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     1. prep. (obsolete, outside, Scotland) Outside of.
           Away but the hoose and tell me whae's there.
     2. prep. Apart from, except (for), excluding.
           Everyone but Father left early.
           I like everything but that.
           Nobody answered the door when I knocked, so I had no choice but to leave.
     3. adv. Merely, only, just.
     4. adv. (Australian, conjunctive) Though, however.
           I'll have to go home early but.
     5. adv. Used as an intensifier.
           Nobody, but nobody, crosses me and gets away with it.
     6. conj. (following a negative clause or sentence) On the contrary, but rather (introducing a word or clause that contrasts with or contradicts the preceding clause or sentence without the negation).
           I am not rich but (I am) poor;  not John but Peter went there.
     7. conj. However, although, nevertheless, on the other hand (implies that the following clause is contrary to prior belief or contrasts with or contradicts the preceding clause or sentence).
           She is very old but still attractive.
           You told me I could do that, but she said that I could not.
     8. conj. Except that (introducing a subordinate clause which qualifies a negative statement); also, with omission of the subject of the subordinate clause, acting as a negative relative, "except one that", "ex
           I cannot but feel offended.
     9. conj. (archaic) Without its also being the case that; unless that (introducing a necessary concomitant).
           It never rains but it pours.
     10. conj. (obsolete) Except with; unless with; without.
     11. conj. (obsolete) Only; solely; merely.
     12. conj. (obsolete) Until.
     13. n. An instance or example of using the word "but".
           It has to be done – no ifs or buts.
     14. n. (Scotland) The outer room of a small two-room cottage.
     15. n. A limit; a boundary.
     16. n. The end; especially the larger or thicker end, or the blunt, in distinction from the sharp, end; the butt.
     17. v. (archaic) Use the word "but".
           But me no buts.
but just set there
but I opened the door
     1. n. Used as plural of person; a body of human beings considered generally or collectively; a group of two or more persons.
           Why do so many people commit suicide?
     2. n. Persons forming or belonging to a particular group, such as a nation, class, ethnic group, country, family, etc; folk; a community.
     3. n. A group of persons regarded as being employees, followers, companions or subjects of a ruler.
     4. n. One's colleagues or employees.
     5. n. A person's ancestors, relatives or family.
           My people lived through the Black Plague and the Thirty Years War.
     6. n. The mass of a community as distinguished from a special class (elite); the commonalty; the populace; the vulgar; the common crowd; the citizens.
     7. n. plural of person.
     8. v. To stock with people or inhabitants; to fill as with people; to populate.
     9. v. (intransitive) To become populous or populated.
     10. v. To inhabit; to occupy; to populate.
but now two people were standing just inside the door
           Additional archaic forms are second-person singular present tense hast, third-person singular present tense hath, present participle haveing, and second-person singular past tense hadst.
     1. v. To possess, own, hold.
           I have a house and a car.
           Look what I have here — a frog I found on the street!
     2. v. To be related in some way to (with the object identifying the relationship).
           I have two sisters.
           I have a lot of work to do.
     3. v. To partake of a particular substance (especially a food or drink) or action.
           I have breakfast at six o'clock.
           Can I have a look at that?
           I'm going to have some pizza and a beer right now.
     4. v. To be scheduled to attend or participate in.
           What class do you have right now? I have English.
           Fred won't be able to come to the party; he has a meeting that day.
     5. v. (auxiliary verb, taking a past participle) (Used in forming the perfect aspect and the past perfect aspect.)
           I have already eaten today.
           I had already eaten.
     6. v. (auxiliary verb, taking a to-infinitive) See have to.
           I have to go.
     7. v. To give birth to.
           The couple always wanted to have children.
           My wife is having the baby right now!
           My mother had me when she was 25.
     8. v. To engage in sexual intercourse with.
           He's always bragging about how many women he's had.
     9. v. To accept as a romantic partner.
           Despite my protestations of love, she would not have me.
     10. v. (transitive with bare infinitive) To cause to, by a command, request or invitation.
           They had me feed their dog while they were out of town.
     11. v. (transitive with adjective or adjective-phrase complement) To cause to be.
           He had him arrested for trespassing.
           The lecture's ending had the entire audience in tears.
     12. v. (transitive with bare infinitive) To be affected by an occurrence. (Used in supplying a topic that is not a verb argument.)
           The hospital had several patients contract pneumonia last week.
           I've had three people today tell me my hair looks nice.
     13. v. (transitive with adjective or adjective-phrase complement) To depict as being.
           Their stories differed; he said he'd been at work when the incident occurred, but her statement had him at home that entire evening.
     14. v. (Used as interrogative auxiliary verb with a following pronoun to form tag questions. (For further discussion, see "Usage notes" below.))
           We haven't eaten dinner yet, have we?
           Your wife hasn't been reading that nonsense, has she?
           (UK usage) He has some money, hasn't he?
     15. v. (UK, slang) To defeat in a fight; take.
           I could have him!
           I'm gonna have you!
     16. v. (dated) To be able to speak a language.
           I have no German.
     17. v. To feel or be (especially painfully) aware of.
           Dan certainly has arms today, probably from scraping paint off four columns the day before.
     18. v. To be afflicted with, suffer from.
           He had a cold last week.
     19. v. To experience, go through, undergo.
           We had a hard year last year, with the locust swarms and all that.
           He had surgery on his hip yesterday.
           I'm having the time of my life!
     20. v. To trick, to deceive.
           You had me alright! I never would have thought that was just a joke.
     21. v. (transitive, often with present participle) To allow; to tolerate.
           The child screamed incessantly for his mother to buy him a toy, but she wasn't having any of it.
           I asked my dad if I could go to the concert this Thursday, but he wouldn't have it since it's a school night.
     22. v. (transitive, often used in the negative) To believe, buy, be taken in by.
           I made up an excuse as to why I was out so late, but my wife wasn't having any of it.
     23. v. To host someone; to take in as a guest.
           Thank you for having me!
     24. v. To get a reading, measurement, or result from an instrument or calculation.
           What do you have for problem two?
           I have two contacts on my scope.
     25. v. (transitive, of a jury) To consider a court proceeding that has been completed; to begin deliberations on a case.
           We'll schedule closing arguments for Thursday, and the jury will have the case by that afternoon.
     26. n. A wealthy or privileged person.
     27. n. (uncommon) One who has some (contextually specified) thing.
     28. n. (AU, NZ, informal) A fraud or deception; something misleading.
           They advertise it as a great deal, but I think it's a bit of a have.
I have
no; she didn't have a cat
     1. v. simple past tense of get
           We got the last bus home.
     2. v. (British, Australian, NZ) past participle of get
           By that time we'd got very cold.
           I've got two children.
           How many children have you got?
     3. v. Expressing obligation.
           I can't go out tonight, I've got to study for my exams.
     4. v. (Southern US, with to) must; have (to).
           I got to go study.
     5. v. (Southern US, slang) have
           They got a new car.
           He got a lot of nerve.
     6. v. (Southern US, AAVE, euphemistic, slang) to be murdered
           He got got.
she got up
he got a chair
          1. v. (ditransitive) To obtain; to acquire.
                I'm going to get a computer tomorrow from the discount store.
                Lance is going to get Mary a ring.
          2. v. To receive.
                I got a computer from my parents for my birthday.
                You need to get permission to leave early.
                He got a severe reprimand for that.
          3. v. (transitive, in a perfect construction, with present-tense meaning) To have. (See usage notes.)
                I've got a concert ticket for you.
          4. v. (copulative) To become.
                I'm getting hungry; how about you?
                Don't get drunk tonight.
          5. v. To cause to become; to bring about.
                That song gets me so depressed every time I hear it.
                I'll get this finished by lunchtime.
                I can't get these boots off upright - (or on'upright,).
          6. v. To fetch, bring, take.
                Can you get my bag from the living-room, please?
                I need to get this to the office.
          7. v. To cause to do.
                Somehow she got him to agree to it.
                I can't get it to work.
          8. v. (intransitive, with various prepositions, such as into, over, or behind; for specific idiomatic senses see individual entries get into, get over, etc.) To adopt, assume, arrive at, or progress towards
                The actors are getting into position.
                When are we going to get to London?
                I'm getting into a muddle.
                We got behind the wall.
          9. v. To cover (a certain distance) while travelling.
                to get a mile
          10. v. To cause to come or go or move.
          11. v. To cause to be in a certain status or position.
          12. v. (intransitive) To begin (doing something).
                We ought to get moving or we'll be late.
                After lunch we got chatting.
          13. v. To take or catch (a scheduled transportation service).
                I normally get the 7:45 train.
                I'll get the 9 a.m. flight to Boston.
          14. v. To respond to (a telephone call, a doorbell, etc).
                Can you get that call, please? I'm busy.
          15. v. (intransitive, followed by infinitive) To be able, permitted (to do something); to have the opportunity (to do something).
                I'm so jealous that you got to see them perform live!
                The finders get to keep 80 percent of the treasure.
          16. v. (transitive, informal) To understand. (compare get it)
                Yeah, I get it, it's just not funny.
                I don't get what you mean by "fun". This place sucks!
                I mentioned that I was feeling sad, so she mailed me a box of chocolates. She gets me.
          17. v. (transitive, informal) To be told; be the recipient of (a question, comparison, opinion, etc.).
                "You look just like Helen Mirren." / "I get that a lot.".
          18. v. (informal) To be. Used to form the passive of verbs.
                He got bitten by a dog.
          19. v. To become ill with or catch (a disease).
                I went on holiday and got malaria.
          20. v. (transitive, informal) To catch out, trick successfully.
                He keeps calling pretending to be my boss—it gets me every time.
          21. v. (transitive, informal) To perplex, stump.
                That question's really got me.
          22. v. To find as an answer.
                What did you get for question four?
          23. v. (transitive, informal) To bring to reckoning; to catch (as a criminal); to effect retribution.
                The cops finally got me.
                I'm gonna get him for that.
          24. v. To hear completely; catch.
                Sorry, I didn't get that. Could you repeat it?
          25. v. To getter.
                I put the getter into the container to get the gases.
          26. v. (now rare) To beget (of a father).
          27. v. (archaic) To learn; to commit to memory; to memorize; sometimes with out.
                to get a lesson;  to get out one's Greek lesson
          28. v. (imperative, informal) Used with a personal pronoun to indicate that someone is being pretentious or grandiose.
                Get her with her new hairdo.
          29. v. (informal, mostly, imperative) Go away; get lost.
          30. v. (euphemism) To kill.
                They’re coming to get you, Barbara.
          31. v. (intransitive, obsolete) To make acquisitions; to gain; to profit.
          32. n. (dated) Offspring.
          33. n. Lineage.
          34. n. (sports) A difficult return or block of a shot.
          35. n. Something gained.
          36. n. (UK, regional) A git.
          37. n. (Judaism) A Jewish writ of divorce.
     1. part. A particle used for marking the following verb as an infinitive.
           I want to leave.
           He asked me what to do.
           I don’t know how to say it.
           I have places to go and people to see.
     2. part. As above, with the verb implied.
           "Did you visit the museum?" "I wanted to, but it was closed.".
           If he hasn't read it yet, he ought to.
     3. part. A particle used to create phrasal verbs.
           I have to do laundry today.
     4. prep. Indicating destination: In the direction of, and arriving at.
           We are walking to the shop.
     5. prep. Used to indicate purpose.
           He devoted himself to education.
           They drank to his health.
     6. prep. Used to indicate result of action.
           His face was beaten to a pulp.
     7. prep. Used after an adjective to indicate its application.
           similar to ..., relevant to ..., pertinent to ..., I was nice to him, he was cruel to her, I am used to walking.
     8. prep. (obsolete,) As a.
           With God to friend (with God as a friend);   with The Devil to fiend (with the Devil as a foe);   lambs slaughtered to lake (lambs slaughtered as a sacrifice);   t
     9. prep. (arithmetic) Used to indicate a ratio or comparison.
           one to one = 1:1
           ten to one = 10:1.
           I have ten dollars to your four.
     10. prep. (arithmetic) Used to indicate that the preceding term is to be raised to the power of the following value; indicates exponentiation.
           Three squared or three to the second power is nine.
           Three to the power of two is nine.
           Three to the second is nine.
     11. prep. Used to indicate the indirect object.
           I gave the book to him.
     12. prep. (time) Preceding.
           ten to ten = 9:50; We're going to leave at ten to (the hour).
     13. prep. Used to describe what something consists of or contains.
           Anyone could do this job; there's nothing to it.
           There's a lot of sense to what he says.
     14. prep. (Canada, UK, Newfoundland, West Midlands) At.
           Stay where you're to and I'll come find you, b'y.
     15. adv. Toward a closed, touching or engaging position.
           Please push the door to.
     16. adv. (nautical) Into the wind.
     17. adv. misspelling of too
come to think of it
then a bird to sing to you
     1. v. To perceive the truth or factuality of; to be certain of or that.
           I know that I’m right and you’re wrong.
           He knew something terrible was going to happen.
     2. v. To be aware of; to be cognizant of.
           Did you know Michelle and Jack were getting divorced? ― Yes, I knew.
           She knows where I live.
           I knew he was upset, but I didn't understand why.
     3. v. To be acquainted or familiar with; to have encountered.
           I know your mother, but I’ve never met your father.
     4. v. To experience.
           Their relationship knew ups and downs.
     5. v. To distinguish, to discern, particularly by contrast or comparison; to recognize the nature of.
           to know a person's face or figure
           to know right from wrong
           I wouldn't know one from the other.
     6. v. To recognize as the same (as someone or something previously encountered) after an absence or change.
     7. v. To understand or have a grasp of through experience or study.
           Let me do it. I know how it works.
           She knows how to swim.
           His mother tongue is Italian, but he also knows French and English.
           She knows chemistry better than anybody else.
           Know your enemy and know yourself.
     8. v. (transitive, archaic, Biblical) To have sexual relations with.
     9. v. (intransitive) To have knowledge; to have information, be informed.
           It is vital that he not know.
           She knew of our plan.
           He knows about 19th century politics.
     10. v. (intransitive) To be or become aware or cognizant.
           Did you know Michelle and Jack were getting divorced? ― Yes, I knew.
     11. v. (intransitive, obsolete) To be acquainted (with another person).
     12. v. To be able to play or perform (a song or other piece of music).
           Do you know "Blueberry Hill"?
     13. n. (rare) Knowledge; the state of knowing.
you know
I do know
     1. art. Definite grammatical article that implies necessarily that an entity it articulates is presupposed; something already mentioned, or completely specified later in that same sentence, or assumed already
           I’m reading the book. (Compare I’m reading a book.)
           The street in front of your house. (Compare A street in Paris.)
           The men and women watched the man give the birdseed to the bird.
     2. art.          Used before a noun modified by a restrictive relative clause, indicating that the noun refers to a single referent defined by the relative clause.
                    The street that runs through my hometown.
     3. art. Used before an object considered to be unique, or of which there is only one at a time.
           No one knows how many galaxies there are in the universe.
           God save the Queen!
     4. art. Used before a superlative or an ordinal number modifying a noun, to indicate that the noun refers to a single item.
           That was the best apple pie ever.
     5. art.          Added to a superlative or an ordinal number to make it into a substantive.
                    That apple pie was the best.
     6. art. Introducing a singular term to be taken generically: preceding a name of something standing for a whole class.
     7. art. Used before an adjective, indicating all things (especially persons) described by that adjective.
           Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.
     8. art. Used to indicate a certain example of (a noun) which is usually of most concern or most common or familiar.
           No one in the whole country had seen it before.
           I don't think I'll get to it until the morning.
     9. art. Used before a body part (especially of someone previously mentioned), as an alternative to a possessive pronoun.
           A stone hit him on the head. (= “A stone hit him on his head.”)
     10. art. When stressed, indicates that it describes an object which is considered to be best or exclusively worthy of attention.
           That is the hospital to go to for heart surgery.
     11. adv. 1=With a comparative ormore and a verb phrase, establishes a parallel with one or more other such comparatives.
           The hotter the better.
           The more I think about it, the weaker it looks.
           The more money donated, the more books purchased, and the more happy children.
           It looks weaker and weaker, the more I think about it.
     12. adv. 1=With a comparative, and often withfor it, indicates a result more like said comparative. This can be negated withnone.
           It was a difficult time, but I’m the wiser for it.
           It was a difficult time, and I’m none the wiser for it.
           I'm much the wiser for having had a difficult time like that.
did you see the snake
it got out by the window
     1. n. plural of benefit
     2. v. third-person singular present indicative of benefit
          1. n. An advantage; help or aid from something.
                It was for her benefit.   His benefit was free beer.
          2. n. (insurance) A payment made in accordance with an insurance policy or a public assistance scheme.
          3. n. An event such as a performance, given to raise funds for some cause.
          4. n. (obsolete) beneficence; liberality
          5. v. To be or to provide a benefit to.
          6. v. (intransitive) To receive a benefit (from); to be a beneficiary.
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