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2. Informal disapproving very old-fashioned
Eg: He's fairly punctual (= He usually arrives on time)
2. To slowly reduce or destroy
Eg: These cave paintings predate any others which are known.
Eg: He has a short attention/concentration span.
Eg: The European Union was formerly called the European Community.
Eg: Agriculture is still largely based on traditional methods in some countries.
Eg: When we retire, we're going to move to a warmer climate.
Eg: The party's popularity has declined in the opinion polls.
Eg: It would be a disaster for me if I lost my job.
2. A gradual process of change and development
Eg: There is concern that the giant panda will soon become extinct
Eg: The desert is so arid that nothing can grow there.
Eg: Much of the region's native vegetation has been damaged by developers who are building hotels along the coa
Eg: the scent of roses
Eg: A hawk hovered in the air before swooping on its prey.
Eg: lions, wolves and other predators
Eg: With so many areas of woodland being cut down, a lot of wildlife is losing its natural habitat
Eg: the flora of the Balearic Islands
Eg: an expedition to explore the flora and fauna of Hornchurch Wood
Eg: I felt very vulnerable, standing there without any clothes on.
Eg: The audience burst into wild applause
Eg: The soldiers were engaged in hand-to-hand combat.
Eg: The government claims to be doing all it can to eradicate corruption.
Eg: The turtle hibernates in a shallow burrow for six months of the year.
Eg: Humans evolved from apes.
Eg: These factories are releasing toxic gases into the atmosphere.
Eg: Debris from the aircraft was scattered over a large area.
Eg: We need to carry out a full exploration (= examination) of all the alternatives.
Eg:Oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen are all gases.
Eg: How much champagne will we need for the launch?
Eg: The accident was the inevitable
Eg: The commercial future of the company looks very promising.
Eg: Tropical rain forests used to cover 10% of the Earth's surface.