Wednesday, 21 December 2016

[5words] 20161215

ordinary /ˈɔː.dən.əri/ (B1) not different or special or unexpected in any way; usual
an ordinary neighbourhood: thời niên thiếu bình thường
Readers of the magazine said they wanted more stories about ordinary people and fewer stories about the rich and famous.
Độc giả tạp chí nói là họ muốn nhiều câu chuyện về những con người bình thường và ít bài viết về người nổi tiếng và giàu có.
Her last concert appearance in Britain was no ordinary (= a very special) performance.
Lần xuất hiện trong buổi hoà nhạt gần đây nhất của cô ấy ở Anh quốc là một trình diễn rất đặc biệt.
in the ordinary way (UK) = normally, or in the way that usually happens
If you hadn't seen the TV programme, we would have carried on giving money to the charity in the ordinary way.
Nếu mà chúng tôi không có xem chương trình trên TV, chúng tôi sẽ tiếp tục góp tiền từ thiện theo cái cách như thường lệ.
out of the ordinary (C2) = unusual: không bình thường
For the police, the incident was nothing out of the ordinary/did not seem out the ordinary.
ordinariness (n) /ˈɔː.dən.əri.nəs/
She expected him to act like a star, but she was surprised at his ordinariness.
extraordinary /ɪkˈstrɔː.dɪn.ər.i/ (B1) very unusual, special, unexpected, or strange:
He told the extraordinary story of his escape.
Her voice had an extraordinary hypnotic quality.
an extraordinary coincidence
extraordinaire /ɪkˌstrɔː.dɪˈneər/ used to say that someone is very good at the activity mentioned.
Richard Twitcher, philosopher, controversialist, and drinker extraordinaire.

preserve /prɪˈzɜːv/
(verb)
(B2) to keep something as it is, especially in order to prevent it from decaying or being damaged or destroyed:
to preserve the environment
We want to preserve the character of the town while improving the facilities.
The agreement preserved our right to limit trade in endangered species.
Putting varnish on wood is a way of preserving it.
I need to get out of the house from time to time just to preserve (= prevent me from losing) my sanity.
well preserved (a) /ˌwel prɪˈzɜːvd/
(especially of something old) kept in good condition:
It was a pretty town with a picturesque harbour and well-preserved buildings.
mainly uk often humorous (of an older person) not looking as old as they really are:
A well-preserved male model can go on working into his forties.

reconcile /ˈrek.ən.saɪl/
(C2) to find a way in which two situations or beliefs that are opposed to each other can agree and exist together.
It is sometimes difficult to reconcile science and religion.
It's difficult to reconcile such different points of view.
How can you reconcile your fur coat and/with your love of animals?
be reconciled: When two people are reconciled, they become friendly again after they have argued:
They were finally reconciled with each other, after not speaking for nearly five years.

compromise /ˈkɒm.prə.maɪz/
(B2)  an agreement in an argument in which the people involved reduce their demands or change their opinion in order to agree:
It is hoped that a compromise will be reached in today's talks.
In a compromise between management and unions, a four percent pay rise was agreed in return  for an increase in productivity.
The government has said that there will be no compromise with terrorists.

minority /maɪˈnɒr.ə.ti/
(B1) a smaller number of part
t's only a tiny minority of people who are causing the problem.
Children with single parents at my school were very much in the minority (= there were very few).
This section of the bookstore caters for minority interests (= subjects that interest only a few people).
majority /məˈdʒɒr.ə.ti/
(B2) the larger number or part of something:
The majority of the employees have university degrees.
A large majority of people approve of the death sentence.
In Britain women are in the/a majority.
(B2) the age when you legally become an adult:
the age of majority
She will inherit her father's estate when she reaches her majority.
(C1) any small group in society that is different from the rest because of their race, religion, or political beliefs, or a person who belongs to such a group:
ethnic/religious minorities
The plan was designed to help women and minorities overcome discrimination in the workplace.


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