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to spread out or cover a large area of land


the past tense and past participle of stick

something sticks, it becomes fixed in one position and is difficult to move:

This door keeps sticking.
If you get stuck, you don't know how to continue


  • able to continue without causing damage to the environment:
The government should do more to promote sustainable agriculture.
  • able to continue for a long time
  • good for the environment:environmentally friendly



[transitive verb]

to try to deal with a difficult problem:

There is more than one way to tackle the problem.
It took twelve fire engines totackletheblaze.


an object, person, or place that is deliberately chosen to be attacked

in satellite imagery:

the zone the satellite is observing


is another word for exercise


comparative tinier, superlative tiniest

extremely small:

The earrings were tiny.
a tiny little baby



1 something that you hold in your hand and use to do a particular job:
I don't have the right tools to start fiddling around with the engine.
a shop selling garden tools
2  piece of equipment or a skill that is useful for doing your job:
Television is an important tool for the modern teacher.
These books arethe tools ofmytrade (=the things I need to do my job).



unbiased information, opinions, advice etc is fair because the person giving it is not influenced by their own or other people's opinions [= impartial]:

We aim to provide a service that is balanced and unbiased.
an unbiased observer


done without an acceptable reason:

unjustified price increases

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