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      v[T] assess
      How often do they evaluate their goals with the adviser?
      The performance of each employee is evaluated once a year.
      Candidates also may be evaluated on their communication skills.
      I can't evaluate his ability without seeing his work.
      It may be too early to evaluate the results.
      The market situation is difficult to evaluate.
      Public markets are ill-suited to evaluating such risks.
      It's impossible to evaluate these results without knowing more about the research methods employed.
      v[T] hug ¶ accept/take an idea etc willingly ¶ include
      n[C] the act of holding sb close to you
      Carol and Susan embraced.
      Carol held her in a warm embrace.
      There were tears and embraces as they said goodbye.
      I saw them embrace on the station platform.
      He embraced Marxism, but was never a Communist.
      Paulson embraced the boldness and simplicity of the notion.
      Few Democrats have ever embraced a balanced budget amendment.
      Most countries have enthusiastically embraced the concept of quantitative easing.
      This was an opportunity that the central banks would embrace.
      Western Diamondback Rattlesnake can be found over varied country, embracing the mountains up to altitudes of 8000 ft, the seacoasts levels, inland plains, and desert areas.
      n[C] teacher ¶ an expert in education
      Educators are people involved in the practice of education.
      Retired educator Virginia Levy is more fortunate.
      He is an educator who uses sport as one of his tools.
      Stina Janssen, a community educator, was one of those distributing pamphlets.
      WikiEducator is a dynamic and exciting community of educators who believe passionately that learning materials should be free and open to all.
      Good or bad, the theories of educators such as Rousseau's near contemporaries Pestalozzi, Mme de Genlis, and later, Maria Montessori, and John Dewey, which have directly influenced modern educational practices, do have significant points in common with those of Rousseau.
      In British English, an educationalist is someone who is specialized in the theories and methods of education.
      n[CU] an illness, injury or condition that makes it difficult for sb to do the things that other people do
      Disability is the consequence of an impairment that may be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental, or some combination of these.
      A disability may be present from birth, or occur during a person's lifetime.
      Disabilities is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions.
      An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations.
      Thus, disability is a complex phenomenon, reflecting an interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which he or she lives.
      Dr. Kara Ayers is a writer, professor, and therapist with a PhD in clinical psychology. She's also a proud person with a disability.
      She swims well despite her disabilities.
      We strive to be sensitive in describing people with any kind of disability. But as The Times's stylebook says, we should generally avoid this euphemistic use of "challenged."
      I'd also like to say a few things about the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
      The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which makes it unlawful to discriminate against people in respect of their disabilities in relation to employment, the provision of goods and services, education and transport. It is a civil rights law.
      Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a non-means-tested, non-contributory benefit in the United Kingdom introduced in 1992 and scheduled for phase-out between 2013 and 2016, in relation to adults only, for whom it is to be replaced by a new Personal Independence Payment.
      Beethoven was deaf, but refused to let his disability prevent him from doing what he wanted to do.
      Public places are becoming more accessible to people with disabilities.
      adj great and sudden ¶ exciting and impressive ¶ connected with acting or plays ¶ done to impress other people
      It's a dramatic, black and white photo of a lonely road in a blizzard.
      It is intended to be vivid, dramatic, and almost novelistic.
      The results can be dramatic, as shown in the final figure below.
      It's such a dramatic and stressful period as it is.
      Michelangelo had always had a tendency toward the dramatic and emotive in his art.
      Since the economy was still spirally down, dramatic and aggressive action was needed to stem further economic crisis.
      There were so many facets to your music - there was a dramatic change from "Catch the Wind" to "Cosmic Wheels".
      Surprisingly, from the 1950s to the 1990s, which experienced the most dramatic increase in human population ever, per capita world food production increased.
      Although the election might not have a dramatic effect on stocks in all sectors for the long-term, there are at least some short-term trades that can be made depending on the outcome of the election.
      Programs such as the Rural Electrification Administration and Resettlement Administration had a dramatic impact on the quality of rural life.
      n[C] a small narrow stream or river ¶ narrow stretch of water flowing inland from a coast
      Depending on its location or certain characteristics, a stream may be referred to as a branch, brook, beck, burn, creek, crick, gill (occasionally ghyll), kill, lick, mill race, rill, river, syke, bayou, rivulet, streamage, wash, run, or runnel.
      Taylor Creek is a 2.2-mile-long (3.5 km) northward-flowing stream originating in the Fallen Leaf Lake and culminating at Baldwin Beach at Lake Tahoe.
      A tidal creek, tidal channel, or estuary is the portion of a stream that is affected by ebb and flow of ocean tides, in the case that the subject stream discharges to an ocean, sea or strait.
      In British English and in many other countries in the Commonwealth, as well as some parts of the United States (near the Chesapeake Bay, parts of New England[1]), a creek is a tidal water channel.
      In the tidal section of the River Thames in London, the names of the rivers that flow into it all become Creeks for the lower section that is tidal; thus, for example the River Lea becomes Bow Creek in its tidal section.
      There are many muddy creeks deep enough to anchor small boats.
      If someone is up the creek, they are in a difficult, unfortunate, or very complicated position. You can also say that someone is up shit creek without a paddle.
      If you don't get your passport by Monday, you'll be up the creek.
      The Muscogee (or Muskogee), also known as the Creek, are a Native American people traditionally from the southeastern woodlands.
      v[T] achieve
      Focus on what you need to accomplish each day.
      If we'd all work together, I think we could accomplish our goal.
      A rather difficult task had been successfully accomplished.
      His job was to achieve the release of the hostages, a task he successfully accomplished.
      He accomplished such a lot during his visit.
      I feel as if I've accomplished nothing since I graduated.
      adj doing the work of sb else for a time
      n[U] the job or skill of performing in plays and movies
      Ian was appointed Chairman on 28 July 2009 (having been Acting Chairman from 28 November 2008).
      "It's not a good place to surf if you've got a whale carcass nearby." Peter Hay, the acting manager of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, told ABC Radio another plan would be to "cut the whale into pieces on the beach and then remove it by machine up to trucks that would be standing nearby".
      Compare acting, deputy, vice, and virtual.
      Except for Joey, most of the acting in the show was excellent.
      "I did quite a lot of acting when I was at college," said Kate.
      The superb acting makes the movie seem real.
      v[T] make sb feel shy, awkward or ashamed ¶ cause problems for sb, esp an organization or politician
      She felt embarrassed about undressing in front of the doctor.
      I was embarrassed by his comments about my clothes.
      She blushed with embarrassment.
      You're embarrassing her with your compliments.
      It's embarrassing to be caught telling a lie.
      That's right! He called to ask out Monica! That's got to be embarrassing!
      "But you know I just don't embarrass that easily." "What?! You totally get embarrassed!" "No, I don't! Ross, I think I'm just a more secure person than you are."
      The revelations in the press have embarrassed the government yet again.
      n[C] an amount of food for one person ¶ a part or share of sth
      v[T] divide sth among several people
      Place one pheasant breast on top of each portion.
      Top each portion with a crispy confit duck leg.
      Place one fillet of turbot on top of each portion.
      China also controls a small portion of Kashmir.
      The cooks portioned out the meals and we gave each plate to the kids.
      Castles were erected throughout the country, which was portioned out among Henry's needy followers.
      v[IT] be on liquid and not sink ¶ be lighter than air ¶ move gently, glide ¶ suggest idea
      also a noun
      You can float very easily on the Dead Sea because it's so salty.
      I spent the afternoon floating on my back in the pool.
      A couple of broken branches floated past us.
      The logs are trimmed and then floated down the river.
      I looked up at the fluffy white clouds floating in the sky.
      A yellow balloon floated across the sky.
      Leaves floated gently down from the trees.
      The sound of her voice came floating down from an upstairs window.
      Carol floated around the bedroom in a lace nightgown.
      Susan has floated the idea that we should think about expanding into Europe next year.
      There's a rumor floating around of a new job in the office.
      If a government floats its currency, its value is allowed to change in relation to other currencies.
      Russia decided to float the ruble on the foreign exchange market.
      The bank has offered us a loan with a floating interest rate.
      Beijing has a large floating population.
      There's a lot of cash floating around in the economy at the moment.
      The company will be floated on the stock market next year.
      A float is a light object that is used to help someone or something float.
      A float is a small object attached to a fishing line which floats on the water and moves when a fish has been caught.
      A float is a truck on which displays and people in special costumes are carried in a festival procession.
      We stood and watched the Carnival floats drive past.
      A float is a small amount of coins and notes of low value that someone has before they start selling things so that they are able to give customers change if necessary.
      n[C] a senior official at a college or university ¶ a priest of high rank ¶ sb with a lot of experience of a particular job or subject
      In academic administrations such as colleges or universities, a dean is the person with significant authority over a specific academic unit, or over a specific area of concern, or both.
      Deans are occasionally found in middle schools and high schools as well.
      The term comes from the Latin decanus, "a leader of ten", taken from the medieval monasteries (particularly those following the Cluniac Reforms) which were often extremely large, with hundreds of monks (the size of a small college campus).
      The term was later used to denote the head of a community of priests, as the chapter of a cathedral, or a section of a diocese (a "deanery").
      When the universities grew out of the cathedral and monastery schools, the title of dean was used for officials with various administrative duties.
      Some junior high schools and high schools have a teacher or administrator referred to as a dean who is in charge of student discipline and to some degree administrative services.
      A dean, in a church context, is a cleric holding certain positions of authority within a religious hierarchy.
      The title is used mainly in the Anglican Communion, the Roman Catholic Church, and the Lutheran Church. A dean's deputy is called a subdean.
      She is the new dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
      At Duke she succeeded L. Gregory Jones, who was dean from 1997 to 2010.
      Hey listen can you do me a big favor? The dean's office called and said there was an urgent meeting. Can you watch Ben for I don't know, like an hour?
      The Dean of St Paul's is the head of the Chapter of St Paul's Cathedral in London in the Church of England.
      He is the dean of the TV news correspondents at Channel Five.
      In some countries, the longest-serving ambassador to a country is given the title Dean, or Doyen, of the Diplomatic Corps and is sometimes accorded a high position in the order of precedence.
      The Dean of the House is, in several legislatures, the member with the longest unbroken record of service.
      Dean may refer to a given name, surname, or middle name.
      adj relating to sb's race ¶ happening between people of different races
      Our school has children from many different racial groups.
      It needs to be protected from racial prejudice.
      Words such as racism, prejudice and stereotype are often used interchangeably. While the definitions of these terms overlap, they actually mean different things.
      Racial prejudice, for instance, typically arises from race-based stereotypes.
      Likely because of his skin color, English professor and writer Moustafa Bayoumi says that strangers often ask him, "Where are you from?"
      When he answers that he was born in Switzerland, grew up in Canada and now lives in Brooklyn, he raises eyebrows.
      Why? Because the people doing the questioning have a preconceived idea about what Westerners generally and Americans particularly look like.
      They're operating under the (erroneous) assumption that natives of the United States don't have brown skin, black hair or names that aren't English in origin.
      People of influence who prejudge others set the stage for institutional racism to occur.
      Racial discrimination, in law, is any act that treats people of other races in a different manner.
      In the US, many laws forbid racial discrimination, and a number of these are directly derived from Title VII in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Act of 1991.
      Racial hatred, conflict, tension and violence are pretty common among the world.
      n[s] the inside part of sth
      adj inside or indoors
      His new car's interior is very impressive - genuine leather seats and a mahogany dashboard.
      Phoebe lifted up the roof of her new dollhouse, and the front panel falls revealing the interior.
      The interior doors are made of glass.
      Interior decoration is the decoration of the inside of a house.
      She's the architect and interior decorator.
      It was with the interior that the trouble began.
      The interior is the central part of a country or continent that is a long way from the coast.
      The interior of the country is mainly desert.
      A country's interior minister, ministry, or department deals with affairs within that country, such as law and order.
      Zamarai Bashary is the Interior Ministry spokesman in Kabul.
      Compare exterior and interior.
      v[T] save sb/sth from a dangerous, harmful or unpleasant situation
      also a noun
      Survivors of the crash were rescued by helicopter.
      The St. Bernard Dog is a large breed of dog originally bred for rescue and as a working dog.
      Hydraulic rescue tools are used by emergency rescue personnel to assist vehicle extrication of crash victims, as well as other rescues from small spaces.
      If you go to someone's rescue or come to their rescue, you help them when they are in danger or difficulty.
      Rachel, I see you've met Gavin. You know, I must say, when you left us we weren't sure what we were going to do. But then, Gavin to the rescue. Super Gavin!
      Emergency medical services may also be locally known as a paramedic service, a first aid squad, emergency squad, rescue squad, ambulance squad, ambulance service, ambulance corps, or life squad.
      The Rescue Worker (portrayed by Mark Lukyn) was a character in the film Final Destination 2.
      v[T] make sb feel that they do not understand sth ¶ make a subject more difficult to understand ¶ mistake one thing for a different thing ¶ upset
      I understand the diagram but the text is confusing me.
      The manager kept asking unnecessary questions which only confused the issue.
      If you confuse X and/with Y, you think wrongly that X is Y.
      I always confuse you with your sister - you look so alike.
      Don't confuse Austria and Australia.
      Don't confuse corpus with corpse.
      Her unexpected arrival confused all our plans.
      n[C] sb who is in charge of sth
      General Eisenhower was Supreme Allied Commander in Western Europe.
      A commander is an officer of high rank in the U.S. Navy or the U.S. Coast Guard.
      A commander is an officer of high rank in the British navy or London police.
      A wing commander is a senior officer in the British air force.
      The commander-in-chief is the commander of all the armed forces of a country.
      He gained worldwide fame and became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain James Tiberius Kirk, commander of the Federation starship USS Enterprise, in the science fiction television series Star Trek.
      n[C] a piece of cloth with a particular design, used as a symbol, signal, or emblem
      v[T] put a mark on sth
      v[I] become tired or weak
      A flag is a piece of fabric which can be attached to a pole and which is used as a sign, signal, or symbol of something, especially of a particular country.
      Sheldon and Leonard have an apartment flag.
      A flag is fluttering in the breeze.
      In the United States, Flag Day is the 14th of June, the anniversary of the day in 1777 when the Stars and Stripes became the official U.S. flag.
      A red flag is a flag that is red in color and is used as a symbol to represent communism and socialism or to indicate danger or as a sign that you should stop.
      The white flag is a symbol of a truce or surrender.
      I've flagged the parts I want to comment on.
      By the end of the meeting we had begun to flag.
      After a long day, our energy flagged.
      Roses will flag in the summer heat.
      We flagged down a taxi (make the driver of a vehicle stop by waving at them).
      Hello. I'm Dr. Sheldon Cooper, and welcome to the premiere episode of Sheldon Cooper Presents Fun with Flags.
      Over the next 52 weeks, you and I are going to explore the dynamic world of vexillology.
      Hang on, Dr. C. What's vexillology?
      Vexillology is the study of flags.
      What's the only non-rectangular flag?
      What animal appears most often on flags? What animal appears second most often on flags?
      Why are you waving a white flag?
      I'm surrendering to fun.
      n[C] a secret plan ¶ the series of events which form a story ¶ a piece of land
      v[T] make a ~, write the ~ for sth ¶ represent graphically
      The court heard how she and her lover hatched a plot to kill her husband.
      The plot to overthrow the military government was foiled.
      The plot was discovered before it was carried out.
      The plot of Matrix was a little confusing.
      We discover that Jack isn't as innocent as he seems, as the plot unfolds.
      He bought a small plot of land to build a house on.
      To lose the plot is to become crazy or confused.
      'What are these?' 'Electrical plans for the building.'
      The army is plotting the overthrow of the government.
      They had plotted to blow up the UN headquarters.
      We plotted a graph to show the increase in sales figures this year.
      You can plot all these numbers on one diagram for comparison.
      So far Joey's only plotted out the story in a rough form.
      v[IT] get sb to work in a company or join an organization ¶ get sb to help you
      n[C] a new member of an organization, the army, navy, or air force
      We're having difficulty recruiting enough qualified staff.
      Even young German and Japanese boys were recruited into the army.
      Isogenica seeks to recruit an experienced and highly motivated Bioinformatician.
      We still struggle to recruit women into science.
      High-tech companies recruit workers at the nation's top universities.
      Ross recruited Rachel and Chandler to help him deliver his new couch.
      Raw recruits (completely new soldiers) were trained for six months and then sent to the war front.
      Raw recruits were marching up and down with the drill instructor.
      V[IT] combine ¶ work together ¶ become accepted as a member of a social group, or help sb do this
      The buildings are well integrated with the landscape.
      Colorful illustrations are integrated into the text.
      The component will integrate with our existing system.
      The component can be integrated with our existing system.
      We're looking for people who can integrate with a team.
      Children are often very good at integrating into a new culture.
      He soon becomes fully integrated with the other children.
      v[IT] dig, drill or burrow a hole ¶ make sb feel tired and uninterested
      n[C] a hole ¶ hollow part inside a tube ¶ a high tidal wave ¶ sb/sth that is not interesting
      the past tense of bear
      The workman used a drill to bore a hole in the wall.
      The mole bored its way underground.
      I hope I'm not boring you with all the technical details.
      I hope you're not getting bored.
      I'm not easily bored.
      The book was so boring I fell asleep.
      I was getting bored with doing the same thing every day.
      I was getting bored of memorizing English words.
      Memorizing English words bores me to tears, bores him to death, and bores her stiff.
      His eyes seemed to bore into her (stare in a way that makes someone feel uncomfortable).
      Small talk with complete strangers is a bore.
      You'll find it's an awful bore talking with her.
      She is a crashing bore (used to emphasize that someone is very boring).
      It's such a terrible bore cooking a meal every day.
      Take a length of piping with a bore of about 9mm.
      A bore is a high, often dangerous wave that runs from the sea up a narrow river at particular times of year.
      adj continuously moving or changing ¶ relating to a force that causes movement ¶ energetic and forceful
      n[s] sth that causes action or change
      n[pl] the way in which people or things behave and react to each other in a particular situation
      n[U] the scientific study of movement
      The IT sector is fast-growing and dynamic.
      Deficit has doubled under his dynamic leadership.
      We're looking for someone positive and dynamic.
      A political dynamic is created in which the social floor becomes progressively lower and meaner, while those at the top entrench their position.
      The dynamic of the market demands constant change and adjustment.
      In music, dynamics normally refers to the volume of a sound or note, but can also refer to every aspect of the execution of a given piece, either stylistic (separate/smooth notes etc) or functional (velocity).
      He's young and dynamic and will be a great addition to the team.
      He did research on group dynamics (the way in which members of a group react to each other) and leadership styles.
      His major is fluid dynamics.
      n[C] a unit for measuring heat or the amount of energy that food will produce
      The small calorie or gram calorie (symbol: cal) is the approximate amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius.
      The large calorie, kilogram calorie, dietary calorie, nutritionist's calorie or food calorie (symbol: Cal, equiv: kcal) is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water by one degree Celsius.
      I convinced myself to finally start counting calories.
      I eat about 2400 calories a day.
      I had to reduce my caloric intake to 1200 calories a day and run a couple of miles in the gym everyday.
      I still need to burn off a few calories.
      How many calories do you need to maintain a healthy weight? See http://www.webmd.com/diet/calories-chart.
      The number of calories in a new potato depends on the size of the serving and of the way it is cooked.
      A 180 gram serving of boiled or grilled new potato will have about 135 calories. The same potato, if fried, would have significantly more calories.
      v[IT] shout, make a loud noise
      n[C] a loud shout ¶ words that students and cheerleaders shout together
      If you yell, you shout loudly, usually because you are excited, angry, or in pain.
      Monica runs to yell at Joey's apartment.
      'I did not yell. I am not putting a dollar in the jar,' Monica whispered.
      Rachel sets the tape on the floor and is about to stomp on it with her shoe when the rest of the gang jumps up and yells simultaneously.
      They yelled at her to stop.
      The Bings have horrible marriages! They yell. They fight. And they use the pool boy as a pawn in their sexual games!
      If you need me, just yell.
      Unlike many schools, which have a large group of cheerleaders to rally their fans during sporting events, Texas A&M University has five student Yell Leaders.