Flashcards in 02 Deck (103)
how steep a slope is
a steep/gentle gradient
important and large in degree
She has all kinds of grand ideas.
His job has a grand title, but he's little more than a clerk.
to prevent someone doing something easily
Fierce storms have been hampering rescue efforts and there is now little chance of finding more survivors.
not having an obvious order or plan
He tackled the problem in a typically haphazard manner.
to cause repeated suffering or anxiety
Fighting in Vietnam was an experience that would haunt him for the rest of his life.
Thirty years after the fire he is still haunted by images of death and destruction.
full of activity; very busy and fast
a hectic schedule
The area has become a haven for people tired of the hectic pace of city life.
to pay attention to something, especially advice or a warning
The airline has been criticized for failing to heed advice/warnings about lack of safety routines.
the process by which characteristics are given from a parent to their child through the genes
Diet and exercise can influence a person's weight, but heredity is also a factor.
consisting of parts or things that are very different from each other
Switzerland is a heterogeneous confederation of 26 self-governing cantons.
consisting of parts or people which are similar to each other or are of the same type
a homogeneous group/society
The population of the village has remained remarkably homogeneous.
he quality of not being proud because you are conscious of your bad qualities
He doesn't have the humility to admit when he's wrong.
They might be very rich, but it wouldn't hurt them to show a little humility.
all of the water, ice and water vapour at or near the surface of the Earth, such as the seas and ice, clouds and the water in and under the ground
to give a possible but not yet proved explanation for something
There's no point hypothesizing about how the accident happened, since we'll never really know.
a long pointed stick of ice that is formed when drops of water freeze
Icicles hung from the roof.
a theory, or set of beliefs or principles, especially one on which a political system, party or organization is based
The people are caught between two opposing ideologies.
illegal or disapproved of by society
illicit drugs such as cocaine and cannabis
the illicit trade in stolen vehicles
an illicit love affair
unable to read and write
In the rural areas, illiteracy is widespread.
A surprising percentage of the population are illiterate.
to drink, especially alcohol:
Have you been imbibing again?
extremely large in size or degree:
They spent an immense amount of time getting the engine into perfect condition.
He's an immense goalkeeper.
to stop something or someone from moving:
You can immobilize the car by removing the spark plugs.
The broken limb must be immobilized as soon as possible.
a situation in which you are protected against disease or from legal action:
The vaccination gives you immunity against the disease for up to six months.
He was granted immunity from prosecution because he confessed the names of the other spies.
to communicate information to someone:
to impart the bad news
I was rather quiet as I didn't feel I had much wisdom to impart on the subject.
› to give something a particular feeling, quality, or taste:
Preservatives can impart colour and flavour to a product.
to start using a plan or system:
The changes to the national health system will be implemented next year.
something which encourages a person to do something
Tax incentives have been very effective in encouraging people to save and invest more of their income.
[+ to infinitive] There is little incentive for people to leave their cars at home when public transport remains so expensive.
Bonus payments provide an incentive to work harder.
never stopping, especially in an annoying or unpleasant way
She talked incessantly about the most trivial things.
to (make someone) feel something or want to do something
The Prime Minister is believed to be inclining towards an April election.
If a law court or a grand jury indicts someone, it accuses them officially of a crime
UK He was indicted on drug charges at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
US Five people were indicted for making and selling counterfeit currency.
naturally existing in a place or country rather than arriving from another place
Are there any species of frog indigenous to the area?
So who are the indigenous people of this land?
to persuade someone to do something
They induced her to take the job by promising editorial freedom.
Nothing could induce me (= I definitely cannot be persuaded) to climb a mountain/ride a bike.