Flashcards in L11-Progress (Technology,Design) Deck (17)
suitable for your purposes and needs and causing the least difficulty:
Our local shop has very convenient opening hours.
A bike's a very convenient way of getting around.
[+ that] It's very convenient that you live near the office.
[+ to infinitive] I find it convenient to be able to do my banking by phone.
What time would it be convenient for me to come round?
@ noun [C usually plural]
a basic thing that you cannot live without:
Because I live in a remote village, I regard my car as an essential.
When we go on holiday, we only take the bare essentials.
This leaflet will give you the essentials of how to use the word processor.
Government support will be essential if the project is to succeed.
There is essential work to be done before the building can be re-occupied.
Water is essential for/to living things.
tired and anxious because you have too much to do:
a harassed-looking waiter * harassed mothers with their children
to repair or improve something so that every part of it works properly:
I got the engine overhauled.
The government plans to overhaul the health service.
If you overhaul a system or method, you examine it carefully and make many changes in it in order to improve it.
The government said it wanted to overhaul the employment training scheme to make it cost effective.
He managed to overhaul the leader on the final lap.
If something serves as a particular thing or serves a particular purpose, it performs a particular function, which is often not its intended function.
She ushered me into the front room, which served as her office...
I really do not think that an inquiry would serve any useful purpose...
Their brief visit has served to underline the deep differences between the two countries...
The old drawing room serves her as both sitting room and study.
If you describe someone as having savvy, you think that they have a good understanding and practical knowledge of something. (INFORMAL)
He is known for his political savvy and strong management skills.
to appear or happen, especially suddenly or unexpectedly:
She's one of those film stars who pops up everywhere, on TV, in magazines, on Broadway.
The words 'Hard disk failure - program aborted' popped up on the screen.
to control something, usually in order to use its power:
There is a great deal of interest in harnessing wind and waves as new sources of power.
If you harness something such as an emotion or natural source of energy, you bring it under your control and use it.
Turkey plans to harness the waters of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers for big hydro-electric power projects
The entertainment industry harnessed satellite technology to give consumers more choice.
more sophisticated technology
A sophisticated machine, device, or method is more advanced or complex than others.
Honeybees use one of the most sophisticated communication systems of any insect.
...a large and sophisticated new British telescope.
having a good understanding of the way people behave and/or a good knowledge of culture and fashion:
She was slim, svelte and sophisticated.
I don't suppose I have any books that would suit your sophisticated tastes.
when the information age dawned ....
f something is dawning, it is beginning to develop or come into existence. (WRITTEN)
Throughout Europe a new railway age, that of the high-speed train, has dawned...
a place or condition of great happiness where everything is exactly as you would like it to be
the World Wide Web seemed like paradise.
be/become mired (down) in something
to be involved in a difficult situation, especially for a long period of time:
The peace talks are mired in bureaucracy.
stuck in a bad situation and unable to get out or make progress
noun [C] INFORMAL
an illegal plan for making money:
an insurance scam
to threaten to hurt someone or frighten them, especially someone smaller or weaker
to put pressure on someone in order to make them do what you want
bullying n [U]
an attempt to tackle the problem of bullying in schools
to try to stop something unpleasant or harmful from happening or increasing:
to combat crime/terrorism/inflation/disease
The government is spending millions of dollars in its attempt to combat drug abuse.
I have to combat this constant desire to eat chocolate.
1 extremely modern and unusual in appearance, as if belonging to a future time:
futuristic design / furniture /inventions
2 imagining what the future will be like:
a futuristic movie / novel