Saturday, 3 December 2011

Objective Proficiency p 64. Vocabulary

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retrieve:  Find or extract information. E.g. to retrieve information from the database. E.g. The program allows you to retrieve items quickly by searching under a keyword.

inscrutable: /ɪnˈskruːtəbl/ if a person or their expression is inscrutable, it is hard to know what they are thinking or feeling, because they do not show any emotion. E.g. His face remained inscrutable and unsmiling.

integrity: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. E.g. personal/ professional/ artistic integrity. To behave with integrity. A man of great integrity.

endure: /ɪnˈdjʊə(r)/ to continue to exist for a long time. E.g. a success that will endure.

background: the circumstances or past events that help explain why something is how it is; information about these. E.g. the historical background to the war. Background information/ knowledge. The elections are taking place against a background of violence. Can you give me more background on the company?

2002 edition
  • Slouch: / slaʊtʃ/ to stand, sit or move in a lazy way, often with your shoulders and head bent forward. E.g. Several students were slouching against the wall. Sit up straight. Don't slouch. He slouched across the room and collapsed in a chair.
  • Fling yourself/something + adverb/preposition: Fling, flung, flung. To move yourself or part of your body suddenly and with a lot of force. E.g. She flung herself onto the bed. He flung out an arm to stop her from falling.
  • Creep, crept, crept: to move slowly, quietly and carefully, because you do not want to be seen or heard. E.g. I crept up the stairs, trying not to wake my parents. I heard someone creeping around the house.
  • Wade: to walk with an effort through something, especially water or mud. E.g. He waded into the water to push the boat out.
  • Teem: to fall heavily. Pour. E.g. The rain was teeming down. It was teeming with rain. Teem with something: (usually be teeming with something) to be full of people, animals, etc. moving aroundThe streets were teeming with tourists. A river teeming with fish.

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