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1 profitable 3 a professionally run and profitable companyN(Of a business or activity) yielding profit or financial gain2015.01.16 05:48
2 investment 3 a debate over private investment in road-building - NThe action or process of investing money for profit2015.01.16 05:47
3 yield 3 the land yields grapes and tobaccoN Produce or provide (a natural, agricultural, or industrial product)2015.01.16 05:46
4 submission 5 they were forced into submissionNThe action of accepting or yielding to a superior force or to the will or authority of another person:2015.01.16 05:45
5 authority 3 he had absolute authority over his subordinatesNThe power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience2015.01.16 05:44
6 obedience 4 children were taught to show their parents obedienceNCompliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another’s authority2015.01.16 05:44
7 subordinate 4 his subordinate officersNLower in rank or position2015.01.16 05:43
8 dependent 1 the various benefits will be dependent on length of serviceN(dependent on/upon) Contingent on or determined by2015.01.16 05:42
9 mineral 4 it identifies the mineral or compound presentNA solid, naturally occurring inorganic substance:2015.01.16 05:40
10 composition 3 the social composition of villagesNe nature of something’s ingredients or constituents; the way in which a whole or mixture is made up:2015.01.16 05:39
11 concert 3 a pop concertNA musical performance given in public, typically by several performers or of several compositions:2015.01.16 05:38
12 explanation 1 the birth rate is central to any explanation of population trendsNA statement or account that makes something clear2015.01.16 05:37
13 reject 3 union negotiators rejected a 1.5 per cent pay awardNDismiss as inadequate, unacceptable, or faulty2015.01.16 05:37
14 demonstrate 3 their shameful silence demonstrates their ineptitude - NClearly show the existence or truth of (something) by giving proof or evidence:2015.01.16 05:35
15 manifest 3 her manifest charm and proven abilityNClear or obvious to the eye or mind2015.01.16 05:35
16 semiconductor ? Excitons are created in semiconductors when a laser field promotes an electron from the valance band to the conduction band.NA solid substance that has a conductivity between that of an insulator and that of most metals, either due to the addition of an impurity or because of temperature effects.2015.01.16 05:33
17 impurity 2 a struggle to rid the soul of sin and impurityNThe state or quality of being impure:2015.01.16 05:32
18 refine 4 sugar was refined by boiling it in huge iron vatsNRemove impurities or unwanted elements from (a substance), typically as part of an industrial process:2015.01.16 05:32
19 cultivated 4 he was a remarkably cultivated and educated manNRefined and well educated2015.01.16 05:31
20 pesticide 5 Once volatilized, a pesticide can move in air currents away from the treated surface.NA substance used for destroying insects or other organisms harmful to cultivated plants or to animals.2015.01.16 05:30
21 environment 2 survival in an often hostile environmentNThe surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates2015.01.16 05:29
22 constitute 3 lone parents constitute a great proportion of the poorNBe (a part) of a whole2015.01.16 05:28
23 inhabit 3 a bird that inhabits North AmericaN(Of a person, animal, or group) live in or occupy (a place or environment)2015.01.16 05:28
24 constitute 3 lone parents constitute a great proportion of the poorNBe (a part) of a whole2015.01.16 05:27
25 preferential 2 preferential interest rates may be offered to employeesNOf or involving preference or partiality; constituting a favour or privilege2015.01.16 05:27
26 favour 2 training is looked upon with favour by many employersNpproval, support, or liking for someone or something:2015.01.16 05:26
27 debt 2 I paid off my debtsNA sum of money that is owed or due2015.01.16 05:25
28 remit 7 the excess of the sentence over 12 months was remittedNCancel or refrain from exacting or inflicting (a debt or punishment)2015.01.16 05:25
29 expiate 15 their sins must be expiated by sacrificeNMake amends or reparation for (guilt or wrongdoing)2015.01.16 05:24
30 discard 4 Hilary bundled up the clothes she had discardedNGet rid of (someone or something) as no longer useful or desirable:2015.01.16 05:22
31 postal 1 It is usual for governments to run the postal servicesNRelating to the mailing letters and pacels2015.01.16 05:21
32 audacity 10 he whistled at the sheer audacity of the planNA willingness to take bold risks:2015.01.16 05:20
33 condole 9 the priest came to condole with MadeleineNExpress sympathy for (someone); grieve with:2015.01.16 05:19
34 temerity 13 no one had the temerity to question his conclusionsNExcessive confidence or boldness; audacity2015.01.16 05:19
35 roughly 1 the man picked me up roughlyNIn a manner lacking gentleness; harshly or violently:2015.01.16 05:17
36 jolt 6 a surge in the crowd behind him jolted him forwardsNPush or shake (someone or something) abruptly and roughl2015.01.16 05:16
37 plight 6 we must direct our efforts towards relieving the plight of children living in povertyNA dangerous, difficult, or otherwise unfortunate situation2015.01.16 05:16
38 indelible 10 an indelible marker penN(Of ink or a pen) making marks that cannot be removed2015.01.16 05:15
39 usefulness 1 faults that affect the book’s usefulnessNThe quality or fact of being useful2015.01.16 05:14
40 independence 3 Argentina gained independence from Spain in 1816Nhe fact or state of being independent:2015.01.16 05:13
41 competition 2 there is fierce competition between banksNThe activity or condition of striving to gain or win something by defeating or establishing superiority over others:2015.01.16 05:12
42 promote 3 some regulation is still required to promote competitionNSupport or actively encourage (a cause, venture, etc.); further the progress of:2015.01.16 05:11
43 philanthropic 10 they receive financial support from philanthropic bodiesN seeking to promote the welfare of others; generous and benevolent:2015.01.16 05:10
44 behalf 4 he campaigned on behalf of the wrongly convicted fourNIn the interests of a person, group, or principle:2015.01.16 05:09
45 tap 2 the air-supply tapNA device by which a flow of liquid or gas from a pipe or container can be controlled: - she turned the cold tap on2015.01.16 05:08
46 windmill ? n the past windmills were used to grind corn into flour.NA building with sails or vanes that turn in the wind and generate power to grind corn into flour.2015.01.16 05:07
47 nickel 8 Here we have ten coins: pennies, nickels, and dimes.N A silvery-white metal, the chemical element of atomic number 28.2015.01.16 05:06
48 obstinate 9 her obstinate determination to pursue a career in radioNStubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion or chosen course of action, despite attempts to persuade one to do so:2015.01.16 05:05
49 incline 4 he was inclined to accept the offerN(usually be inclined to/towards/to do something) Be favourably disposed towards or willing to do something:2015.01.16 05:04
50 rag 5 a piece of ragNA piece of old cloth, especially one torn from a larger piece, used typically for cleaning things: - he wiped his hands on an oily rag2015.01.16 05:04
51 utterly 4 he looked utterly ridiculousNCompletely and without qualification; absolutely:2015.01.16 05:03
52 ravine 9 I can hide from the patrols, using ravines and deep gorges.NA deep, narrow gorge with steep sides.2015.01.16 05:02
53 bleach 6 a new formula to bleach and brighten clothingNCause (a material such as cloth, paper, or hair) to become white or much lighter by a chemical process or by exposure to sunlight:2015.01.16 05:01
54 ringlet 13 her hair fell loose in ringletsNA lock of hair hanging in a corkscrew-shaped curl:2015.01.16 05:00
55 ringlet 13 her hair fell loose in ringletsNA lock of hair hanging in a corkscrew-shaped curl:2015.01.16 05:00
56 intent 2 with alarm she realized his intentNIntention or purpose:2015.01.16 04:59
57 pendulum 8 If I then release the weight the pendulum begins to swing.NA weight hung from a fixed point so that it can swing freely, especially a rod with a weight at the end that regulates the mechanism of a clock.2015.01.16 04:59
58 apron 6 a striped butcher’s apronNA protective garment worn over the front of one’s clothes and tied at the back2015.01.16 04:58
59 buggy 8 a golf buggyNA small motor vehicle, typically with an open top:2015.01.16 04:58
60 chain 2 he slid the bolts on the front door and put the safety chain acrossNA series of linked metal rings used for fastening or securing something, or for pulling loads2015.01.16 04:57
61 postulate 7 his theory postulated a rotatory movement for hurricanesNSuggest or assume the existence, fact, or truth of (something) as a basis for reasoning, discussion, or belief:2015.01.16 03:20
62 inflation 3 the inflation of a balloonNThe action of inflating something or the condition of being inflated2015.01.16 03:19
63 verdict 4 the jury returned a verdict of not guiltyNher former boyfriend was convicted of assaulting her2015.01.16 03:18
64 convict 3 her former boyfriend was convicted of assaulting herNDeclare (someone) to be guilty of a criminal offence by the verdict of a jury or the decision of a judge in a court of law:2015.01.16 03:17
65 rapture 9 Leonora listened with raptureNA feeling of intense pleasure or joy2015.01.16 03:11
66 rapture 9 Leonora listened with raptureNA feeling of intense pleasure or joy2015.01.16 03:11
67 instant 2 the offence justified instant dismissalNHappening or coming immediately2015.01.16 03:10
68 fitness 1 disease and lack of fitness are closely relatedNThe condition of being physically fit and healthy:2015.01.16 03:09
69 disturbance 2 a helicopter landing can cause disturbance to residentsN] The interruption of a settled and peaceful condition:2015.01.16 03:08
70 quell 8 extra police were called to quell the disturbanceNPut an end to (a rebellion or other disorder), typically by the use of force:2015.01.16 03:07
71 quell 8 extra police were called to quell the disturbanceNPut an end to (a rebellion or other disorder), typically by the use of force:2015.01.16 03:07
72 tactless 3 He's tactless and lacks judgment but he's irresistible just the same.NHaving or showing a lack of skill and sensitivity in dealing with others or with difficult issues: - a tactless remark2015.01.16 03:06
73 rip 2 a fan tried to rip his trousers off during a showN Tear or pull (something) quickly or forcibly away from something or someone:2015.01.16 03:05
74 cobbler 6 He also worked as a master cobbler, mending shoes.NA person whose job is mending shoes.2015.01.16 03:04
75 sordid 9 Fortunately for him, he will not be contemplating his sad and sordid crime from the inside of a prison cell.NInvolving immoral or dishonourable actions and motives; arousing moral distaste and contempt: - the story paints a sordid picture of bribes and scams2015.01.16 03:03
76 knob 6 After the glue has hardened, rub fine-grain sandpaper across the surface of both knobs, making their surfaces smooth.NA rounded lump or ball, especially at the end or on the surface of something2015.01.16 03:02
77 plum 6 He would discover in his own way the lacy texture of a cantaloupe or the dusky purple of a ripe plum.NAn oval fleshy fruit which is purple, reddish, or yellow when ripe and contains a flattish pointed stone.2015.01.16 02:59
78 stud 5 The shape of the headrest follows Zulu style, but brightly coloured plastics, insulation tape and metal studs decorate the core.NA large-headed piece of metal that pierces and projects from a surface, especially for decoration.2015.01.16 02:59
79 chimney 5 a coal fire thrust yellow flames up the chimneyNA vertical channel or pipe which conducts smoke and combustion gases up from a fire or furnace and typically through the roof of a building2015.01.16 02:58
80 swarm 6 a swarm of locustsNA large or dense group of flying insects2015.01.16 02:57
81 extravagant 6 it was rather extravagant to buy bothNLacking restraint in spending money or using resources2015.01.16 02:56
82 compose 3 he composed the First Violin Sonata four years earlierNWrite or create (a work of art, especially music or poetry)2015.01.16 02:54
83 shudder 5 she still shuddered at the thought of himN(Of a person) tremble convulsively, typically as a result of fear or revulsion2015.01.16 02:54
84 impose 3 the decision was theirs and was not imposed on them by othersN Force (an unwelcome decision or ruling) on someone:2015.01.16 02:53
85 pulse 4 the doctor found a faint pulseNA rhythmical throbbing of the arteries as blood is propelled through them, typically as felt in the wrists or neck2015.01.16 02:51
86 roomy 1 the cabin is roomy and well plannedN(Especially of accommodation) having plenty of room; spacious2015.01.16 02:51
87 dull 4 your diet doesn’t have to be dull and boringNLacking interest or excitement2015.01.16 02:50
88 dismiss 3 she dismissed the taxi at the corner of the roadNOrder or allow to leave; send away2015.01.16 02:49
89 exalt 8 the party will continue to exalt their heroNThink or speak very highly of (someone or something)2015.01.16 02:49
90 tumultuous 8 tumultuous applauseNMaking an uproar or loud, confused noise2015.01.16 02:48
91 loop 4 make a loop in the twineNA shape produced by a curve that bends round and crosses itself2015.01.16 02:47
92 hammer 4 Grip pressure should be firm but not tight - about the way you would grip a hammer's handle while driving nails.NA tool with a heavy metal head mounted at right angles at the end of a handle, used for jobs such as breaking things and driving in nails.2015.01.16 02:46
93 chap 5 his skin is very dry and chaps easilyN(Of the skin) become cracked, rough, or sore, typically through exposure to cold weather2015.01.16 02:44
94 despise 6 he despised himself for being selfishNFeel contempt or a deep repugnance for2015.01.16 02:44
95 matey 2 a matey grinNFamiliar and friendly; sociable2015.01.16 02:42
96 pinch 4 she pinched his cheekNGrip (something, typically a person’s flesh) tightly and sharply between finger and thumb2015.01.16 02:42
97 gleam 4 light gleamed on the china catsNhine brightly, especially with reflected light:2015.01.16 02:41
98 cluster 3 clusters of creamy-white flowersNA group of similar things or people positioned or occurring closely together:2015.01.16 02:40
99 stave 8 It's like a workshop in Hades - you feel the heat from barrels set over open fires in the floor and hear the piercing din of hammers on steel as hoops are pounded onto staves.NA vertical wooden post or plank in a building or other structure.2015.01.16 02:37
100 flick 4 Ursula flicked some ash off her sleeveNStrike or propel (something) with a sudden quick movement of the fingers: - Max flicked his bow tie2015.01.16 02:36
101 frock 9 her new party frockNA woman’s or girl’s dress2015.01.16 02:35
102 knot 4 tie a knot at the end of the cordNA fastening made by looping a piece of string, rope, or something similar on itself and tightening it:2015.01.16 02:35
103 crab 5 Without warning the stalks supporting the crab's beady black eyes shoot straight up at me.NA crustacean, found chiefly on seashores, with a broad carapace, stalked eyes, and five pairs of legs, the first pair of which are modified as pincers.2015.01.16 02:34
104 crutch 8 It's difficult to understand why so many crutches, white sticks and wheelchairs remain unclaimed.NA long stick with a crosspiece at the top, used as a support under the armpit by a lame person.2015.01.16 02:33
105 shawl 8 Gypsy and ethnic references appear in a number of outfits including Spanish style poncho skirts, shawls and classic Native American dresses.NA piece of fabric worn by women over the shoulders or head or wrapped round a baby.2015.01.16 02:33
106 dusky 5 It was a dusky redNDarkish in colour2015.01.16 02:32
107 lass 8 he married a lass from YorkshireNA girl or young woman2015.01.16 02:31
108 sheet 2 Sleeping blankets and covers, sheets and quilts have been made - with the children's assistance.NA large rectangular piece of cotton or other fabric, used on a bed to cover the mattress and as a layer beneath blankets when these are used.2015.01.16 02:30
109 excuse 1 he did nothing to hide or excuse Jacob’s crueltyNSeek to lessen the blame attaching to (a fault or offence); try to justify2015.01.16 02:29
110 marquee 8 Organisers are planning to have lots of stalls and attractions - and are desperate for donations of tents and marquees to provide shelter for these.Nchiefly British A large tent used for social or commercial functions.2015.01.16 02:28
111 curl 2 her fingers curled round the microphoneNForm or cause to form into a curved or spiral shape2015.01.16 02:27
112 straw 4 This unique facility will be constructed with natural materials - plastered straw bale walls with a turf roof.N Dried stalks of grain, used especially as fodder or as material for thatching, packing, or weaving2015.01.16 02:26
113 lanky 10 He is lanky and a brilliant artist as well as being excellent at crosswords.N ungracefully thin and tall.2015.01.16 02:25
114 petticoat 11 At the bottom of the trunk she found a set of white undergarments including lacy petticoats and a full corseted bodice.NA woman’s light, loose undergarment hanging from the shoulders or the waist, worn under a skirt or dress.2015.01.16 02:24
115 turban 10 It is difficult for us to see any reason why a Jew may not wear his yarmulke in court or a Sikh his turban.NA man’s head covering consisting of a long length of material wound around a cap or the head, worn especially by Sikhs and Muslims.2015.01.16 02:24
116 supervise 3 the sergeant left to supervise the loading of the lorriesNObserve and direct the execution of (a task or activity)2015.01.16 02:23
117 peal 11 the bell rang again, a long, loud pealNA loud ringing of a bell or bells2015.01.16 02:22
118 blaze 4 twenty firemen fought the blazeNA very large or fiercely burning fire2015.01.16 02:21
119 crouch 5 we crouched down in the trenchNAdopt a position where the knees are bent and the upper body is brought forward and down, typically in order to avoid detection or to defend oneself2015.01.16 02:20
120 crouch 5 we crouched down in the trenchNAdopt a position where the knees are bent and the upper body is brought forward and down, typically in order to avoid detection or to defend oneself2015.01.16 02:20
121 stem 3 Both the blue and the yellow have the classic, satiny translucent petals of the poppy tribe, both, characteristically, are held on wiry stems above the parent plant.NThe main body or stalk of a plant or shrub, typically rising above ground but occasionally subterranean.2015.01.16 02:20
122 stem 3 Both the blue and the yellow have the classic, satiny translucent petals of the poppy tribe, both, characteristically, are held on wiry stems above the parent plant.NThe main body or stalk of a plant or shrub, typically rising above ground but occasionally subterranean.2015.01.16 02:20
123 tray 2 they ate supper off a tray in front of the fireNA flat, shallow container with a raised rim, typically used for carrying food and drink, or for holding small items or loose material2015.01.16 02:18
124 chase 2 police chased the stolen car through the cityNPursue in order to catch or catch up with2015.01.16 02:16
125 gasp 4 a woman gasped in horror at the sight of himNCatch one’s breath with an open mouth, owing to pain or astonishment2015.01.16 02:16
126 muffle 6 everyone was muffled up in coats and scarvesNWrap or cover for warmth2015.01.16 02:15
127 dash 4 I dashed into the gardenNRun or travel somewhere in a great hurry2015.01.16 02:14
128 faint 2 the faint murmur of voicesN(Of a sight, smell, or sound) barely perceptible2015.01.16 02:13
129 brush 2 a shaving brushNAn implement with a handle and a block of bristles, hair, or wire, used especially for cleaning, applying a liquid or powder to a surface, or arranging the hair2015.01.16 02:12
130 press 1 he pressed his face to the glassVMove or cause to move into a position of contact with something by exerting continuous physical force2015.01.16 02:12
131 porch 5 the north porch of Hereford CathedralNA covered shelter projecting in front of the entrance of a building2015.01.16 02:11

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