A learner’s guide to English words



Speakeasy Club Presents:


 \ˌmō-tə-ˈvā-shən\  noun


Learner's definition of Motivation


: the act or process of giving someone a reason for doing something

: the act or process of motivating someone

: the condition of being eager to act or work

: the condition of being motivated

: a force or influence that causes someone to do something


  • Some students need motivation to help them through school.

  • Many people have questioned her motivations in choosing to run for office at this time.


/ˈɛmpəθi/ noun

Learner's definition of EMPATHY


: the feeling that you understand and share another person's experiences and emotions

  • He felt great empathy with/for/toward the poor.


: the ability to share someone else's feelings

  • His months spent researching prison life gave him greater empathy towards/for convicts.


 /ɪˈleɪtəd/ adjective

Learner's definition of ELATED

[more elated; most elated]


: very happy and excited

  • She was elated at/about/over the news.

  • She was elated to be chosen for the job.=She was elated that she was chosen for the job.


/ˈgoʊl/  noun

plural goals

Learner's definition of GOAL


: something that you are trying to do or achieve

  • He set a goal for himself of exercising at least three times a week.

  • Her primary/long-term goal is to get a college degree.

  • We all share/have a common goal.


respect  /rɪˈspɛkt/  noun

plural respects

Learner's definition of RESPECT


: a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, etc., and should be treated in an appropriate way


  • She showed no respect [=consideration] for my feelings.

  • I expect to be treated with respect.

  • He has no respect for the rules. [=he does not obey/follow the rules; he disregards the rules]


  • He has a healthy respect for the dangers of the work he does. [=he is aware of the dangers and does the work in a careful way]

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