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behaviour
the things that a person or animal does
being
a living thing, especially a person
bell
a piece of electrical equipment that makes a ringing sound, used as a signal or to get someone's attention
belong
if sth *s sw, that is the right place or situation for it
below
in a lower place or position, or on a lower level [≠ above]
belt
a band of leather, cloth etc that you wear around your waist to hold up your clothes or for decoration
bench
a long seat for two or more people, especially outdoors
benefit
an advantage, improvement, or help that you get from sth
benefit
if you * from sth or it *s you, it gives you an advantage, improves your life, or helps you in some way
beyond
1) on or to the further side of sth 2) later than a particular time, date etc [= after]
bike
1) a bicycle 2) (informal) a motorcycle
bin
(BE) a container for putting waste in
bird
a creature with wings and feathers that can usually fly. Many *s sing and build nests, and female *s lay eggs
birth
the time when a baby comes out of its mother's body
biscuit
1) (BE) a small thin dry cake that is usually sweet and made for one person to eat [= cookie - AE] 2) [AE] a type of soft bread baked in small round pieces
bite
1) to use your teeth to cut, crush, or chew sth 2) to injure sb by making a hole in their skin
blame
to say or think that sb or sth is responsible for sth bad
blind
unable to see
block
1) a piece of hard material such as wood or stone with straight sides 2) (AE) the distance along a city street from where one street crosses it to the next
bloke
(BE - informal) a man
blood
the red liquid that your heart pumps around your body
blow
1) if the wind or a current of air *s, it moves: 2) to send air out from your mouth
bone
one of the hard parts that together form the frame of a human, animal, or fish body
bonus
money added to sb's wages, especially as a reward for good work:
book
to make arrangements to stay in a place, eat in a restaurant, go to a theatre etc at a particular time in the future
boot
a type of shoe that covers your whole foot and the lower part of your leg
boring
not interesting in any way
borrow
to use sth that belongs to sb else and that you must give back to them later
boss
1) the person who employs you or who is in charge of you at work 2) (informal) sb with an important position in a company or other organization
be bound to
to be very likely to do or feel a particular thing
bowl
a wide round container that is open at the top, used to hold liquids, food, flowers etc
brain
the organ inside your head that controls how you think, feel, and move
branch
a part of a tree that grows out from the trunk (=main stem) and that has leaves, fruit, or smaller branches growing from it
bread
a type of food made from flour and water that is mixed together and then baked
break
a period of time when you stop working in order to rest, eat etc
breakfast
the meal you have in the morning
brick
a hard block of baked clay used for building walls, houses etc
bridge
1) a structure built over a river, road etc that allows people or vehicles to cross from one side to the other 2) sth that provides a connection between two things [= link]
brief
1) continuing for a short time 2) using very few words or including few details
briefly
1) for a short time 2) in as few words as possible
bright
1) shining strongly, or with plenty of light 2) if the weather is *, the sun is shining and there is a lot of light [≠ dull]
brilliant
1) * light or colour is very bright and strong 2) extremely clever or skilful
broad
a road, river, or part of someone's body etc that is broad is wide [≠ narrow]
brown
1) having the colour of earth, wood, or coffee 2) having skin that has been turned brown by the sun
bucket
an open container with a handle, used for carrying and holding things, especially liquids [= pail]
bunch
1) a group of things that are fastened, held, or growing together 2) (informal) a group of people
burn
1) if a fire *s, it produces heat and flames 2) if sth is *ing, it is producing flames and being damaged or destroyed by fire
but
apart from [= except]
but
only
butter
a solid yellow food made from milk or cream that you spread on bread or use in cooking
button
a small round flat object on your shirt, coat etc which you pass through a hole to fasten it
cabinet
1) (BE) the politicians with important positions in a government who meet to make decisions or advise the leader of the government 2) a piece of furniture with doors and shelves or drawers, used for storing or showing things [= cupboard]
cake
a soft sweet food made by baking a mixture of flour, butter, sugar, and eggs
calculate
1) to find out how much sth will cost, how long sth will take etc, by using numbers 2) to guess sth using as many facts as you can find
calculation
when you use numbers in order to find out an amount, price, or value
camera
a piece of equipment used to take photographs or make films or television programmes
campaign
a series of actions intended to achieve a particular result relating to politics or business, or a social improvement
can
a metal container in which food or drink is preserved without air
cancel
to say that an event that was planned will not happen
cancer
a very serious disease in which cells in one part of the body start to grow in a way that is not normal
capable
having the qualities or ability needed to do sth
capital
1) a capital letter is one that is written or printed in its large form 2) relating to money that you use to start a business or to make more money
career
a job or profession that you have been trained for, and which you do for a long period of your life
carefully
in a careful way [≠ carelessly]
carpet
heavy woven material for covering floors or stairs, or a piece of this material
cash
1) money in the form of coins or notes rather than cheques, credit cards etc: 2) money
category
a group of people or things that are all of the same type
cause
1) a person, event, or thing that makes sth happen 2) a fact that makes it right or reasonable for you to feel or behave in a particular way [= reason]
cellphone
(especially AE) a cellular telephone [= mobile phone BE]
century
one of the 100-year periods measured from before or after the year of Christ's birth
challenge
1) sth that tests strength, skill, or ability, especially in a way that is interesting 2) when sb refuses to accept that sb or sth is right and legal
chap
(especially BE) a man, especially a man you know and like
chat
(especially BE) an informal friendly conversation
cheese
a solid food made from milk, which is usually yellow or white in colour, and can be soft or hard
chemistry
1) the science that is concerned with studying the structure of substances and the way that they change or combine with each other 2) if there is * between two people, they like each other and
cheque
a printed piece of paper that you write an amount of money on, sign, and use instead of money to pay for things
chest
the front part of your body between your neck and your stomach
chicken
1) a common farm bird that is kept for its meat and eggs 2) the meat from this bird eaten as food
chief
1) highest in rank 2) most important [= main]
chip
(BE) a long thin piece of potato cooked in oil [= French fry AE]
chocolate
a sweet brown food that you can eat as a sweet or use in cooking to give foods such as cakes a special sweet taste
cigarette
a thin tube of paper filled with finely cut tobacco that people smoke
circle
1) a completely round shape, like the letter O 2) a group of people or things arranged in the shape of a circle
circumstance
the conditions that affect a situation, action, event etc:
citizen
sb who lives in a particular town, country, or state:
claim
1) a statement that sth is true, even though it has not been proved 2) an official request for money that you think you have a right to
clean
without any dirt, marks etc [≠ dirty]
clever
(especially BE) able to learn and understand things quickly [= intelligent; = smart AE]
client
sb who gets services or advice from a professional person, company, or organization [= customer]
clock
an instrument that shows what time it is, in a room or outside on a building
close
not far away [= near]
clothes
the things that people wear to cover their body or keep warm
clue
an object or piece of information that helps sb solve a crime or mystery
coal
a hard black mineral which is dug out of the ground and burnt to produce heat
coat
a piece of clothing with long sleeves that is worn over your clothes to protect them or to keep you warm
code
a set of rules, laws, or principles that tell people how to behave
colleague
sb you work with, used especially by professional people
collection
1) a set of similar things that are kept or brought together because they are attractive or interesting 2) a group of objects together in the same place
comfortable
making you feel physically relaxed, without any pain or without being too hot, cold etc
commit
1) to do sth wrong or illegal 2) to say that sb will definitely do sth or must do sth