Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Objective Proficiency p 96. Vocabulary

Ex 1
  • Groucho /ˈɡraʊtʃ əʊ/ Marx /mɑːks/
  • Denigrate somebody/something: /ˈdenɪɡreɪt/ (formal) to criticize somebody/something unfairly; to say somebody/something does not have any value or is not important. Belittle. Sp. Menospreciar. E.g. I didn't intend to denigrate her achievements.
  • Suspect: /ˈsʌspekt/ that may be false and that cannot be relied on. Questionable. Sospechoso. E.g. Some of the evidence they produced was highly suspect.
Ex 2 
  • Overlap: /ˌəʊvəˈlæp/ if one thing overlaps another, or the two things overlap, part of one thing covers part of the other. Sp. montados unos sobre otros. Coincidir. E.g. A fish's scales overlap each other. The floor was protected with overlapping sheets of newspaper. 
  • Sign up (for something): to arrange to do a course of study by adding your name to the list of people doing it. Sp. apuntarse. E.g. Sign up for a music society.
  • Further something: /ˈfɜːðə(r)/ to help something to develop or be successful. Sp. promover, favorecer, fomentar. E.g. They hoped the new venture (project) would further the cause of cultural cooperation in Europe. She took the new job to further her career.
  • Pursuit: /pəˈsjuːt/ pursuit of something the act of looking for or trying to find something. Sp. búsqueda. E.g. the pursuit of happiness/knowledge/profit. She travelled the world in pursuit of her dreams.
  • Reap something: to obtain something, especially something good, as a direct result of something that you have done. Sp. cosechar. E.g. They are now reaping the rewards of all their hard work. 
  • Conform: /kənˈfɔːm/ to behave and think in the same way as most other people in a group or society. E.g. There is considerable pressure on teenagers to conform. Conform to something He refused to conform to the local customs. 
  • Be down to somebody/something: to be caused by a particular person or thing. E.g She claimed her problems were down to the media. 
  • Couple somebody/something with somebody/something: [usually passive] to link one thing, situation, etc. to another. Combine with. Sp. sumado a, junto con. E.g. Overproduction, coupled with falling sales, has led to huge losses for the company.

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