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  ( effects    plural & 3rd person present)   ( effecting    present participle)   ( effected    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-var   The effectof one thing on another is the change that the first thing causes in the second thing.  
oft N of/on n, N of -ing, adj N  
Parents worry about the effect of music on their adolescent's behavior..., Even minor head injuries can cause long-lasting psychological effects.     
2       n-count   An effect is an impression that someone creates deliberately, for example in a place or in a piece of writing.   (=impression)  
The whole effect is cool, light and airy.     
3       n-plural   A person's effects are the things that they have with them at a particular time, for example when they are arrested or admitted to hospital, or the things that they owned when they died.  
FORMAL   with poss   (=belongings)  
His daughters were collecting his effects.     
4       n-plural   The effects in a film are the specially created sounds and scenery.  
5       verb   If you effect something that you are trying to achieve, you succeed in causing it to happen.  
FORMAL   Prospects for effecting real political change seemed to have taken a major step backwards.      V n  
    greenhouse effect  
    placebo effect  
    ripple effect  
    sound effect  
    special effect  
7    If you say that someone is doing something for effect, you mean that they are doing it in order to impress people and to draw attention to themselves.  
for effect      phrase   PHR after v  
The Cockney accent was put on for effect.     
8    You add in effect to a statement or opinion that is not precisely accurate, but which you feel is a reasonable description or summary of a particular situation.  
in effect      phrase   PHR with cl     (vagueness)    (=effectively)  
That deal would create, in effect, the world's biggest airline.     
9    If you put, bring, or carry a plan or idea into effect, you cause it to happen in practice.  
(put/bring/carry) sthg into effect      phrase   V inflects   (=implement)  
These and other such measures ought to have been put into effect in 1985.     
10    If a law or policy takes effect or comes into effect at a particular time, it officially begins to apply or be valid from that time. If it remains in effect, it still applies or is still valid.  
take/come into effect      phrase   V inflects  
...the ban on new logging permits which will take effect from July..., The decision was taken yesterday and will remain in effect until further government instructions.     
11    You can say that something takes effect when it starts to produce the results that are intended.  
take effect      phrase   V inflects  
The second injection should only have been given once the first drug had taken effect...     
12    You use effect in expressions such as to good effect and to no effect in order to indicate how successful or impressive an action is.  
to (good) effect             phrase   PHR after v  
Mr Morris feels the museum is using advertising to good effect...     
13    You use to this effect, to that effect, or to the effect that to indicate that you have given or are giving a summary of something that was said or written, and not the actual words used.  
to this/that effect      phrase   n PHR  
A circular to this effect will be issued in the next few weeks...     
14    If you say that something will happen with immediate effect or with effectfrom a particular time, you mean that it will begin to apply or be valid immediately or from the stated time.  
mainly FORMAL  
with (immediate) effect/effect from      phrase   PHR after v  
The price of the Saturday edition is going up with effect from 3 November.     
    cause and effect  
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good     ( better    comparative)   ( best    superlative  )
1       adj   Good means pleasant or enjoyable.,   (Antonym: bad)    We had a really good time together..., I know they would have a better life here..., There's nothing better than a good cup of hot coffee..., It's so good to hear your voice after all this time.     
2       adj   Good means of a high quality, standard, or level.,   (Antonym: poor)    Exercise is just as important to health as good food..., His parents wanted Raymond to have the best possible education..., ...good quality furniture.     
3       adj   If you are good at something, you are skilful and successful at doing it.  
oft ADJ at n/-ing     (Antonym: bad, poor)    He was very good at his work..., I'm not very good at singing..., He is one of the best players in the world..., I always played football with my older brother because I was good for my age.     
4       adj   If you describe a piece of news, an action, or an effect as good, you mean that it is likely to result in benefit or success.  
usu ADJ n     (Antonym: bad)    On balance biotechnology should be good news for developing countries..., I had the good fortune to be selected..., This is not a good example to set other children..., I think the response was good.     
5       adj   A good idea, reason, method, or decision is a sensible or valid one.  
usu ADJ n     (Antonym: bad, poor)    They thought it was a good idea to make some offenders do community service..., There is good reason to doubt this..., Could you give me some advice on the best way to do this?     
6       adj   If you say that it is goodthat something should happen or goodto do something, you mean it is desirable, acceptable, or right.  
usu v-link ADJ, oft it v-link ADJ that/to-inf     (Antonym: bad)    I think it's good that some people are going..., It is always best to choose organically grown foods if possible.     
7       adj   A good estimate or indication of something is an accurate one.  
usu ADJ n     (Antonym: poor)    We have a fairly good idea of what's going on..., This is a much better indication of what a school is really like..., Laboratory tests are not always a good guide to what happens in the world.     
8       adj   If you get a good deal or a good price when you buy or sell something, you receive a lot in exchange for what you give.  
usu ADJ n  
Whether such properties are a good deal will depend on individual situations..., The merchandise is reasonably priced and offers exceptionally good value.     
9       adj   If something is good for a person or organization, it benefits them.  
v-link ADJ for n   (=beneficial)     (Antonym: bad)    Rain water was once considered to be good for the complexion..., Nancy chose the product because it is better for the environment.     
10       n-sing   If something is done for thegood of a person or organization, it is done in order to benefit them.  
with poss   (=benefit)  
Furlaud urged him to resign for the good of the country..., I'm only telling you this for your own good!     
11       n-uncount   If someone or something is no good or is not any good, they are not satisfactory or are of a low standard.  
with brd-neg  
If the weather's no good then I won't take any pictures..., I was never any good at maths.     
12       n-uncount   If you say that doing something is no good or does not do any good, you mean that doing it is not of any use or will not bring any success.  
usu with brd-neg  
It's no good worrying about it now..., We gave them water and kept them warm, but it didn't do any good..., There is no way to measure these effects; the chances are it did some good.     
13       n-uncount   Good is what is considered to be right according to moral standards or religious beliefs.,   (Antonym: evil)    Good and evil may co-exist within one family.     
14       adj   Someone who is good is morally correct in their attitudes and behaviour.,   (Antonym: bad)    The president is a good man..., For me to think I'm any better than a homeless person on the street is ridiculous.     
15       adj   Someone, especially a child, who is good obeys rules and instructions and behaves in a socially correct way.,   (Antonym: bad)    The children were very good..., I'm going to be a good boy now..., Both boys had good manners, politely shaking hands.     
16       adj   Someone who is good is kind and thoughtful.  
You are good to me..., Her good intentions were thwarted almost immediately...     
17       adj   Someone who is in a good mood is cheerful and pleasant to be with.  
usu ADJ n     (Antonym: bad)    People were in a pretty good mood..., He exudes natural charm and good humour..., A relaxation session may put you in a better frame of mind.     
18       adj   If people are good friends, they get on well together and are very close.  
ADJ n  
She and Gavin are good friends..., She's my best friend, and I really love her.     
19       adj   A person's good eye, arm, or leg is the one that is healthy and strong, if the other one is injured or weak.  
ADJ n     (Antonym: bad)   
20       adj   You use good to emphasize the great extent or degree of something.  
a ADJ n     (emphasis)    We waited a good fifteen minutes..., This whole thing's got a good bit more dangerous.     
21       convention   You say `Good' or `Very good' to express pleasure, satisfaction, or agreement with something that has been said or done, especially when you are in a position of authority.  
`Are you all right?'<emdash10001`I'm fine.'<emdash10002`Good. So am I.'..., Oh good, Tom's just come in...     
23    `As good as' can be used to mean `almost.'  
as good as      phrase   v-link PHR adj/-ed/v   (=practically)  
His career is as good as over..., The vote as good as kills the chance of real reform.     
24    If you say that something will do someone good, you mean that it will benefit them or improve them.  
do sb good      phrase   V inflects, oft it PHR if/to-inf  
The outing will do me good..., It's probably done you good to get away for a few hours..., You don't do anybody any good by getting yourself arrested.     
25    If something changes or disappears for good, it never changes back or comes back as it was before.  
for good      phrase   PHR after v  
The days of big-time racing at Herne Hill had gone for good..., A few shots of this drug cleared up the disease for good.     
26    People say `Good for you' to express approval of your actions.  
good for you/him/her/them      convention  
`He has a girl now, who he lives with.'—`Good for him.'     
27    If you say it's a good thing, or in British English it's a good job, that something is the case, you mean that it is fortunate.  
it's a good job/a good thing      phrase   V inflects  
It's a good thing you aren't married..., It's a good job it happened here rather than on the open road.     
28    If you make good some damage, a loss, or a debt, you try to repair the damage, replace what has been lost, or repay the debt.  
make good      phrase   V inflects, PHR n   (=put right)  
It may cost several billion roubles to make good the damage.     
29    If someone makes good a threat or promise or makes good on it, they do what they have threatened or promised to do.  
  (mainly AM)  
make good      phrase   V inflects, PHR n, PHR on n  
Certain that he was going to make good his threat to kill her, she lunged for the gun..., He was confident the allies would make good on their pledges.     
30    If you say that something or someone is as good as new, you mean that they are in a very good condition or state, especially after they have been damaged or ill.  
as good as new      phrase   usu v-link PHR  
I only ever use that on special occasions so it's as good as new..., In a day or so he will be as good as new.     
31    You use good old before the name of a person, place, or thing when you are referring to them in an affectionate way.  
good old      phrase   PHR n     (feelings)    Good old Harry. Reliable to the end...     
    good deal  
    in good faith  
    so far so good  
    good as gold  
    good gracious  
    good grief  
    good heavens  
    good job  
    good lord  
    for good measure  
    the good old days  
    in good shape  
    to stand someone in good stead  
    in good time  
    too good to be true  

feel-good   , feelgood  
1       adj   A feel-good film is a film which presents people and life in a way which makes the people who watch it feel happy and optimistic.  
ADJ n  
...a bright and enjoyable feelgood romance.     
2    When journalists refer to the feel-good factor, they mean that people are feeling hopeful and optimistic about the future.  
feel-good factor      phrase  
There were obvious signs of the feel-good factor in the last survey taken in the wake of the election result.     
good afternoon     
You say `Good afternoon' when you are greeting someone in the afternoon.  
FORMAL      convention  
good day     
People sometimes say `Good day' instead of `Hello' or `Goodbye'.  
OLD-FASHIONED      convention  
Well, I'd better be off. Good day to you.     
good evening     
You say `Good evening' when you are greeting someone in the evening.  
FORMAL      convention  
good-for-nothing        ( good-for-nothings    plural  ) If you describe someone as good-for-nothing, you think that they are lazy or irresponsible.      adj   ADJ n  
...a good-for-nothing fourteen-year-old son who barely knows how to read and count.     
      Good-for-nothing is also a noun., n-count  
...lazy good-for-nothings.     
Good Friday     
Good Friday is the day on which Christians remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is the Friday before Easter Sunday.      n-uncount  
good guy        ( good guys    plural  ) You can refer to the good characters in a film or story as the good guys. You can also refer to the good guys in a situation in real life.  
  (mainly AM)  
INFORMAL      n-count   usu pl   (=goody)     (Antonym: bad guy)    There was a fine line between the good guys and the bad guys.     
in BRIT, use goodies     
in AM, use good-humored     
A good-humoured person or atmosphere is pleasant and cheerful.      adj  
Charles was brave and remarkably good-humoured..., It was a good humoured conference.     
good-looking        ( better-looking    comparative)   ( best-looking    superlative  ) Someone who is good-looking has an attractive face.      adj  
Cassandra noticed him because he was good-looking., ...a good-looking woman.     
good morning     
You say `Good morning' when you are greeting someone in the morning.  
FORMAL      convention  
A good-natured person or animal is naturally friendly and does not get angry easily.      adj  
He was good natured about it, he didn't fuss.     
A good-tempered person or animal is naturally friendly and pleasant and does not easily get angry or upset.      adj   (=good-natured)  
He was a happy, good-tempered child., ...a horse which is quiet and good tempered.     

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  




1    acceptable, admirable, agreeable, awesome     (slang)   bad     (slang)   bitchin'     (U.S. slang)   capital, choice, commendable, crucial     (slang)   divine, dope     (slang)   excellent, fine, first-class, first-rate, great, hunky-dory     (informal)   pleasant, pleasing, positive, precious, satisfactory, splendid, super     (informal)   superior, tiptop, valuable, wicked     (slang)   world-class, worthy  
2    admirable, estimable, ethical, exemplary, honest, honourable, moral, praiseworthy, right, righteous, trustworthy, upright, virtuous, worthy  
3    able, accomplished, adept, adroit, capable, clever, competent, dexterous, efficient, expert, first-rate, proficient, reliable, satisfactory, serviceable, skilled, sound, suitable, talented, thorough, useful  
4    adequate, advantageous, auspicious, beneficial, convenient, favourable, fit, fitting, healthy, helpful, opportune, profitable, propitious, salubrious, salutary, suitable, useful, wholesome  
5    eatable, fit to eat, sound, uncorrupted, untainted, whole  
6    altruistic, approving, beneficent, benevolent, charitable, friendly, gracious, humane, kind, kind-hearted, kindly, merciful, obliging, well-disposed  
7    authentic, bona fide, dependable, genuine, honest, legitimate, proper, real, reliable, sound, true, trustworthy, valid  
8    decorous, dutiful, mannerly, obedient, orderly, polite, proper, seemly, well-behaved, well-mannered  
9    agreeable, cheerful, congenial, convivial, enjoyable, gratifying, happy, pleasant, pleasing, pleasurable, satisfying  
10    adequate, ample, complete, considerable, entire, extensive, full, large, long, sizable or sizeable, solid, substantial, sufficient, whole  
11    best, fancy, finest, newest, nicest, precious, smartest, special, valuable  
12      (of weather)   balmy, bright, calm, clear, clement, cloudless, fair, halcyon, mild, sunny, sunshiny, tranquil  
13    advantage, avail, behalf, benefit, gain, interest, mileage     (informal)   profit, service, use, usefulness, welfare, wellbeing, worth  
14    excellence, goodness, merit, morality, probity, rectitude, right, righteousness, uprightness, virtue, worth  
15    for good      finally, for ever, irrevocably, never to return, once and for all, permanently, sine die  
,       adj  
1    awful, bad, boring, disagreeable, dull, inadequate, rotten, tedious, unpleasant  
2    bad, base, corrupt, dishonest, dishonourable, evil, immoral, improper, sinful  
3    bad, incompetent, inefficient, unsatisfactory, unskilled  
4    inappropriate, pathetic, unbecoming, unbefitting, unfavourable, unfitting, unsuitable, useless  
5    bad, decayed, mouldy, off, rotten, unsound  
6    cruel, evil, mean     (informal)   selfish, unkind, vicious, wicked  
7    counterfeit, false, fraudulent, invalid, phoney  
8    ill-mannered, mischievous, naughty, rude, unkind  
10    scant, short  
13    detriment, disadvantage, failure, ill-fortune, loss  
14    badness, baseness, corruption, cruelty, dishonesty, evil, immorality, meanness, wickedness  

      n   black sheep, idler, layabout, ne'er-do-well, numb-nut     (U.S. slang)   profligate, rapscallion, scapegrace, skiver     (Brit. slang)   slacker     (informal)   waster, wastrel  
      adj   feckless, idle, irresponsible, useless, worthless  
affable, amiable, cheerful, congenial, genial, good-tempered, happy, pleasant  
attractive, comely, fair, handsome, personable, pretty, well-favoured  
agreeable, amiable, benevolent, friendly, good-hearted, helpful, kind, kindly, tolerant, warm-hearted, well-disposed, willing to please  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
disappear ; be absent; leave (temporary or for good)
E.g. "Now, that the parents are out of the picture, we can throw a party". (meaning=Now, that the parents left, that they are no longer here) "James is out of the picture, him and Mary split up"
to pay close attention to (someone or something)
scallion (synonym)
small handbag without handles
(metaphorically) die
bitch (alternative term)
search for (food)
acronym of Lunar Module, little vehicle created especially to move on the moon during XXth century 's space conquest.
(metaphorically) manipulation attempt
His speech was nothing but smoke and mirrors
buttocks of (adult) woman
Slang; refers to a person's "bottom," in American English. A bit more polite than "ass," less clinical than "buttocks."
to say, pronounce, speak
ex.: The child sounded out each word out loud as she read her book.
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