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Phrasal verbs wordlist

Abbreviations: n/np = noun / noun phrase; v/vp = verb / verb phrase; adj/adjp = adjective / adjective phrase; adv/
advp = adverb / adverb phrase; T/I = transitive/intransitive; C/U = countable/uncountable
The numbers indicate the unit and then the page on which the phrasal verb first appears. RS indicates that the
phrasal verb appears in the recording script (a student version of the recording scripts can be found at
www.cambridge.org/elt/completecae).

act on sbs (advice) v [T] (U1,11) to do something fiddle with sth v [I or T] (U4,42) to move things about or
because someone has said that you should touch things with no particular purpose
back sth up v [T] (U12,125) to make an extra copy of fit in v [I] (U14,RS) to feel that you belong to a particular
computer information, for example on a disk or a hard group and are accepted by them
drive
get down to sth v [T] (U2,18) to start doing something
be up to sth v [I] (U1, RS) to be doing something seriously and with a lot of attention and effort
break up sth v [T] (U4,39) to divide something into go about doing sth v [T] (U2,18) to start to do something
different areas in a purposeful way
call for sth v [T] (U8,83) to demand that something go for + n (a break/walk/coffee) v [T] (U4,39) to go
happens somewhere in order to take a break/walk/drink a cup of
coffee, etc.
call sth off v [T] (U11,109) to decide that a planned event
or activity will not happen because it is not possible or go for sth v [T] (U10,RS) to choose something
wanted now
go off (alarm) v [I] (U10,RS) if something that makes a
clutter sth up v [T] (U4,39) to cover a surface or fill a noise goes off, it suddenly starts making a noise
place with things that are not tidy or well organised
head for sth v [I] (U5,RS) to move towards something
come across sb/sth v [T] (U2,RS) to discover something
hit up sb for sth v [T] (U11,113) (US) to ask someone for
or someone by chance
something, e.g. money
come round v [I] (U1,10) to visit someone at their house
hold down a job v [T] (U1,14) to manage to keep a job
cope with sth v [T] (U8,78) to deal successfully with a
keep up with sth v [I or T] (U5,56) to manage to do work
difficult situation
as it is given to you and not be late in doing what you
deal with sth v [T] (U3,32) to take action in order to have to do
achieve something or to solve a problem
lap sth up v [T] (U8,80) to enjoy something very much
die out v [I] (U2,19) to become more and more rare and
live sth down v [T] (U11,RS) if you say you will never live
then disappear completely
something down, you mean that it is in an embarrassing
dream sth up v [T] (U3,36) to think of a new idea or plan experience that other people will not let you forget
drop off (to sleep) v [I] (U5,53) to start to sleep live off sth v [T] (U9,RS) if you live off money, you use
that money to buy the things that you need to live, such
drop out v [I] (U11,113) to stop working and doing things
as food, clothes, etc.
that most people do because you do not want to be part
of society any longer meet up with sb v [I or T] (U7,76) to meet another
person in order to do something together
end up v [I] (U14,RS) to finally be in a particular place or
situation move on v [I] (U1,12) to leave the place where you are
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move out v [I] (U1,RS) to stop living in a particular home settle on sth v [T] (RS) to make a decision after spending
a period of time thinking about the choices
pay up v [I] (U11,109) informal to give someone all of the
money that you owe them settle up v [I] (U5,52) to pay someone the money that
you owe them
pick up sth v [T] (U2,17) to start learning something or
doing something regularly without intending to study under sb v [I or T] (U2,18) formal to be taught by
someone
pick sth out v [T] (U10,99) to choose something from a
group of things sweep sth aside v [T] (U2,19) to replace or destroy
something
pull over v [I or T] (U5,56) if a vehicle pulls over, it moves
to the side of the road and stops tease out sth v [T] (U6,58) to manage to reveal
something
pull up v [I] (U9,91) if a vehicle pulls up, it stops
turn out v [I] (U6,RS) to happen in a particular way
put sth off v [T] (U11,109) to arrange to do something at
a later time turn over v [I] (U5,52) if someone who is lying down
turns over, they change position so that they are facing a
set off sth v [T] (U9,RS) to cause something to explode
different direction
set sth out v [T] (U11,116) to arrange a number of things
vote sb off v [T] (U8,79) if a person in a television show
in a particular way
is voted off, the people watching the programme vote in
set up sth v [T] (U14,RS) to arrange for something to order to make that person leave the show
happen, for example to start a new business
wind sb up v [T] (U1,12) informal to annoy someone,
settle down v [I] (U14, RS) to start living somewhere often on purpose
that you are going to live for a long time, usually with a
wipe sth out v [T] (U12,124) to destroy something
partner
completely
settle into sth v [T] (U2,RS) to start to feel relaxed and
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Abbreviations: n/np = noun / noun phrase; v/vp = verb / verb phrase; adj/adjp = adjective / adjective phrase;
adv/advp = adverb / adverb phrase; T/I = transitive/intransitive; C/U = countable/uncountable
The numbers indicate the page in the unit on which the word or phrase first appears. RS indicates that the word
or phrase appears in the recording script (a student version of the recording scripts can be found at
www.cambridge.org/elt/completecae).

absolutely perfect adv+adj (RS) of the best quality and censor n [C] (11) someone who examines books,
without any faults at all documents, or films and removes parts of them that are
offensive or not allowed by law
act on sbs (advice) v [T] (11) to do something because
someone has said that you should change gradually vp (10) to change slowly over a period
of time
add insult to injury vp (12) to make someones bad
situation worse by doing something else to upset them come round v [I] (10) to visit someone at their house
affliction n [C] (RS) formal something that makes you dedication n [U] (9) when you are willing to give a lot of
suffer time and energy to something because you believe it is
very important
anticipate sth v [T] (9) to expect something and to
prepare for it before it happens deranged adj (12) behaving in a way that is not normal,
especially when suffering from a mental illness
archaeologist n [C] (9) someone who studies very old
cultures by examining their buildings, tools, and other drive sb mad vp (RS) informal to make someone feel
objects extremely annoyed
assertion n [C + that] (12) something that you say is drop what you are doing vp (RS) to stop what you are
certainly true doing, often in order to do something else
attention to detail np (9) the ability to notice and enquiring mind np (9) if someone has an enquiring
consider every small part or detail of something and mind, they are always asking questions and wanting to
check that everything is perfect find out new things
be in your element pp (RS) to be very happy because excavation n [C] (9) when archaeologists dig in the
you are doing what you like doing and are good at ground in order to find objects from the past
be only natural to do sth adjp (12) to be normal or feedback n [U] (11) opinions from people about
expected something that you have done or made
be up to sth v [I] (RS) to be doing something fellow adj (11) used to describe people who share your
interests or situation
believe wholeheartedly in sth vp (12) to believe
something completely, without any doubts for some unknown reason pp (12) used for saying
that you do not know why something happened or why
beloved n [C] (12) someone that you love and have a
someone did something
romantic relationship with
force of personality np (14) the power of someones
blissful adj (12) making you feel very happy
character and their ability to persuade people to do
by attrition pp (12) the use of force to gradually make things
something weaker and destroying it, especially the
forthcoming adj (14) going to happen soon
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galley n [C] (12) a kitchen in a ship or aircraft prolong sth v [T] (14) to make something last longer
go to incredible lengths to do sth vp (RS) to try recount sth v [T] (11) to tell a story or describe past
extremely hard to achieve something events
haughtily adv (12) in a way that is proud and shows that refund n [C] (14) an amount of money that is given
you think you are better or more important than other back to you, especially because you are not happy with
people something you have bought
hold down a job v [T] (14) to manage to keep a job regime n [C] (11) a system of government or other
control, especially one that people do not approve of
huge contrast np (11) a very obvious difference between
two things run for parliament vp (15) to compete in an election
in order to become a member of parliament (member of
inventiveness n [U] (9) the quality of having a lot of
parliament = to be one of the elected body of people who
new and interesting ideas
make the laws for a country)
magician n [C] (9) someone who entertains people by
set foot in (a place) vp (9) to enter
performing magic tricks
sheer adj (14) used to emphasize how strong a feeling or
mild adj (15) describes weather that is less cold than you
quality is
would expect
single-handed adj (15) on your own, without anyones
move on v [I] (12) to leave the place where you are and
help
go somewhere else
splitting headache np (10) a very bad headache
move out v [I] (RS) to stop living in a particular home
stiff adj (15) describes a part of your body that hurts and
neglected adj (12) not receiving enough love or attention
is difficult to move
nothing is too much trouble idiom (RS) used for saying
take sth seriously vp (10) to believe that something is
that someone does everything they can to help you even
important and that you should pay a lot of attention to it
when it involves a lot of effort
to tell (you) the truth idiom (RS) used in conversation to
out in all weathers pp (9) to be outside whether it is
emphasise the importance of a fact
raining, snowing, very windy, etc.
time-keeping n [U] (15) being punctual, especially to
outlast sb/sth v [T] (12) to continue for longer than
start work or classes
someone or something else
unrestrained adj (11) not limited or controlled
over the course of (a period of time) pp (12) during
well-intentioned advice np (12) advice that is given in
positive outlook adj+n (9) a way of thinking in which
order to be helpful and kind but that does not help in a
you believe that generally good things will happen
situation
process of trial and error np (12) a way of learning
wind sb up v [T] (12) informal to annoy someone, often
the best way to do something by trying many different
on purpose
methods

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Abbreviations: n/np = noun / noun phrase; v/vp = verb / verb phrase; adj/adjp = adjective / adjective phrase;
adv/advp = adverb / adverb phrase; T/I = transitive/intransitive; C/U = countable/uncountable
The numbers indicate the page in the unit on which the word or phrase first appears. RS indicates that the word
or phrase appears in the recording script (a student version of the recording scripts can be found at
www.cambridge.org/elt/completecae).

account for sth v [T] (25) to give a reason for something exaggerate sth v [I or T] (RS) to make something seem
larger, better, worse, etc. than it really is
all the more advp (18) even more
frankly absurd adv+adj (RS) ridiculous or unreasonable
anathema n [C, usually singular] (19) something which
is strongly disliked or disapproved of fringe n [C] (19) the outer part of an area, group or
activity
at sths last gasp pp (18) informal going to soon
disappear completely get attuned to sth vp (20) to start to recognise or be able
to understand something
be a touch aggrieved np (19) slightly upset or angry at
an unfair situation get behind the scenes vp (RS) to get beyond
appearances and see things which most people dont
be completely thrown vp (RS) to feel completely
usually see
shocked or confused
get down to sth v [T] (18) to start doing something
be up to scratch vp (RS) informal to be of good enough
seriously and with a lot of attention and effort
quality
get stuck into sth vp (RS) informal to start doing
bilingual adj (17) using or able to speak two languages
something with energy and determination
brutally adv (19) in an extreme way, showing no
get to thinking about sth vp (RS) to start thinking about
consideration or pity for others
something
buckle n [C] (18) a metal object used to fasten the ends
go about doing sth v (18) to start to do something in a
of a belt or strap
purposeful way
byways n [C] (19) facts about a subject that are known
handicap n [C or U] (RS) something that makes it more
only by a few people
difficult for you to do something
come across sth/sb v [T] (RS) to discover something or
have a reliance on sth vp (25) to be in a situation
someone by chance
when someone or something depends on someone or
consumerism n [U] (25) buying and selling things, something else
especially when this is an important part of a societys
have an excellent command of sth vp (17) to have an
activities
excellent knowledge of a subject, especially a language
converse v [I] (18) formal to talk with someone
have sth in common vp (18) to share features, interests
crucial adj (RS) extremely important or necessary or experiences with someone or something else
die out v [I] (19) to become more and more rare and then highly articulate adv+adj (17) able to express ideas and
disappear completely feelings in words very clearly in words
do business vp (20) to buy or sell goods or services for hold your own vp (RS) to be as successful as other
someone people in a situation
equate sth with sth v [T] (RS) to consider one thing to immerse yourself in sth v [T] (23) to become completely
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indignant adj (18) angry because something is unfair revitalization n [U] (18) when something is given new
life or energy or becomes successful again
innate capacity/ faculty/ ability adj+n (18) an ability
that you were born with and not one that you have learnt rudimentary adj (18) very basic
in other respects pp (18) in other ways rusty adj (17) if a skill is rusty, you are no longer so good
at it because you have forgotten it
intuitive adj (19) based on feelings rather than facts or
proof say v [I] (17) used in conversation to introduce an
example The flavours of our companys ice creams are
irreparable adj (20) irreparable damage, harm, injury,
not as important as, say, the name or the colour.
etc. is so bad that it can never be repaired
setback n [C] (18) a problem that makes something
little chance of sth np (18) not much possibility of
happen later or more slowly than it should
something
settle into sth v [T] (RS) to start to feel relaxed and
loanword n [C] (17) a word taken from one language and
comfortable in a new situation
used in another
stand sb in good stead vp (RS) to be useful to someone
major factor adj+n [C] (RS) one of the main things that
has an effect on a situation study under sb v [I or T] (18) formal to be taught by
someone
make a fool of yourself vp (RS) to behave in a way
which is embarrassing and makes you look silly subsidise sb/sth v [T] (25) if a government or other
organization subsidises something, it pays part of the
make ends meet vp (RS) to have just enough money for
cost of it
the things that you need to live on
sweep sth aside v [T] (19) to replace or destroy
make yourself understood vp (18) to say something to
something
someone in a way that they understand
switch between languages/from one language to
mother tongue n [C] (17) the first language that you
another vp (17) to repeatedly change the language that
learn when you are a child
you are speaking in
native speaker n [C] (18) someone who speaks a
tactics n [C, usually plural] (RS) a planned way of doing
language as their first language
something in order to achieve what you want
naturally gifted adv+adj (RS) able to do something very
take sb by surprise vp [T] (23) to surprise someone
well because you were born with that ability
thereabouts adv (RS) near the number, amount, or time
not get very far vp (RS) to not make progress
that has just been given
nuisance n [C or U] (18) a person, thing, or situation
uninhibited adj (RS) feeling free to behave in any way
that annoys you or causes problems for you
that you want without worrying about other peoples
pick up sth v [T] (17) to start learning something or opinions
doing something regularly without intending to
weird adj (19) very strange
press sb for sth vp (18) to try to persuade someone to do
word-for-word (translate sth ~) adv (19) taking each
something
word separately and in the same order
quite by chance advp (RS) completely by accident
work tirelessly v+adv (18) to work very hard and with
ranch n [C] (18) a large farm where animals are kept great energy over a long period
remarkable adj (RS) very unusual or noticeable in a way
that you admire

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Abbreviations: n/np = noun / noun phrase; v/vp = verb / verb phrase; adj/adjp = adjective / adjective phrase;
adv/advp = adverb / adverb phrase; T/I = transitive/intransitive; C/U = countable/uncountable
The numbers indicate the page in the unit on which the word or phrase first appears. RS indicates that the word
or phrase appears in the recording script (a student version of the recording scripts can be found at
www.cambridge.org/elt/completecae).

adept adj (32) good at doing something difficult commonplace adj (35) happening often or existing in
large numbers, and so not considered special or unusual
adjust sth v [T] (33) to change the way you behave or
think in order to suit a new situation contemplate sth v [I or T] (33) to consider something for
a long time or in a serious way
adventurous adj (34) willing to try new and often
difficult things deal with sth v [T] (32) to take action in order to achieve
something or to solve a problem
anecdote n [C] (31) a short story that you tell someone
about something that happened to you or someone else determine sth v [T, usually passive] (31) to control what
will happen
at heart pp (32) used to say what someone is really like
diagnosis (plural diagnoses) n [C] (RS) when a doctor
attention span n [U] (32) the length of time that you can
says what is wrong with someone who is ill
keep your thoughts and interest fixed on something
digital technology n [C or U] (32) the use of an
bad-temperedness n [U] (RS) when someone gets angry
electronic system that changes sounds or images into
easily
signals in the form of numbers before it stores or sends
bark v [I] (35) if a dog barks, it makes loud, short sounds them
be accustomed to sth/doing sth vp (33) to have discriminate v [I] (32) to notice and/or act on a
experienced something often enough for it to seem difference between two or more things
normal to you
disturbing adj (29) unpleasant in a way that makes you
be familiar with sth adjp (RS) to know about something feel anxious or upset
or have experienced it many times before
disorder n [U] (RS) a disease or mental problem
be glued to sth vp (32) to be watching something,
download sth v [T] (31) to copy computer programs,
especially a screen, with all your attention
music or other information electronically using the
be intent on doing sth adjp (36) to be determined to do Internet
or achieve something
dream sth up v (36) to think of a new idea or plan
be well on the way to + ving pp (RS) to be making
endow sb/sth with sth v [T] (34) formal to give someone
good progress towards a particular goal
a particular quality or characteristic
browse v [I] (32) to look at information on the Internet
exchange ideas vp (32) if people exchange ideas, they
catch your eye vp (32) if something catches your eye, you tell each other their ideas
notice it because it is attractive, interesting or unusual
exert control over sb/sth vp (32) to use control in order
characteristics n [C] (28) typical or obvious qualities to make someone do something or to make something
that make one person or thing different from another happen
come to terms with sth vp (32) to accept and deal with a express an idea vp (33) to say or write an idea
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eye-catching adj (35) attractive, interesting, or different the next step idiom (32) the next stage in a process
enough to be noticed
online community n [C] (32) a group of people who
feel lost without sb/sth vp (32) unable to live or work discuss a subject on the Internet
without someone/something
panic v [I] (32) to suddenly feel so worried or frightened
fight a losing battle vp (32) to try hard to do something that you cannot think or behave calmly, or to make
when there is no chance that you will succeed someone feel this way
filter sth v [T] (32) to focus on information you want and parameter n [C] (32) a limit that controls the way that
ignore information you do not need you can do something
genome n [C] (34) the complete set of genetic material of pay attention to sth vp (32) to watch, listen to or think
a human, animal, plant or other living thing about something carefully or with interest
have an aptitude for sth vp (28) to have a natural skill peer group n [C] (32) a group of people of about the
or an ability to do something well same age, social position, etc.
have a flair for sth vp (28) to have a natural ability to do representative n [C] (33) someone who speaks or does
something well something officially on behalf of another person
hereditary adj (34) passed to a child from its parents science fiction n [U] (32) stories about life in the future
before birth or in other parts of the universe
inability n [C or U] (30) when you are unable to do sift sth v [T] (32) to carefully look at every part of
something something in order to find something
innovation n [C or U] (32) a new idea or method that is sensitive adj (28) able to notice or measure very small
being tried for the first time, or the use of such an idea or changes
method
shop online vp (32) to buy things from an Internet
intrapersonal adj (28) thinking about your own thoughts website
and feelings and trying to understand them
solve a problem vp (28) to find an answer to a problem
a link between sth and sth np (31) a relationship or
stressful adj (35) making you feel anxious and unable to
connection between two things
relax
lose your appetite vp (RS) to lose the desire to eat
traffic jam n [C] (35) a line of cars, trucks, etc. that are
make choices vp (32) to choose between two or more moving slowly or not moving at all
things
upload sth v [T] (35) to copy computer programs or
make an effort to do sth vp (28) to try to do something, information electronically, usually from a small computer
putting energy and time into it to a larger one or to the Internet
mindless violence adj+n (32) violence that has no willpower n [U] (31) the ability to make yourself do
purpose, that is done without thought, often for its own difficult things or to stop yourself from doing enjoyable
sake things that are bad for you
multitask v [I] (32) to do more than one thing at the work with your hands vp (28) to do practical work with
same time your hands
nag sb v [I or T] (35) to keep criticising or giving advice
to someone in an annoying way

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Abbreviations: n/np = noun / noun phrase; v/vp = verb / verb phrase; adj/adjp = adjective / adjective phrase;
adv/advp = adverb / adverb phrase; T/I = transitive/intransitive; C/U = countable/uncountable
The numbers indicate the page in the unit on which the word or phrase first appears. RS indicates that the word
or phrase appears in the recording script (a student version of the recording scripts can be found at
www.cambridge.org/elt/completecae).

 mbience n [U] (39) literary the qualities of a place and


a dcor n [U] (39) the style of decoration and furniture in
the way it makes you feel a room or building
anonymous adj (39) having no interesting or unusual design feature n [C] (38) a piece of furniture or part of a
features room that is intended to be stylish and attractive
be made up of vp (RS) to consist of or be formed from draw the line at sth vp (39) to not allow something
two or more things
dreariness n [U] (39) when something is boring and
benefit rates n [U] (39) how much money the makes you feel unhappy
government gives to people who are ill, poor, not
emerging economies adj+n [C] (RS) economies that are
working, etc. depending on their situation
starting to be successful and competitive
bland adj (39) not interesting or exciting
extensive experience/knowledge adj+n (40) a lot of
booming industry adj+n (RS) a very successful industry experience/knowledge
that is increasing in size
eye-strain n [U] (44) tired or painful eyes as a result of
break up sth v [T] (39) to divide something into different too much reading, looking at a computer screen, etc.
areas
fiddle with sth v [T] (42) to move things about or touch
call centre n [C] (39) a place where organisations things with no particular purpose
employ people to talk over the telephone to customers to
fierce competition adj+n (40) very strong competition
provide information, or sell goods or services
flourish v [I] (42) to grow or develop well
claustrophobic adj (38) a claustrophobic place makes
you feel anxious because it is very small or crowded fluffy animals/toys n [C] (39) toy animals that are soft
and covered in fur
clutter n [U] (39) a lot of objects that are not tidy or well
organized get your teeth into sth vp (39) to start to deal with
something with great energy and enthusiasm
clutter sth up v [T] (39) to cover a surface or fill a place
with things that are not tidy or well organised give sb an/the edge over sb vp (RS) to make someone
slightly better than someone else
cohesion n [U] (42) formal when the members of a group
or society are united give a false impression vp (38) give someone a wrong
idea about what something is like
committed adj (39) loyal and willing to give your time
and energy to something that you believe in glare v [I] (39) strong, bright light that hurts your eyes
constant pressure (under ~) adj+n (40) worried go for + n (a break/walk/coffee) v [I] (39) to go
feelings all the time because you are always dealing with somewhere in order to take a break/walk/drink a cup of
difficult situations coffee, etc.
cramped adj (39) a cramped room, building, etc. is high-rise block n [C] (37) a building that is very tall and
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a hotbed of sth np (39) a place where there is a lot of a retain sth v [T] (40) to continue to keep something
particular activity
rethink sth v [I or T] (39) to change what you think
idea-swapping n [U] (39) telling other people about your about something or what you plan to do
ideas and listening to other peoples ideas
right across the board pp (RS) affecting everyone or
in all fields pp (RS) in all areas of study or activity every part of something
in demand pp (RS) wanted or needed in large numbers shortage n [C] (40) when there is not enough of
something
job-sharing n [U] (42) when two people do one job
between them, sharing the duties and the pay and shrink v [I] (RS) to become smaller, or to make
working at different times of the day or week something smaller
kill a few birds with one stone (usually to kill two birds sparkle v [I] (39) to shine brightly because of reflected
with one stone) vp (39) to achieve several things at once light
labyrinthine adj (38) having a lot of passages and parts spartan adj (39) very simple and not comfortable or
so that it is easy to get lost in luxurious
layout n [U] (38) the way that something is arranged stifling adj (39) extremely hot and therefore unpleasant
or difficult to breathe
light and airy adjp (39) having a lot of light and space
tenet n [C] (RS) formal a principle or belief of a theory or
made up of vp (RS) to consist of or be formed from two
religion
or more things
threadbare adj (39)
mundanity n [U] (39) when something is very ordinary
1 material or clothes are very thin because they have
and not interesting
been used too much
open-plan office n [C] (37) an office with few or no 2 poorly or cheaply furnished
walls inside, so it is not divided into smaller rooms
utilitarian adj (39) designed to be useful and not
outline sth v [T] (44) to describe the most important beautiful
ideas or facts about something
vast knowledge adj+n (40) great knowledge
perk n [C] (40) something you are given because of your
warehouse n [C] (37) a large building for storing goods
job, such as a car, which is not your salary
that are going to be sold
price yourself out of the market vp (RS) to charge such
workload n [U] (43) the amount of work that you have
a lot of money for the things you are selling that people
to do
stop buying them
workstation n [C] (37) a computer and the area around it
prioritise sth v [T] (33) to decide which of a group of
where you work in an office
things are the most important so that you can deal with
them first
quality of life np (37) the level of enjoyment, comfort and
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Abbreviations: n/np = noun / noun phrase; v/vp = verb / verb phrase; adj/adjp = adjective / adjective phrase;
adv/advp = adverb / adverb phrase; T/I = transitive/intransitive; C/U = countable/uncountable
The numbers indicate the page in the unit on which the word or phrase first appears. RS indicates that the word
or phrase appears in the recording script (a student version of the recording scripts can be found at
www.cambridge.org/elt/completecae).

 ccelerator n [C] (50) the part of a car which you push


a the emergency services n [C] (56) the organizations
with your foot to make it go faster who deal with accidents and urgent problems:
ambulance service, fire service, the police
acclimatise v [I] (53) to start to feel happy with the
weather, the way of life, etc. in a new place exhilaration n [U] (48) extreme excitement and
happiness
adrenalin n [U] (53) a substance that your body
produces when you are angry, excited, or frightened featureless adj (53) looking the same in every part,
which makes your heart beat faster often in a boring way
atmospheric pressure np [U] (53) the force with which ferocity n [U] (53) extreme violence or force
the atmosphere presses down on the surface of the Earth
flippers n [C, usually plural] (48) long, flat rubber shoes
be in two minds about sth pp (RS) to have difficulty that people wear when swimming under water
making a decision
frantically adv (50) in a fast and excited way and not in
be on the mend pp (52) informal if you are on the mend, a calm or organised way
your health is improving after an illness or an injury
gasp for breath vp (53) to breathe loudly and with
be scared to death vp (49) very afraid difficulty, trying to get more air
blur n [C, always singular] (50) something that you have a flashback vp (RS) to have a sudden memory
cannot see or remember clearly of something that happened in the past, especially
something bad
burst its banks vp (RS) if a river bursts its banks, the
water in it gets so high that it spreads over the land near head for sth v [I] (RS) to move towards something
the river
hosepipe n [C] (RS) a long pipe made of rubber or
clump (of trees) n [C] (RS) a group of plants growing plastic and used for directing water somewhere, usually
closely together onto a garden or fire
crude adj (52) made or done in a simple way and incident n [C] (49) an event, especially one that is bad
without much skill or unusual
crystal clear adj (53) very clear in the distance pp (52) a long way away
ditch n [C] (50) a long, narrow hole in the ground next in excess of pp (53) more than
to a road or field, which water can flow through
jumpy adj (53) nervous or anxious
doom n [U] (53) death, destruction, and other
keep an eye on sth vp (52) to watch or look after
unpleasant events that cannot be avoided
something
drag sb/sth v [T] (56) to pull something or someone
keep up with sth v [I or T] (56) to manage to do work as
somewhere, usually with difficulty
it is given to you and not be late in doing what you have
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keep your fingers crossed vp (52) something people do settle up v [I] (52) to pay someone the money that you
for luck to hope that things will happen in the way that owe them
they want them to
sinister adj (53) making you feel that something bad or
look on the bright side vp (RS) to find good things in a evil might happen
bad situation
sluggish adj (RS) moving or working more slowly than
lose your nerve vp (52) to suddenly become frightened usual
and be unable to do something
spooky adj (53) strange and frightening
make a difference vp (56) to have a good effect on a
stab sb in the back vp (50) to do something harmful to
situation
someone who trusted you
make your blood boil idiom (50) to make you very angry
sudden jolt adj+n (RS) a sudden, violent movement
mob n [C] (52) a large group of people that is often
swig n [C] (53) a large amount of liquid that you put into
violent or not organised
your mouth at one time
nominate sb v [T] (55) to officially suggest a person for
swerve v [I] (56) to change direction suddenly, especially
a job or a position in an organisation, or to suggest a
when you are driving a vehicle
person or their work for a prize
take sb to court vp (50) to take legal action against
paramedic n [C] (RS) someone who is trained to give
someone
medical treatment to people who are injured or very ill,
but who is not a doctor or nurse tandem (do sth in ~ with sb) adv (48) done together
with someone else, at the same time
poised adj (53) ready to do something
treadmill n [C] (50) a machine with a moving part which
preposterous adj (53) formal extremely stupid (of a
you walk or run on for exercise
situation)
turn a blind eye to sth vp (50) to pretend not to notice
pristine adj (53) in very good condition, as if new
something or to ignore something that you do not want
pull sbs leg vp (50) informal to try to make someone to see often because you know is wrong
believe something that is not true as a joke
turn over v [I] (52) if someone who is lying down turns
pull over v [I or T] (56) if a vehicle pulls over, it moves to over, they change position so that they are facing a
the side of the road and stops different direction
relive sth v [T] (49) to remember something so clearly vulnerable adj (53) easy to hurt or attack physically or
that you feel as if it is happening now emotionally
risk your life vp (55) to do something that is so windscreen n [C] (RS) the window at the front end of a
dangerous you could die car, bus, etc.
save sbs life vp (56) to do something to prevent whirr v [I] (49) to make a low continuous sound
someone from dying

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Abbreviations: n/np = noun / noun phrase; v/vp = verb / verb phrase; adj/adjp = adjective / adjective phrase;
adv/advp = adverb / adverb phrase; T/I = transitive/intransitive; C/U = countable/uncountable
The numbers indicate the page in the unit on which the word or phrase first appears. RS indicates that the word
or phrase appears in the recording script (a student version of the recording scripts can be found at
www.cambridge.org/elt/completecae).

abstract painting np (RS) a painting that has shapes draw sb in v [T] (RS) to attract someone to something
and colours and not images of real things or people and make them look at it closely
acute adj (61) good at noticing things drawback n [C] (59) a problem or disadvantage
approachable adj (RS) friendly and easy to talk to draw from life vp [I or T] (58) if you draw from life, you
draw someone or something in front of you instead of
as opposed to pp (RS) used to say that two things are
copying a picture or photograph
different
endless supply adj+n (64) a very large amount of
avant-garde adj (RS) if art, music, etc. is avant-garde, it
something that never ends or never seems to end
is new and unusual in style
engaged adj (58) involved and interested in different
bad-hair day np (58) humorous a day when your hair
things
looks bad and you do not feel attractive
enliven sth v [T] (58) to make something more
be/get caught up in sth vp (65) to be or feel involved
interesting
in something or obsessed with it so that you do not pay
attention to other things entrant n [C] (48) someone who enters a competition,
organization, or examination
brash adj (65) too confident
a fair number of sth np (62) quite a lot of something
catch sb doing sth v [T] (RS) to discover someone doing
something, often something secret or something they do feel cared for vp (64) to feel that someone is looking
not want you to see after you and thinking about you
catch sb unprepared vp (58) to discover someone feel strongly about sth vp (60) to have a very definite
in a state in which they are not prepared or ready for opinion about something
something
ferocious adj (RS) extremely angry, violent, or forceful
cerebral adj (RS) cerebral films, books, etc. need a lot of
figurative paintings np (RS) paintings of people, objects
thought to understand them, and cerebral people think a
and real things
lot
flattering adj (RS) making you look more attractive than
clone sb/sth v [T] (58) to create an exact copy of
you really are
something
from the outset pp (65) from the beginning
complimentary adj (RS) praising or expressing
admiration for someone from a sheltered background pp (65) if someone
is from a sheltered background, their parents have
disillusioned adj (RS) feeling disappointed because
protected them too much and they have experienced
something is not as good as you thought it was
very little danger or excitement
distortion n [C or U] (58) when the shape, sound or
from a technical point of view pp (RS) considering the
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from a well-off background pp (65) if someone is from a rural backwater np [C] (65) a very quiet place in the
well-off background, their parents are rich country where nothing changes and nothing exciting or
new happens
grimace v [I] (58) to make an expression of pain, strong
dislike, etc. in which the face twists in an ugly way ruthless adj (58) not caring if you hurt or upset other
people when you try to get what you want
grin n [C] (58) a big smile
scale n [C or U] (RS) the size or level of something
have an ear for something/have a good ear for
something vp (65) to be good at hearing or repeating a scratch a living vp (65) informal to only just earn
particular type of sound enough money to provide yourself with the most basic
things for living
hazardous adj (65) dangerous
self-awareness n [U] (59) good knowledge and
heartening adj (58) making you feel happier
judgment about yourself
in a random order pp (63) in no particular order,
sheer exuberance np (58) extreme happiness,
showing no plan or system
excitement and energy
leak out v [I] (58) to escape
sitter n [C] (58) someone who is having a picture of
lurk v [I] (58) to wait somewhere secretly, especially themselves painted
before doing something bad
spark sth off v [T] (RS) to cause the start of something
map sth out v [T] (58) to draw a detailed map or plan of
spontaneity n [U] (59) when something happens
something
naturally and suddenly and without being planned
not least adv (58) formal especially
subconscious n [U] (58) the part of your mind which
obsolete adj (RS) not used now contains thoughts and feelings that you are not aware of
but which influence your behaviour
out of interest pp (RS) if you do something out
of interest, you do it because you are interested in take on a character of its own vp (58) if something
something and not for any other reason takes on a character of its own, it is so interesting and
unusual that you notice it before anything else
panel n [C] (58) a group of people who are chosen to
discuss something or make a decision about something tease out sth v [T] (58) to manage to reveal something
that is hidden
pass over sb/sth v [T] (58) to ignore something or not
give attention to it teenage angst n [U] (58) the strong feelings of worry
and unhappiness that children sometimes feel between
pay rise n [U] (60) an increase in the amount of money
the age of 13 and 19
that you get for doing a job
turn out v [I] (RS) to happen in a particular way
perception n [C or U] (RS) what you think or believe
about someone or something unintended adj (59) not planned
project sth v [T] (64) if you project a particular quality, uptight adj (RS) worried or nervous and not able to relax
that quality is what most people notice about you
war-torn adj (65) damaged by war
public face n [C] (58) the expression on your face that
you have when you know that people might look at you
quirk n [C] (58) an unusual part of someones
personality or habit, or something that is strange and
unexpected

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Abbreviations: n/np = noun / noun phrase; v/vp = verb / verb phrase; adj/adjp = adjective / adjective phrase;
adv/advp = adverb / adverb phrase; T/I = transitive/intransitive; C/U = countable/uncountable
The numbers indicate the page in the unit on which the word or phrase first appears. RS indicates that the word
or phrase appears in the recording script (a student version of the recording scripts can be found at
www.cambridge.org/elt/completecae).

acceptable adj (79) allowed or approved of democratic process adj+n [C] (RS) a process in which
everyone is equally involved and everyone helps to make
affect sb/sth v [T] (79) to influence someone or
decisions
something, or cause them to change
depressing adj (RS) making you feel unhappy and
argue against sth v [T] (83) to say that something is
without any hope for the future
wrong and give reasons why it is wrong
directive n [C] (79) an official instruction
banish sb v [T] (79) to send someone away from a place,
often as a punishment fad n [C] (79) something that is fashionable for a short
period of time
be honest with sb adjp (80) to tell someone the truth
feel pride at sth vp (RS) to feel very pleased about
be intrigued by sth vp (79) to be very interested in
something you have done, something you own or
something and want to know more about it
someone you know
be standard policy to do sth np (78) to be the usual way
go through a phase vp (RS) to be in a period of your life
that a company, government, etc. deals with a particular
when you do a particular thing
situation
gunfire n [U] (RS) when guns are fired, or the noise that
blog n [C] (81) a record of your thoughts that you put on
this makes
the Internet for other people to read
have (serious) consequences for sb vp (79) to cause
blogger n [C] (82) a person who writes a blog
something bad to happen to someone
breaking news n [C] (77) important news that is just
have an influence on sb vp (84) to affect how someone
becoming public
thinks or behaves
broadcast sth v [T] (79) to send out a programme on
have regrets about sth vp (RS) to feel sorry or sad about
television or radio
a situation, wishing that it was different
call for sth v [T] (83) to demand that something happens
heighten sth v [I or T] (79) to increase or make
candid adj (79) honest, especially about something that something increase
is unpleasant or embarrassing
in its infancy pp (RS) something that is in its infancy
compatible adj (78) if people are compatible, they like has only just begun to develop
each other and are happy to spend time together
in the long run pp (RS) at a time that is far away in the
continuum n [C] (79) something that changes in future
character in very slight stages, without any clear
in the (media) spotlight pp (77) when someone
dividing points
gets public attention by being on television, in the
cooperative adj (79) willing to help or do what people newspapers, etc.
ask
inflation rate n [C] (77) the speed at which prices
cope with sth v [T] (78) to deal successfully with a increase
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influential adj (RS) having a lot of influence short-term effects np (77) effects that last a short time
(influence = the power to affect someone or something)
side effect n [C] (77) another effect that a drug has on
informative adj (85) containing a lot of useful facts your body in addition to the main effect for which the
doctor has given you the drug
jargon n [U] (79) words and phrases used by particular
groups of people that are difficult for other people to sign up for sth v [T] (RS) to agree to do something or to
understand join something
joint owner n [C] (82) one of two or more people who snowball v [I] (79) if a problem, idea or situation
together own something snowballs, it quickly grows bigger or more important
lap sth up v [T] (80) to enjoy something very much social networking website n [C] (RS) a website where
you can make new friends, send messages to them and
keep sb up to date with sth vp (81) to make sure
play games with them
you always have the most recent information about
something the tabloids n [C] (RS) in the UK, the smaller
newspapers with more pictures and shorter, simpler
leave sth to sbs discretion vp (79) to allow someone to
stories
make their own judgement or decision about something
trustworthy adj (81) able to be trusted
malaise n [C or U] (83) formal a situation in which a
problem affects all parts of something TV network n [C] (78) a large television company that
broadcasts programmes in many areas
mention sb/sth v [T] (80) to briefly speak or write about
someone or something unethical adj (78) morally bad
news bulletin n [C] (77) a short news programme on update
television or radio 1 v [T] (RS) to add new information
2 n [C] (RS) new information
overreact v [I] (82) to react in a way that is too extreme
up-market adj (80) expensive and used by people who
perspective n [C or U] (85) the way you think about
are from a high social class
something
veteran adj [C] (RS) having done a job or activity for a
personnel n [U] (79) the people who work for an
long time
organisation
volatile adj (79) likely to change suddenly or suddenly
plumes of smoke np (RS) tall, thin lines of smoke rising
become angry or violent
into the air
vote sb off v [T] (79) if a person in a television show is
pros and cons of sth np (85) the advantages and
voted off, the people watching the programme vote in
disadvantages of something
order to make that person leave the show
reality TV show np (77) a television programme about
well-being n [U] (79) when someone is healthy, happy,
ordinary people who are filmed in real situations
and comfortable
representative adj (79) the same as other people or
things in a particular group
search engine n [C] (RS) a computer program which
finds information on the Internet by looking for words
which you have typed in

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Abbreviations: n/np = noun / noun phrase; v/vp = verb / verb phrase; adj/adjp = adjective / adjective phrase;
adv/advp = adverb / adverb phrase; T/I = transitive/intransitive; C/U = countable/uncountable
The numbers indicate the page in the unit on which the word or phrase first appears. RS indicates that the word
or phrase appears in the recording script (a student version of the recording scripts can be found at
www.cambridge.org/elt/completecae).

t he advent of sth np (94) the start or arrival of flock n [C] (95) a group of birds or sheep
something new
frenetic activity np (93) something that happens in a
aerodynamic adj (90) having a shape that moves fast and exciting way, or in an uncontrolled way
through the air with little resistance
gearbox n [C] (91) the set of gears in a motor vehicle
arise v [I] (89) if a problem arises, it starts to happen and the metal box that contains them
barbarism n [U] (RS) violent and cruel behaviour get the chance to do sth vp (92) to have the opportunity
to do something
be always/ever thus idiom (91) formal to have always
happened in this way get tricky vp (90) to start to be difficult
be a breeze idiom (90) informal something which is hand-held adj (95) describes something that is designed
easy to achieve to be held and used easily with one or two hands
break a promise vp (94) to not do what you promised to harness sth v [T] (90) to control something so that you
do can use its power or qualities for a particular purpose
break a record vp (89) to do something faster, better, have profound effects upon sth vp (RS) to change or
etc. than anyone else before influence something to a very great degree
clumsy adj (RS) clumsy people move in a way that is not herd n [C] (95) a large group of animals such as cows
controlled or careful enough, and often knock or damage that live and eat together
things
hit on the idea of sth vp (90) to have a good idea,
a concept car n [C] (91) a design for a new car that especially one which solves a problem
includes ideas and methods that have not been used
the human psyche n [U] (89) the human mind and
before
feelings
degenerate into sth v [I] (RS) if a situation degenerates
hype n [U] (RS) to make something seem more
into something, it becomes much worse than before
important or exciting than it really is by talking about it
confined space adj+n (RS) a small space where it is a lot, especially in newspapers, on television, etc.
difficult to move
in contrast to sb/sth pp (96) used to show that someone
do sth with ease vp (96) to do something easily, without or something is completely different from someone or
effort something else
exploit sth v [T] (RS) something unusual, brave, or in the first place pp (90) used for stating the most
interesting that someone has done important reason for something
feat n [C] (RS) an act or achievement that shows great interstellar adj (RS) between the stars
skill or strength
labour-saving adj (96) describing a device or method
flurry of activity np (93) a sudden, short period of which saves a lot of time
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laughable adj (RS) describes something ridiculous and relatively few and far between advp (RS) not happening
which you cannot believe or respect or existing often in comparison to other things
live off sth v [T] (RS) if you live off money, you use that rock steady idiom (90) moving in a controlled and
money to buy the things that you need to live, such as completely safe way
food, clothes, etc.
set off sth v [T] (RS) to cause something to explode
make no mistake idiom (91) used to show that you are
shatter sth v [I or T] (RS) to break into very small pieces,
certain about something
or to make something break into very small pieces
meet regulations vp (91) to be of the necessary standard
slight improvement adj+n (89) a small improvement
stated by the official rules
stamp v [I] (91) to put your foot down on the ground
mind-blowing adj (RS) informal extremely exciting or
hard and quickly
surprising
steer sth v [I or T] (91) to control the direction of a
non-existent adj (96) not existing
vehicle
non-starter n [C, usually singular] (RS) something that
sublime adj (90) extremely good, beautiful, or enjoyable
will definitely not be successful
subtle adj (RS) not obvious or easy to notice
not to mention advp (RS) used to emphasise the
importance of something that you are adding to a list suburbs n [C] (RS) areas where people live outside the
centre of a city
optic adj (90) specialized relating to light or the eyes
technically feasible adv+adj (RS) possible with the
out of control pp (90) not able to be controlled
knowledge, machines and methods that are available
overload sb v [T] (92) to give someone more work or
threat to wildlife np (88) something that may harm wild
problems than they can deal with
animals, birds and plants
ponder sth v [I or T] (91) to think carefully about
throw up your hands vp (90) to show that you are
something
shocked or disagree strongly with something
power plant n [C] (91) a motor or something which is a
undergo a profound transformation vp (RS) to change
source of power production
completely
potential n [U] (RS) possible when the necessary
utterly adv (90) completely
conditions exist
when all is said and done idiom (RS) said before you tell
propulsion n [U] (89) a force that pushes something
someone the most important fact in a situation
forward
pull up v [I] (91) if a vehicle pulls up, it stops
rattle sth v [I or T] (90) to make a noise like something
knocking repeatedly, or to cause something to make this
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Abbreviations: n/np = noun / noun phrase; v/vp = verb / verb phrase; adj/adjp = adjective / adjective phrase;
adv/advp = adverb / adverb phrase; T/I = transitive/intransitive; C/U = countable/uncountable
The numbers indicate the page in the unit on which the word or phrase first appears. RS indicates that the word
or phrase appears in the recording script (a student version of the recording scripts can be found at
www.cambridge.org/elt/completecae).

 nticipate sth v [T] (98) to expect something, or to


a considerate adj (99) kind and helpful
prepare for something before it happens
culture shock n [U] (RS) a feeling of confusion felt
appeal v [I] (98) to attract or interest someone by someone visiting a country or society that is very
different from their own
applicant n [C] (98) someone who asks for something
officially, for example a job, often by writing daunting adj (99) if something is daunting, it makes you
worried because it is difficult or frightening
appreciate sth/sb v [T] (98) to feel grateful for
something/somebody degree course n [C] (99) a course of study at a college
or university which will lead to a qualification called a
array of sth n [C, usually singular] (RS) a large number
degree
of different things
dissertation n [C] (RS) a very long piece of writing done
bargain with sb v [I] (RS) to try to make someone agree
as part of a course of study
to give you something that is better for you, such as a
better price, or better wages or working conditions donate sth v [T] (103) to give money or goods to a
person or organisation that needs help
barter for sth/with sb v [I or T] (RS) to exchange goods
or services for other goods or services, without using enlarge sth v [T] (105) to make something become
money bigger
be based on sth vp [T] (101) if something is based on equip sb/sth with sth v [T] (105) to give someone the
facts or ideas, those facts or ideas are used to develop it skills they need to do a particular thing
be clearly signposted vp (105) to have clear signs feel at ease vp (98) to feel relaxed
showing the direction of something
feel at home vp (99) to feel happy and confident in a
be fun to be with adjp (99) if someone is fun to be with, place or situation
their company is enjoyable and entertaining
field trip n [C] (RS) a visit made by students to study a
civil engineering n [U] (99) the planning and building subject away from their school or college
of roads, bridges and other public buildings
flexible adj (99) able to change or be changed easily
clipboard n [C] (RS) a board with a clip at the top that according to the situation
holds paper in position for writing on
foundation course n [C] (99) in the UK, a college or
colloquial adj (RS) colloquial words or expressions are university course that introduces students to a subject
informal and more suitable for use in speech than in and prepares them for studying it at a higher level
writing
freebie n [C] (105) something that you are given, usually
conformity n [U] (97) behaving in the way that most by a company, and do not have to pay for
other people behave and expect of you
from sunrise to sunset pp (RS) from when the sun
congratulate sb on sth vp [T] (RS) to tell someone that appears in the morning till the sun disappears in the
you are happy because they have done something good evening
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fun to be with np (99) if someone is fun to be with, their prospectus n [C] (99) a book or magazine which gives
company is enjoyable information about a school, college, or business for
future students or customers
future generations n [C] (97) people in the future
proportion n [C] (103) a part of a total number or
go for sth v [T] (RS) to choose something
amount
go off (alarm) v [I] (RS) if something that makes a noise
provision n [C or U] (105) when something is provided
goes off, it suddenly starts making a noise
for someone
haggle for/over sth v (RS) to argue, especially about
settle on sth v [T] (RS) to make a decision after spending
how much you will pay for something
a period of time thinking about the choices
have a fascination with sth vp (RS) to be very interested
socialise v [I] (98) to spend time enjoying yourself with
in something
other people
I can honestly say idiom (99) used to introduce
spacious adj (RS) large and with a lot of space
an opinion about something, especially one that is
surprising speculate v [I] (104) to guess possible answers to a
question when you do not have enough information to be
incentive n [C] (103) something that encourages you to
certain
act in a particular way
study skills n [C] (99) skills that allow you to learn
inefficiency n [U] (104) when time, money or effort is
about a subject more effectively, such as essay writing
wasted and too little is achieved
and revision
interaction n [U] (99) the activity of talking and doing
symbolic adj (RS) representing something else
things with other people, or the way you do this
take account of sth vp (105) to consider something
invaluable adj (99) extremely useful
when making a decision
investment n [C] (103) something (e.g. money) that you
take a course vp (98) to study a subject at a university
do or have, in order to have more in the future
or college or go to a series of classes in order to study a
keep a conversation flowing vp (104) to make sure that subject
talk between people continues and does not stop
take sth into consideration vp (99) to think about
lecturer n [C] (99) someone who teaches at a university something when you make a decision or plan
or college
take sb step-by-step through a process vp (99) to
lecture theatre n [C] (RS) a large room with many seats explain every stage of a process to someone
where you go to hear a formal talk about a subject
teaching method(s) n [C] (99) way(s) of teaching people
lifelong adj (97) for all of your life
think for yourself vp (97) to form your own opinions and
make alternative arrangements vp (105) to make judgements and not follow other peoples opinions
different plans
tuition n [U] (98) the teaching of one person or of a small
one-to-one adj (104) only including two people group of people
outcome n [C] (103) the final result of an activity or unaffected adj (RS) not changed by something
process
university campus n [C] (98) the land and buildings
overcrowded adj (104) containing too many people or belonging to a university
things
upgrade sth v [T] (102) to improve something so that it
overpriced adj (104) too expensive is of a higher quality or a newer model
past experience n [U] (105) knowledge gained from with the exception of sth pp (105) not including
doing or seeing something before something
pick sth out v [T] (99) to choose something from a group workforce n [U] (103) all the people in a country who
of things are able to do a job

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Abbreviations: n/np = noun / noun phrase; v/vp = verb / verb phrase; adj/adjp = adjective / adjective phrase;
adv/advp = adverb / adverb phrase; T/I = transitive/intransitive; C/U = countable/uncountable
The numbers indicate the page in the unit on which the word or phrase first appears. RS indicates that the word
or phrase appears in the recording script (a student version of the recording scripts can be found at
www.cambridge.org/elt/completecae).

 t your earliest convenience pp (110) as soon as you


a day-to-day adj (RS) happening every day as a regular
can part of your job or your life
be out of touch pp (112) to not speak to, write to, email, disappear without a trace vp (113) to disappear
etc. someone for a period of time completely
be better than nothing idiom (RS) used to say that drop out v [I] (113) to stop working and doing the things
although something is not very good or not very much, it that most people do because you do not want to be part
is only slightly helpful in a situation of society any longer
be thoroughly sick of adjp (112) informal extremely dull adj (109) not interesting
bored with or annoyed about something that has been
extension n [C] (112) the number of a telephone that is
happening for a long time
connected to the main telephone in an office or other
be well worth doing vp (116) to be very useful or large building
enjoyable to do/see/try, etc.
the first hurdle np (115) the first problem that you have
bent double adj (112) with the body bent over to deal with in order to make progress
broker n [C] (115) for a while pp (110) for a period of time
1 someone whose job is arranging business deals for
get your hands on sb/sth vp (112) to find someone or
other people
something
2 someone whose job is to buy and sell shares
(shares = equal parts of a companys total value) go further afield vp (RS) go further away
the bush n [U] (112) wild parts of Australia or Africa hardship n [U] (108) a problem or situation that makes
where very few people live you suffer a lot, especially because you are very poor
call sth off v [T] (109) to decide that a planned event hinterland n [U] (112) an area of a country that is far
or activity will not happen because it is not possible or away from the cities
wanted now
hit up sb for sth v [T] (113) (US) to ask someone for
the chance of a lifetime np (RS) an opportunity to do something, e.g. money
something very special that you only get once in your life
homebound (also housebound) adj (112) unable to
clay n [U] (112) a type of heavy soil that becomes hard leave your home
when dry, used for making things such as bricks and
the human condition n [U] (112) all the experiences of
containers
being a person
commit yourself to sth v [I or T] (RS) to make a firm
idyllic adj (115) an idyllic place or experience is
decision that you will do something
extremely pleasant, beautiful, or peaceful
console sb v [T] (109) to make someone who is sad feel
impose deadlines on sb vp (113) to force someone to do
better
things by a particular time
contractual adj (115) relating to or stated in a contract
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in advance pp (RS) before a particular time put sth off v [T] (109) to arrange to do something at a
later time
insect repellent n [C] (110) a substance that you use to
keep insects away put sb on hold vp (112) to make a person wait to speak
to someone on the telephone
insinuate sth v [T] (112) to suggest that something bad is
true without saying it directly rapids n [C, always plural] (108) a part of a river where
the water moves very fast
intrepid adj (110) brave and willing to do dangerous
things rights n [C] (115) things that the law allows you to do or
have
irritant n [C] (112) someone or something that makes
you feel annoyed scrub sth v [I or T] (113) to clean something by rubbing
it hard with a brush
live sth down v [T] (RS) if you say you will never live
something down, you mean that it is an embarrassing sear sth v [T] (113) to fry a piece of meat or fish quickly
experience that other people will not let you forget at a high temperature
make it idiom (RS) to be successful in the work that you self-improvement n [U] (113) when you do things to
do improve yourself, for example studying a subject
make preparations vp (RS) to do things in order to get set sth out vp (116) to arrange a number of things in a
ready for something particular way
make sense vp (114) to have a meaning or reason that shriek v [I] (112) to make a sudden, loud, high noise
can be understood because you are afraid, surprised, excited, etc.
No way! idiom (RS) used to say no in a forceful way sitting duck np (113) someone who can easily be found,
hunted, attacked or tricked
obstinate adj (110) not willing to change your ideas or
behaviour although you are wrong sponsor sb/sth v [T] (109) to give money to someone to
support an activity, event, or organisation
off the beaten track pp (RS) in a place where very few
people go, far from any main roads or towns be steeped in sth vp (116) If something or someone is
steeped in something, they are completely surrounded by
on the basis of sth pp (115) used for giving the reason
or involved in it, or they know a lot about it
for something, e.g. using only a handshake to agree on
something stick around v [I] (113) informal to stay somewhere for a
period of time
overwhelming adj (RS) very strong in effect or large in
amount sustainable adj (115) causing little or no damage to the
environment and therefore able to continue for a long
paddle v [I] (RS) to move a small boat through water
time
with a paddle (paddle = short pole with a flat end)
talk to sb on their own terms vp (RS) talk to someone in
parched adj (112) very dry
a way that they understand
pay up v [I] (109) informal to give someone all of the
think you know best vp (110) to think that you are right
money that you owe them
in your judgements and opinions
perform a vanishing act vp (113) to disappear, usually
torrent n [C] (115) a sudden large amount of something,
because you do not want to do something or meet
especially something which seems to be uncontrollable
someone
unobtainable adj (112) if someone or something is
perspire v [I] (113) to produce liquid through your skin
unobtainable, you are not able to get them or it
because you are hot or nervous
untold tales np (112) interesting events that have not
prehistoric adj (116) relating to a time in the past before
been spoken or written about
there were written records of events
within earshot pp (113) close enough to hear something
postpone sth v [T] (109) to arrange for something to
happen at a later time wrap up v [I] (109) to dress in warm clothes

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Abbreviations: n/np = noun / noun phrase; v/vp = verb / verb phrase; adj/adjp = adjective / adjective phrase;
adv/advp = adverb / adverb phrase; T/I = transitive/intransitive; C/U = countable/uncountable
The numbers indicate the page in the unit on which the word or phrase first appears. RS indicates that the word
or phrase appears in the recording script (a student version of the recording scripts can be found at
www.cambridge.org/elt/completecae).

 larming number of sth np (122) a very large and


a disregard sth/sb v [T] (RS) to ignore something/
worrying number of something someone
anecdotal adj (122) consisting of things that people have drought n [C] (123) a long period when there is no rain
said, and not facts and people do not have enough water
as a direct consequence of sth pp (RS) caused by elder n [C] (122) an important, respected, older member
something of a group
at any rate pp (RS) something you say to show that elusive adj (120) difficult to find
you are going to say something more exactly I dont
email attachment n (125) a computer file sent with an
think they liked my idea. At any rate, they werent very
email
enthusiastic about it.
evolutionary adj (119) relating to the way in which living
back sth up v [T] (125) to make an extra copy of
things slowly change and develop over millions of years
computer information, for example on a disk or a hard
drive evolve v [I] (118) to develop or make something develop,
usually gradually
bark n [U] (120) the hard substance that covers the
surface of a tree extinct adj (120) if a type of animal is extinct, it does not
now exist
be based on sth vp (122) if something is based on facts
or ideas, those facts or ideas are the reason for it face sb/sth v [T] (RS) if you face a problem, or a problem
faces you, you have to deal with it
be borne out by sth vp (118) proven to be right or true
fossil fuel n [C] (123) a fuel such as coal or oil that is
bring sth to an end vp (118) to end something
obtained from under the ground
bronchitis n [U] (117) an illness in your lungs which
fuel consumption n [U] (123) the amount of fuel that is
makes you cough and have problems breathing
used
carbon emission(s) n [C] (117) carbon dioxide and
have an impact on sb/sth vp (RS) to have an effect on
carbon monoxide produced by things such as factories or
someone or something
cars that burn carbon and cause pollution
have an insight into sth vp (118) to start to understand
catch sb/sth on camera vp (120) to photograph or film
something
something, especially something unusual or bad
immunity n [U] (RS) when you are safe from a disease
climate change n [U] (121) the way the Earths weather
because you cannot get it
is changing
in the long/short term pp (RS) during a long/short
collaborator n [C] (120) a person who is working with
period of time from now
someone else in order to achieve something
in response to sth pp (122) as a reaction to something
dismiss sb/sth v [T] (RS) to refuse to consider an idea or
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in use pp (122) something, eg. electrical equipment that pollutant n [C] (117) a substance that pollutes water, air,
is in use is being used at the moment etc.
inexhaustible adj (RS) existing in very large amounts primate n [C] (118) a member of the group of animals
that will never be finished which includes monkeys and people, which have large
brains and hands and feet developed for climbing
infectious adj (RS) able to pass a disease from one
person, animal or plant to another prosper v [I] (119) to be successful
learning difficulties n [C] (119) mental problems which reach your full potential vp (118) to develop your
affect a persons ability to learn things abilities and qualities to the highest level
leave a light on vp (125) to not turn a light off rote learning n [U] (118) learning something in order to
be able to repeat it from memory rather than in order to
leave sth on stand-by vp (125) to leave a piece of
understand it
electrical equipment switched on although it is not being
used sign language n [C] (118) a system of hand and body
movements which represent words
live in fear vp (119) to always be afraid of or worried
about something spate n [C, usually singular] (124) a large number of bad
things which happen at about the same time
live by the rules vp (RS) to live according to laws or
principles which have been made by others spur n [T] (118) something that encourages an activity or
development
make a (deliberate) mistake vp (119) to do something
wrong (intentionally) submit an assignment vp (125) to send a piece of work
to someone
make progress vp (119) to improve and develop in skills,
knowledge, etc. thaw v [I] (122) if something that is frozen thaws, it
becomes warmer and softer or changes to liquid
mammal n [C] (120) an animal that feeds its babies on
milk from its body time-consuming adj (118) needing a lot of time
offshore n (117) in the sea and away from the coast toddler n [C] (117) a young child, especially one who is
learning or has recently learned to walk
on a daily basis pp (RS) every day
waste disposal n [U] (125) the way that we get rid of
parrot sb/sth v [T] (118) to repeat exactly what someone
things that are not needed
says, without understanding it or thinking about its
meaning wipe sth out v [T] (124) to destroy something completely
pejorative adj (118) disapproving, suggesting that wisdom n [U] (122) the ability to use your knowledge
something is not good and experience to make good decisions and judgments
perpetual adj (119) never ending

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Abbreviations: n/np = noun / noun phrase; v/vp = verb / verb phrase; adj/adjp = adjective / adjective phrase;
adv/advp = adverb / adverb phrase; T/I = transitive/intransitive; C/U = countable/uncountable
The numbers indicate the page in the unit on which the word or phrase first appears. RS indicates that the word
or phrase appears in the recording script (a student version of the recording scripts can be found at
www.cambridge.org/elt/completecae).

allergen n [C] (RS) a substance that makes some people conduct v [I or T] (135)
ill if they eat it, touch it or breathe it in 1 [T] to organise or do something
2 [T] to stand in front of a group of musicians and control
asthma n [U] (128) an illness which makes it difficult to
their performance
breathe
3 [I] if a substance conducts electricity or heat, it allows
avoid/have contact with sth/sb vp (130) to make sure electricity or heat to go through it
you do not touch something/someone
decline in sth n [C or U] (136) when something becomes
be allergic to sth adjp (130) having an allergy less in amount, importance, quality, or strength
(allergy = medical condition in which your body reacts
diagnose sth v [T] (129) to say what is wrong with
badly to something you eat, breathe or touch)
someone who is ill
be eligible for sth adjp (136) if you are eligible for
discriminate v [I] (RS) to recognise the differences
something, you can do it because you are in the right
between things or people
situation
do sth by force vp (133) to make someone do something
be obsessed with sth vp (129) thinking about something
by using physical strength
all the time
downwards adv (133) towards a lower place or level
be resistant to sth adjp (129) not harmed or affected by
something dust n [U] (RS) a powder of dirt or soil that you see on a
surface or in the air
be responsible for sth adjp (129)
1 to be the person whose duty it is to deal with exhausting adj (RS) making you feel very tired
something or someone
exposure n [U] (RS) when something is often discussed
2 to be the person or thing that has caused something to
in newspapers and on the television, etc.
happen, especially something bad
family doctor n [C] (RS) a doctor who sees people in the
be stuck with sth vp (RS) to have something bad
local area and treats illnesses that do not need a hospital
permanently
visit
bounce v [I or T] (133) to hit a surface and then move
gain independence vp (135) if a country gains
quickly away, or to make something do this
independence, it starts to be ruled by its own government
central heating n [U] (129) a system of heating a and not by another country
building by warming air or water in one place and
gentlemanly adj (133) polite and behaving well towards
carrying it to different rooms in pipes
other people
cleanliness n [U] (129) the state of being clean, or the
grasp sb/sth v [T] (133) to take hold of someone or
practice of keeping things clean
something firmly
come to light vp (130) if information about something
have access to sth vp (RS) to have the right or
comes to light, it is discovered
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hay fever n [U] (RS) an illness caused by a bad reaction pollen n [U] (128) a powder produced by flowers, which
to plants that some people get in the summer, especially is carried by insects or the wind and makes other flowers
affecting the nose and eyes produce seeds
a high incidence of sth np (RS) if there is a high receive funding for sth vp (136) to get money from a
incidence of something, it happens often government or organisation for an event or activity
hygienic adj (129) very clean, so that bacteria cannot recreational adj (133) done for enjoyment
spread
resistant adj (129) not harmed or affected by something
immune system n [C] (128) the cells and tissues in your
rowing n [U] (RS) the sport or activity of moving a boat
body that fight against infection
through the water using oars (oars = long poles with flat
indigenous adj (133) having always lived or existed in a ends)
place
slap sb/sth v [T] (133) to hit someone or something with
livestock n [U] (135) animals that are kept on a farm the flat, inside part of your hand
minimise sth v [T] (129) to make the amount of sleep deprivation n [U] (135) the condition of not having
something as small as possible had enough sleep
mould n [U] (RS) a green or black substance that grows suffer from a disease vp (129) to have an illness
in wet places or on old food
take action vp (136) to do something in order to deal
on horseback pp (133) riding a horse with a problem
opponent n [C] (132) someone who you compete against trip v [I] (133) to fall by accidentally hitting an object
in a game or competition with your foot
padding n [U] (133) soft material that is used to fill or vaccination n [C] (128) when you are given a vaccine
cover something to protect it or make it more comfortable (vaccine = substance that stops you getting a particular
disease)
phone-in programme n [C] (128) a radio or television
programme in which the public can ask questions or give widespread adj (133) affecting or including a lot of
opinions over the telephone places, people, etc.
plot n [C] (134) wrestling n [U] (133) a sport in which two people fight
1 the things that happen in a story and try to push each other to the ground
2 a plan to do something bad
3 a piece of land, often for growing food or for
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adv/advp = adverb / adverb phrase; T/I = transitive/intransitive; C/U = countable/uncountable
The numbers indicate the page in the unit on which the word or phrase first appears. RS indicates that the word
or phrase appears in the recording script (a student version of the recording scripts can be found at
www.cambridge.org/elt/completecae).

 ttain sth v [T] (139) formal to reach a particular age or


a dead tired adj (RS) informal extremely tired
level
despot n [C] (138) a very powerful person, especially
bankrupt adj (138) unable to continue in business someone who treats people cruelly
because you cannot pay your debts
detrimental adj (142) causing damage or harm
be no point in doing sth np (RS) if there is no point in
dignify sb/sth v [T] (138) to cause someone or something
doing something, you should not do that thing because it
to be valued or respected
will achieve nothing
diverse adj (141) including many different types
be of good character pp (139) formal to be someone who
behaves well and does not break the law diversity n [U] (142) when many different types of things
or people are included in something
bona fide adj (139) latin real and honest
do/work long hours vp (RS) to spend a lot of time
ceremonious adj (138) very formal and special
working
challenge to your preconceptions vp (RS) something
Dont get me wrong idiom (RS) said when you think
which changes your ideas about a subject, especially
someone might not understand what you say, or be upset
ideas which you had formed without knowing the real
by it
facts about a situation
end up v [I] (RS) to finally be in a particular place or
checklist n [C] (139) a list of things that you should
situation
think about, or that you must do
expatriate n [C] (140) someone who does not live in their
citizenship n [U] (139) the legal right to be a citizen of a
own country
particular country
feel like a fish out of water vp (RS) to feel awkward
compulsory adj (RS) if something is compulsory, you
because you are in a situation that you have not
must do it because of a rule or law
experienced before or because you are very different
contentious issue np (RS) a subject that people have from the people around you
very different opinions about and which causes them to
fit in v (RS) to feel that you belong to a particular group
argue
and are accepted by them
cord n [C or U] (138) thick string
flee v [I] (138) to leave a place quickly because you are in
cost of living np (141) the amount you have to pay for danger or are afraid
food, clothes and the other things that you need for
for good pp (139) forever
living
for years on end pp (RS) for many years
creditor n [C] (138) a person or organisation that
someone owes money to get ideas across vp (RS) to successfully communicate
information to other people
cultural mix np (RS) a combination of people from
different countries, with different religions, traditions, get in touch with sb vp (143) to communicate with
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get to the point vp (145) to start to talk about the most the odd day here and there np (RS) happening
important thing sometimes but not often
give rise to sth vp (RS) to cause something persecuted adj (138) treated unfairly or cruelly because
of race, religion or beliefs
hapless adj (138) having bad luck
place a strain on sth/sb vp (139) to cause problems for
have a different take on sth vp (RS) to have a different
someone or something and make a situation difficult
opinion or understanding of something
plinth n [C] (138) a square block, especially of stone, on
heroism n [U] (138) very brave behaviour
which a statue stands
higher education n [U] (139) education at a college or
put in more of an effort vp (RS) to work harder
university where subjects are studied at an advanced
level reversal of fortune np (138) when good things start to
happen to someone who was in a bad situation before
illiterate adj (138) not able to read or write
sanctuary n [C] (138) a place that provides protection
integrate v [I] (139) to become part of a group or society
schooling n [U] (141) education at school
integration n [U] (141) when people become part of a
group or society set up sth v [T] (RS) to arrange for something to happen,
for example to start a new business
involuntary adj (138) happening though not intended
settle down v [I] (RS) to start living somewhere that you
jaunty adj (138) happy and confident
are going to live for a long time, usually with a partner
language barrier n [C] (RS) when people are prevented
stay behind v [I] (RS) to not leave a place when other
from understanding each other because they speak
people leave
different languages
stir the imagination vp (138) if something stirs your
lawful adj (139) allowed by the law
imagination, you find it exciting to think about or
live side by side vp (142) to live very close to each other imagine happening
local n (141) someone who lives in the area you are tantalising adj (138) something that is tantalising is very
talking about attractive and makes you want it, although often you
cannot have it
make good vp (RS) to succeed and become rich
ties n [C] (138) relationships that connect you with a
marry up sth v [T] (RS) if two things marry up or if you
place, person, etc.
marry them up, they match or join together
transition n [C or U] (142) when something or someone
mind you idiom (RS) something you say before saying
changes from one system or method to another, often
the opposite of what you have just said, Youd be fitter if
gradually
you went running more often. Mind you, you can easily
damage your knees if you do it too often. transfiguration n [U] (138) when something or someone
is changed very much, usually in a good way
minor drawback np (145) a slight problem
treat sb with respect vp (145) to be polite to someone
no end of sth np (RS) informal a lot of something, e.g.
and show that you think they are important
no end of problems
turn sth to your advantage vp (RS) to change something
offset sth v [T] (139) if one thing offsets another thing,
bad or difficult in a situation into something good that
it has the opposite effect and so creates a more balanced
helps you
situation
unbearable adj (RS) too painful or unpleasant for you to
on the dock pp (138) standing on the raised area next to
continue to experience
water where passengers get on and off a boat
unskilled adj (139) without special skills or qualifications
overlap v [I] (RS) when two subjects or activities are the
same in some way

Complete CAE by Guy Brook-Hart and Simon Haines Cambridge University Press 2009 PHOTOCOPIABLE