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Addiction
(n) a strong need that someone feels to regularly take an illegal or harmful drug: I developed an addiction to the medicine my doctor had prescribed for me.
Adore
(v) to love someone/something very much: I absolutely adore Indian food!
Anticipation
(n) a feeling of excitement about something enjoyable that is going to happen soon: I waited in anticipation for the show to begin.
Appeal
(v) to ask people to do something or to behave in a particular way, especially in a difficult situation: The Minister has appealed for people not to panic.
Appeal
(v) if something appeals to you, you like it or want it: A holiday in Ireland doesn't really appeal to me.
Appeal
(n) a quality that something has that makes people like it or want it: It's difficult to explain the appeal of this book.
Appeal
(n) a request for people to do something or to behave in a particular way: Police have made an appeal for witnesses to come forward.
Arbitrary
(adj) not based on any particular plan or done for any particular reason: The choice of date for the wedding was just arbitrary.
Aspiration
(n) something that you want to achieve, or the wish to achieve something: One of my aspirations is to travel the world.
Bear
(v) if you cannot bear something, you cannot accept or do it because it makes you very unhappy: I can't bear waiting in queues.
Compulsory
(adj) something that is compulsory must be done because of a rule or law: This course is compulsory for all students.
Content
(adj) happy and satisfied with your life: I'm quite content working here.
Craving
(n) a very strong feeling of wanting something: I had a sudden craving for chocolate ice cream.
Decline
(v) to say politely that you will not accept something or do something: The Prime Minister declined to answer questions.
Decline
(v) to become less or worse: The service in this hotel has really declined over the last couple of years.
Dedicated
(adj) spending all your time and effort on something: Kelly's very dedicated to her job and should go far.
Delight
(v) to give someone a lot of enjoyment or pleasure: I was delighted by the decision.
Desire
(v) to want something: It's quite common for people to desire what they can't have.
Desire
(n) a strong feeling of wanting to have or do something: She had a strong desire to work in the media.
Devote
(v) to spend a lot of time or effort doing something: Gordon's absolutely devoted to his kids.
Devote
(v) to use something such as money for a particular purpose: The government has devoted £10 million to the project.
Differentiate
(v) to see or show a difference between things: I'm colour blind so I have problems differentiating between red and green.
Envy
(v) to have the unhappy feeling of wanting to be like someone else or have what they have: Carla's brother envied her success and wealth.
Envy
(n) the unhappy feeling you have when you want very much to do something that someone else does or have something that they have: Envy can destroy a relationship.
Fancy
(v) to want to have or do something: Where do you fancy going tonight?
Fascination
(n) the state of being very interested in something or attracted by something: Carol's always had a fascination with insects.
Favour
(v) to support an idea and believe that it is better than other ideas that have been suggested: I favour the first suggestion.
Favour
(v) to help someone and give them an advantage in an unfair way: It's not fair to favour one student over another.
Favour
(n) something that you do for someone in order to help them: I don't suppose you could do me a favour, could you?
Greedy
(adj) wanting more money, things or power than you need: Maybe being sick will teach you not to be so greedy next time.
Impulse
(n) a sudden strong feeling that you must do something: I couldn't resist the impulse to kiss her.
Inclined
(adj) feeling that you want to do something: I am inclined to agree with you.
Liking
(n) a feeling of enjoying or liking something: I developed a liking for Chinese food when I lived there.
Mediocre
(adj) average or below average in quality: The restaurant was quite expensive, and the food was only mediocre.
Motive
(n) the reason you do something: What was the murderer's motive?
Mundane
(adj) ordinary and not interesting or exciting, especially because it happens too regularly: I'm thinking of changing jobs because working in the office has become quite mundane.
Obsessed
(adj) considering someone or something as so important that you are always thinking about them, in a way that seems extreme to other people: Oliver is totally obsessed with football.
Optional
(adj) something that is optional is available or possible if you want it, but you do not have to have it or do it: The sunroof is optional on this car, so you have to pay extra.
Passion
(n) a strong enthusiasm or interest: Alice had a passion for cooking.
Praise
(v) to express strong approval or admiration for someone or something, especially in public: I felt proud when the teacher praised my work.
Praise
(n) an expression of strong approval or admiration: Praise usually works far better than criticism.
Resolve
(v) to make a formal decision, usually after a discussion and a vote at a meeting: The Company resolved to appoint a new managing director.
Sacrifice
(v) to give up something important or valuable so that you or other people can do or have something else: We've had to sacrifice a lot to put our children through private school.
Sacrifice
(n) the act of giving up something important or valuable so that you or other people can do or have something else: We all have to make sacrifices now that both your mother and I are out of work.
Strive
(v) to make a lot of effort to achieve something: You won't achieve your goals unless you strive towards them.
Taste
(n) the ability to judge if something is good or bad in things like art, fashion and social behaviour: Michael really has no taste in clothes.
Tempting
(adj} used for describing something that makes you feel you would like to have it or do it: It's very tempting to blame the government for everything that goes wrong.
Urge
(v) to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take: I would urge you to speak to a lawyer.
Urge
(n) a strong feeling of wanting or needing to do something: I suddenly felt an urge to run from the room.
Welcome
(v) to say that you are pleased to accept or consider something such as an opportunity or a question: We welcome the government's proposals.
Welcome
(adj) if you are welcome or a welcome visitor at a place, people are pleased that you are there: We were made to feel very welcome.
Worthwhile
(adj) if something is worthwhile, it is worth the time, money or effort that you spend on it: Why don't you watch less TV and do something more worthwhile with your time?
Yearn
(v) to want something a lot, especially something that you know you may not be able to have: Many people yearn to retire to the country, but not everyone manages it.