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Real estate agents made fake offers to spark bidding wars

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US / səbˈmɪt /

UK / səbˈmɪt /

A2
  • verb
  • To accept a superior force has power over you

scare

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US / skeə(r) /

UK / sker /

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

among

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US / əˈmʌŋ /

UK / əˈmʌŋ /

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  • preposition
  • In the center of several things

agent

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US / 'eɪdʒənt /

UK / ˈedʒənt /

A2
  • noun
  • Chemical with the power to make chemical reactions
  • Person who represents or decides for others
  • A spy; someone who spies on other countries

after

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US / 'ɑ:ftə(r) /

UK / ˈæftɚ /

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

broker

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US / 'brəʊkə(r) /

UK / ˈbrokɚ /

B1
  • noun
  • Person who acts to buy or sell shares in companies
  • verb
  • To negotiate a business deal

guess

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US / ɡes /

UK / ɡɛs /

A1
  • noun
  • Answer given when you don't know if it is correct
  • verb
  • To give an answer without knowing if it is correct

will

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US / wɪl /

UK / wɪl /

A1
  • 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

bid

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US / bɪd /

UK / bɪd /

A2
  • verb
  • To propose an amount you want to pay for something
  • To order someone to do something
  • To express words of good wishes to someone leaving

terry

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US / 'terɪ /

UK / ˈtɛri /

A1
  • other
  • A pile fabric (usually cotton) with uncut loops on both sides; used to make bath towels and bath rob
  • English actress

contract

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US / 'kɒntrækt /

UK / 'kɑ:ntrækt /

A1
  • noun
  • Legal agreement, e.g. for doing work for money
  • Agreement to pay someone to kill a person
  • verb
  • To become ill as a result of getting a disease
  • To make an agreement for doing work for money
  • To reduce in size, length due to heat loss
  • To reduce the amount of

reality

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US / rɪ'ælətɪ /

UK / riˈælɪti /

A2
  • noun
  • What is true, as opposed to what is imagined

someone

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US / ˈsʌmwʌn /

UK / ˈsʌmˌwʌn, -wən /

A1
  • pronoun
  • Person who is not known or named

sell

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US / sel /

UK / sɛl /

A1
  • verb
  • To exchange something for money
  • To persuade people to do, like or agree

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

christine

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US / krɪˈstiːn /

UK / /

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professional

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US / prə'feʃənl /

UK / prəˈfɛʃənəl /

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

two

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US / tu: /

UK / tu /

A1
  • number
  • 2

real

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US / rɪəl /

UK / ˈriəl, ril /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Actually existing or happening, not imagined
  • Being important or special

base

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US / beɪs /

UK / bes /

A2
  • noun
  • Place military personnel live, train, and operate
  • Bottom part of an object that touches a surface
  • Unit of counting, e.g. 10 for counting
  • Most important idea or ingredient to add others
  • Origin or start from which something came
  • Main place where an organization or a person works
  • verb
  • To use as the starting point or origin for
  • To have as the main location for (company, etc.)

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

estate

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US / ɪˈsteɪt /

UK / ɪˈstet /

A2
  • noun
  • A large piece of land, usually with a large house
  • Group of houses all built at the same time

leave

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US / li:v /

UK / liv /

A1
  • noun
  • Permission to do something
  • Vacation time; time off work
  • verb
  • To go away from; depart
  • To gift property to someone after you die
  • To allow something to continue happening
  • To let something remain unused or available
  • To let something or someone remain somewhere

industry

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US / 'ɪndəstrɪ /

UK / ˈɪndəstri /

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

legitimate

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US / lɪ'dʒɪtɪmət /

UK / ləˈdʒɪtəmɪt /

B2
  • adjecitve
  • Being born to legally married parents
  • Being reasonable and sound
  • verb
  • To make acceptable and sound

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

sense

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US / sens /

UK / sɛns /

A1
  • noun
  • Certain mental feeling or emotion
  • Normal or clear state of mind
  • Meaning of a particular word, phrase or text
  • verb
  • To perceive using sight, sound, taste touch etc.
  • To recognize the presence of something

bogus

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US / 'bəʊɡəs /

UK / ˈboɡəs /

B2
  • adjecitve
  • Not genuine; false

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

star

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US / stɑ:(r) /

UK / stɑr /

A1
  • noun
  • Very famous person, usually an entertainer
  • Someone who does something very well
  • Your horoscope
  • A bright planet of hot gas in the night sky
  • A 5-6 sided asterisk-shape
  • verb
  • To perform or play a main role in a movie, play
  • To do something very well
  • To mark with a 5-6 sided asterisk-shape

our

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US / 'aʊə(r) /

UK / aʊr /

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  • determiner
  • Belonging to us

relationship

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US / rɪˈleɪʃnʃɪp /

UK / rɪˈleʃənˌʃɪp /

A2
  • noun
  • Connection between two or more people or things
  • Way people interact or live with each other
  • Romantic or loving friendship between two people

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

against

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US / əˈgenst /

UK / əˈɡenst /

A1
  • preposition
  • In physical contact with, as for support; next to
  • In opposition to; disagreeing with

compete

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US / kəmˈpi:t /

UK / kəmˈpit /

A2
  • verb
  • To try to beat others at something, e.g. a race

friend

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US / frend /

UK / frɛnd /

A1
  • noun
  • Person who you like and enjoy being with

now

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US / naʊ /

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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

behaviour

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US / bɪˈheɪvjə(r) /

UK / bɪˈhevjɚ /

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  • noun
  • The way a person or thing acts; manner

overpay

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US / ˌəʊvəˈpeɪ /

UK / ˌoʊvərˈpeɪ /

C2
  • verb
  • To pay too much for something

war

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US / wɔ:(r) /

UK / wɔr /

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  • noun
  • Situation where armies fight each other

jonathan

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US / ˈdʒɔnəθən /

UK / ˈdʒɑnəθən /

A1
  • noun
  • Red late-ripening apple; primarily eaten raw

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

would

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US / wʊd /

UK / wʊd /

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

element

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US / 'elɪmənt /

UK / ˈɛləmənt /

A2
  • noun
  • Essential or particular part of something

comment

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US / 'kɒment /

UK / ˈkɑmɛnt /

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

family

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US / 'fæməlɪ /

UK / ˈfæmli /

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  • noun
  • Close group of people or organizations
  • A group of people who are related through blood
  • Group of related plants or animals

tell

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US / tel /

UK / tɛl /

A1
  • verb
  • To (strongly) advise a person to do something
  • To be able to guess
  • To say or communicate information to someone
  • To inform, but without speaking; indicate
  • To have a negative effect on someone
  • To order someone to do something; command
  • To recognize something based on certain signs
  • To report something to an authority
  • To explain something or teach someone something

transaction

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US / trænˈzækʃn /

UK / trænˈsækʃən, -ˈzæk- /

B2
  • noun
  • An exchange in business usually involving money

govern

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US / ˈgʌvn /

UK / ˈgʌvərn /

B1
  • verb
  • To officially control land and make policies

secure

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US / sɪ'kjʊə(r) /

UK / sɪˈkjʊr /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Being attached to something tightly and surely
  • (Place that is) locked, guarded and safe
  • verb
  • To get or achieve something with certainty
  • To firmly attach something to something else
  • To protect from danger or harm, keep things safe

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

house

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US / haʊs /

UK / haʊs /

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

least

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US / li:st /

UK / list /

A1
  • adverb
  • In the smallest or lowest way
  • noun
  • Something that is of the lowest or smallest degree

she

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US / ʃɪ /

UK / ʃi /

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

value

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US / 'vælju: /

UK / ˈvælju /

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  • noun
  • Importance you attach to something
  • Some information expressed as a number
  • Stated price of something; worth
  • verb
  • To place a high importance on something
  • To say how much money something is worth

offer

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US / 'ɒfə(r) /

UK / ˈɔfɚ, ˈɑfɚ /

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  • 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

allegedly

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US / ə'ledʒɪdlɪ /

UK / ə'ledʒɪdlɪ /

B2
  • adverb
  • According to what has been alleged

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

investigation

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US / ɪnˌvestɪ'ɡeɪʃn /

UK / ɪnˌvɛstɪˈɡeʃən /

B1
  • noun
  • Search for information about something

instance

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US / 'ɪnstəns /

UK / ˈɪnstəns /

A2
  • noun
  • An example of something; case
  • verb
  • To give as an example of something else

his

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US / hɪz /

UK / hɪz /

A1
  • pronoun
  • Something belonging to a male person

overshadow

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US / ˌəʊvəˈʃædəʊ /

UK / ˌoʊvərˈʃædoʊ /

B2
  • verb
  • To be more important or significant by comparison

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

accord

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US / ə'kɔ:d /

UK / əˈkɔ:rd /

B1
  • noun
  • Agreement or harmony
  • An agreement or treaty between countries
  • verb
  • To be in harmony or agreement; consent
  • To give (someone) the respect due to them

nor

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US / nɔ:(r) /

UK / nɔr /

A2
  • conjunction
  • Not this or that; also not

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.

prospective

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US / prəˈspektɪv /

UK / prəˈspɛktɪv /

B1
  • adjecitve
  • Likely to happen or be something in the future

competition

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US / ˌkɒmpəˈtɪʃn /

UK / ˌkɑmpɪˈtɪʃən /

A2
  • noun
  • Fighting against others to win something

know

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US / nəʊ /

UK / noʊ /

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

trust

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US / trʌst /

UK / trʌst /

A2
  • noun
  • Wealth or property held by one person for another
  • The belief that someone is honest
  • Care or responsibility of a person
  • verb
  • To expect confidently
  • To have confidence or faith
  • To be confident someone is honest and reliable
  • To believe someone to be honest and reliable

away

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US / ə'weɪ /

UK / əˈwe /

A1
  • 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

client

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US / 'klaɪənt /

UK / ˈklaɪənt /

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  • noun
  • Person paying for professional services

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

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

order

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US / 'ɔ:də(r) /

UK / ˈɔrdɚ /

A1
  • noun
  • Religious or social group, as of nuns
  • Instructions to others to do what you want
  • State in which things are neat and organized
  • What you ask to buy, e.g. food in restaurant
  • Social or political control of an area
  • verb
  • To put things in a sequence, e.g. a, b, c
  • To give instructions to others to do what you want
  • To ask for something you want to buy, e.g. a meal

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US / mæt /

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A1
  • adjective
  • (of a colour, paint, or surface) dull and flat; without a shine.
  • noun
  • A matt paint or finish.
  • A sheet of cardboard placed on the back of a picture, either as a mount or to form a border.
  • verb
  • Give a matt appearance to (something)

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

also

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US / 'ɔ:lsəʊ /

UK / ˈɔlso /

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

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)

you

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US / jʊ /

UK / ju /

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

essential

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US / ɪ'senʃl /

UK / ɪˈsɛnʃəl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Extremely or most important and necessary

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

into

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US / 'ɪntə /

UK / ˈɪntu /

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

presse

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US / prɛs /

UK / /

A1
  • noun

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

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US / 'ri:əltə(r) /

UK / 'ri:əltər /

C2
  • noun
  • Person who sells or rents properties
  • other
  • Person who sells or rents properties

return

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US / rɪ'tɜ:n /

UK / rɪ'tɜ:rn /

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

tie

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US / taɪ /

UK / taɪ /

A2
  • noun
  • Item, such as string or wire, used to join things
  • Strong connection between people, countries
  • When both sides in a game, vote get same score
  • One match or game that is part of a bigger contest
  • Something that lessens a person's freedom
  • Thin piece of cloth worn round neck of shirt
  • Piece of wood/metal used to stop something moving
  • verb
  • To attach things (together) with a string or rope
  • To end a game, contest or vote with the same score
  • To require someone to be in a specific place

work

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US / wɜ:k /

UK / wɚk /

A1
  • 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

their

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US / ðɛː /

UK / ðer /

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  • determiner
  • Belonging to them

way

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US / weɪ /

UK / we /

A1
  • adverb
  • Used to emphasize the amount of something
  • noun
  • Particular aspect of something being thought about
  • One of various choices that could be made
  • Particular existing condition or state
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  • Route to go to a place
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fake

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  • Not real; made to look like something real
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  • A copy of something made to trick people
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  • To make move in sports to trick a player
  • To try to trick or deceive someone

wednesday

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  • Third day of the week; the day after Tuesday

announce

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  • To make a public statement about a plan, decision

bidding

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  • Proposing an amount you want to pay for something
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  • To order someone to do something
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neither

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  • Not one or the other not either none of two things
  • adverb
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they

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unnecessarily

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  • In an unnecessary manner

show

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  • False display of love, emotion or action
  • An event for displaying or promoting goods
  • Play, opera or theater production
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  • To be easily seen or displayed
  • To display your emotions or feelings
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  • To explain or teach how something is done
  • To lead someone somewhere; point them to something
  • To prove something to be true, correct
  • To reveal or allow something to be seen

blind

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  • Unable to see; with eyes that cannot see
  • Lacking in judgment or awareness
  • Be unable to see the truth about a situation
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  • Window covering that you can pull up and down
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  • To cause someone to lose the ability to see
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encourage

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  • To increase the chance of something happening
  • To make someone more determined or confident

pair

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  • Two of the same thing, e.g. socks
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  • To put two things or people together

such

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face

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  • Side or outer surface of something
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  • Front part of the head where eyes, mouth etc. are
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those

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  • The people or things we are talking about
  • pronoun
  • The objects far from the speaker

bonafide

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rigorous

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  • Being exact, precise, and carefully done

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  • 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
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  • To enter a ship, plane, or other vehicle
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  • To pay money to live in someone's house; lodge

much

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

statement

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under

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  • In the same place as another thing, but lower
  • adverb
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  • preposition
  • According to the terms of an agreement or law
  • Managed or controlled by the authority of
  • Being of a lesser quality or amount than expected
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  • Less or lower in age, amount, size or number

news

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for

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  • Fact of being able to be seen through
  • Quality of being clear and easily understood

home

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  • adverb
  • Into the correct or intended position
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  • 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
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  • To ask for, usually politely and formally
  • Introduction to Video Content
  • Real estate agents Christine Giroir and Jonathan Dauphiné-Fortin have had their contracts terminated by REMAX and are currently under investigation by their professional order. It has been alleged that they were submitting fake offers on homes to create bidding wars.
    A recent investigation by La Presse revealed that Giroir and Dauphiné-Fortin had friends and family members submit bogus offers on the homes they were selling, in order to create a sense of competition among legitimate buyers and drive up prices. Giroir, known for her appearance on the reality TV show Numéro 1, and Dauphiné-Fortin are now facing an investigation by the Real Estate Governing Board of Quebec (OACIQ).
    In response to the allegations, REMAX Quebec announced that it was cutting ties with the two agents, stating that their behavior goes against their values and the rules of the OACIQ. The statement emphasized the importance of trust in the relationship between brokers and their clients, which is an essential element in a real estate transaction.
    The bidding process in real estate has come under scrutiny, with some experts calling for more transparency. Terry Kalakos, a representative from Northeast Real Estate, believes that the practice of blind bidding needs to be abolished. He argues that the current system encourages buyers to overpay, as the offers are kept confidential and prospective buyers are left guessing how much they need to bid in order to secure a home.
    Kalakos argues for more transparency in the offers that are being made. Buyers should know what competing offers are being presented in order to make informed decisions. For example, if someone is bidding $490,000 on a house listed for $500,000 and they are told to submit a bonafide offer due to competing offers, it is crucial for them to know the exact nature of those competing offers.
    The alleged actions of Giroir and Dauphiné-Fortin highlight the potential pitfalls of the current bidding system in real estate. It remains to be seen how the investigation will unfold and what measures will be taken to address these issues.
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  • A pair of real estate brokers have had their contracts terminated by REMAX, and they're also under investigation by their professional order.
  • It comes after allegations were made they'd been submitting fake offers on homes in order to create bidding wars.
  • Matt Gilmore has the latest.
  • The realtors are Christine Giroir and Jonathan Dauphiné-Fortin.
  • A La Presse investigation revealed they allegedly had friends and family members submit bogus offers on homes they were selling to create a sense of competition among legitimate buyers to drive up prices.
  • Giroir is one of the stars of the reality TV show Numéro 1. She and Dauphiné-Fortin are now facing an investigation by the Real Estate Governing Board of Quebec, the OACIQ, and on Wednesday, REMAX Quebec announced it was cutting ties with the two agents.
  • Such behavior goes against our values and the rules of the OACIQ, in addition to overshadowing the rigorous work of the members of our industry.
  • The statement goes on to say the work of brokers is based on the relationship of trust with their clients, which is an essential element in a real estate transaction.
  • I think the whole idea of blind bidding needs to go away.
  • Terry Kalakos with Northeast Real Estate says the way the bidding process works encourages buyers to overpay.
  • Offers are kept confidential and prospective buyers are left having to guess how much they'll need to bid in order to secure a home.
  • There needs to be transparency in the offers that are coming in.
  • So basically if you're bidding on a house that is selling for $500,000 and you're going in at $490,000 and you have someone coming in and telling you you need to bonafide this offer because we have competing offers,
  • You need to know what those competing offers are.
  • According to La Presse, in at least one instance, Giroir and Dauphiné-Fortin had a friend submit a lowball offer to scare a prospective buyer into unnecessarily upping his bid by $40,000.
  • Neither Giroir nor Dauphiné-Fortin returned our request for comment.
  • Matt Gilmore, CTV News.