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Sri Lanka government delays paying certain state sector employees' salaries - BBC News

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administration

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US / ədˌmɪnɪˈstreɪʃn /

UK / ædˌmɪnɪˈstreʃən /

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  • noun
  • Act of giving e.g. medicine to a patient
  • The work of running something, e.g. a business
  • People managing a business, government etc.

stabilize

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US / 'steɪbəlaɪz /

UK / ˈstebəˌlaɪz /

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  • verb
  • To make stable/consistent, with no major changes

until

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US / ənˈtɪl /

UK / ʌnˈtɪl /

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

regional

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US / ˈri:dʒənl /

UK / ˈridʒənəl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Of a particular area, not the whole of a country

money

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US / 'mʌnɪ /

UK / ˈmʌni /

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

commitment

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US / kə'mɪtmənt /

UK / kəˈmɪtmənt /

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  • noun
  • Permanent love or concern for person, thing
  • Promise or decision to do something for a purpose

and

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US / ənd /

UK / ənd, ən,ænd /

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

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

cut

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US / kʌt /

UK / kʌt /

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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 /

UK / bʌt,bət /

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  • conjunction
  • Used before you say something different, opposite

want

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US / wɔnt /

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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

reform

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US / rɪ'fɔ:m /

UK / rɪˈfɔrm /

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  • noun
  • An improvement, especially in a person's behaviour or in the structure of something
  • verb
  • To re-shape something to a better condition
  • To (cause to) lead a non-criminal life
  • To improve society by removing abuse/injustice
  • To re-shape something into a different form

expect

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US / ɪk'spekt /

UK / ɪkˈspɛkt /

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  • verb
  • To believe something is probably going to happen

fuel

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US / 'fju:əl /

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  • noun
  • Material used to produce heat or power when burned
  • verb
  • To give power to (a mob, anger, etc.); incite
  • To provide gas or petrol for something

would

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US / wʊd /

UK / wʊd /

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

sri

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  • noun
  • A title of respect used before the name of a man, a god, or a sacred book.

credit

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US / 'kredɪt /

UK / ˈkrɛdɪt /

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

tough

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US / tʌf /

UK / tʌf /

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  • adjecitve
  • (Of food) difficult to chew or bite through
  • Very difficult to do or deal with
  • Having strict standards
  • Being firm and not easily bent or broken
  • Being strong physically or mentally
  • Being difficult to persuade
  • Capable of violence

nearly

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US / ˈniəli /

UK / ˈnɪrli /

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  • adverb
  • Not completely; almost

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

role

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US / rəʊl /

UK / rol /

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  • noun
  • Character played by an actor
  • Part you play in an activity; job; responsibility

quite

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US / kwaɪt /

UK / kwaɪt /

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  • adverb
  • Not very; fairly
  • Very; In a complete or total manner

our

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US / 'aʊə(r) /

UK / aʊr /

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  • determiner
  • Belonging to us

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)

loan

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US / ləʊn /

UK / lon /

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  • noun
  • Act of allowing someone to borrow something
  • verb
  • To give money, etc. that must be paid back

food

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US / fu:d /

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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

development

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US / dɪ'veləpmənt /

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  • noun
  • Act or process of growing bigger or more advanced
  • A new event related to a previous event

trim

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US / trɪm /

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  • verb
  • To cut (hair, etc.) to make it neater/shorter

september

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US / sepˈtembə(r) /

UK / sɛpˈtɛmbɚ /

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  • noun
  • 9th month of the year

south

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US / saʊθ /

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  • adjecitve
  • Direction to your right when facing the rising sun
  • Coming from the opposite direction from north
  • noun
  • The direction to your right of the rising sun

measure

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US / ˈmeʒə(r) /

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  • noun
  • Plan to achieve a desired result
  • Tool used to calculate the size of something
  • verb
  • To determine the value or importance of something
  • To calculate size, weight or temperature of

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

happen

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US / 'hæpən /

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  • verb
  • To take place or occur

example

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US / ɪgˈzɑ:mpl /

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  • noun
  • Thing, person which represents a category

cabinet

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US / ˈkæbɪnət /

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

number

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UK / ˈnʌmbɚ /

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

shrank

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US / ʃræŋk /

UK / ʃræŋk /

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  • verb
  • To make or become smaller than it was before

mean

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US / mi:n /

UK / min /

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  • 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

japan

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US / dʒəˈpæn /

UK / dʒəˈpæn /

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  • noun
  • A string of more than islands to the east of Asia
  • Lacquer with a durable glossy black finish, originally from the orient
  • Lacquerware decorated and varnished in the Japanese manner with a glossy durable black lacquer
  • verb
  • Coat with a lacquer, as done in Japan

find

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US / faɪnd /

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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

assistance

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US / əˈsɪstəns /

UK / əˈsɪstəns /

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  • noun
  • Act of helping someone

asia

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US / ˈeɪʒə /

UK / ˈeɪʒə /

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  • noun
  • Largest continent with Europe on the west to form Eurasia
  • other
  • Nations of the Asian continent collectively

president

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US / ˈprezɪdənt /

UK / ˈprɛzɪdənt,-ˌdɛnt /

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  • noun
  • Person in charge of a country, or organization

get

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US / ɡet /

UK / ɡɛt /

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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

least

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US / li:st /

UK / list /

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  • adverb
  • In the smallest or lowest way
  • noun
  • Something that is of the lowest or smallest degree

week

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US / wi:k /

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  • noun
  • Period of seven days from Sunday to Saturday

what

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US / wɒt /

UK / hwɑt, hwʌt, wɔt, wʌt,hwət, wət /

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  • pronoun
  • Thing or things that; the same kind as
  • Used to emphasize something you are about to say
  • adjecitve
  • Used to refer to a particular amount, or number
  • Used to place emphasis on a particular quality
  • adverb
  • To a certain degree
  • determiner
  • Question words used for asking for information
  • exclamation
  • Used to express excitement, shock, or surprise
  • Used to ask people to repeat something they said

that

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US / ðæt /

UK / ðæt, ðət /

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

reaction

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US / rɪ'ækʃn /

UK / riˈækʃən /

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  • noun
  • Bodily response to a drug or something eaten
  • Feeling or action in response to something

people

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US / 'pi:pl /

UK / ˈpipəl /

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

like

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US / laɪk /

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

even

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US / 'i:vn /

UK / ˈivən /

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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

current

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US / 'kʌrənt /

UK / ˈkɚrənt, ˈkʌr- /

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

again

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US / ə'ɡen /

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  • adverb
  • One more time, once more

about

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US / ə'baʊt /

UK / əˈbaʊt /

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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)

then

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US / ðen /

UK / ðɛn /

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

manager

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US / ˈmænɪdʒə(r) /

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  • noun
  • Person who controls and runs a business or group

lanka

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down

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US / daʊn /

UK / daʊn /

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

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

fund

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US / fʌnd /

UK / 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

borrow

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US / ˈbɒrəʊ /

UK / ˈbɑ:roʊ /

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  • verb
  • To take and later return something from another
  • To carry one number to another column when adding

manage

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US / ˈmænɪdʒ /

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

low

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US / ləʊ /

UK / lo /

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

world

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US / wɜ:ld /

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

sector

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US / ˈsektə(r) /

UK / ˈsɛktɚ, -ˌtɔr /

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

month

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US / mʌnθ /

UK / mʌnθ /

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  • noun
  • One of 12 28-31 day periods in the year

creditor

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US / ˈkredɪtə(r) /

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  • noun
  • Person to whom money is owed

moment

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US / 'məʊmənt /

UK / 'moʊmənt /

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  • noun
  • Very short or brief period of time
  • A particular period in time

bilateral

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US / ˌbaɪˈlætərəl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Involving two groups of people or two countries

problem

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US / ˈprɒbləm /

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

hand

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US / 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

economic

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US / ˌi:kəˈnɒmɪk /

UK / ˌɛkəˈnɑmɪk, ˌikə- /

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerning trade, industry, and money

clear

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  • adjecitve
  • Empty; without anything in it or on it
  • Being certain and without doubt
  • Being without any streaks, spots, or cracks
  • Easy to understand; well-explained; obvious
  • adverb
  • Completely; entirely; through the whole of
  • Away from; free from
  • verb
  • To recover from or remove a problem
  • To get rid of the entire contents of
  • To give permission for something to happen
  • To make a place or surface empty by removing
  • To prove that someone is not guilty or to blame

without

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US / wɪˈðaʊt /

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  • preposition
  • Not with; not having

six

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UK / sɪks /

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  • number
  • 6

plan

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US / plæn /

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

last

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US / lɑ:st /

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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 /

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  • 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

with

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US / wɪð /

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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

spending

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US / ˈspendɪŋ /

UK / ˈspɛndɪŋ /

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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

government

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US / ˈgʌvənmənt /

UK / ˈɡʌvənmənt /

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

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

bring

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US / brɪŋ /

UK / brɪŋ /

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

main

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US / meɪn /

UK / men /

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  • adjecitve
  • Most important; most often used

imminently

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US / ˈɪmɪnəntli /

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  • adverb
  • So as to be about to happen

clearly

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US / ˈklɪəlɪ /

UK / ˈklɪrlɪ /

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  • adverb
  • In a way that is easy to understand; obviously

thank

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US / θæŋk /

UK / θæŋk /

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  • verb
  • To tell someone you are grateful to them

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

worker

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US / ˈwɜ:kə(r) /

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  • noun
  • Person who works

who

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US / hu: /

UK / hu /

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

remove

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US / rɪˈmu:v /

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

its

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US / ɪts /

UK / ɪts /

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

editor

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US / ˈedɪtə(r) /

UK / ˈɛdɪtɚ /

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  • noun
  • Person deciding the contents of a book or magazine
  • Person making final version of a movie, text, book

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

staff

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US / stɑ:f /

UK / stæf /

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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

show

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US / ʃəʊ /

UK / ʃo /

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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

result

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  • Something produced through tests or experiments
  • Final score of a competition, election or game
  • verb
  • To be the outcome of other causes and effects

restructuring

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  • verb
  • To change or organize something in a different way

very

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

they

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

repay

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

billion

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  • noun
  • Number 1,000,000,000

workforce

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  • The total number of working people

work

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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

imf

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  • abbreviation
  • International Monetary Fund.

way

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

their

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  • determiner
  • Belonging to them

salary

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  • noun
  • Money an employee is paid each month

huge

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  • adjecitve
  • Very very large

due

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  • adjecitve
  • When something is required or expected
  • Owed to a person as a right
  • noun
  • Something you deserve; something you can expect

china

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  • noun
  • A communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the wo
  • other
  • High quality porcelain originally made only in China

though

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  • adverb
  • Although, despite the fact that

situation

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

struggle

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

subsidy

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  • noun
  • Money paid to keep the cost or price affordable

send

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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

crisis

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  • noun
  • Unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty

amount

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  • Quantity of something
  • verb
  • To add up to a certain figure

overall

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  • adjecitve
  • Viewed as a whole; in general, not as details

sustainability

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  • noun
  • Property of being able to be continued/repeated

talk

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  • noun
  • Style of speaking
  • Discussion between two countries
  • Giving information in front of people; lecture
  • Saying things or ideas to someone with words
  • verb
  • To make a formal speech about something
  • To say things or ideas to someone with words

just

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

why

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  • adverb
  • Question word to ask for a reason
  • exclamation
  • (Used to express surprise or approval)

through

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

for

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

bottleneck

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  • noun
  • Become narrow, like a bottleneck

well

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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

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  • adjecitve
  • Prepared for something; ready
  • noun
  • Complete group of something
  • Place where a television show or movie is filmed
  • Group of games in a tennis match
  • Device that receives radio or television signals
  • verb
  • To make a clock state or ring at a particular time
  • To decide upon or choose something
  • To make something ready for use (e.g. table)
  • To decide on a price for something
  • To become hard (of glue, concrete etc.)
  • To be located in a specific place or time
  • To put (e.g. a vase) down carefully in a place
  • To put someone in a certain condition or state
  • (Of the sun) to go lower than the horizon

ration

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  • Restriction of the amount someone can eat, use etc.
  • An allocation of e.g. food (when it is scarce)

mortgage

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  • noun
  • Long-term loan from a bank for buying property

much

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

few

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  • pronoun
  • Not many, a small number

financial

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  • adjecitve
  • Involving money

outside

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  • adverb
  • Beyond the limits or edges of some place, thing
  • noun
  • Area around or near something, such as a building
  • preposition
  • Beyond the limits or edges of some place, thing

order

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

make

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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

bank

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  • noun
  • A financial institution that keeps or lends money
  • The side of a river
  • A row of things in lines (e.g. computers)
  • verb
  • To put or keep your money in a bank
  • To turn a plane when flying; (of a plane) to turn

state

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerning region within a country
  • noun
  • Region within a country, with its own government
  • Situation or condition something is in
  • verb
  • To say; declare as fact

level

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  • adjecitve
  • (Sports) equal to another
  • Being steady and determined (e.g. a voice)
  • noun
  • Specific height of something
  • Amount of ability you have compared to others
  • Floor or deck within a building
  • Tool used to determine if something is lying flat
  • verb
  • To aim a gun at someone
  • To destroy a building; flatten an area completely
  • To make things flat or even
  • To make a score equal to another, in sports

term

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

executive

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  • adjecitve
  • Of a high ranking job in a company
  • noun
  • A senior manager in a business or organization

bad

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

able

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  • adjecitve
  • Skilled; good at something
  • Having the ability to do something

the

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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

than

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

other

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

one

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  • 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

message

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  • noun
  • Main idea or theme in a story, book, or film
  • Piece of information that is told/given to someone
  • verb
  • To communicate using text

follow

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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

this

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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

you

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US / jʊ /

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

year

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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

payment

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  • noun
  • Amount of money that is paid for something

live

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

how

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

also

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US / 'ɔ:lsəʊ /

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

probably

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  • adverb
  • That is likely to happen or be true

million

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  • number
  • 1,000,000

economy

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  • noun
  • Using money, resources in a careful, effective way
  • Total of all goods, services and wages in an area

will

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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

thousand

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US / ˈθaʊznd /

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  • number
  • Number 1,000

describe

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

already

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US / ɔ:lˈredi /

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  • adverb
  • Having happened or been done before this time

india

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  • proper noun
  • A country in southern Asia that occupies the greater part of the Indian subcontinent; population 1,3

debt

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US / det /

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  • noun
  • Sum of money owed to someone that is not yet paid

delay

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  • noun
  • Action of being late or happening later
  • verb
  • To wait some amount of time before doing something
  • To do something later than is planned or expected
  • To stop something from happening for a time

asian

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  • noun
  • A native or inhabitant of Asia
  • other
  • Of or relating to or characteristic of Asia or the peoples of Asia or their languages or culture

worried

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  • adjecitve
  • Feeling troubled or concerned
  • verb
  • To cause concern or trouble over something
  • To feel concerned or troubled about something

additional

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  • adjecitve
  • Further or added

here

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

tax

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  • noun
  • Money taken by a government from its people
  • verb
  • To require a lot of physical or mental effort
  • (Government) to take money from a country's people

revenue

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  • noun
  • Money that is made by or paid to a business
  • Money a government collects from its people

day

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

certain

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  • adjecitve
  • Definite, fixed
  • Referring to an unspecified amount or quantity
  • Being sure about something; without doubt

two

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  • number
  • 2

sentence

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  • noun
  • Official punishment given by a court of law
  • Set of words that make a whole statement
  • verb
  • (Of a judge) to decide the punishment of

release

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

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

agreement

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  • noun
  • Sharing the same opinion or reach a decision

reduce

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

ministry

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  • noun
  • Body of religious workers and leaders
  • Government department, such as Education

criterion

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  • noun
  • Standard used to make judgments or decisions

help

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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

decide

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  • verb
  • To make a choice or choose after thinking about it
  • To make a legal judgment in court
  • to affect the result of something

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  • 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

reduction

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  • noun
  • Act of making something smaller
  • Amount that a price is decreased by

mostly

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  • adverb
  • In large part; mainly or chiefly

most

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

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

from

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  • preposition
  • Starting at a particular place, time or level
  • Introduction to Video Content
  • The Sri Lankan government has made the decision to delay the payment of salaries to certain state sector employees due to the worsening financial situation. Last week, the government announced that the economic crisis this year would be worse than expected and ordered all ministries to reduce spending by 5%. The delay in salary payments primarily affects managers and individuals in executive roles, which could impact thousands of people, considering that the government sector employs about 1.5 million workers. The government assures that the salaries will only be delayed by a few days or up to a week. This delay highlights the financial difficulties the Sri Lankan government is facing. Despite the efforts of President Ranil Vikramasinghe's administration to stabilize the situation by managing the importation of food and fuel, the economy has still contracted by more than 8%. This contraction has resulted in lower-than-expected government revenue while expenditure remains high. Consequently, the government has implemented measures such as cutting down on ministry expenses to address these challenges. However, additional assistance from outside sources is required. The government is seeking a bailout loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), but meeting the criteria for the loan is proving to be challenging.
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  • The Sri Lankan cabinet has decided to delay paying the salaries of certain state sector employees by up to a week.
  • It's due to the worsening financial situation.
  • Last week, the government said the economic crisis this year would be worse than expected, with all ministries ordered to make a 5% reduction in spending.
  • Well, our South Asia regional editor Ambarasan Ethirajan has been following this for us.
  • So just in terms of who's being targeted in this delay in getting their salaries, who are we talking about?
  • The government says that mostly managers and people in executive roles, probably in thousands of people, because the overall workforce in the government sector is about 1.5 million workers.
  • Now government says that the salaries will be only delayed by a few days or even up to a week.
  • What is more important here is it shows the financial situation of the Sri Lankan government.
  • To give credit to the current administration of President Ranil Vikramasinghe, in the last six months, they managed to bring in food and fuel, even though the fuel was rationed, but they managed to stabilize the situation.
  • But without additional assistance coming from outside, they are now struggling because the economy shrank by nearly 8%, more than 8%. And as a result, the government's revenue did not come up as expected,
  • Which means the government's expenditure is more, but the revenue was very low.
  • And that's why they're taking various measures, like cutting down on expenditure of various ministries.
  • And now they are finding ways how we can pay salaries to these huge amount of workforce.
  • You talk about outside help.
  • The International Monetary Fund is meant to be giving them a bailout loan.
  • Is the government meeting the criteria?
  • Because it's quite tough criteria.
  • There are two things here.
  • One, even though in September, the IMF has had a staff level agreement to provide nearly $3 billion loan to Sri Lanka, they had set out certain conditions, for example, like reforms, tax reforms, and reducing the number of workforce in the government sector,
  • Trimming the services, and also removing certain subsidies.
  • On the other hand, Sri Lanka's main problem is about its debt.
  • It's more than $46 billion debt.
  • And the IMF wanted most of the creditors, like bilateral creditors like India, China and Japan, to have a restructuring plan with the Sri Lankan government, how they are going to have a restructuring work and how they're going to repay the money,
  • A debt sustainability plan.
  • And then they can release the money.
  • Now, Sri Lanka is at the moment talking with India and China.
  • They say that they've already reached an agreement with Japan.
  • So that is the bottleneck.
  • Until they reach a clear cut plan with these international creditors, they're not going to get the IMF money.
  • Now, why the IMF money is important, even though it's only about $3 billion, this would allow Sri Lanka to go to World Bank, to Asian Development Bank to say, no, we have got a plan now, give us money and then it will help us to revive the economy at least in 2024.
  • And that is why the IMF money is very key.
  • And Ambarasan, in a sentence or two, if you would, the people that will not be these executives that you describe who won't be getting their salaries imminently, what reaction?
  • People are very worried about what's going to happen.
  • You have mortgage payments, you have other loan commitments.
  • Don't forget, there's already the cost of living has gone up in Sri Lanka.
  • People have been borrowing money and spending.
  • But again, this is only for a few days or up to a week, which it clearly sends out a message that the government is not able to manage its own expenditure.
  • Ambarasan Ethirajan, our South Asia regional editor, thank you very much for talking us through it.
  • Thank you.