abandon /əˈbændən/ (v) to leave somebody, especially somebody you are responsible for, with no intention of returning Example: The study showed a deep fear among the elderly of being abandoned to the care of strangers.
abroad /əˈbrɔːd/ (adj) in or to a foreign country Example: imports of cheap food from abroad
absolute /ˈæbsəluːt/ (adj) total and complete Example: absolute confidence/trust/silence/truth
advantage /ədˈvɑːntɪdʒ/ (n) a thing that helps you to be better or more successful than other people Example: companies seeking competitive advantage over their trading rivals
clean /kliːn/ (v) not dirty Example: to clean the windows/bath/floor
comment /ˈkɒment/ (v) something that you say or write that gives an opinion on or explains somebody/something Example: We were just commenting on how well you look.
confusing /kənˈfjuːzɪŋ/ (adj) difficult to understand; not clear Example: The instructions on the box are very confusing.
drawing /ˈdrɔːɪŋ/ (n) a picture made using a pencil or pen rather than paint Example: a pencil/charcoal drawing
drive /draɪv/ (n) to operate a vehicle so that it goes in a particular direction Example: It's a three-hour drive to London.
engineering /ˌendʒɪˈnɪərɪŋ/ (n) the activity of applying scientific knowledge to the design, building and control of machines, roads, bridges, electrical equipment, etc. Example: The bridge is a triumph of modern engineering.
friendly /ˈfrendli/ (adj) behaving in a kind and pleasant way because you like somebody or want to help them Example: Everyone was very friendly towards me.
gather /ˈɡæðə(r)/ (v) to come together, or bring people together, in one place to form a group Example: They were all gathered round the TV.
generally /ˈdʒenrəli/ (adj) by or to most people Example: The plan was generally welcomed.
hurt /hɜːt/ (v) to cause physical pain to somebody/yourself; to injure somebody/yourself Example: He hurt his back playing squash.
increasingly /ɪnˈkriːsɪŋli/ (adj) more and more all the time Example: Increasingly, training is taking place in the office rather than outside it.