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PRINCIPAL prɪnsəpəl

15 Nov 2019

noun

  • A principal is the head of a school.
Example Sentences: The principal is in a meeting with the deputy-principal and senior teachers.
 

PRINCIPLE prɪnsəpəl

14 Nov 2019

noun

  • A principle is a basic idea or rule that explains or controls how something happens or works.
Example Sentences: The principle of democracy is important to Americans.
I agree with you in principle but I think it will be difficult to achieve in practice.
 

DRAUGHT drɑft

13 Nov 2019

noun

  • A draught is a current of unpleasantly cold air blowing through a room. (confusingly in US English they use 'draft' to mean this).
Example Sentences: Can you shut the door? - there's a terrible draught coming through.
 

DRAFT drɑft

12 Nov 2019

noun

  • A draft is a piece of text, a formal suggestion or a drawing in its original state, often containing the main ideas and intentions but not the developed form.
Example Sentences: This is only a rough draft - the finished article will have pictures as well.
She asked me to check the (first) draft of her proposal.
 

EXCEPT ɪkˈsɛpt

11 Nov 2019

preposition

  • Except is a preposition meaning not including or but not.
Example Sentences: The museum is open daily except Monday(s).
The government has few options except to keep interest rates high.
 

ACCEPT ækˈsɛpt

10 Nov 2019

verb

  • Accept means to consider something or someone as satisfactory. It can also mean to agree to take something.
Example Sentences: My boss accepted my excuse for coming late to work.
Do you accept credit cards?
 

COURSE kɔrs

09 Nov 2019

noun

  • Course has many meanings, but the most common meaning is a set of classes or a plan of study on a particular subject, usually resulting in an exam or qualification.
Example Sentences: Tim did a three-year course in linguistics at London University.
They're going away on a training course next week.
 

COARSE kɔrs

08 Nov 2019

adjective

  • If something is coarse, it is rude and offensive. Coarse can also be used to mean rough and not soft.
Example Sentences: My boss is always telling coarse jokes.
The sand is very coarse on this beach.
 

REMAINDER rɪˈmeɪndər

07 Nov 2019

noun

  • The remainder is the part of something that is left after the other parts have gone, been used, or been taken away
Example Sentences: I ate most of it and gave the remainder to the dog.
It rained the first day but the remainder of the trip was lovely.
 

REMINDER rɪˈmaɪndər

06 Nov 2019

noun

  • A reminder is a written or spoken message which reminds someone to do something.
Example Sentences: If he forgot to pay his rent, his landlady would send him a reminder.
Mum sent me off with a final reminder to be back before 11pm.
 

ENSURE ɛnˈʃʊər

05 Nov 2019

verb

  • To ensure is make something certain to happen.
Example Sentences: The airline is taking steps to ensure safety on its aircraft.
The role of the police is to ensure (that) the law is obeyed.
 

ASSURE əˈʃʊər

04 Nov 2019

verb

  • If you assure someone, you tell them confidently that something is true, especially so that they do not worry.
Example Sentences: The unions assured the new owners of the workers' loyalty to the company.
She assured him (that) the car would be ready the next day.
 

PERSONNEL pɜrsəˈnɛl

03 Nov 2019

noun

  • Personnel means employees or staff.
Example Sentences: The personnel department looked after 100 employees.
If you want to apply for a job please contact the personnel department.
 

PERSONAL pɜrsənl

02 Nov 2019

adjective

  • Personal means individual or private - a letter that is only to be opened by the person it is addressed to may be marked 'personal'.
Example Sentences: She left the room to take a personal phone call.
The letter had 'personal' on the envelope so she didn’t open it.
 

LICENCE līˈsəns

01 Nov 2019

noun

  • A licence is an official document which gives you permission to own, do or use something, usually after you have paid money and/or taken a test. (UK ENGLISH: License)
Example Sentences: Do you need a licence to operate a fork-lift truck?
The police officer checked his driving licence.
 
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