n. medical treatment that involves cutting open a person's body
E.g. Doctors not involved with his treatment have told the BBC that surgery is not particularly effective for patients in Sharon's condition.
v. hand over, give up, give something into another's control
E.g. But analysts say national governments may prove highly reluctant to surrender control of their radio frequencies to Brussels.
n. existence; remaining alive
E.g. It’s a classic case of survival of the fittest and the fight for space between man and beast.
v. continue to live; endure or last
E.g. In 1998, he was lucky to survive when his balloon plummeted into the sea.
v. have doubts about; distrust
E.g. They suspect that new company is operating in the area, but don't know its name.
a. openly distrustful and unwilling to confide; questionable
E.g. For all the current goodwill on display in Aceh, Indonesian and rebel soldiers are still deeply suspicious of one another.
v. take back what one has said ; enclose or envelop completely
E.g. The government is expected to persuade the French to swallow their doubts on the EU Constitution and vote yes.
n. low land that is seasonally flooded; low land region saturated with water
E.g. A Florida swamp is a bad place to be, if you don't know how to find your way around in the woods.
v. affirm or utter a solemn declaration; make promise or resolve on oath
E.g. "Are you in earnest? Do you truly love me? Do you sincerely wish me to be your wife?" "I do; and if an oath is necessary to satisfy you, I swear it."
n. knitted garment covering the upper part of the body
E.g. If the sweater has no sleeves, it is generally called a vest.
n. movement in an arc; clean with a broom; wide scope; winning all
E.g. The Republican sweep is good news for Afghanistan, said Nader Nadery, analyst and director of Human Rights Commission of Afghanistan.
v. bulge; expand abnormally; increase in size; become filled with pride or anger
E.g. The bellies of the starving children began to swell yesterday.
v. sway or move from one side to another; turn round by wind or tide; be hanged
E.g. When he played out, Johnny Miller bought in for a dead rat and a string to swing it with.
n. sign; something visible to represent something else invisible
E.g. Often the destruction takes place in public, as a visible symbol of peace replacing war.
v. attach; append; provide with a name or nickname; label
E.g. Please tag the label to your suitcase.
a. showing a natural gift for something
E.g. It aims to promote the sharing of information and ideas, for teachers and parents, on the education of the gifted and talented.
v. draw upon; strike lightly; make good use of
E.g. It will also develop techniques to locate and tap underground water reservoirs.
n. long thin piece of cloth or paper; measuring instrument for length by narrow strip
E.g. The carpenter should have used his tape measure the room before any other jobs.
n. reference point to shoot at; goal intended to be attained
E.g. The iPhone 5 is an obvious target for Apple fans to pursue.
v. labor or study imposed by another; undertake; labor
E.g. I wished that she would always be so pleasant, and never push me about, or task me unreasonably.
n. a number of persons associated together in any work; a flock of wild ducks
E.g. Volleyball is a team game, how about beach volleyball?
v. separate or be separated by force; divide or disrupt; fill with tears or shed tears
E.g. This puzzle would tear the organization between opposing choices: for or against eating shark fins.
v. tear into pieces; raise the fibers of
E.g. They tease tissue for microscopic examinations.
v. annoy persistently; harass with persistent criticism; gain by persistent coaxing
E.g. The editor could tease great books from an author's first draft.
a. having special skill or knowledge; according to principle; formal rather than practical; relating to technique
E.g. The ASX yesterday halted trading for four hours after detecting a technical issue.
n. practical method or art applied to some particular task; skillfulness
E.g. He displayed a flawless technique in the competition.
n. application of science, especially to industrial or commercial objectives
E.g. Without a doubt, they say the use of electronic records and other advances in technology is dramatically improving patient care.
v. moderate; tone down or restrain; bring to a desired consistency; adjust finely
E.g. They begin to temper the portfolio to match investor's needs.
a. not permanent; not lasting
E.g. The Administration says the tariffs were meant to be a temporary measure designed to give the American steel industry time to reorganize.
v. offer formally; extend; propose a payment
E.g. Although no formal charges had been made against him, in the wake of the recent scandal the mayor felt he should tender his resignation.
a. given to sympathy or gentleness; easily hurt; sensitive; young and vulnerable
E.g. We can feel his tender heart from his singing.
a. stretch or force to the limit; tight
E.g. The northern city of Kano, which has a history of sectarian violence is especially tense, but has remained peaceful.
n. action of stretching something tight; anxiety; feelings of hostility
E.g. There's a growing mood of transatlantic tension, both real and imagined; a feeling that European capitals and Washington no longer view the world in quite the same way.
n. limited period of time; point in time at which something ends; termination; deadline
E.g. The Treasury Department announced plans to sell $50 billion in short term securities next week.
n. causing or ending in or approaching death; station
E.g. In February, a jury ordered the company to pay 51 million dollars to a Marlboro smoker with terminal lung cancer.
n. row of houses built in a similar style; level shelf of land with steep slopes
E.g. In agriculture, a terrace is a leveled section of a hilly cultivated area, designed as a method of soil conservation.
a. causing extreme terror; very great; extraordinarily good
E.g. And that night there came on a terrific storm, with driving rain, awful claps of thunder and blinding sheets of lightning.
n. large extent of land; organized portion of country
E.g. How much territory does he travel over this year?
n. extreme fear; violent dread; fright
E.g. The consequence was that the smaller boys spent their days in terror and suffering.
n. solemn declaration or affirmation; something that serves as evidence
E.g. And make it clear, you know, we speak as one voice, what you heard for the last two days in testimony is what I also believe.