v. have desire for something or someone; yearn; grieve or mourn for
E.g. Though she tried to be happy living with Clara in the city, Heidi used to pine for the mountains and for her gruff but loving grandfather.
v. confront; set into opposition or rivalry
E.g. You have to pit a chess player against the Russian champion.
n. sizeable hole; trap in the form of a concealed hole
E.g. They dug a pit to bury the body.
n. action or manner of throwing something
E.g. His pitch fell short and his hat landed on the floor.
v. set firmly; throw, usually with careful aim; discard by throwing
E.g. She will pitch her speech to the teenagers in the audience.
n. epidemic disease with a high death rate; annoyance
E.g. This research tells us the ravages of the plague that swept through Europe in the mid 14th century.
n. request for help; excuse or pretext
E.g. He did not attend the dinner; his plea was that he was too busy to come.
v. appeal or request earnestly; enter a plea; offer as an excuse
E.g. Now, she may file for divorce, and all she must plead is that the marriage has broken down.
n. promise solemnly and formally; binding commitment to do something
E.g. The world leaders celebrated the year 2000 with a solemn pledge to reduce poverty and hunger by 2015.
n. small extent of ground; secret scheme or strategy
E.g. My father and my brother Rowland knew all this; but they thought only of the thirty thousand pounds, and joined in the plot against me.
n. something, such as a cork or a wad of cloth, used to fill a hole tightly; stopper
E.g. She pulled the plug out of the bathtub and the dirty water ran away.
a. involving advantage or good; on the positive side or higher end of a scale
E.g. This company controls main gas resource plus many of the pipelines that supply it to Europe.
n. a long rod; one of two divergent or mutually exclusive opinions
E.g. But the Clinton stash keeps her in pole position in the race to secure the party nomination in a year's time.
n. settled method of government to administer; system of public or official administration
E.g. His overall Latin American policy is just as troubling so no country welcomes his visiting until now.
v. remove flaws from; perfect or complete
E.g. These boys polish their piano techniques for years.
n. covered and enclosed entrance to building; covered passage
E.g. Coffee Gallery's screened in porch is a perfect place to cool off, relax, and talk for a while.
n. place on waterway with facilities for loading and unloading ships
E.g. The people would be docked in the port from a cruise ship.
v. pretend to be someone you are not; assume a posture as for artistic purposes
E.g. We don't know the woman who pose for Leonardo so often.
a. involving advantage or good ; greater than zero; very sure; confident
E.g. An executive involved in the meetings told that Mrs. Bush plans to write a positive book with a minimum of criticism.
n. act of having and controlling property; belongings
E.g. She will also retain possession of her father's home, and many of his personal effects.
n. sign posted in public place as an advertisement
E.g. The women's group running the poster campaign says that's because Turkey is still a very patriarchal society, a place where politics is seen as man's work.
v. hold back to a later time; delay; defer
E.g. Malaysians planning to travel to Pakistan have been advised to postpone their visit.
a. existing in possibility; expected to become or be
E.g. The volume of unconventional gas isn't significant on a U. K. wide scale, supplying enough electricity for only 1,200 homes, but the potential is there, analysts say.
v. flow in a spurt; rain heavily; supply in large amounts
E.g. We pour money into the education of our children.
a. based on experience; useful
E.g. He was a practical man, opposed to theory.
ad. virtually; actually; for all practical purpose
E.g. Eight years and billions of dollars later, we learned that the North Koreans were breaking their word practically from day one.
a. of high worth or cost
E.g. It also means that parents place huge amounts of pressure on their precious only child to succeed in China.
a. prior to or preparing for the main matter; introductory
E.g. According to preliminary, unofficial figures, a large majority, some 84 percent, voted in favor.
n. written instructions from doctor; written order; act of establishing official rules, laws, or directions
E.g. It won't detect prescription drugs or medication such as cold or flu tablets.
n. state of being present; current existence
E.g. Your presence is a gift, your being with us a joy.
n. being in existence; something presented as a gift; period of time that is happening now
E.g. We allow so much suffering in the present, because we want to leave a beautiful world for our children.
n. show or display; act of presenting something to sight or view
E.g. The professor decided to gave a presentation on drug abuse in public.
v. take for granted as true in absence of proof; venture without authority
E.g. We are asked to presume that she is innocent.
a. existing or occurring before something else
E.g. That brings the total number of storms to 26, roundly beating the previous record of 21, set 70 years ago.
a. of first rank or importance or value; essential or basic
E.g. Many ordinary Iraqis appreciated that the primary UN role was humanitarian.
a. first in excellence, quality, or value; at the best stage; peak; first in degree or rank; chief
E.g. Jordan tonight announced that his group arrested the prime suspect in last week's rocket attack.
a. highest in rank, authority, character, importance, or degree
E.g. Lots of the principal people gathered around the king, to let him see they was on his side.
n. basic truth or law or assumption; rule or law of nature; rule of personal conduct
E.g. This decision was based on principle rather than expediency.
a. preceding in the order of time; former; previous
E.g. All the arrangements should have been completed prior to our departure.
n. preceding in time, importance, or urgency
E.g. The company says its number one priority is restoring profits, not gaining market share at any price.