supplies, stores, rations, groceries, larder, food supply.
-v. 7. cater, purvey, victual, provender; feed, forage; board, sustain.
provisional, adj. 1. temporary, Latin, pro tempore, pro tem, interim, transitional, limited; substitute, substitutional, substitutionary; makeshift, impermanent, temporal; incidental, circumstantial.
2. conditional, dependent, contingent, relative, subject to, based on; experimental, speculative, Inf. iffy.
3. restrictive, restricted, qualified, with reservations; under restriction, limited, limitative, limiting; stipula-tory, provisory, provisionary, probationary, pending, probative.
proviso, n. provision, stipulation, condition. See - provision (def. 1).
provisory, adj. provisional, conditional. See - provisional (defs. 2, 3).
provocation, n. 1. instigating, instigation, actuating, actuation, initiating, initiation, looking for trouble; fomenting, fomentation, agitating, agitation, exciting, excitement, excitation, arousing, rousing, whipping up, working up, stirring up, enflaming, impassioning, enkindling, kindling, firing up, touching off; eliciting, elicitation, evoking, evocation, calling forth, summoning up.
2. inciting, incitement, incitation, poking, prodding, pricking, thrusting, goading, prompting, spurring, egging on, encouraging, encouragement, putting up to; impelling, compelling, constraining, pressing, pushing, moving, forcing, propelling, lashing, driving, hounding; striking, penetrating, penetration, touching to the quick; stimulating, stimulation, animating, animation, reanimation, invigorating, invigoration, motivating, motivation.
3. annoyance, irritation, aggravation, disturbance; insult, affront, offense, sting, wound.
4. stimulus, fillip, motive, incentive, inducement; promotion, furtherance, advance, advancement; temptation, allurement, beguilement, inveiglement, infection, intoxication; poke, prod, prick, thrust, goad, spur, jolt, jog, Inf. start of something; impulse, push, urge, drive, itch, desire; dictate, call.
provocative, adj. 1. alluring, inviting, tempting, tantalizing, irresistible; charming, captivating, intriguing, fascinating, entrancing, beguiling, intoxicating, bewitching, enrapturing; attractive, desirable, seductive, sensuous, Inf. sexy; ravishing, voluptuous, luxurious.
2. angering, incensing, enraging, infuriating, maddening, outrageous, shocking; exasperating, exacerbating, disquieting, discomposing, distressing, ruffling, chafing, vexing, vexatious, galling, grating; annoying, irritating, aggravating, irksome, fretting, hectoring, nettle-some, nettling, perturbing, tormenting, plaguing, badgering, pestering, persecuting, harassing, besetting; insulting, affronting, offensive, offending, stinging, wounding, molesting, mortifying, humiliating.
3. instigating, instigative, actuating, initiating, generating, starting, causing, effecting, contriving, establishing, creating, instituting; fomenting, agitating, agitative, agitational, exciting, excitant, excitative, excitatory, arousing, rousing, stirring, inflaming, enflaming, enkindling, kindling, impassioned; eliciting, evocative.
4. inciting, incitant, incitive, poking, prodding, pricking, thrusting, goading, prompting, spurring, encouraging; impelling, compelling, constraining, pressing, pushing, moving, forcing, propelling, lashing, driving, hounding; striking, penetrating, disturbing, bitter, caustic, acrimonious, envenomed, venemous, biting, cutting; stimulating, animating, invigorating, motivating, inspiring, inspirational, rallying, reviving, awakening, enlivening, livening up, vivifying, electrifying, electric.
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.