“keep in mind”

“keep (someone or something) in mind”

 

(verb) To remember and think about someone or something while doing an action.

Examples: The manager told her staff to keep in mind that because the store will open early tomorrow they should go to bed early. 

 

Keep in mind when you are buying a [...]

“objective”

“objective”

 

( adverb) A result desired by someone. Synonym: Goal.

Examples: One of our sales objectives for the next year is to expand into the Asian market.

 

 

It is the objective of this meeting to find a solution to our computer network problems—we won’t finish the meeting till we have [...]

“cut back”

“cut back”

 

( verb) To use fewer or do less of something. (noun)”cutback”: something that is reduced.

Examples: The company has been cutting back on travel expenses recently. 

 

Because of the bad economy, there have been many cutbacks in all the departments at Miscrosoft.

Our TOEIC Words of the Week are [...]

Mime and Mastering English

“Ointment? Ointment? What in the world does ointment mean?”

It’s 8:30 in the morning, and my students and I are working our way through a section of the TOEIC test, trying to understand some of the questions they got wrong. From time to time we will come across a word which my students have never [...]

“store”

“store”

(noun) Something that is put away for future use. A place where you can buy something.Synonyms: save, stockpile. (verb) To put away for future use. Synonyms: stash, stockpile, reserve.

Examples:

I always keep a store of canned fruit in the garage in case of emergencies.

“cut off”

“cut off / cut (someone or something) off”

(verb) To interrupt or block suddenly.

Examples:

The office manager cut me off as I was trying to explain why I was late.

While driving down the street, I was cut off by a big truck—when [...]

“refund”

“refund”

(noun) The amount of money given back. (verb) To give money back.

Examples:

If you return a book with a receipt, you can get a full refund.

Can you refund me the full amount for this book? I don’t want it anymore.

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“gather dust”

“gather dust”

(verb) To not be used for a long time.

Examples:

No one is buying those old VCR players in our electronics department; they’re just gathering dust on the shelves.

Our planned expansion of the main office has been gathering dust while we [...]

“complimentary”

“complimentary”

(adjective) Free; at no cost.

Examples:

You will receive a complimentary tote bag when you donate money to the American Red Cross.

If you attend a conference, the coffee, tea and juice served in the back of the room are complimentary.

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“figure out (something)”

“figure out (something)”

(verb) To try to understand someone or something, to solve something.

Examples: 

I finally figured out how to use the new DVD player.

Can you figure out why this new software won’t work on my computer? Whenever I try to run it, [...]