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commitment
1) a promise to do sth or to behave in a particular way 2) the hard work and loyalty that sb gives to an organization, activity etc
communication
the process by which people exchange information or express their thoughts and feelings
competition
a situation in which people or organizations try to be more successful than other people or organizations
complain
to say that you are annoyed, not satisfied, or unhappy about sth or sb
complete
1) used to emphasize that a quality or situation is as great as it could possibly be [= total] 2) including all parts, details, facts etc and with nothing missing [= whole; ≠ incomplete]
complete
to finish doing or making sth, especially when it has taken a long time
complicated
difficult to understand or deal with, because many parts or details are involved [= complex]
concentrate
to think very carefully about sth that you are doing
condition
the situation in which people live or work, especially the physical things that affect the quality of their lives
conference
a large formal meeting where a lot of people discuss important matters such as business, politics, or science, especially for several days
confidence
the feeling that you can trust sb or sth to be good, work well, or produce good results
confirm
to show that sth is definitely true, especially by providing more proof
connect
1) to join two or more things together 2) to realize or show that a fact, event, or person is related to sth
conscious
1) noticing or realizing sth [= aware] 2) awake and able to understand what is happening around you [≠ unconscious]
consideration
(formal) careful thought and attention, especially before making an official or important decision
contact
1) communication with a person, organization, country etc 2) when two people or things touch each other
contact
to write to or telephone sb
contain
1) if sth such as a bag, box, or place *s sth, that thing is inside it 2) if a document, book, speech etc *s sth, that thing is included in it
context
the situation, events, or information that are related to sth and that help you to understand it
contribution
1) sth that you give or do in order to help sth be successful 2) an amount of money that you give in order to help pay for sth
control
1) to have the power to make the decisions about how a country, place, company etc is organized or what it does 2) to limit the amount or growth of sth, especially sth that is dangerous
cool
low in temperature, but not cold, often in a way that feels pleasant
cool
1) to make sth slightly colder, or to become slightly colder 2) if a feeling, emotion, or relationship *s, it becomes less strong
cope
1) to succeed in dealing with a difficult problem or situation 2) if a system or machine *s with a particular type or amount of work, it does it
copy
to deliberately make or produce sth that is exactly like another thing
corridor
a long narrow passage on a train or between rooms in a building, with doors leading off it
council
a group of people that are chosen to make rules, laws, or decisions, or to give advice
count
to calculate the total number of things or people in a group
cousin
1) the child of your uncle or aunt 2) sth that has the same origins as sth else
cow
a large female animal that is kept on farms and used to produce milk or meat
crazy
1) very strange or not sensible [= mad] 2) angry or annoyed
create
to make sth exist that did not exist before
credit
an arrangement with a shop, bank etc that allows you to buy sth and pay for it later
crime
illegal activities in general
cross
to go or stretch from one side of sth such as a road, river, room etc to the other
cross
(especially BE) angry or annoyed
cry
1) to produce tears from your eyes, usually because you are unhappy or hurt 2) written to shout or say sth loudly [= cry out]
culture
the beliefs, way of life, art, and customs that are shared and accepted by people in a particular society
cupboard
a piece of furniture with doors, and sometimes shelves, used for storing clothes, plates, food etc
current
happening or existing now (=present)
currently
at the present time
cut
1) a reduction in the size or amount of sth, especially the amount of money that is spent by a government or company 2) a wound that is caused when sth sharp cuts your skin
cute
1) very pretty or attractive2) (especially AE) sexually attractive
dance
a special set of movements performed to a particular type of music
dance
to move your feet and body in a way that matches the style and speed of music
danger
the possibility that sb or sth will be harmed, destroyed, or killed
dangerous
1) able or likely to harm or kill you 2) involving a lot of risk, or likely to cause problems [= risky]
dark
1) if it is *, there is little or no light [≠ light] 2) quite close to black in colour [≠ light, pale] 3) mysterious or secret
darling
1) (spoken) used when speaking to sb you love 2) sb who is very nice
dear
1) used when speaking to sb you love 2) (spoken) used by an older person when speaking in a friendly way to sb who is younger
dear
1) (BE) expensive [≠ cheap] 2) (formal) a * friend or relative is very important to you and you love them a lot
debate
discussion of a particular subject that often continues for a long time and in which people express different opinions
declare
to state officially and publicly that a particular situation exists or that sth is true
deep
1) going far down from the top or from the surface [≠ shallow] 2) going far in from the outside or from the front edge of sth 3) serious or severe
defence
1) the act of protecting sth or sb from attack 2) sth that can be used to protect sth or sb from attack
define
to describe sth correctly and thoroughly, and to say what standards, limits, qualities etc it has that make it different from other things
definition
a phrase or sentence that says exactly what a word, phrase, or idea means
degree
1) a unit for measuring the size of an angle. It can be shown as a symbol after a number. For example, 18° means 18 degrees 2) the level or amount of sth
deliver
1) to take goods, letters, packages etc to a particular place or person 2) to do or provide the things you are expected to, because you are responsible for them or they are part of your job
demand
1) the need or desire that people have for particular goods and services 2) a very firm request for sth that you believe you have the right to get
department
one of the groups of people who work together in a particular part of a large organization such as a hospital, university, company, or government
describe
to say what sth or sb is like by giving details about them
description
a piece of writing or speech that gives details about what sb or sth is like
design
1) the art or process of making a drawing of sth to show how you will make it or what it will look like 2) the way that sth has been planned and made, including its appearance, how it work
desk
a piece of furniture like a table, usually with drawers in it, that you sit at to write and work
destroy
1) to damage sth so badly that it no longer exists or cannot be used or repaired 2) if sth destroys sb, it ruins their life completely
detail
a single feature, fact, or piece of information about sth
develop
1) to grow or change into sth bigger, stronger, or more advanced, or to make sb or sth do this 2) to design or make a new idea, product, system etc over a period of time
difficulty
1) if you have * doing sth, it is difficult for you to do 2) a problem or sth that causes trouble
dig
to move earth, snow etc, or to make a hole in the ground, using a spade or your hands
direct
done without any other people, actions, processes etc coming between [≠ indirect]
directly
1) with no other person, action, process etc between [≠ indirectly] 2) exactly in a particular position or direction [= right]
director
sb who controls or manages a company
dirty
1) covered in or marked by an unwanted substance [≠ clean] 2) relating to sex, in a way that is considered immoral or unpleasant
disappear
1) to become impossible to see any longer [= vanish; ≠ appear] 2) to be lost, or to become impossible to find
disc
1) a round flat shape or object 2) a compact disc
discover
1) to find sb or sth, either by accident or because you were looking for them 2) to find out sth that you did not know about before
discuss
to talk about sth with another person or a group in order to exchange ideas or decide sth
discussion
1) when you discuss sth 2) a piece of writing about a subject that considers different ideas or opinions about it
disgusting
extremely unpleasant and making you feel sick [= revolting]
dish
1) a flat container with low sides, for serving food from or cooking food in 2) food cooked or prepared in a particular way as a meal
disk
a small flat piece of plastic or metal which is used for storing computer or electronic information
distance
the amount of space between two places or things
divide
if sth *s, or if you divide it, it separates into two or more parts
document
a piece of paper that has official information on it
dot
a small round mark or spot
doubt
to think that sth may not be true or that it is unlikely
downstairs
towards or on a lower floor of a building, especially a house [≠ upstairs]
dozen
1) twelve 2) (informal) a lot of
draft
a piece of writing or a plan that is not yet in its finished form
dream
1) a series of thoughts, images, and feelings that you experience when you are asleep 2) a wish to do, be, or have something - used especially when this seems unlikely
dress
a piece of clothing worn by a woman or girl that covers the top of her body and part or all of her legs
dress
to put clothes on yourself or sb else
drive
1) a journey in a car 2) a strong natural need or desire
drop
1) a very small amount of liquid that falls in a round shape 2) a reduction in the amount, level, or number of sth, especially a large or sudden one [= fall]
drug
an illegal substance such as marijuana or cocaine, which some people take in order to feel happy, relaxed, or excited
dry
without water or liquid inside or on the surface [≠ wet]
dry
1) to make sth dry, or to become dry 2) (BE) to rub plates, dishes etc dry with a cloth after they have been washed
duty
1) sth that you have to do because it is morally or legally right [= obligation] 2) sth you have to do as part of your job
ear
one of the organs on either side of your head that you hear with