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Raped in the Military: A Woman's Story of Survival

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cope

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  • verb
  • To deal with something in spite of difficulties

feel

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  • verb
  • To be aware of or experience an emotion, sensation
  • To sense through direct contact; touch

memory

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  • Ability of the mind to call back past things
  • Space for the storage of information on a computer
  • Something that has been remembered

side

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  • adjecitve
  • In addition to the central or most important thing
  • Next to, or very close to, the right or left of
  • noun
  • Position or opinion that is opposite to another
  • Right or left part of a person's body
  • Feature of someone's personality
  • Straight edge of an object
  • One of two or more groups fighting each other
  • verb
  • To decide to agree with one point, not the other

beautiful

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  • adjecitve
  • Having dome something well
  • Being very attractive or appealing physically

someone

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  • Person who is not known or named

actually

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  • adverb
  • Used to add new (often different) information

speak

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  • To be able to use a certain language
  • To use words to tell information, express thoughts

stick

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  • noun
  • Long thin piece of wood from a tree
  • verb
  • To push a sharp or pointed object into something
  • To join together using glue or paste
  • To remain in one place or position for a long time

walk

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  • noun
  • Journey on foot done for pleasure or exercise
  • verb
  • To move with your legs at a slowish pace

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

always

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  • For a very long time
  • At all times; in every situation
  • For ever

relate

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  • verb
  • To demonstrate a logical relationship between
  • To understand or sympathize with, e.g. a problem
  • To tell a story, or tell about a particular event

team

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

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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

day

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

ever

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

point

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  • noun
  • An item to be discussed
  • Small spot or dot
  • Fact or detail
  • Feature of something
  • The size of the text on a page or screen
  • A certain time or stage in a process
  • Certain position in time or space
  • Idea or fact you try to convince people about
  • Measurement of scores in a game, sport
  • Sharp end of something, e.g. a pen or pin
  • verb
  • To face a certain direction, e.g. north
  • To indicate something with your finger to others

switch

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  • noun
  • A change or shift from one method to another
  • Thing you move to turn electrical items on or off
  • Thin flexible piece of wood or stick
  • verb
  • To exchange or replace something for another thing

inside

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

restriction

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  • noun
  • Law or rule that controls or limits something

probably

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  • adverb
  • That is likely to happen or be true

sort

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  • Group or class of similar things or people
  • verb
  • To organize things by putting them into groups
  • To deal with things in an organized way

here

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

lose

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  • verb
  • 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')

small

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

try

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  • noun
  • Act of putting the ball over the rugby goal line
  • verb
  • To make an effort, to attempt to do something
  • To examine someone or something in a court of law
  • To test to see if it is good or you like it
  • To make a person go through hardship; test
  • To examine something to see if it works

veteran

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  • adjecitve
  • Experienced through long service or practice
  • noun
  • Person experienced through long service

any

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

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

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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

think

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

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  • A liquid that you put in your mouth
  • verb
  • To put water in your body through your mouth

kid

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  • adjecitve
  • Made from young goat skin
  • noun
  • Child or young person
  • Young goat
  • verb
  • To make fun of someone in a gentle way; to tease

meet

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  • noun
  • Sporting competition e.g. swimming
  • verb
  • To provide something that is necessary
  • To come together at a certain time or place

most

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

finally

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  • adverb
  • used especially at the beginning of a sentence to introduce the last point or idea
  • After a long time or some difficulty

keep

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  • 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

name

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  • noun
  • What something or someone is called
  • verb
  • To state what someone is called, e.g. John

rather

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  • adverb
  • Somewhat; fairly; not that much

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  • adverb
  • In some degree or measure
  • noun
  • a person or thing of some value or consequence
  • pronoun
  • Thing that is not yet known or named
  • Approximately

call

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

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

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  • noun
  • Bad experience that reduces a person's confidence
  • Action of something solid hitting something hard
  • verb
  • To criticize someone in an unreasonable way
  • To hit something to get people's attention
  • To strike something hard, causing damage

picture

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  • noun
  • General situation or state of being
  • Mental image of what something is or looks like
  • Movie; film
  • Painting, drawing or photograph on paper or screen
  • verb
  • To understand or imagine something
  • To imagine someone or something in an image

abandon

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  • noun
  • Wild, carefree behavior
  • verb
  • To discard or intentionally get rid of an item
  • To withdraw your support, or leave someone
  • To stop doing or having (hope, plans); give up
  • To leave a place, car and not go back
  • To surrender to a desire, with little self-control

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

back

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  • adjecitve
  • Farthest from the front e.g. in a classroom
  • adverb
  • Have returned to a place you were before
  • noun
  • The part of a chair that the upper body leans upon
  • Location at the rear of something
  • The reverse of side something
  • Area on the rear of your body
  • verb
  • To bet money on something
  • To go backwards in a car
  • To support and encourage someone or some cause

chihuahua

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  • noun
  • Small dog from the north of Mexico

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  • noun
  • Middle part of your leg that bends
  • other
  • Middle part of your leg which bends
  • verb
  • To hit something with your knee

lot

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

join

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

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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

trigger

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  • noun
  • Lever on a gun that you pull to fire
  • Device that starts a process
  • verb
  • To start a process off e.g. a memory

anything

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  • pronoun
  • A thing of any kind

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

drunk

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  • adjecitve
  • Not behaving normally because of drinking alcohol
  • noun
  • A person who drinks too much alcohol
  • verb
  • To put liquid in your body through your mouth

break

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  • noun
  • Time you stop an activity before continuing
  • End of a relationship
  • An escape from a place such as a jail
  • (Lucky) advantage or benefit from something
  • Find a solution or answer to a problem or crime
  • Change in the weather
  • verb
  • To create a new record e.g. running the 100m dash
  • To form a crack in something
  • To burst or become damaged
  • To end a relationship
  • To escape from a place such as a jail
  • To train a wild animal e.g. a horse
  • To separate into pieces by force, or by dropping
  • To act against a law, rule, or promise
  • To become known suddenly, as in the news
  • To not do what you promised e.g. not keep promises
  • To solve a crime, or answer a problem
  • To stop functioning properly
  • To suddenly start, open or commence
  • To change in pitch suddenly, as in a voice
  • To fall on the shore, as in waves
  • To begin or change suddenly; the dawn or weather
  • To defeat by causing the person to lose their will

unlikely

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  • adjecitve
  • Not seeming suitable for a particular purpose
  • adverb
  • Not likely to happen; not likely to be the truth

could

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  • other
  • Past form of 'can' to mean have ability
  • Used to ask for something politely, or to offer

injury

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  • noun
  • Physical or emotional harm or damage

know

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

moment

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  • noun
  • Very short or brief period of time
  • A particular period in time

scared

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  • adjecitve
  • Frightened, afraid
  • verb
  • To become frightened
  • To make someone feel frightened or worried

away

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

dark

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  • adjecitve
  • Of a color that is not light
  • Marked by unhappiness or hopelessness
  • Having little or no light; not light in color
  • noun
  • The time of day when the sky is black

supervisor

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  • noun
  • Someone in charge of a task, place, or person

duty

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

see

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US / si: /

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

command

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  • noun
  • Electronic order to a computer to do something
  • An order to control things or others
  • verb
  • To be able to see far from a certain location
  • To give an order; have control over others
  • To have or get (respect or attention)

his

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  • pronoun
  • Something belonging to a male person

sad

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  • adjecitve
  • Unhappy; wishing something hadn't happened

traumatic

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  • adjecitve
  • Causing upsetting emotional effects over time
  • Causing an injury

with

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

gear

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  • noun
  • A speed selector connected to an engine
  • Special clothes you use for a purpose
  • Toothed wheel shifting power from engine to wheels
  • verb
  • To aim at or prepare yourself for something

focus

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US / 'fəʊkəs /

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

remember

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  • verb
  • To give someone a gift, e.g. birthday, wedding
  • To hold a thought in your mind to not forget it
  • To bring a previous image or idea to your mind

guard

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  • noun
  • Someone who watches a place or prevents escapes
  • verb
  • To keep watch over something to protect it

next

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  • adverb
  • The one that follows another in time or order
  • At a time or place directly after the present one
  • noun
  • The one that follows after
  • adjecitve
  • Immediately after the previous one
  • First occurrence after the present one

alive

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  • adjecitve
  • Living; not dead

coast

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  • noun
  • Land near the sea or ocean
  • verb
  • To progress in something without trying hard
  • (Of a vehicle) to move forward without power

extra

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  • adjecitve
  • More than necessary; additional
  • noun
  • Items more than you need; additional items
  • Person who has a small part in a movie
  • Special version of a newspaper

have

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US / həv /

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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

spit

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  • verb
  • To forcefully blow saliva out from your mouth

get

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US / ɡet /

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

hard

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  • adjecitve
  • Difficult to do; difficult to understand
  • (Of facts) not able to be misunderstood; clear
  • (Of alcohol) strong
  • Involving or requiring lots of work, effort, care
  • Being full of pain, trouble, and problems
  • Strong
  • (Of edge) clear; sharp
  • Difficult to bend, break or cut; solid
  • adverb
  • With lots of force, power, or impact

win

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  • noun
  • Success in beating the other team or competitors
  • Success in a game or contest
  • verb
  • To get something as a prize because of a success
  • To gain something you want because of your efforts
  • To succeed in a game or contest

right

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

she

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US / ʃɪ /

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

anyone

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US / ˈeniwʌn /

UK / ˈɛniˌwʌn, -wən /

A1
  • pronoun
  • Any person

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

great

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US / ɡreɪt /

UK / ɡret /

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

mean

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US / mi:n /

UK / min /

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

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

grab

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US / ɡræb /

UK / ɡræb /

A2
  • verb
  • To take and hold something quickly

smile

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US / smaɪl /

UK / smaɪl /

A1
  • noun
  • Raising the corners of the mouth showing happiness
  • verb
  • To put up the corners of mouth to show happiness

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

place

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US / pleɪs /

UK / ples /

A1
  • noun
  • Particular location, area or region
  • verb
  • To put someone in a particular type of situation
  • To put something in a certain location or position

happen

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US / 'hæpən /

UK / ˈhæpən /

A1
  • verb
  • To take place or occur

about

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US / ə'baʊt /

UK / əˈbaʊt /

A1
  • adverb
  • To be ready to; going to
  • Nearly; approximately; roughly
  • Near; next to; close to
  • In every direction; in the area of
  • preposition
  • Concerning or of (a topic)

eye

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US / aɪ /

UK / aɪ /

A1
  • noun
  • The part of the body that you see with
  • The skill to see the good and bad parts of a thing
  • Hole at the end of a needle
  • verb
  • To watch or study something closely

even

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US / 'i:vn /

UK / ˈivən /

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

like

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US / laɪk /

UK / laɪk /

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

people

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US / 'pi:pl /

UK / ˈpipəl /

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

shut

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US / ʃʌt /

UK / ʃʌt /

A2
  • verb
  • To stop being open for business
  • To close something, e.g. a door

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

unlock

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US / ˌʌn'lɒk /

UK / ʌnˈlɑk /

B1
  • verb
  • To use a key or code to open something

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’

anymore

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US / 'enɪmɔ: /

UK / ˌɛniˈmɔr, -ˈmor /

A2
  • adverb
  • No longer; no more

down

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US / daʊn /

UK / daʊn /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Being sad, sick, or unhappy
  • Not operating, working, or functioning as expected
  • adverb
  • In a sitting or lying position
  • Towards or on the ground, floor, or bottom
  • Written or copied onto a piece of paper or book
  • noun
  • A period of play in American Football
  • The soft, smooth hairs that cover a bird's body
  • preposition
  • Along something's path, course, or direction
  • Going from a higher position to a lower position
  • verb
  • To eat or drink very quickly and without stopping

family

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US / 'fæməlɪ /

UK / ˈfæmli /

A1
  • noun
  • Close group of people or organizations
  • A group of people who are related through blood
  • Group of related plants or animals

must

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US / məst /

UK / mʌst /

A1
  • noun
  • Something that is necessary or required
  • other
  • (Used to state that something ought to be true)
  • Used to say something is required or necessary

all

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US / ɔ:l /

UK / ɔl /

A1
  • adverb
  • Completely; totally
  • determiner
  • Being every one of something
  • pronoun
  • 100% of something; the complete amount

who

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US / hu: /

UK / hu /

A1
  • pronoun
  • Which person
  • Used to introduce information about people

lens

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US / lenz /

UK / lɛnz /

B1
  • noun
  • Structure in the eye or camera that focuses light
  • other
  • Pieces of glass or plastics to improve vision

military

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US / 'mɪlətrɪ /

UK / ˈmɪlɪˌtɛri /

B1
  • adjecitve
  • Concerning the army or navy
  • noun
  • Army or armed forces

pin

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US / pɪn /

UK / pɪn /

A2
  • noun
  • A piece of jewelry worn pinned to clothes
  • Short for Personal Information Number
  • Small thin thing with a sharp point, for attaching
  • verb
  • To hold someone down so that they can't move
  • To fasten things together using a sharp point

bright

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US / braɪt /

UK / braɪt /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Cheerful and happy (manner)
  • (Of color) light and easy to see; vivid
  • Producing a lot of light
  • Smart; intelligent; clever

look

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US / lʊk /

UK / lʊk /

A1
  • noun
  • Person's beauty or physical attractiveness
  • Particular style of dress, clothes, or appearance
  • The way someone, something appears to be
  • Act of searching for or examining something
  • verb
  • To appear to be; seem

swimming

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US / ˈswɪmɪŋ /

UK / ˈswɪmɪŋ /

A1
  • noun
  • The act of moving through water
  • verb
  • To move through water by moving parts of the body

amputation

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US / ˌæmpjʊ'teɪʃn /

UK / ˌæmpjəˈteʃən /

C1
  • noun
  • Cutting off of one or more limbs (by a doctor)

discharge

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US / dɪsˈtʃɑ:dʒ /

UK / dɪsˈtʃɑ:rdʒ /

B1
  • noun
  • A substance that has been released
  • The retirement of someone from service e.g. army
  • Act of firing a weapon
  • Substance that is released
  • verb
  • To complete a task that has been assigned
  • To produce or release a substance
  • To deliver an electric charge
  • To let someone leave the army or other service
  • To fire or shoot (a gun)
  • To release a person or thing from jail, hospital

rob

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US / rɒb /

UK / rɑb /

A2
  • noun
  • Person's name
  • verb
  • To steal money or property from (bank or person)
  • To prevent from getting something deserved

lake

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US / leɪk /

UK / lek /

A2
  • noun
  • Large area of water surrounded by land

move

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US / mu:v /

UK / muv /

A1
  • noun
  • Act of moving a playing piece in chess, etc.
  • An action; doing something
  • Step taken to achieve a goal
  • verb
  • To cause someone to have certain emotions
  • To cause something to change to a different place
  • To change where people live or a business operates
  • To take action to do or achieve something

way

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US / weɪ /

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
  • (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

take

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US / teɪk /

UK / tek /

A1
  • 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

bump

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US / bʌmp /

UK / bʌmp /

B1
  • noun
  • Act or sound of one solid object hitting another
  • Raised area on any smooth surface
  • verb
  • To bounce along over a rough surface
  • To knock against with force or violence
  • To move someone to a different group, time or area

everything

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US / 'evrɪθɪŋ /

UK / ˈɛvriˌθɪŋ /

A1
  • pronoun
  • All of the things mentioned

male

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US / meɪl /

UK / ˈmel /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Characteristic of boys or men
  • noun
  • A member of the sex that fertilizes eggs

very

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US / 'verɪ /

UK / ˈvɛri /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Concerning a large degree or amount
  • adverb
  • A lot; much; many
  • Used to stress or emphasize a noun

they

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US / ðeɪ /

UK / ðe /

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

building

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US / ˈbɪldɪŋ /

UK / ˈbɪldɪŋ /

A1
  • noun
  • A structure with a roof and walls, e.g. a house
  • verb
  • To establish e.g. a reputation, over time
  • To construct a house, office, factory

prove

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US / pru:v /

UK / pruv /

A2
  • verb
  • To demonstrate truth by providing evidence

escalate

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US / ˈeskəleɪt /

UK / ˈɛskəˌlet /

B2
  • verb
  • To increase in size, intensity, or scope
  • To become much worse or more severe

job

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US / dʒɒb /

UK / dʒɑ:b /

A1
  • noun
  • Something that must be done
  • Regular work at which you earn money

kill

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US / kɪl /

UK / kɪl /

A1
  • noun
  • Animal killed by a person or other animal
  • verb
  • To cause someone to experience a lot of pain
  • To end the life of a person or other living thing
  • To be very funny
  • To prevent something from continuing or operating
  • To do something unimportant to pass time quickly

trauma

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US / 'trɔ:mə /

UK / ˈtraʊmə /

B2
  • noun
  • A very severe or upsetting experience
  • Serious injury to part of the body

just

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US / dʒʌst /

UK / dʒʌst /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Proper or appropriate; as is deserved
  • Doing or being what is right or fair
  • Legally correct; having enough evidence
  • adverb
  • Almost; nearly
  • Exactly at the time of
  • Exactly (the same as, like)

photography

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US / fəˈtɒgrəfi /

UK / fəˈtɑ:grəfi /

B1
  • noun
  • Art of taking pictures with a camera

somewhere

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US / 'sʌmweə(r) /

UK / ˈsʌmˌhwɛr, -ˌwɛr /

A1
  • adverb
  • At or to an unknown or unnamed place

head

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US / hed /

UK / hɛd /

A1
  • noun
  • Counter for the number of cattle
  • Natural mental ability or intelligence
  • Leader or person with the greatest authority
  • Mind; mental ability; mental state
  • Side of a coin with a head on it
  • Top part of your body with eyes and a mouth
  • Starting point of something, e.g. a river
  • verb
  • To hit a ball with your head in a game
  • To be first or at the front or top (e.g. a list)
  • To travel or move toward a particular place; To go in a particular direction
  • To become the leader of something
  • To lead or be responsible for something

leg

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US / leɡ /

UK / lɛɡ /

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  • noun
  • Part of the body from the hips down
  • The piece of furniture that touches the ground

never

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US / 'nevə(r) /

UK / ˈnɛvɚ /

A1
  • adverb
  • Not ever; not at any time

invisible

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US / ɪnˈvɪzəbl /

UK / ɪnˈvɪzəbəl /

B1
  • adjecitve
  • Being unable to be seen
  • Of money earned from services, instead of products

petite

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US / pəˈtiːt /

UK / pəˈtiːt /

C1
  • adjecitve
  • Small, e.g. in a cute or elegant way

situation

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US / ˌsɪtʃuˈeɪʃn /

UK / ˌsɪtʃuˈeʃən /

A1
  • noun
  • Place, position or area that something is in
  • Circumstance or condition surrounding an event
  • An unexpected problem or difficulty

window

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US / ˈwɪndəʊ /

UK / ˈwɪndoʊ /

A1
  • noun
  • Opening in a wall or door to let in light
  • Opening in a wall through which people do business

destroy

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US / dɪ'strɔɪ /

UK / dɪˈstrɔɪ /

A2
  • verb
  • To damage so badly that something no longer exists
  • To defeat someone or something easily
  • To kill a sick or unwanted animal

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

myself

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US / maɪˈself /

UK / maɪˈsɛlf /

A1
  • pronoun
  • The same person who did the action mentioned
  • My regular, usual, or healthy self

ritual

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US / 'rɪtʃʊəl /

UK / ˈrɪtʃuəl /

B1
  • adjecitve
  • Performed as part of a ceremony
  • Being done in a regular, expected or similar way
  • noun
  • Social or religious ceremony always done the same

blink

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US / blɪŋk /

UK / blɪŋk /

B1
  • verb
  • To close and open one or both of the eyes rapidly

door

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US / dɔ:(r) /

UK / dɔr,dor /

A1
  • noun
  • You walk through this when you go in a room

for

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US / fə(r) /

UK / fɔr,fə /

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

rank

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US / ræŋk /

UK / ræŋk /

B1
  • adjecitve
  • Complete and total; very obvious
  • Growing out of control
  • (Of a smell) very bad; pungent; stinking
  • noun
  • Group of people with a certain level of status
  • Level or position, as in society/sport competition
  • A place for taxis to wait for customers
  • Row in which people stand side by side, as in army
  • verb
  • To rate or class things
  • To assign a level or status, as of importance, to
  • To put items into a sequence, e.g. of importance

why

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US / waɪ /

UK / hwaɪ, waɪ /

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

through

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US / θru: /

UK / θru /

A2
  • 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

time

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US / taɪm /

UK / taɪm /

A1
  • noun
  • Speed at which music is played; tempo
  • Point as shown on a clock, e.g. 3 p.m
  • Number of hours, minutes needed to do something
  • Occasion when something happens
  • Period or occasion that something occurred
  • Period in history or the past
  • Something measured in minutes, hours, days, etc.
  • How long an event takes; duration
  • verb
  • To check speed at which music is performed
  • To choose a specific moment to do something
  • To measure how long an event takes, e.g. a race
  • To schedule something to occur at a specific moment

crime

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US / kraɪm /

UK / kraɪm /

A2
  • noun
  • Act that is believed to be a mistake or foolish
  • Act that is against the law; murder, theft etc.

since

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US / sɪns /

UK / sɪns /

A1
  • adverb
  • At a point before the present time
  • conjunction
  • For this reason; because
  • preposition
  • From the time in the past that

start

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US / stɑ:t /

UK / stɑrt /

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

well

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US / wel /

UK / wɛl /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Being in a fortunate, good condition or state
  • Healthy and in good condition
  • adverb
  • In an acceptable, proper, or successful manner
  • In a complete, total, or full manner
  • A great and considerable degree
  • In a successful way, in a good or satisfactory way
  • exclamation
  • Used to begin or continue a particular statement
  • Used to show you want to start saying something
  • Used to express that you are waiting for a reply
  • You say this to change the topic of a conversation
  • Used to indicate you are making a final remark
  • noun
  • Long deep hole in the ground to get water
  • verb
  • To cause your eyes to fill with tears

little

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US / 'lɪtl /

UK / ˈlɪtl /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Being short in length of time
  • Not great in size, amount, or degree; small
  • Being very young or younger than others
  • adverb
  • By an amount or degree that is not very much
  • Not often; rarely
  • noun
  • A person's name

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

love

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US / lʌv /

UK / lʌv /

A1
  • noun
  • Person's name
  • A very strong feeling of affection
  • The person you care very deeply about
  • Strong, deep emotional and sexual attraction
  • verb
  • To care for and like someone very strongly, deeply
  • To like doing very much; enjoy greatly
  • To feel a strong emotional and romantic attraction

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

other

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US / 'ʌðə(r) /

UK / ˈʌðər /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • A thing different from that mentioned
  • determiner
  • (Something) else; not the first (one)
  • pronoun
  • Being the one and only thing of that category

turn

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US / tɜ:n /

UK / tɚn /

A1
  • 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

than

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US / ðən /

UK / ðən /

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

man

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US / mæn /

UK / mæn /

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

retaliate

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US / rɪ'tælɪeɪt /

UK / rɪˈtæliˌet /

B2
  • verb
  • To take revenge for something harmful or wrong

stand

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US / stænd /

UK / stænd /

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

also

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US / 'ɔ:lsəʊ /

UK / ˈɔlso /

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

female

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US / 'fi:meɪl /

UK / ˈfiˌmel /

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  • adjecitve
  • Person of the sex that gives birth to babies

how

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US / haʊ /

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  • 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)

woman

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US / ˈwʊmən /

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  • noun
  • Adult female human being

you

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US / jʊ /

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

body

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US / ˈbɒd.i /

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

make

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

order

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  • 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

favourite

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

follow

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

happy

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  • adjecitve
  • Feeling pleasure or joy; glad

nightmare

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  • noun
  • Frightening, difficult or displeasing experience
  • Frightening or upsetting dream while sleeping

this

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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

can

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  • noun
  • A metal container for storing food
  • other
  • Able to; have the skill to; have the time to
  • verb
  • To have permission to
  • To be possible to do
  • To preserve food by sealing it in a metal container

nearly

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  • adverb
  • Not completely; almost

member

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

please

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  • adverb
  • Used when you politely ask people for things
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  • To entertain someone, by dancing, singing etc.
  • To make someone happy by doing something

really

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  • Used to stress something that is said; definitely
  • In a true or accurate manner
  • Very

would

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

understand

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  • To know the meaning of language, what someone says

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  • verb
  • To believe something is probably going to happen

functionality

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  • Capable of serving a purpose well

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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

against

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

now

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

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

but

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  • conjunction
  • Used before you say something different, opposite

give

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

good

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

nobody

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  • pronoun
  • No person; no one; not any person

become

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

save

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  • noun
  • Preventing a player in a game from scoring a goal
  • preposition
  • Except; not including
  • verb
  • To make your computer keep a file
  • To keep for future use
  • To make something unnecessary; prevent
  • To keep money so that you will have it later
  • To keep something for future use, such as money
  • To keep or rescue someone or something from harm
  • To prevent a player in a game from scoring a goal
  • To avoid the unnecessary waste of energy, etc.

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  • noun
  • Important well-respected person
  • pronoun
  • Person who is not known or named

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  • adverb
  • Word indicating the negative
  • (Used to form the negative of verbs)
  • Introduction to Video Content
  • Raped in the Military: A Woman's Story of SurvivalThis article tells the harrowing story of a woman's experience in the military, specifically in the Coast Guard. The woman had always known that she wanted to join the military since she was a child, and she loved every minute of it. She felt like she was part of a family, where gender didn't matter. Despite being small and petite, she felt empowered and capable of anything as long as her teammates were by her side.However, her story took a dark turn when she encountered a supervisor who subjected her to traumatic experiences. He would follow her around and engage in inappropriate behavior, such as calling her names and assigning her excessive duties. Unfortunately, seeking help and support from her command members proved to be futile. They dismissed her concerns and refused to take action, leaving her feeling helpless and voiceless.The situation continued to escalate, with the supervisor becoming increasingly abusive. He would spit in her face and physically assault her, causing her immense pain and fear. He even threatened to kill her, and eventually followed through with his threats by raping her. This horrifying act took her completely by surprise, as she never expected it to happen to her.This woman's story sheds light on the dark reality of sexual assault within the military. It highlights the betrayal and lack of support for victims, as well as the power imbalances that perpetuate such abuse. It is vital that these stories are shared and heard, in order to bring attention to the need for systemic change and better protection for servicewomen.Rape in the military is an issue that cannot be ignored. It is crucial that steps are taken to address and prevent such acts of violence, and to provide survivors with the support and justice they deserve. By speaking out about her experience, this brave woman is taking a stand and hoping to bring about meaningful change. Her story is a testament to strength and resilience, and serves as a call to action for a safer and more inclusive military environment.
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  • Why did you join the Coast Guard?
  • Well, I always knew I was going to join the military ever since I was a little kid, and I loved every minute of it.
  • And it was like nobody was male, nobody was female.
  • We were a family.
  • I'm very small, petite, but there I felt like I was this great Dane in a chihuahua body.
  • I could do anything as long as my teammates were next to me.
  • So things seemed like they were going very well for you, and you had a great team, but you also had some very traumatic situations happen to you with your supervisor.
  • What was going on?
  • Well, he would follow me around and call me all sorts of names that are inappropriate, and he gave me extra duty all the time, but when other people would try to stick up for me, it seemed like he would retaliate against me even more if I went for help.
  • He would drink on duty, get drunk, and he'd unlock my door at night.
  • And it made me very scared and frightened, and I would speak to my command members, and they would say, we're not going to move you just because you don't like somebody, Choka, so just go back out there.
  • I couldn't understand why it was happening to me.
  • Why wasn't anyone doing anything to help me?
  • I didn't have a voice anymore.
  • Everything just kept escalating.
  • I mean, he would spit in my face, and it was like he was breaking me down.
  • He pinned me down, and I, any time I would try to say something, help, or please stop, please, please, he would hit me, but he'd hit me, like, right in my ear on the left side.
  • And I shut up, because this man did say he was going to kill me.
  • He did everything he said he was going to do to me.
  • Even did something, he never said he was going to rape me, and he did.
  • And that was the one thing I wasn't expecting at all.
  • That was the moment that he knocked that Great Dane right out of me.
  • Was it from that point on that you left the Coast Guard?
  • What happened to you at that point?
  • I was getting treatment for my injuries, and that's when they gave me orders, and they discharged me.
  • And he got 30 days restriction.
  • He got bumped down in rank, and that's really sad.
  • I mean, this crime is just happening, and nobody's blinking an eye at it, and that's not the Coast Guard that I joined.
  • And at that point, I just, I didn't want to be here anymore.
  • I didn't want to be alive.
  • What were some of the things that have helped you cope?
  • It actually started when I was getting treatment.
  • So on my off time, I would buy a disposable camera, and I would go, and I would, you know, take pictures of the lake.
  • I met Rob, and I would take pictures of Rob in the Coast Guard, him doing his job.
  • I loved taking pictures.
  • It took away from what was happening in my head.
  • Now if I'm triggered by something or if I have a nightmare, I grab my camera, and I focus on what's important through that lens.
  • So I'm thinking of all these other things rather than my trauma and my trigger at the moment.
  • It helps my brain switch gears.
  • I'll go out, and I will just walk somewhere.
  • Abandoned places are probably my most favorite.
  • There's something so beautiful about it.
  • It really relates to someone with PTSD.
  • And a lot of people will look at you and say, well, you look okay.
  • You look put together.
  • You look well.
  • And they have no idea.
  • Because, you know, PTSD is an invisible disorder.
  • And if you were to take a veteran with PTSD and turn them inside out, they would be just like that abandoned building.
  • Broken windows.
  • It's just beautiful about the way that it's still standing after it's been forgotten and destroyed.
  • Do you feel like you finally found your voice through photography?
  • I have.
  • It helps me understand myself.
  • I can see at that time when I took that picture, oh, it's dark.
  • I must have been really sad that day, or I must have had a hard day.
  • And there's one that's really bright and happy and beautiful.
  • That was a good day.
  • When I look through my lens, I see my kids smiling.
  • I see them happy.
  • And it's like, I win.
  • Coming up next, see how swimming became the unlikely ritual of a woman who nearly lost her ability to walk.
  • My next memory is waking up post-surgery, 30 minutes from amputation, from the knee down.
  • I remember the surgeon telling me, you know, we saved your leg, but we don't know what, if any, functionality you'll ever have.
  • I told myself, like, I was going to prove them wrong.