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Bow (v)

To bend your head or body forward, especially as a way of showing someone respect or expressing thanks to people who have watched you perform:
They bowed to the Queen.
We bowed our heads in prayer.
He bowed down (= very low) before (= in front of) the king and begged for mercy.


Amateur (adj)

Taking part in an activity for pleasure, not as a job:
an amateur astronomer/boxer/historian
He was an amateur singer until the age of 40, when he turned professional.

Relating to an activity, especially a sport, where the people taking part do not receive money:
amateur athletics


Wanting (adj)

Not having something; lacking:
I think she's perhaps a little wanting in charm.


Wanting (n)

There is something strange about his wanting to play villains.


Forthcoming (adj)

[before noun] happening soon:
We have just received the information about the forthcoming conference.

Friendly and helpful, willing to give information or to talk:
I had difficulty getting any details. He wasn't very forthcoming.


Ageing (adj)

› Relating to getting older:
the ageing process

› Used to describe a person or thing that is getting old:
an ageing Hollywood actor
ageing computers/machinery


Chant (v)

› To repeat or sing a word or phrase continuously:
The crowd were chanting the team's name.
Demonstrators chanted anti-government slogans in the square.

› To sing a religious prayer or song to a simple tune:
We could hear the monks chanting.


Clap (v)

To clap your hands repeatedly to show that you like or admire someone or have enjoyed a performance:
The audience clapped and cheered when she stood up to speak.
We all clapped his performance enthusiastically.


Encore (v)

An extra song or piece of music that is performed at the end of a show because the audience shouts for it:
We were shouting for an encore.
They did a few old hits as/for an encore.


Purist (n)

Someone who believes in and follows very traditional rules or ideas in a subject:
Although purists may object to split infinitives, like "to boldly go", the fact is, they are commonly used.
Purists eat smoked salmon with nothing more than lemon and black pepper.

Purism (n)


Get into sb

If you do not know what has got into someone, you do not understand why they are behaving strangely:
I can't think what's got into him. He doesn't usually make such a fuss.


Get going/moving (informal)

To start to go or move:
We'd better get moving or we'll be late.


Unseemly (adj)

Not seemly (= socially suitable and polite)

Unseemliness (n)


Innovative (adj)

New and exciting


Cross-cultural (adj)

Involving aspects from different cultures


Top-notch (adj)

Of very good quality


Groundbreaking (adj)

Trying sth new that no one has tried before


Disparate (adj)

Very different from each other


Indefinable (adj)
Also undefinable

Difficult to explain or define


Sublime (adj)

Very beautiful


Team up (phrasal verb)

To join another person, or form a group with other people, in order to do something together:
They teamed up for a charity performance.
He teamed up with a group of English musicians.


Forte (n)

A strong ability, something that a person can do well:
I'm afraid sewing isn't one of my fortes.


Entity (n)

Something that exists apart from other things, having its own independent existence:
The museums work closely together, but are separate legal entities.
He regarded the north of the country as a separate cultural entity.


Vicinity (n)

The immediately surrounding area:
There are several hotels in the immediate vicinity of the station.


Whereabouts (n)

The place where a person or thing is:
Trupin is thought to be in the Caribbean, although his exact whereabouts are/is a mystery.


Whereabouts (adv)

In what part or area:
Whereabouts in Madrid do you live?
Whereabouts is your office, then?


Precinct (n)

> UK A part of a city or a town in which vehicles are not allowed, used for a special purpose, such as shopping:
a shopping precinct
a pedestrian precinct

> The area that surrounds a building or place, especially one with a wall around it:
A tunnel entrance was found within the precincts of the prison camp.

> US A division of a city or a town, especially an area protected by a particular unit of the police or a division used for voting purposes:
The voter turnout in most precincts is expected to be high.


Man (v)

To man something such as a machine or vehicle is to be present in order to operate it:
The phones are manned 24 hours a day.
Barricades were erected against the advancing government troops and they were manned throughout the night.
Man the pumps!


Mislay (v) [mislaid, mislaid]

To lose something temporarily by forgetting where you have put it:
Could I borrow a pen? I seem to have mislaid mine.


Floodlight (n) [usually plural]

A large, powerful electric light used for lighting outside areas, such as sports fields or buildings, in the dark:
This evening's match will be played under floodlights.