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     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.
he took the cat
returned the sheriff
     1. n. A series of events which produce a result (the product).
           This product of last month's quality standards committee is quite good, even though the process was flawed.
     2. n. (manufacturing) A set of procedures used to produce a product, most commonly in the food and chemical industries.
     3. n. A path of succession of states through which a system passes.
     4. n. (anatomy) Successive physiological responses to keep or restore health.
     5. n. (legal) Documents issued by a court in the course of a lawsuit or action at law, such as a summons, mandate, or writ.
     6. n. (biology) An outgrowth of tissue or cell.
     7. n. (anatomy) A structure that arises above a surface.
     8. n. (computing) An executable task or program.
     9. n. The centre mark that players aim at in the game of squails.
     10. v. to perform a particular process on a thing
     11. v. to retrieve, store, classify, manipulate, transmit etc. (data, signals, etc.), especially using computer techniques.
           We have processed the data using our proven techniques, and have come to the following conclusions.
     12. v. to think about a piece of information, or a concept, in order to assimilate it, and perhaps accept it in a modified state.
           I didn't know she had a criminal record. That will take me a while to process.
     13. v. (mostly, British) To walk in a procession.
     1. prep. Expressing distance or motion.
     2. prep.          (now obsolete, or dialectal) From (of distance, direction), "off".
     3. prep.          (obsolete except in phrases) Since, from (a given time, earlier state etc.).
     4. prep.          From, away from (a position, number, distance etc.).
                    There are no shops within twenty miles of the cottage.
     5. prep.          (North America, Scotland, Ireland) Before (the hour); to.
                    What's the time? / Nearly a quarter of three.
     6. prep. Expressing separation.
     7. prep.          (Indicating removal, absence or separation, with the action indicated by a transitive verb and the quality or substance by a grammatical object.)
                    Finally she was relieved of the burden of caring for her sick husband.
     8. prep.          (Indicating removal, absence or separation, with resulting state indicated by an adjective.)
                    He seemed devoid of human feelings.
     9. prep.          (obsolete) (Indicating removal, absence or separation, construed with an intransitive verb.)
     10. prep. Expressing origin.
     11. prep.          (Indicating an ancestral source or origin of descent.)
                    The word is believed to be of Japanese origin.
     12. prep.          (Indicating a (non-physical) source of action or emotion; introducing a cause, instigation); from, out of, as an expression of.
                    The invention was born of necessity.
     13. prep.          (following an intransitive verb) (Indicates the source or cause of the verb.)
                    It is said that she died of a broken heart.
     14. prep.          (following an adjective) (Indicates the subject or cause of the adjective.)
                    I am tired of all this nonsense.
     15. prep. Expressing agency.
     16. prep.          (following a passive verb) (Indicates the agent (for most verbs, now usually expressed with by).)
                    I am not particularly enamoured of this idea.
     17. prep.          (Used to introduce the "subjective genitive"; following a noun to form the head of a postmodifying noun phrase) (see also 'Possession' senses below).
                    The contract can be terminated at any time with the agreement of both parties.
     18. prep.          (following an adjective) (Used to indicate the agent of something described by the adjective.)
                    It was very brave of you to speak out like that.
     19. prep. Expressing composition, substance.
     20. prep.          (after a verb expressing construction, making etc.) (Used to indicate the material or substance used.)
                    Many 'corks' are now actually made of plastic.
     21. prep.          (directly following a noun) (Used to indicate the material of the just-mentioned object.)
                    She wore a dress of silk.
     22. prep.          (Indicating the composition of a given collective or quantitative noun.)
                    What a lot of nonsense!
     23. prep.          (Used to link a given class of things with a specific example of that class.)
                   Welcome to the historic town of Harwich.
     24. prep.          (Links two nouns in near-apposition, with the first qualifying the second); "which is also".
                    I'm not driving this wreck of a car.
     25. prep. Introducing subject matter.
     26. prep.          (Links an intransitive verb, or a transitive verb and its subject (especially verbs to do with thinking, feeling, expressing etc.), with its subject-ma
                    I'm always thinking of you.
     27. prep.          (following a noun (now chiefly nouns of knowledge, communication etc.)) (Introduces its subject matter); about, concerning.
                    He told us the story of his journey to India.
     28. prep.          (following an adjective) (Introduces its subject matter.)
                    This behaviour is typical of teenagers.
     29. prep. Having partitive effect.
     30. prep.          (following a number or other quantitive word) (Introduces the whole for which is indicated only the specified part or segment); "from among".
                    Most of these apples are rotten.
     31. prep.          (following a noun) (Indicates a given part.)
     32. prep.          (now archaic, literary, with preceding partitive word assumed, or as a predicate after to be) Some, an amount of, one of.
                    On the whole, they seem to be of the decent sort.
     33. prep.          (Links to a genitive noun or possessive pronoun, with partitive effect (though now often merged with possessive senses, below).)
                    He is a friend of mine.
     34. prep. Expressing possession.
     35. prep.          Belonging to, existing in, or taking place in a given location, place or time. Compare "origin" senses, above.
                    He was perhaps the most famous scientist of the twentieth century.
     36. prep.          Belonging to (a place) through having title, ownership or control over it.
                    The owner of the nightclub was arrested.
     37. prep.          Belonging to (someone or something) as something they possess or have as a characteristic; (the "possessive genitive". (With abstract nouns, this inter
                    Keep the handle of the saucepan away from the flames.
     38. prep. Forming the "objective genitive".
     39. prep.          (Follows an agent noun, verbal noun or noun of action.)
                    She had a profound distrust of the police.
     40. prep. Expressing qualities or characteristics.
     41. prep.          (now archaic, or literary) (Links an adjective with a noun or noun phrase to form a quasi-adverbial qualifier); in respect to, as regards.
                    My companion seemed affable and easy of manner.
     42. prep.          (Indicates a quality or characteristic); "characterized by".
                    Pooh was said to be a bear of very little brain.
     43. prep.          (Indicates quantity, age, price, etc.)
                    We have been paying interest at a rate of 10%.
     44. prep.          (US, informal considered incorrect by some) (Used to link singular indefinite nouns (preceded by the indefinite article) and attributive adjectives mod
                    It's not that big of a deal.
     45. prep. Expressing a point in time.
     46. prep.          (chiefly regional) During the course of (a set period of time, day of the week etc.), now specifically with implied repetition or regularity.
                    Of an evening, we would often go for a stroll along the river.
     47. prep.          (UK dialectal, chiefly in negative constructions) For (a given length of time).
                    I've not tekken her out of a goodly long while.
     48. prep.          (after a noun) (Indicates duration of a state, activity etc.)
                    After a delay of three hours, the plane finally took off.
you know the sort of place
'why, what did he die of?'
     1. v. present participle of check
     2. n. (ice hockey) The act of physically keeping an opposing player in check.
     3. n. (informal) A checking account.
           Withdraw $5000 from checking and put it into savings.
          1. n. (chess) A situation in which the king is directly threatened by an opposing piece.
          2. n. An inspection or examination.
                I don't know if she will be there, but it's worth a check.
          3. n. A control; a limit or stop.
                checks and balances
                The castle moat should hold the enemy in check.
          4. n. (US) A mark (especially a checkmark: sc=Latinx, ✓) used as an indicator, equivalent to a tick (UK).
                Place a check by the things you have done.
          5. n. (US) An order to a bank to pay money to a named person or entity; a cheque (UK, Canada).
                I was not carrying cash, so I wrote a check for the amount.
          6. n. (US) A bill, particularly in a restaurant.
                I summoned the waiter, paid the check, and hurried to leave.
          7. n. (contact sports) A maneuver performed by a player to take another player out of the play.
                The hockey player gave a good hard check to obtain the puck.
          8. n. A token used instead of cash in gaming machines.
          9. n. A lengthwise separation through the growth rings in wood.
          10. n. A mark, certificate, or token, by which, errors may be prevented, or a thing or person may be identified.
                a check given for baggage; a return check on a railroad
          11. n. (falconry) The forsaking by a hawk of its proper game to follow other birds.
          12. n. A small chink or crack.
          13. v. To inspect; to examine.
                Check the oil in your car once a month.
                Check whether this page has a watermark.
          14. v. To verify the accuracy of a text or translation, usually making some corrections (proofread) or many (copyedit).
          15. v. (US, often used with "off") To mark items on a list (with a checkmark or by crossing them out) that have been chosen for keeping or removal or that have been dealt with (for example, completed or veri
                Check the items on the list that interest you.
                Check off the items that you've checked (inspected).
                Check the correct answer to each question.
          16. v. To control, limit, or halt.
                Check your enthusiasm during a negotiation.
          17. v. To verify or compare with a source of information.
                Check your data against known values.
          18. v. To leave in safekeeping.
                Check your hat and coat at the door.
          19. v. To leave with a shipping agent for shipping.
                Check your bags at the ticket counter before the flight.
          20. v. (street basketball) To pass or bounce the ball to an opponent from behind the three-point line and have the opponent pass or bounce it back to start play.
                He checked the ball and then proceeded to perform a perfect layup.
                That basket doesn't count—you forgot to check!
          21. v. (contact sports) To hit another player with one's body.
                The hockey player checked the defenceman to obtain the puck.
          22. v. (poker) To remain in a hand without betting. Only legal if no one has yet bet.
                Tom didn't think he could win, so he checked.
          23. v. (chess) To make a move which puts an adversary's piece, especially the king, in check; to put in check.
          24. v. To chide, rebuke, or reprove.
          25. v. (nautical) To slack or ease off, as a brace which is too stiffly extended.
          26. v. To crack or gape open, as wood in drying; or to crack in small checks, as varnish, paint, etc.
          27. v. To make checks or chinks in; to cause to crack.
                The sun checks timber.
          28. v. To make a stop; to pause; with at.
          29. v. (obsolete) To clash or interfere.
          30. v. To act as a curb or restraint.
          31. v. (falconry) To turn, when in pursuit of proper game, and fly after other birds.
          32. n. (textiles usually pluralized) A pattern made up of a grid of squares of alternating colors; a checkered pattern.
                The tablecloth had red and white checks.
           See also individual phrasal verbs such as come out, go out, put out, take out, pull out, and so on.
     1. adv. Away from the inside or the centre.
           The magician pulled the rabbit out of the hat.
     2. adv. Away from home or one's usual place.
           Let's eat out tonight
     3. adv. Outside; not indoors.
           Last night we slept out under the stars.
     4. adv. Away from; at a distance.
           Keep out!
     5. adv. Into a state of non-operation; into non-existence.
           Switch the lights out.
           Put the fire out.
     6. adv. To the end; completely.
           I hadn't finished. Hear me out.
     7. adv. Used to intensify or emphasize.
           The place was all decked out for the holidays.
     8. adv. (of the sun, moon, stars, etc.) So as to be visible in the sky, and not covered by clouds, fog, etc.
           The sun came out after the rain, and we saw a rainbow.
     9. adv. (cricket, baseball) Of a player, so as to be disqualified from playing further by some action of a member of the opposing team (such as being stumped in cricket).
           Wilson was bowled out for five runs.
     10. prep. (nonstandard, contraction of out of) Away from the inside.
           He threw it out the door.
     11. prep. (colloquial) Outside.
           It's raining out.
           It's cold out.
     12. n. A means of exit, escape, reprieve, etc.
           They wrote the law to give those organizations an out.
     13. n. (baseball) A state in which a member of the batting team is removed from play due to the application of various rules of the game such as striking out, hitting a fly ball which is caught by the fieldi
     14. n. (cricket) A dismissal; a state in which a member of the batting team finishes his turn at bat, due to the application of various rules of the game, such as the bowler knocking over the batsman's wicke
     15. n. (poker) A card which can make a hand a winner.
     16. n. (dated) A trip out; an outing.
     17. n. (mostly, in plural) One who, or that which, is out; especially, one who is out of office.
     18. n. A place or space outside of something; a nook or corner; an angle projecting outward; an open space.
     19. n. (printing, dated) A word or words omitted by the compositor in setting up copy; an omission.
     20. v. To eject; to expel.
     21. v. To reveal (a person) to be gay, bisexual, or transgender.
     22. v. To reveal (a person or organization) as having a certain secret, such as a being a secret agent or undercover detective.
     23. v. To reveal (a secret).
           A Brazilian company outed the new mobile phone design.
     24. v. (intransitive, archaic) To come or go out; to get out or away; to become public.
     25. v. To become apparent.
     26. adj. Not at home; not at one's office or place of employment.
           I'm sorry, Mr Smith is out at the moment.
     27. adj. Released, available for purchase, download or other use.
           Did you hear? Their newest CD is out!
     28. adj. (in various games; used especially of a batsman or batter in cricket or baseball) Dismissed from play under the rules of the game.
           He bowls, Johnson pokes at it ... and ... Johnson is out! Caught behind by Ponsonby!
     29. adj. Openly acknowledging that one is gay or transgender.
           It's no big deal to be out in the entertainment business.
     30. adj. (of flowers) In bloom.
           The garden looks beautiful now that the roses are out.
     31. adj. (of the sun, moon or stars) Visible in the sky; not obscured by clouds.
           The sun is out, and it's a lovely day.
     32. adj. (of lamps, fires etc.) Not shining or burning.
           I called round to the house but all the lights were out and no one was home.
     33. adj. (of ideas, plans, etc.) Discarded; no longer a possibility.
           Right, so that idea's out. Let's move on to the next one.
     34. adj. No longer popular or in fashion.
           Black is out this season. The new black is white.
     35. adj. Without; no longer in possession of; not having more
           Do you have any bread? Sorry, we're out.
     36. adj. (of calculations or measurements) Containing errors or discrepancies; in error by a stated amount.
           Nothing adds up in this report. All these figures are out.
           The measurement was out by three millimetres.
     37. adj. (obsolete) Of a young lady: having entered society and available to be courted.
     38. interj. (procedure word, especially, military) A radio procedure word meaning that the station is finished with its transmission and does not expect a response.
           Destruction. Two T-72s destroyed. Three foot mobiles down. Out.
and I won out
and choked out
     1. n. plural of item
     2. v. third-person singular present indicative of item
          1. n. A distinct physical object.
                Tweezers are great for manipulating small items.
          2. n. , passage=The San Juan market is Mexico City's most famous deli of exotic meats, where an adventurous shopper can hunt down hard-to-find critters (...). But the priciest items in the market aren'
          3. n. (by extension, video games) An object that can be picked up for later use.
          4. n. A line of text having a legal or other meaning; a separate particular in an account.
                the items in a bill
                In response to the first item, we deny all wrongdoing.
          5. n. (psychometrics) A question on a test, which may include its answers.
                The exam has 100 items, each of which includes a correct response and three distractors.
          6. n. A matter for discussion in an agenda.
                The first item for discussion is the budget for next year's picnic.
          7. n. (informal) Two people who are having a relationship with each other.
                Jack and Jill are an item.
          8. n. A short article in a newspaper.
                an item concerning the weather
          9. n. (obsolete) A hint; an innuendo.
          10. v. To make a note of.
          11. adv. likewise
     1. prep. In, near, or in the general vicinity of a particular place.
           Caesar was at Rome;  at the corner of Fourth Street and Vine;  at Jim’s house
     2. prep. (indicating time) (Indicating occurrence in an instant of time or a period of time relatively short in context or from the speaker's perspective.)
           at six o’clock;  at closing time;  at night.
     3. prep. In the direction of (often in an unfocused or uncaring manner).
           He threw the ball at me.  He shouted at her.
     4. prep. Denotes a price.
           3 apples at 2¢ (each)   The offer was at $30,000 before negotiations.
     5. prep. Occupied in (activity).
           men at work
     6. prep. In a state of.
           She is at sixes and sevens with him.  They are at loggerheads over how best to tackle the fiscal cliff.  The city was at the mercy of the occupying forces.
     7. prep. Indicates a position on a scale or in a series.
           Sell at 90.  Tiger finished the round at tenth, seven strokes behind the leaders.  I'm offering it—just to select customers—at cost.
     8. prep. Because of.
           to laugh at a joke   mad at their comments
     9. prep. Indicates a means, method, or manner.
     10. prep. Holding a given speed or rate.
           It is growing at the rate of 3% a year.  Cruising along at fifty miles per hour.
     11. prep. (used for skills (including in activities) or areas of knowledge) On the subject of; regarding.
           The twins were both bad at chemistry.
           He slipped at marksmanship over his extended vacation.
     12. prep. (Ireland, stressed pronunciation) Bothering, irritating, causing discomfort to
     13. n. The at sign (@).
     14. n. (alt form, att) (Laos currency unit)
that at present
she said at last
     1. art. One; any indefinite example of; used to denote a singular item of a group.
           There was a man here looking for you yesterday.
     2. art. Used in conjunction with the adjectives score, dozen, hundred, thousand, and million, as a function word.
           I've seen it happen a hundred times.
     3. art. One certain or particular; any single.Brown, Lesley, (2003)
           We've received an interesting letter from a Mrs. Miggins of London.
     4. art. The same; one.
           We are of a mind on matters of morals.
     5. art. Any, every; used before a noun which has become modified to limit its scope; also used with a negative to indicate not a single one.Lindberg, Christine A. (2007)
           A man who dies intestate leaves his children troubles and difficulties.
           He fell all that way, and hasn't a bump on his head?
     6. art. Used before plural nouns modified by few, good many, couple, great many, etc.
     7. art. Someone or something like; similar to; Used before a proper noun to create an example out of it.
           The center of the village was becoming a Times Square.
     8. prep. (archaic) To do with position or direction; In, on, at, by, towards, onto.
           Stand a tiptoe.
     9. prep. To do with separation; In, into.
           Torn a pieces.
     10. prep. To do with time; Each, per, in, on, by.
           I brush my teeth twice a day.
     11. prep. (obsolete) To do with method; In, with.
     12. prep. (obsolete) To do with role or capacity; In.
           A God’s name.
     13. prep. To do with status; In.
           King James Bible (II Chronicles 2:18)
             To set the people a worke.
     14. prep. (archaic) To do with process, with a passive verb; In the course of, experiencing.
           1964, Bob Dylan, The Times They Are a-Changin’
             The times, they are a-changin'.
     15. prep. (archaic) To do with an action, an active verb; Engaged in.
           1611, King James Bible, Hebrews 11-21
             Jacob, when he was a dying
     16. prep. (archaic) To do with an action/movement; To, into.
     17. v. (archaic, or slang) Have.
           I'd a come, if you'd a asked.
     18. pron. (obsolete, outside, England, and Scotland dialects) He.
     19. interj. A meaningless syllable; ah.
     20. prep. (archaic, slang) Of.
           The name of John a Gaunt.
     21. adv. (chiefly Scotland) All.
     22. adj. (chiefly Scotland) All.
for a moment
a very dull old woman
     1. n. A large self-service store that sells groceries and, usually, medications, household goods and/or clothing.
           I went to the supermarket to buy some food.
     2. n. A chain of such stores.
     3. n. (figurative) A one-stop shop; a place offering a range of products or services.
     1. conj. Connects at least two alternative words, phrases, clauses, sentences, etc. each of which could make a passage true. In English, this is the "inclusive or." The "exclusive or" is formed by "either(...)
           In Ohio, anyone under the age of 18 who wants a tattoo or body piercing needs the consent of a parent or guardian.
           He might get cancer, or be hit by a bus, or God knows what.
     2. conj. (logic) An operator denoting the disjunction of two propositions or truth values. There are two forms, the inclusive or and the exclusive or.
     3. conj. Counts the elements before and after as two possibilities.
     4. conj. Otherwise (a consequence of the condition that the previous is false).
           It's raining! Come inside or you'll catch a cold!
     5. conj. Connects two equivalent names.
           The country Myanmar, or Burma
     6. n. (logic, electronics) alternative form of OR
     7. n. (tincture) The gold or yellow tincture on a coat of arms.
     8. adj. (tincture) Of gold or yellow tincture on a coat of arms.
     9. adv. (obsolete) Early (on).
     10. adv. (obsolete) Earlier, previously.
     11. prep. (now archaic, or dialect) Before; ere.
or to sit down
or sudden feeling
     1. n. An institution which holds books and/or other forms of stored information for use by the public or qualified people. It is usual, but not a defining feature of a library, for it to be housed in rooms
     2. n. A collection of books or other forms of stored information.
     3. n. An equivalent collection of analogous information in a non-printed form, e.g. record library.
     4. n. (computer science) A collection of software subprograms that provides functionality, to be incorporated into or used by a computer program.
     5. n. A collection of DNA material from a single organism or relative to a single disease.
     6. n. (card games) The deck or draw pile.
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