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to assess

to assess

/əˈsɛs/
verb
to form a judgment on the quality, nature, or ability of something or someone
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Schools usually fail to accurately assess the abilities of autistic children because classroom tasks are not appropriate for them.

Review your planner and assess your priorities.

We talked about how Euro NCAP assesses how safe the occupants of the Taycan are.

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to approve

to approve

/əˈpɹuv/
verb
to officially agree to a plan, proposal, etc.
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He was unanimously approved by a Republican controlled senate.

So, if she approves it...

And if they approve it, it goes through.

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basically

basically

/ˈbeɪsɪkɫi/
adverb
in the most important aspects with no regard to details of less importance
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Yeah, I and others are just not buying what you're selling, basically.

You basically act like we're the dirt on the bottom of your shoe

And I am basically being treated for the tendinitis and then we'll see what happens, OK?

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biased

biased

/ˈbaɪəst/
adjective
tending to be for or against someone or something in an unfair way
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People are so biased about everything.

He's pretty biased.

Now, of course, those tests were tremendously biased, but no matter.

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consistently

consistently

/kənˈsɪstəntɫi/
adverb
in a way that is always the same
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She was consistently a small streamer before.

You know, traffic has usually been down pretty consistently in the space.

The segment was about 20 percent of the industry pretty consistently and so on.

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controversial

controversial

/ˌkɑntɹəˈvɝʃəɫ/
adjective
causing a lot of strong public disagreement or discussion
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They are a very controversial group in South Korea.

That was controversial in the other video.

These coffin homes are controversial, but the government struggles to stop prices from rising.

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controversy

controversy

/ˈkɑntɹəˌvɝsi/
noun
a strong disagreement or argument over something that involves many people
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Even the extremely popular Cow Parade has been a topic of controversy in a few areas.

Even the extremely popular Cow Parade has been a topic of controversy in a few areas.

But the analysis of thoroughbred-racehorse genetics has added to the controversy surrounding horse breeding.

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criticism

criticism

/ˈkɹɪtɪˌsɪzəm/
noun
remarks that express disapproval of someone or something based on their errors or flaws
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While people may have criticisms of how one system is, you have to think about the other people.

Of course there's a difference between constructive criticism and hate comments.

The project has drawn criticism from environmental groups.

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to debate

to debate

/dəˈbeɪt/
verb
to formally discuss a matter
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Classifying cannabis as a schedule I drug has been highly debated since then.

Analysts and industry watchers debate the reasons why Tesla is so dominant in EVs.

There is some debate about whether this is a good thing.

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to differ

to differ

/ˈdɪfɝ/
verb
to disagree with someone; to have a different opinion
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Studies have identified several areas of the brain that differ from the norm in autistic individuals.

Towns 130 miles apart differ about 10 minutes in sun times.

Towns 1,300 miles apart differ about 100 minutes in sun times.

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disagreement

disagreement

/dɪsəˈɡɹimənt/
noun
an argument or a situation in which people have different opinions about something
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She is the goddess of disagreements.

Then he and Agamemnon have a disagreement.

Then he and Agamemnon have a disagreement.

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to estimate

to estimate

/ˈɛstəˌmeɪt/, /ˈɛstəmət/
verb
to guess the value, number, quantity, size, etc. of something without exact calculation
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Medical scientists estimate an autism ratio of 1 in every 110 children in the United States.

Some experts estimate that by 2050, the world population will reach 9 billion.

Population estimates based on the remains of prehistoric settlements are difficult to validate.

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to evaluate

to evaluate

/iˈvæɫjuˌeɪt/, /ɪˈvæɫjuˌeɪt/
verb
to calculate the amount, importance, number, or value of something or someone
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Her doctors evaluated her and agreed to make her into a bionic woman.

The two women were being evaluated for epilepsy surgery at University Hospital in Geneva, Switzerland.

Bidders like Takayuki have about 15 minutes to evaluate dozens of fresh tuna before the auction begins.

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to infer

to infer

/ˌɪnˈfɝ/
verb
to reach an opinion or decision based on available evidence and deduction
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Some researchers have inferred that faulty connections between areas of the brain may be responsible for autism.

And the capability for language can really only be inferred from the fossil record.

The result is then used to infer if the alternative is likely.

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to maintain

to maintain

/meɪnˈteɪn/
verb
to strongly express an opinion as true and valid, although others may disagree
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The gavel that judges rap to convene court and maintain order is another such symbol of authority.

Some experts maintain that hydroponic farming could be an answer.

The soil surrounding the plant roots helps the plants maintain a vertical growth pattern.

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objective

objective

/əbˈdʒɛktɪv/
adjective
based only on facts and not influenced by personal feelings or judgments
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And so it's a very objective scoring system.

There is no objective truth about what the best book is.

Like, is it an objective thing, out there in the world, waiting to be known?

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to oppose

to oppose

/əˈpoʊz/
verb
to strongly disagree with a policy, plan, idea, etc. and try to put an end to it
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Jackson thought that the Bank would use its money to oppose his reelection in 1836, so he vetoed that bill.

Society as a whole as opposed to individual work is a good direction for the answer.

So the changes have been incremental, as opposed to a huge redesign.

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precisely

precisely

/pɹiˈsaɪsɫi/, /pɹɪˈsaɪsɫi/
adverb
used to highlight the accuracy of something
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They're weighed precisely.

Precisely as we see today, we have too many workers who make too little money.

But actually, you could argue that precisely because marijuana is illegal, more people will end up with psychosis.

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subjective

subjective

/səbˈdʒɛktɪv/
adjective
based on or influenced by personal feelings or opinions rather than facts
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The point here is that policing has a lot of aspects to it that are surprisingly subjective.

This is meant to illustrate how it’s impossible to directly communicate our subjective experiences.

Our memories are not ironclad representations of reality, but subjective perceptions.

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to advocate

to advocate

/ˈædvəˌkeɪt/, /ˈædvəkət/
verb
to publicly support something
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I advocate for bringing awareness to that issue.

I am advocating also for many countries that this is an opportunity for the governments is a bit tricky.

Instead, police reform proponents have been advocating a shift towards the guardian mentality.

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affirmative

affirmative

/əˈfɝmətɪv/
adjective
showing agreement or approval
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So affirmative action has a really long history.

- Affirmative action is not what is causing Asian Americans not to get in to schools.

And President Kennedy's requirement that government contractors implement affirmative action policies.

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arguably

arguably

/ˈɑɹɡjuəbɫi/
adverb
used when giving an opinion one believes could be supported by providing reasons for it
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And ShowBiz had arguably better animatronics.

GameStop is arguably a relic of a bygone era of shopping malls.

Lobbying is arguably the American government's oldest profession.

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as a matter of fact

as a matter of fact

/æz ɐ mˈæɾɚɹ ʌv fˈækt/
adverb
said to disagree with what someone just said
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As a matter of fact, I'm...

As a matter of fact, a number investors, including some very famous hedge funds, went to gold.

As a matter of fact, a number of investors, including some very famous hedge funds, went to gold.

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challenging

challenging

/ˈtʃæɫəndʒɪŋ/
adjective
demanding skills and difficult to deal with in a way that is interesting
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Raising a child prodigy is extremely challenging.

It was very challenging.

The side pole is one of safety expert Euro NCAP's most challenging tests.

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to confer

to confer

/kənˈfɝ/
verb
to exchange opinions and have discussions with others
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He often conferred with the director and other actors, working through shots and scenes with them.

We had hoped to confer today's honorary degrees in person.

The context really does confer meaning.

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to contradict

to contradict

/ˌkɑntɹəˈdɪkt/
verb
(of statements, etc.) to be the exact opposite of each other
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and I feel like I'm contradicting myself or something here.

He contradicted his own experts daily, sometimes within minutes.

And his message has often contradicted health officials as well as state and local government.

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to dispute

to dispute

/dɪˈspjut/
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to doubt a fact or to call its truth into question
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His insurance company disputes the core argument of his casethat the damage was done by hail.

Yet the reason the islanders wiped out their forest is still open to dispute.

And though this has never been confirmed, Palantir certainly has not disputed it.

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inclined

inclined

/ˌɪnˈkɫaɪnd/
adjective
having a tendency to do something; possessing an innate ability for something
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New investors that are coming on board, they're far more technologically inclined than older generations.

And if you are so inclined to gulp it down, there's at least one benefit you can look forward to.

The song starts to boom and you're more inclined to dance.

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mistaken

mistaken

/mɪˈsteɪkən/
adjective
wrong in one's judgment, opinion, or belief
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I was mistaken.

Oh, yes, that was Ally's, actually, you're mistaken, it was Ally's.

This sometimes really gets mistaken for passivity.

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moderate

moderate

/ˈmɑdɝˌeɪt/, /ˈmɑdɝət/
adjective
(of a person or ideology) not extreme or radical and considered reasonable by a majority of people
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O'Rourke on the other hand has thrown his support behind a more moderate plan known as Medicare for America.

Clyburn is influential among a key constituency that has a soft spot for Joe moderate religious African-Americans.

The questionnaires put them into one of three groups: binge drinkers, moderate drinkers, and abstainers.

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having said that

having said that

/hˌævɪŋ sˈɛd ðˈæt/
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in spite of what has just been mentioned

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second thought

second thought

/sˈɛkənd θˈɔːt/
noun
a change of opinion or reconsidering a decision made before
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I never had second thoughts.

I mean, I had no second thoughts.

But, it was the second thought.

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