• concentration /ˌkɒnsənˈtreɪʃən $ ˌkɑːn-/ the ability to think about something carefully or for a long time
  • She needed all her powers of concentration to stop herself from slipping on the icy road.
  • consolidate /kənˈsɒlədeɪt $ -ˈsɑː-/ to strengthen the position of power or success that you have, so that it becomes more effective or continues for longer
  • The company has consolidated its position as the country’s leading gas supplier.
  • concept /ˈkɒnsept $ ˈkɑːn-/ an idea of how something is, or how something should be done
  • the concept of total patient care
  • acquire /əˈkwaɪə $ əˈkwaɪr/ to get or gain something
  • The college acquired a reputation for very high standards.
  • agile /ˈædʒaɪl $ ˈædʒəl/ someone who has an agile mind is able to think very quickly and intelligently
  • He was physically strong and mentally agile.
  • revision /rɪˈvɪʒən/ the work of studying facts again in order to learn them
  • I know I haven’t done enough revision for tomorrow’s exam.
  • cram /kræm/ to prepare yourself for an examination by learning a lot of information quickly SYN swot
  • She’s been cramming hard all week.
  • revise /rɪˈvaɪz/ to study facts again, in order to learn them before an examination SYN review, study
  • I’ve got to revise my geography.
  • diary /ˈdaɪəri $ ˈdaɪri/ a book in which you write down the things that happen to you each day SYN journal
  • Inge kept a diary (=wrote in a diary) during the war years.
  • spatial /ˈspeɪʃəl/ relating to the position, size, shape etc of things
  • What many such individuals have done is to use their superior spatial abilities to buttress their weaker verbal pattern comprehension abilities.
  • boost /buːst/ to increase or improve something and make it more successful
  • The new resort area has boosted tourism.
  • dominant /ˈdɒmɪnənt $ ˈdɑː-/ more powerful, important, or noticeable than other people or things
  • The dominant male gorilla is the largest in the group.
  • routine /ruːˈtiːn/ the usual order in which you do things, or the things you regularly do
  • John’s departure had upset their daily routine.
  • habitual /həˈbɪtʃuəl/ doing something from habit, and unable to stop doing it
  • His drinking had become habitual.
  • lift /lɪft/ a machine that you can ride in, that moves up and down between the floors in a tall building SYN elevator
  • They took the lift down to the bar.
  • alert /əˈlɜːt $ -ɜːrt/ giving all your attention to what is happening, being said etc
  • The animal raised its head, suddenly alert.
  • come across somebody/something / to meet, find, or discover someone or something by chance
  • I came across an old diary in her desk.
  • mental /ˈmentl/ relating to the health or state of someone’s mind
  • The center provides help for people suffering from mental illness.

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