Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Ready for CAE p 145. A Confession. Vocabulary

- Pore over sth: [pɔː] poring [ˈpɔːr ɪŋ] to look at or read sth very carefully
SYN examine:
His lawyers are poring over the small print in the contract
- put sth down to sth: attribute. to consider that sth is caused by sth:
What do you put her success down to?
- come across (also come over) to make a particular impression:
She comes across well in interviews. He came over as a sympathetic person.
- Voracious: [vəˈreɪʃəs] wanting a lot of new information and knowledge
SYN avid:
a voracious reader
- Aptly: ['æptlɪ] suitable or appropriate in the circumstances (acertadamente)
the aptly named Grand Hotel
- Craft: to make sth using special skills, especially with your hands
SYN fashion:
All the furniture is crafted from natural materials. a carefully crafted speech
- Emulate: to try to do sth as well as sb else because you admire them:
She hopes to emulate her sister’s sporting achievements.
- Detrimental: detrimental (to sb/sth) harmful
SYN damaging:
the sun’s detrimental effect on skin. The policy will be detrimental to the peace process
- devote sth to sth: to give an amount of time, attention, etc. to sth:
I could only devote two hours a day to the work.
- Quarter: a person or group of people, especially as a source of help, information or a reaction:
Support for the plan came from an unexpected quarter. The news was greeted with dismay in some quarters
- make up your mind | make your mind up: to decide sth:
They’re both beautiful—I can’t make up my mind.
- Hopelessly: (desesperadamente) there is no hope that it will get better or succeed: to be hopelessly in love
- pay your way: to pay for everything yourself without having to rely on anyone else’s money
- pay sth off: to finish paying money owed for sth:
We paid off our mortgage after fifteen years.

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