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How this college gymnastics team is making history - BBC News

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head

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UK / hɛd /

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

joke

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US / dʒəʊk /

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  • noun
  • A funny or amusing statement
  • Something or someone not taken seriously
  • verb
  • To say or do things that are meant to be funny

leg

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  • noun
  • Part of the body from the hips down
  • The piece of furniture that touches the ground

never

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  • adverb
  • Not ever; not at any time

definitely

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  • adverb
  • Without question; beyond doubt

job

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  • noun
  • Something that must be done
  • Regular work at which you earn money

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)

line

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

shade

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  • noun
  • Area of darkness when something blocks the light
  • Something that blocks or reduces light
  • Color that is a little darker or brighter than
  • verb
  • To shelter something from direct light
  • To change the truth to deceive or influence
  • To make one part of a picture darker or lighter

fan

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  • noun
  • Thing you wave in front of your face to stay cool
  • Someone who admires a famous person, sport etc.
  • verb
  • To blow air upon a fire to make it stronger
  • To use a device to cool yourself, something

surreal

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US / səˈri:əl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerning surrealism
  • Being strange, dreamlike or difficult to follow

for

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

ask

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US / ɑ:sk /

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  • verb
  • To say to someone that you want something

start

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

song

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

since

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

collegiate

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerning or of college students

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

gymnast

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  • noun
  • Athlete who is skilled in gymnastics

first

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

recruit

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  • noun
  • Person who has just joined the military
  • Person who has just begun a new activity or job
  • verb
  • To convince and help people to join the military
  • To find new employees, volunteers or members
  • To find people to join an organization or business

coach

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  • noun
  • Large, comfortable bus
  • Person who teaches others how to do (sport, job)
  • verb
  • To teach others how to do something (e.g. sport)

total

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  • adjecitve
  • Complete
  • noun
  • Whole number or amount of something
  • verb
  • To damage a car beyond repair

encouraging

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  • adjecitve
  • Giving support to make more determined, confident
  • verb
  • To increase the chance of something happening
  • To make someone more determined or confident

she

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

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

touch

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  • noun
  • Certain way of doing that makes something special
  • A small amount of something
  • Feeling of a surface
  • verb
  • To affect feelings, especially by causing sympathy
  • To be next to each other with no space between
  • To get involved with (used in negative)
  • To feel an object with your fingers, etc.

happen

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  • verb
  • To take place or occur

inspire

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

tell

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US / tel /

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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

different

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

eye

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  • noun
  • The part of the body that you see with
  • The skill to see the good and bad parts of a thing
  • Hole at the end of a needle
  • verb
  • To watch or study something closely

like

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

mom

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  • noun
  • A slang term for mother

people

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

that

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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’

down

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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

scroll

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US / skrəʊl /

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  • noun
  • A long rolled piece of paper with writing on it
  • Something shaped like a rolled piece of paper
  • other
  • To move up, down, or across a computer screen
  • verb
  • To move up and down a computer screen

gymnastic

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US / dʒɪm'næstɪk /

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  • adjecitve
  • Showing vigorous agility in performing exercise

come

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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

match

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US / mætʃ /

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  • noun
  • Something that is equal to or the same as another
  • Small stick you strike to light a fire candle etc.
  • A sports competition between two people or teams
  • Person or thing that goes well with another
  • verb
  • To equal or be as good as something else
  • To work well or look good with something else

skin

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US / skɪn /

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  • noun
  • Outer covering of an animal used for leather; hide
  • Outer covering of a fruit or vegetable
  • Outer layer of an animal or human
  • Outer part of an object, such as a plane
  • verb
  • To defeat someone easily and completely
  • To hurt yourself, accidentally cutting yourself
  • To remove the outer covering from an animal

think

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  • verb
  • To have an idea about something without certainty
  • To have an idea, opinion or belief about something

meet

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UK / mit /

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

put

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US / pʊt /

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

diva

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  • noun
  • Female operatic star

picture

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

toe

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  • noun
  • One of the five parts at the end of your foot
  • Front part of a sock or shoe

from

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

another

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

girl

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  • noun
  • A female child; a young woman

real

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

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

lot

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

support

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

really

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US / ˈri:əli /

UK / ˈriəˌli, ˈrili /

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

decision

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  • noun
  • Choice made after thinking; final judgment
  • Ability to make quick and confident choices

but

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  • conjunction
  • Used before you say something different, opposite

good

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  • adjecitve
  • Proper, appropriate or right
  • (Of an amount) enough; plenty
  • Excellent; high quality
  • Acting well or properly; of moral character
  • In a positive or happy emotional state
  • noun
  • Advantage or benefit

single

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  • adjecitve
  • Being one only, without others
  • Only; merely
  • Not married or in a relationship
  • noun
  • One run in cricket or a hit baseball
  • An individual song from a CD or album
  • Person who is not married or in a relationship

tape

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  • noun
  • Narrow strip of magnetic material for recording on
  • Thin material used to mark an area or seal things
  • verb
  • To record some sounds using an electric device
  • To stick things together using an adhesive strip

want

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

become

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

color

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  • noun
  • Quality of things you can see, e.g. red, blue
  • Pink or red in your face, e.g. after being ill
  • The shade of someone's skin e.g. black, or yellow
  • verb
  • To change or affect someone's opinion
  • To make something colorful using colored pencils

not

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US / nɒt /

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

nerve

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  • noun
  • Fibers in the body that enable feeling, movement
  • Courage to do something that is difficult or risky

full

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  • adjecitve
  • Containing all the parts; complete
  • Containing or holding as much as possible
  • Having had enough food
  • adverb
  • In a direct manner; completely

history

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  • noun
  • Established pattern or record
  • Study of past events as an academic subject

away

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  • adjecitve
  • Not present
  • adverb
  • Disappear completely
  • Doing something with a lot of energy
  • Not here; far from here; in a different direction
  • To a different area, location

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

know

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

page

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  • noun
  • Person's name
  • One side of a sheet of paper
  • (Olden times) boy servant of a king or queen
  • Screen of information on an online service
  • verb
  • To call for someone via a phone or speaker

see

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US / si: /

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

sec

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US / sek /

UK / sɛk /

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  • noun
  • Shortened form of 'second'

almost

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US / 'ɔ:lməʊst /

UK / ˈɔlˌmost, ɔlˈmost /

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

before

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US / bɪˈfɔ:(r) /

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

have

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US / həv /

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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

gosh

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  • exclamation
  • Expression showing surprise

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

big

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US / bɪɡ /

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  • adjecitve
  • Popular
  • Serious
  • Large

little

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  • adjecitve
  • Being short in length of time
  • Not great in size, amount, or degree; small
  • Being very young or younger than others
  • adverb
  • By an amount or degree that is not very much
  • Not often; rarely
  • noun
  • A person's name

might

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

rumour

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US / ˈru:mə(r) /

UK / ˈrumɚ /

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  • noun
  • Gossip; story told by other people often not true
  • verb
  • To gossip; to tell a story about other people

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

university

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US / ˌju:nɪ'vɜ:sətɪ /

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  • noun
  • High-level educational institution; college

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

sister

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US / ðə /

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  • noun
  • Female you share a parent with
  • Full-time female member of a (Christian) religion

than

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US / ðən /

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

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

motivate

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US / 'məʊtɪveɪt /

UK / ˈmotəˌvet /

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  • verb
  • To give someone a reason, the will to do something

deep

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US / di:p /

UK / dip /

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  • adjecitve
  • Complex and important
  • Extreme or intense
  • Going far down from the surface
  • Low in pitch, as a sound
  • adverb
  • At a certain distance beneath the surface

man

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US / mæn /

UK / mæn /

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  • noun
  • Humans in general, including male and female
  • An adult male human being
  • Male who acts in a masculine way; not like a woman
  • verb
  • To control or operate (a machine); be in charge of
  • To operate a machine (a boat, etc.)

price

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US / praɪs /

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  • noun
  • Person's name
  • Cost of something in money
  • verb
  • To determine or set the cost of something

favourite

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  • adjecitve
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  • How this college gymnastics team is making history - BBC News
    In the world of college gymnastics, making history is not an easy feat. Yet, that is exactly what this collegiate gymnastics team is doing. Their journey is one of breaking barriers, embracing diversity, and inspiring future generations. The team, comprised of talented men and women of color, is the first-ever gymnastics team at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU).
    For these athletes, pressure is not a burden but a motivator. They know that all eyes are on them, and they use this as fuel to showcase their skills and prove themselves as exceptional gymnasts. Their determination is fueled by a desire to show the world that they are not just athletes, but also representatives of their community and ambassadors of excellence.
    One aspect that sets this team apart is the presence of an African-American head coach. It is a rarity in a sport that has been predominantly led by coaches of different backgrounds. Having a coach who understands their experiences and can relate to their journey makes a significant difference for these athletes. It adds an additional layer of support and understanding, creating an atmosphere where they can thrive and reach their full potential.
    The bond between teammates is crucial in any sport, and this gymnastics team is no exception. The gymnasts describe their teammates as more than just friends - they are their sisters. Together, they form a tight-knit community where they support and uplift each other both on and off the mat. This camaraderie not only enhances their performance but also makes the entire experience all the more meaningful.
    Music has the power to touch souls and ignite emotions, and for these athletes, one song holds a special place in their hearts. Before a meet, they listen to Beyoncé's empowering anthem 'Diva.' The lyrics and beats resonate with them, instilling a sense of confidence and determination. It is a reminder that they are fierce, talented individuals who have overcome numerous obstacles to reach this point in their athletic careers.
    The attention to detail in gymnastics is remarkable, and even the smallest factors can make a significant difference. One example is the tape that gymnasts use to match their skin tones. In the past, this was not readily available, but now, the team has a range of shades to choose from. When a gymnast points her toes and extends her legs, the tape blends seamlessly, creating a visually stunning display of grace and precision.
    College recruitment is a crucial stage for aspiring gymnasts, where the decision to join a particular program can shape their athletic careers. For one team member, the process took an unexpected turn. Initially, she committed to the University of Arkansas, driven by the desire to become an SEC gymnast. However, fate had other plans. While scrolling through Instagram, she stumbled upon news of a new gymnastics program at an HBCU. At first, she thought it was a joke or a rumor, but as she delved deeper, she realized that this opportunity was too significant to pass up. She made the difficult decision to walk away from Arkansas and embrace the chance to become a part of history as an HBCU gymnast.
    Starting a new gymnastics program is not without its challenges, especially for a team that aims to break barriers. The lack of resources and facilities that teams in more established programs enjoy can be a hurdle. However, the team has been overwhelmed by the support they have received. They have a strong fan base consisting of alumni, fellow gymnasts, and even strangers who offer encouragement and support. It is a testament to the power of community and how it can elevate individuals beyond their circumstances.
    Being a part of history is a surreal experience. The athletes, coaches, and staff involved in this groundbreaking team are well aware of the significance of their daily actions. They understand that their achievements today will inspire and motivate future generations. Little girls approach them, asking for pictures and expressing their dreams of following in their footsteps. This interaction touches the athletes' hearts, as they realize the impact they are making and the role models they have become.
    In conclusion, this college gymnastics team is not just rewriting the rulebook of their sport but also breaking down barriers and opening doors of opportunity. Their journey symbolizes the power of representation and the strength that comes from embracing diversity. As they continue to make history, their story serves as a reminder of the importance of carving one's path, even if it means deviating from the conventional route. This team's legacy will endure, inspiring generations of gymnasts to come.
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  • Pressure motivates me just to do my best.
  • I know that I have a lot of eyes on me.
  • It just motivates me also to show the world that, you know, I am working price and I'm a good gymnast.
  • We Are making history by being the first ever collegiate gymnastics team at HBCU.
  • It is different because I'm on a team full of men and women of color.
  • I've never had an African-American head coach before.
  • My teammates make me feel like they are my sisters.
  • One of my favorite songs to listen to before a meet is Diva by Beyonce.
  • That just really touches my soul.
  • She's putting tape on that matches her skin color.
  • It just makes it when she points her toes and has her nice straight legs that it continues to line.
  • That wasn't available not too long ago.
  • And we have various shades for various shades of ladies that we're on.
  • Was a five-star recruit.
  • I did commit to the University of Arkansas because I knew that I wanted to be an SEC gymnast.
  • I was scrolling on Instagram and I saw on a gymnastics page that this university in HBCU was starting with a gymnastics program and I thought it was just like a joke or like a rumor almost.
  • And I was like, oh my gosh, this is really real.
  • This is happening.
  • I told my mom right away.
  • I knew that I was walking away from a lot of Arkansas, but I knew deep down the decision of becoming a HBCU gymnast was way more important than just being another gymnast at another SEC school.
  • There were definitely a little bit of nerves just because I know since we are the first, we're not going to have the big gym and everything that we might want or need.
  • Thankfully, we have had so much support after every single need.
  • There has been a total fan club of just alumni, gymnasts, random people just coming up to us, supporting us, and encouraging us.
  • It's very surreal that me and my teammates and my coaches are making history day by day.
  • Little girls come up to me and my teammates asking for pictures, telling us we did a good job and that they want to be like us one day.
  • So that just really motivates and inspires me.