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adjective /ˈadʒɪktɪv /▸ noun Grammar a word naming an attribute of a noun, such as sweet, red, or technical.

adjectivally /adʒɪkˈtʌɪv(ə)li/ adverb

Big, brave, black, happy...


adverb /ˈadvəːb /▸ noun Grammar a word or phrase that modifies the meaning of an adjective, verb, or other adverb, expressing manner, place, time, or degree (e.g. gently, here, now, very). Some adverbs, for example sentence adverbs, can also be used to modify whole sentences.


verb /vəːb /▸ noun Grammar a word used to describe an action, state, or occurrence, and forming the main part of the predicate of a sentence, such as hear, become, happen.


devote /dɪˈvəʊt /▸ verb [with obj.]1 (devote something to) give all or most of one's time or resources to (a person or activity):I wanted to devote more time to my familyshe devoted herself to fundraising.▪ use a certain amount of space or time to cover (a topic):a full page is devoted to each ski run.


recession /rɪˈsɛʃ(ə)n /▸ noun1 a period of temporary economic decline during which trade and industrial activity are reduced, generally identified by a fall in GDP in two successive quarters:the country is in the depths of a recession[mass noun] measures to pull the economy out of recession.2 [mass noun] chiefly Astronomy the action of receding; motion away from an observer.– DERIVATIVES recessionary adjective– ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from Latin recessio(n-), from recess- ‘gone back’, from the verb recedere (see recede).


long2 /lɒŋ /▸ verb [no obj.] have a strong wish or desire:she longed for a little more excitement[with infinitive] we are longing to see the new baby.– ORIGIN Old English langian ‘grow long, prolong’, also ‘dwell in thought, yearn’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch langen ‘present, offer’ and German langen ‘reach, extend’.


thrill /θrɪl /▸ noun1 a sudden feeling of excitement and pleasure:the thrill of jumping out of an aeroplane.▪ an experience that produces a sudden feeling of excitement and pleasure:to ride a winner is always a thrill.▪ a wave or nervous tremor of emotion or sensation:a thrill of excitement ran through her.2 Medicine a vibratory movement or resonance heard through a stethoscope.▪ archaic a throb or pulsation.▸ verb1 [with obj.] cause (someone) to have a sudden feeling of excitement and pleasure:his kiss thrilled and excited herthey were thrilled with the resultsI'm thrilled to bits.▪ [no obj.] experience such feeling:thrill to the magic of the world 's greatest guitarist.2 [no obj., with adverbial] (of an emotion or sensation) pass with a nervous tremor:the shock of alarm thrilled through her.▪ [no obj.] literary quiver or throb.– PHRASESthe thrill of the chasepleasure and excitement derived from seeking something desired, especially a sexual partner:I was so lost in the thrill of the chase that I didn't realize we were entirely incompatible.thrills and spillsexcitement and exhilaration, especially when derived from dangerous sports or entertainments:experience the thrills and spills of water sports.– ORIGIN Middle English (as a verb in the sense ‘pierce or penetrate’): alteration of dialect thirl ‘pierce’.


longing /ˈlɒŋɪŋ /▸ noun a yearning desire:Miranda felt a wistful longing for the old days[mass noun] a tale of love and longing.▸ adjective [attrib.] having or showing a yearning desire:her longing eyes.– DERIVATIVES longingly adverb