noun
  • Your physical shape; physique
  • verb
  • To establish e.g. a reputation, over time
  • To construct a house, office, factory

daybreak

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US / ˈdeɪbreɪk /

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  • noun
  • First light of day

irresistible

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UK / ˌɪrɪˈzɪstəbəl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Being so attractive or desirable you cannot say no

act

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US / ækt /

UK / ækt /

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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

kilometre

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US / ˈkɪləmi:tə(r) /

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  • noun
  • A metric unit of length equal to 1000 metres

nose

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US / nəʊz /

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  • noun
  • Part of the face used for breathing and smelling
  • Front, pointed end of e.g. airplane or rocket
  • verb
  • To push with your face so you can smell something

burrow

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US / ˈbʌrəʊ /

UK / ˈbɜ:roʊ /

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  • noun
  • Hole in the ground dug by an animal for protection
  • verb
  • To dig a hole in the ground for protection

paper

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US / ˈpeɪpə(r) /

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  • adjecitve
  • Not existing in reality, or done infrequently
  • Made from the material that we use to make books
  • noun
  • Academic writing or a talk on a specific topic
  • Written test
  • Newspaper
  • Pages of a book are made from this

travel

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US / ˈtrævl /

UK / ˈtrævəl /

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  • noun
  • Going to other places, esp. distant places
  • verb
  • To go to a place that is far away

sense

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US / sens /

UK / sɛns /

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  • noun
  • Certain mental feeling or emotion
  • Normal or clear state of mind
  • Meaning of a particular word, phrase or text
  • verb
  • To perceive using sight, sound, taste touch etc.
  • To recognize the presence of something

smell

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US / smel /

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  • noun
  • Ability to notice a particular odor
  • A particular odor
  • verb
  • To have a particular odor
  • To sense that something is not right
  • To notice a particular odor
  • To use the nose to sense something

not

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US / nɒt /

UK / nɑt /

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

our

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US / 'aʊə(r) /

UK / aʊr /

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  • determiner
  • Belonging to us

creature

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US / ˈkri:tʃə(r) /

UK / ˈkritʃɚ /

A2
  • noun
  • Animal of any type

but

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US / bət /

UK / bʌt,bət /

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

would

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US / wʊd /

UK / wʊd /

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  • other
  • Used to indicate something imagined
  • Used to ask or request something politely
  • Verb used to indicate possibility, request etc.
  • Used to indicate a preference
  • Used to indicate a reaction
  • Indicates something that occurred repeatedly
  • Used to indicate willingness or ability to do

avoid

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US / ə'vɔɪd /

UK / əˈvɔɪd /

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  • verb
  • To prevent from happening
  • To stay away from

can

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US / kæn /

UK / kən,kæn /

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  • 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
  • Introduction to Video Content
  • The video, titled 'Hamster Escapes Cage To Go Exploring!' is a part of the 'Pets: Wild At Heart' series by BBC Earth. The video showcases the incredible abilities of a hamster when it comes to navigation and survival in the wild.This nocturnal creature relies on its heightened senses to navigate and avoid predators. It uses its keen eyesight, especially during the night when it has an advantage. Additionally, the hamster utilizes its impressive whiskers to build a 3D picture of its surroundings.Sound also plays a crucial role in the hamster's sensory map. It emits sounds that are pitched above human hearing and relies on its super sensitive nose to analyze scents. By combining this information, the hamster creates a mental map that helps it traverse vast areas of featureless desert.However, the hamster's navigational skills don't end there. It also leaves a scent trail through glands on its belly, allowing it to retrace its steps back home. This scent trail acts like a paper trail that guides the hamster through its explorations.The hamster's ability to burrow is also highlighted in the video. It finds holes irresistible and can navigate them with ease. In a hamster ball, it demonstrates its astuteness by controlling its movement.While the modern world poses challenges for this hamster, especially in terms of adaptation, its incredible senses often help it get out of trouble. By emitting high-pitched calls that are inaudible to humans, the hamster can detect obstacles and avoid potential disasters. This ability allows it to continue its secret mission, one that must be completed before daybreak.The video provides a fascinating insight into the world of a hamster and showcases their remarkable abilities for navigation and survival.
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  • To avoid predators, he travels by night, a time when his eyesight comes into its own.
  • But he also uses his impressive whiskers to build up a 3D picture.
  • He uses sounds pitched above our hearing and his super sensitive nose analyzes every smell.
  • He Uses this information to create a sensory map that in the wild would guide him across kilometers of featureless desert.
  • But his navigational equipment doesn't stop there.
  • Wherever he goes, glands on his belly lay down a scent that acts like a paper trail, allowing him to retrace his steps back home.
  • For a burrowing creature, holes are irresistible.
  • In a hamster ball, he's astute enough to control the wretch.
  • Although some aspects of our modern world are too challenging, even for this hamster.
  • But His incredible senses can also get him out of trouble.
  • Using High pitched calls that we can't hear, he detects the drop by the sound of the returning echoes.
  • Disaster averted, he continues his secret mission, one he must complete before daybreak.