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Milken Institute: The slowing economy isn't doing its job of slowing inflation

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concern

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US / kənˈsɜ:n /

UK / kənˈsɚn /

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

flick

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  • noun
  • Hitting something with your finger to move it
  • verb
  • To hit something with your finger to move it
  • To move a button, switch from on, off positions

inflation

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

market

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  • noun
  • Need or demand for a particular product or service
  • Area or region where a certain product is sold
  • Public event where people sell goods on tables
  • Institution where stocks are bought and sold
  • verb
  • To publicize products to get you to buy; advertise

uncertainty

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  • noun
  • Feeling of not really knowing what will happen

try

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

supply

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US / sə'plaɪ /

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  • noun
  • Availability of products and services for use
  • Specific things needed to perform a certain task
  • verb
  • To give or sell goods to others for their use

actually

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

politician

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  • noun
  • Someone whose job is in politics

point

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

beat

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  • noun
  • Regular movement or rhythm (e.g. heart or music)
  • verb
  • To move in regular motions in order to push blood
  • To strike or hit repeatedly and with great force
  • To mix ingredients together with a fork or machine
  • To play a drum
  • To win against another person or team; defeat

continue

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  • verb
  • To do something without stopping, or after pausing
  • To start doing again after a break, pause, or stop

should

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  • other
  • Used to indicate what is proper or reasonable

economy

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

global

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

obviously

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

rating

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  • noun
  • The score derived from an assessment of something
  • verb
  • To assess something or consider its qualities

contract

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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

debt

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

lending

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  • verb
  • To let someone borrow something for a while
  • To give help or support to someone in need

kabuki

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  • noun
  • Japanese play

itself

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  • pronoun
  • Referring to it

persistent

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  • adjecitve
  • Continuing to do something despite challenges

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

get

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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

president

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

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

comment

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

then

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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

absolutely

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  • adverb
  • Completely; totally; very

great

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

enough

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  • adjecitve
  • Sufficient to answer the need
  • adverb
  • To a satisfactory degree
  • pronoun
  • Equal to what is needed; as much as required
  • Adequate number or amount

cause

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

about

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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)

even

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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

impact

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  • noun
  • A striking effect or result to hit with force
  • Very strong influence
  • Act or force of one thing hitting something else
  • verb
  • To hit or strike someone or something with force

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

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’

what

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

week

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US / wi:k /

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  • noun
  • Period of seven days from Sunday to Saturday

happen

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  • verb
  • To take place or occur

thinking

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  • noun
  • Thoughts behind an idea, opinion or belief
  • verb
  • To have an idea, opinion or belief about something

yeah

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  • exclamation
  • Another way of saying 'yes'

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

bill

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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 /

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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

conference

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  • noun
  • Series of lectures held as an event
  • An association of US sports teams

credit

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

dow

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hawkish

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  • adjecitve
  • Wanting to go to war using the military

incredibly

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  • adverb
  • To a great degree; very; amazingly

loan

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US / ləʊn /

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

not

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

our

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  • determiner
  • Belonging to us

maybe

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  • adverb
  • Possibly but not certainly; perhaps

themselves

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US / ðəmˈselvz /

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  • pronoun
  • Reflexive form of 'they'

concerned

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US / kənˈsɜ:nd /

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  • adjecitve
  • Worried or anxious
  • verb
  • To be about a particular topic
  • To have a direct impact on someone
  • To be responsible or mixed up in; to be involved
  • To feel worry or anxiety

milton

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really

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

ceo

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  • abbreviation
  • CEO for Chief Operating Officer

deal

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US / di:l /

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  • verb
  • To cope with something - usually troubles
  • To give (something bad e.g. news) to
  • To buy and sell illegal drugs
  • To give out (cards, etc.) to; distribute
  • To do business with someone or to sell products

now

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

democratic

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US / ˌdeməˈkrætɪk /

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  • adjecitve
  • (Of government) giving the people power, a vote
  • Having certain aspects of democracy

insight

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  • noun
  • Power to understand people and things very well
  • Very good understanding of something

slow

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  • adjecitve
  • Lacking activity, busyness or excitement
  • (Clock) showing time earlier than the actual time
  • Having difficulty understanding simple things
  • Moving or happening without speed; not fast
  • verb
  • To move, with less speed than before
  • To move or go without much speed

but

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  • conjunction
  • Used before you say something different, opposite

finish

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  • noun
  • End of something; completion
  • Final coat (of paint) applied to a surface
  • verb
  • To use or consume all of something
  • To reach the end; to complete something
  • To put a final surface (e.g. paint) on something

generally

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  • adverb
  • Usually; as a rule; by, to or for most people

give

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  • noun
  • Degree of flexibility in something, a material
  • verb
  • To hand over or present something to someone
  • To cause someone to have or experience something

can

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US / 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

book

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  • noun
  • Thing made of pages with writing on that you read
  • verb
  • (Police) to officially record someone's crimes
  • To reserve (hotel room, etc.) in advance
  • To produce a red or yellow card to a soccer player

fuel

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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

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

banking

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US / ˈbæŋkɪŋ /

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  • noun
  • Act of keeping your money in a bank
  • verb
  • To put or keep your money in a bank
  • To turn a plane when flying; (of a plane) to turn

doubt

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  • noun
  • Not being sure of something; lack of certainty
  • verb
  • To question the truth or certainty of something

emulate

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  • verb
  • To try to be like; copy; imitate

job

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

ask

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US / ɑ:sk /

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  • verb
  • To say to someone that you want something

discussion

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US / dɪˈskʌʃn /

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  • noun
  • Any long communication about a particular topic

package

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  • adjecitve
  • Presented as one item but includes several
  • noun
  • Box or container items are placed in for mailing
  • A container for items for sale, e.g. food
  • Group of several items or services offered as one
  • verb
  • To present or sell a group of things as one item
  • To put something into a container to store it

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

crisis

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  • noun
  • Unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty

leverage

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  • noun
  • An advantage which gives you influence or power
  • verb
  • To use an advantage which gives you influence

few

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  • pronoun
  • Not many, a small number

fact

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

positive

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US / ˈpɒzətɪv /

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  • adjecitve
  • Showing agreement or support for something
  • Being sure about something; knowing the truth
  • Having the charge produced by electrons
  • Being good or useful
  • Showing that a chemical is present in a test

communicate

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  • verb
  • To give and exchange information

for

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US / fə(r) /

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

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

dependent

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US / dɪˈpendənt /

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  • adjecitve
  • Someone who relies on (financial) support

mester

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myself

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  • pronoun
  • The same person who did the action mentioned
  • My regular, usual, or healthy self

though

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US / ðəu /

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  • adverb
  • Although, despite the fact that

cycle

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US / ˈsaɪkl /

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  • noun
  • Series of regular and repeated actions
  • Bicycle, bike
  • verb
  • To go through a series of events repeatedly
  • To ride on a bicycle

just

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US / dʒʌst /

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

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

question

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US / 'kwestʃən /

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

situation

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US / ˌsɪtʃuˈeɪʃn /

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

wonder

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

default

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B2
  • noun
  • Automatic setting when no indicated preference
  • Failure to meet an agreement or make a payment
  • verb
  • To fail to meet as agreed; failure to pay
  • To return to a previously determined state

think

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

beige

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  • noun
  • A pale brown color

real

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UK / ˈriəl, ril /

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

taylor

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  • A city in southeastern Michigan, southwest of Detroit; population 60,619 (est. 2008).

something

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US / 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

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

hope

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  • noun
  • When you wish something will happen; what you wish
  • verb
  • To expect and want something to happen

hostage

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B2
  • noun
  • Person held prisoner to get a demand satisfied

hike

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US / haɪk /

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B1
  • noun
  • Large and unexpected increase in price, level etc.
  • A long walk in mountains, etc. for exercise
  • Long walk, often in a rural area, for exercise
  • verb
  • To make a large and unexpected increase in a price
  • To take a long walk in mountains etc. for exercise

lot

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US / lɒt /

UK / lɑt /

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

trajectory

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US / trə'dʒektərɪ /

UK / trəˈdʒɛktəri /

B2
  • noun
  • The path followed by a flying object

from

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US / frəm /

UK / frʌm, frɑm,frəm /

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

loretta

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A1
  • adverb
  • No longer stylish (e.g. fashion)
  • Away from home, business, or the usual place
  • In a direction/movement away from inside or center
  • noun
  • Act when a batter cannot continue playing
  • verb
  • To tell people a secret

only

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US / ˈəunli /

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A1
  • adverb
  • Just one; just that amount or thing; not more than
  • Not very important or serious
  • Just that type of thing, person
  • Short time ago; not before a certain time
  • conjunction
  • Except; but

put

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US / pʊt /

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

privilege

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UK / ˈprɪvəlɪdʒ, ˈprɪvlɪdʒ /

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  • noun
  • Advantage or right given to only certain people
  • verb
  • To give advantages to some people not others

flat

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A2
  • adjecitve
  • Level; even; without curves or bumps
  • Lifeless; lacking energy or vitality
  • adverb
  • In a certain, direct or absolute manner
  • Against a surface without lifting or curving away
  • noun
  • Apartment; set of rooms for living in
  • The smooth or level part of something
  • Musical tone lower than another by a small degree
  • verb
  • To share an apartment with someone

rest

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UK / rɛst /

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  • noun
  • Time when one relaxes, sleeps, or is inactive
  • State in which there is a lack of motion
  • Part of something remaining after some was used
  • verb
  • To stop working or avoid activity to recover
  • (Of dead person) to lie in a grave
  • To lean, support or place something against
  • To not be tired because you had enough sleep

double

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US / 'dʌbl /

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A2
  • adjecitve
  • Concerning or intended for use by two people
  • Two times the amount or degree; twice
  • Made of two parts that are the same, similar
  • noun
  • Person that is exactly like someone else
  • verb
  • To be used for two functions at the same time
  • To make or become twice as much

far

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US / fɑ:(r) /

UK / fɑr /

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

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

feed

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UK / fid /

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  • noun
  • Food given to animals
  • verb
  • To give food, e.g. to animals or a baby
  • To push something through an opening
  • To provide necessary supplies to

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

model

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US / ˈmɒdl /

UK / ˈmɑ:dl /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Being an excellent example of
  • noun
  • Person who wears fashion to show it to the public
  • A small scale copy of a full original
  • verb
  • To wear and display clothes at a fashion show
  • To make a small scale copy of a full original

world

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

datum

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US / ˈdeɪtəm /

UK / ˈdetəm, ˈdætəm, ˈdɑtəm /

B1
  • noun
  • Item of factual information

downgrade

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US / ˌdaʊnˈgreɪd /

UK / ˈdaʊnˌɡred /

C2
  • verb
  • To rate lower; to lower in value or esteem

government

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UK / ˈɡʌvənmənt /

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

intention

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  • noun
  • Aim or purpose

sad

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UK / sæd /

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  • adjecitve
  • Unhappy; wishing something hadn't happened

spending

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US / ˈspendɪŋ /

UK / ˈspɛndɪŋ /

A2
  • verb
  • To use money to pay for something
  • To use time in order to do something
  • To use up something completely

with

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UK / wɪð, wɪθ /

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

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

economic

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US / ˌi:kəˈnɒmɪk /

UK / ˌɛkəˈnɑmɪk, ˌikə- /

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerning trade, industry, and money

raise

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US / reɪz /

UK / rez /

A1
  • noun
  • Increase in a bet above another when playing cards
  • Pay increase
  • verb
  • To increase a bet above another when playing cards
  • To gather donations for a cause or charity
  • To bring up and educate a child to maturity
  • To bring a dead person to life
  • To increase a quantity, size, intensity or price
  • To lift (e.g. your hand) to a higher position
  • To mention a topic /issue for discussion; bring up
  • To increase (salary, etc.)
  • To grow or care for plants or animals

scene

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UK / sin /

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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

behind

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerning a later or slower time than expected
  • Being in a losing position in a sporting event
  • Being in the past; old fashioned
  • adverb
  • Remaining
  • noun
  • The part of the body that one sits on
  • preposition
  • At or toward the back of someone or something
  • Supporting or helping someone

know

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US / nəʊ /

UK / noʊ /

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

see

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US / si: /

UK / si /

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

big

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US / bɪɡ /

UK / bɪɡ /

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  • adjecitve
  • Popular
  • Serious
  • Large

let

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

nonsense

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US / ˈnɒnsns /

UK / ˈnɑ:nsens /

A2
  • noun
  • Foolish or untrue statements or ideas

rate

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US / reɪt /

UK / ret /

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  • noun
  • Current price or cost of something
  • Speed or frequency of events over time
  • verb
  • To assess something or consider its qualities

the

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US / ðə /

UK / ðə /

A1
  • article
  • Used to refer to something already mentioned
  • Used to show there is only one of something
  • determiner
  • Used to describe all of a family

discuss

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US / dɪˈskʌs /

UK / dɪˈskʌs /

A1
  • verb
  • To talk about seriously or in great detail

may

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US / meɪ /

UK / me /

A1
  • noun
  • 5th month of the year
  • other
  • Used to express a desire
  • Expresses permission, possibility or probability
  • Used to show that a thing could be true

this

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US / ðɪs /

UK / ðɪs /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Used to indicate something already been discussed
  • Used to indicate something happening around now
  • adverb
  • An indication by a physical motion or gesture
  • A specific amount of
  • determiner
  • Person, thing, or idea near you
  • pronoun
  • Person, thing that has already been discussed

how

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US / haʊ /

UK / haʊ /

A1
  • 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)

kind

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US / kaɪnd /

UK / kaɪnd /

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

you

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US / jʊ /

UK / ju /

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

bank

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US / bæŋk /

UK / bæŋk /

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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

demand

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US / dɪ'mɑ:nd /

UK / dɪˈmænd /

A2
  • noun
  • Desire customers have to buy product, service
  • A strong request for someone to do something
  • verb
  • To strongly request someone to do something

path

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US / pɑ:θ /

UK / pæθ, pɑθ /

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  • noun
  • Method of living leading to a particular result
  • Track made with stones, by walking over the ground

order

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UK / ˈɔrdɚ /

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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

dance

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US / dɑ:ns /

UK / dæns /

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

into

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US / 'ɪntə /

UK / ˈɪntu /

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

message

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US / 'mesɪdʒ /

UK / ˈmɛsɪdʒ /

A2
  • 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

one

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US / wʌn /

UK / wʌn /

A1
  • pronoun
  • You; we; people in general; someone
  • The thing or person previously referred to
  • adjecitve
  • Used to refer to people generally
  • Being a strong example of (something mentioned)
  • number
  • Number 1

investor

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US / ɪnˈvestə(r) /

UK / ɪnˈvɛstɚ /

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  • noun
  • Person who spends money to help businesses grow

state

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US / steɪt /

UK / stet /

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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

all

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US / ɔ:l /

UK / ɔl /

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

discretionary

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US / dɪˈskreʃənəri /

UK / dɪˈskreʃəneri /

B2
  • adjecitve
  • According to your own judgment or self-restraint

its

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

act

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US / ækt /

UK / ækt /

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  • noun
  • What someone did; action; behavior
  • A law or rule passed by a government we must obey
  • One of the parts that a stage play is divided into
  • verb
  • To behave in a certain way
  • To perform on a stage or in a movie

look

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US / lʊk /

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

red

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US / red /

UK / rɛd /

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  • adjecitve
  • Being the color of blood

ago

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UK / əˈgoʊ /

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

lour

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US / ˈlaʊə(r) /

UK / ˈlaʊər /

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  • verb
  • To set lower

minority

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UK / məˈnɔrɪti, -ˈnɑr-, maɪ- /

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  • noun
  • Group that is smaller and different from the rest
  • Part that is less than half the whole; small part

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 /

A1
  • adverb
  • Used to emphasize the amount of something
  • noun
  • Particular aspect of something being thought about
  • One of various choices that could be made
  • Particular existing condition or state
  • (Often long) distance or length of time
  • How something is done
  • Route to go to a place
  • Small street
  • Usual behavior, emotions or habits of someone

reference

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US / 'refrəns /

UK / ˈrɛfərəns, ˈrɛfrəns /

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  • noun
  • A letter of recommendation, e.g. for a job
  • Note in a book, etc. giving source of information
  • A location on a map
  • verb
  • To cite a piece of research in speech or writing

they

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

very

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US / 'verɪ /

UK / ˈvɛri /

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

fitch

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US / fɪtʃ /

UK / fɪtʃ /

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  • noun
  • Dark brown mustelid of woodlands of Eurasia that gives off an unpleasant odor when threatened

yesterday

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US / ˈjestədeɪ /

UK / ˈjestərdeɪ /

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  • adverb
  • Day before today
  • noun
  • Day before today

hold

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UK / hold /

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  • noun
  • Section of a ship or plane used for storing things
  • Influence or power held over someone
  • Place of support for hands or feet when climbing
  • verb
  • To agree to keep something for someone
  • To have the capacity to support/contain something
  • To control an area and protect it from attack
  • To not allow someone to leave a place
  • To cause an event to happen at a place or time
  • To use hands or arms to carry or keep something
  • To have a specific quality or property
  • To keep an image, belief or feeling in your mind
  • To have or own something
  • To wait before being able to talk on the phone
  • To limit the movement of someone in a sport

show

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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

triple

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US / ˈtrɪpl /

UK / ˈtrɪpəl /

B2
  • noun
  • Group or set of three

clearly

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UK / ˈklɪrlɪ /

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

main

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  • adjecitve
  • Most important; most often used

rapid

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  • adjecitve
  • Moving or happening very quickly
  • noun
  • Rough and fast-moving part of a river

pretty

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UK / ˈprɪti /

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

several

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US / ˈsevrəl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Many of
  • pronoun
  • More than two but not a large amount
  • Introduction to Video Content
  • In a recent video, Loretta Mester, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, expressed her concerns about inflation and the impact of the slowing economy on monetary policy. Mester, who is known for her hawkish views, believes that the economy's slowdown is not effectively slowing down inflation. This messaging has prompted discussions on how it will impact the markets and the implications of the Beige Book on market trends.
    The Beige Book, which provides anecdotal information on current economic conditions, has shown that the market's hope for a banking crisis to cause contraction in lending has not yet materialized. Instead, the slowdown in bank lending is attributed to a decrease in demand for loans rather than banks limiting their supply. This suggests that despite the slowdown in the economy, inflation remains persistent. Consequently, it is expected that the Federal Reserve will continue to raise interest rates to address inflationary pressures.
    However, the rapid rate hikes implemented by the Federal Reserve might be contributing to economic uncertainty, which Mester is concerned about. This creates a cycle where raising rates in response to economic uncertainty leads to more uncertainty in the market. The lack of clear communication from the Federal Reserve regarding its intentions and reference rate further adds to this uncertainty.
    In conclusion, Mester's comments highlight the challenges faced by the Federal Reserve in managing inflation and the impact of the slowing economy on monetary policy. Although the economy's slowdown is not effectively curbing inflation, the Federal Reserve's approach of raising rates to address inflationary pressures is creating economic uncertainty. The lack of clear communication from the Federal Reserve further exacerbates these challenges, leaving the market uncertain of the central bank's intentions and the future trajectory of interest rates.
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  • Let's get down to these Loretta Mester comments.
  • Loretta Mester, very hawkish, obviously.
  • How do you see this messaging impacting the markets right now?
  • How do you see the Beige Book impacting the markets?
  • They seem to be really fueled by AI.
  • Yeah, absolutely.
  • In fact, President Mester, I think, has a pretty clear beat on what's happening to the concerns of the FOMC, which is inflation has been incredibly persistent, even though the economy is slowing down.
  • And I think what we can learn from the Beige Book is that a lot of the market people have been hoping that, well, maybe the banking crisis will cause banks to contract their lending.
  • But so far, several Beige Books have told us that bank lending has slowed down only because there's a slower demand for loans, not because the banks themselves have been contracting supply.
  • So all of that packages together to tell us that the Fed is going to be pretty clear in continuing to raise rates, because right now the slowing economy isn't doing its job of slowing inflation.
  • So let me ask you a question.
  • And this is a question I was wondering myself.
  • Isn't the rate hikes, these rapid rate hikes, isn't that creating some of this economic uncertainty that she's concerned about?
  • So isn't it kind of a cycle where we have economic uncertainty, you raise rates, and it creates more economic uncertainty?
  • That's a great point.
  • It's really sad that the Fed itself can't communicate clearly what its intentions are.
  • In some ways, it doesn't give us a reference rate to say that, look, this is where we think rates need to go in order to slow the economy.
  • And we won't put it there if the economy slows down ahead of it.
  • But we don't.
  • I think a reference rule like the Taylor rule tells us we need about 6%. And I think the Fed should be very clear and say, instead of saying we're data dependent, to give us some clear insight into what they're thinking is needed to slow the economy.
  • All right, got to talk about the debt ceiling as well, generally seen as a positive for the markets.
  • But yesterday, we saw the Dow finish in the red, the S&P finished flat.
  • Is that a sign of doubt this deal will actually happen?
  • I think people are getting fed up with the fact that the United States government goes through this kabuki dance every now and then.
  • And I think the global investors out there are telling us, you know, get your act together.
  • If you are trying to show us a model of democracy for the rest of the world to emulate, you cannot have this kind of nonsense every now and then where the politicians get together and say, the minority party just holds hostage this debt crisis and holds hostage default by the U.S. government.
  • So I think the uncertainty that's being caused by this dance is really a function of the democratic government that we have, where the minority party doesn't want to give up the privilege of leveraging and holding hostage the debt crisis.
  • So Bill, one more question.
  • You had your big Milton conference just a few weeks ago.
  • Were CEOs, were they concerned about the U.S. credit rating?
  • Was that something that was being discussed?
  • And how real do you think a downgrade is today?
  • I think the main concern about the fiscal situation is the fact that the debt path and deficit path is on an unsustainable trajectory.
  • And I think the discussion behind the scenes was that if they only deal with discretionary spending, which is what the Republicans are dealing with, that's not going to be enough.
  • And Fitch may actually show us that by lowering our rating from triple A to double A.