American English


live [adjective] (AS IT HAPPENS)

(of a performance) broadcast, recorded, or seen while it is happening

US /laɪv/ 
UK /laɪv/ 

This evening there will be a live broadcast of the debate.

Oxford Essential Dictionary



1 not dead:
Have you ever touched a real live snake?

2 If a radio or television programme is live, you see or hear it at the same time as it happens:
The match is going out live on TV.

3 with electricity passing through it:
Don't touch that wire – it's live!

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

II. live2 S3 W3 /laɪv/ BrE AmE adjective
[Word Family: verb: ↑live, ↑outlive, ↑relive, ↑liven, ↑up; adjective: ↑live, ↑lively, ↑living, ↑liveable; noun: ↑liveliness, ↑living, ↑livelihood; adverb: ↑live]
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: alive]
1. LIVING [only before noun] not dead or artificial SYN living OPP dead:
experiments on live animals
Protesters want to stop the export of live sheep and cattle.
the number of live births per 1,000 population
We were so excited to see real live elephants.
2. TV/RADIO a live television or radio programme is seen or heard on television or radio at the same time as it is actually happening OPP prerecorded:
a live radio phone-in show
There will be live TV coverage of tonight’s big match.
3. MUSIC/THEATRE a live performance is one in which the entertainer performs for people who are watching, rather than a film, record etc:
A lot of the bars have live music.
The band will be giving a live concert performance next week.
We’ll be playing you a track from his new live album (=↑album that was recorded from a live performance).
It’s always different when you perform in front of a live audience (=an audience watching a live performance).
4. ELECTRICITY a wire or piece of equipment that is live has electricity flowing through it:
Be careful – those wires are live.
5. BOMBS a live bomb still has the power to explode because it has not been used:
They came across a field of live, unexploded mines.
6. BULLETS live bullets are real ones that are made of metal and can kill people OPP blank:
Troops fired live ammunition to disperse the crowd.
7. ISSUE a live subject or problem is one that still interests or worries people:
Drink-driving is still very much a live issue.
8. live coals pieces of coal that are burning:
She threw the paper onto the live coals.
9. YOGHURT live ↑yoghurt contains ↑bacteria that are still alive
III. live3 /laɪv/ BrE AmE adverb
[Word Family: verb: ↑live, ↑outlive, ↑relive, ↑liven, ↑up; adjective: ↑live, ↑lively, ↑living, ↑liveable; noun: ↑liveliness, ↑living, ↑livelihood; adverb: ↑live]
1. if something is broadcast live, it is broadcast on television or radio as it is actually happening ⇨ prerecorded:
The ceremony will be broadcast live on television.
The match will be shown live by the BBC.
2. if people perform live, they perform in front of people who have come to watch, rather than for a film, record etc:
I love their music, but I’ve never seen them perform live.
The band is playing live in Birmingham tonight.
Their latest CD was recorded live (=recorded at a live performance) in New York.
3. go live when a system or project goes live, people start to use it after it has been planned and discussed for a long time:
Their new information retrieval system went live last month.
a new security project which will go live in October

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

▪ II. live 2 [live lives lived living] adjective, adverb   [laɪv]    [laɪv] 

see also  live1

adjective usually before noun  

1. living; not dead
live animals
the number of live births (= babies born alive)

• We saw a real live rattlesnake!  



2. (of a broadcast) sent out while the event is actually happening, not recorded first and broadcast later

• live coverage of the World Cup

3. (of a performance) given or made when people are watching, not recorded
The club has live music most nights.
a live recording made at Wembley Arena
• the band's new live album

• It was the first interview I'd done in front of a live audience (= with people watching).  



4. (of a wire or device) connected to a source of electrical power

• That terminal is live.  



5. still able to explode or light; ready for use

• live ammunition  




6. live coals are burning or are still hot and red  


7. live yogurt still contains the bacteria needed to turn milk into yogurt  

8. of interest or importance at the present time

• Pollution is still very much a live issue.  



9. (of an electronic link) functioning correctly, so that it is connected to another document or page on the Internet
Here are some live links to other aviation-related web pages.  
Word Origin:
mid 16th cent. alive
Example Bank:
I can watch the games live on TV.
This programme comes to you live from the Albert Hall.
In those days the broadcasts all went out live.
Is the show live or recorded?
Later we'll talk live with the former New York police commissioner.
The CD was recorded live at a concert given last year.
The band have never played this song live before.
The game will be televised live this evening.
The new website is expected to go live in October.
The show was filmed live at the Arena.
The show will air live on June 10.
The trial was carried live on a Chicago radio station.
This concert comes to you live from Carnegie Hall.
We'll be reporting live from Beijing.
Customs officials seized 400 live snakes packed in crates.
I need to talk to a live person.
The victim's pockets were full of live ammunition.
• the number of live births

Idioms: go live  live wire 

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

live / laɪv / adjective (AS IT HAPPENS)

B1 (of a performance) broadcast, recorded, or seen while it is happening:

This evening there will be a live broadcast of the debate.

a live recording


live / laɪv / adjective [ before noun ] (HAVING LIFE)

having life:

Millions of live animals are shipped around the world each year.

There was a tank of live lobsters in the restaurant.


live / laɪv / adjective (ELECTRICITY)

(of a wire) carrying or charged with electricity:

a live wire


live / laɪv / adjective (ABLE TO EXPLODE)

able to explode:

live rounds of ammunition

live shells


live / laɪv / adjective (BURNING)

(of a fire, coals, or a match) still burning or able to burn:

There are live coals in the fireplace.

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary



 lives, living, lived

 (Pronounced [lɪ̱v] in live 1, and [la͟ɪv] in live 2.)
 1) VERB If someone lives in a particular place or with a particular person, their home is in that place or with that person.
  [V adv/prep] She has lived here for 10 years...
  [V adv/prep] She always said I ought to live alone...
  [V adv/prep] Where do you live?...
  [V adv/prep] He still lives with his parents.
 2) VERB If you say that someone lives in particular circumstances or that they live a particular kind of life, you mean that they are in those circumstances or that they have that kind of life.
  [V adv/prep] We lived quite grandly...
  [V adv/prep] Compared to people living only a few generations ago, we have greater opportunities to have a good time...
  [V n] We can start living a normal life again now.
  [V-ing] ...the local support group for people living with HIV and AIDS.
 3) VERB If you say that someone lives for a particular thing, you mean that it is the most important thing in their life.
  [V for n] He lived for his work.
 4) VERB To live means to be alive. If someone lives to a particular age, they stay alive until they are that age.
  [V adv] He's got a terrible disease and will not live long...
  [V adv] A perennial is a plant that lives indefinitely...
  [V to-inf] He lived to be 103...
  [V to-inf] My father died nigh on ten years ago, but he lived to see his first grandson...
  [V to n] Matilda was born in northern Italy in 1046 and apparently lived to a ripe old age...
  [V-ing] The blue whale is the largest living thing on the planet...
  [V-ing] Ian was her only living relative.
 5) VERB: no cont If people live by doing a particular activity, they get the money, food, or clothing they need by doing that activity.
  [V by -ing/n] ...the last indigenous people to live by hunting...
  [V by -ing/n] These crimes were committed largely by professional criminals who lived by crime.
 6) VERB If you live by a particular rule, belief, or ideal, you behave in the way in which it says you should behave.
  [V by n] They live by the principle that we are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we want from it.
 7) VERB: no cont If a person or occasion lives in someone's mind or in history, they are remembered for a long time.
  [V with n] The memory of that will live with me for many years to come...
  [V in n] His name will live in history as one of the greatest bowlers of all time...
 Live on means the same as live. Also V P V P in n Lenin lives on in the minds and hearts of millions of people.
 8) → See also living
 9) PHRASE: Vs inflect, PHR n (emphasis) If you say that someone lives and breathes a particular subject or activity, you are emphasizing that they are extremely enthusiastic about it.
  He has lived and breathed polo since he was seven.
 10) PHRASE: have inflects, usu PHR with cl If you tell someone that they haven't lived unless they experience a particular thing, you are telling them that thing is extremely good and should be experienced.
  If you have never been to an opera, you haven't lived...
  You haven't lived until you've used their new micro system.
 11) PHRASE: V inflects, usu PHR of -ing/n You can use expressions such as to live in fear and to live in terror to indicate that someone is always thinking about an unpleasant or frightening event, because they think that it might happen.
  One in 10 Californians is unemployed and thousands more live in fear of losing their jobs.
 12) CONVENTION You say live and let live as a way of saying that you should let other people behave in the way that they want to and not criticize them for behaving differently from you.
 13) PHRASE: V inflects If you live it up, you have a very enjoyable and exciting time, for example by going to lots of parties or going out drinking with friends. [INFORMAL]
  There is no reason why you couldn't live it up once in a while.
 14) to live hand to mouthsee hand
 to live a liesee lie
 to live beyond your meanssee means
 to live in sinsee sin
  Phrasal Verbs:
  - live down
  - live off
  - live on
  - live off
  - live on
  - live out
  - live through
  - live together
  - live up toII ADJECTIVE USES

 (Pronounced [lɪ̱v] in live 1, and [la͟ɪv] in live 2.)
 1) ADJ: ADJ n Live animals or plants are alive, rather than being dead or artificial.
  ...a protest against the company's tests on live animals.
  ...baskets of live chickens.
 2) ADJ A live television or radio programme is one in which an event or performance is broadcast at exactly the same time as it happens, rather than being recorded first.
  Murray was a guest on a live radio show.
  ...we were laughing and gossiping, oblivious to the fact that we were on live TV...
  They watch all the live matches...
  A broadcast of the speech was heard in San Francisco, but it is not known if this was live.
 ADV: ADV after v
 Live is also an adverb. It was broadcast live in 50 countries... We'll be going live to Nottingham later in this bulletin.
 3) ADJ: usu ADJ n A live performance is given in front of an audience, rather than being recorded and then broadcast or shown in a film.
  The Rainbow has not hosted live music since the end of 1981...
  A live audience will pose the questions...
  The band was forced to cancel a string of live dates.
 ADV: ADV after v
 Live is also an adverb. Kat Bjelland has been playing live with her new band.
 4) ADJ: usu ADJ n A live recording is a recording of a band playing at a concert, rather than in a studio.
  This is my favourite live album of all time...
  The LP features live recordings from the `Great Xpectations' all-day show.
 5) ADJ: usu ADJ n A live wire or piece of electrical equipment is directly connected to a source of electricity.
  The plug broke, exposing live wires...
  He warned others about the live electric cables as they climbed to safety.
 6) ADJ: usu ADJ n Live bullets are made of metal, rather than rubber or plastic, and are intended to kill people rather than injure them.
  They trained in the jungle using live ammunition.
 7) ADJ: usu ADJ n A live bomb or missile is one which has not yet exploded.
  A live bomb had earlier been defused.
 8) PHRASE: V inflects If a system, campaign, or other course of action goes live, it starts to be used. [mainly BRIT]
  The new system went live earlier this year...
  The service should go live this summer.
 9) PHRASE: PHR n You use real live to say that someone or something is present or exists, when you want to indicate that you think this is exciting and unusual or unexpected. [INFORMAL]
  He had never met a real live admiral...
  She has the best pet of all - a real live tiger.

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary: 

2live /ˈlaɪv/ adj
1 a always used before a noun : having life : living or alive
• They object to the use of live animals in scientific experiments.
• a live birth [=a birth of a living child or animal]
b informal : not imaginary : actually existing - used in the phrase real live
• Everyone was excited about seeing a real live celebrity. [=an actual celebrity]
2 a : done in front of an audience : of or involving a play, concert, etc., that is performed in front of people
• a nightclub with live music/entertainment
• The group has just released a live album. [=an album made by recording a performance before an audience]
b : watching a performance as it happens
• a television program filmed before a live (studio) audience
c : broadcast while a performance, event, etc., is happening : not recorded earlier
• a live television/radio program
• She was nervous about being interviewed on live radio.
• The network is providing live coverage of the debate.
3 : carrying an electric current : connected to electric power
• Use caution when you are working near live electrical wires.
• a live microphone
- see also live wire
4 always used before a noun
a : carrying a charge and capable of exploding or being shot
• a live bomb
live ammunition
• We had thought the guns were loaded with blanks, but the soldiers were actually shooting live bullets.
b : burning without a flame : glowing
live coals
5 : not yet decided or settled : still causing discussion, disagreement, or concern
• a live issue
• a live controversy
6 US sports : still in play
• The ball is live until it goes out of bounds.
7 Brit of yogurt : containing living bacteria
• We sell live yogurt.


talk [noun]

a speech given to a group of people to teach or tell them about a particular subject

US /tɑːk/ 
UK /tɔːk/ 

He gave a talk about/on his visit to America.

Oxford Essential Dictionary



1 when two or more people talk about something:
Dave and I had a long talk about the problem.
The two countries are holding talks to try and end the war.

2 when a person speaks to a group of people:
Professor Wilson gave an interesting talk on Chinese art.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

II. talk2 S1 W1 BrE AmE noun
[Word Family: noun: ↑talk, talks, ↑talker; verb: ↑talk; adjective: ↑talkative]
1. CONVERSATION [countable] a conversation:
After a long talk, we decided on divorce.
John, I’d like to have a talk with you.
talk about
We must have a talk about money.
2. DISCUSSION talks [plural] formal discussions between governments, organizations etc
peace/trade etc talks
The peace talks look promising.
The president held talks with Chinese officials.
talks with
Talks with the rebels have failed.
3. SPEECH [countable] a speech:
an entertaining talk
talk on/about
a talk on local history
give/do/deliver a talk
Dr. Howard will give a talk on herbal medicine.
4. NEWS [uncountable] information or news that people talk about and hear about a lot, but that is not official
talk of
Tickets sold so quickly there’s talk of a second concert.
talk of doing something
the administration’s talk of reducing weapons
talk that
There’s talk that she’s difficult to work with.
just/only talk
It’s just talk. He’ll never do it.
5. TYPE OF CONVERSATION [uncountable] type of conversation:
That’s enough of that kind of talk.
persuasive sales talk
That’s fighting talk (=brave and confident words) from Italy’s manager.
6. be all talk spoken someone who is all talk talks a lot about what they intend to do, but never actually does it
7. be the talk of the town/Paris etc someone who is the talk of the town has done something bad, shocking, exciting etc and everyone is talking about them:
She’s the talk of London’s theatre-goers since her last performance.
8. talk is cheap used to say that you do not believe someone will do what they say
⇨ ↑pep talk, ↑small talk, ⇨ idle talk at ↑idle1(2), ⇨ pillow talk at ↑pillow1(3)
• • •
COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 1)
■ verbs
have a talk I must have a talk with Frank before I leave.
■ adjectives
a long talk I had a long talk with Nora this morning.
a little talk I’m glad we’ve had this little talk.
a serious talk Before she went to college, her father sat her down for a serious talk.
a quiet/private talk She asked if she could have a private talk.
a good talk (=a long talk about important or interesting things) She was upset, but we’ve had a good talk and things are okay now.
a nice talk We all had lunch together and a nice talk.
• • •
COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 2)
■ verbs
have/hold talks He called on the rebels to hold talks with the government.
enter into talks (=start having talks) The Ambassador stated that France was prepared to enter into talks on the issue.
talks begin Talks began in October and Venezuela said it expects an agreement to be signed soon.
talks continue/are underway Talks will continue through the weekend.
talks break down/collapse (=stop because of disagreement) Talks broke down today between the Russian and Japanese delegations.
talks resume/are resumed Talks resumed in Geneva on April 19 after a month’s break.
talks end The talks ended without a settlement being reached.
peace talks All four Arab delegations walked out of the Middle East peace talks yesterday.
trade talks Trade talks between the EU and the Americans have once again collapsed.
high-level talks (=involving important people) The announcement came after a morning of high-level talks.
budget talks The dollar fell as U.S. budget talks appeared unlikely to produce an agreement.
direct talks The President declared that he was now prepared to enter into direct talks with the rebels.
bilateral talks (=involving two groups or countries) Bilateral talks led to the resumption of diplomatic relations.
round-table talks (=when everyone can discuss things in an equal way) An election law, agreed during round-table talks, gave every voter the right to two votes.
urgent talks The Prime Minister called ministers together for urgent talks.
crisis talks (=talks to stop a situation getting worse or more dangerous) The unions will hold crisis talks with the company in a bid to save jobs.
■ phrases
a round of talks (=a series of talks that is part of a longer process) A third round of talks was held in May.
the breakdown/collapse of talks The collapse of the talks sent shock waves round the world.

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


1. countable ~ (with sb) (about sth) a conversation or discussion
I had a long talk with my boss about my career prospects.
We need to have a serious talk about money matters.
• I had to have a heart-to-heart talk with her.

• She looked worried so we had a talk.  



2. talks plural formal discussions between governments or organizations
arms/pay/peace, etc. talks
to hold talks
~ (between A and B) (on/over sth) Talks between management and workers broke down over the issue of holiday pay.
High-level talks on arms limitation will reopen next month.
A further round of talks will be needed if the dispute is to be resolved.

• Union representatives walked out of emergency talks aimed at reaching a pay settlement.  



3. countable ~ (on sth) a speech or lecture on a particular subject

• She gave a talk on her visit to China.  



4. uncountable (informal) words that are spoken, but without the necessary facts or actions to support them
• It's just talk. He'd never carry out his threats.

• Don't pay any attention to her— she's all talk.  



5. uncountable ~ (of sth/of doing sth) | ~ (that…) stories that suggest a particular thing might happen in the future
There was talk in Washington of sending in troops.
• She dismissed the stories of her resignation as newspaper talk.

• There's talk that he's a difficult actor to work with.  



6. uncountable (often in compounds) a topic of conversation or a way of speaking
business talk
She said it was just girl talk that a man wouldn't understand.
The book teaches you how to understand Spanish street talk (= slang).
It was tough talk, coming from a man who had begun the year in a hospital bed.
see also  small talk, sweet talk, trash talk
more at fighting talk at  fight  v.  
Word Origin:
Middle English: frequentative verb from the Germanic base of tale  or tell.  
conversation dialogue talk debate consultation chat gossip
These are all words for an occasion when people talk about sth.
discussiona detailed conversation about sth that is considered to be important: Discussions are still taking place between the two leaders.
conversationa talk, usually a private or informal one, involving two people or a small group; the activity of talking in this way: a telephone conversation
dialogueconversations in a book, play or film: The novel has long descriptions and not much dialogue. A dialogue is also a formal discussion between two groups, especially when they are trying to solve a problem or end a dispute: The President told waiting reporters there had been a constructive dialogue.
talka conversation or discussion, often one about a problem or sth important for the people involved: I had a long talk with my boss about my career prospects.
debatea formal discussion of an issue at a public meeting or in a parliament. In a debate two or more speakers express opposing views and then there is often a vote on the issue: a debate on prison reform
consultationa formal discussion between groups of people before a decision is made about sth: There have been extensive consultations between the two countries.
chata friendly informal conversation; informal talking. The countable use of chat is especially British English: I just called in for a chat about the kids.
gossipa conversation about other people and their private lives: We had a good gossip about the boss.
a discussion/conversation/dialogue/talk/debate/consultation/chat/gossip about sth
a discussion/conversation/dialogue/debate/consultation on sth
in (close) discussion/conversation/dialogue/debate/consultation with sb
to have a discussion/conversation/dialogue/talk/debate/consultation/chat/gossip with sb
to hold a discussion/conversation/debate/consultation 
lecture address talk sermon
These are all words for a talk given to an audience.
speecha formal talk given to an audience: Several people made speeches at the wedding.
lecturea talk given to a group of people to tell them about a particular subject, often as part of a university or college course: a lecture on the Roman army a course/series of lectures
addressa formal speech given to an audience: a televised presidential address
speech or address?
A speech can be given on a public or private occasion; an address is always public: He gave an address at the wedding.
talka fairly informal session in which sb tells a group of people about a subject: She gave an interesting talk on her visit to China.
sermona talk on a moral or religious subject, usually given by a religious leader during a service: to preach a sermon
a long/short speech/lecture/address/talk/sermon
a keynote speech/lecture/address
to write/prepare/give/deliver/hear a(n) speech/lecture/address/talk/sermon
to attend/go to a lecture/talk 
Example Bank:
A further round of talks is expected in March.
All this talk of the boss resigning is nonsense!
Did you go to the talk on Peru?
Don't you get enough shop talk at work?
For all the talk of bringing their children up the same, the boys ended up never doing any of the cooking.
For all their talk of equality, the boys ended up not doing any cooking.
He is currently in talks with two football clubs.
He was never very good at making small talk with her parents.
He's all talk. He's too scared to do anything.
I enjoyed our talk about the old days.
I need to have a heart-to-heart talk with her.
I never used baby talk to my little girl.
I will have to have a little talk with that young lady.
Let me end my talk with a prediction.
She gave a very entertaining talk entitled ‘My life and hard times’.
She gave an illustrated talk on Roman architecture.
She likes straight talk and hates hypocrites.
Talk turned to money and tempers began to fray.
Talks are being held over the political future of the province.
Talks produced agreement on an end to the occupation.
Talks were scheduled for Rome the following month.
The US authorities have increased the war talk.
The agreement was concluded during talks in Beijing.
The chairman's boasts about future profits was just cheap talk.
The delegation arrived for talks with their government.
The peace talks will take place in Cairo.
The president's true agenda was hidden in political double talk.
The talks centred on bilateral trade.
The talks foundered on the issue of compensation.
The talks remain deadlocked over spending plans.
The two governments held secret talks on the nuclear threat.
The union has broken off talks with the management.
There has been much public talk about bilingual education.
There is open talk of a leadership challenge.
There is ridiculous talk of her breaking the world record soon.
There was excited talk of emigrating to America.
We can have some girl talk until Joe gets here.
What all the fine talk came down to was hard cash.
You often hear talk of the north-south divide.
the crusade against dirty talk on TV
the failure of talks between the two communities
the latest round of talks aimed at ending the civil war
the pillow talk of lovers
Every week the sales reps go to their manager's office for a team talk.
I found the sales talk very persuasive.
• I had a long talk with my boss about my career prospects.

• She gave an interesting talk on her visit to China.

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

talk / tɔːk /   / tɑːk / noun

B1 [ C ] a conversation between two people, often about a particular subject:

I asked him to have a talk with his mother about his plan.

B2 [ C ] a speech given to a group of people to teach or tell them about a particular subject:

He gave a talk about/on his visit to America.

talks C2 [ plural ] serious and formal discussions on an important subject, usually intended to produce decisions or agreements:

Talks were held in Madrid about the fuel crisis.

C2 [ U ] the action of talking about what might happen or be true, or the subject people are talking about:

Talk won't get us anywhere.

The talk/Her talk was all about the wedding.

Word partners for talk noun

have a talk ( with sb) • a talk about sth • a long / serious / short talk

Word partners for talks

begin / enter into / have / hold talks • resume / revive / reopen talks • talks take place • talks break down / collapse / fail / stall • talks aimed at doing sth • direct / face-to-face / secret / urgent talks • talks about / on sth • in talks ( with sb)

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary


 talks, talking, talked
 1) VERB When you talk, you use spoken language to express your thoughts, ideas, or feelings.
  He was too distressed to talk...
  A teacher reprimanded a girl for talking in class...
  The boys all began to talk at once...
  Though she can't talk yet, she understands what is going on.
 Talk is also a noun. That's not the kind of talk one usually hears from accountants.
 2) V-RECIP If you talk to someone, you have a conversation with them. You can also say that two people talk.
  [pl-n V] We talked and laughed a great deal...
  [V to/with n] I talked to him yesterday...
  A neighbour saw her talking with Craven...
  [pl-n V about n] When she came back, they were talking about American food...
  [V (non-recip)] Can't you see I'm talking? Don't interrupt. [Also V to n about n]
 Talk is also a noun. We had a long talk about her father, Tony, who was a friend of mine.
 3) V-RECIP If you talk to someone, you tell them about the things that are worrying you. You can also say that two people talk.
  [V to n] Your first step should be to talk to a teacher or school counselor...
  [V to n] There's no one she can talk to, and she's on the verge of collapse...
  [pl-n V] We need to talk alone...
  [V about n (non-recip)] Do ring if you want to talk about it...
  [V (non-recip)] I have to sort some things out. We really needed to talk.
 Talk is also a noun. I think it's time we had a talk.
 4) VERB If you talk on or about something, you make an informal speech telling people what you know or think about it.
  [V on/about n] She will talk on the issues she cares passionately about including education and nursery care...
  [V to n] He intends to talk to young people about the dangers of AIDS.
 N-COUNT: oft N on/about n
 Talk is also a noun. A guide gives a brief talk on the history of the site... He then set about campaigning, giving talks and fund-raising.
 5) N-PLURAL: oft N with/between n, N on/about n Talks are formal discussions intended to produce an agreement, usually between different countries or between employers and employees.
  ...the next round of Middle East peace talks...
  Talks between striking railway workers and the Polish government have broken down...
  They are holding hostages to try to force the authorities into talks on possible amnesties for drugs offences.
 6) V-RECIP If one group of people talks to another, or if two groups talk, they have formal discussions in order to do a deal or produce an agreement.
  [V to n about n/-ing] We're talking to some people about opening an office in London...
  [V with/to n] The company talked with many potential investors...
  [pl-n V] It triggered broad speculation that GM and Jaguar might be talking.
 7) V-RECIP When different countries or different sides in a dispute talk, or talk to each other, they discuss their differences in order to try and settle the dispute.
  [V to n] The Foreign Minister said he was ready to talk to any country that had no hostile intentions...
  [pl-n V] They are collecting information in preparation for the day when the two sides sit down and talk...
  [V to/with pron-recip] Croats and Serbs still aren't prepared to talk to each other...
  [V (non-recip)] The speed with which the two sides came to the negotiating table shows that they are ready to talk.
 8) VERB If people are talking about another person or are talking, they are discussing that person.
  [V about/of n] Everyone is talking about him...
  People will talk, but you have to get on with your life.
 N-UNCOUNT: usu N about/of n/-ing, N that
 Talk is also a noun. There has been a lot of talk about me getting married... There was even talk that charges of fraud would be brought.
 9) VERB If someone talks when they are being held by police or soldiers, they reveal important or secret information, usually unwillingly.
  They'll talk, they'll implicate me.
 10) VERB: no passive If you talk a particular language or talk with a particular accent, you use that language or have that accent when you speak.
  [V n] You don't sound like a foreigner talking English...
  [V prep/adv] They were amazed that I was talking in an Irish accent.
 11) VERB: no passive If you talk something such as politics or sport, you discuss it.
  [V n] The guests were mostly middle-aged men talking business.
 12) VERB You can use talk to say what you think of the ideas that someone is expressing. For example, if you say that someone is talking sense, you mean that you think the opinions they are expressing are sensible.
  [V n] You must admit George, you're talking absolute rubbish.
 13) VERB: no passive You can say that you are talking a particular thing to draw attention to your topic or to point out a characteristic of what you are discussing. [SPOKEN]
  [V n] We're not talking ax murder here; we're talking poker machines or gambling - things that are misdemeanors in most states...
  [V n] We're talking megabucks this time.
 14) N-UNCOUNT If you say that something such as an idea or threat is just talk, or all talk, you mean that it does not mean or matter much, because people are exaggerating about it or do not really intend to do anything about it.
  Has much of this actually been tried here? Or is it just talk?...
  Conditions should be laid down. Otherwise it's all talk.
 15) PHRASE: PHR n/-ing (emphasis) You can say talk about before mentioning a particular expression or situation, when you mean that something is a very striking or clear example of that expression or situation. [INFORMAL]
  Took us quite a while to get here, didn't it? Talk about Fate moving in a mysterious way!...
  She threw the cake I'd made on the floor and stood on it. Talk about being humiliated!
 16) PHRASE: PHR n/-ing You can use the expression talking of to introduce a new topic that you want to discuss, and to link it to something that has already been mentioned.
  I'll give a prize to the best idea. Talking of good ideas, here's one to break the ice at a wedding party...
  As it says in the Bible, my cup is running over. Talking of which, I must get you a cup of tea.
  speaking of
 17) to talk shopsee shop
  Phrasal Verbs:
  - talk around
  - talk back
  - talk down
  - talk down to
  - talk into
  - talk out
  - talk out of
  - talk over
  - talk round
  - talk through
  - talk up

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary: 

2talk noun, pl talks
1 [count] : an occurrence in which one person talks about something with another person : a conversation or discussion - often + about
• After a long talk about our relationship, we decided to get married.
- often + with
• The boss would like to have a talk with you.
- see also pep talk
2 [count] : the act of talking formally about something before a group of people : a speech or lecture - often + on
• He gave a talk on organic farming.
• She is preparing a talk on Christianity in the 21st century.
3 [count] : a formal discussion between two or more groups that are trying to reach an agreement about something - usually plural
• The country refuses to participate in talks on nuclear disarmament.
• a round of trade talks
4 [noncount] : a particular way of speaking
• I will not allow that kind of talk in my house.
• The movie has plenty of action and tough talk.
street talk [=a way of speaking that is associated with people who live in a poor part of a city]
straight talk [=speech that is very honest and direct]
- see also shoptalk
5 [noncount]
a : discussion about what might happen
• There has been some talk of further delays. [=some people have been saying that there will/may be further delays]
• I've been hearing talk that she plans to run for president.
b : the act of talking about a subject with another person or group : discussion or conversation
• When they get together, the talk always turns to [=they always talk about] their years together in high school.
6 [noncount] : the things people say about what they want to do or are going to do
• It's not just talk. I'm serious about moving out.
• If we're ever going to solve these problems, we need less talk and more action.
• The town's last mayor was all talk (and no action). [=the mayor talked about doing things but never actually did them]
Talk is cheap. [=it is easy to say that you will do something] I need to see results.
talk the talk
- see 1talk
the talk of the town : a person or thing that many people in a town, city, etc., are talking about in an interested or excited way
• Last year at this time no one had ever heard of him, but now he's the talk of the town.
• The new restaurant is the talk of the town.

- see also baby talk, double-talk, pillow talk, small talk


ticket [noun] (PROOF OF PAYMENT)

a small piece of paper or card given to someone, usually to show that they have paid for an event, journey, or activity

US /ˈtɪk.ɪt/ 
UK /ˈtɪk.ɪt/ 

a concert ticket

Oxford Essential Dictionary


a piece of paper or card that you buy to travel, or to go into a cinema, theatre, etc.:
Do you want a single or a return ticket?
a theatre ticket

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English


I. ticket1 S1 W2 /ˈtɪkət, ˈtɪkɪt/ BrE AmE noun [countable]
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: Early French etiquet 'notice attached to something', from Old French estiquier 'to attach', from Middle Dutch steken 'to stick']
1. CINEMA/BUS/TRAIN ETC a printed piece of paper which shows that you have paid to enter a cinema, travel on a bus, plane etc
ticket for
How much are tickets for the concert?
ticket to
I’d like two tickets to Berlin.
a ticket to do something
a ticket to watch the US Open ⇨ ↑season ticket
2. FOR A PRIZE a printed piece of paper with a number on it that you buy because you will get a prize if that number is chosen
raffle/lottery ticket
3. DRIVING OFFENCE a printed note ordering you to pay money because you have done something illegal while driving or parking your car
parking/speeding ticket
4. IN SHOPS a piece of paper fastened to something in a shop that shows its price, size etc SYN tag American English:
How much does it say on the price ticket?
5. ELECTION [usually singular] especially American English a list of the people supported by a particular political party in an election:
He ran for governor on the Republican ticket.
6. ticket to success/fame/stardom etc especially American English a way of becoming successful, famous etc:
Michael thought an MBA would be a ticket to success.
7. be (just) the ticket old-fashioned to be exactly what is needed
⇨ ↑dream ticket, ↑meal ticket
• • •
a train/bus/coach ticket I’ve lost my train ticket.
an airline/plane/air ticket You can pick up your airline tickets at the check-in desk.
a theatre/concert ticket The special rate includes theatre tickets and transport from the hotel to the theatre.
a one-way ticket (also a single ticket British English) (=a ticket to a place but not back again) I bought a one-way ticket to London.
a return ticket British English, a round-trip ticket American English (=a ticket to a place and back) How much is a round trip ticket to Boston?
a season ticket (=one that allows you to make a journey or go to a sports stadium, theatre etc as often as you like during a fixed time period) He has a season ticket for Manchester United.
a valid ticket (=one that is legally or officially acceptable) You cannot travel without a valid ticket.

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


ticket [ticket tickets ticketed ticketing] noun, verb   [ˈtɪkɪt]    [ˈtɪkɪt] 


1. ~ (for/to sth) a printed piece of paper that gives you the right to travel on a particular bus, train, etc. or to go into a theatre, etc
a bus/theatre/plane, etc. ticket
free tickets to the show
Tickets are available from the Arts Centre at £5.00.
a ticket office/machine/collector
(figurative) She hoped that getting this job would finally be her ticket to success.

see also  meal ticket, return ticket, season ticket

2. a printed piece of paper with a number or numbers on it, that you buy in order to have the chance of winning a prize if the number or numbers are later chosen
a lottery/raffle ticket

• There are three winning tickets.

3. a label that is attached to sth in a shop/store giving details of its price, size, etc.

4. an official notice that orders you to pay a fine because you have done sth illegal while driving or parking your car
Syn:  fine

• a parking/speeding ticket

5. usually singular (especially NAmE) a list of candidates that are supported by a particular political party in an election
She ran for office on the Democratic ticket.
see also  dream ticket 
more at split the ticket at  split  v.  
Word Origin:
early 16th cent. (in the general senses ‘short written note’ and ‘a licence or permit’): shortening of obsolete French étiquet, from Old French estiquet(te), from estiquier ‘to fix’, from Middle Dutch steken. Compare with etiquette.  
Example Bank:
Concessionary tickets are available at half the standard price.
He ran on the Republican ticket.
He showed the guard his ticket.
I bought a ticket for the concert.
I bought a whole book of raffle tickets and I still didn't win anything.
I generally vote a split ticket.
I had complimentary tickets for the show.
I have a free ticket to the game.
I'm voting the straight Democratic ticket.
I've got a free ticket to the match.
I've got complimentary tickets for the theatre.
Phone the ticket line on this number.
The police officer gave us a ticket for going through a red light.
There are three candidates on the national ticket.
There had been talk of Kennedy dropping LBJ from the ticket in '64.
Use the coupon below to reserve advance tickets for the exhibition.
You must hold a valid ticket before boarding the train.
You must hold a valid ticket for your entire journey before boarding the train.
a first-class rail ticket
a plane ticket to New York
a ticket for Saturday
admission by ticket only
• an annual season ticket

Idioms: just the ticket  that's the ticket  tickets 

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

ticket / ˈtɪk.ɪt / noun [ C ] (PROOF OF PAYMENT)


A1 a small piece of paper or card given to someone, usually to show that they have paid for an event, journey, or activity:

a concert ticket

a train/bus/plane ticket

a lottery/raffle ticket

a ticket office

a ticket collector

Word partners for ticket

book / buy / get / purchase a ticket • a one-way / return / single ticket • a valid ticket • an adult / family / student ticket • a ticket for / to sth • a ticket collector / machine / office


ticket / ˈtɪk.ɪt / noun [ C ] (PRICE CARD)

a piece of card or paper that is put on an object to show its size or price:

a price ticket

a note telling you that you must pay some money as a punishment for not obeying a rule or law:

a parking ticket

Word partners for ticket

book / buy / get / purchase a ticket • a one-way / return / single ticket • a valid ticket • an adult / family / student ticket • a ticket for / to sth • a ticket collector / machine / office


ticket / ˈtɪk.ɪt / noun [ C ] (POLITICS)

mainly US the range of ideas and plans that someone supports when they are in an election:

She's standing on an education ticket.

US the group of people representing a particular political party in an election:

the Republican/Democratic ticket

Word partners for ticket

book / buy / get / purchase a ticket • a one-way / return / single ticket • a valid ticket • an adult / family / student ticket • a ticket for / to sth • a ticket collector / machine / office

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary



 1) N-COUNT: also by N A ticket is a small, official piece of paper or card which shows that you have paid to enter a place such as a theatre or a sports ground, or shows that you have paid for a journey.
  I queued for two hours to get a ticket to see the football game...
  I love opera and last year I got tickets for Covent Garden...
  Entrance is free, but by ticket only...
  He became a ticket collector at Waterloo Station.
 2) N-COUNT A ticket is an official piece of paper which orders you to pay a fine or to appear in court because you have committed a driving or parking offence.
  I want to know at what point I break the speed limit and get a ticket.
 3) N-COUNT: usu n N A ticket for a game of chance such as a raffle or a lottery is a piece of paper with a number on it. If the number on your ticket matches the number chosen, you win a prize.
  She bought a lottery ticket and won more than $33 million.
 4) N-SING: usu with supp The particular ticket on which a person fights an election is the party they represent or the policies they support. [BRIT]
  He first ran for president on a far-left ticket...
  She would want to fight the election on a ticket of parliamentary democracy...
  It's a ticket that was designed to appeal to suburban and small town voters.
 5) N-COUNT: usu ADJ n A ticket is the list of candidates who are representing a particular political party or group in an election. [AM]
  He plans to remain on the Republican ticket for the November election.
 6) PHRASE: usu v-link PHR If you say that something is just the ticket, you mean that it is exactly what is needed. [INFORMAL]
  Young kids need all the energy and protein they can get and whole milk is just the ticket.
 7) → See also ticketing, big-ticket, dream ticket, meal ticket, parking ticket, season ticket

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary: 

1tick·et /ˈtɪkət/ noun, pl -ets
1 [count] : a piece of paper that allows you to see a show, participate in an event, travel on a vehicle, etc.
• May I see your tickets, please? = Tickets, please.
• We bought tickets for/to the opera.
• a movie/concert ticket
• a bus/train ticket
• She bought a one-way ticket to New York. [=a ticket that allows her to travel to New York]
• (US) a round-trip ticket = (Brit) a return ticket [=a ticket that allows you to travel to one place and then return back to the place you left]
- see also season ticket
2 [count] : a card or piece of paper that shows that you are participating in a contest, raffle, etc.
• a winning lottery ticket
- see also scratch ticket
3 [count] : a piece of paper that officially tells you that you have driven or parked your car improperly and that you will have to pay a fine
• I got a ticket for speeding.
- see also parking ticket, speeding ticket
4 [count] Brit : a piece of paper that is attached to an item in a store and that gives information about its price, size, etc.
• a price ticket [=tag]
5 [singular] chiefly US : a list of the candidates supported by a political party in an election
• The senator heads her party's ticket. [=she is the leader of her party in the election]
• the Republican/Democratic ticket
- see also split ticket split the ticket at 1split
6 [singular] : something that makes it possible to get or achieve something that you want
• She believed that education was the/her ticket to a good job.
• He expected the novel to be his ticket to fame and fortune.
• This job could be their ticket out of poverty.
- see also meal ticket
7 the ticket informal + somewhat old-fashioned : the correct or most desirable thing : the thing that is needed or wanted
• Compromise, now that's the ticket. [=that's what we need]
- often used in the phrase just the ticket
• For a romantic dinner, candles are just the ticket.
write your own ticket
- see write

- see also hot ticket


Latin [adjective]

written in Latin

US /ˈlæt̬.ɪn/ 
UK /ˈlæt.ɪn/ 

a Latin poem

Oxford Essential Dictionary

>> Latin adjective:
Spanish, Italian and other Latin languages (= that developed from Latin)

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

II. Latin2 BrE AmE adjective
[Date: 900-1000; Language: Latin; Origin: Latinus 'of Latium, Roman', from Latium ancient country of Italy]
1. relating to the Latin language:
a Latin inscription
2. from or relating to South America:
Latin music
3. from or relating to southern European countries whose languages developed from Latin, for example Spain, Portugal, or Italy

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

1. of or in the Latin language

Latin poetry

2. connected with or typical of the countries or peoples using languages developed from Latin, such as Spanish, Portuguese, Italian or French
a Latin temperament  
Word Origin:

from Latin Latinus ‘of Latium’, an ancient region of west central Italy settled during the earlier part of the 1st millennium BCE.

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Latin / ˈlæt.ɪn /   / ˈlæt̬- / adjective

written in Latin:

a Latin poem

relating to (people or things in) countries that use a language that developed from Latin, such as French or Spanish:

his Latin good looks

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary


 1) N-UNCOUNT Latin is the language which the ancient Romans used to speak.
 2) ADJ: usu ADJ n Latin countries are countries where Spanish, or perhaps Portuguese, Italian, or French, is spoken. You can also use Latin to refer to things and people that come from these countries.
  Cuba was one of the least Catholic of the Latin countries...
  The enthusiasm for Latin music is worldwide.
 3) N-COUNT: usu pl Latins are people who come from countries where Spanish, or perhaps Portuguese, Italian, or French, are spoken or whose families come from one of these countries.
  They are role models for thousands of young Latins.

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary: 


2Latin adj
1 : based on, relating to, or written in Latin
Latin grammar
Latin poetry
2 : of or relating to the people of Central America and South America
Latin music
3 : of or relating to the people of European countries (such as Spain and Italy) in which languages that come from Latin are spoken
• a Latin lover


store [verb]

to put or keep things in a special place for use in the future

US /stɔːr/ 
UK /stɔːr/ 

The data is stored on a hard disk and backed up on a CD.

Oxford Essential Dictionary


 verb (stores, storing, stored )
to keep something to use later:
The information is stored on a computer.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

II. store2 S3 W3 BrE AmE verb [transitive]
[Date: 1200-1300; Language: Old French; Origin: estorer 'to build, supply, store', from Latin instaurare 'to make new, restore']
1. to put things away and keep them until you need them
store something away/up
Squirrels are storing up nuts for the winter.
Store the beans in an airtight jar.
2. to keep facts or information in your brain or a computer:
Standard letters can be stored on floppy discs.
3. store up trouble/problems etc to behave in a way that will cause trouble for you later:
Smokers may be storing up disease for their unborn children.
• • •
keep to leave something in one particular place so that you can find it easily: Where do you keep the scissors? | The keys are kept in my office.
store to put things away and keep them until you need them: Villagers have begun storing wood for the winter.
save to keep something so that you can use or enjoy it in the future: He had been saving the bottle of champagne for a special occasion. | We can save the rest of the pie for later.
file to store papers or information in a particular order or a particular place: All the contracts are filed alphabetically.
collect to get and keep objects of the same type because you think they are attractive or interesting: Kate collects old postcards.
hold to keep something to be used when it is needed, especially something that many different people may need to use: Medical records are now usually held on computers.
reserve formal to keep part of something for use at a later time during a process such as cooking: Reserve some of the chocolate so that you can use it for decorating the cake.
hoard to keep large amounts of food, money etc because you think you may not be able to get them in the future – used when you do not approve of people doing this because it is not necessary or not fair to other people: People have been hoarding food and fuel in case there is another attack. | Rationing of basic food products was introduced to prevent hoarding.

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

1. ~ sth (away/up) to put sth somewhere and keep it there to use later
animals storing up food for the winter
• You can store coffee beans in the freezer to keep them fresh.

• He hoped the electronic equipment was safely stored away.

2. ~ sth to keep information or facts in a computer or in your brain
Thousands of pieces of data are stored in a computer's memory.
Verb forms:
Word Origin:
Middle English: shortening of Old French estore (noun), estorer (verb), from Latin instaurare ‘renew’; compare with restore.  
Example Bank:
Butane can be conveniently stored as a liquid in a can.
The paintings were carefully stored in crates dependent on their size.
electronically stored information
Each department has a different system for storing and retrieving data.
Each piece of information is stored in only one place in the database.
The squirrels are storing up food for the winter.
• Thousands of pieces of data are stored in a computer's memory.

• We are conducting research into how information is stored in the brain.

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

store / stɔː r /   / stɔːr / verb [ T usually + adv/prep ]

B2 to put or keep things in a special place for use in the future:

The data is stored on a hard disk and backed up on a CD.

I stored my possessions in my mother's house while I was living in Spain.

I've stored my thick sweaters and jackets (away) until next winter.

Squirrels store (up) nuts for the winter.

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary


 stores, storing, stored
 1) N-COUNT A store is a building or part of a building where things are sold. In British English, store is used mainly to refer to a large shop selling a variety of goods, but in American English a store can be any size of shop.
  Bombs were planted in stores in Manchester and Blackpool. stores.
  ...a record store.
 2) VERB When you store things, you put them in a container or other place and leave them there until they are needed.
  [V n prep/adv] Store the cookies in an airtight tin...
  [V n prep/adv] Some types of garden furniture must be stored inside in the winter. [Also V n]
 Store away means the same as store. V n P He simply stored the tapes away... V P n (not pron) He's stored away nearly one ton of potatoes.
 3) VERB When you store information, you keep it in your memory, in a file, or in a computer.
  [V n] Where in the brain do we store information about colours?
  [V n] ...chips for storing data in electronic equipment.
 4) N-COUNT: usu N of n A store of things is a supply of them that you keep somewhere until you need them.
  I handed over my secret store of chocolate biscuits...
  Dolly's store of drinking glasses had run out.
  supply, stock
 5) N-COUNT: usu with supp A store is a place where things are kept while they are not being used.
  ...a decision taken in 1982 to build a store for spent fuel from submarines.
  ...a grain store.
 6) N-COUNT: usu N of n If you have a store of knowledge, jokes, or stories, you have a large amount of them ready to be used.
  He possessed a vast store of knowledge...
  Jessica dipped into her store of theatrical anecdotes.
 7) → See also chain store, cold store, department store
 8) PHRASE: PHR after v, v-link PHR, usu PHR for n If something is in store for you, it is going to happen at some time in the future.
  Surprises were also in store for me.
 9) PHRASE: V inflects, PHR n If you set great store by something, you think that it is extremely important or necessary. [FORMAL]
  ...a retail group which sets great store by traditional values.
  Phrasal Verbs:
  - store away
  - store up

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary: 

1store /ˈstoɚ/ verb stores; stored; stor·ing [+ obj]
1 a : to put (something that is not being used) in a place where it is available, where it can be kept safely, etc.
• I stored my furniture until I found a new apartment.
• She stores her jewels in a safe.
• The wine should be stored at room temperature.
- often + away
• The grain was stored away for the winter.
• We stored away her old toys in the attic.
b : to collect and put (something) into one location for future use
• The body stores fat.
• The solar panels store energy.
- often + up
• The squirrels are storing up nuts for the winter.
• Plants store up the sun's energy.
• (Brit) If you get yourself into debt, you're only storing up trouble/problems for the future.
2 : to place (information) in a person's memory or a computer's memory
• They're studying how our brains store memories.
- often + away
• He stored away his childhood memories.
• The file is stored away on the backup drive.


buy [verb] (PAY FOR)

to get something by paying money for it

US /baɪ/ 
UK /baɪ/ 

Eventually she had saved enough money to buy a small car.

Oxford Essential Dictionary


 verb (buys, buying, bought /, has bought)

The word buy sounds like my.

to give money to get something:
I bought a new watch.
He bought the car from a friend.
Look at sell.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English


I. buy1 S1 W1 /baɪ/ BrE AmE verb (past tense and past participle bought /bɔːt $ bɒːt/)
[Language: Old English; Origin: bycgan]
a) [intransitive and transitive] to get something by paying money for it OPP sell:
Where did you buy that dress?
Ricky showed her the painting he’d bought that morning.
buy somebody something
Let me buy you a drink.
buy something for somebody/something
The money will be used to buy equipment for the school.
buy (something) from somebody
It’s cheaper to buy direct from the manufacturer.
buy something for $10/£200 etc
Dan bought the car for $2,000.
It’s much cheaper to buy in bulk (=buy large quantities of something).
b) [transitive] if a sum of money buys something, it is enough to pay for it:
$50 doesn’t buy much these days.
buy somebody something
$15 should buy us a pizza and a drink.
2. buy (somebody) time to deliberately make more time for yourself to do something, for example by delaying a decision:
‘Can we talk about it later?’ he said, trying to buy a little more time.
3. [transitive] informal to believe something that someone tells you, especially when it is not likely to be true:
‘Let’s just say it was an accident.’ ‘He’ll never buy that.’
4. [transitive] informal to pay money to someone, especially someone in a position of authority, in order to persuade them to do something dishonest SYN bribe:
People say the judge had been bought by the Mafia.
5. buy something at the cost/expense/price of something to get something that you want, but only by losing something else:
The town has been careful not to buy prosperity at the expense of its character.
6. somebody bought it old-fashioned informal someone was killed
7. buy off-plan if you buy property off-plan, you buy a house, flat etc that is just starting to be built, with an arrangement to pay part of the cost of the property at that time and the balance when the property is finished
• • •
buy to pay money for something so that you can own it: I’ve just bought a new car. | The painting was bought by a museum in New York.
purchase formal to buy something, especially something large or expensive, in a business deal or by a legal contract: They purchased 5,000 acres of land.
acquire formal to become the owner of something large or expensive such as property, a company, or a valuable object: In 2007 the business was acquired by a Dutch company. | Television companies were then allowed to acquire more stations.
get especially spoken to buy something, especially ordinary things such as food, clothes, or things for your house: Did you remember to get some bread? | I never know what to get Dad for his birthday.
snap something up informal to buy something immediately, especially because it is very cheap, or because you want it very much and you are worried that someone else might buy it first: Real estate in the area is being snapped up by developers.
pick something up informal to buy something, especially something ordinary such as food or a newspaper, or something that you have found by chance and are pleased about owning: Could you pick up some milk on your way home? | It’s just a little thing I picked up when I was in Kathmandu.
stock up to buy a lot of something you use regularly, because you may not be able to buy it later, or because you are planning to use more of it than usual: The supermarkets are full of people stocking up for the New Year’s holiday. | We always stock up on cheap wine when we go to France. | Before the blizzard, we stocked up on food.
splash out British English informal, splurge American English informal to buy something you would not usually buy, because it is too expensive, in order to celebrate an event or make yourself feel good: Why don’t you splash out on a new dress for the party? | We splurged on an expensive hotel for the last night of the vacation.
buy something ↔ in phrasal verb
to buy something in large quantities:
Companies are buying in supplies of paper, in case the price goes up.
buy into something phrasal verb
1. informal to accept that an idea is right and allow it to influence you:
I never bought into this idea that you have to be thin to be attractive.
2. to buy part of a business or organization, especially because you want to control it:
Investors were invited to buy into state-owned enterprises.
buy somebody ↔ off phrasal verb
to pay someone money to stop them causing trouble or threatening you SYN bribe
buy out phrasal verb
1. buy somebody/something ↔ out to buy someone’s share of a business or property that you previously owned together, so that you have complete control ⇨ ↑buyout
2. buy somebody out of something to pay money so that someone can leave an organization such as the army before their contract has ended
buy something ↔ up phrasal verb
to quickly buy as much of something as possible, for example land, tickets, or goods:
Much of the land was bought up by property developers.

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


buy [buy buys bought buying] verb, noun   [baɪ]    [baɪ] 

verb (bought, bought   [bɔːt]  ;   [bɔːt]  


1. transitive, intransitive to obtain sth by paying money for it
~ (sth) Where did you buy that dress?
If you're thinking of getting a new car, now is a good time to buy.
~ sth from sb I bought it from a friend for £10.
~ sb sth He bought me a new coat.
~ sth for sb He bought a new coat for me.
~ sth + adj. I bought my car second-hand.

Opp:  sell

2. transitive ~ sth (of money) to be enough to pay for sth
• He gave his children the best education that money can buy.

• Five pounds doesn't buy much nowadays.

3. transitive ~ sb to persuade sb to do sth dishonest in return for money
Syn:  bribe

• He can't be bought (= he's too honest to accept money in this way).  



4. transitive, usually passive ~ sth to obtain sth by losing sth else of great value

• Her fame was bought at the expense of her marriage.  



5. transitive ~ sth (informal) to believe that sth is true, especially sth that is not very likely
You could say you were ill but I don't think they'd buy it (= accept the explanation).
more at the best that money can buy at  best  n., (buy) a pig in a poke at  pig  n., sell sb/buy a pup at  pup 
Verb forms:

Word Origin:
Old English bycgan, of Germanic origin.  
buy verb T
I bought a new coat.
especially spoken get|informal pick sth upsnap sth up|formal purchaseacquire
Opp: sell
buy/get/snap up/purchase/acquire (a) property/company/house
buy/get/purchase/acquire land/premises/a site/tickets
get/pick up/snap up a bargain  
Example Bank:
He bought a car for his daughter.
I bought it for $25.
I bought some books from a friend.
I can't afford to buy a new car.
It's the best that money can buy.
Old bicycles can be bought quite cheaply.
She makes her living buying and selling antiques.
There are some things money can't buy.
Was the produce imported or bought locally?
We can afford to buy enough paint to do the whole house.
Young people are very comfortable buying online.
Five pounds doesn't buy much nowadays.
I bought this from a friend for £10.
If you're thinking of getting a new car, now is a good time to buy.
Idioms: bought it  buy the farm  buy time

Derived: buy into something  buy somebody off  buy somebody out  buy something in  buy something up 

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

buy / baɪ / verb ( bought , bought ) (PAY FOR)

A1 [ I or T ] to get something by paying money for it:

Eventually she had saved enough money to buy a small car.

[ + two objects ] He bought his mother some flowers/He bought some flowers for his mother.

There are more people buying at this time of the year so prices are high.

The company was set up to buy and sell shares on behalf of investors.

I bought my camera from a friend of mine.

buy sb's silence to pay someone or do something for someone, so that they do not tell anyone something that they know about and that you want to remain secret:

What will we have to do to buy her silence?


buy / baɪ / verb [ T ] ( bought , bought ) informal (BELIEVE)

to believe that something is true:

She'll never buy that story about you getting lost!

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary


 buys, buying, bought
 1) VERB If you buy something, you obtain it by paying money for it.
  [V n] He could not afford to buy a house...
  [V n] They can now be bought fresh in supermarkets...
  [V pron-refl n] Lizzie bought herself a mountain bike...
  [V n n] I'd like to buy him lunch.
 2) VERB If you talk about the quantity or standard of goods an amount of money buys, you are referring to the price of the goods or the value of the money.
  [V n] About ₤35,000 buys a habitable house...
  [V n n] If the pound's value is high, British investors will spend their money abroad because the pound will buy them more.
 3) VERB If you buy something like time, freedom, or victory, you obtain it but only by offering or giving up something in return.
  [V n] It was a risky operation, but might buy more time...
  [V n] For them, affluence was bought at the price of less freedom in their work environment.
 4) VERB: usu passive (disapproval) If you say that a person can be bought, you are criticizing the fact that they will give their help or loyalty to someone in return for money.
  [be V-ed] Once he shows he can be bought, they settle down to a regular payment.
 5) VERB If you buy an idea or a theory, you believe and accept it. [INFORMAL]
  [V n] I'm not buying any of that nonsense.
 Buy into means the same as buy. V P n I bought into the popular myth that when I got the new car or the next house, I'd finally be happy.
 6) N-COUNT: supp N If something is a good buy, it is of good quality and not very expensive.
  This was still a good buy even at the higher price...
  S & G offers great buys on computer software.
  Phrasal Verbs:
  - buy into
  - buy off
  - buy out
  - buy up

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary: 

1buy /ˈbaɪ/ verb buys; bought /ˈbɑːt/; buy·ing
1 : to get (something) by paying money for it : purchase

[+ obj]

• I bought a computer.
• I bought this hat for $10.
• He bought the quilt from a local artist.
• He bought dinner for us. = He bought us dinner.

[no obj]

• Stock prices are low, so now is a good time to buy.
- opposite sell
2 [+ obj] of money : to be able to get something
• A quarter won't buy (you) much these days.
• Money can't buy love.
3 [+ obj] informal : to accept or believe (something) as true
• He said it was a mistake, but I don't buy it.
4 [+ obj] informal : to give money to someone in order to get that person to do something illegal or dishonest for you : bribe
- usually used as (be) bought
• an honest policeman who can't be bought
- see also buy off (below)
5 [+ obj] : to get (something) by losing or giving up something - usually used as (be) bought
• Peace was finally bought, but at the cost of many lives.
buy a pup
- see pup
buy in [phrasal verb] buy in (something) or buy (something) in Brit : to buy a large amount of (something)
• Be sure to buy in a lot of tinned food in case we're snowed up.
buy into [phrasal verb] buy into (something)
1 : to pay money in order to own part of (something, such as a company or sports team)
• Investors are buying into Internet companies.
2 : to accept or believe (something) as true
• The book teaches kids not to buy into the notion that money brings happiness.
buy it or US buy the farm informal : to die
• I nearly bought the farm when my car skidded off the road.
buy off [phrasal verb] buy off (someone) or buy (someone) off : to give money to (someone) for illegal or dishonest help
• Many believe that Jones bought off the police so that he would not be investigated for the murder.
- see also 1buy 4 (above)
buy out [phrasal verb] buy out (someone) or buy (someone) out : to pay money to (someone) for his or her part of a company or team
• She bought out her partners so that she could manage the company the way she wanted to.
- see also buyout
buy time : to get more time for someone or something
• The medication won't cure the disease but it will buy patients some time. [=it will allow patients to live longer]
buy up [phrasal verb] buy up (something) or buy (something) up : to pay money for all or a large part of (something)
• The company has bought up the old factories along the river and will convert them into apartments.
• She is buying up all the artist's early work.


dismiss [verb] (SEND AWAY)

to formally ask or order someone to leave

US /dɪˈsmɪs/ 
UK /dɪˈsmɪs/ 

The teacher dismissed the class early because she had a meeting.


Oxford Essential Dictionary


 verb (dismisses, dismissing, dismissed )

1 (formal) to make somebody leave their job  same meaning sack or fire:
He was dismissed for stealing money from the company.

2 to allow somebody to leave a place:
The lesson finished and the teacher dismissed the class.


Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English


dismiss W3 /dɪsˈmɪs/ BrE AmE verb [transitive]
[Date: 1400-1500; Language: Latin; Origin: dimissus, past participle of dimittere 'to send away']
1. to refuse to consider someone’s idea, opinion etc, because you think it is not serious, true, or important:
The government has dismissed criticisms that the country’s health policy is a mess.
dismiss something as something
He just laughed and dismissed my proposal as unrealistic.
It’s an idea that shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand (=dismissed immediately and completely).
2. to remove someone from their job SYN fire, sack
dismiss somebody from something
Bryant was unfairly dismissed from his post.
dismiss somebody for something
Employees can be dismissed for sending obscene emails.
In everyday British English, people usually say sack someone, and in everyday American English, people usually say fire someone, rather than use dismiss:
▪ He was sacked (BrE)/fired (AmE) for being late all the time.
3. formal to tell someone that they are allowed to go, or are no longer needed:
The class was dismissed early today.
4. if a judge dismisses a court case, he or she stops it from continuing:
The case was dismissed owing to lack of evidence.
5. to end the ↑innings of a player or team in the game of ↑cricket
• • •
■ nouns
dismiss an idea/suggestion Both actors dismissed any idea of a romantic relationship between them.
dismiss a notion formal (=idea) The Minister dismissed the notion that he had cut petrol tax because of the forthcoming by-election.
dismiss a possibility The Prime Minister dismissed the possibility of an early election.
dismiss a claim An industrial tribunal dismissed his claim of unfair discrimination.
dismiss an allegation/charge She claimed that she was honest and dismissed the allegations against her.
dismiss a thought Was he lying? I tried to dismiss the thought.
dismiss fears The Transport Minister dismissed fears that the Cotswold railway line would close.
dismiss criticism He dismissed criticism of the country's human rights record.
■ adverbs
easily/lightly (=without much thought) This is a question that cannot be dismissed lightly.
■ phrases
dismiss something out of hand (=immediately, without thinking about it) It's an interesting idea so don't dismiss it out of hand.

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

dismiss / dɪˈsmɪs / verb (SEND AWAY)

[ T ] to formally ask or order someone to leave:

The teacher dismissed the class early because she had a meeting.

[ T ] When a judge dismisses a court case, he or she formally stops the trial, often because there is not enough proof that someone is guilty:

The defending lawyer asked that the charge against his client be dismissed.


dismiss / dɪˈsmɪs / verb [ T often passive ] (END JOB)

C1 to remove someone from their job, especially because they have done something wrong:

He has been dismissed from his job for incompetence.


dismiss / dɪˈsmɪs / verb [ T ] (NOT TAKE SERIOUSLY)

C1 to decide that something or someone is not important and not worth considering:

I think he'd dismissed me as an idiot within five minutes of meeting me.

Let's not just dismiss the idea before we've even thought about it.

Just dismiss those thoughts from your mind - they're crazy and not worth thinking about.

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary



 dismisses, dismissing, dismissed
 1) VERB If you dismiss something, you decide or say that it is not important enough for you to think about or consider.
  [V n as n] Mr Wakeham dismissed the reports as speculation...
  [V n] I would certainly dismiss any allegations of impropriety by the Labour Party...
  [V n] I wouldn't dismiss it out of hand.
 2) VERB If you dismiss something from your mind, you stop thinking about it.
  [V n from n] I dismissed him from my mind...
  [V n] `It's been a lovely day,' she said, dismissing the episode.
 3) VERB When an employer dismisses an employee, the employer tells the employee that they are no longer needed to do the job that they have been doing.
  [V n] ...the power to dismiss civil servants who refuse to work...
  [V n] The military commander has been dismissed.
  sack, fire
 4) VERB If you are dismissed by someone in authority, they tell you that you can go away from them.
  [be V-ed] Two more witnesses were called, heard and dismissed...
  [be V-ed] The hired carriage was dismissed. [Also V n]
  sent away
 5) VERB When a judge dismisses a case against someone, he or she formally states that there is no need for a trial, usually because there is not enough evidence for the case to continue.
  [V n] An American judge yesterday dismissed murder charges against Dr Jack Kevorkian.
  [have n V-ed] ...their attempt to have the case against them dismissed.

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary: 

dis·miss /dɪsˈmɪs/ verb -miss·es; -missed; -mis·sing [+ obj]
1 : to decide not to think about or consider (something or someone)
• We dismissed his accusations.
• We can't completely dismiss [=discount] the possibility that she's right.
• I don't think we should dismiss the matter lightly.
- often + as
• His idea was dismissed as impractical.
• For a long time they dismissed her as a silly old woman.
2 : to send (someone) away : to cause or allow (someone) to leave
• The students were dismissed early because of the snowstorm.
• Class is dismissed. [=the class is over and students are free to leave]
3 : to officially make (someone) leave a job : to end the employment or service of (someone)
• He was dismissed [=fired] from his job.
• Several employees were recently dismissed.
4 law : to officially end or stop (something, such as a legal case)
• The judge dismissed the case/suit.
• All charges were dismissed. [=dropped]
- dis·miss·al /dɪsˈmɪsəl/ noun, pl -als


• I was surprised by his dismissal of the idea.
• A small group is protesting the dismissals of several employees.
• the dismissal of the lawsuit


• He still hopes to win his claim for unfair dismissal.


create [verb] (MAKE)

to make something new, or invent something

US /kriˈeɪt/ 
UK /kriˈeɪt/ 

Charles Schulz created the characters 'Snoopy' and 'Charlie Brown'.

Oxford Essential Dictionary


 verb (creates, creating, created)
to make something happen or exist:
Do you believe that God created the world?
The government plans to create more jobs for young people.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English


create S2 W1 AC /kriˈeɪt/ BrE AmE verb [transitive]
[Word Family: noun: ↑creation, ↑creativity, ↑creator, ↑creativeness; verb: ↑create, ↑recreate; adverb: ↑creatively; adjective: ↑creative ≠ UNCREATIVE]
[Date: 1300-1400; Language: Latin; Origin: past participle of creare]
1. to make something exist that did not exist before:
Some people believe the universe was created by a big explosion.
Her behaviour is creating a lot of problems.
The new factory is expected to create more than 400 new jobs.
2. to invent or design something:
This dish was created by our chef Jean Richard.
Philip Glass created a new kind of music.
The software makes it easy to create colourful graphs.
3. create somebody something British English to officially give someone a special rank or title:
James I created him Duke of Buckingham.

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


cre·ate AW [create creates created creating]   [kriˈeɪt]    [kriˈeɪt]  verb
1. ~ sth to make sth happen or exist
Scientists disagree about how the universe was created.
The main purpose of industry is to create wealth.
The government plans to create more jobs for young people.
• Create a new directory and put all your files into it.

• Try this new dish, created by our head chef.

2. ~ sth to produce a particular feeling or impression
The company is trying to create a young energetic image.
The announcement only succeeded in creating confusion.
• The reorganization has created a lot of bad feeling.

• They've painted it red to create a feeling of warmth.

3. to give sb a particular rank or title
~ sth The government has created eight new peers.
~ sth + noun He was created a baronet in 1715.
Verb forms:
Word Origin:
late Middle English (in the sense ‘form out of nothing’, used of a divine or supernatural being): from Latin creat- ‘produced’, from the verb creare.  
create verb
1. T
There are lots of different myths about how the world was created.
We need to create more jobs for young people.
makeproduceformbuildgeneratedevelopmanufacture|especially spoken do
Opp: destroy
create/make/produce/form/build/generate/develop/manufacture sth from/out of sth
create/make/produce/do a drawing/painting
create/produce/generate income/profits/wealth
Create or make? Make is a more general word, used especially for physical objects
make a table/dress/cake
create jobs/wealth
Use create to emphasize how unusual or original sth is
a new dish, created by our chef
2. T
The news created widespread confusion.
causeproducestimulatearouseresult in sthlead to sthbring sth aboutprovokeprompt|formal give rise to sth
create/cause/produce/stimulate/arouse/result in/lead to/provoke/prompt/give rise to speculation
create/cause/produce/result in/lead to/provoke/give rise to problems
create/cause/arouse/lead to/provoke/give rise to resentment  
do create develop produce generate form
These words all mean to make sth from parts or materials, or to cause sth to exist or happen.
maketo create or prepare sth by combining materials or putting parts together; to cause sth to exist or happen: She makes her own clothes. She made a good impression on the interviewer.
do(rather informal) to make or prepare sth, especially sth artistic or sth to eat: He did a beautiful drawing of a house. Who's doing the food for the party?
createto make sth exist or happen, especially sth new that did not exist before: Scientists disagree about how the universe was created.
make or create?
Make is a more general word and is more often used for physical things: you would usually make a table/dress/cake but create jobs/wealth. You can use create for sth physical in order to emphasize how original or unusual the object is: Try this new dish, created by our head chef.
develop(used especially in business contexts) to think of and produce a new product: to develop new software
produceto make things to be sold; to create sth using skill: a factory that produces microchips
generateto produce or create sth, especially power, money or ideas: to generate electricity Brainstorming is a good way of generating ideas.
form[often passive] to make sth from sth else; to make sth into sth else: Rearrange the letters to form a new word. The chain is formed from 136 links.
to make/create/develop/produce/generate/form sth from/out of sth
to make/form sth into sth
to make/produce wine
to create/develop a new product
to create/produce/generate income/profits/wealth

to produce/generate electricity/heat/power

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

create / kriˈeɪt / verb [ T ] (MAKE)

B1 to make something new, or invent something:

Charles Schulz created the characters 'Snoopy' and 'Charlie Brown'.

The Bible says that God created the world.

He created a wonderful meal from very few ingredients.

It's important to create a good impression when you meet a new client.


create / kriˈeɪt / verb [ I ] UK old-fashioned (BE ANGRY)

to show that you are angry:

If she sees you with an ice cream she'll only start creating.

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary


 creates, creating, created
 1) VERB To create something means to cause it to happen or exist.
  [V n] We set business free to create more jobs in Britain...
  [V n] She could create a fight out of anything...
  [V n] The lights create such a glare it's next to impossible to see anything behind them...
  [V n] Criticizing will only destroy a relationship and create feelings of failure.
  Derived words:
  creation [krie͟ɪʃ(ə)n] N-UNCOUNT usu N of n These businesses stimulate the creation of local jobs... The creation of large parks and forests is of lower priority than some twenty years ago.
 2) VERB When someone creates a new product or process, they invent it or design it.
  [V n] It is really great for a radio producer to create a show like this...
  [V n] He's creating a whole new language of painting.


Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary: 


cre·ate /kriˈeɪt/ verb -ates; -at·ed; -at·ing [+ obj]
1 : to make or produce (something) : to cause (something new) to exist
• Several new government programs were created while she was governor.
• The President has announced a plan to create new jobs.
• the scientists who created the world's first atomic bomb
• The machine creates a lot of noise.
• According to the Bible, the world was created [=made] in six days.
2 : to cause (a particular situation) to exist
• You created [=made, caused] this mess, and now you'll have to fix it.
• We need everyone's help in creating [=developing] a better society.
• It can be hard to create a balance between work and family.
• She creates a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for her guests.
• The advertisements are intended to create demand for the product.
3 : to produce (something new, such as a work of art) by using your talents and imagination
• He creates beautiful paintings.
• I've been creating music for over 30 years.
• She enjoys creating new dishes by combining unusual ingredients.
4 chiefly Brit : to give (someone) a new title or rank
• She was created (the) Duchess of Cornwall.


science [noun] (MEANING)

the careful study of the structure and behaviour of the physical world, especially by watching, measuring, and doing experiments, and the development of theories to describe the results of these activities

US /ˈsaɪ.əns/ 
UK /ˈsaɪ.əns/ 

Space travel is one of the marvels/wonders of modern science.

Oxford Essential Dictionary


the study of natural things:
I'm interested in science.
Biology, chemistry and physics are all sciences.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English


science S1 W1 /ˈsaɪəns/ BrE AmE noun
[Word Family: noun: ↑science, ↑scientist; adverb: ↑scientifically; adjective: ↑scientific ≠ ↑unscientific]
[Date: 1300-1400; Language: Old French; Origin: Latin scientia 'knowledge', from scire 'to know']
1. [uncountable] knowledge about the world, especially based on examining, testing, and proving facts:
Many leading scientists do not consider that science can give absolutely reliable knowledge.
the founder of modern science, Isaac Newton
developments in science and technology
2. [uncountable] the study of science:
What did you do in science class today?
3. [countable] a particular part of science, for example ↑biology, ↑chemistry, or ↑physics:
the physical sciences
4. something is not an exact science used to say that something involves a lot of guessing and there is not just one right way to do it:
Advertising is not an exact science – you’re always taking a risk.
⇨ ↑domestic science, ↑information science, ↑natural science, ↑physical science, ↑social science, ⇨ blind somebody with science at ↑blind2(4), ⇨ something is not rocket science at ↑rocket science

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


sci·ence [science sciences]   [ˈsaɪəns]    [ˈsaɪəns]  noun
1. uncountable knowledge about the structure and behaviour of the natural and physical world, based on facts that you can prove, for example by experiments
new developments in science and technology
• the advance of modern science

• the laws of science

2. uncountable the study of science

science students/teachers/courses

3. uncountable, countable a particular branch of science
• to study one of the sciences

compare  art  (6), humanities

4. singular a system for organizing the knowledge about a particular subject, especially one concerned with aspects of human behaviour or society
a science of international politics
see also  domestic science, earth science, life sciences, natural science, political science, rocket science, social science, see blind sb with science at  blind  v.  
Word Origin:
Middle English (denoting knowledge): from Old French, from Latin scientia, from scire ‘know’.  
Example Bank:
His essay is not based on good science.
His experiments have achieved notoriety in the world of science.
I was trying to remember what I had learnt about gravity in school science.
Meteorology is the science of the weather.
Politics is as much an art form as an exact science.
President Bill Clinton's science adviser
Research is critical to advancing medical science.
The life sciences include biology and botany.
The magazine contains a lot of popular science.
The society provides advice on science policy.
This rule is based on bad science.
• a writer of popular science books

• our ability to understand the science of environmental degradation

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

science / saɪəns / noun

A2 [ U ] (knowledge from) the careful study of the structure and behaviour of the physical world, especially by watching, measuring, and doing experiments, and the development of theories to describe the results of these activities:

pure/applied science

recent developments in science and technology

Space travel is one of the marvels/wonders of modern science.

B1 [ C or U ] a particular subject that is studied using scientific methods:

physical sciences

Economics is not an exact science.

advances in medical science

A2 [ U ] the study of science:

a science graduate/teacher

a science course/lesson

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary


 1) N-UNCOUNT Science is the study of the nature and behaviour of natural things and the knowledge that we obtain about them.
  The best discoveries in science are very simple. and technology.
 2) N-COUNT: usu with supp A science is a particular branch of science such as physics, chemistry, or biology.
  Physics is the best example of a science which has developed strong, abstract theories.
  ...the science of microbiology.
 3) N-COUNT: usu with supp A science is the study of some aspect of human behaviour, for example sociology or anthropology.
  ...the modern science of psychology.
 4) → See also domestic science, exact science, Master of Science, political science, social science

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary: 


sci·ence /ˈsajəns/ noun, pl -enc·es
1 [noncount] : knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation
• modern science
• the laws of science
• The program encourages students to pursue a career in science.
• a list of terms commonly used in science
• a new branch/field of science
• advances in science and technology
- often used before another noun
science teachers/students/classes
• Each student is required to complete two science projects.
2 [count] : a particular area of scientific study (such as biology, physics, or chemistry) : a particular branch of science
• Students are required to take two sciences.
• students majoring in a science
- see also computer science, life science, natural science, physical science, rocket science
3 [count] : a subject that is formally studied in a college, university, etc.
• the science of linguistics
- see also political science, social science
4 [singular] : an activity that is done by using methods that are known to produce particular results
• Proper pitching is a science.
• Cooking is both a science and an art.
• He travels so much that he has packing his clothes down to a science. [=he can pack his clothes very quickly and efficiently because he does it so often]


find [verb] (DISCOVER)

to discover, especially where a thing or person is, either unexpectedly or by searching, or to discover where to get or how to achieve something

US /faɪnd/ 
UK /faɪnd/ 

I've just found a ten-pound note in my pocket.

Oxford Essential Dictionary


 verb (finds, finding, found /, has found)

1 to see or get something after looking or trying:
I can't find my glasses.
She hasn't found a job yet.
Has anybody found the answer to this question?

2 to see or get something that you did not expect:
I found some money in the street.
I woke up and found myself in hospital.

3 used for talking about your opinion or experience:
I didn't find that book very interesting.
He finds it difficult to sleep at night.

find something out to get information about something:
Can you find out what time the train leaves?
Has she found out that you broke the window?

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English


I. find1 S1 W1 /faɪnd/ BrE AmE verb (past tense and past participle found /faʊnd/) [transitive]
[Language: Old English; Origin: findan]
1. GET BY SEARCHING to discover, see, or get something that you have been searching for:
I can’t find the car keys.
Hold on while I find a pen.
Her body was later found hidden in the bushes.
I have to find somewhere else to live.
She had almost given up hope of finding a husband.
find somebody something
Tony asked us to find him office facilities in New York.
Her mother went to the shops, and on her return, Kathleen was nowhere to be found (=could not be found).
2. SEE BY CHANCE to discover something by chance, especially something useful or interesting:
I found a purse in the street.
We found a nice pub near the hotel.
3. DISCOVER STATE OF SOMEBODY/SOMETHING to discover that someone or something is in a particular condition or doing a particular thing when you see or touch them:
I’m sure we’ll find her hard at work when we get home.
He tried the door and found it unlocked.
She woke to find a man by her bed.
find somebody/something doing something
Often he found her quietly weeping alone.
find (that)
She looked at her glass and was amazed to find it was empty.
4. DO SOMETHING WITHOUT MEANING TO to be in a particular state or do a particular thing, or to realize that this is happening, especially when you did not expect or intend it:
After wandering around, we found ourselves back at the hotel.
find yourself/your mind etc doing something
When he left, Karen found herself heaving a huge sigh of relief.
She tried to concentrate, but found her mind drifting back to Alex.
find (that)
He found he was shivering.
5. LEARN SOMETHING BY STUDY to discover or learn something by study, tests, sums etc:
The federal government isn’t doing enough to find a cure.
How do you find the square root of 20?
be found to do something
The liquid was found to contain 7.4g of phenylamine.
find that
His study found that married men and women had similar spending patterns.
6. THINK/FEEL to have a particular feeling or opinion, or to have a particular feeling or opinion about someone or something:
Will Gary and Gail find happiness together?
find something/somebody easy/useful/interesting etc
She found the work very dull.
Lots of women I know find him attractive.
I found them quite easy to use.
find it hard/easy/difficult etc (to do something)
Hyperactive children find it difficult to concentrate.
7. EXPERIENCE to have the experience of discovering that something happens or is true
find (that)
You might find that his work improves now he’s at a new school.
I find people are often surprised at how little it costs.
find somebody/something doing something
I think you’ll find more women entering the film business now.
find somebody/something to be something
I found the people to be charming and very friendly.
8. EXIST IN A PLACEbe found somewhere if something is found somewhere, it lives or exists there naturally:
This species is only found in West Africa.
9. GET ENOUGH MONEY/TIME ETC to succeed in getting enough of something, especially money, time, or energy, to be able to do something:
He’s struggling to find the money for the trip.
Where are we going to find the time, the support, and the resources to do all this?
10. IN A COURT OF LAW to make an official decision in a court of law
find somebody guilty/not guilty (of something)
Both men were found guilty of illegally entering the country.
find in sb’s favour
The tribunal found in favour of the defendant.
11. find your way (somewhere) to reach a place by discovering the right way to get there:
Will you be able to find your way back?
12. find its way somewhere informal if something finds its way somewhere, it arrives or gets there after some time:
Her invention has found its way into the shops.
13. find comfort/pleasure/fulfilment etc in something to experience a good feeling because of something:
He eventually found solace in religion.
14. find fault with somebody/something to criticize someone or something, often unfairly and frequently:
He could always find fault with something, either in my writing or in my personality.
15. find it in your heart/yourself to do something literary to feel able or willing to do something:
Seb could not find it in his heart to tell Nahum.
16. find yourself informal to discover what you are really like and what you want to do – often used humorously:
She went to India to find herself.
17. find favour (with somebody/something) formal to be liked or approved of by someone:
The recipes rapidly found favour with restaurant owners.
18. find your feet to become confident in a new situation, especially one that is difficult at first:
Rob is still finding his feet as a coach.
19. find its mark/target
a) if a bullet, ↑arrow etc finds its mark etc, it hits what it is supposed to hit
b) if a remark, criticism etc finds its mark etc, it has the effect that you intended it to have:
She soon saw that her accusation had found its mark.
20. find your voice
a) (also find your tongue) to manage to say something after being too nervous to talk
b) if a writer, musician etc finds their voice, they are able to express their views, ideas, art etc in the way they want to:
a young film-maker who has finally found his voice
21. be found wanting formal to not be good enough:
Their defence was found wanting.
• • •
find to get or see something that you have been searching for: Have you found your passport yet? | Police later found the car abandoned in a wood.
discover to find something that was hidden or that people did not know about before: A second bomb has been discovered in south London.
locate formal to find the exact position of something: The airline are still trying to locate my luggage. | Online maps make it easy to locate almost any place in the world.
come across something to find something unexpectedly when you are not looking for it: I came across some old letters from my father in my drawer.
stumble on/across something to find something unexpectedly, especially something very important: They may have stumbled across some vital evidence. | Completely by chance we had stumbled on the biggest hit of the year.
trace to find someone or something that has disappeared, especially by a careful process of collecting information: She had given up all hope of tracing her missing daughter.
track somebody/something down to find someone or something that is difficult to find by searching in different places: I’ve been trying to track down a book that’s out of print. | The police managed to track down the killer.
unearth to find something that has been hidden or lost for a long time, by digging or searching for it: In 1796, a carved stone was unearthed near the burial mound.
find against somebody phrasal verb law
to judge that someone is wrong or guilty:
The inspectors are likely to find against the company.
find for somebody phrasal verb law
to judge that someone is right or not guilty:
The judge found for the plaintiff.
find out phrasal verb
1. to get information, after trying to discover it or by chance
find out who/what/how etc
Has anyone bothered to find out how much all this is going to cost?
find out if/whether
Did you find out whether there are any seats left?
find out (that)
I found out that my parents had never been married.
find something ↔ out
To find out more, visit our website.
find out (something) about something
I need to find out more about these night courses.
find out from
We could find out from the local council.
I thought it best to let you find out for yourself.
In written English, people usually say that someone discovers something rather than finds out something:
▪ Scientists soon discovered that this was false.
2. find somebody out [usually passive] if you are found out, someone discovers that you have been doing something dishonest or illegal ⇨ catch:
What happens if we get found out?

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


find [find finds found finding] verb, noun   [faɪnd]    [faɪnd] 


verb (found, found   [faʊnd]  ;   [faʊnd]  


1. transitive to discover sb/sth unexpectedly or by chance
~ sb/sth Look what I've found!
• We've found a great new restaurant near the office.

~ sb/sth + adj. A whale was found washed up on the shore.  



2. transitive to get back sth/sb that was lost after searching for it/them
~ sth for sb Can you find my bag for me?
~ sb sth Can you find me my bag?
~ sb/sth I wanted to talk to him but he was nowhere to be found.

~ sb/sth + adj. The child was found safe and well.  



3. transitive to discover sth/sb by searching, studying or thinking carefully
~ sth/sb scientists trying to find a cure for cancer
I managed to find a solution to the problem.
I'm having trouble finding anything new to say on this subject.
Have they found anyone to replace her yet?
~ sth for sb Can you find a hotel for me?

~ sb sth Can you find me a hotel?  



4. transitive to discover that sth is true after you have tried it, tested it or experienced it
~ (that)… I find (that) it pays to be honest.
The report found that 30% of the firms studied had failed within a year.
~ sb/sth + adj./noun We found the beds very comfortable.
~ sb/sth to be/do sth They found him to be charming.
• Her blood was found to contain poison.

it is found that… It was found that her blood contained poison.  



5. transitive to have a particular feeling or opinion about sth
~ sth + adj. You may find your illness hard to accept.
You may find it hard to accept your illness.
• I find it amazing that they're still together.

~ sth + noun She finds it a strain to meet new people.  



6. transitive ~ sth to have sth available so that you can use it
• I keep meaning to write, but never seem to find (the) time.

• How are we going to find £5 000 for a car?  



7. transitive to discover sb/sth/yourself doing sth or in a particular situation, especially when this is unexpected
~ sb/sth/yourself + adv./prep. She woke up and found herself in a hospital bed.
~ sb/sth/yourself + adj. We came home and found him asleep on the sofa.
~ sb/sth/yourself doing sth I suddenly found myself running down the street.

~ (that)… I was disappointed to find that they had left already.  



8. transitive ~ sth (of things) to arrive at sth naturally; to reach sth
Water will always find its own level.
• Most of the money finds its way to the people who need it.

• The criticism found its mark (= had the effect intended).  



9. transitive ~ sth + adv./prep. used to say that sth exists, grows, etc. somewhere
• These flowers are found only in Africa.

• You'll find this style of architecture all over the town.  



10. transitive, intransitive (formal) to make a particular decision in a court case
~ sb + adj. The jury found him guilty.
How do you find the accused?
~ in sb's favour The court found in her favour.
more at get/find/take your bearings at  bearing, find/meet your match at  match  n., nowhere to be found/seen at  nowhere 
Verb forms:

Word Origin:
Old English findan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vinden and German finden.  
find verb
1. T
Look what I've found!
discovercome across sb/sthstumble on/upon/across sb/sthcatchturn sth upunearth|formal come upon sb/sth
find/discover/come across/catch sb doing sth
find/discover/unearth the remains (of sth)
find/discover/stumble upon sth by accident
2. T
I can't find my keys.
tracetrack sb/sth downsearch sb/sth outlocate|informal sniff sb/sth out
Opp: lose
find/track down/search out/locate sth for sb/sth
find/trace/track down/locate the missing…
find/trace/track down the killer/location
3. T
Scientists are still trying to find a cure for cancer.
discoveridentifyestablish|formal determineascertain
find/discover/identify/establish/determine/ascertain the cause
find/discover/identify/establish a connection
find/discover a cure/the answer
4. T
Her blood was found to contain poison.
find (sth) outdiscoverhearlearn
find/find out/hear/discover/learn that…
find/discover sb/sth to be/have, etc. sth
be surprised/saddened/delighted/interested to find/discover/hear/learn sth
5. T
I find watching television so boring.
considerthinkfeelseeviewcountregard|especially BrE, informal reckon
find/consider/reckon sb/sth to be sth
6. T (not used in the progressive tenses)
These flowers are found only in Africa.
existliveoccur|formal prevail
be found/exist/live/occur/prevail in/among sth
still be found/exist/live/occur/prevail 
call find consider see view
These words all mean to think about sb/sth in a particular way.
regardto think of sb/sth in a particular way: He seemed to regard the whole thing as a joke.
callto say that sb/sth has particular qualities or characteristics: I wouldn't call German an easy language.
findto have a particular feeling or opinion about sth: You may find your illness hard to accept.
considerto think of sb/sth in a particular way: Who do you consider (to be) responsible for the accident?
regard or consider?
These two words have the same meaning, but they are used in different patterns and structures. In this meaning consider must be used with a complement or clause: you can consider sb/sth to be sth or consider sb/sth as sth, although very often the to be or as is left out: He considers himself an expert. They are considered a high-risk group. You can also consider that sb/sth is sth and again, the that can be left out. Regard is used in a narrower range of structures. The most frequent structure is regard sb/sth as sth; the as cannot be left out: I regard him a close friend. You cannot regard sb/sth to be sth or regard that sb/sth is sth. However, regard (but not consider in this meaning) can also be used without a noun or adjective complement but with just an object and adverb (sb/sth is highly regarded) or adverbial phrase (regard sb/sth with suspicion/jealousy/admiration).
seeto have an opinion of sth: Try to see things from her point of view.
viewto think of sb/sth in a particular way: How do you view your position within the company?
View has the same meaning as regard and consider but is slightly less frequent and slightly less formal. The main structures are view sb/sth as sb/sth (you cannot leave out the as) and view sb/sth with sth.
to regard/consider/see/view sb/sth as sth
to regard/consider/see/view sb/sth from a particular point of view
to find/consider sb/sth to be sth
generally/usually regarded/considered/seen/viewed as sth
to regard/consider/view sb/sth favourably/unfavourably  
Example Bank:
A man out walking his dog found the body in a ditch.
Can you find a use for this old table?
Considerable variation was found in the terms offered by different banks.
Have they found anyone to replace her?
He went through the drawers but found nothing.
I can't find my keys.
I didn't expect to come home and find him gone.
I find it amazing that they're still together.
I wanted to talk to him but he was nowhere to be found.
I'm having trouble finding anything new to say on this subject.
It was found that her blood contained poison.
Look what I've found!
Police are confident of finding the killers.
Scientists are still trying to find a cure for cancer.
Scientists have found fresh evidence to suggest that a huge explosion led to the death of the dinosaurs.
She had to find a valid excuse for leaving the room.
The child was eventually found safe and well.
The search party found no trace of the missing climbers.
We need to find a useful role for the volunteers in the campaign.
We'll have to find an alternative.
We've found a great new restaurant near the office.
You'll find this style of architecture all over the town.
Idioms: all found  find fault  find it in your heart to do something  find its way  find your feet  find your voice  find your way  take somebody as you find them

Derived: find for somebody  find out  find out something  find somebody out 

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

find / faɪnd / verb ( found , found ) (DISCOVER)

A1 [ T ] to discover, especially where a thing or person is, either unexpectedly or by searching, or to discover where to get or how to achieve something:

I've just found a ten-pound note in my pocket.

I couldn't find Andrew's phone number.

You'll find the knives and forks in the left-hand drawer.

Researchers are hoping to find a cure for the disease.

[ + two objects ] Has he found himself a place to live yet?

[ + obj + adj ] She was found unconscious and bleeding.

[ + that ] The study found that men who were married lived longer than those who were not.

Do you think they'll ever find a way of bringing peace to the region?

We're really struggling to find (= get) enough money to pay the rent at the moment.

After years of abuse from her husband, she eventually found the courage to leave him.

I wish I could find (the) time to do more reading.

B1 [ T ] to realize that something exists or has happened:

[ + (that) ] We came home to find (that) the cat had had kittens.

I found (that) I could easily swim a mile.

be found B2 to exist or be present somewhere:

Many plant and animal species are found only in the rainforests.

Vitamin C is found in citrus fruit.

find your way to get somewhere you are trying to reach:

I had a map but I still couldn't find my way back to the hotel.

find fault with to criticize someone or something:

She's always finding fault with the way he works.

find yourself B2 to realize that you are in a particular situation or place, or doing a particular thing, when you did not intend to:

He'll find himself with no friends at all if he carries on behaving this way.

We fell asleep on the train and woke up to find ourselves in Calais.

often humorous If you go somewhere or do something to find yourself, you go there or do it to discover your true character:

Simon spent a year in an ashram in India to find himself.


find / faɪnd / verb [ T ] ( found , found ) (EXPERIENCE A FEELING)

B1 to think or feel a particular way about someone or something:

[ + obj + noun/adj ] Do you find Clive difficult to talk to?

I don't find him an easy person to get on with.

She doesn't find it easy to talk about her problems.

[ + -ing verb ] I find liv ing in the city quite stressful.


find / faɪnd / verb [ I or T ] ( found , found ) legal (JUDGE)

B2 to make a judgment in a law court:

[ + obj + adj ] In a unanimous verdict, the jury found him guilty/not guilty of the murder.

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary


 finds, finding, found

 1) VERB If you find someone or something, you see them or learn where they are.
  [V n] The police also found a pistol...
  [V n] They have spent ages looking at the map and can't find a trace of anywhere called Darrowby...
  [V n n] I wonder if you could find me a deck of cards? [Also V n for n]
 2) VERB If you find something that you need or want, you succeed in achieving or obtaining it.
  [V n] Many people here cannot find work...
  [V n] So far they have not found a way to fight the virus...
  [V n n] He has to apply for a permit and we have to find him a job...
  [V n for n] Does this mean that they haven't found a place for him? [Also V n for n to-inf]
 3) V-PASSIVE If something is found in a particular place or thing, it exists in that place.
  [be V-ed] Two thousand of France's 4,200 species of flowering plants are found in the park...
  [be V-ed] Fibre is found in cereal foods, beans, fruit and vegetables.
 4) VERB If you find someone or something in a particular situation, they are in that situation when you see them or come into contact with them.
  [V n -ing] They found her walking alone and depressed on the beach...
  [V n -ed] She returned to her east London home to find her back door forced open...
  [V n prep/adv] Thrushes are a protected species so you will not find them on any menu.
 5) VERB If you find yourself doing something, you are doing it without deciding or intending to do it.
  [V pron-refl prep/adv] It's not the first time that you've found yourself in this situation...
  [V pron-refl -ing] I found myself having more fun than I had had in years...
  [V pron-refl adj] It all seemed so far away from here that he found himself quite unable to take it in.
 6) VERB: no passive, no cont If a time or event finds you in a particular situation, you are in that situation at the time mentioned or when the event occurs. [WRITTEN]
  [V n prep] Daybreak found us on a cold, clammy ship...
  [V n -ing] His lunch did not take long to arrive and found him poring over a notepad covered with scrawls.
 7) VERB If you find that something is the case, you become aware of it or realize that it is the case.
  [V that] The two biologists found, to their surprise, that both groups of birds survived equally well...
  [V it adj to-inf] At my age I would find it hard to get another job...
  [V n to-inf] We find her evidence to be based on a degree of oversensitivity...
  [V n n] I've never found my diet a problem.
 8) VERB When a court or jury decides that a person on trial is guilty or innocent, you say that the person has been found guilty or not guilty.
  [be V-ed adj] She was found guilty of manslaughter and put on probation for two years...
  [V n adj] When they found us guilty, I just went blank.
 9) VERB You can use find to express your reaction to someone or something.
  [V n adj] I find most of the young men of my own age so boring...
  [V n adj] We're sure you'll find it exciting!...
  [V it adj that] I find it ludicrous that nothing has been done to protect passengers from fire...
  [V n n] But you'd find him a good worker if you showed him what to do.
 10) VERB If you find a feeling such as pleasure or comfort in a particular thing or activity, you experience the feeling mentioned as a result of this thing or activity.
  [V n in -ing] How could anyone find pleasure in hunting and killing this beautiful creature?...
  [V n in n] I was too tired and frightened to find comfort in that familiar promise.
 11) VERB If you find the time or money to do something, you succeed in making or obtaining enough time or money to do it.
  [V n] I was just finding more time to write music...
  [V n] My sister helped me find the money for a private operation.
 12) N-COUNT: usu adj N If you describe someone or something that has been discovered as a find, you mean that they are valuable, interesting, good, or useful.
  Another of his lucky finds was a pair of candle-holders...
  His discovery was hailed as the botanical find of the century.
 13) → See also finding, found
 14) PHRASE: V inflects, oft PHR prep/adv If you find your way somewhere, you successfully get there by choosing the right way to go.
  He was an expert at finding his way, even in strange surroundings...
  After a while I pulled myself to my feet and found my way to the street.
 15) PHRASE: V inflects, PHR adv/prep If something finds its way somewhere, it comes to that place, especially by chance.
  It is one of the very few Michelangelos that have found their way out of Italy...
  The most unlikely objects found their way into his design and look absolutely right where he placed them.
 16) to find fault withsee fault
 to find one's feetsee foot
  Phrasal Verbs:
  - find out

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary: 

1find /ˈfaɪnd/ verb finds; found /ˈfaʊnd/; find·ing
1 [+ obj]
a : to discover (something or someone) without planning or trying to : to discover (something or someone) by chance
• He found a dollar on the ground.
• The well diggers found a number of Native American artifacts.
• She finds [=meets] interesting people wherever she goes.
✦Something or someone that is found in a specified place exists there or lives there.
• Many artifacts can be found in this area. [=there are many artifacts in this area]
• Polar bears are found in the Northern Hemisphere.
2 [+ obj] : to get or discover (something or someone that you are looking for)
• After an hour of searching, I finally found my glasses.
find a missing person
• We need to find a suitable person for the job.
• I found a job for him. = I found him a job.
• My glasses are nowhere to be found. = I can't find my glasses.
3 [+ obj]
a : to discover or learn (something) by studying about it
• She found the answer at last.
• They claim to have found a more efficient way to run the business.
• researchers trying to find a cure for cancer
b : to get (something needed or wanted) by effort
• You must find time to do it.
• I found a way to pay for college without taking out any loans.
• She found the courage to address the crowd.
• I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me. = I hope you can find it in yourself to forgive me. [=I hope you can forgive me]
4 [+ obj]
a : to regard (someone or something you have met, seen, experienced, etc.) in a specified way
• I found him (to be) a very sensible man. = I found him very sensible.
• Students often find this book (to be) useful.
• I find it hard to concentrate [=it is hard for me to concentrate] with that music playing.
• The travel arrangements were found wanting. [=the travel arrangements were criticized]
b : to be affected by (something) in a specified way
• He finds laughing/laughter painful. = He finds it painful to laugh.
c : to feel (a pleasing emotion)
• He finds pleasure in her company.
• They didn't win, but the team found some satisfaction in having played so well.
5 [+ obj]
a : to discover (someone) in a specified state
• He found them waiting for him.
• I found her relaxing by the pool.
• He was found dead the next morning.
• The crisis found them unprepared. [=they were unprepared when the crisis occurred]
b : to become aware that you are doing something or that you are in a particular place or situation
• I often find myself thinking about her.
• When he awoke, he found himself in an unfamiliar room. [=he saw that he was in an unfamiliar room]
• I found myself agreeing with him. [=I found that I agreed with him]
6 [+ obj] : to begin to have (something)
• The new product found few buyers. [=few people bought it]
• It took a while before his unusual brand of comedy found an audience.
• These ideas have found approval/favor [=been accepted; become well-liked] among many young people.
• His doctrines found acceptance [=were accepted] among scholars.
7 law
a [+ obj] : to make a decision about the guilt or innocence of (someone)
• The jury found her guilty.
• She was found innocent.
b : to decide the result of a court case

[+ obj]

• The jury found a verdict of guilty.

[no obj]

• The jury found for the defendant. [=the jury's decision was in favor of the defendant]
• The jury found against her.
find common cause
- see 1cause
find fault : to criticize someone or something
• No matter what she did, her husband was always finding fault.
- usually + with
• Her husband found fault with everything she did.
- see also faultfinder
find its mark/target : to hit a target that was aimed for
• The bullet found its mark.
- often used figuratively
• Her angry reaction showed that his criticisms had found their mark.
find out [phrasal verb]
1 find out (something) : to learn (something) by making an effort
• I'd like to find out more about the school's psychology program.
• We need to find out where the meeting is being held.
• I don't know when the game starts, but I'll find out.
2 find out about (something) : to become aware of (something)
• Her mother found out about her smoking habit.
3 find (someone) out : to learn the unpleasant truth about (someone)
• He pretended to be a respectable citizen, but we found him out at last.
• Luckily, he was found out before he could do any harm.
find your bearings
- see bearing
find yourself : to learn what you truly value and want in life
• He left school and traveled to Europe, saying that he wanted to find himself.
find your voice : to begin speaking or expressing your thoughts : to be able to speak or to express yourself as a writer
• I couldn't speak for a moment, but then I found my voice.
• a young novelist who has found her voice
find your way
1 : to look for and find where you need to go in order to get somewhere
• I found my way home without any problems.
• She got lost trying to find her way back to the hotel.
- often used figuratively
• He's still finding his way as an actor. [=he's still learning what he needs to do to succeed as an actor]
2 : to go or arrive somewhere by chance or after a time of wandering
• The settlers eventually found their way to California.


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