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Sen. Feinstein faces more calls to resign over absence from Capitol Hill

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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)

temporarily

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US / tempəˈrerɪlɪ /

UK / tempəˈrerɪlɪ /

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  • adverb
  • For a limited amount of time

year

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UK / jɪr /

A1
  • noun
  • Unit of time equal to 12 months or 365 or 366 days
  • Used to refer to the age of a person

you

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US / jʊ /

UK / ju /

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

average

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US / 'ævərɪdʒ /

UK / ˈævərɪdʒ, ˈævrɪdʒ /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Typical or normal; usual; ordinary
  • noun
  • Total of numbers divided by the number of items
  • verb
  • To add numbers then divide by the number of items

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

run

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US / rʌn /

UK / rʌn /

A1
  • noun
  • Journey between two places made by ship or car
  • Series of similar things or successes and failures
  • Act of running; exercise of running
  • verb
  • To depart or travel according to a schedule
  • To cause an animal to move in a certain direction
  • (Of an engine) to be operating
  • To start or use a computer program
  • To flow in a certain direction, like a liquid
  • To manage or operate a business
  • To operate or drive something
  • (Of a road) to go from one place to another
  • To move your legs faster than walking

congress

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US / 'kɒŋɡres /

UK / ˈkɑŋɡrɪs /

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  • noun
  • Meeting of elected or appointed representatives
  • American governing body of elected representatives

judge

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US / dʒʌdʒ /

UK / dʒʌdʒ /

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  • noun
  • Person who decides on the results of a contest
  • Person who has the power to make a decision
  • verb
  • To reach a decision about who won a contest
  • To form an opinion after careful consideration
  • To make a decision in court

school

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US / sku:l /

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  • adjecitve
  • Being to do with schools and education
  • noun
  • Large group of fish that swim together
  • Education of a child
  • Building where you learn in classes with a teacher
  • A particular belief or idea about something
  • verb
  • To teach or train someone to know or do something

this

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US / ðɪs /

UK / ðɪs /

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

walter

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US / ˈwɔːltə /

UK / ˈwɔltər /

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weekend

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US / ˌwi:kˈend /

UK / ˈwi:kend /

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  • noun
  • Saturday and Sunday, after the normal working week

university

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US / ˌju:nɪ'vɜ:sətɪ /

UK / ˌjunɪˈvɜrsəti /

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  • noun
  • High-level educational institution; college

entire

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

other

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

one

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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

than

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US / ðən /

UK / ðən /

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

unspoken

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US / ˌʌnˈspəʊkən /

UK / ʌnˈspokən /

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  • adjecitve
  • Expressed without speech

frozen

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US / 'frəʊzn /

UK / ˈfroʊzn /

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  • adjecitve
  • Hard, solid because it is below zero degrees
  • verb
  • To store an item of food in a cold place
  • To make someone to not want to communicate
  • To stop moving and be still; stay the same

man

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US / mæn /

UK / mæn /

A1
  • noun
  • Humans in general, including male and female
  • An adult male human being
  • Male who acts in a masculine way; not like a woman
  • verb
  • To control or operate (a machine); be in charge of
  • To operate a machine (a boat, etc.)

state

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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

alone

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US / ə'ləʊn /

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  • adjecitve
  • Apart from others
  • Without equal
  • adverb
  • Without anyone or anything else

fit

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A2
  • adjecitve
  • Good looking; physically attractive
  • Proper or acceptable; morally or socially correct
  • noun
  • Sudden loss of body control; attack (of crying)
  • verb
  • To install a machine, equipment etc.
  • To adjust or change to the right size or shape
  • To be the right size and shape that you want

person

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US / 'pɜ:sn /

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  • noun
  • Man, woman or child

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

agree

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UK / əˈɡri /

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  • verb
  • To have the same opinion as someone else

else

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  • adverb
  • Otherwise; if you fail to
  • (Of person place thing etc.) besides; in addition

move

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  • noun
  • Act of moving a playing piece in chess, etc.
  • An action; doing something
  • Step taken to achieve a goal
  • verb
  • To cause someone to have certain emotions
  • To cause something to change to a different place
  • To change where people live or a business operates
  • To take action to do or achieve something

way

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US / weɪ /

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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

lisa

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tie

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

take

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US / teɪk /

UK / tek /

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  • noun
  • Filming of a single scene for TV or the movies
  • verb
  • To accept something that is offered
  • To use a method of traveling, e.g. a bus or train
  • To use a camera to make (a photo)
  • To pick up something and go away with it
  • To study a subject in school
  • To attempt to pass (an exam)
  • To require a certain amount of time, money, space

announce

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US / əˈnaʊns /

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  • verb
  • To make a public statement about a plan, decision

geoff

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US / hɑ:ˈməʊniəs /

UK / hɑrˈmoniəs /

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male

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  • adjecitve
  • Characteristic of boys or men
  • noun
  • A member of the sex that fertilizes eggs

porter

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UK / ˈpɔrtɚ, ˈpor- /

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  • noun
  • Person who carries luggage for guests/passengers

they

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US / ðeɪ /

UK / ðe /

A1
  • pronoun
  • Two or more people, animals, or things

very

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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

confused

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US / kənˈfju:zd /

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  • adjecitve
  • Being hard to understand
  • verb
  • To make something unclear or hard to understand

committee

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US / kəˈmɪti /

UK / kəˈmɪti /

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  • noun
  • Group of people who do or decide something

old

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A1
  • adjecitve
  • Having existed for a long time, not young or new
  • Age of a person since birth

washington

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UK / 'wɑ:ʃɪŋtənˌ 'wɔ:ʃɪŋ- /

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  • other
  • A state in northwestern United States on the Pacific

work

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US / wɜ:k /

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  • adjecitve
  • Activity completed in order to make money
  • noun
  • The product of some artistic or literary endeavor
  • Everything created by an author, artist, musician
  • Activity you do in order to make money
  • Place of employment
  • Final product or result of a some labor or effort
  • verb
  • To bring into a specific state of success
  • To be functioning properly, e.g. a car
  • To do your job in your company or workplace
  • To make an effort to do something
  • To operate a machine or device

workforce

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  • noun
  • The total number of working people

country

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US / ˈkʌntri /

UK / ˈkʌntri /

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  • noun
  • An area of land that is controlled by a government
  • Open land that is away from towns and cities

cynic

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US / ˈsɪnɪk /

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  • noun
  • One who always believes the worst

general

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US / 'dʒenrəl /

UK / ˈdʒɛnərəl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Widespread, normal or usual
  • noun
  • Top ranked officer in the army

nancy

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US / ˈnænsi /

UK / ˈnænsi, nɑŋˈsi /

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  • adjective
  • Effeminate.
  • noun
  • An effeminate or gay man.
  • proper noun
  • A city in northeastern France, chief town of Lorraine; population 107,434 (2006).

speaker

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  • noun
  • Electronic device for making or broadcasting sound
  • Person who makes a speech before a group

tamper

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  • verb
  • To interfere with; change for the worse

thank

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  • verb
  • To tell someone you are grateful to them

both

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  • determiner
  • Used to refer to two things at the same time
  • pronoun
  • Used to refer to two things at the same time

change

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  • noun
  • Exchange of one set of clothes for another
  • Money in the form of coins instead of paper
  • Money returned after giving too much
  • Act of making or becoming something else
  • verb
  • To exchange one set of clothes for another
  • To exchange one kind of money for another
  • To replace something with another thing
  • To make or become something else
  • To go from one train, bus, etc. and go to another

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

journalism

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US / ˈdʒɜ:nəlɪzəm /

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  • noun
  • Profession of writing or reporting news

mentally

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  • adverb
  • With or in the mind and thoughts

confusing

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  • adjecitve
  • Being hard to understand
  • verb
  • To make something unclear or hard to understand

department

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  • noun
  • Division of a larger part or organization

several

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US / ˈsevrəl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Many of
  • pronoun
  • More than two but not a large amount

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”

return

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  • adjecitve
  • Do again; repeated
  • noun
  • Faulty or unwanted product sent back to a company
  • Enter key; the main key on the computer keyboard
  • Profit made as a result of a business activity
  • Process of going back to a previous way or state
  • verb
  • To hit something back to the other player or team
  • To come back after being away from somewhere
  • To repay someone's actions, kindness etc.
  • To put, bring, take, give, or send something back
  • To occur again

who

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

retire

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  • verb
  • To stop using, producing, or servicing something
  • To stop taking part in a competition or game
  • To quit having jobs because you are old
  • To move to a different area or room (formal)
  • To go to bed (formal)

shingle

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  • noun
  • Small thin piece of wood used to cover a roof/wall
  • Small rough pieces of stone on the beach of a sea

with

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

center

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  • noun
  • Community place people go health or social reasons
  • Place in the middle of something
  • Person or thing that is attracting attention
  • verb
  • To direct focus toward something

count

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  • noun
  • Number of things added together, e.g. votes
  • With the number of crimes, knockouts, as stated
  • verb
  • To add things together to find the total number
  • To matter or be important
  • To include someone or something in a final number

judiciary

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  • noun
  • System of judges and courts in a country

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

hand

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

next

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

raise

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  • 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

agenda

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  • noun
  • Plan or policy to achieve your goal or intentions
  • Outcome you want to happen but do not reveal
  • List of matters to be discussed at a meeting

cover

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US / 'kʌvə(r) /

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  • noun
  • A different version of another song
  • Bed sheets; blankets
  • (Police or military) protection from attack
  • Amount of money to be paid in an insurance claim
  • Thing you put over something to close or hide it
  • Front and back part of a book or magazine
  • Shelter built to protect from the natural elements
  • verb
  • To record a different version of another song
  • To include as part of its area
  • To put something over something to hide it
  • To discuss a subject in a talk or meeting
  • To form a layer over something so it is hidden
  • To have sufficient funds to pay for something
  • To include something within an agreed limit
  • To report news on TV, radio or in a newspaper
  • (Police or military) to protect from attack
  • To travel a certain distance in a given time
  • To wrap something with something, such as a cloth

have

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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

plan

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

without

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  • preposition
  • Not with; not having

federal

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US / 'fedərəl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Consisting of several united states

month

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

young

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  • adjecitve
  • At an early stage of existence; not mature
  • Being recently created or started
  • noun
  • Babies in a group or family of animals

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  • noun
  • Part of the room in court where the judge sits
  • Long (wooden) seat 2 people often found in a park
  • Seating area for teams at a sports events
  • verb
  • To prevent a player from playing in a game

mitch

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  • verb
  • Play truant from school.

know

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US / nəʊ /

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

community

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  • noun
  • Group of people who share a common idea or area

duty

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UK / ˈduti, ˈdju- /

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  • noun
  • Work required by your job or position
  • A tax (on imported goods)

loud

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  • adjecitve
  • Being very bright with colors, clothes etc.
  • Making a lot of noise

see

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US / si: /

UK / si /

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

serve

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US / sɜ:v /

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

conversation

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US / ˌkɒnvəˈseɪʃn /

UK / ˌkɑnvɚˈseʃən /

A2
  • noun
  • Talking with other people; discussion or chat

hear

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US / hɪə(r) /

UK / hɪr /

A1
  • verb
  • To be aware of sound; to perceive with the ear
  • To be told or find out information or facts
  • To consider or listen to a court case

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

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

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

major

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US / 'meɪdʒə(r) /

UK / ˈmedʒɚ /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Main league; esp. referring to American baseball
  • Important, serious, or large in scope, size
  • noun
  • High-ranking officer in the army
  • Main subject you study at university
  • verb
  • To study a particular subject at university

barbara

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US / ˈbɑːb(ə)rə /

UK / ˈbɑrbərə /

A1

seat

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US / si:t /

UK / sit /

A1
  • noun
  • Place where a government or organization is based
  • A chair or place to sit
  • Official position in an organization
  • Part of a chair on which a person sits
  • verb
  • To have seats available for a number of people
  • To give someone a place to sit down

two

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US / tu: /

UK / tu /

A1
  • number
  • 2

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 /

A1
  • preposition
  • Starting at a particular place, time or level

out

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US / aʊt /

UK / aʊt /

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 /

A1
  • 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

battle

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US / 'bætl /

UK / ˈbætl /

A2
  • noun
  • Military fight between armies
  • Working hard to stop something; struggle
  • verb
  • To fight or struggle against someone or something
  • To work hard to stop something; struggle

another

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US / əˈnʌðə(r) /

UK / əˈnʌðɚ /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • One more, but not this
  • determiner
  • One more added
  • pronoun
  • One more (thing)

critic

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US / 'krɪtɪk /

UK / ˈkrɪtɪk /

A2
  • noun
  • Person who judges (e.g. art) and gives opinions

hurt

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US / hɜ:t /

UK / hɚt /

A1
  • noun
  • Mental, emotional, or physical pain
  • verb
  • To cause pain, damage or injury

issue

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US / 'ɪʃu: /

UK / ˈɪʃu /

A2
  • noun
  • Important topic discussed, debated or argued over
  • Single edition of a magazine
  • verb
  • To make something available to be used or sold
  • To deliver a statement, etc. in an official manner

february

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US / ˈfebruəri /

UK / ˈfebrueri /

A1
  • noun
  • 2nd month of the year

something

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US / ˈsʌmθɪŋ /

UK / ˈsʌmθɪŋ /

A1
  • 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

arizona

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US / ˌæriˈzəunə /

UK / ˌærɪˈzonə /

A1
  • proper noun
  • A state in the southwestern US, on the border with Mexico; population 6,500,180 (est. 2008); capital

early

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US / ˈɜ:li /

UK / ˈɜ:rli /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Happening or appearing before
  • adverb
  • Coming/happening before others in a time sequence
  • Happening sooner than expected

large

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US / lɑ:dʒ /

UK / lɑ:rdʒ /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Big; of great size; broad, tall, wide, or fat

majority

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US / mə'dʒɒrətɪ /

UK / məˈdʒɔrɪti, -ˈdʒɑr- /

B1
  • noun
  • Amount that is more than half of a group

office

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US / ˈɒfɪs /

UK / ˈɔ:fɪs /

A1
  • noun
  • Room or building used for business
  • Important job position, often in a government

call

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US / kɔ:l /

UK / kɔl /

A1
  • noun
  • A order or request for action
  • The sound an animal makes, often when in danger
  • A correct prediction, e.g. a decision in a game
  • A short visit to a place or person
  • A decision by a referee or umpire in a game
  • verb
  • To make a request or order for action
  • (Animal) to make sounds to warn of danger
  • To announce the date of an election
  • To make a judgment about something
  • To give someone or something a name
  • To guess in advance the result or outcome
  • To visit a place or person for a short time
  • To phone someone
  • To speak, announce or shout in a loud voice

double

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US / 'dʌbl /

UK / ˈdʌbəl /

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

reporter

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US / rɪˈpɔ:tə(r) /

UK / rɪˈpɔrtɚ, -ˈpor- /

A1
  • noun
  • Someone whose job is to report news

any

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US / 'enɪ /

UK / ˈɛni /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • One, or some, no matter which
  • pronoun
  • One (thing) of many; some

come

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US / kʌm /

UK / kʌm /

A1
  • 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

judicial

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US / dʒuˈdɪʃl /

UK / dʒuˈdɪʃəl /

B2
  • adjecitve
  • Concerning the orders and laws of a court

layer

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US / ˈleiə /

UK / ˈleɚ /

B1
  • noun
  • One of several sheets of a material or object
  • verb
  • To put things one on top of another

experience

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US / ɪk'spɪərɪəns /

UK / ɪkˈspɪriəns /

A1
  • noun
  • Thing a person has done or that happened to them
  • An event at which you learned something
  • Knowledge gained by living life, doing new things
  • verb
  • To gain knowledge by doing things

now

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US / naʊ /

UK / naʊ /

A1
  • 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

politic

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US / ˈpɒlətɪk /

UK / ˈpɑlɪtɪk /

B2
  • adjecitve
  • Careful what you say; diplomatic

adam

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US / ˈædəm /

UK / ˈædəm /

A1
  • proper noun
  • (in the biblical and Koranic traditions) the first man. According to the Book of Genesis, Adam was c

ability

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US / ə'bɪlətɪ /

UK / əˈbɪlɪti /

A2
  • noun
  • The power, resources or skill to do something

but

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US / bət /

UK / bʌt,bət /

A1
  • conjunction
  • Used before you say something different, opposite

concussion

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US / kənˈkʌʃn /

UK / kənˈkʌʃən /

C2
  • noun
  • Injury to the brain caused by a blow

good

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UK / ɡʊd /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Proper, appropriate or right
  • (Of an amount) enough; plenty
  • Excellent; high quality
  • Acting well or properly; of moral character
  • In a positive or happy emotional state
  • noun
  • Advantage or benefit

become

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US / bɪ'kʌm /

UK / bɪˈkʌm /

A1
  • verb
  • To begin to be; grow to be; develop into
  • To be suitable for a particular job or role

democratic

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US / ˌdeməˈkrætɪk /

UK / ˌdɛməˈkrætɪk /

B2
  • adjecitve
  • (Of government) giving the people power, a vote
  • Having certain aspects of democracy

amy

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US / ə'mju:zɪŋlɪ /

UK / ə'mju:zɪŋlɪ /

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hover

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US / ˈhɒvə(r) /

UK / ˈhʌvər /

B2
  • verb
  • (Bird/helicopter) to fly staying in one position
  • To stay close to an area or place

not

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US / nɒt /

UK / nɑt /

A1
  • adverb
  • Word indicating the negative
  • (Used to form the negative of verbs)

compare

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US / kəm'peə(r) /

UK / kəmˈpɛr /

A1
  • verb
  • To consider how similar and different things are

member

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US / ˈmembə(r) /

UK / ˈmɛmbɚ /

A1
  • noun
  • Part of the body of a human, animal
  • Person or thing belonging to a group or team

would

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US / wʊd /

UK / wʊd /

A1
  • other
  • Used to indicate something imagined
  • Used to ask or request something politely
  • Verb used to indicate possibility, request etc.
  • Used to indicate a preference
  • Used to indicate a reaction
  • Indicates something that occurred repeatedly
  • Used to indicate willingness or ability to do

understand

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US / ˌʌndə'stænd /

UK / ˌʌndɚˈstænd /

A1
  • verb
  • To know the meaning of language, what someone says

can

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US / kæn /

UK / kən,kæn /

A1
  • 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

mcconnell

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UK / /

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pelosi

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US / ˈpelɪt /

UK / ˈpɛlɪt /

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sen

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US / sen /

UK / sɛn /

A1
  • other
  • A fractional monetary unit of Japan and Indonesia and Cambodia; equal to one hundredth of a yen or r

unprecedented

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US / ʌnˈpresɪdentɪd /

UK / ʌnˈprɛsɪˌdɛntɪd /

B1
  • adjecitve
  • Not having happened before, or to such a degree

want

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US / wɔnt /

UK / wɑnt, wɔnt /

A1
  • noun
  • Something you desire or wish for
  • State or condition of poverty
  • verb
  • To desire or wish for something; hope for a thing

business

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US / ˈbɪznəs /

UK / ˈbɪznɪs /

A1
  • noun
  • A company formed for making profit
  • Matter that has to be dealt with; task; situation
  • Activity of working to make a profit

resume

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US / rɪ'zju:m /

UK / rɪˈzum /

B2
  • noun
  • A record of your achievements and qualifications
  • verb
  • To return to your seat, a place or position
  • To continue something after a pause or break

whether

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US / ˈweðə(r) /

UK / ˈhwɛðɚ, ˈwɛð- /

A1
  • conjunction
  • If something will happen or not

labor

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US / 'leɪbə(r) /

UK / ˈlebɚ /

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  • noun
  • The people with work in a community
  • All of the workers in a country, specific company
  • verb
  • To struggle to do something because it's difficult
  • To work hard (often physically) for many hours

nomination

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US / ˌnɒmɪˈneɪʃn /

UK / ˌnɑ:mɪˈneɪʃn /

B2
  • noun
  • Act of choosing someone for a certain position

much

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US / mʌtʃ /

UK / mʌtʃ /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Very; to a high level or degree
  • adverb
  • A lot; large amount; a high degree of
  • Nearly; basically
  • On many occasions; often
  • noun
  • A large amount; a great quantity

standard

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US / 'stændəd /

UK / ˈstændəd /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Being the accepted normal level of quality
  • (Of a language) being the most accepted in a place
  • noun
  • Official unit of measuring something
  • Principle of behaving in a moral way

math

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US / mæθ /

UK / mæθ /

A2
  • noun
  • Study or science of numbers and shapes

though

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US / ðəu /

UK / ðo /

A1
  • adverb
  • Although, despite the fact that

for

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US / fə(r) /

UK / fɔr,fə /

A1
  • preposition
  • Used to show the purpose, or need of something

frequently

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US / ˈfri:kwəntli /

UK / ˈfrikwəntlɪ /

A2
  • adverb
  • Often; regularly

feinstein

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US / feɪnd /

UK / feɪnd /

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herself

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US / hɜ:ˈself /

UK / hɚˈsɛlf /

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  • pronoun
  • Female person that did the original action

necessarily

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US / ˌnesəˈserəli /

UK / ˌnɛsɪˈsɛrəli, -ˈsɛr- /

A2
  • adverb
  • In a way that is needed/required/is unavoidable

short

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US / ʃɔ:t /

UK / ʃɔrt /

A1
  • adverb
  • Less than what is needed
  • Suddenly stopping what you are saying or doing
  • verb
  • (Of electric circuit) to spark because faulty
  • adjecitve
  • Measuring a small distance
  • Happening for a small amount of time
  • Unfriendly or rude

time

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US / taɪm /

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A1
  • 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

why

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US / waɪ /

UK / hwaɪ, waɪ /

A1
  • adverb
  • Question word to ask for a reason
  • exclamation
  • (Used to express surprise or approval)

grow

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US / ɡrəʊ /

UK / ɡro /

A1
  • verb
  • To get bigger and more mature; make plants do this
  • To improve; to develop better skills over time
  • To develop and become bigger or taller over time

senator

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US / ˈsenətə(r) /

UK / ˈsɛnətɚ /

B2
  • noun
  • An elected politician belonging to the senate

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

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

tell

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US / tel /

UK / tɛl /

A1
  • 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

political

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US / pəˈlɪtɪkl /

UK / pəˈlɪtɪkəl /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Being active or interested in government matters
  • Diplomatic
  • Of the system of elections and government
  • Concerning government or public affairs
  • Involved in getting of power/influence in a group

number

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US / ˈnʌmbə(r) /

UK / ˈnʌmbɚ /

A1
  • noun
  • Symbols such as 1, 2, 56, 793
  • Particular song or dance performed during a show
  • Total quantity or amount of things
  • verb
  • To put numbers on things
  • To assign a sequence within a group, series, set
  • To claim to be part of a larger group, series, set

forfeit

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US / 'fɔ:fɪt /

UK / ˈfɔrfɪt /

B2
  • verb
  • To lose something as a punishment

catch

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US / kætʃ /

UK / kætʃ, kɛtʃ /

A1
  • noun
  • Amount of something that has been caught
  • Trick or something trying to deceive
  • verb
  • To stop something flying and hold it
  • To stop something and not let it go, e.g. animals
  • To get sick or get a disease from someone else
  • To find someone to do something, a task
  • To get stuck on or in something
  • To be trapped so you can’t escape
  • To be able to understand what someone is saying

right

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US / raɪt /

UK / raɪt /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Correct or true
  • The south side of you looking at the rising sun
  • adverb
  • Exactly in a place or time
  • Being appropriate for a particular event
  • In a straight or direct manner
  • noun
  • Something you are legally or morally allowed to do
  • Ideal of what is just and good
  • Political view based on conservatism
  • verb
  • To fix something previously wrong or unjust
  • To make upright, as a boat that has turned over

she

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US / ʃɪ /

UK / ʃi /

A1
  • pronoun
  • Female person or animal mentioned before
  • (Refers to female person mentioned before)

senate

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US / 'senət /

UK / ˈsɛnɪt /

B2
  • noun
  • A board of governors at a college or university

house

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US / haʊs /

UK / haʊs /

A1
  • noun
  • Place where a specific activity or business occurs
  • Building in which a family, person lives
  • verb
  • To give someone a place to live
  • To contain or store something

unfit

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US / ʌn'fɪt /

UK / ʌnˈfɪt /

B1
  • adjecitve
  • Not healthy; in poor condition
  • Not in good physical condition; out of shape

sing

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US / sɪŋ /

UK / sɪŋ /

A1
  • verb
  • To make musical sounds with your voice

great

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US / ɡreɪt /

UK / ɡret /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Very large in size
  • Very important
  • Very good; fantastic; wonderful
  • adverb
  • Very good; better than before
  • noun
  • Successful and well-admired person

factory

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US / ˈfæktri /

UK / ˈfæktəri /

A2
  • noun
  • Building where things are made

step

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US / step /

UK / stɛp /

A1
  • noun
  • Movement done as part of a particular dance
  • Distance covered by one movement of a leg; stride
  • One part or stage in a process
  • Sound made by the feet while walking; footstep
  • Flat horizontal piece that forms stairs
  • verb
  • To raise and moving the foot to put it down

sick

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US / sɪk /

UK / sɪk /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Having a physical or mental illness
  • Morally wrong; perverted

include

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US / ɪnˈklu:d /

UK / ɪnˈklud /

A1
  • verb
  • To make someone, something part of a group

down

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US / daʊn /

UK / daʊn /

A1
  • 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

week

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US / wi:k /

UK / wik /

A1
  • noun
  • Period of seven days from Sunday to Saturday

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

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
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  • Calls for Senator Dianne Feinstein to resign have intensified after her extended absence from Capitol Hill. The 89-year-old senator from California announced that she would temporarily forfeit her position on the Senate Judiciary Committee while recovering from a shingles infection. However, critics argue that she is no longer fit to serve and should step down permanently. This absence has significant implications for the Democratic agenda in the Senate. The committee, currently holding an 11-10 Democrat majority, is unable to pass any judicial nominations without Feinstein's presence, thus freezing the process. Democrats wanted to push through numerous federal judicial appointments, but this has been halted due to the lack of a tie-breaking vote. While it is not unprecedented for a senator to be absent for an extended period, the mathematics of the situation make this absence particularly critical. With Senator Feinstein's absence, Democrats will need to request a replacement on the committee, which raises questions about whether Republicans will agree. The longer this situation persists, the more it impacts the Democratic agenda. Some Democrats are now calling for Feinstein's resignation, viewing her extended absence as a growing problem that needs immediate resolution.
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  • crew -- from the Walter Cronkite school of journalism at Arizona state university.
  • Geoff: The senate returns to Washington next week without its oldest member, California senator Dianne Feinstein.
  • Calls are growing louder for her to step down for good.
  • Earlier this week, the 89-year-old announced she would temporarily forfeit her position on the senate judiciary community while she recovers from an infection, a move to allow committee business to resume it.
  • But that does not tamper critics who say she is no longer fit to serve.
  • Lisa, catch us up on why senator Feinstein has been out since February and why it matters now.
  • Lisa: She has been recovering from a shingles infection.
  • It has taken her longer to recover than usual.
  • That happens with older Americans more frequently than others.
  • It is not unprecedented for a senator to be out for two months, but what is unprecedented as the math of the situation.
  • Democrats hold the senate with a 51 seat majority.
  • They hold the judiciary committee with 11 Democrats to 10 Republicans.
  • Without Feinstein, that committee is at a time.
  • If it is a tie, the judiciary committee cannot pass on any judicial nominations.
  • The senate has not been doing anything else except for nominations.
  • Democrats wanted to get judge after judge on the federal bench.
  • Without Feinstein, that entire thing has frozen.
  • She has been requested to be replaced -- she has requested to be replaced on the community.
  • It is not clear if Republicans will agree to that next week.
  • Feinstein's absence has major consequences for the democratic agenda in the senate.
  • Geoff: I number of Democrats have said the longer this persists, the greater the problem becomes, but some Democrats are saying she has to resign now.
  • What is your view on that?
  • Lisa: We have questions hovering about her abilities in general.
  • Two house Democrats say she should resign, one of them a California Democrat, ro Khanna.
  • He says it is no longer clear she can fulfill her duties.
  • Earlier today, a person closer to Feinstein, senator Amy klobuchar, raise concerns.
  • Sen. Klobuchar: I want to see what happens in the next month or so.
  • If she can't come back month after month with this close cynic, that is not just going to hurt California, it is going to be an issue for the country.
  • Lisa: There are a lot of unspoken layers.
  • What is heard is senator Feinstein is mentally unfit.
  • I spoke to her in February.
  • It was a short conversation, short but normal.
  • Other reporters have had different experiences.
  • He did not seem to know when her retirement was announced, but her office tells me she is in charge, daily speaking with them , and my understanding is that unless something changes, she does not plan to retire.
  • Geoff: How does that compare to other senators you have covered?
  • Lisa: I can count on both hands -- I need both hands -- to say how many older male senators I have spoken to who have been confused, who have not understood made, including one who called me and had a rambling conversation that was very can sing.
  • -- Very confusing.
  • That person is no longer in the senate.
  • There is a double standard.
  • House speaker Nancy Pelosi this herself.
  • Speaker Pelosi: I don't know what political agendas are at work going after senator Feinstein in that way.
  • I have never seen them go after a man who was sick in the senate in that way.
  • Lisa: The other factories the age of the senate.
  • Right now, the one 18th congress, the average age of U.S. Senators is 64 years old.
  • In the department of labor, the average age of the U.S.
  • Workforce is 42, much younger.
  • A third of the U.S. Senate senate is 70 years of age or older.
  • There are obviously a number of senators who have been there a long time.
  • There is a question of when things need to change hands.
  • Another center over 80 years old, Mitch Mcconnell, is recovering as well from a concussion.
  • He has been out for several weeks.
  • He is to return Monday.
  • Geoff: What are the larger politics happening around whether senator Feinstein stays or goes?
  • Lisa: There is so much around thisace for her seat.
  • Just the Democrats alone running, Adam Schiff, Katie porter, Barbara B, a battle royale for house Democrats to try to get Feinstein's seat.
  • There are political reasons some Democrats would like her to retire, not necessarily the good of the country, though some Democrats say that as well.
  • Geoff: Lisa Desjardins, thank you for reporting.
  • Have a great weekend.
  • Lisa: You too.