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Our planet is swimming in plastic. Here's how we fix that

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collect

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US / kəˈlekt /

UK / kəˈlɛkt /

A2
  • adverb
  • By asking the receiver of a call to pay for it
  • verb
  • To ask for money, e.g. for a charity
  • To gather things, people together in one place
  • To get and keep one type of things as a hobby
  • To take things and bring them together
  • To go and receive, e.g. a prize or an award
  • To take control of your own feelings or thoughts

can

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US / kæn /

UK / kən,kæn /

A1
  • noun
  • A metal container for storing food
  • other
  • Able to; have the skill to; have the time to
  • verb
  • To have permission to
  • To be possible to do
  • To preserve food by sealing it in a metal container

panama

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US / 'pænəmɑ: /

UK / 'pænəmɑ: /

A1
  • noun
  • A wide-brimmed hat of strawlike material, originally made from the leaves of a particular tropical p
  • proper noun
  • A country in Central America; population 3,900,000 (estimated 2015); capital, Panama City; language,

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

leader

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US / ˈli:də(r) /

UK / ˈlidɚ /

A1
  • noun
  • Person who is in charge of a group or task
  • Person or group who is currently winning

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

not

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US / nɒt /

UK / nɑt /

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

our

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US / 'aʊə(r) /

UK / aʊr /

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  • determiner
  • Belonging to us

whole

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US / həul /

UK / hol /

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

but

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US / bət /

UK / bʌt,bət /

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

entity

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US / 'entətɪ /

UK / ˈɛntɪti /

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  • noun
  • Something that exists by itself and is real

life

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US / laɪf /

UK / laɪf /

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  • noun
  • All the living things e.g. animals, plants, humans
  • Period of time things live, from birth to death

river

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US / ˈrɪvə(r) /

UK / ˈrɪvɚ /

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  • noun
  • Flowing water that runs from mountains to the sea

address

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US / ə'dres /

UK / əˈdrɛs /

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  • noun
  • Exact street location of a place
  • A formal speech to a group of people
  • verb
  • To write the place someone lives on a letter
  • To refer to someone or something formally
  • To make a formal speech to a group of people
  • To try to find a solution to; think about

child

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US / tʃaɪld /

UK / tʃaɪld /

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  • noun
  • A very young person, between about 2 and 15

opportunity

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US / ˌɒpə'tju:nətɪ /

UK / ˌɑpɚˈtunɪti, -ˈtju- /

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  • noun
  • Time, situation when a thing might be done; chance

prevent

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US / prɪ'vent /

UK / prɪˈvɛnt /

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  • verb
  • To stop something from happening or existing

conviction

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US / kən'vɪkʃn /

UK / kənˈvɪkʃən /

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  • noun
  • Act of finding someone guilty of a crime
  • Strong belief in something, e.g. not needing proof

member

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US / ˈmembə(r) /

UK / ˈmɛmbɚ /

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

pick

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US / pɪk /

UK / pɪk /

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  • noun
  • Sharp tool used for breaking the ground
  • Item selected from a group of choices
  • verb
  • To take fruit or vegetables from a plant or tree
  • To decide on a thing from various choices; select
  • To remove (flower, etc.) with your fingers

really

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US / ˈri:əli /

UK / ˈriəˌli, ˈrili /

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

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

produce

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US / prə'dju:s /

UK / prəˈdus, -ˈdjus, pro- /

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  • noun
  • Fresh foods such as fruits and vegetables
  • verb
  • To grow something naturally
  • To make something appear
  • To manufacture something using machines
  • To control the making a movie or television show

travel

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US / ˈtrævl /

UK / ˈtrævəl /

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

communication

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US / kəˌmju:nɪ'keɪʃn /

UK / kəˌmjunɪˈkeʃən /

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  • noun
  • Talking to people; giving information to people

prove

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US / pru:v /

UK / pruv /

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  • verb
  • To demonstrate truth by providing evidence

work

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US / wɜ:k /

UK / wɚk /

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  • adjecitve
  • Activity completed in order to make money
  • noun
  • The product of some artistic or literary endeavor
  • Everything created by an author, artist, musician
  • Activity you do in order to make money
  • Place of employment
  • Final product or result of a some labor or effort
  • verb
  • To bring into a specific state of success
  • To be functioning properly, e.g. a car
  • To do your job in your company or workplace
  • To make an effort to do something
  • To operate a machine or device

bring

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US / brɪŋ /

UK / brɪŋ /

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  • verb
  • To take or go with someone to a place

neighbour

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UK / ˈnebɚ /

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  • noun
  • Person who lives, or is near, you

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

billion

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US / ˈbɪljən /

UK / ˈbɪljən /

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  • noun
  • Number 1,000,000,000

everything

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US / 'evrɪθɪŋ /

UK / ˈɛvriˌθɪŋ /

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  • pronoun
  • All of the things mentioned

they

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US / ðeɪ /

UK / ðe /

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

very

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US / 'verɪ /

UK / ˈvɛri /

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

country

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US / ˈkʌntri /

UK / ˈkʌntri /

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  • noun
  • An area of land that is controlled by a government
  • Open land that is away from towns and cities

effectively

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US / ɪˈfektɪvli /

UK / ɪˈfɛktɪvli /

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  • adverb
  • In a way that produces the desired result

visit

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US / ˈvɪzɪt /

UK / ˈvɪzɪt /

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  • noun
  • Trip to a place for a time, usually for a reason
  • verb
  • To go to a place for a time, usually for a reason

hydraulic

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US / haɪˋdrɔlɪk /

UK / haɪˋdrɔlɪk /

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  • adjecitve
  • Of a system operated by water or other liquids

will

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US / wɪl /

UK / wɪl /

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

here

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US / hɪə(r) /

UK / hɪr /

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

new

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US / nju: /

UK / nu, nju /

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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

waterwheel

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US / ˈwɔ:təwi:l /

UK / ˈwɔ:tərwi:l /

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  • noun
  • Wheel that rotates by water being poured on it

tool

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US / tu:l /

UK / tul /

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

global

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US / ˈgləʊbl /

UK / ˈgloʊbl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerning, involving, affecting all of something
  • Of, affecting, or involving the entire world

million

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US / ˈmɪljən /

UK / ˈmɪljən /

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  • number
  • 1,000,000

worried

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US / ˈwʌrid /

UK / ˈwɜ:rid /

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  • adjecitve
  • Feeling troubled or concerned
  • verb
  • To cause concern or trouble over something
  • To feel concerned or troubled about something

garbage

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US / ˈgɑ:bɪdʒ /

UK / ˈgɑ:rbɪdʒ /

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  • noun
  • Waste material that has been thrown out

use

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US / ju:s /

UK / ju:s /

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

big

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US / bɪɡ /

UK / bɪɡ /

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  • adjecitve
  • Popular
  • Serious
  • Large

little

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US / 'lɪtl /

UK / ˈlɪtl /

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

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

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

love

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US / lʌv /

UK / lʌv /

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  • 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

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

how

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UK / 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)

identify

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US / aɪ'dentɪfaɪ /

UK / aɪˈdɛntəˌfaɪ /

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  • verb
  • To indicate who or what someone or something is

trash

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US / træʃ /

UK / træʃ /

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  • noun
  • Garbage or anything that is worthless
  • verb
  • To throw away in the garbage
  • To criticize; claim person/thing is inferior

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

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

verde

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US / ˈvɜːd /

UK / ˈvɜːrd /

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word

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  • noun
  • Unit of language that has a meaning
  • Promise
  • Short remark or piece of information
  • verb
  • To express something by choosing particular words

breast

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US / brest /

UK / brɛst /

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  • noun
  • Fleshy part of a woman's body for feeding babies
  • (Poetic) upper front part of the body; the heart

make

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US / meɪk /

UK / mek /

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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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US / 'ɔ:də(r) /

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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

solution

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US / səˈlu:ʃn /

UK / səˈluʃən /

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  • noun
  • Mix of a liquid and a solid or a gas
  • Way to solve or deal with a problem

term

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US / tɜ:m /

UK / tɚm /

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  • noun
  • Conditions applying to an agreement, contract
  • Length of time something is expected to happen
  • Fixed period of weeks for learning at school
  • The (precise) name given to something
  • verb
  • To call; give a name to

ambition

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US / æmˈbɪʃn /

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  • noun
  • Desire to win or be successful in life, work

help

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

local

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US / ˈləʊkl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Relating to a particular area, city, or town
  • noun
  • Bus or train, that stops at most stations
  • People who live in the area being discussed
  • The pub you most frequently go to

policy

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US / 'pɒləsɪ /

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  • noun
  • Document stating terms of an insurance agreement
  • Course of action proposed by an organization, etc.

think

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US / θɪŋk /

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

approximately

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US / əˈprɒksɪmətli /

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  • adverb
  • Around; nearly; almost; about (a number)

leave

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US / li:v /

UK / liv /

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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

pilot

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  • noun
  • Person flying a plane; expert guide for a ship
  • verb
  • To conduct a small practice experiment
  • To fly a plane; to direct a ship
  • To try TV program out to see if it would succeed

and

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US / ənd /

UK / ənd, ən,ænd /

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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

commitment

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US / kə'mɪtmənt /

UK / kəˈmɪtmənt /

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  • noun
  • Permanent love or concern for person, thing
  • Promise or decision to do something for a purpose

intelligence

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US / ɪn'telɪdʒəns /

UK / ɪnˈtɛlədʒəns /

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  • adjecitve
  • Of the spying services; acting in secrecy
  • noun
  • Collection of secret information about something
  • Ability to learn things or to consider situations

environment

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US / ɪn'vaɪrənmənt /

UK / ɛnˈvaɪrənmənt, -ˈvaɪən- /

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  • noun
  • Natural world in which plants and animals live
  • The entire surrounding conditions of something

issue

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US / 'ɪʃu: /

UK / ˈɪʃu /

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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

ton

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US / tʌn /

UK / tʌn /

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  • noun
  • Unit of weight; 907 kilograms (US); 1016 (UK)

clean

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US / kli:n /

UK / klin /

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  • adjecitve
  • Not marked in any way; blank
  • Done according to the rules or standards; fair
  • Free from disease or sickness
  • Being free from dirt or marks; washed
  • Behaving well; not breaking any rules; legal
  • adverb
  • Completely; entirely
  • verb
  • To make free from dirt or marks; washed
  • To make neat and orderly e.g. a room
  • To remove the inner parts of an animal

milk

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US / mɪlk /

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  • noun
  • White liquid produced by females to feed babies
  • verb
  • To take white liquid from cows etc. to drink
  • To take as much from a person/situation as you can

only

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US / ˈəunli /

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

scientifically

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  • adverb
  • In an manner that follows the rules of science

from

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US / frəm /

UK / frʌm, frɑm,frəm /

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

out

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US / aʊt /

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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

action

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US / 'ækʃn /

UK / ˈækʃən /

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  • noun
  • Something that a person or thing does
  • verb
  • To act to do something

aware

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US / əˈwɛə /

UK / əˈwɛr /

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  • adjecitve
  • Knowing or feeling that something exists

get

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US / ɡet /

UK / ɡɛt /

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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

education

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US / ˌedʒuˈkeɪʃn /

UK / ˌɛdʒəˈkeʃən /

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  • noun
  • Academic field studying the practice of teaching
  • Process of giving or receiving teaching

solve

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US / sɒlv /

UK / sɑ:lv /

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  • verb
  • To figure out a way to handle a difficult problem

alleviate

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US / əˈli:vieɪt /

UK / əˈliviˌet /

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  • verb
  • To lessen the severity of something

place

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US / pleɪs /

UK / ples /

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  • 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

step

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US / step /

UK / stɛp /

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  • noun
  • Movement done as part of a particular dance
  • Distance covered by one movement of a leg; stride
  • One part or stage in a process
  • Sound made by the feet while walking; footstep
  • Flat horizontal piece that forms stairs
  • verb
  • To raise and moving the foot to put it down

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)

different

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US / ˈdɪfrənt /

UK / ˈdɪfrənt /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Not of the same kind; unlike other things

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

interconnect

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US / ˌɪntəkəˈnekt /

UK / ˌɪntərkəˈnekt /

B2
  • verb
  • To join or be joined together (computers/theories)

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 /

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

that

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US / ðæt /

UK / ðæt, ðət /

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

what

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US / wɒt /

UK / hwɑt, hwʌt, wɔt, wʌt,hwət, wət /

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  • 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

energy

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US / 'enədʒɪ /

UK / ˈɛnədʒi /

A2
  • noun
  • Physical or mental strength

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

type

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US / taɪp /

UK / taɪp /

A1
  • noun
  • Printed letters or blocks used for printing them
  • Group of things or people sharing common features
  • verb
  • To identify something belonging to a group
  • To write by touching keys on a keyboard

increase

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US / ɪn'kri:s /

UK / ɪnˈkris /

A1
  • noun
  • Fact of increasing; amount something grows by
  • verb
  • To make or become larger in size or amount

community

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US / kə'mju:nətɪ /

UK / kəˈmjunɪti /

A2
  • noun
  • Group of people who share a common idea or area

see

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US / si: /

UK / si /

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

government

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US / ˈgʌvənmənt /

UK / ˈɡʌvənmənt /

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

initiative

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US / ɪ'nɪʃətɪv /

UK / ɪˈnɪʃətɪv /

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  • noun
  • Ability to come up with solutions by yourself
  • New plan or idea that is meant to fix a problem

upon

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US / əˈpɔn, əpən /

UK / əˈpɑn, əˈpɔn /

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  • preposition
  • More formal term for 'on'

with

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US / wɪð /

UK / wɪð, wɪθ /

A1
  • preposition
  • As an employee of a certain company
  • Against something or someone
  • By using something as a means
  • Due to; because of
  • Including
  • Possessing as a feature
  • Related to
  • (Of the manner/attitude by which you do something)
  • Used to express that people or things are together

coast

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US / kəʊst /

UK / kost /

A2
  • noun
  • Land near the sea or ocean
  • verb
  • To progress in something without trying hard
  • (Of a vehicle) to move forward without power

artificial

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US / ˌɑ:tɪ'fɪʃl /

UK / ˌɑrtəˈfɪʃəl /

B1
  • adjecitve
  • Dishonest, to seem fake, not sincere
  • (Something) made by people; not created by nature

have

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US / həv /

UK / hæv /

A1
  • verb
  • To drink, smoke, eat or use something
  • To experience the effects of something
  • To organize an event, or join in an activity
  • To own, possess, or hold something
  • To cause to happen or produce a particular effect

lung

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US / lʌŋ /

UK / lʌŋ /

B1
  • noun
  • One of the two organs we use to breathe

machine

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US / mə'ʃi:n /

UK / məˈʃin /

A1
  • noun
  • Piece of equipment used to do work
  • Powerful group who control and organize things
  • verb
  • To shape, work on something, using a device

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

fall

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US / fɔ:l /

UK / fɔl /

A1
  • noun
  • Season after summer and before winter; Autumn
  • A drop in amount; decrease
  • Dropping from a standing position to the ground
  • verb
  • To drop in amount; to decrease
  • To come down from a higher position suddenly
  • To go from standing to the ground, by accident

clear

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US / klɪə(r) /

UK / klɪr /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Empty; without anything in it or on it
  • Being certain and without doubt
  • Being without any streaks, spots, or cracks
  • Easy to understand; well-explained; obvious
  • adverb
  • Completely; entirely; through the whole of
  • Away from; free from
  • verb
  • To recover from or remove a problem
  • To get rid of the entire contents of
  • To give permission for something to happen
  • To make a place or surface empty by removing
  • To prove that someone is not guilty or to blame

problem

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US / ˈprɒbləm /

UK / ˈprɑbləm /

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  • adjecitve
  • Causing trouble
  • noun
  • Something difficult to deal with or causes trouble
  • Question to show understanding of a math concept

blood

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US / blʌd /

UK / blʌd /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Related by birth; family
  • noun
  • Red liquid in the bodies of people and animals
  • verb
  • To be initiated into something, e.g. a secret club

float

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US / fləʊt /

UK / floʊt /

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  • noun
  • Object designed to stay on the surface of water
  • Decorated truck used in a festival
  • verb
  • To sell the shares of a company publicly
  • To move slowly and easily through air
  • To rest on the surface of water without sinking

roadmap

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UK / ˈroʊdmæp /

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  • noun
  • A map of the roads

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

replicate

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US / 'replɪkeɪt /

UK / ˈrɛplɪˌket /

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  • verb
  • To make one or more exact copies of itself
  • To repeat something (e.g. experiment, process)

stumble

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US / 'stʌmbl /

UK / ˈstʌmbəl /

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  • noun
  • Failing to do something well, e.g. giving a speech
  • Act of tripping and almost falling
  • verb
  • To fail to perform, e.g. when giving a speech
  • To trip and almost fall

ocean

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US / 'əʊʃn /

UK / ˈoʃən /

A2
  • noun
  • Large body of salt water; a large sea

wanda

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US / ˈwɑndə /

UK / ˈwɑːndə /

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dedicated

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US / 'dedɪkeɪtɪd /

UK / ˈdɛdɪˌketɪd /

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  • verb
  • To state a person's name in book, song, in respect
  • To give your energy, time, etc. completely

everybody

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US / ˈevribɒdi /

UK / ˈɛvriˌbɑdi, -ˌbʌdi /

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  • pronoun
  • Every person; everyone

start

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US / stɑ:t /

UK / stɑrt /

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  • 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

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

amount

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US / ə'maʊnt /

UK / əˈmaʊnt /

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

crisis

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US / 'kraɪsɪs /

UK / ˈkraɪsɪs /

B1
  • noun
  • Unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty

difference

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US / 'dɪfrəns /

UK / ˈdɪfərəns, ˈdɪfrəns /

A1
  • noun
  • A thing or issue that people do not agree about
  • Not of the same kind; unlike other things
  • Introduction to Video Content
  • Our planet is facing a massive plastic pollution problem, with plastic being found in our blood, lungs, and even breast milk. The amount of new plastic produced globally is staggering, with approximately 400 million tons produced annually, and that number is set to increase to 1.2 billion tons in the near future. This plastic waste ends up in rivers and ultimately makes its way into the oceans. Recognizing the urgent need for intervention, initiatives have been launched to address the issue at both the river and community levels. María Verde, an organization dedicated to environmental leadership, emerged as a result of this growing concern. After witnessing the lack of clear strategies from government entities, María Verde took action and focused on tackling the problem of garbage in coastal areas and oceans, starting at the local level. Through incremental steps, they have developed innovative solutions, one of which is WANDA, a clean energy machine powered by waterwheels that can effectively collect 80-85% of floating garbage. In addition to this technological solution, María Verde utilizes artificial intelligence and machine learning to identify the types of trash collected, enabling them to advocate for better policies, communication, and education surrounding waste management. However, María Verde recognizes that simply preventing garbage from reaching the oceans is not enough to fully solve the problem. A comprehensive approach that encompasses prevention, collection, and disposal is crucial in addressing the global plastic pollution crisis.
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  • It has been scientifically proven that they have found plastic in our blood, in our lungs, even in our breast milk.
  • What do we do about that?
  • Around the world, we produce approximately 400 million tons of new plastic in a year.
  • But that will increase to 1.2 billion.
  • That garbage ends up in rivers, and if it's in our rivers, it goes to our oceans.
  • And so, we started thinking about interventions in rivers, As well as piloting initiatives to improve our community.
  • That's how María Verde started.
  • My whole adult life has been dedicated to the environment and leadership.
  • In government, I had the opportunity to travel all of Panama, and I fell in love with my country.
  • But it made me very aware that government entities don't really have a clear roadmap on how to address or how to bring solutions.
  • When I left my term in government, I stumbled upon a meeting of neighbors that were worried about the amount of garbage in the coasts and oceans.
  • We wanted to take action in our local issues, but that were a global problem.
  • Little steps turned into bigger steps, and now here we are.
  • At María Verde, we see everything interconnected.
  • One action will not solve all of the problem.
  • WANDA is our clean energy machine.
  • The waterwheel uses the hydraulic power from the river.
  • We have proven that WANDA can effectively pick up 80 to 85% of that floating garbage.
  • We're using artificial intelligence and machine learning to identify the types of trash that we collect in order to influence better policies and better communications and better education tools for our communities.
  • But if we only prevent garbage from getting to the oceans, we're not really solving this problem.
  • We need to work with government, we need to work with communities, and we need to work with children because they will be tomorrow's leaders.
  • We started visiting communities upstream from WANDA, and with help of community members like Estevia, we are getting the word out.
  • Every Place is different, every river is different, every community is different, and so our ambition is to provide ideas of proven actions that can be replicated around the world, that can help alleviate this plastic crisis.
  • We, the people, are the problem of this crisis.
  • We need to find solutions together.
  • You have to have commitment and conviction.
  • Everybody can make a difference.