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Beyoncé to re-record offensive Renaissance lyric - BBC News

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harmful

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US / ˈhɑ:mfl /

UK / ˈhɑ:rmfl /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Likely to cause damage or injury

dollar

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US / ˈdɒlə(r) /

UK / ˈdɑ:lə(r) /

A1
  • noun
  • A basic unit of money equal to 100 cent

largely

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US / ˈlɑ:dʒli /

UK / ˈlɑ:rdʒli /

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  • adverb
  • In large part; mainly or chiefly

they

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US / ðeɪ /

UK / ðe /

A1
  • pronoun
  • Two or more people, animals, or things

very

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US / 'verɪ /

UK / ˈvɛri /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Concerning a large degree or amount
  • adverb
  • A lot; much; many
  • Used to stress or emphasize a noun

movement

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US / ˈmu:vmənt /

UK / ˈmuvmənt /

A2
  • noun
  • Part of a piece of classical music
  • Group with a shared interest or goal
  • Group sharing the same idea to change society, art
  • Action you do when exercising, e.g. in a gym
  • Part of a piece of music

add

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US / æd /

UK / æd /

A1
  • verb
  • To include as well
  • To put two things or numbers together, e.g. 2+2

glow

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US / ɡləʊ /

UK / ɡlo /

B1
  • noun
  • Pink color in the face, e.g. from exercise/emotion
  • Pleasant feeling, as of happiness or satisfaction
  • Soft, steady light given off without a flame
  • verb
  • To look very healthy and contented
  • To emit a steady even light

ago

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US / əˈgəʊ /

UK / əˈgoʊ /

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  • adverb
  • At a specified length of time in the past

design

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US / dɪˈzaɪn /

UK / dɪˈzaɪn /

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  • noun
  • The way something is planned, to fulfill a purpose
  • verb
  • To plan in a particular way to fulfill a purpose
  • To think of a plan

their

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US / ðɛː /

UK / ðer /

A1
  • determiner
  • Belonging to them

way

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US / weɪ /

UK / we /

A1
  • 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

all

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US / ɔ:l /

UK / ɔl /

A1
  • adverb
  • Completely; totally
  • determiner
  • Being every one of something
  • pronoun
  • 100% of something; the complete amount

america

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US / ə'merɪkə /

UK / əˈmɛrɪkə /

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  • noun
  • The United States of America; North America and/or South America

apologize

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US / ə'pɒlədʒaɪz /

UK / əˈpɑləˌdʒaɪz /

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  • verb
  • To say sorry because of a mistake or injury

return

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US / rɪ'tɜ:n /

UK / rɪ'tɜ:rn /

A1
  • 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

remove

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US / rɪˈmu:v /

UK / rɪˈmuv /

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  • verb
  • To get rid of something completely
  • To make someone leave his or her job or position
  • To move, erase or take away from a place
  • To take something off (e.g. clothing)

produce

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US / prə'dju:s /

UK / prəˈdus, -ˈdjus, pro- /

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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: /

UK / hu /

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

activist

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US / ˈæktɪvɪst /

UK / ˈæktəvɪst /

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  • noun
  • A person who tries to change a government, society

approve

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US / əˈpru:v /

UK / əˈpruv /

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  • verb
  • To formally accept something or grant permission
  • To have a positive opinion of someone or something

country

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US / ˈkʌntri /

UK / ˈkʌntri /

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  • noun
  • An area of land that is controlled by a government
  • Open land that is away from towns and cities

thank

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US / θæŋk /

UK / θæŋk /

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  • verb
  • To tell someone you are grateful to them

spastic

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US / ˈspæstɪk /

UK / ˈspæstɪk /

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  • adjecitve
  • Offensive affected by spasms from cerebral palsy

harm

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US / hɑ:m /

UK / hɑrm /

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  • noun
  • Damage or injury
  • verb
  • To damage, injure, or hurt someone or something

launch

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US / lɔ:ntʃ /

UK / lɔntʃ, lɑntʃ /

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  • noun
  • Starting a new project; introducing new product
  • Act of firing rockets into the air
  • verb
  • To start a new project; start selling a product
  • To put a rocket into the air
  • To put a ship into the water for the first time

protest

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US / 'prəʊtest /

UK / ˈproʊtɛst /

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  • noun
  • Forceful argument against something
  • Objection to something
  • verb
  • To argue against something in a forceful way
  • To express a strong objection or dislike

since

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US / sɪns /

UK / sɪns /

A1
  • adverb
  • At a point before the present time
  • conjunction
  • For this reason; because
  • preposition
  • From the time in the past that

song

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US / sɒŋ /

UK / sɔ:ŋ /

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  • noun
  • Distinctive series of sounds made by a bird
  • Music with words that are sung to it
  • Art or tradition of singing

start

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US / stɑ:t /

UK / stɑrt /

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  • noun
  • First time or place that a thing exists; beginning
  • First opportunity to achieve something, e.g. a job
  • Sudden action or movement because you are scared
  • other
  • Beginning of something in place or time
  • verb
  • To do, be or happen for the first time; begin
  • To turn something on

within

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US / wɪˈðɪn /

UK / wɪðˈɪn, wɪθ- /

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  • adverb
  • Inside the limits of an area, time or range
  • preposition
  • From the inside of something

well

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US / wel /

UK / wɛl /

A1
  • 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

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

disability

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US / ˌdɪsə'bɪlətɪ /

UK / ˌdɪsəˈbɪlɪti /

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  • noun
  • Condition limiting your ability to do something

nowadays

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US / ˈnaʊədeɪz /

UK / ˈnaʊəˌdez /

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  • adverb
  • At the present time; now

through

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US / θru: /

UK / θru /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • having finished using or doing something
  • adverb
  • From the beginning of something until the end
  • preposition
  • Over, in, across an entire thing or place
  • Allowing you to pass between, or to
  • By a particular way or process; by the use of

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

worth

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US / wɜ:θ /

UK / wɚθ /

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  • other
  • the financial, practical or moral value of somebody/something
  • having a particular value, especially in money

check

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US / tʃek /

UK / tʃɛk /

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  • adjecitve
  • Decorated with squares made up of lines
  • noun
  • Paper showing how much you owe at a restaurant
  • Printed piece of paper you sign to pay for things
  • A mark on a form, equivalent to 'yes'; tick
  • Mark used to show that something is correct
  • Procedure to prevent errors or control something
  • verb
  • To confirm the details of something are correct
  • To leave your things with staff who look after it
  • To examine something to see if something is wrong
  • To examine in order to prevent errors/a problem

news

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US / nju:z /

UK / nu:z /

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  • noun
  • Broadcast on radio or TV about recent events
  • Information about recent events

question

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US / 'kwestʃən /

UK / ˈkwɛstʃən /

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  • noun
  • Issue or problems you are dealing with
  • What you ask about; issue
  • verb
  • To ask for or try to get information
  • To have or express concerns or uncertainty

situation

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US / ˌsɪtʃuˈeɪʃn /

UK / ˌsɪtʃuˈeʃən /

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  • noun
  • Place, position or area that something is in
  • Circumstance or condition surrounding an event
  • An unexpected problem or difficulty

wonder

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US / 'wʌndə(r) /

UK / ˈwʌndɚ /

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  • noun
  • Surprise caused by experiencing something amazing
  • verb
  • To feel curious about something
  • To think or consider about something over time

face

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US / feɪs /

UK / fes /

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  • noun
  • Side or outer surface of something
  • An expression using mouth, nose, eyes etc.
  • Front part of the head where eyes, mouth etc. are
  • Characteristics you show in public
  • verb
  • To cover a surface with something like paint
  • To deal with a problem or responsibilities
  • To look toward; point in a certain direction

hour

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US / 'aʊə(r) /

UK / aʊr /

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  • noun
  • 60 minutes
  • Particular time of the day
  • Fixed, regularly occurring time

pop

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US / pɒp /

UK / pɑp /

B2
  • adjecitve
  • Type of music or art popular with many people
  • noun
  • Sweet soda drink
  • verb
  • To cause something to open or burst suddenly
  • To go to or in a place for a brief period of time

those

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US / ðəʊz /

UK / ðoz /

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  • determiner
  • The people or things we are talking about
  • pronoun
  • The objects far from the speaker

though

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US / ðəu /

UK / ðo /

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  • adverb
  • Although, despite the fact that

cerebral

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US / ˈserəbrəl, səˈri:- /

UK / ˈsɛrəbrəl, səˈri- /

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  • adjecitve
  • Having or concerning ideas rather than emotions
  • Affecting or related to the brain

home

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US / həʊm /

UK / hom /

A1
  • 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

line

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US / laɪn /

UK / laɪn /

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  • noun
  • Border that divides two places or regions
  • Long crease in the skin, often from age
  • Mark that is long, straight and very thin
  • Row of words, letters or numbers that are written
  • Telephone connection
  • People waiting one behind the other; queue
  • Long thin wire, e.g. for electrical signal
  • verb
  • To put material along the inside of something

just

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US / dʒʌst /

UK / dʒʌst /

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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)

publicist

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US / ˈpʌblɪsɪst /

UK / ˈpʌblɪsɪst /

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  • noun
  • Person whose job it is to promote and publicize

fact

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US / fækt /

UK / fækt /

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  • noun
  • Something that is known or proved to be true

few

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US / fju: /

UK / fju /

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  • pronoun
  • Not many, a small number

music

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US / 'mju:zɪk /

UK / ˈmjuzɪk /

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  • noun
  • Sounds that are sung or played to give pleasure
  • Academic study of rhythms and sounds
  • Written symbols that represent musical sounds

much

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US / mʌtʃ /

UK / mʌtʃ /

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  • adjecitve
  • Very; to a high level or degree
  • adverb
  • A lot; large amount; a high degree of
  • Nearly; basically
  • On many occasions; often
  • noun
  • A large amount; a great quantity

statement

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US / ˈsteɪtmənt /

UK / ˈstetmənt /

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  • noun
  • Record of activity in a bank account over time
  • Act or process of saying something formally

opinion

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US / əˈpɪnjən /

UK / əˈpɪnjən /

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  • noun
  • Court judge's statement why a decision was made
  • A person's thoughts on a topic

sound

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US / saʊnd /

UK / saʊnd /

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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

black

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US / blæk /

UK / blæk /

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  • adjecitve
  • Color of the sky on a dark night
  • noun
  • A person with dark skin, often of African origin
  • Person's name
  • verb
  • To fill in something to make it a very dark color

head

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US / hed /

UK / hɛd /

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  • noun
  • Counter for the number of cattle
  • Natural mental ability or intelligence
  • Leader or person with the greatest authority
  • Mind; mental ability; mental state
  • Side of a coin with a head on it
  • Top part of your body with eyes and a mouth
  • Starting point of something, e.g. a river
  • verb
  • To hit a ball with your head in a game
  • To be first or at the front or top (e.g. a list)
  • To travel or move toward a particular place; To go in a particular direction
  • To become the leader of something
  • To lead or be responsible for something

replace

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US / rɪ'pleɪs /

UK / rɪˈples /

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  • verb
  • To use instead of something else
  • To return an item to its original location

send

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US / send /

UK / sɛnd /

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  • verb
  • To cause to behave or respond in a particular way
  • To cause mail or packages to go to another place
  • To move something quickly in a particular way
  • To give information or greetings to someone

about

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US / ə'baʊt /

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  • adverb
  • 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)

again

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US / ə'ɡen /

UK / əˈɡɛn /

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  • adverb
  • One more time, once more

different

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US / ˈdɪfrənt /

UK / ˈdɪfrənt /

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  • adjecitve
  • Not of the same kind; unlike other things

like

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US / laɪk /

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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

people

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US / 'pi:pl /

UK / ˈpipəl /

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

that

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US / ðæt /

UK / ðæt, ðət /

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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’

witness

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US / 'wɪtnəs /

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  • noun
  • Person who was present to see an event take place
  • Evidence or proof of something
  • verb
  • To see the signing of an official document
  • To see an event take place (usually a crime)
  • To serve as an example or evidence of something

what

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US / wɒt /

UK / hwɑt, hwʌt, wɔt, wʌt,hwət, wət /

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  • pronoun
  • 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
  • To a certain degree
  • determiner
  • Question words used for asking for information
  • exclamation
  • Used to express excitement, shock, or surprise
  • Used to ask people to repeat something they said

week

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US / wi:k /

UK / wik /

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  • noun
  • Period of seven days from Sunday to Saturday

friday

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US / ˈfraɪdeɪ /

UK / ˈfraɪdeɪ /

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  • noun
  • Fifth day of the week; the day after Thursday

during

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US / ˈdjʊərɪŋ /

UK / ˈdʊrɪŋ, ˈdjʊr- /

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  • preposition
  • At some point in the course of an event or thing

then

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US / ðen /

UK / ðɛn /

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  • adverb
  • A time that is not now
  • Following another thing in time or arrangement
  • Following on reasonably from what was just stated
  • At that time, not now

suppose

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US / sə'pəʊz /

UK / səˈpoʊz /

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  • conjunction
  • What if
  • verb
  • To imagine or guess what might happen

vaguely

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US / ˈveɪgli /

UK / ˈveɪɡli /

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  • adverb
  • In a vague way; not fully

detroit

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US / dɪ'trɔɪt /

UK / dɪ'trɔ:ɪt /

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  • proper noun
  • A major industrial city and Great Lakes shipping centre in southeastern Michigan; population 912,062

hit

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US / hɪt /

UK / hɪt /

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  • noun
  • A planned killing, usually for money
  • Song, movie etc. that is successful
  • When someone strikes someone or something
  • Time when a player makes contact with the ball
  • Time when a website is accessed
  • verb
  • To have a negative impact on a person/place/thing
  • To press something, such as a button or switch
  • To suddenly realize the importance of something
  • To move your hand, a bat, etc. against with force
  • To fight, attack or damage something or someone
  • To arrive at a specific place, level, or goal
  • To make contact with the ball in a game or sport

number

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US / ˈnʌmbə(r) /

UK / ˈnʌmbɚ /

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  • noun
  • Symbols such as 1, 2, 56, 793
  • Particular song or dance performed during a show
  • Total quantity or amount of things
  • verb
  • To put numbers on things
  • To assign a sequence within a group, series, set
  • To claim to be part of a larger group, series, set

tell

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US / tel /

UK / tɛl /

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  • verb
  • 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

city

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US / 'sɪtɪ /

UK / ˈsɪti /

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  • noun
  • Area with many buildings, roads and people

happen

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US / 'hæpən /

UK / ˈhæpən /

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  • verb
  • To take place or occur

inspire

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US / ɪn'spaɪə(r) /

UK / ɪnˈspaɪr /

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  • verb
  • To give someone an idea to do or make something
  • To make someone feel a certain emotion

language

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US / ˈlæŋgwɪdʒ /

UK / ˈlæŋɡwɪdʒ /

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  • noun
  • Words or signs used to communicate messages

savage

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US / 'sævɪdʒ /

UK / ˈsævɪdʒ /

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  • adjecitve
  • Condition of being cruel, violent, uncivilized
  • other
  • Person considered wild i.e. in a jungle
  • verb
  • To wildly attack someone often to kill them

track

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US / træk /

UK / træk /

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  • noun
  • A circular course for running
  • Course or way someone takes, e.g. in education
  • Path in a field or a forest made by walkers
  • Often circular course laid out for car racing
  • One of multiple musical recordings on an album
  • Band surrounding the wheels of a tank
  • Metal lines that trains ride on
  • verb
  • To use marks to follow a wild animal
  • To move a certain way/follow a particular course
  • To record and examine the progress of something

twice

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US / twaɪs /

UK / twaɪs /

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  • adverb
  • Two times

yeah

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US / jeə /

UK / ˈjɛə, ˈjæə, jɛ- /

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  • exclamation
  • Another way of saying 'yes'

disappear

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UK / ˌdɪsəˈpɪr /

A1
  • verb
  • To no longer see because it's not there any more

house

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US / haʊs /

UK / haʊs /

A1
  • noun
  • Place where a specific activity or business occurs
  • Building in which a family, person lives
  • verb
  • To give someone a place to live
  • To contain or store something

she

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US / ʃɪ /

UK / ʃi /

A1
  • pronoun
  • Female person or animal mentioned before
  • (Refers to female person mentioned before)

cause

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US / kɔ:z /

UK / kɔz /

A2
  • noun
  • Belief, goal or organization that people support
  • Reason for
  • verb
  • To make something happen; create effect or result

marginalize

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US / 'mɑ:dʒɪnəlaɪz /

UK / ˈmɑrdʒənəˌlaɪz /

C2
  • verb
  • To make a person or group powerless or unimportant

similar

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US / ˈsɪmələ(r) /

UK / ˈsɪməlɚ /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Nearly the same; alike

advocate

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US / 'ædvəkeɪt /

UK / ˈædvəˌket /

B1
  • noun
  • A lawyer who protects a clients interests
  • Person who supports a movement for changes
  • verb
  • To request change
  • To publicly support a belief

first

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US / fɜ:st /

UK / fɚst /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • 1st; Coming before all others in time or place
  • noun
  • Something that has not happened before
  • Position of the winner of a competition

get

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US / ɡet /

UK / ɡɛt /

A1
  • 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

particularly

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US / pəˈtikjuləli /

UK / pɚˈtɪkjələli, pəˈtɪk- /

A2
  • adverb
  • Specially; more than others

case

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US / keɪs /

UK / kes /

A1
  • noun
  • Container used to carry things, e.g. clothes
  • Set of facts about a crime
  • Set of facts about an event
  • Example or instance of something
  • verb
  • To find out about a place, as in planning to steal

enough

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US / ɪˈnʌf /

UK / ɪˈnʌf /

A1
  • 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

mean

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US / mi:n /

UK / min /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Being good at
  • Nasty; unkind
  • Not liking to spend money; cheap; stingy
  • noun
  • Average of a set of numbers
  • verb
  • To express a particular idea or thought
  • To intend to do something in particular
  • To have a particular meaning or value

rapper

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US / ˈræpə(r) /

UK / ˈræpɚ /

B1
  • noun
  • Singer who performs rap music

sing

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US / sɪŋ /

UK / sɪŋ /

A1
  • verb
  • To make musical sounds with your voice

this

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US / ðɪs /

UK / ðɪs /

A1
  • 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

word

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US / wɜ:d /

UK / wɚd /

A1
  • noun
  • Unit of language that has a meaning
  • Promise
  • Short remark or piece of information
  • verb
  • To express something by choosing particular words

although

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US / ɔ:lˈðəu /

UK / ɔlˈðo /

A1
  • conjunction
  • Despite the fact that; however

highlight

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US / ˈhaɪlaɪt /

UK / ˈhaɪˌlaɪt /

A2
  • noun
  • Best or most interesting part of something
  • Spot or section lighter than the area around it
  • verb
  • To use chemicals to make some hair a lighter color
  • To make people aware of a problem, subject, issue
  • To focus particular attention on; draw attention
  • To use a pen to mark places of interest in a book

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

park

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US / pɑ:k /

UK / pɑ:rk /

A1
  • noun
  • Person's name
  • Public green area in a town for exercise, relaxing
  • Field upon which a sport is played, e.g. baseball
  • verb
  • To stay still without moving
  • To leave your car, bike in a certain place

sexy

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US / ˈseksi /

UK / ˈsɛksi /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Tending to arouse sexual desire or interest

specific

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US / spəˈsɪfɪk /

UK / spɪˈsɪfɪk /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Precise; particular; just about that thing
  • Concerning one particular thing or kind of thing

connotation

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US / ˌkɒnəˈteɪʃn /

UK / ˌkɑnəˈteʃən /

C1
  • noun
  • Idea associated with another one

demean

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US / dɪˈmi:n /

UK / dɪˈmin /

C2
  • verb
  • To make people lose respect for; insult

crack

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US / kræk /

UK / kræk /

B1
  • noun
  • Attempt to achieve a goal or objective
  • Unexpected and hard hit to the body
  • Joke or impolite comment about something
  • Sound that is short, unexpected and loud
  • Small gap between two things or parts of things
  • verb
  • To attempt to achieve a goal or objective
  • To hit someone or something hard and unexpectedly
  • To tell (a joke)
  • To solve a challenging problem or mystery
  • To make a sound that is short, unexpected and loud
  • To lose control, e.g. under pressure; break down
  • To break so lines appear, but it is not in pieces

funnily

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US / ˈfʌnəli /

UK / ˈfʌnɪlɪ /

B2
  • adverb
  • Strangely; surprisingly

make

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US / meɪk /

UK / mek /

A1
  • noun
  • Product made by a particular company; brand
  • verb
  • To arrange or prepare something e.g. dinner
  • To get to (a place) on time
  • To gain the status of (teacher, lawyer, etc.)
  • To create something by putting things together
  • To earn a certain amount of money at a job
  • To cause or force a person to do something
  • To cause something to happen or be formed

dance

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US / dɑ:ns /

UK / dæns /

A1
  • noun
  • A series of steps and movements in time to music
  • A social event with dancing while music is playing
  • verb
  • To move your body rhythmically to music

into

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US / 'ɪntə /

UK / ˈɪntu /

A1
  • preposition
  • Moving or going inside something
  • In the same direction as; in the direction of
  • So as to become; taking the state of

leak

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US / li:k /

UK / lik /

B1
  • noun
  • Act of (gas, liquid) escaping through a small hole
  • Information released that wasn't supposed to be
  • verb
  • (Of a tire) to have air, liquid escaping; (Of air)
  • To make secret information public
  • (Liquid) to go out of/get in through crack/opening

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

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

than

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US / ðən /

UK / ðən /

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

five

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US / faɪv /

UK / faɪv /

A1
  • number
  • 5

kind

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US / kaɪnd /

UK / kaɪnd /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • In a caring and helpful manner
  • friendly and considerate
  • noun
  • One type of thing

year

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US / jə: /

UK / jɪr /

A1
  • noun
  • Unit of time equal to 12 months or 365 or 366 days
  • Used to refer to the age of a person

woman

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US / ˈwʊmən /

UK / ˈwʊmən /

A1
  • noun
  • Adult female human being

you

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US / jʊ /

UK / ju /

A1
  • pronoun
  • Person someone is speaking or writing to
  • Person or people in general

glory

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US / 'ɡlɔ:rɪ /

UK / ˈɡlɔri, ˈɡlori /

B1
  • noun
  • State of having respect, honor or pride
  • Condition of great beauty, success, or influence

let

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US / let /

UK / lɛt /

A1
  • verb
  • To allow someone to do something
  • Introducing a suggestion to do something together
  • To rent a house, etc. to others

lyric

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US / ˈlɪrɪk /

UK / ˈlɪrɪk /

B2
  • adjecitve
  • In a tone, or style similar to an emotional song
  • noun
  • The words of a song

might

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US / maɪt /

UK / maɪt /

A1
  • other
  • Used to politely request an action
  • Used to express that something could happen
  • Power, strength, force or influence

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

bad

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US / bæd /

UK / bæd /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Not good; wrong
  • Lacking in good morals; evil
  • No longer fresh; spoiled

correspondent

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US / ˌkɒrəˈspɒndənt /

UK / ˌkɔrɪˈspɑndənt, ˌkɑr- /

B1
  • noun
  • Journalist, as one reporting from other countries

intentionally

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US / ɪn'tenʃənəlɪ /

UK / ɪnˈtɛnʃənl:ɪ /

B1
  • adverb
  • With a plan to do or achieve something

noise

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US / nɔɪz /

UK / nɔɪz /

A1
  • noun
  • Loud sounds that cause discomfort or annoyance

term

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US / tɜ:m /

UK / tɚm /

A1
  • noun
  • Conditions applying to an agreement, contract
  • Length of time something is expected to happen
  • Fixed period of weeks for learning at school
  • The (precise) name given to something
  • verb
  • To call; give a name to

another

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US / əˈnʌðə(r) /

UK / əˈnʌðɚ /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • One more, but not this
  • determiner
  • One more added
  • pronoun
  • One more (thing)

girl

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US / gɜ:l /

UK / gɜ:rl /

A1
  • noun
  • A female child; a young woman

form

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US / fɔ:m /

UK / fɔrm /

A1
  • noun
  • Sports team or person's current winning record
  • Document you complete when making an application
  • Visible shape or style; type; kind
  • verb
  • To organize something such as a club or group
  • To develop; to come into a shape or substance
  • To make something into a particular shape

europe

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US / ˈjʊərəp /

UK / ˈjʊrəp /

A1
  • noun
  • A continent including Germany, France and Spain
  • other
  • The second smallest continent (actually a vast peninsula of Eurasia); the British use 'Europe' to re

from

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US / frəm /

UK / frʌm, frɑm,frəm /

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

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

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

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

nine

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US / naɪn /

UK / naɪn /

A1
  • number
  • 9

put

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US / pʊt /

UK / pʊt /

A1
  • phrasal verb
  • to make a light stop shining by pressing or moving a switch
  • verb
  • To move or place a thing in a particular position
  • To rate something in importance or value
  • To write or say something in a certain manner

release

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US / rɪ'li:s /

UK / rɪ'li:s /

A2
  • noun
  • Act of freeing someone from a duty or burden
  • Introduction of a new product, film, book, etc.
  • Relief from sadness, suffering or trouble
  • Act of freeing from a jail, cage, prison, etc.
  • verb
  • To free someone from a responsibility or burden
  • To allow a film, music etc. to be sold/distributed
  • To allow to leave a jail, cage, etc.; let out
  • To let go of something you are holding

industry

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US / 'ɪndəstrɪ /

UK / ˈɪndəstri /

A1
  • noun
  • Hard work; being busy working
  • Factories or businesses that make certain products

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 /

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

certainly

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US / ˈsə:tnli /

UK / ˈsɚtnli /

A1
  • adverb
  • Sure; of course

hopefully

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US / ˈhəʊpfəli /

UK / ˈhopfəli /

A2
  • adverb
  • In a manner wishing something to happen

lawyer

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US / ˈlɔ:jə(r) /

UK / ˈlɔjɚ /

B1
  • noun
  • Professional who helps people with the law

lot

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US / lɒt /

UK / lɑt /

A1
  • noun
  • What happens to a person in life from chance; fate
  • A group of people seen together
  • Item for sale at an auction
  • Small area of land used for a purpose e.g. parking

money

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US / 'mʌnɪ /

UK / ˈmʌni /

A1
  • noun
  • Coins or notes we use to pay for things

until

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US / ənˈtɪl /

UK / ʌnˈtɪl /

A1
  • conjunction
  • Up to; to a time when something happens
  • preposition
  • Before (a specific time)

any

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US / 'enɪ /

UK / ˈɛni /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • One, or some, no matter which
  • pronoun
  • One (thing) of many; some

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

effort

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US / ˈefət /

UK / ˈɛfət /

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

floor

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US / flɔ:(r) /

UK / flɔr, flor /

A1
  • noun
  • Large area used for a particular purpose
  • Part of a room on which you stand
  • Particular level in a building; storey
  • verb
  • To hit or push someone to the ground
  • To surprise or confuse someone who can't respond

particular

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US / pəˈtɪkjələ(r) /

UK / pɚˈtɪkjəlɚ, pəˈtɪk- /

B2
  • adjecitve
  • One specific (one)
  • Having firm ideas about what is desirable
  • Being special or more than is typical

offensive

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US / əˈfensɪv /

UK / əˈfɛnsɪv /

B1
  • adjecitve
  • Causing displeasure or anger
  • Being physically unpleasant
  • Attacking or intended to attack
  • noun
  • A military attack

renaissance

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US / rɪˈneɪsns /

UK / ˈrenəsɑ:ns /

B1
  • noun
  • Period of intense activity in art and science
  • Renewed interest in a particular field or subject

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

drake

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US / dreɪk /

UK / drek /

B2
  • noun
  • Male duck

couple

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US / 'kʌpl /

UK / ˈkʌpəl /

A2
  • noun
  • Two people in a romantic relationship
  • Two of something; two people; a pair
  • verb
  • To join something to something else
  • (Two animals) to engage in sexual relations
  • To put two people or things together

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

shrug

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US / ʃrʌɡ /

UK / ʃrʌɡ /

B2
  • verb
  • To raise the shoulders to show you don't care

slip

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US / slɪp /

UK / slɪp /

B1
  • noun
  • A field position in cricket
  • A quick escape or become free from something
  • Combination of clay and water, used in pottery
  • Occasion when something grows worse or drops lower
  • Minor mistake
  • Thin women's underwear to go under a dress
  • verb
  • To begin to fall as a result of losing balance
  • To escape or become free from something
  • To move from one state to another, usually worse
  • To slide out of place or fall to the ground
  • To occur or pass rapidly
  • To put something in a place quietly and secretly

derogatory

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US / dɪˈrɔgəˌtɔ:ri:, -ˌtəʊri: /

UK / dɪˈrɑɡəˌtɔri, -ˌtori /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Showing a critical or belittling attitude

next

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US / nekst /

UK / nɛkst /

A1
  • adverb
  • The one that follows another in time or order
  • At a time or place directly after the present one
  • noun
  • The one that follows after
  • adjecitve
  • Immediately after the previous one
  • First occurrence after the present one

quickly

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US / ˈkwɪkli /

UK / ˈkwɪklɪ /

A1
  • adverb
  • Without taking a lot of time; fast

review

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US / rɪˈvju: /

UK / rɪˈvju /

A2
  • noun
  • Examination of soldiers and supplies
  • Opinion, as in a paper, about movie, book, or play
  • Studying again to remind yourself about something
  • verb
  • To carefully look at the quality of something
  • To formally examine something in the military
  • To write an opinion about movie, book, or play
  • To study again to remind yourself about something

blaze

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US / bleɪz /

UK / blez /

B1
  • noun
  • Bright light, as from a burning fire
  • a sudden show of very strong feeling
  • verb
  • (Of a fire) to burn brightly
  • (Of the sun, etc.) to shine brightly
  • to make news or information widely known by telling people about it in a way they are sure to notice

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

last

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US / lɑ:st /

UK / læst /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Most recent; the latest
  • The one before
  • adverb
  • Final; with nothing following; after all others
  • Most recent; the latest
  • determiner
  • The one at the end
  • verb
  • To remain or continue for a certain period of time

six

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US / sɪks /

UK / sɪks /

A1
  • number
  • 6

without

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US / wɪˈðaʊt /

UK / wɪðˈaʊt, wɪθ- /

A1
  • preposition
  • Not with; not having

community

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US / kə'mju:nətɪ /

UK / kəˈmjunɪti /

A2
  • noun
  • Group of people who share a common idea or area

see

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US / si: /

UK / si /

A1
  • verb
  • To go on a date with someone
  • To predict whether something is, or will be true
  • To understand what someone says
  • To use your eyes to look at something
  • To visit a place often for sightseeing or pleasure
  • To visit or meet with someone
  • To find out by waiting or looking
  • To watch (a game, movie or TV show)

chicago

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US / ʃɪ'kɑ:gəʊ, -'kɔ:- /

UK / ʃɪ'kɑ:ɡoʊˌ -'kɔ:- /

A1
  • proper noun
  • A city in northeastern Illinois, on Lake Michigan; population 2,853,114 (est. 2008). Chicago develop

mark

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US / mɑ:k /

UK / mɑrk /

A2
  • noun
  • Person's name
  • A dirty spot or line on something
  • Grade or score given for homework
  • Line or symbol made when writing
  • Particular point on a scale of measurement
  • Grade, such as a student receives in school
  • Stain or spot on something
  • Sign or symbol of a quality of feeling
  • Written sign or symbol
  • verb
  • To put a dirty spot or line on something
  • To give a grade for homework
  • To indicate something with a sign or symbol
  • To make or leave a visible sign of (path, etc.)
  • (Animals) to go to the toilet to show your area
  • To write or draw a line on something

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  • To give someone a gift, e.g. birthday, wedding
  • To hold a thought in your mind to not forget it
  • To bring a previous image or idea to your mind

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  • Weak chirping sound as of a small bird
  • Message sent to Twitter
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  • To make a weak chirping sound as of a small bird
  • To write a message on Twitter

could

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incident

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  • Event, usually unusual or important; accident

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  • 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

often

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  • Many times; frequently; on many occasions

moment

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  • Very short or brief period of time
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repeat

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  • Action that is done again
  • Musical passage that is to be played again
  • Radio or television program that was shown before
  • verb
  • To do something over again
  • To say something you have learned and memorized
  • To relate something you have been told by another
  • To say something again

station

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  • Building, area, place used for a specific reason
  • A person's place in society
  • Place where you can catch a train or a bus
  • Company that broadcasts radio or TV programs
  • verb
  • (Army) to be posted to a place to perform duties
  • To put a person in a certain place or position

shroud

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  • Cover for a dead body
  • verb
  • To hide, as with secrecy; make it difficult to see

social

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  • Involving activity with people, e.g. in free time
  • Liking being with other people; friendly
  • Living together and depending on each other

with

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  • 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

awful

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  • Very bad; horrible; terrible

hear

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  • 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

hundred

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  • number
  • 100

album

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  • Book with a collection of photographs or pictures

new

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  • 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

try

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  • 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

should

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  • Used to indicate what is proper or reasonable

after

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  • Later than another time, or behind something
  • conjunction
  • Following something before
  • preposition
  • When an event happened or time has passed

always

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

appear

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

beyonce

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guess

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  • Answer given when you don't know if it is correct
  • verb
  • To give an answer without knowing if it is correct

many

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  • Used to refer a large number of things

itself

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  • Referring to it

lady

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  • Another way of saying 'woman'
  • Official title of a woman with high social rank

slap

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  • To hit with the open hand or with a flat object

team

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  • Group of people working on a task together
  • Group of people playing a sport together

will

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  • 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

contain

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  • To keep something from spreading
  • To hold something inside something else

heat

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  • State of anger, excitement, or arguing
  • Particular temperature at which to cook something
  • High temperature
  • One of series of races to find the finalists
  • Hot temperature, conditions, or weather
  • verb
  • To make hot or hotter

million

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  • number
  • 1,000,000

obviously

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  • In a way that is obvious/easy to see or understand

probably

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  • That is likely to happen or be true

sunday

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  • Seventh day of the week, the day after Saturday

wait

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  • To delay or not do something until later
  • To spend time until an expected thing happens
  • To remain in a place until a thing happens

ever

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  • At any time; at all times in the future

day

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

palsy

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  • Condition that causes loss of control over muscles

point

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  • An item to be discussed
  • Small spot or dot
  • Fact or detail
  • Feature of something
  • The size of the text on a page or screen
  • A certain time or stage in a process
  • Certain position in time or space
  • Idea or fact you try to convince people about
  • Measurement of scores in a game, sport
  • Sharp end of something, e.g. a pen or pin
  • verb
  • To face a certain direction, e.g. north
  • To indicate something with your finger to others

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  • Having no doubts about something
  • Have confidence in your own words or actions
  • Firmly established or held; being firm or stable
  • Being correct or true
  • adverb
  • What you say to agree willingly

concern

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  • Company, firm or business
  • Feeling of worry or anxiety
  • verb
  • To be about a particular topic
  • To have a direct impact on someone
  • To be responsible or mixed up in; to be involved
  • To feel worry or anxiety

feel

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  • To be aware of or experience an emotion, sensation
  • To sense through direct contact; touch

listen

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  • To carefully consider what someone is saying

previous

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  • adjecitve
  • Existing or happening before the present time

singer

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  • Person who sings, often as a profession

too

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

actually

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  • adverb
  • Used to add new (often different) information

speak

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

write

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  • To compose letters and words on paper or a screen
  • To invent or create a computer program
  • To create a song or piece of music

walk

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  • Journey on foot done for pleasure or exercise
  • verb
  • To move with your legs at a slowish pace

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

prevent

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  • verb
  • To stop something from happening or existing

same

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  • adjecitve
  • Being equal in quality and amount
  • Identical; not different
  • Not changing; constant

frustrating

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  • adjecitve
  • Annoying because things don't go the way you want
  • verb
  • To make annoyed because things don't go well

impartial

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  • adjecitve
  • Showing lack of favoritism; objective; fair

minute

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  • adjecitve
  • Very very small
  • noun
  • Notes taken at a meeting to record what was said
  • Short period of time
  • Unit of time equal to 60 seconds
  • verb
  • To record in writing what is said at a meeting

not

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

maybe

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  • adverb
  • Possibly but not certainly; perhaps

radio

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerning the broadcasting of sound
  • noun
  • System of sending/receiving signals through air
  • Device to listen to broadcast programs, messages
  • verb
  • To broadcast a message to be heard by radio

themselves

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  • Reflexive form of 'they'

whole

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

expect

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  • To believe something is probably going to happen

usually

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  • adverb
  • Normally; regularly

want

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

fellow

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  • adjecitve
  • Being of the same kind
  • noun
  • Man or a boy
  • Student paid to study and teach after college

give

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

single

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  • 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

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  • Very famous person, usually an entertainer
  • Someone who does something very well
  • Your horoscope
  • A bright planet of hot gas in the night sky
  • A 5-6 sided asterisk-shape
  • verb
  • To perform or play a main role in a movie, play
  • To do something very well
  • To mark with a 5-6 sided asterisk-shape

can

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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

pandemic

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  • (of a disease) existing in almost all of an area or in almost all of a group of people, animals, or
  • noun
  • a pandemic disease

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  • Highest or most extreme level achieved
  • Round plastic disc on which music has been stored
  • History of a person's past actions or achievements
  • verb
  • To indicate a temperature, speed, etc.; register
  • To write down or say what happened
  • To put music, sounds onto a device to store it

experience

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  • Thing a person has done or that happened to them
  • An event at which you learned something
  • Knowledge gained by living life, doing new things
  • verb
  • To gain knowledge by doing things

now

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  • adverb
  • At the present time or moment
  • Right away or in the next possible moment
  • Used to refer to something that just happened
  • Time between the present and a moment in the past
  • conjunction
  • Resulting from or because of something

credit

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  • 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

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  • noun
  • Size, level, or amount when compared
  • Small hard plates that cover the body of fish
  • Device that is used to weigh a person or thing
  • Range of numbers from the lowest to the highest
  • Dimensions or size of something
  • verb
  • To change the size of but keep the proportions
  • To climb something large (e.g. a mountain)
  • To remove the scales of a fish

whether

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  • conjunction
  • If something will happen or not

involve

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  • verb
  • To have or be included as a part of something

publicity

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  • Attention given to person/thing by news/radio/TV

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  • Used to stress something that is said; definitely
  • In a true or accurate manner
  • Very

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  • 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
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  • Beyoncé has made the decision to re-record one of her new songs due to the presence of an offensive word in the lyrics. The song in question, "Heated," was written by rapper Drake and appears on Beyoncé's latest album, "Renaissance," which was released this past Sunday. The derogatory word, which is often used to demean people with a form of cerebral palsy, will be replaced in the lyrics. Beyoncé's publicist stated that the word was not intentionally used harmfully and that it carries different connotations in the US. The exact timing of the re-recording has not been announced. This incident follows fellow US pop star Lizzo's recent apology for using the same offensive word in one of her songs, which she promptly re-recorded to remove the lyric. A disability activist expressed disappointment in Beyoncé's use of the term and called for the music industry to eliminate ableist slurs. In this context, the BBC's music correspondent, Mark Savage, discusses the impact of this controversy on Beyoncé's album release, highlighting the glowing initial reviews and the album's aim to produce hit singles. Beyoncé's return to the dance floor has been highly anticipated, particularly as she has not achieved a number one single in the US since "Single Ladies" in 2008. However, the attention has shifted to the offensive lyrics as people began to analyze the album's content.
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  • Next, singer Beyonce is going to re-record one of her new songs because it contains a derogatory word often used to demean people with a form of cerebral palsy.
  • Her first new album in six years is called Renaissance.
  • It was released on Sunday.
  • And one song, Heated, which was written by the rapper Drake, uses the word that we're choosing not to repeat.
  • Beyonce's publicist told the BBC that the word has different connotations in the US and was not used intentionally in a harmful way.
  • It will be replaced in the lyrics, they added, without saying when that will happen.
  • Well, this comes just a couple of weeks after fellow US pop star Lizzo apologised for using the same word in her song, Girls.
  • Within days, Lizzo apologised and re-recorded the song, removing the offensive lyric.
  • Referring to Beyonce's use of the term, one disability activist tweeted, It feels like a slap in the face to me, the disabled community and the progress we try to make with Lizzo.
  • I guess I'll just keep telling the whole industry to do better until ableist slurs disappear from music.
  • Let's speak now to the BBC's music correspondent, Mark Savage.
  • Hi, Mark.
  • So, a new album from Beyonce, always lots of publicity around it.
  • This, though, the kind of publicity probably not what she wanted.
  • No, when it came out on Friday, actually, the reviews were glowing.
  • This is Beyonce's return to the dance floor.
  • This is an album that is designed to produce hit singles.
  • And it's worth remembering at this point, she hasn't had a number one single in America, her home country, since Single Ladies in 2008.
  • And so it was launched in a blaze of glory.
  • And then people started to listen to the words.
  • And this song in particular, Heated, as you say, co-written by Beyonce and Drake, and in fact, nine other people, has one slur that is used to refer to people with spastic cerebral palsy, particularly in Europe and the UK and less so in America.
  • And it's repeated twice.
  • And obviously, people who have cerebral palsy and disability advocates, they were appalled that this could have slipped through the cracks.
  • Because if you think about it, to release an album on the scale of a Beyonce album, hundreds of people will have heard this track and approved it before it got sent to radio stations, to streaming services.
  • And not one of them appears to have said, well, wait a minute, five weeks ago, Lizzo got into trouble for using this word.
  • Do you think maybe we should think about this again?
  • And that just doesn't appear to have happened.
  • It doesn't.
  • And I wonder, it just begs a question, I suppose, given the music industry and the money involved, one might expect nowadays that they have specific people to listen to tracks from all walks of life to give their opinion,
  • To check that mistakes like this can't happen.
  • Certainly, they have teams of lawyers who listens to songs to see whether they sound like previous songs.
  • There's another track on the Beyonce album that gives a credit to Wright's head for head song, I'm Too Sexy, because she sings a line that sounds vaguely similar to that.
  • And I do think that in Beyonce's case in particular, her albums are usually shrouded in secrecy.
  • There's a lot of efforts to make sure that it doesn't leak.
  • Although this album did leak 48 hours before it was released.
  • And maybe that meant that fewer people heard it than should have to prevent a situation like this.
  • Of course, we don't know.
  • But the good thing is that she has recognised what people have said to her very quickly.
  • In fact, you know, the people only really started making a noise about this this morning in Europe.
  • And by the time America woke up, there was a statement saying that Beyonce is going to re-record the song and replace those lyrics.
  • Yeah, and I suppose as frustrating as it will be for many people who have witnessed this incident, the good news in a way is that there's a way of publicity and highlighting the offence and harm that language can cause and hopefully stops another incident.
  • I just want to park that for a moment, just on to the record itself.
  • Is it any good?
  • Well, that's the million dollar question, isn't it?
  • Yeah, actually, it is.
  • I mean, Beyonce hasn't really ever put out a bad album.
  • That's obviously an impartial BBC view.
  • But this one in particular, you know, her last couple of albums have very much been about the experience of black women in America.
  • She's done an awful lot of social protest songs.
  • And this appears to be an album that was written during the pandemic.
  • It's about shrugging off all of those concerns and going back to the dance floor.
  • And funnily enough, it was very largely inspired by the Chicago and Detroit house movements, which themselves came from marginalised communities, from the LGBT community and the black community in those cities.
  • And so you would think that that would mean that Beyonce might have had a thought about the disabled community as well.
  • But it appears not.
  • OK, Mark, thanks so much for that.