indifferent, apathetic, unconcerned, disinterested, incurious, uninquisitive; removed, detached, uninvolved, unresponsive, unsympathetic; distant, remote, unapproachable, unsociable, standoffish, Inf. offish; cool, chilly, frosty, icy, frigid; haughty, Inf. high-hat, above all that, Olympian.
3. reticent, reserved, shy, withdrawn; alone, solitary, isolated, insular, separate, apart, to oneself,
1. audibly, distinctly, plainly, clearly; loudly, loudly and clearly, Inf.out loud, with a loud voice, sonorously, resoundingly.
2. noisily, lustily, uproariously, boisterously; at the top of one's lungs, deafeningly, ear-splittingly, thunderingly, stentoriously; obstreperously, clamorously, vociferously, blatantly, clangorously.
alphabet, n.1. letters, symbols, characters, signs, hieroglyphs, pictographs, ideographs; syllabary, rune. 2. ABC's, beginnings, first steps, first principles, fundamentals, basics, rudiments, mere beginnings,
alphabetize, v. arrange, put in order, put in alphabetical order, categorize, systematize, organize, codify, set-up, file, go from A to Z.
alpine, adj.mountainous, rangy, snow-clad, ice-peaked, cloud-capped; distant, remote, faraway; aerial, soaring, lofty, high-reaching, elevated, towering, very high.
already, adj.1. by this time, by that time, yet; previously, beforehand, before now, hitherto.
2. now, here and now, even now, just now, but now, as of now; so soon, so early,
also, adv., conj.
in addition, additionally, too, besides, as well, to boot, ditto, yet; and, plus, as well as; furthermore, further, over and above, moreover, more than that; together with that, therewithal, Archaic. thereto; including, along with, together with; in conjunction with, conjointly.
altar, n.1. sacrificial table, elevated structure, platform, mound; All Eccles.
Lord's table, holy table, communion table, God's board.
2. shrine, inner shrine, reliquary, adytum; sacred or holy place, sanctuary, holy of holies, sanctum sanctorum, inner chamber, penetralia; temple, church, place of worship.
alter, v. 1. modify, adjust, qualify, (both of clothing)
take in, let out; change, make different, commute; transform, transfigure, transmute, metamorphose, convert; mend, emend, amend, edit, correct, revise; fix, reform, better, ameliorate; reconstruct, remodel, recast, remold; shuffle, jumble together, shift, mix, interchange, exchange; diversify, vary; reverse, turn, invert, transpose.
2. castrate, geld, fix, emasculate, spay, Surg.
alteration, n.1. modification, adjustment, qualification; (both of clothing)
taking in, letting out; change, difference, variation, variance, vicissitude; innovation, revolution, divergence, deviation; transformation, transfiguration, transmutation, permutation, metamorphosis, conversion; mending, emending, emendation, amending, amendment, editing, correcting, correction, revising, revisioh; reformation, reforming, reconstruction, reconstructing, remodeling, recasting, remolding.
2. reversal, turn, inversion, transposition, transference; substitution, commutation; shuffle, shuffling, shift, shifting, mix, mixing, diversifying, diversification, interchange, interchanging, exchange, exchanging; transition, passage; reduction, lessening, lowering,
altercate, v. argue, quarrel, dispute, spar, have words; bicker, spat, tiff; debate, disagree, differ, dissent, fall out, contend; clash, struggle, be at variance, scrimmage, collide; fight, brawl, wrangle, jangle, row, squabble; expostulate, remonstrate, object,
altercation, n.1. argument, quarrel, dispute, disputation, sparring; bickering, spatting, jangling, jarring; debate, logomachy, disagreement, dissension, discord, fall out; difference, divergence, variance; controversy, war of words.
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.