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Daily Word (6 December 2014)

Purpose | ˈpəːpəs | Definition noun the reason for which sth. is done or created, or exists (usu. purposes) a particular requirement or consideration, typically temporary or restricted in scope or extent [mass noun] a person’s sense of resolve or determination verb [formal, with obj.] to have as one’s intention or objective Etymology Middle English, from Old French porpos, from … Continue reading

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Daily Word (5 December 2014)

Empower | ɪmˈpaʊə | or | ɛmˈpaʊə | Definition verb [with obj. and infinitive] to give sb. the authority or power to do something [with obj.] make sb. stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their own life and claiming their own rights Etymology From em– (“to put into or on”) + power (Middle English, from Anglo-Norman French poeir, from an alteration … Continue reading

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Daily Word (3 December 2014)

Bayanihan | bɑːjani:han | Definition The spirit of communal work and cooperation for a shared, unified goal. The concept of helping one out in times of need without expecting a reward. Etymology Filipino, from bayan (“nation”, “town”), lit. “being in a bayan“. Reflection Today, we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Francis Xavier, one of the most famous and beloved … Continue reading

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Daily Word (2 December 2014)

Natural | ˈnatʃ(ə)r(ə)l | Definition adjective existing in or derived from nature; not made or caused by humankind having had a minimum of processing or preservative treatment (of fabric) having a color characteristic of the unbleached and undyed state; off-white in accordance with the nature of, or circumstances surrounding, sb. or sth. [attribute] (of a person) having an … Continue reading

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Daily Word (30 November 2014)

Competence / Competency | ˈkɒmpɪt(ə)ns | / | ˈkɒmpɪt(ə)nsi | Definition noun [mass noun] the ability to do sth. successfully or efficiently the legal authority of a court or other body to deal with a particular matter (in linguistics; also ‘linguistic competence’ or ‘language competence’) a person’s subconscious knowledge of the rules governing the formation of speech in … Continue reading

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Daily Word (29 November 2014)

Culture | ˈkʌltʃə | Definition noun [mass noun] the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively a refined understanding or appreciation of such [also count noun] the ideas, customs, and social behavior of a particular people or society [with modifier] the attitudes and behavior characteristic of a particular social group (in biology) the cultivation … Continue reading