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Canada's housing minister's contracts with Munch More Media raises eyebrows

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blogger

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US / 'blɒɡə(r) /

UK / 'blɒɡə(r) /

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  • noun
  • Person who keeps and updates a blog

federal

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US / 'fedərəl /

UK / ˈfɛdərəl, ˈfɛdrəl /

B1
  • adjecitve
  • Consisting of several united states

marketing

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US / ˈmɑ:kɪtɪŋ /

UK / ˈmɑ:rkɪtɪŋ /

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  • noun
  • The act of selling services or goods
  • verb
  • To publicize products to get you to buy; advertise

hand

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US / hænd /

UK / hænd /

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  • noun
  • Cards given to a player in a card game
  • Piece of a clock that points to the time
  • Someone who performs physical tasks or work
  • Body part at the end of a person's arm
  • Help for someone performing a particular action
  • Condition of having power or influence
  • Member of the crew of a ship
  • verb
  • To give something to someone personally

senior

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US / 'si:nɪə(r) /

UK / ˈsinjɚ /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Being older than another person
  • Concerning the needs or activities of older people
  • (Student) in the final year of school
  • noun
  • Person who has usually reached a specific old age
  • Person who is older than someone else
  • Person with higher status or authority than
  • Student who is in the final year of school

accord

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US / ə'kɔ:d /

UK / əˈkɔ:rd /

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  • 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

document

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US / 'dɒkjʊmənt /

UK / ˈdɑkjəmənt /

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  • noun
  • Official (printed) record that gives information
  • verb
  • To support an opinion with recorded evidence

goodness

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US / ˈgʊdnəs /

UK / ˈɡʊdnɪs /

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

serve

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US / sɜ:v /

UK / sɚv /

A2
  • verb
  • To act in a particular position or office
  • To hit the first ball to an opponent in tennis etc.
  • To be used for a particular purpose
  • To give someone food or drinks
  • To give a person or group a service that is needed
  • To spend a particular amount of time in prison
  • To help customers find products and making sales
  • To give an official paper to appear in court

twitter

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US / ˈtwɪtə(r) /

UK / ˈtwɪtɚ /

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  • noun
  • An online messaging system
  • verb
  • To make small chattering sounds, like some birds

last

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US / lɑ:st /

UK / læst /

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  • 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

plan

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US / plæn /

UK / plæn /

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

information

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US / ˌɪnfəˈmeɪʃn /

UK / ˌɪnfɚˈmeʃən /

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  • noun
  • Collection of facts and details about something

prior

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US / 'praɪə(r) /

UK / ˈpraɪɚ /

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  • adjecitve
  • Existing or coming earlier in time
  • (Of a claim, etc.) more important than another one
  • noun
  • Monk or priest in charge of a monastery

staffer

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US / ˈstɑ:fə(r) /

UK / ˈstæfɚ /

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  • noun
  • Person who works for the US President

delete

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UK / diˈlit /

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  • verb
  • To remove or erase something

public

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US / 'pʌblɪk /

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  • adjecitve
  • Owned by the government
  • Concerning society in general
  • Being available or accessible to people in general
  • Known or able to be known by all people

his

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US / hɪz /

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  • pronoun
  • Something belonging to a male person

social

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US / ˈsəuʃəl /

UK / ˈsoʃəl /

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  • adjecitve
  • 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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US / wɪð /

UK / wɪð, wɪθ /

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  • 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

constituency

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US / kən'stɪtjʊənsɪ /

UK / kənˈstɪtʃuənsi /

C2
  • noun
  • Group of voters in a specific area

scene

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US / si:n /

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  • noun
  • Incident where someone behaves angrily, badly
  • View that looks like a picture
  • Place where something particular happened
  • Part of an act in a play

relation

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  • noun
  • Connection between two or more things
  • A member of your family
  • Way in which two or more things are connected

find

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

firm

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US / fɜ:m /

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  • adjecitve
  • Fairly hard or solid, not soft
  • Unchanging and strong
  • noun
  • Company that sells goods or services
  • verb
  • To make something become more solid or durable

get

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US / ɡet /

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

medium

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US / 'mi:dɪəm /

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  • noun
  • Method of expressing ideas or feelings
  • Something available in a middle size or condition
  • Person who claims to communicate with the dead

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 /

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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

foodie

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  • noun
  • A person with a particular interest in food; a gourmet.

even

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US / 'i:vn /

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

independent

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US / ˌɪndɪˈpendənt /

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  • adjecitve
  • Making your own decisions; acting by yourself
  • noun
  • A person not connected to a political party

people

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US / 'pi:pl /

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

that

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US / ðæt /

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

toronto

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US / tə'rɒntəʊ /

UK / tə'rɑnto /

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  • proper noun
  • A city in Canada, capital of Ontario, on the northern shore of Lake Ontario; population 2,503,281 (2

bill

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US / bɪl /

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  • noun
  • Plan for a new law being discussed by a government
  • Sign or poster advertising something
  • Paper money; a bank note
  • Piece of paper showing what you have to pay
  • Hard, often pointed part of a bird's mouth
  • Person's name
  • verb
  • To request payment by handing over an invoice

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

cutter

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  • noun
  • A special tool used for cutting things

comment

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US / 'kɒment /

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  • noun
  • Something you say, giving an opinion; remark
  • verb
  • To say something that gives your opinion

fire

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  • noun
  • Heat and the flame produced when burning
  • Intense energy for or about something
  • verb
  • To apply heat to something to make it hard
  • To make a person leave their job; dismiss
  • To shoot a gun or weapon
  • To launch something into the sky, e.g. a rocket
  • To start working on something e.g. a project

include

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US / ɪnˈklu:d /

UK / ɪnˈklud /

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  • verb
  • To make someone, something part of a group

empire

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US / ˈempaɪə(r) /

UK / ˈɛmˌpaɪr /

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  • noun
  • Group of countries controlled by one government

right

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  • adjecitve
  • Correct or true
  • The south side of you looking at the rising sun
  • adverb
  • Exactly in a place or time
  • Being appropriate for a particular event
  • In a straight or direct manner
  • noun
  • Something you are legally or morally allowed to do
  • Ideal of what is just and good
  • Political view based on conservatism
  • verb
  • To fix something previously wrong or unjust
  • To make upright, as a boat that has turned over

she

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US / ʃɪ /

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

corporation

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UK / ˌkɔːrpəˈreɪʃn /

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  • noun
  • Big company or a combination of several companies

fund

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US / fʌnd /

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  • noun
  • Money collected, saved, or provided for a purpose
  • A specific account into which you put money
  • verb
  • To supply money for something

own

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US / əʊn /

UK / on /

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

cabinet

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US / ˈkæbɪnət /

UK / ˈkæbənɪt /

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  • noun
  • Piece of furniture resembling a cupboard
  • Group of advisors to a leader of a government

diversity

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US / daɪ'vɜ:sətɪ /

UK / dɪˈvə:sɪti, daɪ- /

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  • noun
  • Having a range of different races, ideas etc.

hire

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UK / haɪr /

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  • noun
  • Short term rental of something e.g. car, phone
  • verb
  • To give a job to someone in exchange for pay
  • To give the use of something in exchange for money

happen

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US / 'hæpən /

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  • verb
  • To take place or occur

should

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US / ʃʊd /

UK / ʃʊd /

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  • other
  • Used to indicate what is proper or reasonable

always

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US / 'ɔ:lweɪz /

UK / ˈɔlwez,-wɪz,-wiz /

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

director

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US / də'rektə(r) /

UK / dɪˈrɛktɚ, daɪ- /

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  • noun
  • Senior person who manages part of an organization
  • Person who controls the acting in a movie or play

draft

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US / drɑ:ft /

UK / dræft /

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  • noun
  • Withdrawal of money from the bank
  • System for selecting people to join the military
  • Method of selecting players for sports teams
  • Cold wind coming through a door or window
  • First attempt at a piece of writing
  • verb
  • To order people to join the army in time of war
  • To select people for a task or team
  • To write something that will be edited later

describe

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US / dɪ'skraɪb /

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  • verb
  • To tell the appearance, sound, smell of something

expense

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US / ɪk'spens /

UK / ɪkˈspɛns /

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  • noun
  • Money you have to pay to do part of your job
  • Paying money for something (big)
  • When resources e.g. time is used to do something

ahmed

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US / ˈɑməd /

UK / /

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housing

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US / ˈhaʊzɪŋ /

UK / ˈhaʊzɪŋ /

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  • noun
  • Homes; houses in general
  • Cover for a machine
  • verb
  • To give someone a place to live
  • To contain or store something

strategy

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US / 'strætədʒɪ /

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  • noun
  • Careful plan or method for achieving a goal
  • other
  • Branch of military dealing with command

contract

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US / 'kɒntrækt /

UK / 'kɑ:ntrækt /

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  • noun
  • Legal agreement, e.g. for doing work for money
  • Agreement to pay someone to kill a person
  • verb
  • To become ill as a result of getting a disease
  • To make an agreement for doing work for money
  • To reduce in size, length due to heat loss
  • To reduce the amount of

global

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US / ˈgləʊbl /

UK / ˈgloʊbl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerning, involving, affecting all of something
  • Of, affecting, or involving the entire world

obviously

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US / ˈɒbviəsli /

UK / ˈɑːbviəsli /

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

big

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US / bɪɡ /

UK / bɪɡ /

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  • adjecitve
  • Popular
  • Serious
  • Large

client

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US / 'klaɪənt /

UK / ˈklaɪənt /

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  • noun
  • Person paying for professional services

parliament

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US / ˈpɑ:ləmənt /

UK / ˈpɑrləmənt /

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  • noun
  • Elected officials who govern a country (in the UK)
  • Period when the Uk government is in session

the

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US / ðə /

UK / ðə /

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

follow

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US / ˈfɔləu /

UK / ˈfɑlo /

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  • verb
  • To come after someone; be guided by someone
  • To support someone, e.g. singer or comedian
  • To be the logical result of something
  • To happen after something else happens
  • To believe a set of values or a moral teacher
  • To understand something happening or being said

gray

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US / ɡreɪ /

UK / ɡre /

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  • adjecitve
  • Color between black and white (also spelled grey)
  • Lacking cheer or brightness
  • noun
  • Person's name

problematic

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US / ˌprɒbləˈmætɪk /

UK / ˌprɑbləˈmætɪk /

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  • adjecitve
  • Being difficult to deal with or fix

whose

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US / hu:z /

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  • pronoun
  • Refers to the person who owns something

this

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US / ðɪs /

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

entire

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  • adjecitve
  • Complete or full; with no part left out; whole

one

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US / wʌn /

UK / wʌn /

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  • 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

ottawa

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US / 'ɒtəwə /

UK / 'ɑ:təwə /

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  • other
  • A member of the Algonquian people of southern Ontario

january

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US / ˈdʒænjuəri /

UK / ˈdʒænjueri /

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  • noun
  • 1st month of the year

year

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US / jə: /

UK / jɪr /

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

you

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US / jʊ /

UK / ju /

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

budget

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US / 'bʌdʒɪt /

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  • adjecitve
  • Low cost; inexpensive
  • noun
  • Amount of money planned to be spent
  • verb
  • To make a plan for how to spend your money

follower

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US / ˈfɒləʊə(r) /

UK / ˈfɑloɚ /

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  • noun
  • Person who accepts the leadership of another
  • Person believing a set of values or moral teacher

make

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US / meɪk /

UK / mek /

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  • 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

permit

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US / pəˈmɪt /

UK / pərˈmɪt /

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  • noun
  • Piece of paper giving you rights to do something
  • verb
  • To allow something to happen; to give permission

believe

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US / bɪ'li:v /

UK / bɪˈliv /

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

pay

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US / peɪ /

UK / pe /

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  • noun
  • Money you receive from your job, work, etc.
  • verb
  • To give money for goods or work done
  • To give (attention, respect, etc.) to
  • To be punished or suffer for something you did
  • To make (a visit) to a person or place

thank

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US / θæŋk /

UK / θæŋk /

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  • verb
  • To tell someone you are grateful to them

all

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US / ɔ:l /

UK / ɔl /

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

disclose

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US / dɪs'kləʊz /

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  • verb
  • To make once private information public

minister

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US / 'mɪnɪstə(r) /

UK / ˈmɪnɪstɚ /

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  • noun
  • An official who heads a government department
  • Person who performs Christian services

who

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US / hu: /

UK / hu /

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

between

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US / bɪˈtwi:n /

UK / bɪˈtwin /

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  • preposition
  • From one person, thing, or place, to another
  • In the space that separates two objects
  • Among two or more people who share something

they

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US / ðeɪ /

UK / ðe /

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

account

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US / ə'kaʊnt /

UK / əˈkaʊnt /

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  • noun
  • An advantage
  • Arrangement with a bank to keep your money for you
  • An invoice for things bought
  • Arrangement whereby you can use online services
  • A description, often written, of events; report

communication

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US / kəˌmju:nɪ'keɪʃn /

UK / kəˌmjunɪˈkeʃən /

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  • noun
  • Talking to people; giving information to people

list

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US / lɪst /

UK / lɪst /

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  • noun
  • Lean of a boat to one side
  • Series of written names, words or numbers
  • verb
  • To lean to one side, like a boat or ship
  • To present for sale for a specific price
  • To write a series of names, words, or numbers

mail

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US / meɪl /

UK / mel /

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  • noun
  • Soldier's coat of linked chains, worn long ago
  • Sending, collecting, and delivering letters
  • A letter, package or email
  • verb
  • To send a letter or email

interview

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US / 'ɪntəvju: /

UK / ˈɪntɚˌvju /

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  • noun
  • Meeting to ask questions to get information
  • verb
  • To formally ask questions about a given topic

post

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UK / post /

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  • noun
  • Message delivered or shared in an online group
  • Piece of wood, metal in the ground for support
  • Job or position within an organization or company
  • Place where a soldier, etc. is ordered to go
  • verb
  • To send a letter or package using stamps
  • To share a message on an internet discussion group
  • To send a soldier somewhere to do a job
  • To put a message in public for everyone to see

work

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US / wɜ:k /

UK / wɚk /

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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

approach

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US / ə'prəʊtʃ /

UK / əˈprəʊtʃ /

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  • noun
  • Means of reaching a place, often a road or path
  • Request of someone with a specific goal in mind
  • Specific way to handle a project, task, problem
  • verb
  • To get close to reaching something or somewhere
  • To request someone to do something specific

organization

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US / ˌɔ:gənaɪˈzeɪʃn /

UK / ˌɔrɡənɪˈzeʃən /

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  • noun
  • Group of people with a particular purpose

their

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US / ðɛː /

UK / ðer /

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  • determiner
  • Belonging to them

way

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US / weɪ /

UK / we /

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

tie

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US / taɪ /

UK / taɪ /

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  • noun
  • Item, such as string or wire, used to join things
  • Strong connection between people, countries
  • When both sides in a game, vote get same score
  • One match or game that is part of a bigger contest
  • Something that lessens a person's freedom
  • Thin piece of cloth worn round neck of shirt
  • Piece of wood/metal used to stop something moving
  • verb
  • To attach things (together) with a string or rope
  • To end a game, contest or vote with the same score
  • To require someone to be in a specific place

take

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US / teɪk /

UK / tek /

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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

member

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US / ˈmembə(r) /

UK / ˈmɛmbɚ /

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  • noun
  • Part of the body of a human, animal
  • Person or thing belonging to a group or team

represent

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US / ˌreprɪ'zent /

UK / ˌrɛprɪˈzɛnt /

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  • verb
  • To depict art objects, figures, scenes; to portray
  • To show or describe something in a particular way
  • To act on behalf of others in government
  • To act or speak for another person or other people

smell

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US / smel /

UK / smɛl /

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

carry

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US / ˈkæri /

UK / ˈkæri /

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  • verb
  • To have a child, be pregnant
  • To have a disease you might give to others
  • (Of stores) to sell a particular product
  • To hold something and move it to another place
  • To travel a long distance (sound)
  • To support the weight or burden of something

usually

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  • adverb
  • Normally; regularly

video

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UK / ˈvɪdiˌo /

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  • adjecitve
  • Of a moving film, with sound
  • noun
  • Recording capturing action with sound
  • verb
  • To make a moving film of, with sound

yet

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US / jet /

UK / jɛt /

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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

food

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US / fu:d /

UK / fud /

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  • noun
  • What people and animals eat to live
  • Things taken in by plants to maintain life
  • A particular style or type of cooking, e.g. Asian

relationship

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US / rɪˈleɪʃnʃɪp /

UK / rɪˈleʃənˌʃɪp /

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  • noun
  • Connection between two or more people or things
  • Way people interact or live with each other
  • Romantic or loving friendship between two people

not

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US / nɒt /

UK / nɑt /

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

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

content

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US / 'kɒntent /

UK / ˈkɑnˌtɛnt /

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

alongside

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US / əˌlɒŋˈsaɪd /

UK / əˌlɔ:ŋˈsaɪd /

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  • preposition
  • Side by side with something

friend

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US / frend /

UK / frɛnd /

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  • noun
  • Person who you like and enjoy being with

pioneer

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US / ˌpaɪəˈnɪə(r) /

UK / ˌpaɪəˈnɪr /

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  • noun
  • Person exploring a new place or field of endeavor
  • verb
  • To begin or discover something new
  • To take part in the development of something new

now

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US / naʊ /

UK / naʊ /

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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

september

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US / sepˈtembə(r) /

UK / sɛpˈtɛmbɚ /

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  • noun
  • 9th month of the year

but

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US / bət /

UK / bʌt,bət /

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  • conjunction
  • Used before you say something different, opposite

give

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US / ɡɪv /

UK / ɡɪv /

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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

opposition

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US / ˌɒpəˈzɪʃn /

UK / ˌɑ:pəˈzɪʃn /

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  • noun
  • Act of disagreeing or trying to stop something
  • Group that you are fighting or competing against

personal

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US / ˈpɜ:sənl /

UK / ˈpɚsənəl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Done by or to a particular person; individual
  • Concerning a person's private life or feelings

period

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US / ˈpɪəriəd /

UK / ˈpɪriəd /

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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

defend

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UK / dɪˈfɛnd /

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  • verb
  • To protect and explain your position in court
  • To protect against an attack
  • To try to prevent another team from scoring

limited

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US / ˈlɪmɪtɪd /

UK / ˈlɪmɪtɪd /

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  • adjecitve
  • (Of a company) with a limit of financial liability
  • With restrictions; not broad in scope
  • verb
  • To stop or prevent an increase past a point

communicate

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US / kə'mju:nɪkeɪt /

UK / kəˈmjunɪˌket /

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  • verb
  • To give and exchange information

culinary

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US / ˈkʌlɪnəri /

UK / ˈkjuləˌnɛri,ˈkʌlə- /

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerned with cooking

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

grant

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US / ɡrɑ:nt /

UK / ɡrænt /

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  • noun
  • Money given for education or research
  • Person's name
  • verb
  • To admit an opinion is true but not fully agreeing
  • To give or let someone do what they want

spend

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UK / spɛnd /

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  • verb
  • To use money to pay for something
  • To use time in order to do something
  • To use up something completely

time

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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

chef

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US / ʃef /

UK / ʃɛf /

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  • noun
  • Person whose job is to cook food in a restaurant
  • The top assistant in a professional kitchen

constituent

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US / kənˈstɪtjuənt /

UK / kənˈstɪtʃuənt /

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  • noun
  • Necessary part or element of something else

correct

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US / kə'rekt /

UK / kəˈrɛkt /

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  • adjecitve
  • Being suitable and appropriate for an occasion
  • True or accurate
  • verb
  • To fix a problem
  • To write marks on a piece of work to show mistakes
  • To punish in order to improve

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

test

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US / test /

UK / test /

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  • noun
  • A medical examination
  • Action to establish the truth or nature of
  • Examination; questions to measure knowledge
  • verb
  • To be given a medical examination
  • To try to establish the truth or nature of
  • To ask a series of questions to measure knowledge

well

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US / wel /

UK / wɛl /

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

volunteer

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US / ˌvɒlən'tɪə(r) /

UK / ˌvɑlənˈtɪr /

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  • adjecitve
  • Working willingly without pay to help others
  • noun
  • Person who helps others without being paid
  • verb
  • To work willingly without pay to help others

request

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US / rɪ'kwest /

UK / rɪˈkwɛst /

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  • noun
  • Thing that has been asked for
  • verb
  • To ask for, usually politely and formally

spokesperson

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US / ˈspəukspə:sn /

UK / ˈspoksˌpɚsən /

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  • noun
  • Advocate who represents another’s policy/purpose

specialize

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US / ˈspeʃəlaɪz /

UK / ˈspɛʃəˌlaɪz /

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  • verb
  • To focus on one area of a field or profession
  • To change to fit your environment
  • To name something individually

under

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US / ˈʌndə(r) /

UK / ˈʌndɚ /

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  • adjecitve
  • In the same place as another thing, but lower
  • adverb
  • In a lower quantity or price than expected
  • preposition
  • According to the terms of an agreement or law
  • Managed or controlled by the authority of
  • Being of a lesser quality or amount than expected
  • Influenced or affected by something or someone
  • Less or lower in age, amount, size or number

controversy

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US / 'kɒntrəvɜ:sɪ /

UK / ˈkɑntrəˌvɚsi /

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  • noun
  • Strong public disagreement about something

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

judgement

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US / ˈdʒʌdʒmənt /

UK / ˈdʒʌdʒmənt /

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  • noun
  • An opinion or decision made after consideration
  • Official court decision given by judge

promise

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US / 'prɒmɪs /

UK / ˈprɑmɪs /

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  • verb
  • To say you will certainly do something

consultant

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US / kən'sʌltənt /

UK / kənˈsʌltənt /

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  • noun
  • Expert who gives (paid) advice

something

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US / ˈsʌmθɪŋ /

UK / ˈsʌmθɪŋ /

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  • adverb
  • In some degree or measure
  • noun
  • a person or thing of some value or consequence
  • pronoun
  • Thing that is not yet known or named
  • Approximately

company

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US / 'kʌmpənɪ /

UK / ˈkʌmpəni /

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  • noun
  • Good feeling from being with someone else
  • A business that sells things or provides services
  • Guests, especially in your home
  • Being with another person rather than alone

help

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US / help /

UK / hɛlp /

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  • 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

policy

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US / 'pɒləsɪ /

UK / ˈpɑlɪsi /

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  • noun
  • Document stating terms of an insurance agreement
  • Course of action proposed by an organization, etc.

from

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US / frəm /

UK / frʌm, frɑm,frəm /

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

out

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  • 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

over

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US / 'əʊvə(r) /

UK / ˈovɚ /

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  • adverb
  • Finished; no longer happening
  • Towards the ground/away from a standing position
  • noun
  • A set of six consecutive balls bowled in cricket
  • other
  • Finished
  • preposition
  • Showing the relation when a thing is above another
  • On or covering something
  • Above or across something
  • More than you need
  • From one side to the other
  • In the direction of; toward

call

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US / kɔ:l /

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

condo

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US / 'kɒndəʊ /

UK / 'kɒndoʊ /

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  • noun
  • Building containing individually owned apartments

donna

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UK / ˈdɑnə, ˈdɔnnɑ /

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  • noun
  • An Italian woman of rank

where

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US / hwɛə /

UK / hwɛr, wɛr /

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

afternoon

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UK / ˌæftərˈnu:n /

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  • noun
  • Time after 12:00 and before the evening meal

early

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US / ˈɜ:li /

UK / ˈɜ:rli /

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  • adjecitve
  • Happening or appearing before
  • adverb
  • Coming/happening before others in a time sequence
  • Happening sooner than expected

office

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US / ˈɒfɪs /

UK / ˈɔ:fɪs /

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  • noun
  • Room or building used for business
  • Important job position, often in a government

industry

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

and

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

until

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

connection

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US / kəˈnekʃn /

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  • noun
  • Something that joins things together; being joined
  • Person you know who can help you in some way
  • Changing vehicles when traveling

only

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  • 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
  • Introduction to Video Content
  • Canada's housing minister, Ahmed Hussen, is once again facing scrutiny over his handling of contracts. Last year, Hussen received criticism for awarding a $133,000 grant to an organization whose senior consultant had posted anti-Semitic comments on social media. Now, it has been revealed that Hussen has spent $93,000 of constituency funds on public relations assistance from a communications firm called Munchmore Media, which specializes in food marketing. This decision has raised eyebrows, as Munchmore Media typically works with chefs and food bloggers, not government officials. Public documents show that Hussen's Toronto office awarded 14 different contracts to Munchmore Media between January 2021 and September 2022, totaling $93,000. This represents 14% of Hussen's constituency office budget for that period. Munchmore Media is helmed by Hiba Tarek, the company's only director, who operates out of a condo in Pickering. Tarek has stated that her work for Hussen included planning and drafting flyers, creating videos, and developing content strategies. Interestingly, Munchmore Media's own online presence is limited, with their last Instagram post dating back to 2018 and only one follower on Twitter. It should be noted that Hussen claims to have had no personal connection with Tarek prior to awarding the contracts, although she does have ties to one of his former senior staffers.
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  • There are more questions about the judgment of a federal cabinet minister.
  • Last year, Housing and Diversity Minister Ahmed Hussen faced controversy over a $133,000 grant to an organization whose senior consultant posted anti-Semitic comments on social media.
  • Now the minister has spent $93,000 in constituency funds for public relations help from a communications firm that specializes in marketing food.
  • Mackenzie Gray is following this from Ottawa.
  • Mackenzie?
  • Well, Donna, Ahmed Hussen is under fire yet again for contracts he's handed out, this time paying for communications help from a firm that specializes in the food industry.
  • It's usually chefs and foodie bloggers that Toronto-based Munchmore Media work with, but Ahmed Hussen didn't take the cookie cutter approach when he hired the company to work in his constituency.
  • According to public documents, the minister's Toronto office gave 14 different contracts between January 2021 and September 2022 to have Munchmore Media do PR work.
  • The bill?
  • Over $93,000, which represents 14% of Hussen's entire constituency office budget for that period.
  • So who is Munchmore Media?
  • Hiba Tarek is listed as the company's only director and works out of this condo in Pickering.
  • She told Global News her work for Hussen included planning and drafting flyers that are mailed to constituents, as well as videos and content creation strategies.
  • As for the marketing agency's own content creation?
  • It's limited.
  • Their last Instagram post is from 2018, and they only had one follower on Twitter.
  • That's until they deleted their account earlier this afternoon.
  • Prior to getting the 14 contracts, Tarek said she had no personal connection with Hussen, but she does have ties to one of Hussen's former senior staffers.
  • Abdikir Ahmed worked as Hussen's former director of policy in 2020, and is listed alongside Tarek as a co-director of a corporation called Empire of Goodness.
  • Ahmed describes it as a non-profit organization where he serves as a volunteer director.
  • Tarek didn't disclose her relationship with Ahmed until we questioned her about it, but she says it's independent of her work with Hussen.
  • The opposition believes the minister shouldn't have given the contracts out.
  • Obviously, doesn't pass the smell test is something that's problematic, should not be happening.
  • They always seem to find a way to give these contracts to people they're friends with, or people who their friends are friends with.
  • Hussen declined an interview request, but a spokesperson for the minister defended the contracts, saying members of parliament are permitted to expense a communications firm to carry out ways of communicating information to their constituents.
  • And Hussen's office is correct.
  • There are no rules saying the minister of housing can't hire a communications firm to work for him, even if that company's big promise, Donna, is to make clients a pioneer in the culinary scene.
  • All right, Mackenzie Gray in Ottawa, thank you.