Global glossary


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to treat a person or animal badly, especially in a cruel way [= ill-treat, maltreat]:

Security forces are accused of mistreating prisoners.


if two things relate, they are connected in some way [= connect]:

I don't understand how the two ideas relate.


[countable noun] the effect or influence that an event, situation etc has on someone or something

impact on/upon
We need to assess the impact on climate change.
verb: to impact


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


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.



in spite of a fact that you have just mentioned [= nonetheless]:

What you said was true. It was, nevertheless, a little unkind.


far away

far from towns or other places where people live [= isolated]:

a remote border town


city center


the grass roots

the ordinary people in an organization, rather than the leaders
grass roots [adjective:]
We are hoping for full participation at grass roots level.


[uncountable noun] formal

careful thought and attention, especially before making an official or important decision:

proposals put forward for consideration

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