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     1. det. An indefinite large number of.
           many people enjoy playing chess;  there are many different ways to cook a meal
     2. pron. A collective mass of people.
           Democracy must balance the rights of the few against the will of the many
           A great many do not understand this.
     3. pron. An indefinite large number of people or things.
           Many are called, but few are chosen.
     4. n. A multitude; a great aggregate; a mass of people; the generality; the common herd.
     5. n. A considerable number.
starting many years before
many years ago, I myself was on a case
     1. n. plural of patient
          1. adj. (of a person) Willing to wait if necessary; not losing one's temper while waiting.
                Be patient: your friends will arrive in a few hours.
          2. adj. Constant in pursuit or exertion; persevering; calmly diligent.
                patient endeavour
          3. adj. (obsolete) Physically able to suffer or bear.
          4. n. A person or animal who receives treatment from a doctor or other medically educated person.
          5. n. (linguistics, grammar) The noun or noun phrase that is semantically on the receiving end of a verb's action.
                The subject of a passive verb is usually a patient.
          6. n. One who, or that which, is passively affected; a passive recipient.
     1. adv. wrongly, erroneously
           I mistakenly assumed that the shop was still there.
     2. adv. by accident, by mistake, in error (without intention to do so)
           Today I mistakenly took your packed lunch to work.
     1. v. To accept as true, particularly without absolute certainty (i.e., as opposed to knowing)
           If you believe the numbers, you'll agree we need change.
           I believe there are faeries.
     2. v. To accept that someone is telling the truth.
           Why did I ever believe you?
     3. v. (intransitive) To have religious faith; to believe in a greater truth.
           After that night in the church, I believed.
     4. v. To consider likely
           I believe it might rain tomorrow. (Here, the speaker merely accepts the accuracy of the conditional.)
I simply decline to believe in a murder
I believe in the logical sequence of events
     1. conj. Introducing a clause which is the subject or object of a verb (such as one involving reported speech), or which is a complement to a previous statement.
           He told me that the book is a good read.
           I believe that it is true. — She is convinced that he is British.
     2. conj. Introducing a subordinate clause expressing a reason or cause: because, in that.
           Be glad that you have enough to eat.
     3. conj. (now uncommon) Introducing a subordinate clause that expresses an aim, purpose or goal ("final"), and usually contains the auxiliaries may, might or should: so, so that.
     4. conj. Introducing — especially, but not exclusively, with an antecedent like so or such — a subordinate clause expressing a result, consequence or effect.
           The noise was so loud that she woke up.
           The problem was sufficiently important that it had to be addressed.
     5. conj. (archaic, or poetic) Introducing a premise or supposition for consideration: seeing as; inasmuch as; given that; as would appear from the fact that.
     6. conj. Introducing a subordinate clause modifying an adverb.
           Was John there? — Not that I saw.
           How often did she visit him? — Twice that I saw.
     7. conj. Introducing an exclamation expressing a desire or wish.
     8. conj. Introducing an exclamation expressing a strong emotion such as sadness or surprise.
     9. det. The (thing, person, idea, etc) indicated or understood from context, especially if more remote physically, temporally or mentally than one designated as "this", or if expressing distinction.
           That book is a good read. This one isn't.
           That battle was in 1450.
           That cat of yours is evil.
     10. pron. (demonstrative) The thing, person, idea, quality, event, action or time indicated or understood from context, especially if more remote geographically, temporally or mentally than one designated as "t
           He went home, and after that I never saw him again.
     11. pron. The known (thing); (used to refer to something just said).
           They're getting divorced. What do you think about that?
     12. pron. (demonstrative) The aforementioned quality; used together with a verb and pronoun to emphatically repeat a previous statement.
           The water is so cold! — That it is.
     13. pron. (relative) (plural that) Which, who; (representing a subject, direct object, indirect object, or object of a preposition).
           The CPR course that she took really came in handy.
           The house that he lived in was old and dilapidated.
     14. pron. (colloquial) (Used in place of relative adverbs such as where or when; often omitted.)
           the place that = where or to which I went last year
           the last time that = when I went to Europe
     15. adv. (degree) To a given extent or degree.
           "The ribbon was that thin." "I disagree, I say it was not that thin, it was thicker... or maybe thinner...".
     16. adv. (degree) To a great extent or degree; very, particularly (in negative constructions).
           I'm just not that sick.
           I did the run last year, and it wasn't that difficult.
     17. adv. (obsolete, outside, dialects) To such an extent; so. (in positive constructions).
           Ooh, I was that happy I nearly kissed her.
     18. n. (philosophy) Something being indicated that is there; one of those.
it was that
a thing that sang
     1. prep. Near or next to.
           The mailbox is by the bus stop.
     2. prep. At some time before (the given time), or before the end of a given time interval.
           Be back by ten o'clock!  We will send it by the first week of July.
     3. prep. Indicates the actor in a clause with its verb in the passive voice: Through the action or presence of.
           The matter was decided by the chairman.  The boat was swamped by the water.  He was protected by his body armour.
     4. prep. Indicates the creator of a work: Existing through the authorship etc. of.
           There are many well-known plays by William Shakespeare
     5. prep. Indicates the cause of a condition or event: Through the action of, caused by, responsibility for; by dint of.
     6. prep. Indicates a means: Involving/using the means of.
           I avoided the guards by moving only when they weren't looking.
     7. prep. Indicates a source of light used as illumination.
           The electricity was cut off, so we had to read by candlelight.
     8. prep. Indicates an authority, rule, or permission followed.
           I sorted the items by category.  By the power vested in me, I now pronounce you man and wife.
     9. prep. Indicates the amount of some progression: With a change of.
           Our stock is up by ten percent.
     10. prep. In the formulae X by X and by Xs, indicates a steady progression, one X after another.
           We went through the book page by page.  We crawled forward by inches.
     11. prep. Indicates a referenced source: According to.
           He cheated by his own admission.
     12. prep. Indicates an oath: With the authority of.
           By Jove! I think she's got it!  By all that is holy, I'll put an end to this.
     13. prep. Used to separate dimensions when describing the size of something.
           It is easy to invert a 2-by-2 matrix.  The room was about 4 foot by 6 foot.  The bricks used to build the wall measured 10 by 20 by 30 cm.
     14. prep. (horse breeding) Designates a horse's male parent (sire); cf. out of.
           She's a lovely little filly, by Big Lad, out of Damsel in Distress.
     15. adv. Along a path which runs by the speaker.
           I watched as it passed by.
     16. adv. In the vicinity, near.
           There was a shepherd close by.
           The shop is hard by the High Street.
     17. adv. To or at a place, as a residence or place of business.
           I'll stop by on my way home from work.
           We're right near the lifeguard station. Come by before you leave.
     18. adv. Aside, away.
           The women spent much time after harvest putting jams by for winter and spring.
     19. adj. Out of the way, subsidiary.
     20. adj. , en, standalone usage, please
     21. n. (card games) A pass
     22. interj. alternative spelling of bye
by the way
by the window
     1. v. present participle of exercise
     2. n. The act by which something is exercised.
          1. n. Any activity designed to develop or hone a skill or ability.
                The teacher told us the next exercise is to write an essay.
          2. n. Physical activity intended to improve strength and fitness.
          3. n. A setting in action or practicing; employment in the proper mode of activity; exertion; application; use.
          4. n. The performance of an office, ceremony, or duty.
          5. n. (obsolete) That which gives practice; a trial; a test.
          6. v. To exert for the sake of training or improvement; to practice in order to develop.
                to exercise troops or horses;  to exercise one's brain with a puzzle
          7. v. (intransitive) To perform physical activity for health or training.
                I exercise at the gym every day.
          8. v. To use (a right, an option, etc.); to put into practice.
                The tenant exercised its option to renew the tenancy.
                She is going to exercise her right to vote.
          9. v. (now often, in passive) To occupy the attention and effort of; to task; to tax, especially in a painful or vexatious manner; harass; to vex; to worry or make anxious.
                exercised with pain
          10. v. (obsolete) To set in action; to cause to act, move, or make exertion; to give employment to.
     1. pron. (the third-person plural) A group of people, animals, plants or objects previously mentioned.
           Fred and Jane? They just arrived.   Dogs may bark if they want to be fed.   Plants wilt if they are not watered.
           I have a car and a truck, but they are both broken.
     2. pron. (the third-person singular, sometimes proscribed) A single person, previously mentioned, especially if of unknown or non-binary gender, but not if previously named and identified as male or female.
     3. pron. (indefinite pronoun, vague meaning) People; some people; people in general; someone, excluding the speaker.
           They say it’s a good place to live.
           They didn’t have computers in the old days.
           They should do something about this.
           They have a lot of snow in winter.
     4. det. (now Southern England dialect, or nonstandard) The, those.
     5. det. (US dialects including AAVE) Their.
     6. pron. (US dialectal) There (especially as an expletive subject of be).
they tell me
here they are
     1. v. second-person singular present of be
           Mary, where are you going?
     2. v. first-person plural present of be
           We are not coming.
     3. v. second-person plural present of be
           Mary and John, are you listening?
     4. v. third-person plural present of be
           They are here somewhere.
     5. v. (East Yorkshire, Midlands) present of be
     6. n. (dialectal, or obsolete) grace, mercy
           To bid God's are.
           God's are is what children of God seech and seek.
     7. n. (obsolete) honour, dignity
     8. n. (rare) an accepted (but deprecated and rarely used) SI unit of area equal to 100 square metres, or a former unit of approximately the same extent. Symbol: a
here they are
that we are only human
          1. v. (intransitive, now literary) To exist; to have real existence.
          2. v. (with there, or dialectally it, as dummy subject) To exist.
                There is just one woman in town who can help us. (or, dialectally:) It is just one woman in town who can help us.
          3. v. (intransitive) To occupy a place.
                The cup is on the table.
          4. v. (intransitive) To occur, to take place.
                When will the meeting be?
          5. v. (intransitive, in perfect tenses, without predicate) Elliptical form of "be here", "go to and return from" or similar.
                The postman has been today, but my tickets have still not yet come.
                I have been to Spain many times.
                Moscow, huh? I've never been, but it sounds fascinating.
          6. v. (transitive, copulative) Used to indicate that the subject and object are the same.
                Knowledge is bliss.
                Hi, I’m Jim.
          7. v. (transitive, copulative, mathematics) Used to indicate that the values on either side of an equation are the same.
                3 times 5 is fifteen.
          8. v. (transitive, copulative) Used to indicate that the subject plays the role of the predicate nominal.
                François Mitterrand was president of France from 1981 to 1995.
          9. v. (transitive, copulative) Used to connect a noun to an adjective that describes it.
                The sky is blue.
          10. v. (transitive, copulative) Used to indicate that the subject has the qualities described by a noun or noun phrase.
                The sky is a deep blue today.
          11. v. (transitive, auxiliary) Used to form the passive voice.
                The dog was drowned by the boy.
          12. v. (transitive, auxiliary) Used to form the continuous forms of various tenses.
                The woman is walking.
                I shall be writing to you soon.
                We liked to chat while we were eating.
          13. v. (archaic, auxiliary) Used to form the perfect aspect with certain intransitive verbs, most of which indicate motion. Often still used for "to go".
          14. v. (transitive, auxiliary) Used to form future tenses, especially the future periphrastic.
                I am to leave tomorrow.
                I would drive you, were I to obtain a car.
          15. v. (transitive, copulative) Used to link a subject to a measurement.
                This building is three hundred years old.
                I am 75 kilograms.
                He’s about 6 feet tall.
          16. v. (transitive, copulative, with a cardinal numeral) Used to state the age of a subject in years.
                I’m 20. (= I am 20 years old.)
          17. v. (with a dummy subject) it Used to indicate the time of day.
                It is almost eight. (= It is almost eight o’clock.)
                It’s 8:30 read eight-thirty in Tokyo.
                What time is it there? It’s night.
          18. v. (With since) Used to indicate passage of time since the occurrence of an event.
                It has been three years since my grandmother died. (similar to My grandmother died three years ago, but emphasizes the intervening period)
                It had been six days since his departure, when I received a letter from him.
          19. v. (often, impersonal, with it as a dummy subject) Used to indicate weather, air quality, or the like.
                It is hot in Arizona, but it is not usually humid.
                Why is it so dark in here?
          20. v. (dynamic/lexical "be", especially in progressive tenses, conjugated non-suppletively in the present tense, see usage notes) To exist or behave in a certain way.
                "What do we do?" "We be ourselves.".
                Why is he being nice to me?
     1. n. The act of forming, causing, or constituting; workmanship; construction.
     2. n. Process of growth or development.
           As a child he didn’t seem like a genius in the making.
     3. v. present participle of make
that bore the marks of much making over
I shouldn't say she had the home-making instinct
          1. v. To create.
          2. v.          To build, construct, or produce.
                        We made a bird feeder for our yard.
                        I'll make a man out of him yet.
          3. v.          To write or compose.
                        I made a poem for her wedding.
                        He made a will.
          4. v.          To bring about; to effect or produce by means of some action.
                        make war
                        They were just a bunch of ne'er-do-wells who went around making trouble for honest men.
          5. v.          (religious) To create (the universe), especially (in Christianity) from nothing.
                        God made earth and heaven.
          6. v. (intransitive, now mostly colloquial) To behave, to act.
                To make like a deer caught in the headlights.
                They made nice together, as if their fight never happened.
                He made as if to punch him, but they both laughed and shook hands.
          7. v. (intransitive) To tend; to contribute; to have effect; with for or against.
          8. v. To constitute.
                They make a cute couple.
                This makes the third infraction.
                One swallow does not a summer make.
          9. v. 1995, Harriette Simpson Arnow: Critical Essays on Her Work, p.46:
          10. v. To add up to, have a sum of.
                Two and four make six.
          11. v. (intransitive, construed with of typically interrogative) To interpret.
                I don’t know what to make of it.
          12. v. (transitive, usually stressed) To bring into success.
                This company is what made you.
                She married into wealth and so has it made.
          13. v. (ditransitive, second object is an adjective or participle) To cause to be.
                The citizens made their objections clear.
                This might make you a bit woozy.
                Did I make myself heard?
                Scotch will make you a man.
          14. v. To cause to appear to be; to represent as.
          15. v. (ditransitive, second object is a verb) To cause (to do something); to compel (to do something).
                You're making her cry.
                I was made to feel like a criminal.
          16. v. (ditransitive, second object is a verb, can be stressed for emphasis or clarity) To force to do.
                The teacher made the student study.
                Don’t let them make you suffer.
          17. v. (ditransitive, of a fact) To indicate or suggest to be.
                His past mistakes don’t make him a bad person.
          18. v. (transitive, of a bed) To cover neatly with bedclothes.
          19. v. (transitive, US slang) To recognise, identify.
          20. v. (transitive, colloquial) To arrive at a destination, usually at or by a certain time.
                We should make Cincinnati by 7 tonight.
          21. v. (intransitive, colloquial) To proceed (in a direction).
                They made westward over the snowy mountains.
                Make for the hills! It's a wildfire!
                They made away from the fire toward the river.
          22. v. To cover (a given distance) by travelling.
          23. v. To move at (a speed).
                The ship could make 20 knots an hour in calm seas.
                This baby can make 220 miles an hour.
          24. v. To appoint; to name.
          25. v. (transitive, slang) To induct into the Mafia or a similar organization (as a made man).
          26. v. (intransitive, colloquial, euphemistic) To defecate or urinate.
          27. v. To earn, to gain (money, points, membership or status).
                They hope to make a bigger profit.
                He didn't make the choir after his voice changed.
                She made ten points in that game.
          28. v. To pay, to cover (an expense); chiefly used after expressions of inability.
          29. v. (obsolete, intransitive) To compose verses; to write poetry; to versify.
          30. v. To enact; to establish.
          31. v. To develop into; to prove to be.
                She'll make a fine president.
          32. v. To form or formulate in the mind.
                make plans
                made a questionable decision
          33. v. To perform a feat.
                make a leap
                make a pass
                make a u-turn
          34. v. (obsolete) To act in a certain manner; to have to do; to manage; to interfere; to be active; often in the phrase to meddle or make.
          35. v. (obsolete) To increase; to augment; to accrue.
          36. v. (obsolete) To be engaged or concerned in.
          37. v. (now archaic) To cause to be (in a specified place), used after a subjective what.
          38. v. (transitive, euphemism) To take the virginity of.
          39. v. To have sexual intercourse with.
          40. n. (often of a car) Brand or kind; often paired with model.
                What make of car do you drive?
          41. n. How a thing is made; construction.
          42. n. Origin of a manufactured article; manufacture.
                The camera was of German make.
          43. n. Quantity produced, especially of materials.
          44. n. (dated) The act or process of making something, especially in industrial manufacturing.
          45. n. A person's character or disposition.
          46. n. (bridge) The declaration of the trump for a hand.
          47. n. (physics) The closing of an electrical circuit.
          48. n. (computing) A software utility for automatically building large applications, or an implementation of this utility.
          49. n. (slang) Recognition or identification, especially from police records or evidence.
          50. n. (slang) Past or future target of seduction (usually female).
          51. n. (slang) A promotion.
          52. n. A home-made project
          53. n. (basketball) A made basket.
          54. n. (dialectal) Mate; a spouse or companion.
          55. n. (Scotland, Ireland, Northern England, now rare) A halfpenny.
     1. det. Belonging to, from, of, or relating to, them (plural).
           they will meet tomorrow at their convenience;  this is probably their cat
     2. det. Belonging to someone (one person, singular).
     3. adv. misspelling of there
     4. contraction. misspelling of they’re
their own rope
again their eyes met
     1. adj. (not comparable) Near the rear.
           Go in the back door of the house.
     2. adj. (not comparable) Not current.
           I’d like to find a back issue of that magazine.
     3. adj. (not comparable) Far from the main area.
           They took a back road.
     4. adj. (not comparable) In arrear; overdue.
           They still owe three months' back rent.
     5. adj. (not comparable) Moving or operating backward.
           back action
     6. adj. (comparable, phonetics) Pronounced with the highest part of the body of the tongue toward the back of the mouth, near the soft palate (most often describing a vowel).
           The vowel of smallcaps - lot has a back vowel in most dialects of England.
     7. adv. (not comparable) To or in a previous condition or place.
           He gave back the money.   He needs his money back.   He was on vacation, but now he’s back.   The office fell into chaos when you left, but now order is back.
     8. adv. Away from the front or from an edge.
           Sit all the way back in your chair.
           Step back from the curb.
     9. adv. In a manner that impedes.
           Fear held him back.
     10. adv. In a reciprocal manner.
           If you hurt me, I'll hurt you back.
     11. adv. Earlier, ago.
           many years back
     12. n. ese man's tattooed back (late 19th century). The lower portion (below the waist sash) is generally known by other names, such as the "butt" or "backside".
     13. v. (intransitive) To go in the reverse direction.
           the train backed into the station;  the horse refuses to back
     14. v. To support.
           I back you all the way;  which horse are you backing in this race?
     15. v. (nautical, of the wind) To change direction contrary to the normal pattern; that is, to shift anticlockwise in the northern hemisphere, or clockwise in the southern hemisphere.
     16. v. (nautical, of a square sail) To brace the yards so that the wind presses on the front of the sail, to slow the ship.
     17. v. (nautical, of an anchor) To lay out a second, smaller anchor to provide additional holding power.
     18. v. (of a hunting dog) To stand still behind another dog which has pointed.
     19. v. To push or force backwards.
           to back oxen
           The mugger backed her into a corner and demanded her wallet.
     20. v. (transitive, obsolete) To get upon the back of; to mount.
     21. v. (transitive, obsolete) To place or seat upon the back.
     22. v. To make a back for; to furnish with a back.
           to back books
     23. v. To adjoin behind; to be at the back of.
     24. v. To write upon the back of, possibly as an endorsement.
           to back a letter;  to back a note or legal document
     25. v. (legal, of a justice of the peace) To sign or endorse (a warrant, issued in another county, to apprehend an offender).
     26. v. To row backward with (oars).
           to back the oars
     27. n. A large shallow vat; a cistern, tub, or trough, used by brewers, distillers, dyers, picklers, gluemakers, and others, for mixing or cooling wort, holding water, hot glue, etc.
     28. n. A ferryboat.
stepped back
flat on his back
     1. adj. comparative form of bad: more bad
           Your exam results are worse than before.
           The harder you try, the worse you do.
     2. adj. comparative form of ill: more ill
           She was very ill last week but this week she’s worse.
     3. adv. comparative form of badly: more badly
           He drives worse than anyone I know.
     4. adv. comparative form of ill: more ill.
           He's worse-mannered than she is.
     5. adv. Less skillfully.
     6. adv. More severely or seriously.
     7. adv. (sentence adverb) Used to start a sentence describing something that is worse.
           Her leg is infected. Still worse, she's developing a fever.
     8. v. (obsolete, transitive) To make worse; to put at disadvantage; to discomfit.
     9. n. (obsolete) Loss; disadvantage; defeat.
     10. n. That which is worse; something less good.
           Do not think the worse of him for his enterprise.
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