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(noun) 
Definition
a continuous length without breadth
Draw a line down the centre of the page.
Synonyms
stroke
Fill in gaps by using short, upward strokes of the pencil.
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streak
There are these dark streaks on the surface of the moon.
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stripe
a white stripe down the sides
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groove
Grooves were made in the shelf to accommodate the back panel.
(noun) 
Definition
a thin indented mark or wrinkle on skin
He has a large, generous face with deep lines.
Synonyms
wrinkle
His face was covered with wrinkles.
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mark
The dogs rub against the walls and make dirty marks.
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crease
There were tiny creases at the corner of his eyes.
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furrow
Deep furrows marked the corner of his mouth.
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crow's foot
(noun) 
Definition
a row of people or things
Children clutching empty bowls form a line.
Synonyms
row
a row of pretty little cottages
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queue
A queue of more than sixty people snaked its way down the pavement.
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rank
Ranks of police in riot gear stood nervously by.
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file
A file of soldiers, marched past.
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column
There were reports of columns of military vehicles appearing on the streets.
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procession
a funeral procession
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crocodile (British)
(noun) 
Definition
the words of a theatrical role
Learning lines is easy. Acting is difficult.
Synonyms
script
Jenny's writing a film script.
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part
She's having a lot of trouble learning her part.
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words
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dialogue
The play's dialogue is sharp and witty.
(noun) 
Definition
a wire or string with a particular function
a piece of fishing line
Synonyms
string
He held out a small bag tied with string.
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cable
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wire (old-fashioned)
I sent him a wire congratulating him.
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strand
high fences, topped by strands of barbed wire
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rope
He tied the rope around his waist.
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thread
a hat embroidered with golden threads
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cord
The door had been tied shut with a length of nylon cord.
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filament
Some models use a carbon filament.
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wisp
She smoothed away a wisp of hair from her eyes.
(noun) 
Definition
a course or direction of movement
Walk in a straight line.
Synonyms
trajectory
the trajectory of an artillery shell
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way
He came round the back way.
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course
For nearly four hours we maintained our course northwards.
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track
following the track of a hurricane
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channel
We'll be lodging a complaint through the official channels.
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route
the most direct route to the town centre
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path
A group of reporters blocked his path.
The tornado wrecked everything in its path.
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(noun) 
Definition
the edge or contour of a shape
a dress that follows the line of the body
Synonyms
outline
She could see only the hazy outline of the trees.
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shape
the shapes of the trees against the sky
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figure
A figure appeared in the doorway.
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cut
The cut of her clothes made her look slimmer and taller.
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features
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profile
His handsome profile was turned away from us.
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silhouette
the dark silhouette of the castle ruins
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configuration
The flow of water follows the configuration of the rock strata.
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contour
The light of dawn began to outline the contours of the hills.
(noun) 
Definition
a boundary or limit
the California state line
Synonyms
boundary
Our organization now operates across national boundaries.
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limit
the city limits
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edge
She was standing at the water's edge.
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border
Clifford is enjoying life north of the border.
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frontier
It wasn't difficult to cross the frontier.
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borderline
the borderline between painting and photography
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demarcation
the demarcation of the border between the two countries
(noun) 
Definition
the most forward defensive position
the fortification they called the Maginot Line
Synonyms
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front
Her husband is fighting at the front.
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front line
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trenches
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firing line
10 (noun) 
Definition
a policy or prescribed way of thinking
The government promised to take a hard line on crime.
Synonyms
approach
We will be exploring different approaches to information-gathering.
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policy
significant changes in Britain's policy on global warming
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way
Freezing is a great way to preserve most foods.
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course
Resignation is the only course left open to him.
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practice
a public inquiry into bank practices
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method
new teaching methods
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technique
tests performed using a new technique
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procedure
He did not follow the correct procedure in applying for a visa.
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tactic
His tactic to press on paid off.
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avenue
We were presented with several potential avenues of investigation.
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course of action
11 (noun) 
Definition
a policy or prescribed way of thinking
What are the benefits of this line of research?
Synonyms
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way
Can you tell me the way to the station?
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direction
We drove ten miles in the opposite direction.
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tendency
the government's tendency towards secrecy in recent years
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drift
their fears at what they see as a drift towards economic chaos
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tack
In desperation I changed tack.
12 (noun) 
Definition
a field of interest or activity
What was your father's line of business?
Synonyms
occupation
I was looking for an occupation which would allow me to travel.
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work
What kind of work do you do?
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calling
He was a serious man, dedicated to his calling as a physician.
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business
May I ask what business you are in?
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job
the pressure of being the first woman in the job
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area
She was involved in every area of the project.
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trade
He was a jeweller by trade.
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department (informal)
Sorry, I don't know – that's not my department.
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field
They are both experts in their field.
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career
She is now concentrating on a career as a fashion designer.
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activity
Activities range from canoeing to birdwatching.
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bag (slang)
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employment
She was unable to find employment in the area.
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province
Opera remained largely the province of the aristocracy.
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profession
Harper was a teacher by profession.
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pursuit
They both love outdoor pursuits.
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vocation
the levels of knowledge and skill required for success in many vocations
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specialization
13 (noun) 
Definition
one kind of product or article
Best-selling lines included a teeth-cleaning kit for dogs.
Synonyms
brand
the British brand of socialism
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make
What make of car did he rent?
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sort
What sort of person is he?
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kind
They developed a new kind of film-making.
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type
There are various types of the disease.
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label
designer labels
14 (noun) 
We were part of a long line of artists.
Synonyms
lineage
They can trace their lineage back to the 18th century.
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family
Her family came to Los Angeles at the turn of the century.
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race
We welcome students of all races, faiths and nationalities.
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stock
We are both from working-class stock.
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strain
a particularly beautiful strain of Swiss pansies
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descent
All the contributors were of foreign descent.
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ancestry
They can trace their ancestry back to the seventeenth century.
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parentage
She is a Londoner of mixed English and Jamaican parentage.
15 (noun) 
Drop me a line if I can be of any use to you.
Synonyms
note
Stevens wrote him a note asking him to come to his apartment.
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message
Would you like to leave a message?
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letter
I had received a letter from a very close friend.
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memo
A leaked memo to managers identified a dozen danger spots.
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report
a full report of what happened here tonight
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word
There is no word from the authorities on the reported attack.
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card
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email or e-mail
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postcard
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text
I'll read the text aloud first.
16 (noun) 
the latest in a long line of successes
Synonyms
series
a series of explosions
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chain
a horrific chain of events
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string
The landscape is broken only by a string of villages.
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sequence
the sequence of events that led to the murder
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procession
a seemingly endless procession of corruption cases
17 (noun) 
Don't be fooled by that line about having seen you before somewhere.
Synonyms
patter
Don't be taken in by the sales patter.
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pitch
He was impressed with her hard sales pitch.
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spiel (informal)
She had been hearing this kind of spiel for thirty years now.
18 (noun) 
No one seems able to pursue a line of inquiry far enough to get an answer.
Synonyms
clue
Scientists have discovered a clue that may unlock the puzzle.
a vital clue to the killer's identity
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lead
The inquiry team is following up possible leads.
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hint
I'd dropped a hint about having an exhibition of his work.
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indication
He gave no indication that he was ready to compromise.
(verb) 
Definition
to be or form a border
Thousands of people lined the streets as the procession went by.
Synonyms
border
white sand bordered by palm trees and tropical flowers
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edge
a chocolate brown jacket edged with yellow
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fringe
Swampy islands of vegetation fringe the coastline.
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skirt
We raced across a large field that skirted the slope of the hill.
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(verb) 
Definition
to mark with a line or lines
Her face was lined with concern.
Synonyms
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cut
Geometric motifs are cut into the stone walls.
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score
Lightly score the surface of the steaks with a sharp cook's knife.
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underline
Take two pens and underline the positive and negative words.
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Phrasal verbs

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(verb) 
Definition
to cover the inside of
They line their dens with leaves or grass.
Synonyms
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cover
She was soaking wet and covered with mud.
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encase
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inlay
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interline
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ceil

Additional synonyms

in the sense of activity
Definition
any specific action or pursuit
Activities range from canoeing to birdwatching.
in the sense of ancestry
Definition
family descent
They can trace their ancestry back to the seventeenth century.
Synonyms
ancestors,
forebears,
antecedents,
forefathers,
progenitors
in the sense of area
Definition
a subject field
She was involved in every area of the project.
Synonyms

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