American Accent Training: A Guide to Speaking and by Ann Cook

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Acquire (formal) to become the owner of something She has acquired a large collection of old books. fm Page 46 Tuesday, January 20, 2004 1:26 PM 46 give verb Synonyms: give, present, confer, donate, grant Antonyms: take, steal Synonyms: give to pass or send something to someone Give me another envelope, please. ć Can you give me some information about holidays in Greece? present to give something formally to someone His boss presented him with a large report to read ć When he retired, the firm presented him with a large clock.

Companion a person who is with someone She turned to her companion and said a few words. companion spent the whole journey sleeping. mate (informal) a friend, especially a man’s friend He’s gone to the pub with his mates. pal (dated informal) a friend She’s meeting some old school pals for lunch. fm Page 44 Tuesday, January 20, 2004 1:26 PM 44 funny adjective Synonyms: funny, comic, comical, humorous, witty, hilarious Antonyms: serious, solemn Synonyms: funny making people laugh He made funny faces and all the children laughed.

Object to say that you do not like something or you do not want something to happen He objected that the pay was too low. ć I object to her being given this private information. criticise to say that something or someone is bad or wrong She criticised their lack of interest and enthusiasm. ć The design of the new car has been criticised. condemn to say strongly that you do not approve of something She condemned the police for their treatment of the prisoners. fm Page 33 Tuesday, January 20, 2004 1:26 PM 33 dislike noun Synonyms: dislike, hatred, hate, disgust Antonym: liking Synonyms: dislike a feeling of not liking something or someone She had a great dislike of noisy parties.

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