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Sonos Ray is Better and Cheaper

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  • noun
  • A large strong and aggressive woman
  • other
  • Mainly green tropical American parrots

call

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  • 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

where

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  • conjunction
  • At or in the place which
  • In whatever place
  • pronoun
  • Word you use to ask the location of something

any

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

audio

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerning sound

channel

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  • noun
  • Long hole dug in the ground, e.g. to move water
  • TV or radio station or its programs
  • Method or way of sending or receiving information
  • Narrow passage through which water travels
  • Method or route used for sending or getting things
  • verb
  • To dig a long hole for carrying water
  • To send (e.g. money) to a certain place or person
  • To direct water or liquid through a passage
  • To direct energy or feelings into something

company

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  • noun
  • Good feeling from being with someone else
  • A business that sells things or provides services
  • Guests, especially in your home
  • Being with another person rather than alone

come

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  • verb
  • To arrive at a place
  • (Of mail) to be delivered
  • To move toward someone; go with someone
  • To reach a certain point or state

echo

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  • noun
  • Repetition of sounds after bouncing off something
  • A repetition of events or circumstances
  • verb
  • (Of a place) to be filled with repeating sounds
  • (Of a sound) to be repeated
  • To repeat something, e.g. something someone said

help

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  • noun
  • Something given to enable a person to do something
  • Assistance given to someone in need
  • Someone who makes something easier or possible
  • verb
  • To act to enable a person to do something; assist
  • To make something better or less difficult

inexpensive

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  • adjecitve
  • Having a low price; cheap

game

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  • noun
  • Activity with rules that people play to have fun
  • Birds and animals people hunt to kill and eat
  • Match between two teams

and

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

certainly

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  • adverb
  • Sure; of course

dozen

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  • noun
  • 12 people or things

lot

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

onboard

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  • adjecitve
  • Situated or intended for use on board a vessel

react

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  • verb
  • To change when mixing with other chemicals
  • To behave or make a change in a particular way

from

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

out

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  • 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

affordable

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  • adjecitve
  • Cheap enough that it can be paid for

connection

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

height

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  • noun
  • Distance of something from the bottom to the top

nonetheless

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  • adverb
  • In spite of that; nevertheless

only

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

two

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  • number
  • 2

flat

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

industry

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  • noun
  • Hard work; being busy working
  • Factories or businesses that make certain products

most

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  • adverb
  • Very; extremely
  • Greatest possible degree
  • pronoun
  • Nearly all of something

mode

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  • noun
  • Fashion and design
  • Status or way of functioning

will

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

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  • Shelf or shelves that hold books

too

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

ever

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

sure

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  • adjecitve
  • Having no doubts about something
  • Have confidence in your own words or actions
  • Firmly established or held; being firm or stable
  • Being correct or true
  • adverb
  • What you say to agree willingly

here

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  • adverb
  • In this place; at this location, position or time

optical

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerning vision or helping people see
  • Concerning light, lenses or cameras

new

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  • adjecitve
  • Not old, recently born, built or made
  • Being or doing something for the first time
  • Not felt, seen or known previously
  • Having been recently bought or obtained

small

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  • adjecitve
  • Little in size; not big
  • (Of letters) not written in capital letters
  • Being insignificant or minor
  • (Of a business) with few people or things; local
  • (Of voice) being soft and quiet
  • (Of a child) being young

roam

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  • verb
  • To move about freely without a set destination

surround

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  • other
  • To be closely connected to and have an effect on
  • verb
  • To be all the way around something
  • To be closely connected to and have an effect on
  • To move closer on all sides of something

airplay

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  • noun
  • Time that songs are played on the radio

assistant

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  • adjecitve
  • (Person) helping another, usually as a job
  • noun
  • Person who helps another, usually as a job

overkill

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  • noun
  • Doing far too much; more effort than is necessary
  • verb
  • To make an effort more than is necessary

use

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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

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  • verb
  • To make someone happy because they got their wish
  • To do what is required in order to finish

while

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  • conjunction
  • In spite of the fact that; although
  • During the time that; at the same time
  • noun
  • Short amount of time

separate

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  • adjecitve
  • Being different from or unrelated to another
  • verb
  • To divide two things by being in between them
  • To live away from your husband or wife
  • To move things away from each other

straight

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  • adjecitve
  • Not having curves, bends, or angles
  • Not gay; heterosexual
  • honest and direct
  • adverb
  • in a line; immediately; honestly and directly

specialty

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  • adjecitve
  • Having a particular role or function
  • noun
  • Skill or a dish that a person, business is good at
  • The specific area of your field

worthwhile

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US / ˌwɜ:θˈwaɪl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Worth the money, time or effort of doing something

wide

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  • adjecitve
  • Having a great distance from one side to the other
  • adverb
  • Fully; completely

surprising

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  • adjecitve
  • Making you feel a bit shocked because unexpected
  • verb
  • To do something that another person didn't expect

differ

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  • verb
  • To be different; to be not like others

detailed

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  • adjecitve
  • Developed or made with great care

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

firstly

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  • adverb
  • Before anything else

leader

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  • noun
  • Person who is in charge of a group or task
  • Person or group who is currently winning

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

perform

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  • verb
  • To carry out an action well or successfully
  • To entertain an audience by dancing, singing etc.

operate

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  • verb
  • To control or handle something, such as a machine
  • To control or manage something such as a business
  • To be working or being used
  • To perform surgery on someone

not

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

size

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  • noun
  • How big or small a thing is
  • Standard measurements for clothing, shoes
  • verb
  • To make something to fit a particular measurement
  • To organize or group from small to large

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  • noun
  • Flat, raised structure that people stand on
  • Area from which you board a train at a station

talented

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  • adjecitve
  • Highly proficient or good at something

would

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  • 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

but

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  • conjunction
  • Used before you say something different, opposite

especially

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  • adverb
  • More than usual; extremely

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  • noun

good

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

google

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  • noun
  • A widely used search engine that uses text-matching techniques to find web pages that are important
  • other
  • Search the internet (for information) using the Google search engine

give

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

can

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  • 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

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  • verb
  • To start a career or an education
  • To become a competitor in a contest
  • To add or type information in a computer
  • To go into a room, building etc.

secondly

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  • adverb
  • Concerning a point or reason after the first

loud

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

fantastic

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  • adjecitve
  • Strange or unusual in design or appearance
  • Very large, fast or great
  • Hard to believe; amazing

excellent

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  • adjecitve
  • Extremely good

hdmi

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  • noun
  • A standard for connecting high-definition video devices.

subwoofer

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  • other
  • A loudspeaker that is designed to reproduce very low bass frequencies

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

almost

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US / 'ɔ:lməʊst /

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

information

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  • noun
  • Collection of facts and details about something

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

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  • noun
  • City where ships can shelter during a storm
  • Left side of a ship when facing forward
  • Opening in a computer where wires can be connected
  • Sweet wine that is produced in Portugal
  • verb
  • To move data from one computer system to another

without

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  • preposition
  • Not with; not having

remote

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  • adjecitve
  • Being far away from people, towns, etc.
  • (Of a possibility) being small or not likely
  • (Of time) far off; long ago; far in the future
  • Not friendly; separating yourself from others
  • noun
  • Radio device designed to operate TV, etc.

away

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

model

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

namely

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  • adverb
  • That is to say, specifically

polk

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upgrade

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US / ˌʌpˈgreɪd /

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  • noun
  • Updated or better version of something
  • verb
  • To improve something in terms of quality

exist

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  • verb
  • To be present, alive or real

instant

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  • adjecitve
  • (Food) requiring very little preparation
  • Occurring immediately
  • noun
  • A very short period of time

performer

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  • noun
  • Someone who completes a task well
  • Actor, musician, dancer, etc. who entertains

boost

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US / bu:st /

UK / bust /

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  • noun
  • An increase in something
  • verb
  • To increase something; to make something better
  • To push someone or something up from beneath them

competition

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US / ˌkɒmpəˈtɪʃn /

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  • noun
  • Fighting against others to win something

mini

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US / 'mɪnɪ /

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  • noun
  • Small British car
  • A very short skirt
  • prefix
  • Small

check

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  • adjecitve
  • Decorated with squares made up of lines
  • noun
  • Paper showing how much you owe at a restaurant
  • Printed piece of paper you sign to pay for things
  • A mark on a form, equivalent to 'yes'; tick
  • Mark used to show that something is correct
  • Procedure to prevent errors or control something
  • verb
  • To confirm the details of something are correct
  • To leave your things with staff who look after it
  • To examine something to see if something is wrong
  • To examine in order to prevent errors/a problem

compact

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  • adjecitve
  • Packed closely together
  • noun
  • Small case with face powder and a mirror
  • verb
  • To pack something closely or tightly

question

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US / 'kwestʃən /

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

definitely

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US / ˈdefɪnətli /

UK / ˈdefɪnətli /

A2
  • adverb
  • Without question; beyond doubt

enhancement

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US / ɪn'hɑ:nsmənt /

UK / ɪnˈhænsmənt /

B1
  • noun
  • Improvement that makes something more agreeable

pair

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US / peə(r) /

UK / per /

A2
  • noun
  • Two of the same thing, e.g. socks
  • Two people viewed together for some reason; couple
  • verb
  • To put two things or people together

smart

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US / smɑ:t /

UK / smɑ:rt /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Fashionable; well-dressed; well-groomed
  • Looking clean, neat and stylish
  • (Of phones, weapons) with clever features
  • Associated with rich, popular and stylish people
  • Clever; with intelligence
  • adverb
  • Energetic or quick in motion or movement
  • In a clever way; with intelligence
  • noun
  • Feeling of being hurt and upset
  • Sharp, burning pain
  • verb
  • To feel hurt or upset
  • To hurt with an unexpected sharp or burning pain

sound

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US / saʊnd /

UK / saʊnd /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Sensible, dependable and reliable
  • Unbroken or undisturbed, as of sleep
  • Firm or solid in structure
  • Sane; not mentally ill
  • Clearly reasoned; involving sense, good judgment
  • noun
  • Unique quality that characterizes a style of music
  • Waves traveling in air or water that can be heard
  • verb
  • To seem or appear to be, from what was said
  • To say in a clear deliberate manner
  • To make a noise, e.g. to ring a bell

capable

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US / 'keɪpəbl /

UK / ˈkepəbəl /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Being able to do something very well; proficient

inch

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US / ɪntʃ /

UK / ɪntʃ /

A1
  • noun
  • 1/12th of a foot (2.54 centimeters)
  • Very small distance
  • verb
  • To move or cause to move a small bit at a time

music

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US / 'mju:zɪk /

UK / ˈmjuzɪk /

A1
  • noun
  • Sounds that are sung or played to give pleasure
  • Academic study of rhythms and sounds
  • Written symbols that represent musical sounds

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

ask

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US / ɑ:sk /

UK / æsk /

A1
  • verb
  • To say to someone that you want something

atmo

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UK / /

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mortgage

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US / 'mɔ:ɡɪdʒ /

UK / ˈmɔrɡɪdʒ /

B1
  • noun
  • Long-term loan from a bank for buying property

start

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US / stɑ:t /

UK / stɑrt /

A1
  • noun
  • First time or place that a thing exists; beginning
  • First opportunity to achieve something, e.g. a job
  • Sudden action or movement because you are scared
  • other
  • Beginning of something in place or time
  • verb
  • To do, be or happen for the first time; begin
  • To turn something on

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

attractive

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US / əˈtræktɪv /

UK / əˈtræktɪv /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Making you like them, as by being good-looking

for

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US / fə(r) /

UK / fɔr,fə /

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

frequency

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US / 'fri:kwənsɪ /

UK / ˈfrikwənsi /

B1
  • noun
  • Number of repetitions of (radio or sound) wave
  • How often something happens

ray

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US / reɪ /

UK / re /

B1
  • noun
  • Person's name
  • Lines of light coming from an object
  • Fish with a pointed tail and flat body

time

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US / taɪm /

UK / taɪm /

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)

anyway

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US / ˈeniweɪ /

UK / ˈɛniˌwe /

A1
  • adverb
  • A word used to change the topic of a conversation

amount

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US / ə'maʊnt /

UK / əˈmaʊnt /

A1
  • noun
  • Quantity of something
  • verb
  • To add up to a certain figure

control

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US / kən'trəʊl /

UK / kənˈtrol /

A1
  • noun
  • A device designed to operate a machine
  • Participant in experiment that is left untouched
  • Act to dominate or command; make manageable
  • A law limiting the growth or spread of something
  • A place which overseas or manages e.g. a factory
  • verb
  • To direct or influence the behavior of something

though

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US / ðəu /

UK / ðo /

A1
  • adverb
  • Although, despite the fact that

home

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US / həʊm /

UK / hom /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • A sports team's own field or place of play
  • adverb
  • Into the correct or intended position
  • noun
  • House, apartment or building to be rented or sold
  • Institution for sick or elderly people
  • Place where a person or a family lives
  • Country where a person lives or was born
  • Region that is native to peoples, plant or animals
  • verb
  • To move towards a particular target location

just

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US / dʒʌst /

UK / dʒʌst /

A1
  • 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)

range

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US / reɪndʒ /

UK / rendʒ /

A2
  • noun
  • Cooking stove with multiple burners
  • Given distance from a point; how far plane can fly
  • Large grassy area where cattle wander and feed
  • Group or chain of mountains
  • Set of things with something in common
  • Limits within which something extends or varies
  • A set of products, e.g. so that people can choose
  • verb
  • To cover an area from one point to another
  • To extend to or vary within given limits
  • To put things in a row or in line
  • To wander or explore

level

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US / 'levl /

UK / ˈlɛvəl /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • (Sports) equal to another
  • Being steady and determined (e.g. a voice)
  • noun
  • Specific height of something
  • Amount of ability you have compared to others
  • Floor or deck within a building
  • Tool used to determine if something is lying flat
  • verb
  • To aim a gun at someone
  • To destroy a building; flatten an area completely
  • To make things flat or even
  • To make a score equal to another, in sports

price

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US / praɪs /

UK / praɪs /

A1
  • noun
  • Person's name
  • Cost of something in money
  • verb
  • To determine or set the cost of something

stereo

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US / ˈsteriəʊ /

UK / ˈsterioʊ /

B1
  • noun
  • Device transmitting sound through two speakers

stand

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US / stænd /

UK / stænd /

A1
  • noun
  • Effort to fight against something
  • Piece of furniture; device to hold or support
  • Place in a stadium where spectators watch
  • Table where things are sold at a fair or market
  • verb
  • To be a candidate in an election
  • To be able to accept someone, something; bear
  • To last for a long time
  • To be upright; not be sitting or lying down
  • To place something in a particular position; place
  • To be (as stated)
  • To still be valid
  • To have an opinion about something

surprised

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US / səˈpraɪzd /

UK / sərˈpraɪzd /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Feeling a shock when something unexpected happens
  • verb
  • To do something that another person didn't expect

bass

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US / beɪs /

UK / beɪs /

B2
  • noun
  • Type of fish
  • Large cello or electric guitar with 4 strings
  • Lowest-sounding singing voice

mention

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US / 'menʃn /

UK / ˈmɛnʃən /

A2
  • noun
  • Act of referring to or talking about something
  • verb
  • To refer to or talk or write about something

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

also

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US / 'ɔ:lsəʊ /

UK / ˈɔlso /

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

cheap

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US / tʃi:p /

UK / tʃip /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Not costing a lot of money
  • Having a low quality or value
  • Not liking to spend money; mean; stingy

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)

live

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US / lɪv /

UK / liv /

A1
  • 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

you

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US / jʊ /

UK / ju /

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

surprisingly

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US / sə'praɪzɪŋlɪ /

UK / səˈpraɪzɪŋlɪ /

B1
  • adverb
  • In an unexpected manner; to an unexpected degree

hardware

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US / ˈhɑ:dweə(r) /

UK / ˈhɑ:rdwer /

A2
  • noun
  • Physical parts of a computer, machine or device
  • Items such as computers, monitors and keyboards
  • Metal tools or parts used to repair something

play

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US / pleɪ /

UK / pleɪ /

A1
  • noun
  • Loose, free movement between two objects
  • Single action in a sports game
  • Performance in which people act in a theater
  • verb
  • To act as a character in a movie, or on stage
  • To perform music on an instrument
  • To use a device, e.g. a video game
  • To do something for enjoyment and fun
  • To do or perform a game or sport

spotify

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US / 'spɔ:tɪv /

UK / 'spɔ:tɪv /

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this

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US / ðɪs /

UK / ðɪs /

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

favourite

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US / ˈfeɪvərɪt /

UK / 'fevərɪt /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Best liked or most enjoyed
  • noun
  • A thing that someone likes best or enjoys most

able

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US / 'eɪbl /

UK / ˈebəl /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Skilled; good at something
  • Having the ability to do something

adjust

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US / əˈdʒʌst /

UK / əˈdʒʌst /

A2
  • verb
  • To change; to attain a desired state or function
  • To change so as to fit in with new conditions

equally

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US / ˈi:kwəli /

UK / ˈiːkwəli /

A1
  • adverb
  • In an equal, even, or identical manner

three

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US / θri: /

UK / θri /

A1
  • number
  • Number 3

below

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US / bɪ'ləʊ /

UK / bɪˈlo /

A1
  • preposition
  • In a lower position, place, or level

body

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US / ˈbɒd.i /

UK / ˈbɑdi /

A1
  • noun
  • An object distinct from other objects
  • A group of people involved in an activity together
  • Main part of something
  • A person's physical self

budget

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US / 'bʌdʒɪt /

UK / ˈbʌdʒɪt /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Low cost; inexpensive
  • noun
  • Amount of money planned to be spent
  • verb
  • To make a plan for how to spend your money

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

nest

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US / nest /

UK / nɛst /

B1
  • noun
  • Home, e.g. of twigs, made by a bird, insect etc.
  • Things designed to fit together
  • Place where you feel secure; home or own room
  • verb
  • To create or live in a nest
  • To fit together, inside or around each other

grill

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US / ɡrɪl /

UK / ɡrɪl /

B1
  • noun
  • Plate of food that has been grilled
  • Metal bars on which food is cooked over fire
  • Restaurant where meat, esp. steaks, are served
  • verb
  • To cook directly over fire on a flat metal bars
  • To ask many (difficult) questions for a long time

other

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US / 'ʌðə(r) /

UK / ˈʌðər /

A1
  • 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

lack

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US / læk /

UK / læk /

A2
  • noun
  • The state of not having or not having enough of
  • A shortage of something
  • verb
  • To not have, or not have enough, of something

include

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US / ɪnˈklu:d /

UK / ɪnˈklud /

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

practice

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US / 'præktɪs /

UK / ˈpræktɪs /

A2
  • noun
  • The office and place for legal or medical work
  • Doing something many times to become better at it
  • verb
  • To work as a doctor or lawyer
  • To live according to the teachings of a religion
  • To do something many times to improve a skill

suppose

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US / sə'pəʊz /

UK / səˈpoʊz /

A2
  • conjunction
  • What if
  • verb
  • To imagine or guess what might happen

about

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US / ə'baʊt /

UK / əˈbaʊt /

A1
  • 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)

compatibility

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US / kəmˌpætə'bɪlətɪ /

UK / kəmˌpætəˈbɪlətɪ /

B2
  • noun
  • Ability to get on (or be used) well together

even

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US / 'i:vn /

UK / ˈivən /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Being equal in influence, power, possibility etc.
  • Being divided equally or fairly
  • (Of teams/contest) with similar chances of success
  • Smooth, level, or regular
  • Can be divided by 2; ending in 2, 4, 6, 8, or 0
  • At a regular, equally steady manner
  • Remaining steady and unchanging
  • adverb
  • (When this is surprising) as well; too
  • (Used to compare two things/stress the difference)
  • verb
  • To make something level; to flatten
  • To make something equal

people

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US / 'pi:pl /

UK / ˈpipəl /

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

like

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US / laɪk /

UK / laɪk /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Being equal in status or kind to something else
  • Similar; the same
  • adverb
  • For example
  • preposition
  • Used as a filler; used to ad emphasis
  • In a way similar to the way something is done
  • Such as; for example
  • verb
  • To want to
  • To find something pleasing; to prefer something

second

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US / 'sekənd /

UK / ˈsɛkənd /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • 2nd; the one following first
  • noun
  • Unit of time; one sixtieth of a minute
  • Short period of time that you wait for someone
  • (Do) soon

soundstage

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UK / /

C2
  • noun
  • Silent room for making or editing movies, music

that

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US / ðæt /

UK / ðæt, ðət /

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

what

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US / wɒt /

UK / hwɑt, hwʌt, wɔt, wʌt,hwət, wət /

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

apple

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US / ˈæpl /

UK / ˈæpəl /

A1
  • noun
  • Hard round red or green fruit with a white center

case

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US / keɪs /

UK / kes /

A1
  • noun
  • Container used to carry things, e.g. clothes
  • Set of facts about a crime
  • Set of facts about an event
  • Example or instance of something
  • verb
  • To find out about a place, as in planning to steal

mean

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US / mi:n /

UK / min /

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

offer

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US / 'ɒfə(r) /

UK / ˈɔfɚ, ˈɑfɚ /

A1
  • noun
  • Price you say you are willing to pay for something
  • Act of making a thing available to be accepted
  • verb
  • To suggest a price you are willing to pay
  • To give the opportunity to accept something
  • To say you are willing to do something
  • To give or say something as an act of worship

partner

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US / 'pɑ:tnə(r) /

UK / ˈpɑrtnɚ /

A2
  • noun
  • One you have a business/personal relationship with
  • Someone you have personal relationship with
  • verb
  • To join with others for work or other activity

supplement

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US / 'sʌplɪmənt /

UK / ˈsʌpləmənt /

B1
  • noun
  • Added extra to support or make something complete
  • Vitamins, etc. added to diet for health reasons
  • Additional section, e.g. of a newspaper
  • verb
  • To add extra to support or make something complete

example

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US / ɪgˈzɑ:mpl /

UK / ɪɡˈzæmpəl /

A1
  • noun
  • Thing, person which represents a category

happen

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US / 'hæpən /

UK / ˈhæpən /

A1
  • verb
  • To take place or occur

fun

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US / fʌn /

UK / fʌn /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Amusing and enjoyable
  • noun
  • Enjoyable or amusing quality or feeling

touch

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US / tʌtʃ /

UK / tʌtʃ /

A1
  • noun
  • Certain way of doing that makes something special
  • A small amount of something
  • Feeling of a surface
  • verb
  • To affect feelings, especially by causing sympathy
  • To be next to each other with no space between
  • To get involved with (used in negative)
  • To feel an object with your fingers, etc.

concession

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US / kən'seʃn /

UK / kənˈsɛʃən /

B1
  • adjecitve
  • A discount (e.g. for a bus) for being young, old
  • noun
  • Special right granted, as by someone in authority
  • Giving something up to reach an agreement

sub

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US / sʌb /

UK / sʌb /

B2
  • prefix
  • A prefix meaning 'under' or 'instead of'

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

its

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US / ɪts /

UK / ɪts /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Referring to or belonging to ‘it’
  • determiner
  • Of something; belonging or related to something
  • other
  • Possessive form of “it”

top

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US / tɒp /

UK / tɑp /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Being good or great; excellent
  • Being the most in degree or quality
  • noun
  • Item of clothing covering shoulders to waist, hips
  • A cover or lid
  • Part (e.g. road) that is the furthest away
  • Highest or upper part or point of something
  • Best or highest status or position
  • Flat upper surface or edge of an object
  • Child's toy that spins on its point
  • Upper section or leaves of fruits and vegetables
  • Winning in a sport or contest
  • verb
  • To be higher or larger than a specific value
  • To arrive at the highest point of something
  • To put a cover or layer or over something
  • To kill; murder
  • To hold the highest position on a list
  • To be more important, successful or better than
  • To beat someone or win at a game

who

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  • Introduction to Video Content
  • Sonos Ray is a new addition to the Sonos lineup, offering an affordable option for those looking to enhance their home theater experience. While Sonos is known for its high-quality and innovative products, affordability has not always been its strong suit, especially when it comes to home theater systems. For example, Sonos offers a subwoofer that is priced at $749, which may not be within everyone's budget. This is where the Sonos Ray comes in. Priced at $279, it is now the most inexpensive home theater system that the company has ever offered. The Sonos Beam, another popular soundbar from the company, stands at $449 in comparison. Despite its lower price, the Sonos Ray is still a full-blooded soundbar, offering a similar design and features as the Beam. However, there are some concessions made at this price point. The Ray is about 2/3 the size of the Beam, measuring 22 inches wide. Both soundbars have a durable plastic body and grill, as well as touch controls on the top. They are designed to connect to your TV and improve its sound quality, especially with the use of speech enhancement modes. It is worth noting that neither soundbar comes with a remote control, as you can use either your TV remote or the Sonos app to adjust the volume and control your music. Both models also feature the Sonos Multiroom system, which is known for its compatibility with various streaming services and its ability to connect with Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, and Tidal Connect. However, there are some key differences between the two soundbars that contribute to the lower price of the Ray. Firstly, the Ray is a stereo soundbar and does not have Atmos height channels or surround sound capabilities. Secondly, it only offers an optical connection, unlike most soundbars on the market today that also have HDMI ports. While this may be seen as a drawback for some, it is worth noting that most TVs still have an optical port and the lack of Dolby Atmos support may not be a dealbreaker for everyone. Overall, the introduction of the Sonos Ray allows more individuals to enjoy the benefits of a Sonos home theater system at a more affordable price point.
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  • Sonos is a lot of things, a manufacturer of hardware, a fantastic multi-room system.
  • One thing it is rarely called is affordable, especially when it comes to home theater.
  • For example, the company makes a subwoofer designed to partner with any of its speakers, but it's a flat $749.
  • What are people who are looking to supplement a games room or bedroom TV supposed to do?
  • Enter the Sonos Ray.
  • At $279, it's now the most inexpensive home theater system the company has ever offered.
  • The Sonos Beam, meanwhile, stands at $449.
  • And while there are some concessions at this price, the new Ray is still a full-blooded soundbar.
  • The Ray looks a lot like the Beam, but it's about 2 3rds of the size at 22 inches wide.
  • Both soundbars feature a hard-wearing plastic body and grill and feature touch controls on the top.
  • Both are designed to connect to your TV and make it sound better than ever, especially with the use of the speech enhancement modes.
  • Neither come with remote controls as you just use your TV remote or the Sonos app to adjust the volume or operate your music.
  • Both models naturally feature the Sonos Multiroom system, which is an industry leader and offers compatibility with dozens of streaming services, as well as connection with Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect,
  • And Tidal Connect.
  • But from here on in is where the two start to differ and why the Ray is able to offer the cheaper price.
  • Firstly, this is a stereo soundbar, no Atmos height channels or surround here.
  • Secondly, the Sonos Ray offers an optical connection only, unlike most soundbars made today, which also feature HDMI.
  • What does this mean in practice?
  • Most TVs include an optical port anyway, and the lack of Dolby Atmos isn't a huge deal.
  • Unlike other well-known products from the company like the Sonos One and even the Roam portable speaker, the Ray lacks an onboard voice assistant.
  • Other speakers have the option to use Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or the new Sonos voice assistant straight from the soundbar.
  • Personally, I don't like having microphones on the soundbar because what happens when you ask a question?
  • Your TV shows audio goes away.
  • The Ray is still able to be controlled by a separate smart speaker like the Amazon Echo or the Google Nest Mini, and they're cheap to buy.
  • How does the Sonos Ray sound?
  • I was surprised at how well the Ray performed in a reasonable-sized living room.
  • The speaker's not as loud as the Beam, but it can still play music and movies at satisfying volume levels.
  • It also has a surprising amount of bass for the compact size.
  • Sure, adding a sub will help when it comes to movies, but music sounds good without it.
  • Of all the company's soundbars, this is the one that sounds most like the Sonos One, and as that's my favorite smart speaker, this is definitely a good thing.
  • The Ray is balanced-sounding with a detailed mid-range, and it's not too bright in the high frequencies.
  • It's capable of a wide soundstage thanks to its proprietary tweeter design, so it doesn't sound like a small speaker at all.
  • At almost $300, it does have a lot of competition, namely most of Vizio's range of soundbars and even more specialty models like the Polk React.
  • Most of these also have subwoofers, which gives them an instant boost for movies.
  • Yes, you can add the sub I mentioned at the start, but at three times the price of the Ray, it's almost certainly a case of overkill.
  • Adding a pair of $200 Symphonist bookshelf speakers as surrounds is a worthwhile upgrade, though.
  • While the Sonos Ray isn't what I'd call a budget model, it is nonetheless a very attractive soundbar.
  • It comes with the company's excellent streaming platform and features that timeless Sonos design.
  • If you have an existing Sonos system or are looking for a soundbar that plays music and movies equally well without needing to take out a second mortgage, the Ray's a surprisingly fun and talented performer.
  • For more information on this and other Sonos products, check out the links below.