a. determined to do or have
E.g. We are bent on going to the theater no matter how heavy the snow is.
n. stake or pledge upon the event of a contingent issue; amount or object risked in a wager
E.g. I truly believe this set back, my bet is they will recover and move on, hopefully sooner than soon.
v. be unfaithful; reveal unconsciously or unwillingly
E.g. The two spies betray their country by selling military secrets to the enemy.
v. make an offer of; propose; offer in words; declare, as a wish, a greeting, a threat, or defiance
E.g. "Then you and I must bid good-bye for a little while?" "I suppose so, sir."
v. pierce skin with teeth; seize with the teeth; sting with a stinger; eat into; have a sharp taste
E.g. Our laws must bite, that is the only language that the criminals will understand.
a. harsh or corrosive in tone; painful; acrid; acrimonious
E.g. He is perhaps the best qualified person for many years to solve a long standing and bitter dispute.
a. fantastic; violently contrasting; strangely unconventional in style or appearance
E.g. The plot of the novel was too bizarre to be believed.
v. condemn; rebuke; find fault with; censure
E.g. Dr David Viner from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in Britain says that natural variability in the weather is probably to blame but human influence can't be ruled out.
a. of a white or pale color; without color; empty; void
E.g. But he stares out over my shoulder at the skyline, his expression blank, seemingly disinterested in whether I choose to go with him or not.
n. explode; burst; gale; very strong gust of wind or air
E.g. The blast is the deadliest such incident since a series of ones killed three people in Bangkok on New Year's Eve in 2006.
v. emit blood; lose blood; withdraw blood from the body
E.g. All the young soldiers are ready to bleed for the country.
v. make or pronounce holy; consecrate; make happy
E.g. My family and I will be praying along with Rick that God will again bless your country.
v. hinder; obstruct; indicate broadly without great detail; sketch
E.g. He failed to get enough allies to block the reform.
a. of a fair color; light-colored; as, blond hair; a blond complexion.
E.g. It was the wig this woman wore during a two-day robbery across New York that earned her the name blonde bandit.
n. a committee having supervisory powers; a flat piece of material designed for a special purpose
E.g. Instruments on board include the Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer which will analyse the chemical composition of the comet nucleus - the icy core in the head of the comet.
n. wooden boards collectively; act of entering a ship; supplying with meals and lodgings for pay
E.g. If I had a kid like that, I'd put him in boarding school.
a. brave; daring; intrepid; impudent
E.g. The release of the bold young newspaper editor-in-chief after five months detention without trial marks a significant victory for those who mounted a vigorous campaign against the injustice he faced.
v. dash or dart off; move or jump suddenly
E.g. Jack was set to bolt out the front door.
n. link; connection; uniting force or tie; binding agreement; duty
E.g. Last year, the average short-term bond fund gained about 9%, according to Morningstar.
n. an extra dividend to the shareholders; money paid in addition to a stated compensation
E.g. She's very dissatisfied at not getting a bonus.
n. bonanza; prosperity; prosper; expand; flourish
E.g. It is a hi-tech boom town, the centre for dozens of successful biotech and IT firms and the home to an ever-expanding middle class, many of whom have studied in the US or worked for US companies.
n. house or shed built for temporary occupation; covered stall or temporary structure
E.g. There is a telephone booth near the cinema.
n. outer part or edge of anything, as of a garment, a garden; margin; verge; brink; boundary
E.g. This table had a cover made out of beautiful oilcloth, with a red eagle painted on it, and a painted border all around.
v. drill; make a hole in or through, with or as if with a drill
E.g. Three types of protein that enable the cells to bore in and out of blood vessels.
v. annoy; trouble; make agitated or nervous; fluster
E.g. But that doesn't bother me because I don't want love, I want my music.
v. jolt; rebound after having struck an object or a surface
E.g. All patients bounce back to good health with that particular medicine.
n. tied; held; committed; limit; constraint; leap; jump
E.g. Supreme Court ended a term bound to affect our lives in significant ways in the months ahead.
n. shop or place where sold at retail; small shop within a large department store or supermarket
E.g. Located in historic Fabric Row, the boutique is a good place for gem buyers.
n. burning piece of wood; mark made by burning with a hot iron; distinctive mark upon in any way
E.g. He has his own brand of humor and always brings laugh for us.
n. opportunity to do something; pause or interval, as from work; sudden change
E.g. A former boxer, he got his break as an actor when he replaced Marlon Brando in the Broadway production of 'A Streetcar Named Desire'.
n. process of failing to function or continue; sudden collapse in physical or mental health; summary of itemized data
E.g. His frequent depressions were the prelude to a complete mental breakdown.
n. light current of air; gentle wind; progress swiftly and effortlessly
E.g. Tomorrow Night: A light but steady breeze from the southwest keeps temperatures warmer than tonight.
n. something serving to influence or persuade; reward or gift with a view to prevent judgment
E.g. The businessman offers bribe to him to get that contract.
a. short in time, duration, length, or extent; concise
E.g. When my brief career as a pop star ended, I found I had done fairly well.
n. portable, often flat case with a handle, used for carrying papers or books
E.g. After each campaign stop, he returned to his car, where his black-leather briefcase is always in its place beside him.
a. full of light; shining; bright; sharp and clear in tone
E.g. The refreshing meal, the brilliant fire, the presence and kindness of her beloved instructress, had roused her powers among them.
a. like a brute; savage; cruel; inhuman; merciless
E.g. In many cases, a rich businessman reached the top by trampling on others in the most brutal way.
n. foam; dome-shaped covering made of transparent glass or plastic; fantastic or impracticable idea or belief
E.g. This is the most anticipated public offering since the dotcom bubble burst four years ago.
v. move quickly and violently; jump vertically; strive with determination
E.g. John is trying to buck for a promotion.
n. vessel for drawing up water from a well; vessel for hoisting and conveying coal, ore, grain
E.g. It may be a drop in the bucket, but when it comes to violence, any drop is a dangerous one.