commiserate, v. pity, feel sorry for, compassionate; sympathize, condole, grieve, feel for, bleed for, empathize; solace, console, soothe, comfort.
commiseration, n. pity, compassion, fellow feeling, sympathy, empathy, condolence; solace, consolation, soothing, comfort, relief; charity, humanity, kindness, tenderness.
commissary, n. 1. store, supply, outlet, exchange, commissariat, U.S. Army, post exchange, PX.
2. dining room, dinette, dining hall, mess hall, mess; refectory, Fr. salle h manger, Rom. Hist, triclinium, cafeteria.
3. deputy, agent, proxy, factor, attorney, attorney-in-fact, attorney-at-law, attorney general, solicitor general; legate, nuncio, ambassador, envoy, emissary; delegate, representative, consul, plenipotentiary, dignitary, diplomat, minister; alternate, surrogate, substitute, secondary; regent, provost, warden, chancellor, commissioner, vicar; broker, middleman, intermediary, instrument, lieutenant; steward, manciple, supplier, Mil. quartermaster, purser; provider, victualer, sutler, feeder.
commission, n. 1. entrustment, entrusting, commitment, placing in charge, covenant, chargeship; investment, ordination, vesting; endowment, licensing, crediting, accrediting, accreditation; delivery, deliverance, placement, commending, Feudal Law. commendation; relegating, relegation, handing over, passing over, making over, consignment, bestowal.
2. order, direction, charge, command, commandment, ordinance; injunction, dictate, mandate, will; instruction, prescription, bid, bidding, behest, directive; request, demand, requisition, summons, exaction; authorization, warrant, grant, decree, writ, edict, exequator, Rom. Cath. Ch. bull, procuration; charter, document, certificate, diploma, papers.
3. authority, power, permit, sanction, license; force, right, prerogative; assignment, appointment, position, incumbency.
4. committee, delegation, deputation, legation, agency, board; council, consul, embassy, mission, proxy; congress, cabinet, chamber, legislature, senate, representatives.
5. task, duty, office, trust, responsibility, obligation, devoir; part, work, errand, Inf. bit; capacity, function, scope; post, station, berth, place, rank, role; service, job, occupation, employment, business.
6. perpetration, violation, committal, actuation, performance, execution, infliction, practice; malfeasance, wrongdoing, evildoing, lawbreaking; malpractice, misconduct, disobedience, misbehavior, insubordination; sinning, peccancy, trespass, transgression, transilience, transcursion; infringement, encroachment, intrusion, invasion, incursion.
7. crime, sin, wrong, wrongdoing, evil; deed, misdeed, offense, felony, malefaction, breach; infraction, misdemeanor, error, blunder, mistake.
8. compensation, share, cut, portion, piece, part; allotment, allowance, dividend; brokerage, percentage, fee, rake-off.
9. in commission in service, working, running, operable, operating, in operation, in use.
10. out of commission not working, in need of repair, out of kilter, Sl. out of whack, out of order, broken, disabled; injured, not playing, Inf. on the bench, Sports, on the sidelines, Sports, sidelined; out of action, in mothballs, mothballed, deactivated, inactive.
My Account / Test History
Most children in England and Wales follow this route in the state system (= free education).
• You go to school (as a pupil to study) and go to university (as a student to study). You don’t use the definite article ‘the’ here. Other expressions like this are go to bed (to sleep); go into hospital (when you are ill); go to church (to pray / to worship).
• In some areas of the UK there are not many grammar schools.
• There are also public schools. In fact, these are private, and parents pay to send their children there. Some are expensive. About 5% of the population go to public schools.
A school timetable
Maths is an abbreviation of mathematics.
As you can see, the pupils have five lessons every day, and altogether they do (= study) eleven subjects a week plus Physical Education (PE). Every morning they have a twenty-minute break. There are three terms (= periods of continuous work) in a school year, and the timetable changes every year.
Note: Some words in English which end in ‘s’ look plural, but in fact they are singular: Maths isn’t my favourite subject, and physics is very difficult.
Most nouns of this type refer to subjects; other examples are economics and politics.