Flashcards in April Deck (6)
1 to trust or depend on someone or something to do what you need or expect them to do
rely on/upon somebody/something phrasal verb
I knew I could rely on David.
rely on somebody/something to do something
Many working women rely on relatives to help take care of their children.
rely on/upon somebody/something for
Many people now rely on the Internet for news.
someone or something that is ___________ can be trusted or depended on [= dependable;]
Miller was a quiet and reliable man.
—reliability noun [uncountable]
1round/square etc [uncountable and countable]
the form that something has, for example round, square, triangular etc
[British English] What shape is the table?
[British English] You can recognize a tree by the shape of its leaves.
round/square etc in shape
[British English] The dining room was square in shape.
[British English] His battered old hat had completely lost its shape.
in the shape of something
[British English] a silver pin in the shape of a large bird
[British English] The plants grow in every shape and size.
[British English] The children cut out shapes (=squares, triangles etc) from the piece of cardboard.
out of shape
[British English] The wheel had been bent out of shape.
a disadvantage of a situation, plan, product etc
[British English] It's a great city - the only drawback is the weather.
drawback of/to (doing) something
[British English] The main drawback to these products is that they tend to be too salty.
1 [sentence adverb] as a result of something that you have just mentioned
Most of the evidence was destroyed in the fire. Thus it would be almost impossible to prove him guilty.
! In spoken English it is more usual to use so.