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[transitive verb]

to officially end a law, system etc, especially one that has existed for a long time:


to treat someone in a cruel and violent way, often sexually

sexually/physically abused
She was sexually abused as a child


  • (verb) to say something to someone as a reply when they have asked you a question, made a suggestion etc:
    She thought for a moment before answering.
  • something you say when you reply to a question that someone has asked you [= response]
    give (somebody) an answer


way somebody/something looks

[uncountable and countable]
the way someone or something looks to other people

He was always criticising his wife's appearance.
appearance of
They've changed the appearance of the whole building.
We are often attracted to somebody first by theirphysical appearance.
Women, in general, tend to be more concerned than men about their personal appearance.
She had an outward appearance of calm, but deep down she was really worried.


to make a formal request, usually written, for something such as a job, a place in a university, or permission to do something

apply for
She applied for a job with the local newspaper.



if you are aware that a situation exists, you realize or know that it exists

The children are aware of the danger of taking drugs.



1 knowledge or understanding of a particular subject or situation
environmental/political/social awareness
Health officials have tried toraise awareness (=improve people's knowledge)about AIDS.
2 the ability to notice something using your senses
awareness of
an artist's awareness of light and color



The foreground is what looks like the closest thing to you. It's in front of everything else in the picture, and it has the most detail. The background is the opposite-- it's the farthest away and has the least amount of detail. Middle-ground is in-between.


a system of connecting computers to the Internet and moving information, such as messages or pictures, at a very high speed


a bustling place is very busy

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