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Do rail strikes risk putting Brits off trains for good? - BBC Newsnight

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branch

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US / brɑ:ntʃ /

UK / bræntʃ /

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  • noun
  • Part of a family related to the same members
  • Part of organization with a specific function
  • Part of a tree growing outward from the trunk
  • One of several streams combining to create a river
  • Local office or store of a bank or large company
  • (Often secret) group or subgroup of a religion
  • Specific area of knowledge or study
  • verb
  • To separate away from the main part

per

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US / pə(r) /

UK / pɚ /

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  • preposition
  • In the manner directed or suggested
  • For each; during each

soon

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US / su:n /

UK / sun /

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  • adverb
  • At a time not long from now

such

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US / sʌtʃ /

UK / sʌtʃ /

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  • determiner
  • Being similar to
  • (Thing) as previously stated or referred to
  • adverb
  • (Used to emphasize the quality of an adjective)

accountant

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US / əˈkaʊntənt /

UK / əˈkaʊntənt /

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  • noun
  • Professional person who manages money

commute

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US / kəˈmju:t /

UK / kəˈmjut /

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  • verb
  • To lessen or shorten a prison sentence
  • To make a journey regularly between work and home

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

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)

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

recover

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US / rɪ'kʌvə(r) /

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  • verb
  • To return to a prior normal condition
  • To get back something that was lost

coffee

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US / ˈkɒfi /

UK / ˈkɔ:fi /

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  • adjecitve
  • A brown chocolate color
  • noun
  • A brown drink made from roasted beans and water

lockdown

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US / ˈlɒkdaʊn /

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  • noun
  • Confining prisoners to their cells after a riot

since

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

question

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US / 'kwestʃən /

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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

street

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  • noun
  • Road in a city with buildings and places to walk

struggle

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  • noun
  • Strong efforts made to do something difficult
  • verb
  • To try very hard to do something difficult

wonder

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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

few

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US / fju: /

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  • pronoun
  • Not many, a small number

usage

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  • noun
  • Amount something is used
  • Way something is actually used

derail

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US / dɪˈreɪl /

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  • verb
  • (Of a train) to come off the railway tracks
  • To change the subject; to change from a course

middle

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  • adjecitve
  • Equal distance from extremes
  • noun
  • Place that is halfway between two things

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

period

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US / ˈpɪəriəd /

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  • noun
  • Set amount of time during which events take place
  • A way to emphasize what you will say
  • A full stop (.), marking the end of a sentence
  • A menstrual cycle
  • A set time for a class to be held

southeastern

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  • adjecitve
  • Area in the south and east

commuter

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US / kəˈmju:tə(r) /

UK / kəˈmjutɚ /

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  • noun
  • Someone who travels regularly from home to work

for

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

time

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

possibly

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US / ˈpɒsəbli /

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  • adverb
  • May be true or likely, but is uncertain

all

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

chance

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  • adjecitve
  • Happening by luck; not planned
  • Taking a risk to try something
  • noun
  • The way something happens without planning
  • An opportunity; favorable circumstances, situation
  • The possibility that something will happen
  • verb
  • To occur just through luck; happen
  • To take a risk to try something

empty

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  • adjecitve
  • Containing nothing; with no contents
  • Without emotions, feelings, meaning or force
  • noun
  • Item, e.g. a bottle, whose contents have been used
  • verb
  • To remove the contents from something

journey

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US / 'dʒɜ:nɪ /

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

passenger

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US / 'pæsɪndʒə(r) /

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  • noun
  • Person who is traveling in a vehicle

who

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US / hu: /

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

change

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  • noun
  • Exchange of one set of clothes for another
  • Money in the form of coins instead of paper
  • Money returned after giving too much
  • Act of making or becoming something else
  • verb
  • To exchange one set of clothes for another
  • To exchange one kind of money for another
  • To replace something with another thing
  • To make or become something else
  • To go from one train, bus, etc. and go to another

show

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US / ʃəʊ /

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  • noun
  • False display of love, emotion or action
  • An event for displaying or promoting goods
  • Play, opera or theater production
  • Presentation that is broadcast on TV or radio
  • verb
  • To be easily seen or displayed
  • To display your emotions or feelings
  • To let someone see something; display
  • To explain or teach how something is done
  • To lead someone somewhere; point them to something
  • To prove something to be true, correct
  • To reveal or allow something to be seen

staff

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US / stɑ:f /

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  • noun
  • Employees of a company
  • Long stick that a person uses to help them walk
  • verb
  • To hire workers for a business

travel

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US / ˈtrævl /

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

taxpayer

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US / ˈtækspeɪə(r) /

UK / ˈtæksˌpeɚ /

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  • noun
  • Person who pays taxes

gain

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US / ɡeɪn /

UK / ɡen /

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  • noun
  • An increase in something, such as weight
  • verb
  • To increase in something, such as weight
  • To get something wanted, needed or valued

work

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US / wɜ:k /

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  • adjecitve
  • Activity completed in order to make money
  • noun
  • The product of some artistic or literary endeavor
  • Everything created by an author, artist, musician
  • Activity you do in order to make money
  • Place of employment
  • Final product or result of a some labor or effort
  • verb
  • To bring into a specific state of success
  • To be functioning properly, e.g. a car
  • To do your job in your company or workplace
  • To make an effort to do something
  • To operate a machine or device

department

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US / dɪˈpɑ:tmənt /

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  • noun
  • Division of a larger part or organization

main

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US / meɪn /

UK / men /

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  • adjecitve
  • Most important; most often used

possible

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US / ˈpɒsəbl /

UK / ˈpɑsəbəl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Being able or appropriate for a task or purpose
  • Having a chance of happening, or being true

pretty

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US / 'prɪtɪ /

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  • adjecitve
  • Being attractive to the eye in a simple way
  • adverb
  • Very; to a great degree

several

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US / ˈsevrəl /

UK / ˈsɛvərəl,ˈsɛvrəl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Many of
  • pronoun
  • More than two but not a large amount

their

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US / ðɛː /

UK / ðer /

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  • determiner
  • Belonging to them

bit

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  • noun
  • Device put in a horse's mouth to control it
  • Small piece of something
  • verb
  • (E.g. of fish) to take bait and be caught

customer

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US / ˈkʌstəmə(r) /

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  • noun
  • Someone who buys goods or services from a business

effectively

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US / ɪˈfektɪvli /

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  • adverb
  • In a way that produces the desired result

look

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  • noun
  • Person's beauty or physical attractiveness
  • Particular style of dress, clothes, or appearance
  • The way someone, something appears to be
  • Act of searching for or examining something
  • verb
  • To appear to be; seem

billion

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US / ˈbɪljən /

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  • noun
  • Number 1,000,000,000

network

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US / ˈnetwɜ:k /

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  • noun
  • Group of computers connected to each other
  • System of connections
  • Group who work closely with each other
  • Group of radio or television stations, programs
  • verb
  • To join a group of computers together
  • To exchange information with colleagues, contacts

they

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US / ðeɪ /

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

shadow

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  • noun
  • Person who follows another person to observe them
  • Area of darkness that is caused by blocked light
  • verb
  • To cover something with shade
  • To secretly follow a person

rural

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US / ˈruərəl /

UK / ˈrʊrəl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerning the country as opposed to the city

take

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

business

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US / ˈbɪznəs /

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  • noun
  • A company formed for making profit
  • Matter that has to be dealt with; task; situation
  • Activity of working to make a profit

support

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US / səˈpɔ:t /

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  • noun
  • Assistance or advice given to someone
  • Evidence that helps prove something is true
  • A thing to hold up or prevent from falling down
  • verb
  • To give assistance or advice to someone
  • To help prove or show that something is true
  • To hold up or prevent from falling down

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

gateway

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US / ˈgeɪtweɪ /

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  • noun
  • Entrance that can be closed by a gate

potentially

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US / pə'tenʃəlɪ /

UK / pəˈtɛnʃəlɪ /

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  • adverb
  • That could happen or become reality

recent

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US / 'ri:snt /

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  • adjecitve
  • Happening or beginning not long ago

pandemic

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US / pæn'demɪk /

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  • adjecitve
  • (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

striker

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US / ˈstraɪkə(r) /

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  • noun
  • Attacking player in a soccer team

our

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US / 'aʊə(r) /

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  • determiner
  • Belonging to us

not

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US / nɒt /

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

themselves

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US / ðəmˈselvz /

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  • pronoun
  • Reflexive form of 'they'

yet

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US / jet /

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

want

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

operate

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  • verb
  • To control or handle something, such as a machine
  • To control or manage something such as a business
  • To be working or being used
  • To perform surgery on someone

september

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  • noun
  • 9th month of the year

compare

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  • verb
  • To consider how similar and different things are

concerned

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  • adjecitve
  • Worried or anxious
  • 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

pick

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  • noun
  • Sharp tool used for breaking the ground
  • Item selected from a group of choices
  • verb
  • To take fruit or vegetables from a plant or tree
  • To decide on a thing from various choices; select
  • To remove (flower, etc.) with your fingers

understand

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

would

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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

become

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US / bɪ'kʌm /

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

behaviour

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  • noun
  • The way a person or thing acts; manner

final

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  • adjecitve
  • That will not be changed; permanent
  • Being the last thing in a series
  • noun
  • Last game in a series in a competition

pack

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  • noun
  • Bag carried on the back of donkey, etc.
  • Group of people, animals, or objects
  • verb
  • To put things in a suitcase to go on a trip
  • To crowd a place with a large amount of things
  • To put something into a container to store it

same

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US / seɪm /

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

cut

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  • noun
  • Act/instance of reducing the size or amount of
  • Small opening made using a sharp object, knife
  • A wound on someone's skin caused by a sharp object
  • verb
  • To reduce the size or amount of something
  • To use knife or scissors to divide, open surfaces

but

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US / bət /

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  • conjunction
  • Used before you say something different, opposite

intensify

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  • verb
  • To make something stronger or more extreme

timetable

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  • noun
  • Schedule listing the time that events will happen

area

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  • noun
  • Amount of measured space
  • A specific section or space; part of a region
  • A subject or field of study

inflation

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  • noun
  • Act of filling something with air or gas
  • Continual rise in the prices of products

normal

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  • adjecitve
  • Standard or regular way of doing something
  • Having standard mental or physical ability, health

past

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

desperate

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US / ˈdespərət /

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  • adjecitve
  • Being beyond hope; prepared to do anything
  • State of urgently wanting to go to the toilet

here

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  • adverb
  • In this place; at this location, position or time

lose

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US / lu:z /

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  • verb
  • To be unable to keep in check or control something
  • To decrease in value or quantity (e.g. weight)
  • To stop having certain qualities or abilities
  • To stop having or being entitled to
  • To fail to win something that is being contested
  • To be unable to find something you once had
  • To be dependent on someone (used with 'not')

small

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US / smɔ:l /

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

try

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US / traɪ /

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

already

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US / ɔ:lˈredi /

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  • adverb
  • Having happened or been done before this time

guess

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US / ɡes /

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  • noun
  • 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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US / 'menɪ /

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  • determiner
  • Used to refer a large number of things

warn

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US / wɔ:n /

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  • verb
  • To tell someone about possible danger

will

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US / wɪl /

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

day

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US / deɪ /

UK / de /

A1
  • noun
  • A period of 24 hours beginning at midnight
  • The period of time when it is light outside
  • Person's name

ever

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US / 'evə(r) /

UK / ˈɛvɚ /

A1
  • adverb
  • At any time; at all times in the future

point

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US / pɔɪnt /

UK / pɔɪnt /

A1
  • noun
  • 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

strike

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US / straɪk /

UK / straɪk /

A2
  • noun
  • A punch or hit
  • Fact of not hitting the ball when playing baseball
  • Refusal to work to get more pay, protest something
  • verb
  • To hit something
  • To suddenly become (e.g. rich)
  • To have an idea occur to you

actually

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US / ˈæktʃuəli /

UK / ˈæktʃuəli /

A1
  • adverb
  • Used to add new (often different) information

realize

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US / 'ri:əlaɪz /

UK / ˈriəˌlaɪz /

A1
  • verb
  • To become aware of or understand mentally

use

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US / ju:s /

UK / ju:s /

A1
  • 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

afraid

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US / əˈfreɪd /

UK / əˈfred /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Worried that something bad will happen; scared

sort

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US / sɔ:t /

UK / sɔrt /

A1
  • noun
  • Group or class of similar things or people
  • verb
  • To organize things by putting them into groups
  • To deal with things in an organized way

million

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US / ˈmɪljən /

UK / ˈmɪljən /

A1
  • number
  • 1,000,000

once

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US / wʌns /

UK / wʌns /

A1
  • adverb
  • One time; one instance
  • At a time in the past
  • conjunction
  • When; as soon as

probably

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US / ˈprɒbəbli /

UK / ˈprɑbəbli /

A1
  • adverb
  • That is likely to happen or be true

trade

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US / treɪd /

UK / treid /

A2
  • noun
  • A specific industry, e.g. shoe making
  • Action of buying and selling things in business
  • The buying and selling of goods and services
  • Exchanging something for something else
  • Job often requiring physical skills, e.g. plumbing
  • verb
  • To buy, sell and exchange goods in business
  • To give something in return for something else

while

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US / waɪl /

UK / hwaɪl, waɪl /

A1
  • conjunction
  • In spite of the fact that; although
  • During the time that; at the same time
  • noun
  • Short amount of time

hear

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US / hɪə(r) /

UK / hɪr /

A1
  • 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

increase

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US / ɪn'kri:s /

UK / ɪnˈkris /

A1
  • noun
  • Fact of increasing; amount something grows by
  • verb
  • To make or become larger in size or amount

boost

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US / bu:st /

UK / bust /

B1
  • noun
  • An increase in something
  • verb
  • To increase something; to make something better
  • To push someone or something up from beneath them

could

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US / kəd /

UK / kʊd /

A1
  • other
  • Past form of 'can' to mean have ability
  • Used to ask for something politely, or to offer

busy

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US / 'bɪzɪ /

UK / ˈbɪzi /

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

know

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US / nəʊ /

UK / noʊ /

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

station

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US / 'steɪʃn /

UK / ˈsteʃən /

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  • noun
  • 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

town

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US / taʊn /

UK / taʊn /

A1
  • noun
  • Small city
  • Part of city with shops and entertainments

almost

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US / 'ɔ:lməʊst /

UK / ˈɔlˌmost, ɔlˈmost /

A1
  • adverb
  • Only a little less than, nearly, not quite

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

cover

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US / 'kʌvə(r) /

UK / ˈkʌvɚ /

A1
  • noun
  • A different version of another song
  • Bed sheets; blankets
  • (Police or military) protection from attack
  • Amount of money to be paid in an insurance claim
  • Thing you put over something to close or hide it
  • Front and back part of a book or magazine
  • Shelter built to protect from the natural elements
  • verb
  • To record a different version of another song
  • To include as part of its area
  • To put something over something to hide it
  • To discuss a subject in a talk or meeting
  • To form a layer over something so it is hidden
  • To have sufficient funds to pay for something
  • To include something within an agreed limit
  • To report news on TV, radio or in a newspaper
  • (Police or military) to protect from attack
  • To travel a certain distance in a given time
  • To wrap something with something, such as a cloth

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

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

part

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US / pɑ:t /

UK / pɑ:rt /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • To some degree; half; not fully
  • noun
  • Division of a book
  • Ratio of something, e.g. 3 of gin, 1 of tonic
  • A line in a person's hair, made with a comb
  • Character an actor plays on stage, movie, or TV
  • Some, but not all of a specific thing
  • Role in causing something to happen
  • verb
  • To make a line in a person's hair, by using a comb
  • To move two things apart creating a space
  • To leave someone, or to break off a relationship

plan

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US / plæn /

UK / plæn /

A1
  • noun
  • Drawing of how something should be done or made

accord

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US / ə'kɔ:d /

UK / əˈkɔ:rd /

B1
  • noun
  • Agreement or harmony
  • An agreement or treaty between countries
  • verb
  • To be in harmony or agreement; consent
  • To give (someone) the respect due to them

car

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US / kɑ:(r) /

UK / kɑr /

A1
  • noun
  • A vehicle with wheels and engine to carry people

lime

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US / laɪm /

UK / laɪm /

B2
  • adjecitve
  • Bright green color
  • noun
  • White containing calcium used in farming
  • Small, round and sour fruit with hard green skin

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)

collapse

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US / kə'læps /

UK / kəˈlæps /

B1
  • verb
  • To fold (e.g. a stroller) down to make it smaller
  • To suddenly fall down or break apart into pieces
  • To fall down suddenly due to being ill or tired

datum

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US / ˈdeɪtəm /

UK / ˈdetəm, ˈdætəm, ˈdɑtəm /

B1
  • noun
  • Item of factual information

government

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US / ˈgʌvənmənt /

UK / ˈɡʌvənmənt /

A1
  • noun
  • Group of people and system that rule a nation

with

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US / wɪð /

UK / wɪð, wɪθ /

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

fundamental

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US / ˌfʌndəˈmentl /

UK / ˌfʌndəˈmɛntl /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Forming a necessary part, base, or core
  • noun
  • A basic part of something
  • (Music) the lowest note in a harmony

sector

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US / ˈsektə(r) /

UK / ˈsɛktɚ, -ˌtɔr /

A2
  • noun
  • Part that a place is divided into
  • Area; type of industry or business

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

exist

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US / ɪɡ'zɪst /

UK / ɪɡˈzɪst /

A1
  • verb
  • To be present, alive or real

fall

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US / fɔ:l /

UK / fɔl /

A1
  • noun
  • Season after summer and before winter; Autumn
  • A drop in amount; decrease
  • Dropping from a standing position to the ground
  • verb
  • To drop in amount; to decrease
  • To come down from a higher position suddenly
  • To go from standing to the ground, by accident

manage

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US / ˈmænɪdʒ /

UK / ˈmænɪdʒ /

A1
  • verb
  • To survive hardships and difficulties; to cope
  • To run or operate a business by directing others

action

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US / 'ækʃn /

UK / ˈækʃən /

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

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

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

particularly

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US / pəˈtikjuləli /

UK / pɚˈtɪkjələli, pəˈtɪk- /

A2
  • adverb
  • Specially; more than others

rail

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US / reɪl /

UK / rel /

B1
  • noun
  • Long thin piece of metal, wood as part of a fence
  • One of two metal tracks along which a train runs
  • verb
  • To complain or object forcefully
  • To give or encircle something with a fence or bar

she

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US / ʃɪ /

UK / ʃi /

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

anymore

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US / 'enɪmɔ: /

UK / ˌɛniˈmɔr, -ˈmor /

A2
  • adverb
  • No longer; no more

during

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US / ˈdjʊərɪŋ /

UK / ˈdʊrɪŋ, ˈdjʊr- /

A1
  • preposition
  • At some point in the course of an event or thing

down

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US / daʊn /

UK / daʊn /

A1
  • 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

force

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US / fɔ:s /

UK / fɔrs, fors /

A1
  • noun
  • Group of persons trained for military action; army
  • Pressure; attraction
  • The use of physical strength/violence to persuade
  • verb
  • To use physical strength or violence to persuade

operator

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US / ˈɒpəreɪtə(r) /

UK / ˈɑ:pəreɪtə(r) /

A2
  • noun
  • Someone who operates or controls a machine
  • Person whose job it is to connect phone calls

disrupt

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US / dɪsˈrʌpt /

UK / dɪsˈrʌpt /

B2
  • verb
  • To cause a disturbance in an activity in progress

hit

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US / hɪt /

UK / hɪt /

A1
  • 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 /

A1
  • 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 /

A1
  • 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

absolutely

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US / ˈæbsəlu:tli /

UK / ˈæbsəˌlutli, ˌæbsəˈlutli /

A2
  • adverb
  • Completely; totally; very

great

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US / ɡreɪt /

UK / ɡret /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Very large in size
  • Very important
  • Very good; fantastic; wonderful
  • adverb
  • Very good; better than before
  • noun
  • Successful and well-admired person

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

ticket

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US / 'tɪkɪt /

UK / ˈtɪkɪt /

A1
  • noun
  • Piece of paper allowing you enter or use something
  • Official paper showing something illegal was done
  • Printed paper showing a price, size or information
  • verb
  • To sell tickets for an event, journey or activity
  • To give paper to show someone had acted illegally

current

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US / 'kʌrənt /

UK / ˈkɚrənt, ˈkʌr- /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Happening or being in the present time
  • noun
  • Electricity flowing through wires
  • Movement of water in a river, or air in the sky

even

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US / 'i:vn /

UK / ˈivən /

A1
  • 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

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 /

UK / laɪk /

A1
  • 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 /

A1
  • noun
  • Persons sharing culture, country, background, etc.
  • Men, Women, Children

prefer

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US / prɪˈfɜ:(r) /

UK / prɪˈfɚ /

A1
  • verb
  • To like something better than something else

sit

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US / sɪt /

UK / sɪt /

A1
  • verb
  • To take an exam
  • To be in a resting position on a chair
  • To provide seating for people
  • To remain in a still position while being painted

that

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US / ðæt /

UK / ðæt, ðət /

A1
  • 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’

what

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US / wɒt /

UK / hwɑt, hwʌt, wɔt, wʌt,hwət, wət /

A1
  • 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

hub

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US / hʌb /

UK / hʌb /

B1
  • noun
  • Center of action or interest
  • Central part of a wheel

method

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US / 'meθəd /

UK / ˈmɛθəd /

A2
  • noun
  • (Organized and planned) way of doing something

track

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US / træk /

UK / træk /

A2
  • 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

typical

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US / ˈtɪpɪkl /

UK / ˈtɪpɪkəl /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Normal; usual; expected

anybody

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US / ˈenibɒdi /

UK / ˈenibʌdi /

A1
  • pronoun
  • Any person; anyone

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

help

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US / help /

UK / hɛlp /

A1
  • noun
  • Something given to enable a person to do something
  • Assistance given to someone in need
  • Someone who makes something easier or possible
  • verb
  • To act to enable a person to do something; assist
  • To make something better or less difficult

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

industry

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US / 'ɪndəstrɪ /

UK / ˈɪndəstri /

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

meet

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US / mi:t /

UK / mit /

A1
  • noun
  • Sporting competition e.g. swimming
  • verb
  • To provide something that is necessary
  • To come together at a certain time or place

most

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US / məʊst /

UK / most /

A1
  • adverb
  • Very; extremely
  • Greatest possible degree
  • pronoun
  • Nearly all of something

issue

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US / 'ɪʃu: /

UK / ˈɪʃu /

A2
  • noun
  • Important topic discussed, debated or argued over
  • Single edition of a magazine
  • verb
  • To make something available to be used or sold
  • To deliver a statement, etc. in an official manner

real

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US / rɪəl /

UK / ˈriəl, ril /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Actually existing or happening, not imagined
  • Being important or special

far

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US / fɑ:(r) /

UK / fɑr /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • A long way away
  • Being a long way away
  • adverb
  • To a large degree or extent

kent

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US / kɛnt /

UK / kɛnt /

A1
  • other
  • A county in southeastern England on the English Channel; formerly an Anglo-Saxon kingdom, it was the

picture

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US / 'pɪktʃə(r) /

UK / ˈpɪktʃɚ /

A1
  • 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

reduce

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US / rɪ'dju:s /

UK / rɪˈdus, -ˈdjus /

A2
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  • To try to decrease, e.g. your weight if overweight
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  • Introduction to Video Content
  • Rail strikes in the UK have raised concerns about the long-term impact on train travel. The town of Sevenoaks, once a busy commuter gateway to London, has experienced a shift in working behaviors since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The strikes have further intensified this change, leading to a decline in train usage. The normally packed car park in Sevenoaks now stands almost empty, indicating a significant decrease in commuters. However, the town's three working hubs, which were non-existent in 2019, have noticed a recent increase in demand. This shift can be attributed to people realizing the time-saving benefits of working remotely due to COVID-19. Many individuals have found that they can gain back valuable time by avoiding the daily commute. In fact, some businesses in Sevenoaks even celebrate train strikes as they see a boost in footfall. David, a former commuter into London for 30 years, considers the strikes to be the final deterrent from using trains. The already average service and the yearly increase in ticket prices have made the strikes a tipping point for him. He firmly believes he will never go back to his pre-COVID commuting journey. On the other hand, Leanne, an accountant at a work hub, still prefers rail travel despite the disruptions caused by strikes. She, like many others, eagerly awaits the return to normal and using trains as the primary mode of transport. Prior to the pandemic, rail travel demand reached its peak at around 450 million journeys per quarter. However, passenger numbers dramatically declined during the initial COVID-19 lockdown. The long-term effects of strikes and changing commuting patterns raise questions about the future of train travel in the UK.
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  • Once a commuter gateway to London, people's working behaviours here in Sevenoaks have changed since Covid, further intensified by the strikes.
  • Today, the normally packed car park stands almost empty.
  • It's a different picture in the town's three working hubs.
  • They didn't even exist in 2019, yet all say they've seen a recent increase in demand.
  • I think actually Covid is probably the main driving force.
  • Because of that, people have realised that actually they gain back that time commuting.
  • I'm afraid we do a happy dance when we hear there's a train strike because it absolutely boosts the levels of people who come and use us.
  • Before the pandemic, David had been commuting into London for 30 years.
  • But for him, the rail strikes are the final disincentive to use the trains.
  • I mean, it was already pretty average service.
  • It was becoming more expensive every year.
  • So I guess the strikes were potentially a bit of a tipping point.
  • Do you think you'll ever go back to the commuting journey that you used to do before Covid?
  • No. No chance.
  • But down the road, at the help suite's work hub, accountant Leanne says while strikes have disrupted face-to-face contact with clients, rail is still her preferred method of transport.
  • We're just desperate to get back to normal.
  • We just want to be able to use the trains.
  • We'd rather not use our cars and we try to use them as little as possible.
  • Travelling into London for us is easy, the town that we're in, and that's how we want to travel.
  • So as soon as we can get back to normal, we'll be happy to get back on the trains.
  • Demand for rail travel peaked at around 450 million journeys per quarter in the middle of 2019.
  • But passenger numbers collapsed during the first Covid lockdown.
  • Usage has since picked up, with the latest data showing 360 million journeys were made in Great Britain last summer.
  • But that's still only 80% of the 2019 rail usage for the same time period.
  • The big money earner, commuting, has taken a hit, with season tickets falling by two-thirds compared to pre-pandemic levels.
  • The fall in rail use has already led to some services being reduced.
  • On a typical working day in September 2019, the Southeastern Network, which covers London, Kent and parts of East Sussex, would operate around 2,000 services.
  • But according to the Department for Transport, since December that has fallen to just 1,700.
  • The real question is if passengers don't come back soon, will further services be cut?
  • Department for Transport has told us running the service over the past two years has cost the taxpayer £31 billion.
  • Strikes aside, the money needed to run the network is said to be a fundamental issue which could derail the sector.
  • Tony Miles has been tracking the industry for years.
  • What we've learned is that the Department for Transport has told the passenger operators that their budget for the next year from May 2023 will be the same as this year's budget.
  • So effectively, with inflation, that's a 10% cut to their budget.
  • So the operators have been told they need to come back with plans as to how they're going to manage their operations to meet the budget for the next year.
  • And several of them have said to us that they are looking at therefore reducing the timetables, parking some trains up possibly and not using them anymore.
  • Tony also warns some underused lines, such as in rural areas, could be closed down.
  • If you're a user of a branch line, you need to be concerned that it could be you.
  • But it's the current strike action that remains the most pressing issue for many, particularly businesses reliant on trade from busy stations, like Key Lime Coffee, sitting in the shadow of Liverpool's Lime Street.
  • We've had no customers.
  • We've sent staff home today.
  • It's not fair.
  • They lose money.
  • I do support strikers.
  • I understand that.
  • I support anybody.
  • But I think the government, I know the government need to sort themselves.
  • With reduced passenger numbers and struggling finances, many wonder how rail will recover.
  • Or could the future be a smaller network with fewer services?