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articulate
able to express ideas and feelings clearly in words
persuasion
making someone agree to do something by talking to them a lot about it
application
the determination to work hard over a period of time in order to succeed at something
command
a great knowledge of a subject and an ability to use that knowledge
reckon
to think something or have an opinion about something
immerse
to involve yourself completely in sth
come a cropper
to fail badly
have it in for sb
to be determined to harm or criticize someone
uninhibited
free and natural, without embarrassment or too much control
rudimentary
basic
attuned to
able to recognise a sound easily
nuisance
something or someone that annoys you or causes trouble for you
innate
existing from birth.
tribe
a group of people, often of related families, who live together, sharing the same language, culture and history, especially those who do not live in towns or cities
byway
a small road that not many cars or people travel on
gasp
a quick deep breath with your mouth open, especially because you are surprised or in pain
feat
something difficult needing a lot of skill, strength, courage, etc. to achieve it
grasp
to understand something, especially something difficult
endangered
at risk or in danger of dying out completely
setback
something that happens that delays or prevents a process from developing
aggrieved
unhappy and angry because of unfair treatment
get down to sth
to start to direct your efforts and attention towards something
press
to try hard to persuade someone to do something
indignant
angry because of something that is wrong or not fair
fluid
not fixed and are likely to change, often repeatedly and unexpectedly
extinct
not now existing
admirable
deserving respect or approval
marvel
a person (or thing) that is very surprising or causes a lot of admiration
tireless
working energetically and continuously
attention span
the length of time that someone can keep their thoughts and interest fixed on something
propel
to push or move something somewhere, often with a lot of force
sift
to make a close examination of all the parts of something in order to find something or to separate what is useful from what is not
sheer
used to emphasize how very great, important, or powerful a quality or feeling is; nothing except
be glued to sth
to be unable to stop watching sth
detrimental
causing harm or damage
constraint
something that controls what you do by keeping you within particular limits
be on the cards
to be likely to happen
benign
pleasant and kind
offspring
a person's children
unavoidable
impossible to prevent
seldom
almost never
budget
a plan to show how much money a person or organization will earn and how much they will need or be able to spend
chore
a task that you have to do regularly, especially one that you do in the home and find unpleasant or boring
shift
to (cause something or someone to) move or change from one position or direction to another, especially slightly
impending
used to refer to an event, usually something unpleasant or unwanted, that is going to happen soon
facet
one part of a subject, situation, etc. that has many parts
moreover
(used to add information) also and more importantly
minority
a part of a group that is less than half of the whole group, often much less
fulfil
to do something that you have promised to do or that you are expected to do
requisite
needed for a particular purpose
be thrown by sth
feel shocked or confused
up to scratch
be good enough
get stuck in
to start doing something enthusiastically
stand sb in good stead
to be useful to someone in the future
trauma
severe shock caused by an unpleasant experience, or the experience that causes this feeling
equate
to consider one thing to be the same as or equal to another thing