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Is Uber in trouble? | CNBC Explains

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own

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US / əʊn /

UK / on /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Belong to oneself
  • determiner
  • Yours, his, hers, etc.; not belonging to another
  • pronoun
  • (Something) belong to myself
  • verb
  • To have something as your property

firm

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US / fɜ:m /

UK / fɚm /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Fairly hard or solid, not soft
  • Unchanging and strong
  • noun
  • Company that sells goods or services
  • verb
  • To make something become more solid or durable

first

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US / fɜ:st /

UK / fɚst /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • 1st; Coming before all others in time or place
  • noun
  • Something that has not happened before
  • Position of the winner of a competition

president

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US / ˈprezɪdənt /

UK / ˈprɛzɪdənt,-ˌdɛnt /

A2
  • noun
  • Person in charge of a country, or organization

sex

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US / seks /

UK / sɛks /

A2
  • noun
  • State of being male or female
  • Physical activity by which we produce babies

sue

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US / su: /

UK / su /

B2
  • noun
  • Person's name
  • verb
  • To take legal action against someone

city

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US / 'sɪtɪ /

UK / ˈsɪti /

A1
  • noun
  • Area with many buildings, roads and people

argue

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US / ˈɑ:gju: /

UK / ˈɑ:rgju: /

A1
  • verb
  • To fight or disagree over something
  • To state your reasons for or against an idea

bias

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US / 'baɪəs /

UK / ˈbaɪəs /

B1
  • noun
  • Preference to believe things even if incorrect
  • verb
  • To unfairly favor one view over another

ethical

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US / ˈeθɪkl /

UK / ˈɛθɪkəl /

B1
  • adjecitve
  • Morally right; following principles of goodness
  • Involving the choice between right and wrong

guilty

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US / 'ɡɪltɪ /

UK / ˈɡɪlti /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Responsible for doing something wrong

despite

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US / dɪˈspaɪt /

UK / dɪˈspaɪt /

A2
  • preposition
  • Without being affected by something; in spite of

dig

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US / dɪg /

UK / dɪɡ /

A2
  • verb
  • To move material to create a hole

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

miami

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US / maɪˈæmi /

UK / maɪˈæmi /

A1
  • other
  • A member of the extinct Algonquian people formerly living in northern Indiana and southern Michigan

select

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US / sɪ'lekt /

UK / sɪˈlɛkt /

A2
  • verb
  • To choose a suitable thing from a group

she

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US / ʃɪ /

UK / ʃi /

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

value

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US / 'vælju: /

UK / ˈvælju /

A1
  • 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

find

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US / faɪnd /

UK / faɪnd /

A1
  • noun
  • Object discovered by chance
  • Things that have been discovered from searching
  • verb
  • To become aware of something that is happening
  • To discover or meet by chance
  • To decide if someone is guilty of a crime, or not
  • To learn through study, research, or effort
  • To discover something by looking for it

nail

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US / neɪl /

UK / nel /

B1
  • noun
  • Pointed piece of metal used to join pieces of wood
  • Hard part at the end of your finger
  • verb
  • To attach things together with metal nails
  • To catch someone doing an illegal activity
  • To complete something perfectly or successfully

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’

threat

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US / θret /

UK / θrɛt /

A2
  • noun
  • Warning of probable trouble
  • A warning that you may be harmed

rival

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US / 'raɪvl /

UK / 'raɪvl /

A2
  • verb
  • To be nearly as good as others in quality, skill
  • To be in opposition often as competitors
  • adjecitve
  • Matching the quality, skill, et. of others
  • Opposing; being the team you compete against
  • noun
  • Someone you are competing against/trying to beat

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

straw

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US / strɔ: /

UK / strɔ /

B1
  • adjecitve
  • Dry yellow stems of crops such as wheat
  • noun
  • Thin tube used for sucking up liquids to drink

disrupt

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US / dɪsˈrʌpt /

UK / dɪsˈrʌpt /

B2
  • verb
  • To cause a disturbance in an activity in progress

hit

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US / hɪt /

UK / hɪt /

A1
  • noun
  • A planned killing, usually for money
  • Song, movie etc. that is successful
  • When someone strikes someone or something
  • Time when a player makes contact with the ball
  • Time when a website is accessed
  • verb
  • To have a negative impact on a person/place/thing
  • To press something, such as a button or switch
  • To suddenly realize the importance of something
  • To move your hand, a bat, etc. against with force
  • To fight, attack or damage something or someone
  • To arrive at a specific place, level, or goal
  • To make contact with the ball in a game or sport

number

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US / ˈnʌmbə(r) /

UK / ˈnʌmbɚ /

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

endless

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US / ˈendləs /

UK / ˈɛndlɪs /

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  • adjecitve
  • Having or appearing to have no end

fire

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US / 'faɪə(r) /

UK / faɪr /

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  • noun
  • Heat and the flame produced when burning
  • Intense energy for or about something
  • verb
  • To apply heat to something to make it hard
  • To make a person leave their job; dismiss
  • To shoot a gun or weapon
  • To launch something into the sky, e.g. a rocket
  • To start working on something e.g. a project

force

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US / fɔ:s /

UK / fɔrs, fors /

A1
  • noun
  • Group of persons trained for military action; army
  • Pressure; attraction
  • The use of physical strength/violence to persuade
  • verb
  • To use physical strength or violence to persuade

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 /

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  • 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

then

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US / ðen /

UK / ðɛn /

A1
  • adverb
  • A time that is not now
  • Following another thing in time or arrangement
  • Following on reasonably from what was just stated
  • At that time, not now

ceo

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US / ˌsiː iː ˈəʊ /

UK / ˌsiː iː ˈoʊ /

C2
  • abbreviation
  • CEO for Chief Operating Officer

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

operate

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US / ˈɒpəreɪt /

UK / ˈɑ:pəreɪt /

A1
  • 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

south

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US / saʊθ /

UK / saʊθ /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Direction to your right when facing the rising sun
  • Coming from the opposite direction from north
  • noun
  • The direction to your right of the rising sun

business

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US / ˈbɪznəs /

UK / ˈbɪznɪs /

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

exec

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US / ɪɡ'zek /

UK / ɪɡ'zek /

A2
  • noun
  • Shortened form of 'executive'

but

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US / bət /

UK / bʌt,bət /

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

record

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US / 'rekɔ:d /

UK / ˈrekərd /

A1
  • noun
  • Highest or most extreme level achieved
  • Round plastic disc on which music has been stored
  • History of a person's past actions or achievements
  • verb
  • To indicate a temperature, speed, etc.; register
  • To write down or say what happened
  • To put music, sounds onto a device to store it

towards

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US / tə'wɔ:dz /

UK / 'təuədz, twɔ:dz /

A1
  • preposition
  • In the direction of someone or something

reputation

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US / ˌrepjuˈteɪʃn /

UK / ˌrɛpjəˈteʃən /

B1
  • noun
  • Common opinion that people have about someone

final

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US / ˈfaɪnl /

UK / ˈfaɪnəl /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • That will not be changed; permanent
  • Being the last thing in a series
  • noun
  • Last game in a series in a competition

internal

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US / inˈtə:nəl /

UK / ɪnˈtɚnəl /

B1
  • adjecitve
  • Being or happening in the body
  • Being, happening in a country, state, organization
  • Within or inside; interior; not external

same

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US / seɪm /

UK / sem /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Being equal in quality and amount
  • Identical; not different
  • Not changing; constant

register

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US / 'redʒɪstə(r) /

UK / ˈrɛdʒɪstɚ /

A2
  • noun
  • Till; machine used add up things you buy
  • Range of notes of a person's (singing) voice
  • verb
  • To record your name on an official list; sign up
  • To show an amount on a measurement device
  • (Of feelings) to show or make visible

smooth

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US / smu:ð /

UK / smuð /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Moving without stops and starts
  • Pleasant and flat to touch, not rough
  • Being free from problems or difficulties
  • verb
  • To make something rough feel flat, e.g. by ironing
  • To spread a substance over a surface

resignation

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US / ˌrezɪgˈneɪʃn /

UK / ˌrɛzɪɡˈneʃən /

B1
  • noun
  • Reluctant acceptance when a thing can't be avoided
  • Act of leaving a job because you want to

transform

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US / træns'fɔ:m /

UK / trænsˈfɔrm /

C2
  • verb
  • To change the shape completely in a good way

lawsuit

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US / ˈlɔ:su:t /

UK / ˈlɔˌsut /

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  • noun
  • A proceeding in law courts to get a legal decision

online

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US / ˌɒnˈlaɪn /

UK / ˌɑ:nˈlaɪn /

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  • adjecitve
  • Connected to the internet

seven

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US / ˈsevn /

UK / ˈsɛvən /

A1
  • number
  • Number 7

taxi

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US / 'tæksɪ /

UK / ˈtæksi /

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  • noun
  • Car that transports people for money
  • verb
  • (Plane) to move before taking off or after landing

transportation

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US / ˌtrænspɔ:ˈteɪʃn /

UK / ˌtrænspɔ:rˈteɪʃn /

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  • noun
  • Act of moving people or goods between places

want

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US / wɔnt /

UK / wɑnt, wɔnt /

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

development

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US / dɪ'veləpmənt /

UK / dɪˈvɛləpmənt /

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  • noun
  • Act or process of growing bigger or more advanced
  • A new event related to a previous event

logistic

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US / lə'dʒɪstɪkl /

UK / loˈdʒɪstɪk /

B2
  • adjecitve
  • Concerning planning and organizing a large project

not

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US / nɒt /

UK / nɑt /

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

powerful

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US / ˈpauəful /

UK / ˈpaʊəfəl /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Having control or influence over
  • Having a lot of physical force, energy, strength

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

financial

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US / faɪˈnænʃl /

UK / faɪˈnænʃ(ə)l /

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  • adjecitve
  • Involving money

under

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US / ˈʌndə(r) /

UK / ˈʌndɚ /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • In the same place as another thing, but lower
  • adverb
  • In a lower quantity or price than expected
  • 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
  • Influenced or affected by something or someone
  • Less or lower in age, amount, size or number

vehicle

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US / ˈvi:əkl /

UK / ˈvi:hɪkl /

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  • noun
  • Machine (such as a car) used to carry things
  • Means of expressing, showing, or achieving

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

coffin

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US / ˈkɒfɪn /

UK / ˈkɔ:fɪn /

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  • noun
  • Wooden box in which a dead body is put

exploit

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US / ɪk'splɔɪt /

UK / ɪkˈsplɔɪt /

B1
  • noun
  • Personal journey or series of events
  • verb
  • To selfishly take advantage of or treat badly
  • To use something in a very effective manner

job

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US / dʒɒb /

UK / dʒɑ:b /

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  • noun
  • Something that must be done
  • Regular work at which you earn money

face

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US / feɪs /

UK / fes /

A1
  • noun
  • Side or outer surface of something
  • An expression using mouth, nose, eyes etc.
  • Front part of the head where eyes, mouth etc. are
  • Characteristics you show in public
  • verb
  • To cover a surface with something like paint
  • To deal with a problem or responsibilities
  • To look toward; point in a certain direction

though

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US / ðəu /

UK / ðo /

A1
  • adverb
  • Although, despite the fact that

complaint

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US / kəmˈpleɪnt /

UK / kəmˈplent /

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  • noun
  • Saying something is wrong and should be changed
  • Official charge against a person by the police
  • A medical problem with your body; illness

criminal

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US / ˈkrɪmɪnl /

UK / ˈkrɪmənəl /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Involving illegal activity; relating to crime
  • Not justifiable; shameful
  • noun
  • Person who commits a crime

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)

letter

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US / 'letə(r) /

UK / ˈlɛtɚ /

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  • noun
  • One of the 26 parts of the English alphabet
  • Message you put in an envelope and send by post

report

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US / rɪ'pɔ:t /

UK / rɪˈpɔrt, ˈport /

A1
  • noun
  • Account of the necessary facts and information
  • The telling of news in the media
  • Official statement about something
  • verb
  • To submit a report or bill to the government
  • To write in a newspaper or speak on a news program
  • To state something officially
  • To officially present yourself to an authority
  • To describe something by telling it to others

black

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US / blæk /

UK / blæk /

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  • adjecitve
  • Color of the sky on a dark night
  • noun
  • A person with dark skin, often of African origin
  • Person's name
  • verb
  • To fill in something to make it a very dark color

brake

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US / breɪk /

UK / brek /

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  • noun
  • Mechanism on car, train, bike to make it slow down
  • verb
  • To stop or slow down a car when driving

determine

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US / dɪ'tɜ:mɪn /

UK / dɪˈtɚmɪn /

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  • verb
  • To control exactly how something will be or act
  • To establish the facts about; discover

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

time

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US / taɪm /

UK / taɪm /

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

through

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US / θru: /

UK / θru /

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  • adjecitve
  • having finished using or doing something
  • adverb
  • From the beginning of something until the end
  • preposition
  • Over, in, across an entire thing or place
  • Allowing you to pass between, or to
  • By a particular way or process; by the use of

sexual

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US / ˈsekʃuəl /

UK / ˈsɛkʃuəl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Relating to men and women and their relationships
  • Of the physical activity that can produce babies

driver

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US / ˈdraɪvə(r) /

UK / ˈdraɪvɚ /

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  • noun
  • People who move cattle from one place to another
  • Someone who operates a vehicle
  • A club with a wooden head used when playing golf

harassment

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US / 'hærəsmənt /

UK / hə'ræsmənt /

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  • noun
  • Continually bothering someone in an unfair way

vice

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US / ˌvaɪs /

UK / ˌvaɪ.sə /

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  • adverb
  • used to say that what you have just said is also true in the opposite order

grow

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US / ɡrəʊ /

UK / ɡro /

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

intellectual

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US / ˌɪntəˈlektʃuəl /

UK / ˌɪntlˈɛktʃuəl /

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  • adjecitve
  • connected with or using a person’s ability to think in a logical way and understand things
  • other
  • a person who is well educated and enjoys activities in which they have to think seriously about thin

notable

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US / ˈnəʊtəbl /

UK / ˈnoʊtəbl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Being famous or well-known
  • Deserving notice or mention; important

launch

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US / lɔ:ntʃ /

UK / lɔntʃ, lɑntʃ /

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  • noun
  • Starting a new project; introducing new product
  • Act of firing rockets into the air
  • verb
  • To start a new project; start selling a product
  • To put a rocket into the air
  • To put a ship into the water for the first time

protest

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US / 'prəʊtest /

UK / ˈproʊtɛst /

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  • noun
  • Forceful argument against something
  • Objection to something
  • verb
  • To argue against something in a forceful way
  • To express a strong objection or dislike

stream

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US / stri:m /

UK / strim /

A2
  • noun
  • Classes split into ability levels
  • A small river
  • verb
  • To send a constant flow of data over the internet
  • To split classes or students into ability levels

within

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US / wɪˈðɪn /

UK / wɪðˈɪn, wɪθ- /

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

evade

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US / ɪˈveɪd /

UK / ɪˈved /

B2
  • verb
  • To avoid being captured; avoid answering

figure

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US / ˈfiɡə /

UK / ˈfɪɡjɚ /

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  • noun
  • Your body shape
  • Numbers in a calculation
  • Doll-like thing meant to represent a person
  • Picture or diagram giving information in a text
  • Person who is very important or famous
  • Shape of a person seen indistinctly or in outline
  • Amount that is expressed in numbers
  • verb
  • To appear in a game, play or event
  • To calculate how much something will cost
  • To understand after thinking; work out

china

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US / ˈtʃaɪnə /

UK / ˈtʃaɪnə /

A1
  • noun
  • A communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the wo
  • other
  • High quality porcelain originally made only in China

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 /

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

verdict

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US / ˈvɜ:dɪkt /

UK / ˈvɚdɪkt /

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  • noun
  • Jury or judges finding or decision as to guilt

america

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US / ə'merɪkə /

UK / əˈmɛrɪkə /

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  • noun
  • The United States of America; North America and/or South America

all

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US / ɔ:l /

UK / ɔl /

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  • 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 /

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

passenger

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US / 'pæsɪndʒə(r) /

UK / ˈpæsəndʒɚ /

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  • noun
  • Person who is traveling in a vehicle

officer

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US / ˈɒfɪsə(r) /

UK / ˈɔ:fɪsə(r) /

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  • noun
  • Person of high position in an organization
  • Person of high position in the military

russia

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US / 'rʌʃə /

UK / 'rʌʃə /

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  • proper noun
  • A country in northern Asia and eastern Europe; population 143,500,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Mos

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

travis

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US / ˈtrævɪs /

UK / ˈtrævɪs /

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who

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US / hu: /

UK / hu /

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

wipe

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US / waɪp /

UK / waɪp /

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  • noun
  • Act to clean or dry something with a cloth
  • verb
  • To clean or dry something with a cloth
  • To spread a liquid on something

extensive

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US / ɪkˈstensɪv /

UK / ɪkˈstɛnsɪv /

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  • adjecitve
  • Large; full or complete

link

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US / lɪŋk /

UK / lɪŋk /

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  • noun
  • Any one of the rings that are part of a chain
  • Connection between two or more things or people
  • Webpage item you click to go to another webpage
  • verb
  • To join or connect together

take

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US / teɪk /

UK / tek /

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

veto

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US / ˈvi:təʊ /

UK / ˈvito /

B2
  • noun
  • Act of not allowing while acting in authority
  • verb
  • To not allow while in a position of authority

reportedly

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US / rɪˈpɔ:tɪdli /

UK / rɪˈpɔ:rtɪdli /

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  • adverb
  • According to information heard from some sources

result

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US / rɪ'zʌlt /

UK / rɪˈzʌlt /

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  • noun
  • Something produced through tests or experiments
  • Final score of a competition, election or game
  • verb
  • To be the outcome of other causes and effects

act

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US / ækt /

UK / ækt /

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  • noun
  • What someone did; action; behavior
  • A law or rule passed by a government we must obey
  • One of the parts that a stage play is divided into
  • verb
  • To behave in a certain way
  • To perform on a stage or in a movie

believe

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US / bɪ'li:v /

UK / bɪˈliv /

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

customer

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US / ˈkʌstəmə(r) /

UK / ˈkʌstəmɚ /

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  • noun
  • Someone who buys goods or services from a business

general

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US / 'dʒenrəl /

UK / ˈdʒɛnərəl /

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

pour

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US / pɔ:(r) /

UK / pɔr, por /

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  • verb
  • To fill a person's glass or cup with a drink
  • To make something flow in a steady stream
  • To rain very heavily

announce

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US / əˈnaʊns /

UK / əˈnaʊns /

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

between

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US / bɪˈtwi:n /

UK / bɪˈtwin /

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  • preposition
  • From one person, thing, or place, to another
  • In the space that separates two objects
  • Among two or more people who share something

billion

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US / ˈbɪljən /

UK / ˈbɪljən /

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  • noun
  • Number 1,000,000,000

geoff

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US / hɑ:ˈməʊniəs /

UK / hɑrˈmoniəs /

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they

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US / ðeɪ /

UK / ðe /

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

possible

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US / ˈpɒsəbl /

UK / ˈpɑsəbəl /

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

acquire

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US / ə'kwaɪə(r) /

UK / əˈkwaɪr /

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  • verb
  • To get or earn something by thinking or working

fill

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US / fɪl /

UK / fɪl /

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  • noun
  • Act of filling; amount used to make something full
  • verb
  • To make something full
  • To move into all parts of an area
  • To repair a surface by adding a substance to it
  • To use (time); to do something during

old

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US / əʊld /

UK / old /

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

automate

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US / 'ɔ:təmeɪt /

UK / ˈɔtəˌmet /

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  • verb
  • To make automatic by using machines

government

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US / ˈgʌvənmənt /

UK / ˈɡʌvənmənt /

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

his

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US / hɪz /

UK / hɪz /

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  • pronoun
  • Something belonging to a male person

recently

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US / ˈri:sntli /

UK / 'risṇtlɪ /

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  • adverb
  • Just a while ago; not long ago

silicon

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US / ˈsɪlɪkən /

UK / ˈsɪlɪkən, -ˌkɑn /

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  • noun
  • Mineral used in making steel and computer parts

unceremoniously

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US / ˌʌnserəˈməʊnɪəslɪ /

UK / ˌʌnsɛrəˈmonɪəslɪ /

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  • adverb
  • Without due respect or politeness; roughly

with

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US / wɪð /

UK / wɪð, wɪθ /

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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

increase

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US / ɪn'kri:s /

UK / ɪnˈkris /

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  • noun
  • Fact of increasing; amount something grows by
  • verb
  • To make or become larger in size or amount

marketing

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US / ˈmɑ:kɪtɪŋ /

UK / ˈmɑ:rkɪtɪŋ /

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  • noun
  • The act of selling services or goods
  • verb
  • To publicize products to get you to buy; advertise

organize

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US / ˈɔ:gənaɪz /

UK / ˈɔ:rgənaɪz /

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  • verb
  • To arrange and plan things, e.g. a party

end

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US / end /

UK / ɛnd /

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

discredit

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US / dɪs'kredɪt /

UK / dɪsˈkrɛdɪt /

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  • verb
  • To damage the reputation of

mark

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US / mɑ:k /

UK / mɑrk /

A2
  • noun
  • Person's name
  • A dirty spot or line on something
  • Grade or score given for homework
  • Line or symbol made when writing
  • Particular point on a scale of measurement
  • Grade, such as a student receives in school
  • Stain or spot on something
  • Sign or symbol of a quality of feeling
  • Written sign or symbol
  • verb
  • To put a dirty spot or line on something
  • To give a grade for homework
  • To indicate something with a sign or symbol
  • To make or leave a visible sign of (path, etc.)
  • (Animals) to go to the toilet to show your area
  • To write or draw a line on something

jack

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US / dʒæk /

UK / dʒæk /

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  • noun
  • Increase the amount or intensity of something
  • Tool for exerting pressure or lifting
  • verb
  • To increase the amount or intensity of something
  • To exert pressure on by lifting

sailing

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US / ˈseɪlɪŋ /

UK / ˈselɪŋ /

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  • noun
  • Trip or journey on a ship
  • Act of moving a boat across water
  • verb
  • To travel across water in a boat or a ship
  • To move along quickly and smoothly

counsel

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US / ˈkaʊnsl /

UK / ˈkaʊnsəl /

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  • verb
  • To listen and give expert advice to someone

group

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US / ɡru:p /

UK / ɡrup /

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  • noun
  • Two or more musicians who play music together
  • Number of people or things gathered together
  • verb
  • To combine or collect objects or people together

month

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US / mʌnθ /

UK / mʌnθ /

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

world

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US / wɜ:ld /

UK / wɜrld /

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  • noun
  • All the humans, events, activities on the earth
  • Political division due to some kind of similarity

hand

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US / hænd /

UK / hænd /

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

quickly

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US / ˈkwɪkli /

UK / ˈkwɪklɪ /

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  • adverb
  • Without taking a lot of time; fast

senior

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US / 'si:nɪə(r) /

UK / ˈsinjɚ /

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  • adjecitve
  • Being older than another person
  • Concerning the needs or activities of older people
  • (Student) in the final year of school
  • noun
  • Person who has usually reached a specific old age
  • Person who is older than someone else
  • Person with higher status or authority than
  • Student who is in the final year of school

car

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US / kɑ:(r) /

UK / kɑr /

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  • noun
  • A vehicle with wheels and engine to carry people

before

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US / bɪˈfɔ:(r) /

UK / bɪˈfɔr,-ˈfor /

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

allegedly

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US / ə'ledʒɪdlɪ /

UK / ə'ledʒɪdlɪ /

B2
  • adverb
  • According to what has been alleged

investigation

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US / ɪnˌvestɪ'ɡeɪʃn /

UK / ɪnˌvɛstɪˈɡeʃən /

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  • noun
  • Search for information about something

have

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US / həv /

UK / hæv /

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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

part

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US / pɑ:t /

UK / pɑ:rt /

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  • adjecitve
  • To some degree; half; not fully
  • noun
  • Division of a book
  • Ratio of something, e.g. 3 of gin, 1 of tonic
  • A line in a person's hair, made with a comb
  • Character an actor plays on stage, movie, or TV
  • Some, but not all of a specific thing
  • Role in causing something to happen
  • verb
  • To make a line in a person's hair, by using a comb
  • To move two things apart creating a space
  • To leave someone, or to break off a relationship

polarize

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US / ˈpəʊləraɪz /

UK / ˈpoʊləraɪz /

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  • verb
  • To divide opinions into two extremes

also

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US / 'ɔ:lsəʊ /

UK / ˈɔlso /

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

five

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US / faɪv /

UK / faɪv /

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  • number
  • 5

january

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US / ˈdʒænjuəri /

UK / ˈdʒænjueri /

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  • noun
  • 1st month of the year

payment

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US / ˈpeɪmənt /

UK / ˈpemənt /

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  • noun
  • Amount of money that is paid for something

woman

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US / ˈwʊmən /

UK / ˈwʊmən /

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  • noun
  • Adult female human being

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

big

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US / bɪɡ /

UK / bɪɡ /

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  • adjecitve
  • Popular
  • Serious
  • Large

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

demand

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US / dɪ'mɑ:nd /

UK / dɪˈmænd /

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  • noun
  • Desire customers have to buy product, service
  • A strong request for someone to do something
  • verb
  • To strongly request someone to do something

trump

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US / trʌmp /

UK / trʌmp /

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  • noun
  • Any playing card of a suit that outranks another
  • verb
  • To gain an advantage over others

backer

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US / ˈbækə(r) /

UK / ˈbækɚ /

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  • noun
  • Person supporting another person, often with money

dispute

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US / dɪ'spju:t /

UK / dɪˈspjut /

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  • noun
  • Argument with someone about something
  • A question or doubt about something
  • verb
  • To argue with someone about something
  • To disagree about who owns or controls something
  • To question the truth or reality of something

into

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US / 'ɪntə /

UK / ˈɪntu /

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

leak

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US / li:k /

UK / lik /

B1
  • noun
  • Act of (gas, liquid) escaping through a small hole
  • Information released that wasn't supposed to be
  • verb
  • (Of a tire) to have air, liquid escaping; (Of air)
  • To make secret information public
  • (Liquid) to go out of/get in through crack/opening

one

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US / wʌn /

UK / 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

power

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US / 'paʊə(r) /

UK / ˈpaʊɚ /

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  • noun
  • Legal or official right to perform certain actions
  • Ability to move forcefully and quickly
  • Energy of something (e.g. electricity or fuel)
  • Mathematical way to multiply a number
  • Condition of being in political control
  • Physical force, energy, and strength
  • verb
  • To give energy to something, e.g. by electricity
  • To move something forcefully and quickly

turn

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US / tɜ:n /

UK / tɚn /

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  • noun
  • Place where changing of direction happens
  • Your time or chance to perform a duty
  • Your chance to play or do in say a game
  • Unexpected change, as in the weather
  • verb
  • To become (a particular age)
  • To become a different quality, color, etc.
  • To change the direction of something, e.g. a car
  • To move in an opposite direction or position
  • To shape metal with a spinning tool

unethical

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US / ʌnˈeθɪkl /

UK / ʌnˈeθɪkl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Behaving in a way not meeting moral standards

sexually

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US / 'sekʃəlɪ /

UK / ˈsɛkʃʊəlɪ /

A2
  • adverb
  • In a way or manner that involves sex

investor

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US / ɪnˈvestə(r) /

UK / ɪnˈvɛstɚ /

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  • noun
  • Person who spends money to help businesses grow

legal

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US / 'li:ɡl /

UK / ˈliɡəl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerning the law; allowed by law

this

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US / ðɪs /

UK / ðɪs /

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

weekend

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US / ˌwi:kˈend /

UK / ˈwi:kend /

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

day

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US / deɪ /

UK / de /

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  • noun
  • A period of 24 hours beginning at midnight
  • The period of time when it is light outside
  • Person's name

regulation

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US / ˌregjuˈleɪʃn /

UK / ˌrɛɡjəˈleʃən /

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  • noun
  • Act of controlling something with rules or orders
  • other

valley

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US / 'vælɪ /

UK / ˈvæli /

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  • noun
  • Area between mountains with river running through

india

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US / 'ɪndɪə /

UK / ˈɪndɪə /

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  • proper noun
  • A country in southern Asia that occupies the greater part of the Indian subcontinent; population 1,3

market

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US / ˈmɑ:kɪt /

UK / ˈmɑ:rkɪt /

A1
  • noun
  • Need or demand for a particular product or service
  • Area or region where a certain product is sold
  • Public event where people sell goods on tables
  • Institution where stocks are bought and sold
  • verb
  • To publicize products to get you to buy; advertise

too

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US / tu: /

UK / tu /

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

wheel

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US / wi:l /

UK / wi:l /

A2
  • noun
  • Round thing that rolls, used for moving things
  • verb
  • To move something which has wheels or is on wheels
  • To turn or cause to turn something in a circle

economy

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US / ɪ'kɒnəmɪ /

UK / ɪˈkɑnəmi /

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  • noun
  • Using money, resources in a careful, effective way
  • Total of all goods, services and wages in an area

heat

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US / hi:t /

UK / hit /

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  • noun
  • State of anger, excitement, or arguing
  • Particular temperature at which to cook something
  • High temperature
  • One of series of races to find the finalists
  • Hot temperature, conditions, or weather
  • verb
  • To make hot or hotter

inside

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US / ˌɪn'saɪd /

UK / ɪnˈsaɪd, ˈɪnˌsaɪd /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Being in something
  • Being in a building
  • adverb
  • Into a house; indoors
  • noun
  • Inner part or surface of something

million

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US / ˈmɪljən /

UK / ˈmɪljən /

A1
  • number
  • 1,000,000

absence

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US / ˈæbsəns /

UK / ˈæbsəns /

B1
  • noun
  • State of not being present, or not existing

oust

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US / aʊst /

UK / aʊst /

B2
  • verb
  • To eject from a position or place; force out

assault

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US / əˈsɔ:lt /

UK / əˈsɔlt /

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  • noun
  • An attack on someone physically or emotionally
  • verb
  • To attack someone physically or emotionally

autonomous

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US / ɔ:ˈtɒnəməs /

UK / ɔ:ˈtɑ:nəməs /

B2
  • adjecitve
  • Able to control or decide matters by itself

domestic

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US / dəˈmestɪk /

UK / dəˈmɛstɪk /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • British informal fight between husband and wife
  • Concerning your own home or house
  • Concerning or made in your own country
  • noun
  • Someone paid to help with housework in your house

use

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US / ju:s /

UK / ju:s /

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

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  • noun
  • The power to give orders to people
  • Person who is an expert on a particular topic
  • Expert knowledge on a given subject
  • The power to decide or approve things
  • a group of people who have the official power to make decisions

continue

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  • To do something without stopping, or after pausing
  • To start doing again after a break, pause, or stop

exit

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  • A door that you go through to leave a place
  • Act of leaving a place
  • verb
  • To leave a certain place
  • To stop a computer program after using it

medical

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  • adjecitve
  • Of or relating to physical health or medicine
  • noun
  • A health check or test

temporary

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  • Continuing for a limited time; not permanent

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

cab

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  • A taxi

director

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  • Senior person who manages part of an organization
  • Person who controls the acting in a movie or play

guideline

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  • General rule or instruction how to do a thing

itself

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  • Referring to it

many

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  • determiner
  • Used to refer a large number of things

team

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  • Group of people working on a task together
  • Group of people playing a sport together

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

chief

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  • adjecitve
  • The one highest in authority or importance
  • noun
  • Leader of a race or group of people
  • The one highest in authority or importance

gender

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  • State of being male or female

lose

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

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

position

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  • 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

tool

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  • noun
  • Device used to make things, e.g. a hammer
  • verb
  • To provide a workshop with the right equipment

and

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

major

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

money

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

pen

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  • noun
  • Small fenced area where people or animals are kept
  • Writing tool that uses ink
  • verb
  • To put animals, people in a fenced or closed area
  • To write (a song, love letter, etc.)

steve

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attend

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  • verb
  • To take care of someone in need
  • To listen or watch carefully; to concentrate
  • To be present at an event
  • To go to a place regularly

behalf

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come

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

company

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  • 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

effort

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  • Amount of work used trying to do something

help

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  • 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

connection

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

join

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

put

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  • phrasal verb
  • to make a light stop shining by pressing or moving a switch
  • verb
  • To move or place a thing in a particular position
  • To rate something in importance or value
  • To write or say something in a certain manner

seat

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

two

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  • number
  • 2

merge

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  • noun
  • Causing two or more things to combine into one
  • verb
  • To cause two or more things to combine into one
  • To be combined into one

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

chair

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  • noun
  • A person in charge of an official meeting
  • A piece of furniture you sit on
  • verb
  • To be in charge of a meeting or department

scrutiny

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  • noun
  • Careful examination, as to see rules are followed

europe

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  • noun
  • A continent including Germany, France and Spain
  • other
  • The second smallest continent (actually a vast peninsula of Eurasia); the British use 'Europe' to re

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

share

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  • noun
  • Part-ownership in a property, business or company
  • Part of a company you own, shown by a certificate
  • verb
  • To divide something between two or more people
  • To allow others to use your things equally
  • To give information, etc. to someone

far

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  • adjecitve
  • A long way away
  • Being a long way away
  • adverb
  • To a large degree or extent

gps

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  • abbreviation
  • GPS is an acronym

leave

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

abrupt

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  • adjecitve
  • Very sudden, often in a bad way

another

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

dorsey

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footage

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  • noun
  • A certain amount of film or video of something
  • Measurement in feet

issue

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  • 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

real

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  • adjecitve
  • Actually existing or happening, not imagined
  • Being important or special
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  • Uber, the ride-hailing app, was valued between $60 and $70 billion at the beginning of 2017, with CEO Travis Kalanick's position at the firm seemingly secure.
  • Now after reports of sexual harassment and unethical business practice inside Uber, Kalanick is out and $10 billion has been wiped off the value of the privately owned company.
  • But as start-ups go, Uber is still arguably the most successful of all time.
  • Before 2011, if you wanted a cab, you did it the old way.
  • Now for 50 million Uber users in 450 cities around the world, taxi transportation is determined by GPS and automated payments, all linked through smartphones.
  • So as the users increased, so did investors.
  • Jay-Z and Jeff Bezos were just two of the notable backers who poured money into Uber, helping it grow and further disrupt the taxi industry.
  • It wasn't all smooth sailing though.
  • Uber's expensive push into China came to an abrupt end in 2016, when its domestic rival Didi Chuxing announced it had acquired Uber China.
  • And more recently, Uber merged with Yandex, marking its exit from another major international market, Russia.
  • Governments, drivers and passengers launched a seemingly endless stream of lawsuits and taxi firms organised protests in Europe and South America as they recognised their businesses were under threat.
  • Uber's legal and ethical conduct was put under further scrutiny when their drivers argued that they were being exploited as part of the sharing economy.
  • Despite this, Uber continued to transform itself from a black car service into an extensive logistics company, driving towards a future of autonomous vehicles.
  • 2017, however, has put the brakes on Uber's and Calonix's rise.
  • Real trouble began in January, when an online campaign protesting the company's connection to President Trump lost them 200,000 customers in just one weekend.
  • Uber's reputation took a bigger hit a month later, when it was forced to launch an investigation into sexual harassment and gender bias within the company.
  • 215 complaints were registered by the beginning of June and 20 employees were fired as a result.
  • But that investigation at least was internal.
  • Waymo, a rival in autonomous car development, is suing Uber for intellectual property theft.
  • At the same time, the company faces a criminal investigation into its use of the tool Grayball, which was reportedly used to evade authorities and city regulations.
  • By June, 12 high-level Uber execs had left the company.
  • For Calonix, viral dashcam footage of a heated dispute with a company driver and the leak of his now-infamous Miami letter, in which he issued sex guidelines to employees attending a company party in 2013,
  • Resulted in him taking a temporary leave of absence.
  • But seven days later, that temporary leave turned into a permanent resignation.
  • So what was the final straw?
  • Another lawsuit.
  • It was filed on behalf of a woman in India who was sexually assaulted by her Uber driver.
  • Despite the guilty verdict, Calonix and his team allegedly dug into her private medical records in an effort to discredit her.
  • And this was the final nail in the coffin.
  • Days later, five powerful Silicon Valley investors penned a letter demanding Calonix's resignation.
  • Uber now has a number of high-ranking positions it needs to fill.
  • In addition to a new CEO, it also needs a chief operating officer, general counsel, senior vice president of engineering, chief marketing officer and board chair.
  • And Uber needs to act quickly too.
  • In the first financial quarter this year, the company lost $700 million.
  • The polarising figure of Calonix now joins a select group of former CEOs, including Steve Jobs and Jack Dorsey, who founded their own companies, to then be unceremoniously ousted.
  • But Calonix will remain on the Uber board of directors and still has veto power.
  • Many believe as long as he has one hand on the steering wheel, a return to the driver's seat is still possible.