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120,000 public sector workers could vote to strike | Public Service Alliance of Canada

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air

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US / eə(r) /

UK / er /

A1
  • noun
  • Mixture of gases around the earth that we breathe
  • A person's manner intended to impress others
  • verb
  • To expose to the outside, to dry or freshen
  • To broadcast a TV or radio show
  • To open a subject to discussion and debate

government

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US / ˈgʌvənmənt /

UK / ˈɡʌvənmənt /

A1
  • noun
  • Group of people and system that rule a nation

process

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US / prə'ses /

UK / ˈprɑsˌɛs, ˈproˌsɛs /

A2
  • noun
  • Dealing with official forms in the way required
  • Set of changes that occur slowly and naturally
  • verb
  • To organize and use data in a computer
  • To deal with official forms in the way required
  • To prepare by treating something in a certain way
  • To adopt a set of actions that produce a result
  • To convert by putting something through a machine

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

rely

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US / rɪ'laɪ /

UK / rɪˈlaɪ /

B2
  • verb
  • Depend on with full trust or confidence

quebec

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US / kwɪ'bek /

UK / kwɪ'bek /

A1
  • proper noun
  • A heavily forested province in eastern Canada; population 7,546,131 (2006). Settled by the French in
  • A code word representing the letter Q, used in radio communication.

see

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US / si: /

UK / si /

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

agriculture

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US / ˈægrɪkʌltʃə(r) /

UK / ˈæɡrɪˌkʌltʃɚ /

A2
  • noun
  • The science of farming

focus

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US / 'fəʊkəs /

UK / ˈfokəs /

A2
  • noun
  • Main purpose or center of interest or activity
  • verb
  • To see clearly by adjusting your eyes or a camera
  • To keep your attention, concentration on one thing

before

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US / bɪˈfɔ:(r) /

UK / bɪˈfɔr,-ˈfor /

A1
  • adverb
  • At a time earlier than the present; previously
  • conjunction
  • In advance of something happening
  • preposition
  • In front of someone or something

have

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US / həv /

UK / hæv /

A1
  • 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

last

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US / lɑ:st /

UK / læst /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Most recent; the latest
  • The one before
  • adverb
  • Final; with nothing following; after all others
  • Most recent; the latest
  • determiner
  • The one at the end
  • verb
  • To remain or continue for a certain period of time

plan

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US / plæn /

UK / plæn /

A1
  • noun
  • Drawing of how something should be done or made

tonight

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US / təˈnaɪt /

UK / təˈnaɪt /

A1
  • adverb
  • Night following this day
  • noun
  • This evening; the night of today

federal

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US / 'fedərəl /

UK / ˈfɛdərəl, ˈfɛdrəl /

B1
  • adjecitve
  • Consisting of several united states

month

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US / mʌnθ /

UK / mʌnθ /

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

everyday

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US / ˈevrideɪ /

UK / ˈɛvriˈde /

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  • adjecitve
  • Used or seen daily; for daily use; ordinary

economic

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US / ˌi:kəˈnɒmɪk /

UK / ˌɛkəˈnɑmɪk, ˌikə- /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Concerning trade, industry, and money

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

canada

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US / 'kænədə /

UK / ˈkænədə /

A1
  • proper noun
  • A country in northern North America, the second largest country in the world; population 35,900,000

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

public

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US / 'pʌblɪk /

UK / ˈpʌblɪk /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Owned by the government
  • Concerning society in general
  • Being available or accessible to people in general
  • Known or able to be known by all people

any

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US / 'enɪ /

UK / ˈɛni /

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

aim

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US / eɪm /

UK / em /

A2
  • noun
  • Act of pointing something at a target
  • Purpose or goal
  • verb
  • To point something at a target
  • To intend to get a thing or for a thing to happen

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

think

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US / θɪŋk /

UK / θɪŋk /

A1
  • verb
  • To have an idea about something without certainty
  • To have an idea, opinion or belief about something

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

certainly

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US / ˈsə:tnli /

UK / ˈsɚtnli /

A1
  • adverb
  • Sure; of course

money

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US / 'mʌnɪ /

UK / ˈmʌni /

A1
  • noun
  • Coins or notes we use to pay for things

agency

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US / 'eɪdʒənsɪ /

UK / ˈedʒənsi /

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  • noun
  • Business that provides some service for others

affect

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US / ə'fekt /

UK / əˈfɛkt /

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  • verb
  • To cause a change in something else

immigration

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US / ˌɪmɪˈgreɪʃn /

UK / ˌɪmɪˈɡreɪʃn /

B1
  • noun
  • Process of moving your home to a new country

employment

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US / ɪmˈplɔɪmənt /

UK / ɛmˈplɔɪmənt /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Concerning the number of people who are in work
  • noun
  • The state of being in work or having a job

join

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US / dʒɔɪn /

UK / dʒɔɪn /

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  • verb
  • To bring something close to another, to become one
  • To become a member of
  • To participate in an activity with others

afternoon

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US / ˌɑ:ftəˈnu:n /

UK / ˌæftərˈnu:n /

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  • noun
  • Time after 12:00 and before the evening meal

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

keep

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US / ki:p /

UK / kip /

A1
  • 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

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

from

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US / frəm /

UK / frʌm, frɑm,frəm /

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

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

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

credit

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US / 'kredɪt /

UK / ˈkrɛdɪt /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Having a positive amount of money
  • noun
  • System to buy something and pay for it later
  • Points earned instead of money
  • Quality of having a good reputation for a reason
  • Points earned towards a university degree
  • verb
  • To add a certain amount of money to a total
  • To recognize someone's achievements or help

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

table

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US / ˈteɪbl /

UK / ˈtebəl /

A1
  • noun
  • Diagram that shows data in rows and columns
  • Raised flat surface you sit at to work or eat
  • verb
  • To leave an idea to be discussed at a later date

cut

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US / kʌt /

UK / kʌt /

A1
  • noun
  • Act/instance of reducing the size or amount of
  • Small opening made using a sharp object, knife
  • A wound on someone's skin caused by a sharp object
  • verb
  • To reduce the size or amount of something
  • To use knife or scissors to divide, open surfaces

but

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US / bət /

UK / bʌt,bət /

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

good

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US / ɡʊd /

UK / ɡʊd /

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

single

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US / 'sɪŋɡl /

UK / ˈsɪŋɡəl /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Being one only, without others
  • Only; merely
  • Not married or in a relationship
  • noun
  • One run in cricket or a hit baseball
  • An individual song from a CD or album
  • Person who is not married or in a relationship

security

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US / sɪ'kjʊərətɪ /

UK / sɪˈkjʊrɪtisə'kjurətɪ /

A2
  • noun
  • Department in a company in charge of protection
  • Financial document, like stocks, bonds and notes
  • Person paid to protect property and people
  • Things done to protect people, buildings etc.
  • Condition of being safe from danger or harm

not

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US / nɒt /

UK / nɑt /

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

our

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US / 'aʊə(r) /

UK / aʊr /

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  • determiner
  • Belonging to us

whole

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US / həul /

UK / hol /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Complete or full; all of
  • Being in a good condition
  • noun
  • Complete amount or sum; total

member

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US / ˈmembə(r) /

UK / ˈmɛmbɚ /

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

same

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US / seɪm /

UK / sem /

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  • adjecitve
  • Being equal in quality and amount
  • Identical; not different
  • Not changing; constant

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

canadian

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US / kəˈneɪdiən /

UK / kəˈnediən /

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerning the culture and people of Canada
  • noun
  • Person from Canada

graham

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US / 'greɪəm /

UK / 'greɪəm /

A1
  • adjective
  • Denoting or made from wholewheat flour that has not been sifted.

peaceful

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US / ˈpi:sfl /

UK / ˈpisfəl /

B1
  • adjecitve
  • In a calm and quiet state
  • Being unlikely or unwilling to act violently

begin

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US / bɪ'ɡɪn /

UK / ˈbeɡɪn /

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  • verb
  • To do the first part of an action; to start

chaos

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US / 'keɪɒs /

UK / ˈkeˌɑs /

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  • other
  • State of utter confusion or disorder

doubt

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US / daʊt /

UK / daʊt /

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

mass

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US / mæs /

UK / mæs /

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  • noun
  • Religious ceremony in some Christian churches
  • Large amount or number of something
  • Main or largest part of something
  • Large number of people considered as a whole
  • Amount of matter that an object has
  • verb
  • To gather people or things into a large group

board

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US / bɔ:d /

UK / bɔrd, bord /

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  • noun
  • Surface for posting or showing information
  • Group of persons who direct an organization
  • Long piece of material used for riding the waves
  • Long thin piece of wood, used for building; plank
  • verb
  • To enter a ship, plane, or other vehicle
  • To cover with long wooden strips of wood
  • To pay money to live in someone's house; lodge

system

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US / 'sɪstəm /

UK / ˈsɪstəm /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Working in an organized, logical way
  • noun
  • Set of organized, planned ideas that work together

alliance

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US / əˈlaɪəns /

UK / əˈlaɪəns /

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  • noun
  • Group of people/organizations working together

news

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US / nju:z /

UK / nu:z /

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  • noun
  • Broadcast on radio or TV about recent events
  • Information about recent events

question

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US / 'kwestʃən /

UK / ˈkwɛstʃən /

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

well

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US / wel /

UK / wɛl /

A1
  • 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

anywhere

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US / ˈeniweə(r) /

UK / ˈeniwer /

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  • adverb
  • To any extent or degree (often used with not)
  • In, at or to any place
  • other
  • Use to indicate limits or variation

never

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US / 'nevə(r) /

UK / ˈnɛvɚ /

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  • adverb
  • Not ever; not at any time

treasury

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US / ˈtreʒəri /

UK / ˈtrɛʒəri /

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  • noun
  • Government office concerned with finance

disability

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US / ˌdɪsə'bɪlətɪ /

UK / ˌdɪsəˈbɪlɪti /

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  • noun
  • Condition limiting your ability to do something

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

insurance

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US / ɪnˈʃʊərəns /

UK / ɪnˈʃʊrəns /

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  • noun
  • Protection against loss/injury/death you pay for

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)

spokesperson

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US / ˈspəukspə:sn /

UK / ˈspoksˌpɚsən /

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  • noun
  • Advocate who represents another’s policy/purpose

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

worker

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US / ˈwɜ:kə(r) /

UK / ˈwɜ:rkə(r) /

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  • noun
  • Person who works

their

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US / ðɛː /

UK / ðer /

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  • determiner
  • Belonging to them

inflationary

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US / ɪnˈfleɪʃənri /

UK / ɪnˈfleʃəˌnɛri /

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  • adjecitve
  • Tending to cause increases in prices

loom

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US / lu:m /

UK / lum /

B2
  • noun
  • Device with a frame used to make cloth from thread
  • verb
  • To appear in a large, unclear, or threatening form
  • (Of unpleasant thing) to be close to happening

wednesday

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US / ˈwenzdeɪ /

UK / ˈwenzdeɪ /

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  • noun
  • Third day of the week; the day after Tuesday

headquarter

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US / 'hed'kwɔ:tə /

UK / 'hed'kwɔ:tə /

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  • noun
  • Main office of a company or organisation

leah

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US / ˈliːə /

UK / ˈliːə /

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building

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US / ˈbɪldɪŋ /

UK / ˈbɪldɪŋ /

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  • noun
  • A structure with a roof and walls, e.g. a house
  • verb
  • To establish e.g. a reputation, over time
  • To construct a house, office, factory

old

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US / əʊld /

UK / old /

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

vote

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US / vəʊt /

UK / vot /

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  • noun
  • Act of deciding who to choose in an election
  • verb
  • To make a choice for or against, as in an election

work

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US / wɜ:k /

UK / wɚk /

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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

bit

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US / bɪt /

UK / bɪt /

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  • noun
  • Device put in a horse's mouth to control it
  • Small piece of something
  • verb
  • (E.g. of fish) to take bait and be caught

custom

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US / ˈkʌstəm /

UK / ˈkʌstəm /

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  • adjecitve
  • Specially made to order
  • noun
  • Tradition that most people in a community do

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

billion

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US / ˈbɪljən /

UK / ˈbɪljən /

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  • noun
  • Number 1,000,000,000

damage

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US / ˈdæmɪdʒ /

UK / ˈdæmɪdʒ /

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  • noun
  • Physical harm that is done to something
  • verb
  • To harm physically; to hurt or break something

everything

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US / 'evrɪθɪŋ /

UK / ˈɛvriˌθɪŋ /

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  • pronoun
  • All of the things mentioned

they

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US / ðeɪ /

UK / ðe /

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

very

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US / 'verɪ /

UK / ˈvɛri /

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

pressure

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US / 'preʃə(r) /

UK / ˈprɛʃɚ /

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  • noun
  • Anxiety caused by difficult problems
  • Force, weight when pressing against a thing
  • Strong persuasion to do something
  • verb
  • To apply force to something
  • To persuade or force someone to do something

travel

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US / ˈtrævl /

UK / ˈtrævəl /

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  • noun
  • Going to other places, esp. distant places
  • verb
  • To go to a place that is far away

concern

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US / kənˈsɜ:n /

UK / kənˈsɚn /

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

union

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US / 'ju:nɪən /

UK / ˈjunjən /

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  • noun
  • Act of joining two or more things into one
  • Marriage
  • Organization of workers to look after their needs

strike

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US / straɪk /

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  • noun
  • A punch or hit
  • Fact of not hitting the ball when playing baseball
  • Refusal to work to get more pay, protest something
  • verb
  • To hit something
  • To suddenly become (e.g. rich)
  • To have an idea occur to you

revenue

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US / 'revənju: /

UK / ˈrevənju /

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

tax

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UK / tæks /

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

after

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

will

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US / wɪl /

UK / wɪl /

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  • noun
  • Desire or choice of someone
  • Document saying who gets your money when you die
  • Strong desire to do something; determination
  • Desire to do something; strong wish to do
  • other
  • Used with verbs to express the future
  • verb
  • To leave property to someone after your death
  • To use mental effort to make something happen
  • Am (is, are) likely to do
  • To influence someone to do something
  • To make something happen by strongly wanting it

four

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US / fɔ:(r) /

UK / fɔr, for /

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  • number
  • 4

interact

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US / ˌɪntər'ækt /

UK / ˌɪntɚˈækt /

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  • verb
  • To talk or do things with each other

practically

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US / ˈpræktɪkli /

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  • adverb
  • Nearly, almost, or in effect

wait

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US / weɪt /

UK / wet /

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  • verb
  • To delay or not do something until later
  • To spend time until an expected thing happens
  • To remain in a place until a thing happens

clock

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  • noun
  • A device that shows the time
  • verb
  • To measure the time something takes

position

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US / pəˈzɪʃn /

UK / pəˈzɪʃən /

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  • noun
  • Person's opinion or attitude about something
  • Specific location where someone or something is
  • Where you play or your role on a sports team
  • Person's job or status level
  • Set of conditions affecting what you can (not) do
  • verb
  • To put in a particular location or direction

use

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US / ju:s /

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  • 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

age

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US / eɪdʒ /

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  • verb
  • To keep food, wine for a long time to improve it
  • To get older
  • noun
  • Period of time in history
  • Number of years a person or thing has lived

massive

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US / ˈmæsɪv /

UK / ˈmæsɪv /

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  • adjecitve
  • Very big; large; too big

noisy

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US / 'nɔɪzɪ /

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  • adjecitve
  • Being loud; too much sound

first

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US / fɜ:st /

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

get

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US / ɡet /

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

serious

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US / ˈsɪəriəs /

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  • adjecitve
  • Giving something great energy or sincerity
  • Needing thought or concentration; important; grave
  • Being sincere about something; not joking

evening

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US / ˈi:vnɪŋ /

UK / ˈivnɪŋ /

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  • noun
  • Last part of the day and early part of night
  • A social event in the early part of the night
  • verb
  • To make something level; to flatten
  • To make something equal

servant

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US / ˈsɜ:vənt /

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  • noun
  • Person paid to clean, cook, etc. in another's home

number

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US / ˈnʌmbə(r) /

UK / ˈnʌmbɚ /

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

tell

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US / tel /

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  • verb
  • To (strongly) advise a person to do something
  • To be able to guess
  • To say or communicate information to someone
  • To inform, but without speaking; indicate
  • To have a negative effect on someone
  • To order someone to do something; command
  • To recognize something based on certain signs
  • To report something to an authority
  • To explain something or teach someone something

closely

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US / 'kləʊslɪ /

UK / ˈkloslɪ /

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  • adverb
  • In a careful manner
  • Nearby; just next to

example

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US / ɪgˈzɑ:mpl /

UK / ɪɡˈzæmpəl /

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  • noun
  • Thing, person which represents a category

comment

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US / 'kɒment /

UK / ˈkɑmɛnt /

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

down

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US / daʊn /

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

during

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US / ˈdjʊərɪŋ /

UK / ˈdʊrɪŋ, ˈdjʊr- /

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  • preposition
  • At some point in the course of an event or thing

friday

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US / ˈfraɪdeɪ /

UK / ˈfraɪdeɪ /

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  • noun
  • Fifth day of the week; the day after Thursday

then

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US / ðen /

UK / ðɛn /

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

watch

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US / wɒtʃ /

UK / wɑtʃ /

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  • noun
  • Period of time someone is responsible for guarding
  • Device you wear on your wrist that shows the time
  • Official warning statement, e.g. of bad weather
  • verb
  • To keep in check, manage, or control something
  • To look at something for entertainment, e.g. TV
  • To guard a place or people; protect child, etc.
  • To look at carefully to work out what is happening
  • To protect and care for someone or something

again

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US / ə'ɡen /

UK / əˈɡɛn /

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  • adverb
  • One more time, once more

about

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US / ə'baʊt /

UK / əˈbaʊt /

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  • adverb
  • To be ready to; going to
  • Nearly; approximately; roughly
  • Near; next to; close to
  • In every direction; in the area of
  • preposition
  • Concerning or of (a topic)

current

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US / 'kʌrənt /

UK / ˈkɚrənt, ˈkʌr- /

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

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

shut

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US / ʃʌt /

UK / ʃʌt /

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  • verb
  • To stop being open for business
  • To close something, e.g. a door

week

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US / wi:k /

UK / wik /

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  • noun
  • Period of seven days from Sunday to Saturday

that

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US / ðæt /

UK / ðæt, ðət /

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

downtown

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US / ˌdaʊnˈtaʊn /

UK / ˈdaʊnˌtaʊn /

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  • adjecitve
  • Located in the business part of a town

big

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US / bɪɡ /

UK / bɪɡ /

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  • adjecitve
  • Popular
  • Serious
  • Large

lead

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US / li:d /

UK / lid /

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  • adjecitve
  • Being the main part in movies or plays
  • noun
  • Wire for electricity, computer, etc.; cable
  • Information that could help to solve a crime
  • Main part in a play or movie
  • Heavy, gray metal element
  • Rope used to tie something to stop it escaping
  • Act of being at the front in a race or game
  • verb
  • To show the way or guide others
  • To be at the front of a race or game
  • To travel in front of; go in advance of others

little

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US / 'lɪtl /

UK / ˈlɪtl /

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

person

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US / 'pɜ:sn /

UK / 'pɜ:rsn /

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  • noun
  • Man, woman or child

the

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US / ðə /

UK / ðə /

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

also

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US / 'ɔ:lsəʊ /

UK / ˈɔlso /

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

live

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US / lɪv /

UK / liv /

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

year

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US / jə: /

UK / jɪr /

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

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

legal

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US / 'li:ɡl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerning the law; allowed by law

make

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US / meɪk /

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  • noun
  • Product made by a particular company; brand
  • verb
  • To arrange or prepare something e.g. dinner
  • To get to (a place) on time
  • To gain the status of (teacher, lawyer, etc.)
  • To create something by putting things together
  • To earn a certain amount of money at a job
  • To cause or force a person to do something
  • To cause something to happen or be formed

outside

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US / ˌaʊtˈsaɪd /

UK / aʊtˈsaɪd, ˈaʊtˌsaɪd /

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

wage

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US / weɪdʒ /

UK / wedʒ /

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  • noun
  • Money paid to a worker for the hours they worked
  • verb
  • To start (war, etc.) to achieve a particular goal

this

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US / 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

able

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US / 'eɪbl /

UK / ˈebəl /

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

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US / ˈbɑːɡənɪŋ /

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  • verb
  • To discuss terms for a business deal; negotiate

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US / ˈsi:zn /

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  • noun
  • One of Spring, Summer, Autumn (Fall) and Winter
  • Time of year when something usually happens
  • verb
  • To add pepper and salt to something
  • To prepare wood for use by allowing it to dry

follow

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US / ˈfɔləu /

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  • verb
  • To come after someone; be guided by someone
  • To support someone, e.g. singer or comedian
  • To be the logical result of something
  • To happen after something else happens
  • To believe a set of values or a moral teacher
  • To understand something happening or being said

alright

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US / ɔ:lˈraɪt /

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  • adjecitve
  • OK; fine; good

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US / wʌn /

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

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US / 'ʌðə(r) /

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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

ottawa

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US / 'ɒtəwə /

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  • other
  • A member of the Algonquian people of southern Ontario

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US / stres /

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  • 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

than

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  • conjunction
  • Used to compare two things that are not equal
  • Introduction to Video Content
  • The potential for a strike by federal public servants in Canada is causing serious concerns. The main issues being raised are wages, working conditions, and inflationary pressure. The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) plans to be at the bargaining table all week, but if a strike vote goes ahead, it could have a significant impact on people's daily lives. This includes delays in services such as passport applications, employment insurance, and tax filings, with the clock ticking on the potential strike. PSAC has more than 120,000 members who could be in a legal strike position by Wednesday, with Canada Revenue Agency workers joining them on Friday. The primary concern for workers is wages, as many are struggling to keep up with the rising cost of living. Mass rallies have already taken place in Ottawa and Quebec, with concerns that a government shutdown could occur if the strike goes ahead. The impact of the strike would not only affect federal public servants but also have a ripple effect on services used by everyday Canadians. This includes potential delays in passport applications, which have already been a cause of chaos in recent months.
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  • Good evening.
  • We begin tonight with serious concerns about a strike by federal public servants.
  • The issues are wages, working conditions, and inflationary pressure.
  • CTV's Leah LaRock is following this for us and joins us live with more.
  • Leah.
  • Graham, the union says they plan on being at the bargaining table all week.
  • But this looming strike does have the potential to affect people's daily lives.
  • Everything from waiting for a passport, employment insurance, and it also comes during tax season.
  • The clock is ticking on a strike vote that could lead to a massive strike.
  • Stressed a little bit.
  • Just the unknown because it's my first strike.
  • So I'm learning about all the details that come with it.
  • And then of course, cost of living and everything.
  • So that's a big question on the mind.
  • More than 120,000 Public Service Alliance of Canada members will be in a legal strike position Wednesday.
  • Canada Revenue Agency workers will be in the same position on Friday.
  • Current economic context, wages are number one.
  • Our members make anywhere from $40,000 to $65,000 a year.
  • Workers in this country just can't keep up and workers are getting very frustrated.
  • Noisy but peaceful mass rallies in downtown Ottawa and whole Quebec.
  • The last big strike was 1991.
  • It affected everything from customs to agriculture to air travel.
  • I think the government will be practically shut down.
  • It's going to be very, very damaging for the operations of the government.
  • There's no doubt about it.
  • It's going to be a strike.
  • Never seen before.
  • The potential strike won't just impact federal public servants, but will have an impact on services that everyday Canadians use and rely on.
  • After months of chaos at passport offices, you could again be waiting.
  • Employment insurance, for example, the old age security, passport applications, any immigration applications.
  • Certainly you'll see other services as well around federal buildings and that.
  • You will still need to file your taxes, but you could be waiting for your refund.
  • Tax credits, GST credits, disability credits, etc.
  • And they will not be able to get their money.
  • Every single person who interacts with the tax system is going to be affected.
  • A spokesperson for the Treasury Board tells CTV News late this afternoon that they won't comment on the strike vote, but are focusing on the bargaining process.
  • Now all of this comes as the federal government aims to cut $15 billion from the public service over four years.
  • And that's something that the unions will be watching very closely.
  • Graham.
  • Alright, CTV's Leah LaRock outside PSAC headquarters tonight.