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Why You're So Used To Being Silent

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hang

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US / hæŋ /

UK / hæŋ /

A2
  • verb
  • To attach a picture, photograph etc. onto a wall
  • To float, move softly, or remain in the air
  • To kill by putting a rope around neck and dropping
  • To remain undecided, unsolved or unclear

thinker

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US / 'θɪŋkə(r) /

UK / ˈθɪŋkɚ /

A2
  • noun
  • Person studying important matters, creating ideas

back

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US / bæk /

UK / bæk /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Farthest from the front e.g. in a classroom
  • adverb
  • Have returned to a place you were before
  • noun
  • The part of a chair that the upper body leans upon
  • Location at the rear of something
  • The reverse of side something
  • Area on the rear of your body
  • verb
  • To bet money on something
  • To go backwards in a car
  • To support and encourage someone or some cause

and

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US / ənd /

UK / ənd, ən,ænd /

A1
  • conjunction
  • Used to refer to two or more things
  • Plus; in addition; on top of that
  • Used to introduce an action that follows another

until

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US / ənˈtɪl /

UK / ʌnˈtɪl /

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

connection

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US / kəˈnekʃn /

UK / kəˈnɛkʃən /

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

professional

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US / prə'feʃənl /

UK / prəˈfɛʃənəl /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Of jobs such as doctor, lawyer, accountant, etc.
  • Acting/done properly as a qualified person would
  • Getting paid for playing a sport/doing an activity
  • noun
  • Highly qualified person, e.g. lawyer or doctor
  • One who plays a sport or similar activity as a job

only

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US / ˈəunli /

UK / ˈonli /

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

anything

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US / ˈeniθɪŋ /

UK / ˈɛniˌθɪŋ /

A1
  • pronoun
  • A thing of any kind

from

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US / frəm /

UK / frʌm, frɑm,frəm /

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

out

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US / aʊt /

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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

over

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US / 'əʊvə(r) /

UK / ˈovɚ /

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

rude

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US / ru:d /

UK / rud /

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  • adjecitve
  • Being unkind or impolite to others; disrespectful
  • Offensive; ill-mannered
  • Being made in a simple way

any

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US / 'enɪ /

UK / ˈɛni /

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  • adjecitve
  • One, or some, no matter which
  • pronoun
  • One (thing) of many; some

come

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US / kʌm /

UK / kʌm /

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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

fearful

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US / ˈfɪəfl /

UK / ˈfɪrfl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Experiencing or showing fear; scared; afraid

observe

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US / əbˈzɜ:v /

UK / əbˈzɜ:rv /

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  • verb
  • To celebrate a particular holiday/religious event
  • To obey or follow laws, rules, or customs
  • To watch carefully; to make a comment

think

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US / θɪŋk /

UK / θɪŋk /

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

arnold

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US / 'bəʊlstərɪŋ /

UK / 'boʊlstərɪŋ /

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depressed

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US / dɪˈprest /

UK / dɪˈprɛst /

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  • adjecitve
  • Feeling sad or miserable
  • verb
  • To make someone feel sad or miserable
  • To push something down

environment

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US / ɪn'vaɪrənmənt /

UK / ɛnˈvaɪrənmənt, -ˈvaɪən- /

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  • noun
  • Natural world in which plants and animals live
  • The entire surrounding conditions of something

hurt

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US / hɜ:t /

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  • noun
  • Mental, emotional, or physical pain
  • verb
  • To cause pain, damage or injury

participate

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US / pɑ:ˈtɪsɪpeɪt /

UK / pɑ:rˈtɪsɪpeɪt /

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  • verb
  • To take part with others in doing something

sometimes

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US / ˈsʌmtaɪmz /

UK / ˈsʌmˌtaɪmz /

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  • adverb
  • Only at certain times; occasionally

conflict

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US / 'kɒnflɪkt /

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  • noun
  • Argument or struggle between two or more parties
  • verb
  • To have opposite ideas; to disagree; To not match

keep

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US / ki:p /

UK / kip /

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  • noun
  • Large, strong tower in the middle of a castle
  • Money spent on you so you can live in a place
  • verb
  • To continue doing something; not to stop
  • To stop balls going in a goal in sports
  • To not give back or return something
  • (Of food) to not spoil or not rot
  • To take possession of something to own, e.g. a pet
  • To have and continue to hold something
  • To do something that you have promised or agreed
  • To stay in a certain place or condition
  • To maintain the rules

mess

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US / mes /

UK / mɛs /

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  • noun
  • Something that is untidy, dirty or unclean
  • verb
  • To make something untidy or dirty

something

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US / ˈsʌmθɪŋ /

UK / ˈsʌmθɪŋ /

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

typically

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US / ˈtɪpɪkli /

UK / ˈtɪpɪklɪ /

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  • adverb
  • In a normal or usual way

congruence

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US / 'kɒŋgrʊəns /

UK / ˈkɑŋɡruəns, kənˈɡru- /

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  • noun
  • Quality of agreeing; being suitable or appropriate

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

leave

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US / li:v /

UK / liv /

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  • noun
  • Permission to do something
  • Vacation time; time off work
  • verb
  • To go away from; depart
  • To gift property to someone after you die
  • To allow something to continue happening
  • To let something remain unused or available
  • To let something or someone remain somewhere

just

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US / dʒʌst /

UK / dʒʌst /

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

restoration

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US / ˌrestəˈreɪʃn /

UK / ˌrɛstəˈreʃən /

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  • noun
  • Renewing/repairing building to its original state

talk

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US / tɔ:k /

UK / tɔk /

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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

anhedonia

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US / ˌænhi:'dəʊnɪə /

UK / ˌænhi:'doʊnɪr /

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  • other
  • An inability to experience pleasure

positive

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US / ˈpɒzətɪv /

UK / ˈpɑzɪtɪv /

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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

stigma

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US / 'stɪɡmə /

UK / ˈstɪɡmə /

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  • noun
  • Mark of shame or disgrace

observer

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US / əbˈzɜ:və(r) /

UK / əbˈzɜ:rvə(r) /

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  • noun
  • Someone whose job it is to watch or notice things

for

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US / fə(r) /

UK / fɔr,fə /

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

through

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US / θru: /

UK / θru /

A2
  • 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

worth

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US / wɜ:θ /

UK / wɚθ /

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  • other
  • the financial, practical or moral value of somebody/something
  • having a particular value, especially in money

why

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US / waɪ /

UK / hwaɪ, waɪ /

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

time

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US / taɪm /

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

enjoyable

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US / ɪnˈdʒɔɪəbl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Satisfying or pleasurable

sound

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US / saʊnd /

UK / saʊnd /

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  • adjecitve
  • Sensible, dependable and reliable
  • Unbroken or undisturbed, as of sleep
  • Firm or solid in structure
  • Sane; not mentally ill
  • Clearly reasoned; involving sense, good judgment
  • noun
  • Unique quality that characterizes a style of music
  • Waves traveling in air or water that can be heard
  • verb
  • To seem or appear to be, from what was said
  • To say in a clear deliberate manner
  • To make a noise, e.g. to ring a bell

extend

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US / ɪkˈstend /

UK / ɪkˈstɛnd /

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  • verb
  • To offer something (help, friendship) to someone
  • To reach from one point to another
  • To straighten or stretch something out, e.g. leg
  • To make something last longer

harm

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US / hɑ:m /

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  • noun
  • Damage or injury
  • verb
  • To damage, injure, or hurt someone or something

inability

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US / ˌɪnəˈbɪləti /

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  • noun
  • Lack of ability, power, or means to do something

personality

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US / ˌpɜ:səˈnæləti /

UK / ˌpɚsəˈnælɪti /

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  • noun
  • Way someone is or reacts to life or other people
  • Person who is famous; celebrity

start

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US / stɑ:t /

UK / stɑrt /

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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

set

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US / set /

UK / sɛt /

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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

source

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US / sɔ:s /

UK / sɔrs, sors /

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  • adjecitve
  • Produces or provides what is wanted or needed
  • noun
  • Piece of information; a person giving information
  • Place from which something necessary comes
  • verb
  • To get, e.g. a raw material, from somewhere

specifically

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US / spəˈsɪfɪkli /

UK / spəˈsɪfɪkli /

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  • adverb
  • As regards a particular thing; closely related to
  • In particular

well

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US / wel /

UK / wɛl /

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

yourself

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US / jɔ:ˈself /

UK / jʊrˈsɛlf, jɔr-, jor-, jə- /

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  • pronoun
  • Reflexive form of 'you', used for an emphasis

within

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US / wɪˈðɪn /

UK / wɪðˈɪn, wɪθ- /

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  • adverb
  • Inside the limits of an area, time or range
  • preposition
  • From the inside of something

joseph

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US / ˈdʒəuzif /

UK / ˈdʒozəf, -səf /

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  • noun
  • (New Testament) Husband of Mary and (in Christian belief)
  • other
  • Leader of the Nez Perce in their retreat from United States troops

never

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US / 'nevə(r) /

UK / ˈnɛvɚ /

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  • adverb
  • Not ever; not at any time

period

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US / ˈpɪəriəd /

UK / ˈpɪriəd /

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

situation

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US / ˌsɪtʃuˈeɪʃn /

UK / ˌsɪtʃuˈeʃən /

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

space

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US / speɪs /

UK / spes /

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  • noun
  • Empty area kept for a specific reason, like a car
  • Empty area with nothing in it
  • Area in the sky where the stars are
  • Area between written words on a page
  • verb
  • To make a certain distance or time between

theory

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US / ˈθiəri /

UK / ˈθiəri, ˈθɪri /

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  • noun
  • Ideas or principles that explain facts or events

symptom

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US / 'sɪmptəm /

UK / ˈsɪmtəm, ˈsɪmp- /

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  • noun
  • Sign that suggests that there is a problem

way

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US / weɪ /

UK / we /

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

interpersonal

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US / ˌɪntəˈpɜ:sənl /

UK / ˌɪntərˈpɜ:rsənl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Occurring among or involving several people

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

aspiration

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US / ˌæspəˈreɪʃn /

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  • noun
  • Great desire to achieve something

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

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

who

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US / hu: /

UK / hu /

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

believe

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US / bɪ'li:v /

UK / bɪˈliv /

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

attention

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US / əˈtenʃn /

UK / əˈtɛnʃən /

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  • noun
  • Taking notice of someone or something
  • (Soldiers) Standing with straight backs

human

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US / 'hju:mən /

UK / ˈhjumən /

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerning or characteristic of people
  • noun
  • A person; a man, woman or child

joy

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US / dʒɔɪ /

UK / dʒɔɪ /

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  • noun
  • Deep happiness and pleasure about something
  • Thing or person that causes pleasure or happiness
  • verb
  • To experience happiness or to be glad

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

constantly

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US / ˈkɒnstəntli /

UK / ˈkɑnstəntlɪ /

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  • adverb
  • Frequently, or without pause

possible

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US / ˈpɒsəbl /

UK / ˈpɑsəbəl /

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

shyness

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US / 'ʃaɪnɪs /

UK / ˈʃaɪnɪs /

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  • noun
  • Afraid of meeting people; lack of self-confidence

growth

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US / grəʊθ /

UK / groʊθ /

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  • noun
  • Improvement, development in a skill over time
  • A mass on the skin or body part related to illness
  • Act of growing

she

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US / ʃɪ /

UK / ʃi /

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

strengthen

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US / ˈstreŋθn /

UK / ˈstrɛŋkθən,ˈstrɛŋ-,ˈstrɛn- /

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  • verb
  • To make something stronger

cause

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US / kɔ:z /

UK / kɔz /

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

lack

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US / læk /

UK / læk /

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  • noun
  • The state of not having or not having enough of
  • A shortage of something
  • verb
  • To not have, or not have enough, of something

example

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US / ɪgˈzɑ:mpl /

UK / ɪɡˈzæmpəl /

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  • noun
  • Thing, person which represents a category

happen

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US / 'hæpən /

UK / ˈhæpən /

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  • verb
  • To take place or occur

rebecca

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US / rɪˈbɛkə /

UK / rəˈbɛkə /

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  • noun
  • The (notional) leader of a movement whose supporters attacked and demolished turnpike toll gates chi

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)

elson

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UK / /

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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

eventually

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US / ɪˈventʃuəli /

UK / ɪˈvɛntʃuəli /

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  • adverb
  • After a long time; after many attempts; in the end

impact

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US / 'ɪmpækt /

UK / ˈɪmˌpækt /

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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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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

people

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US / 'pi:pl /

UK / ˈpipəl /

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

prefer

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US / prɪˈfɜ:(r) /

UK / prɪˈfɚ /

A1
  • verb
  • To like something better than something else

that

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US / ðæt /

UK / ðæt, ðət /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • The person or thing being talked about
  • Used to identify something both the speakers know
  • adverb
  • Used to reinforce adjectives and adverbs
  • To such a degree
  • conjunction
  • Used to connect a noun clause
  • Used to introduce an adverbial clause
  • Used to introduce a noun clause
  • determiner
  • Used as a noun to refer to something
  • pronoun
  • Referring an object far away
  • Used to refer to the relative pronoun ‘which’

what

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US / wɒt /

UK / hwɑt, hwʌt, wɔt, wʌt,hwət, wət /

A1
  • pronoun
  • Thing or things that; the same kind as
  • Used to emphasize something you are about to say
  • adjecitve
  • Used to refer to a particular amount, or number
  • Used to place emphasis on a particular quality
  • adverb
  • To a certain degree
  • determiner
  • Question words used for asking for information
  • exclamation
  • Used to express excitement, shock, or surprise
  • Used to ask people to repeat something they said

embarrassed

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US / ɪmˈbærəst /

UK / ɪmˈbærəst /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Ashamed
  • verb
  • To cause someone to feel ashamed

get

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US / ɡet /

UK / ɡɛt /

A1
  • verb
  • To become affected by illness or disease
  • To begin to feel or understand an emotion or idea
  • To send or bring someone or something home, etc.
  • To go somewhere to obtain something
  • To (cause to) do a particular thing
  • To obtain, receive or be given something
  • To currently have
  • To prepare for use
  • To understand something being said or read

hard

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US / hɑ:d /

UK / hɑː(r)d /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Difficult to do; difficult to understand
  • (Of facts) not able to be misunderstood; clear
  • (Of alcohol) strong
  • Involving or requiring lots of work, effort, care
  • Being full of pain, trouble, and problems
  • Strong
  • (Of edge) clear; sharp
  • Difficult to bend, break or cut; solid
  • adverb
  • With lots of force, power, or impact

derive

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US / dɪˈraɪv /

UK / dɪˈraɪv /

B1
  • verb
  • To come from another thing

comment

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US / 'kɒment /

UK / ˈkɑmɛnt /

A2
  • noun
  • Something you say, giving an opinion; remark
  • verb
  • To say something that gives your opinion

quiet

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US / 'kwaɪət /

UK / ˈkwaɪɪt /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Hidden, or done in a private way
  • Not loud; making very little sound
  • verb
  • To cause to become calmer or less loud

then

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US / ðen /

UK / ðɛn /

A1
  • 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

find

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US / faɪnd /

UK / faɪnd /

A1
  • 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

mean

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US / mi:n /

UK / min /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Being good at
  • Nasty; unkind
  • Not liking to spend money; cheap; stingy
  • noun
  • Average of a set of numbers
  • verb
  • To express a particular idea or thought
  • To intend to do something in particular
  • To have a particular meaning or value

priority

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US / praɪ'ɒrətɪ /

UK / praɪˈɔrɪti, -ˈɑr- /

B1
  • noun
  • Thing that is more important/urgent than others

type

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US / taɪp /

UK / taɪp /

A1
  • noun
  • Printed letters or blocks used for printing them
  • Group of things or people sharing common features
  • verb
  • To identify something belonging to a group
  • To write by touching keys on a keyboard

shy

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US / ʃaɪ /

UK / ʃaɪ /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Afraid of meeting people; lacking self-confidence
  • Being less than the full or expected amount
  • verb
  • To move away due to nervousness

stay

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US / steɪ /

UK / ste /

A1
  • noun
  • Legal order to stop or delay an action
  • Strong rope or wire that supports a ship's mast
  • Period of time spent living in or visiting a place
  • verb
  • To keep trying without giving up
  • To remain in the same place and not move away
  • To spend time visiting a place or someone's home

solve

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US / sɒlv /

UK / sɑ:lv /

A2
  • verb
  • To figure out a way to handle a difficult problem

understandably

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US / ˌʌndəˈstændəbli /

UK / ˌʌndɚˈstændəblɪ /

A2
  • adverb
  • In a way that makes sense; justifiably

into

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US / 'ɪntə /

UK / ˈɪntu /

A1
  • preposition
  • Moving or going inside something
  • In the same direction as; in the direction of
  • So as to become; taking the state of

pull

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US / pʊl /

UK / pʊl /

A1
  • noun
  • Act of breathing in smoke, as from a pipe
  • Force something has that draws other things to it
  • Using your hands to move something to you
  • verb
  • To breathe in smoke, as from a pipe
  • To hold something and move it toward you
  • To remove something by force

stress

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US / stres /

UK / strɛs /

A2
  • noun
  • Emphasis on part of a word or sentence
  • Pressure on something or someone
  • A state of mental tension, worry due to problems
  • verb
  • To emphasize one or more parts of a word, sentence
  • To put pressure on something or someone
  • To say your opinion strongly
  • To be in a state of mental tension due to problems

stressful

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US / ˈstresfl /

UK / ˈstrɛsfəl /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Worrying; causing tension

than

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US / ðən /

UK / ðən /

A1
  • conjunction
  • Used to compare two things that are not equal

also

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US / 'ɔ:lsəʊ /

UK / ˈɔlso /

A1
  • adverb
  • In addition; too; in a similar way

colleague

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US / 'kɒli:ɡ /

UK / ˈkɑlˌiɡ /

A2
  • noun
  • Person you work or cooperate with

depression

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US / dɪ'preʃn /

UK / dɪˈprɛʃən /

B2
  • noun
  • Medical condition of a lack of vitality
  • Period of unemployment and low economic activity

extinguish

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US / ɪk'stɪŋɡwɪʃ /

UK / ɪkˈstɪŋɡwɪʃ /

B1
  • verb
  • To make something stop burning
  • To make something end or die

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)

peer

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US / pɪə(r) /

UK / pɪr /

B2
  • noun
  • A noble, but not royal, person, e.g. lord or duke
  • Person of the same age, class or situation
  • verb
  • To look closely and carefully, as if hard to see

you

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US / jʊ /

UK / ju /

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

make

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US / meɪk /

UK / mek /

A1
  • 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

outside

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US / ˌaʊtˈsaɪd /

UK / aʊtˈsaɪd, ˈaʊtˌsaɪd /

A2
  • 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

psychologist

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US / saɪˈkɒlədʒɪst /

UK / saɪˈkɑlədʒɪst /

C2
  • noun
  • An expert who studies the mind and behavior

heal

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US / hi:l /

UK / hi:l /

B1
  • verb
  • To recover from or forget a bad experience
  • To make or become healthy or well again

goal

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US / ɡəʊl /

UK / ɡol /

A2
  • noun
  • Something you try to do or achieve; an aim
  • (Sports) net into which you put a ball to score
  • (Sports) act of scoring by putting a ball in a net

less

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US / les /

UK / lɛs /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Smaller in amount or degree
  • adverb
  • To a smaller degree
  • noun
  • A smaller amount
  • preposition
  • With the subtraction of

specific

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US / spəˈsɪfɪk /

UK / spɪˈsɪfɪk /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Precise; particular; just about that thing
  • Concerning one particular thing or kind of thing

little

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US / 'lɪtl /

UK / ˈlɪtl /

A1
  • 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

let

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US / let /

UK / lɛt /

A1
  • verb
  • To allow someone to do something
  • Introducing a suggestion to do something together
  • To rent a house, etc. to others

might

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US / maɪt /

UK / maɪt /

A1
  • other
  • Used to politely request an action
  • Used to express that something could happen
  • Power, strength, force or influence

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

happy

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US / ˈhæpi /

UK / ˈhæpi /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Feeling pleasure or joy; glad

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

bad

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US / bæd /

UK / bæd /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Not good; wrong
  • Lacking in good morals; evil
  • No longer fresh; spoiled

restore

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US / rɪˈstɔ:(r) /

UK / rɪˈstɔr, -ˈstor /

B1
  • verb
  • To return a thing to its original condition

perfectly

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US / ˈpɜ:fɪktli /

UK / ˈpəfɪktli /

A2
  • adverb
  • In a faultless manner; without mistakes

someone

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US / ˈsʌmwʌn /

UK / ˈsʌmˌwʌn, -wən /

A1
  • pronoun
  • Person who is not known or named

true

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US / tru: /

UK / tru: /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Agreeing with the facts; not false; real or actual

ever

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US / 'evə(r) /

UK / ˈɛvɚ /

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

point

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US / pɔɪnt /

UK / pɔɪnt /

A1
  • noun
  • An item to be discussed
  • Small spot or dot
  • Fact or detail
  • Feature of something
  • The size of the text on a page or screen
  • A certain time or stage in a process
  • Certain position in time or space
  • Idea or fact you try to convince people about
  • Measurement of scores in a game, sport
  • Sharp end of something, e.g. a pen or pin
  • verb
  • To face a certain direction, e.g. north
  • To indicate something with your finger to others

motivation

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US / ˌməʊtɪ'veɪʃn /

UK / ˌmotəˈveʃən /

B1
  • noun
  • Reason behind why someone did something

once

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US / wʌns /

UK / wʌns /

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

scare

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US / skeə(r) /

UK / sker /

A1
  • noun
  • Act of making some feel frightened
  • Something causing people to be afraid
  • verb
  • To become frightened
  • To make someone feel frightened or worried

fail

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US / feɪl /

UK / fel /

A1
  • noun
  • A mark on a test showing you did not pass
  • verb
  • To be unsuccessful in passing a class or exam
  • To not do or provide something that is needed
  • To stop working or functioning; to break down
  • To not achieve a goal, or to go wrong

should

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US / ʃʊd /

UK / ʃʊd /

A1
  • other
  • Used to indicate what is proper or reasonable

sort

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US / sɔ:t /

UK / sɔrt /

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

worried

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US / ˈwʌrid /

UK / ˈwɜ:rid /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Feeling troubled or concerned
  • verb
  • To cause concern or trouble over something
  • To feel concerned or troubled about something

feel

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US / fi:l /

UK / fil /

A1
  • verb
  • To be aware of or experience an emotion, sensation
  • To sense through direct contact; touch

listen

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US / ˈlɪsn /

UK / ˈlɪsən /

A1
  • verb
  • To carefully consider what someone is saying

normal

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US / 'nɔ:ml /

UK / ˈnɔrməl /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Standard or regular way of doing something
  • Having standard mental or physical ability, health

reason

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US / 'ri:zn /

UK / ˈrizən /

A1
  • noun
  • Ability to think about facts and form a judgment
  • Explanation for why something occurred or was done
  • verb
  • To think and make conclusions in a logical manner

too

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US / tu: /

UK / tu /

A1
  • adverb
  • In addition, also; with emphasis
  • Say that something is more than you want

either

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US / ˈaɪðə(r) /

UK / ˈiðɚ, ˈaɪðɚ /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • One of two (used when there is a choice of two)
  • adverb
  • (After negative statements) likewise, in addition
  • conjunction
  • Used as the first of two connected things
  • determiner
  • Used as the first of two connected things
  • pronoun
  • The one or the other

lose

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US / lu:z /

UK / luz /

A1
  • verb
  • To be unable to keep in check or control something
  • To decrease in value or quantity (e.g. weight)
  • To stop having certain qualities or abilities
  • To stop having or being entitled to
  • To fail to win something that is being contested
  • To be unable to find something you once had
  • To be dependent on someone (used with 'not')

quietness

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US / 'kwaɪətnəs /

UK / ˈkwaɪətnɪs /

B1
  • noun
  • State of having little noise; peacefulness

try

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US / traɪ /

UK / traɪ /

A1
  • 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

actually

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US / ˈæktʃuəli /

UK / ˈæktʃuəli /

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

speak

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US / spi:k /

UK / spik /

A1
  • verb
  • To be able to use a certain language
  • To use words to tell information, express thoughts

socialize

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US / 'səʊʃəlaɪz /

UK / ˈsoʃəˌlaɪz /

B2
  • other
  • To spend time with people; go out and make friends
  • verb
  • To spend time with people; go out and make friends
  • To teach people acceptable cultural behaviors

use

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US / ju:s /

UK / ju:s /

A1
  • noun
  • Ability to employ something
  • Need to enable it to work
  • Permission to do something with something
  • Act of spending money
  • Operation of a machine for its function
  • verb
  • To have; to eat, drink, consume etc.
  • To need to operate or work
  • To operate a machine, e.g. a computer
  • To treat a person badly
  • To do something with, for a task or purpose

after

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US / 'ɑ:ftə(r) /

UK / ˈæftɚ /

A1
  • adverb
  • Later than another time, or behind something
  • conjunction
  • Following something before
  • preposition
  • When an event happened or time has passed

drama

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US / 'drɑ:mə /

UK / ˈdrɑmə, ˈdræmə /

A2
  • noun
  • Play that is performed on stage, theater, or TV
  • Study of acting

many

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US / 'menɪ /

UK / ˈmɛni /

A1
  • determiner
  • Used to refer a large number of things

ourselves

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US / ɑ:ˈselvz /

UK / aʊrˈsɛlvz, ɑr- /

A2
  • pronoun
  • (Showing speaker is affected by their own action)

silence

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US / 'saɪləns /

UK / ˈsaɪləns /

A2
  • noun
  • State of being quiet and not talking for a time
  • When there is not sound or noise; complete quiet
  • Refusal to discuss or talk about an issue
  • verb
  • To stop the noise that something is making
  • To prevent someone from expressing thoughts

could

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US / kəd /

UK / kʊd /

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

enjoy

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US / ɪnˈdʒɔɪ /

UK / ɛnˈdʒɔɪ /

A1
  • verb
  • To take pleasure in something

know

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US / nəʊ /

UK / noʊ /

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

evaluation

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US / ɪˌvæljʊ'eɪʃn /

UK / ɪˌvæljʊˈeʃən /

B1
  • noun
  • Judgment about the value or condition of something

social

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US / ˈsəuʃəl /

UK / ˈsoʃəl /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Involving activity with people, e.g. in free time
  • Liking being with other people; friendly
  • Living together and depending on each other

with

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US / wɪð /

UK / wɪð, wɪθ /

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

fall

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US / fɔ:l /

UK / fɔl /

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

end

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US / end /

UK / ɛnd /

A1
  • noun
  • The point where a process or activity stops
  • A point that marks the limit of something; finish
  • Goal or desired result
  • The tip, edge or limit of something
  • verb
  • To be the last part of something

entertainment

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US / ˌentəˈteɪnmənt /

UK / ˌɛntɚˈtenmənt /

A2
  • noun
  • Act or process of providing service for someone
  • Singing, dancing, telling jokes to amuse people

interest

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US / 'ɪntrəst /

UK / ˈɪntrɪst, -tərɪst, -ˌtrɛst /

A1
  • noun
  • Best or most advantageous thing for someone
  • Activity or subject one enjoys doing or learning
  • Fee for borrowing money
  • verb
  • To make someone want to know about something
  • To persuade to do, become involved with something

loss

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US / lɒs /

UK / lɔ:s /

A2
  • noun
  • Friend, family, or other loved person's death
  • Decrease or decline in quantity or amount
  • Experience or state of failing to have or keep
  • A situation when you lose a game
  • Process of failing to have or keep something
  • Difficulty or trouble caused by someone's leaving
  • Situation when more money is spent than is earned

remember

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US / rɪ'membə(r) /

UK / rɪˈmɛmbɚ /

A1
  • verb
  • To give someone a gift, e.g. birthday, wedding
  • To hold a thought in your mind to not forget it
  • To bring a previous image or idea to your mind

mind

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US / maɪnd /

UK / maɪnd /

A1
  • noun
  • One's opinion or way of thinking about something
  • Part of humans that allows us to think or feel
  • verb
  • To be bothered or upset by something
  • To take care of someone e.g. as a bodyguard

next

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US / nekst /

UK / nɛkst /

A1
  • adverb
  • The one that follows another in time or order
  • At a time or place directly after the present one
  • noun
  • The one that follows after
  • adjecitve
  • Immediately after the previous one
  • First occurrence after the present one

problem

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US / ˈprɒbləm /

UK / ˈprɑbləm /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Causing trouble
  • noun
  • Something difficult to deal with or causes trouble
  • Question to show understanding of a math concept

break

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US / breɪk /

UK / brek /

A1
  • noun
  • Time you stop an activity before continuing
  • End of a relationship
  • An escape from a place such as a jail
  • (Lucky) advantage or benefit from something
  • Find a solution or answer to a problem or crime
  • Change in the weather
  • verb
  • To create a new record e.g. running the 100m dash
  • To form a crack in something
  • To burst or become damaged
  • To end a relationship
  • To escape from a place such as a jail
  • To train a wild animal e.g. a horse
  • To separate into pieces by force, or by dropping
  • To act against a law, rule, or promise
  • To become known suddenly, as in the news
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  • Introduction to Video Content
  • Why You're So Used To Being Silent
    There are many reasons why people choose to keep quiet. Sometimes it's better to listen and observe, or maybe you don't want to draw attention to yourself. These reasons can have both negative and positive impacts on our lives. However, what happens when you become so accustomed to being silent that it becomes your default mode of expression? In this article, we will explore the reasons why you might be so used to being quiet.
    Restoration is one possible reason for being silent. Being human can be challenging, especially in stressful environments. In these situations, we often find ourselves using our voices to solve problems and resolve conflicts. There is little time and space left for us to simply enjoy speaking and socializing. This constant engagement can be exhausting and may lead us to seek a break from it all. By withdrawing from conversations and creating a quiet environment around ourselves, we try to restore our mental well-being. Psychologist Miriam Elson suggests that silence can be a source of quiet growth and restoration, offering us strength. Therefore, being quiet can actually be a good thing as it allows us to take the time to heal and find inner peace. However, if you find yourself constantly needing to restore yourself, it may indicate that there is a significant source of stress in your life that is causing you harm.
    Another reason why people become accustomed to silence is the fear of getting close to others. Have you ever been hurt by someone you trusted? Psychologist Arnold Buss proposes that when we experience a negative social evaluation or feel embarrassed in a social setting, it can lead to fearful shyness and a tendency to remain quiet. If a close friend or someone you deeply cared about made you feel ashamed or embarrassed for expressing yourself, it is understandable that you would be hesitant to speak up again. This fear can linger, making you choose silence over engaging in social interactions. Thus, the fear of being hurt again can gradually turn you into someone who is habitually silent.
    In conclusion, there are various reasons why individuals become so accustomed to being quiet. Restoration and the need for inner peace lead some people to seek a break from constant social engagement. Additionally, the fear of being hurt or embarrassed can cause individuals to retreat into silence. While there can be benefits to being quiet, such as personal growth and self-reflection, it is important to find a balance and address any underlying stress or fear that may be causing you harm. By understanding the reasons behind your silence, you can gradually overcome these barriers and find your voice once again.
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  • There are many reasons to keep quiet.
  • Sometimes it's better to listen, or maybe you don't want to draw attention to yourself.
  • Your reasons can have a negative or positive impact.
  • But what happens when you're quiet for so long that you get used to it?
  • These are the reasons why you're so used to being quiet.
  • Restoration.
  • It can be hard being human.
  • When we're in a stressful environment, it seems like we're only ever using our voices to solve problems and extinguish conflicts.
  • There's very little time and space left for us to find the joy in speaking and socializing.
  • The only way for us to restore our minds is to pull ourselves out of conversations and try to create an environment of quietness around ourselves.
  • When this is the only way to restore ourselves, you might get used to being silent for extended periods of time.
  • According to psychologist Miriam Elson, silence can be a source of quiet growth and restoration, through which we can be strengthened.
  • Being quiet could be a good thing, as you're taking time to heal and find peace.
  • But if you're constantly trying to restore yourself, there could be a source of stress in your life that is causing you harm.
  • Getting close to people.
  • Is it possible to get too close to people?
  • Maybe you've been hurt by someone you never thought could hurt you.
  • Psychologist Arnold Buss posits that fearful shyness and quietness can come after failing a social evaluation.
  • Meaning, when we know that we messed up in a social setting, it can scare us into shying away from the next social situation.
  • If someone like a close friend made you feel embarrassed for speaking, that would, understandably, make you feel really bad.
  • The next time you have something to say, you might choose not to.
  • Then the next time, and the next.
  • Until eventually, you end up self-isolating and being far less sociable than you once were.
  • Over time, you might even forget what it was that made you not like speaking, and you've gotten used to staying silent.
  • You are not interested.
  • There's a stereotype that people with depression are quiet.
  • That may be true for some, but not all.
  • However, there is a specific symptom of depression that may be the cause of someone becoming quiet.
  • That is, a lack of interest.
  • This could be a loss of interest in your friends, things that used to make you happy, or your goals and aspirations.
  • You might be so used to this feeling that you don't even notice how quiet you've gotten.
  • You might have stopped believing that there is anything worth talking about.
  • That's why it's so easy to believe that someone who has lost interest and has become quiet is also depressed.
  • If this sounds like you, you may be experiencing anhedonia, which is an inability to enjoy things that are usually enjoyable.
  • According to clinical psychologist Rebecca Watson and her colleagues, anhedonia can be more than just an inability to enjoy things.
  • Specifically, you may experience a loss of motivation and sense of connection.
  • Without that sense of connection, it can be hard to find opportunities to talk, even if you wanted to.
  • Observant You've become used to observing and deriving more entertainment from that than actually participating.
  • It might feel better to see the interpersonal drama of your peers from the outside looking in.
  • Or, if you enjoy being more involved, you might have started to take an active listening role.
  • Either way, you've gotten used to not getting too involved and instead hanging back and observing.
  • If you fall within an observant personality type, or you're a thinker, for example INTJ or ESTJ, you might be used to being silent.
  • This is because your priority in social settings is taking in information.
  • If this sounds like you, according to psychologist Joseph Forgas, you may experience mood congruence.
  • Typically, when we're friends, we should be happy.
  • But if you're used to being a silent observer, you might not find joy in being social.
  • Being silent shouldn't come with a stigma.
  • It doesn't mean you're depressed, less passionate, or rude.
  • But it is important to take a close look at why you might have gotten used to being silent.
  • It could point to some sort of dissatisfaction.
  • If you're used to being silent, it's perfectly normal to prefer being silent.
  • But if you're worried that your extended silence is a problem, please try to look after yourself by breaking the silence and speak to a professional.
  • If you enjoyed this video, please like and subscribe to Psych2Go for more videos like this.
  • Do you have any theories as to why you might be used to being so silent?
  • Let us know in the comments.
  • And remember, you are important.