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The Power of Simplicity

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complication

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US / ˌkɒmplɪˈkeɪʃn /

UK / ˌkɑ:mplɪˈkeɪʃn /

A2
  • noun
  • Action making something harder to do something

tend

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US / tend /

UK / tɛnd /

A2
  • verb
  • To move or act in a certain manner
  • To take care of
  • To regularly behave in a certain way

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)

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

eventually

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US / ɪˈventʃuəli /

UK / ɪˈvɛntʃuəli /

A2
  • adverb
  • After a long time; after many attempts; in the end

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

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

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

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’

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

then

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US / ðen /

UK / ðɛn /

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

elaborate

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US / ɪ'læbəreɪt /

UK / ɪˈlæbəret /

B2
  • adjecitve
  • Made or done with great care or in a detailed way
  • verb
  • To explain something in detail
  • To be made or explained with great care/in detail

predictable

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US / prɪˈdɪktəbl /

UK / prɪˈdɪktəbl /

B1
  • adjecitve
  • Capable of being guessed before it happens

own

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US / əʊn /

UK / on /

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

straightforward

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US / ˌstreɪtˈfɔ:wəd /

UK / stretˈfɔrwəd /

B1
  • adjecitve
  • Easy to do or understand; not complicated

challenge

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US / 'tʃælɪndʒ /

UK / ˈtʃæləndʒ /

A2
  • noun
  • An activity you wish to try that may be hard to do
  • Act of formally inviting someone to compete
  • A question to determine correctness of something
  • verb
  • To formally invite someone to compete at something
  • To question the correctness of something

convolute

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US / ˈkɒnvəˌluːt /

UK / ˈkɑnvəˌlʊt /

A1
  • noun
  • Rolled longitudinally upon itself

enmesh

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US / ɪnˈmeʃ /

UK / ɛnˈmɛʃ /

C2
  • verb
  • To entangle or catch in (or as if in) a mesh

aspire

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US / əˈspaɪə(r) /

UK / əˈspaɪr /

B2
  • verb
  • To have a great ambition or goal

properly

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US / ˈprɔpəlɪ /

UK / ˈprɑːpərli /

A2
  • adverb
  • In an appropriate or correct manner

boring

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US / ˈbɔ:rɪŋ /

UK / ˈbɔrɪŋ, ˈbor- /

A1
  • adjecitve
  • Not at all interesting
  • verb
  • To make a deep hole in the ground with a drill
  • To make someone not interested in something

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

part

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US / pɑ:t /

UK / pɑ:rt /

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

without

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US / wɪˈðaʊt /

UK / wɪðˈaʊt, wɪθ- /

A1
  • preposition
  • Not with; not having

adorn

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US / ə'dɔ:n /

UK / əˈdɔrn /

B2
  • verb
  • To add something to make it more beautiful

know

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US / nəʊ /

UK / noʊ /

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

impressionable

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US / ɪmˈpreʃənəbl /

UK / ɪmˈprɛʃənəbəl /

B2
  • adjecitve
  • Easily influenced

mature

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US / məˈtʃʊə(r) /

UK / məˈtʃʊr /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Behaving like an adult
  • Being fully developed physically
  • verb
  • (Wine, cheese) To age to improve its taste

wear

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US / weə(r) /

UK / wer /

A1
  • noun
  • Clothing designed for a purpose e.g. skiing
  • Damage from continual use over a long period
  • verb
  • To have clothes, glasses, shoes etc. on your body
  • To display an expression or emotion on the face
  • To become weaker or damaged from continued use

accord

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US / ə'kɔ:d /

UK / əˈkɔ:rd /

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

art

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US / ɑ:t /

UK / ɑrt /

A1
  • noun
  • Creative skill using the imagination e.g. painting
  • A skill or talent you have

duty

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US / 'dju:tɪ /

UK / ˈduti, ˈdju- /

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

leisure

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US / ˈleʒə(r) /

UK / ˈli:ʒər /

B1
  • noun
  • Time when you have no work to do and can relax

waste

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US / weɪst /

UK / west /

A2
  • noun
  • Materials left over after a process has finished
  • verb
  • To kill or severely harm someone
  • To use valuable things ineffectively

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

come

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US / kʌm /

UK / kʌm /

A1
  • verb
  • To arrive at a place
  • (Of mail) to be delivered
  • To move toward someone; go with someone
  • To reach a certain point or state

lie

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US / laɪ /

UK / lai /

A2
  • noun
  • An untrue statement, when you know it is not true
  • verb
  • To be in a horizontal or flat position
  • To say something that you know is not true

think

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US / θɪŋk /

UK / θɪŋk /

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

clean

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US / kli:n /

UK / klin /

A1
  • 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

only

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US / ˈəunli /

UK / ˈonli /

A1
  • 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

put

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US / pʊt /

UK / pʊt /

A1
  • 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

rare

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US / reə(r) /

UK / rɛr /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • (Of meat) cooked, but still red and juicy
  • Unusual or out of the ordinary; not common

two

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US / tu: /

UK / tu /

A1
  • number
  • 2

finally

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US / ˈfaɪnəli /

UK / ˈfaɪnəli /

A1
  • 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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US / ki:p /

UK / kip /

A1
  • noun
  • Large, strong tower in the middle of a castle
  • Money spent on you so you can live in a place
  • verb
  • To continue doing something; not to stop
  • To stop balls going in a goal in sports
  • To not give back or return something
  • (Of food) to not spoil or not rot
  • To take possession of something to own, e.g. a pet
  • To have and continue to hold something
  • To do something that you have promised or agreed
  • To stay in a certain place or condition
  • To maintain the rules

pretension

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US / prɪˈtenʃn /

UK / prɪˈtɛnʃən /

C1
  • noun
  • Attempt to seem more important or intelligent

solely

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US / ˈsəʊlli:, ˈsəʊli: /

UK / ˈsolli, ˈsoli /

B1
  • adverb
  • With no one or nothing else

from

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US / frəm /

UK / frʌm, frɑm,frəm /

A1
  • preposition
  • Starting at a particular place, time or level

garden

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US / ˈgɑ:dn /

UK / ˈgɑ:rdn /

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  • noun
  • Yard; ground outside your house to grow plants
  • Public park in which visitors can see flowers
  • verb
  • To work in a yard to grow plants, vegetables

over

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US / 'əʊvə(r) /

UK / ˈovɚ /

A1
  • adverb
  • Finished; no longer happening
  • Towards the ground/away from a standing position
  • noun
  • A set of six consecutive balls bowled in cricket
  • other
  • Finished
  • preposition
  • Showing the relation when a thing is above another
  • On or covering something
  • Above or across something
  • More than you need
  • From one side to the other
  • In the direction of; toward

real

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US / rɪəl /

UK / ˈriəl, ril /

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

direct

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US / də'rekt /

UK / dɪˈrɛkt, daɪ- /

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  • adverb
  • Coming straight from something
  • verb
  • To tell someone in a very clear way to do something
  • To show the way by conducting or leading
  • To control the acting in a movie or play

inhibition

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US / ˌɪnhɪˈbɪʃn /

UK / ˌɪnhəˈbɪʃən, ˌɪnə- /

B1
  • noun
  • Not doing something because you are shy, nervous

leave

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US / li:v /

UK / liv /

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

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 /

A2
  • noun
  • Permanent love or concern for person, thing
  • Promise or decision to do something for a purpose

ill

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US / /

UK / /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Not well or sick
  • noun
  • Sickness or problem; bad conditions

major

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US / 'meɪdʒə(r) /

UK / ˈmedʒɚ /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Main league; esp. referring to American baseball
  • Important, serious, or large in scope, size
  • noun
  • High-ranking officer in the army
  • Main subject you study at university
  • verb
  • To study a particular subject at university

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

loosen

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US / 'lu:sn /

UK / ˈlusən /

B1
  • verb
  • To make something less tight

meal

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US / mi:l /

UK / mil /

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  • noun
  • Food for eating at a particular time, e.g. dinner
  • Grain that has been ground into a powder

pleasure

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US / 'pleʒə(r) /

UK / ˈplɛʒɚ /

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  • noun
  • Feeling of happiness, enjoyment, or satisfaction

sense

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US / sens /

UK / sɛns /

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

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

elementary

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US / ˌelɪˈmentri /

UK / ˌɛləˈmɛntəri, -tri /

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  • adjecitve
  • Basic, simple, or essential

habit

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US / 'hæbɪt /

UK / ˈhæbɪt /

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  • noun
  • Loose clothing like a cloak, worn by monks, nuns
  • Usual way of behaving; something often repeated

understand

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US / ˌʌndə'stænd /

UK / ˌʌndɚˈstænd /

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  • verb
  • To know the meaning of language, what someone says

somebody

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US / 'sʌmbədɪ /

UK / ˈsʌmˌbɑdi, -ˌbʌdi, -bədi /

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

belong

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US / bɪ'lɒŋ /

UK / bɪˈlɔŋ /

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  • verb
  • To be a welcomed as a new member of a group
  • To own something
  • To be in the right place or situation

food

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US / fu:d /

UK / fud /

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  • noun
  • What people and animals eat to live
  • Things taken in by plants to maintain life
  • A particular style or type of cooking, e.g. Asian

fix

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US / fɪks /

UK / fɪks /

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  • noun
  • Answer to a problem
  • verb
  • To arrange or prepare something
  • To attach something so it will not move or change
  • To dishonestly arrange the result of a game
  • To make an animal unable to produce young
  • To make something whole or able to work again

not

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US / nɒt /

UK / nɑt /

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  • 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

relationship

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US / rɪˈleɪʃnʃɪp /

UK / rɪˈleʃənˌʃɪp /

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

unhurried

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US / ʌnˈhʌrid /

UK / ʌnˈhɜ:rid /

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  • adjecitve
  • Relaxed and leisurely; without hurry or haste

edit

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US / ˈedɪt /

UK / ˈɛdɪt /

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  • verb
  • To check and make changes before publication
  • To prepare scenes of a film into the final version

immensely

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US / ɪˈmensli /

UK / ɪˈmensli /

B1
  • adverb
  • Very much; greatly; a lot

silly

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US / 'sɪlɪ /

UK / ˈsɪli /

A2
  • adjecitve
  • Careless
  • Acting funny or playfully
  • Not being serious or important

simpleton

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US / ˈsɪmpltən /

UK / ˈsɪmpəltən /

A1
  • noun
  • Person lacking intelligence or common sense

towards

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US / tə'wɔ:dz /

UK / 'təuədz, twɔ:dz /

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  • preposition
  • In the direction of someone or something

book

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US / bʊk /

UK / bʊk /

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  • noun
  • Thing made of pages with writing on that you read
  • verb
  • (Police) to officially record someone's crimes
  • To reserve (hotel room, etc.) in advance
  • To produce a red or yellow card to a soccer player

friend

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US / frend /

UK / frɛnd /

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

host

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US / həʊst /

UK / host /

A2
  • noun
  • Mass; a great number
  • Person who entertains guests
  • Plant or animal on or in which parasites live
  • Presenter on a television or radio program
  • verb
  • To be the sponsor of an event, e.g. the Olympics
  • To lead or start a party, program, or other event
  • To lead a TV or radio show as the announcer

panic

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US / 'pænɪk /

UK / ˈpænɪk /

B1
  • noun
  • Overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety
  • verb
  • To feel sudden anxiety and fear and cannot think

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

comfortable

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US / ˈkʌmftəbl /

UK / ˈkʌmfətəbəl, ˈkʌmftəbəl /

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  • adjecitve
  • Having more than enough e.g. money for your needs
  • Being relaxed, warm or happy

exotic

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US / ɪɡ'zɒtɪk /

UK / ɪɡ'zɑ:tɪk /

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  • adjecitve
  • Being very different or unusual
  • Strange because from a different area of the world

its

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US / ɪts /

UK / ɪts /

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

who

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US / hu: /

UK / hu /

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

close

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US / kləʊz /

UK / kloʊz /

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  • adjecitve
  • Almost; near
  • (Of a friend) well-known; liked by others
  • Being near or related
  • Similar; nearly the same
  • verb
  • To come progressively nearer to something
  • To end; to bring to an end
  • To make something shut; stop from being open

emotionally

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US / ɪ'məʊʃənəlɪ /

UK / ɪˈmoʃənl:ɪ /

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  • adverb
  • In a way that shows your feelings

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

miss

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US / mɪs /

UK / mɪs /

A1
  • noun
  • Action of not hitting something or someone
  • Form of address to unmarried girl or woman
  • verb
  • To be absent
  • To fail to hit something e.g. a ball
  • To do without something
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  • Unbroken or undisturbed, as of sleep
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  • Sane; not mentally ill
  • Clearly reasoned; involving sense, good judgment
  • noun
  • Unique quality that characterizes a style of music
  • Waves traveling in air or water that can be heard
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  • Occasion when something happens
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  • Period in history or the past
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  • How long an event takes; duration
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  • Unintelligent person not interested in culture

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  • In the same place as another thing, but lower
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  • In a lower quantity or price than expected
  • preposition
  • According to the terms of an agreement or law
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  • At the most important or easiest (beginner) level

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  • Feeling or desire to do something; a habit

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  • Words that have to do with a particular subject
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  • To become aware of or understand mentally

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

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  • To provide amusement by singing, telling jokes etc.
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  • To receive someone as a guest
  • To provide amusement (e.g. by singing, dancing)

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  • To deal with things in an organized way

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  • Real facts about something

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

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  • Act of putting the ball over the rugby goal line
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  • 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

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

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  • Actually; in fact; in reality

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

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  • To make available, to provide
  • To have enough money to pay for something

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  • A table showing the days, months and years

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  • Definite, fixed
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  • Being sure about something; without doubt

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  • A period of 24 hours beginning at midnight
  • The period of time when it is light outside
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  • 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
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  • To face a certain direction, e.g. north
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  • Apart from others
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  • To support someone, e.g. singer or comedian
  • To be the logical result of something
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  • To believe a set of values or a moral teacher
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  • With the subtraction of

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  • Costing no money
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  • Used to show that a thing could be true

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  • A very strong feeling of affection
  • The person you care very deeply about
  • Strong, deep emotional and sexual attraction
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  • To care for and like someone very strongly, deeply
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  • Number 1

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  • Act of breathing in smoke, as from a pipe
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  • Not yet killed (for food)
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  • To be alive
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  • To what degree? in what amount?
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  • For what purpose or reason?
  • (Used to ask someone or something's condition)

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  • Person or people in general
  • Introduction to Video Content
  • The Power of SimplicityIn today's fast-paced and complex world, simplicity is often overlooked and undervalued. We are constantly bombarded with messages that encourage us to seek out and embrace complexity. We are told that success and happiness lie in mastering intricate ideas, indulging in elaborate meals, and pursuing complicated relationships. We fill our lives with busy schedules, exotic hobbies, and burdensome commitments. But at some point, we may begin to question this pursuit of complexity and long for a simpler way of living.The truth is, simplicity has a power of its own. It takes immense courage to embrace simplicity - to read simple books, wear simple clothes, and lead simple days. In a culture that values complexity, simplicity can be seen as boring or unsophisticated. We worry about sounding boring or silly if we were to show ourselves without embellishment or live according to our own less adorned inclinations. We spend a significant portion of our lives trying to be someone else, burdening ourselves with habits, ideas, vocabularies, and duties that don't truly belong to us.But there comes a point when we start to realize the real challenge of life: to dare to be ourselves, unapologetically and without reservation. To fixate on the basic truths that we have always known deep down. To streamline our calendars, leaving space for the things that truly matter to us. To wear clothes that make us comfortable and feel like ourselves. To indulge in simple pleasures, like tending to a garden, taking a relaxing bath, or going for a walk.When we simplify our lives, we can focus on what truly brings us joy and fulfillment. We can prioritize relationships with those who understand us and appreciate us for who we are. We can communicate openly and honestly, sharing our heartfelt thoughts and emotions with our loved ones. We come to realize that it's the simple things that matter most in life, and we cherish them deeply.The catalyst for embracing simplicity often comes from a realization of our mortality. The thought of death can shake us out of our pretensions and superficial desires. We recognize that life is too short to waste on things that don't align with our true selves. We let go of the need to impress others and instead focus on living a life that is authentic and meaningful.In essence, the power of simplicity lies in its ability to strip away the excess and reveal the essence of who we truly are. It allows us to live in alignment with our values and priorities. It frees us from the burden of complexity and invites us to embrace a life of authenticity and ease. So let us have the courage to be simple, to live simply, and to find power and fulfillment in the beauty of simplicity.
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  • It can take a very long time indeed to work up the courage to be simple, to read simple books, to wear simple clothes, to have simple days and to say simple things.
  • For a long time, all the glamour seems to lie with complexity.
  • We are pulled towards rare and hard-to-follow ideas.
  • We entertain our friends with elaborate meals.
  • We pursue convoluted relationships.
  • We have careers that enmesh us in cumbersome commitments.
  • We fill our leisure hours with exotic hobbies.
  • And then, at some point, we may sense and aspire to the real challenge of life.
  • To dare to sound, to some, like an idiot.
  • To fix on certain basic truths that we have always known.
  • To edit down our calendars.
  • To wear only what is comfortable.
  • To put in some sort of basic foods we like when we are alone.
  • To have relationships solely with those who know how to be direct.
  • To leave our days more or less free, apart from one or two elementary pleasures like tending to a garden, having a bath or going for a walk.
  • To limit our reading to books we can understand.
  • And to communicate, without inhibition, all those heartfelt and essential things we know to those we are close to, that they are everything to us and that we will miss them immensely when it is all over.
  • We worry so much about sounding boring or silly if we were to show ourselves without elaboration or live according to our own less adorned inclinations.
  • We spend the major part of our lives trying, unsuccessfully, to be somebody else.
  • It can be the thought of death that eventually loosens us from our pretensions.
  • We realise, under its bracing influence, that there is no point burdening ourselves with habits, ideas, vocabularies, people and duties that don't belong to us.
  • There's no point wasting time we can ill afford on those who can't non-defensively say, I love you.
  • With clothes that we can't keep clean.
  • With books we can't understand.
  • And with crowded days, heavy with panic and meaningless challenges.
  • We finally lose our terror of coming across as a simpleton and a yokel.
  • We'll be properly mature, properly sophisticated even.
  • We'll probably have had to go through a host of complications.
  • By the time we learn to appreciate the art of being direct, easy to follow, emotionally straightforward, predictable, unhurried – and, in the eyes of the frantic and the impressionable many, exceptionally dull.