The period of time in a person's life when they are developing into an adult


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Prototype

The first example of something, such as a machine or other industrial product, from which all later forms are developed

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Remote control

A system or piece of equipment for controlling something such as a machine or vehicle from a distance, by using electrical or radio signals

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Silicon chip

A small piece of silicon which is used in computers, calculators and other electronic machines

514

Technology

(the study and knowledge of) the practical, especially industrial, use of scientific discoveries

515

Telecommunication

The sending and receiving of messages over distance, especially by telephone, radio and television

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Vision

An idea or mental image of something

Eg: We see in his novels his sinister, almost apocalyptic, vision of the future.



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Wireless connection




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Compact

Consisting of parts that are positioned together closely or in a tidy way, using very little space

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Cutting-edge

Very modern and with all the newest features

520

Cyber

Involving, using or relating to computers, especially the Internet

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Labor-saving




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Portable

(designed to be) light and small enough to be easily carried or moved

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Up-to-date

Modern, recent, or containing the latest information

Eg: Great trouble is taken to keep our database up-to-date.



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User-friendly

If something, especially something related to a computer, is user-friendly, it is simple for people to use

525

Virtual

Almost a particular thing or quality

Eg: Ten years of incompetent government had brought about the virtual collapse of the country's economy.



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Access

The method or possibility of getting near to a place or person, or the right to use or look at something

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Connect

To join or be joined with something else

Eg: Can I connect my printer to your computer?



528

Download

To copy or move programs or information into a computer's memory, especially from the Internet or a larger computer

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Display

To arrange something or a collection of things so that they can be seen by the public

Eg: Family photographs were displayed on the wall.



530

Envisage

To imagine or expect something in the future, especially something good

Eg: Train fare increases of 5% are envisaged for the next year.



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Operate

To (cause to) work, be in action or have an effect

Eg: How do you operate the remote control unit?



532

Revolutionize

To completely change something so that it is much better

Eg: Newton's discoveries revolutionized physics.



533

Scroll

  1. A long roll of paper or similar material with usually official writing on it

  2. 2. A decoration that looks like a roll of paper

534

Speculate

To guess possible answers to a question when you do not have enough information to be certain

535

Store

A large shop where you can buy many different types of goods

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Surpass

To do or be better than

Eg: The book's success has surpassed everyone's expectations.



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Attitude

A feeling or opinion about something or someone, or a way of behaving that is caused

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Brand new

Completely new, especially not yet used

Eg: How can he afford to buy himself a brand new car?



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Culture

The way of life, especially the general customs and beliefs, of a particular group of people at a particular time

540

Cycle

A bicycle

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Demographics

The quantity and characteristics of the people who live in a particular area, especially in relation to their age, how much money they have and what they spend it on

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Globalization

The increase of trade around the world, especially by large companies producing and trading goods in many different countries

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Hindsight

The ability to understand an event or situation only after it has happened

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Icon

A small picture or symbol on a computer screen that you point to and click on (= press) with a mouse (= small control device) to give the computer an instruction

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Identity

Who a person is, or the qualities of a person or group which make them different from others

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Implication

When you seem to suggest something without saying it directly

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Impact

The force or action of one object hitting another

548

Increase

To (make something) become larger in amount or size

Eg: The cost of the project has increased dramatically/significantly since it began.



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Influence

The power to have an effect on people or things, or a person or thing that is able to do this

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Industry


The companies and activities involved in the process of producing goods for sale, especially in a factory or special area

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Isolation

The condition of being alone, especially when this makes you feel unhappy

Eg: The prisoner had been kept in isolation for three days.



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Market

The people who might want to buy something, or a part of the world where something is sold

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Joint

Belonging to or shared between two or more people

Eg: The two Russian ice-skaters came joint second (= They were both given second prize) in the world championship.



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Modernization

To make something more modern

Eg: The modernization of the 100-year-old sewage and water systems will cost millions of pounds.



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Multiculturalism

The existence of several cultures within a society

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Percentage

An amount of something, often expressed as a number out of 100

557

Population

All the people living in a particular country, area or place

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Prediction

When you say what will happen in the future

Eg: Please don't ask me to make any predictions about tomorrow's meeting.



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Proportion

The number or amount of a group or part of something when compared to the whole

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Projection

A calculation or guess about the future based on information that you have

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Statistics

Nformation based on a study of the number of times something happens or is present, or other

Eg: According to official statistics, the Japanese work longer hours than workers in most other industrialized countries.



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Ageing

  1. Relating to getting older the ageing process

  2. 2. Describes a person or thing that is getting old

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Current

Of the present time

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Elderly

Elderly relatives/parents

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Ethnic

Of a national or racial group of people

Eg: A question on ethnic origin was included in the census.



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Exotic

Unusual and often exciting because of coming (or seeming to come) from a far, especially tropical country

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Global

Relating to the whole world

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Local

From, existing in, serving, or responsible for a small area, especially of a country

Eg: Our children all go to the local school



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Long-term

Continuing a long time into the future

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Mid-term

In the middle of the period when a government is in office

Eg: The governing party usually does badly in midterm by-elections



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Productive

Resulting in or providing a large amount or supply of something

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Skeptical

Doubting that something is true or useful

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Short-term

Lasting a short time

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Subsequent

Happening after something else

Eg: The book discusses his illness and subsequent resignation from the government.



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Wealthy

Rich

Eg: With their natural resources they are potentially a very wealthy country.



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Worldwide

Existing or happening in all parts of the world

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Compound

  1. A chemical that combines two or more elements

  2. Something

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Contribute

To give something, especially money, in order to provide or achieve something together with other people

Eg: Her family have contributed £50,000 to the fund.



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Decline

To gradually become less, worse, or lower

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Diminish

To reduce or be reduced in size or importance

Eg: These memories will not be diminished by time.



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Dwindle

To become smaller in size or amount, or fewer in number

Eg: Her hopes of success in the race dwindled last night as the weather became worse.



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Factor

A fact or situation which influences the result of something

Eg: Heavy snow was a contributing factor in the accident.



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Indicate

To show, point or make clear in another way

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Merge

To combine or join together, or to cause things to do this

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Migrate

When an animal migrates, it travels to a different place, usually when the season changes

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Benefit

A helpful or good effect, or something intended to help

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Challenge

Something needing great mental or physical effort in order to be done successfully and which therefore tests a person's ability

Eg: It's going to be a difficult job but I'm sure she'll rise to the challenge.



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Compromise

An agreement in an argument in which the people involved reduce their demands or change their opinion in order to agree

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Difficulty

When something is not easy to do or understand

Eg: We finished the job, but only with great difficulty.



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Dilemma

A situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two different things you could do

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