leverage, n. 1. pry, lifting power, force, strength; advantage, vantage, edge, upper hand; backing, support, financial backing.
2. influence, weight, SI. pull, SI. drag, Inf. clout, purchasing power; authority, say or say-so, control,
leviathan, n. 1. whale, Moby Dick, white whale, beluga, blue whale, sulphur-bottom.
2. sea monster, sea serpent, dragon, Class. Myth, hydra, U.S. Inf behemoth.
3. enormity, colossus, titan, giant; mammoth, mastodon, jumbo, dinosaur, hippopotamus, Inf. hippo.
levitate, v. (all in space) lift or lift up, rise, elevate;
float, hover, hang, be suspended; plane, glide, fly.
levity, n. 1. lightness, light-heartedness, airiness; frivolity, frivolousness, flippancy, giddiness, trifling, triviality; folly, foolishness, silliness, fatuity, foolery; tomfoolery, asininity, ridiculousness, waggery; jollity, jocularity, jocundity, glee, hilarity, fun.
2. fickleness, variability, inconsistency, inconstancy, changeableness, coquettishness; unreliability, undependability, irresponsibility; flightiness, volatility, mercuriality, skittishness; inattentiveness, unmindfulness, inadvertence.
3. unsubstantiality, lightness, thinness, lack of weight; weightlessness, unheaviness.
levy, n. 1. raising, collecting, collection, gathering; enrollment, induction, call-up, summons; conscription, draft, enlistment, impressment; recruitment, mobilization, muster, assemblage, call to arms, call to colors, rally, round-up, war measures.
2. tax, tariff, toll, custom, excise, surcharge, tribute; impost, assessment, Brit, cess, exaction, taxation; duty, dues, rate, payment; poll tax, property tax, tithe, Peter's pence.
3. troops, forces, militia, army, armed forces; recruits, reserves, reinforcements, guard.
-v. 4. collect, raise, put together, gather; convoke, convene, shepherd, round up, corral; muster, mobilize, call up, activate, rally, assemble; enlist, conscript, draft, press, Archaic, impress, Archaic, list; enroll, induct, sign up or on; compel, coerce, force, dragoon.
5. impose, lay on, put on, set, fix, inflict; assess, rate, charge, toll, tax, excise, subject to duty.
6. (all in reference to war) start, begin, launch, instigate; open fire, strike the first blow, go on the warpath, take the field, rise up in arms; make war, wage war, declare war, throw down the gauntlet, draw the sword; attack, assault, assail, fall upon; raid, besiege, invade, march on.
lewd, adj. 1. lecherous, lubricous, Archaic, lickerish, satyric, satyrical, satyrlike, goatish, hircine, rut-tish, SI. horny; lustful, randy, SI. hot or hot for, concupiscent, prurient, libidinous, salacious; fleshly, carnal, sensual, voluptuous, erotic; licentious, loose, Cyprian, wanton, abandoned, incontinent; debauched, rakish, rakehell, dissolute, dissipated, profligate; promiscuous, whorish, of easy virtue, SI. cheap, shameless; immodest, impure, unchaste, unvirtuous.
2. obscene, lurid, blue, pornographic, Inf. porno, Inf. porn, smutty; indecent, offensive, suggestive, vulgar, coarse, gross, crude; dirty, unclean, foul, filthy, vile; foulmouthed; ribald, scurrilous, irreverent; bawdy, Fescennine.
lewdness, n. 1. lechery, lecherousness, lubricity, goatishness, ruttishness; lust, lustfulness, concupiscence, prurience, pruriency, libidinousness, salacity, salaciousness; carnality, carnalness, carnalism, sensuality, voluptuousness, promiscuity, eroticism, erotism; immodesty, impudicity, impurity, unchasteness, unchastity, unvirtuousness.
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.