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Unit 22 - Quality


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aggravate
(v) to make something bad become worse, especially a situation or a medical condition
better
(v) 1. to achieve a better result than someone or something 2. to improve something
blemish
(n) a mark or spot that spoils the appearance of something
chaos
(n)a situation in which everything is confused and in a mess
cheapen
(v) to make someone or something seem less valuable or respected
contaminate
(v) to make something dirty, polluted or poisonous by adding a chemical, waste or infection
decay
(v) to make or become gradually worse in quality, or weaker in power or influence
decline
(v) 1. to say politely that you will not accept something or do something 2. to become less or worse
defective
(adj) not made correctly or not working correctly
detrimental
(adj) harmful or damaging
devastate
(v) 1. to seriously damage or completely destroy something 2. to make someone feel very shocked and upset
enhance
(v) to improve something, or make it more attractive or more valuable
evaluate
(v) to think carefully about something before making a judgment about its value, importance or quality
exacerbate
(v) to make a problem become worse
exquisite
(adj) extremely beautiful and delicate
first-rate
(adj) of the highest quality
flaw
(n) a mistake or fault in something that makes it useless, less effective or less beautiful
ideal
(adj) 1. of the best or most suitable type 2. as good as you can imagine, and probably too good to be real
inadequate
(adj) not enough or not good enough for a particular purpose
invaluable
(adj) extremely useful
optimum
1. (adj) best or most suitable within a range of possibilities 2. (n) the best or most suitable situation, level or amount
outclass
(v) to be much beter than someone or something else
prime
(adj) most important, most suitable or of the highest quality
redeeming feature
(n phr) a positive quality which improves something that is not very good by including something that is good
refurbish
(v) to improve a room or a building by cleaning and painting it, adding new furniture or equipment, etc
reinforce
(v) 1. to make an idea, belief or feeling stronger 2. to make a building, structure or object stronger
renovate
(v) to make something old look new again by repairing and improving it, especially a building
rotten
(adj) 1. something that is rotten has decayed 2. of a low quality, standard or ability
rusty
(adj) a rusty metal ovject is covered in rust
satisfactory
(adj) 1. good enough to be accepted in a particular situation 2. enjoyable and pleasing
shambles
(n) something that is very badly organised and does not operate effectively
shoddy
(adj) shoddy work, services or products are of a very low standard
sound
(adj) 1. involving the use of good judgment, and therefor likely to be effective 2. thorough
stale
(adj) stale food such as bread is old and no longer fresh
strengthen
(v) to make something stronger
surpass
(v) to be better or greater than something else, or better than what was expected or hoped for
ultimate
(adj) 1. happening at the end of a process or activity 2. as good or as bad as possible
worsen
(v) to become worse, or make something worse
wreck
1. (n) something that has been badly damaged 2. (v) to severely damage
streamline
(v) to improve a vusiness, organisation, process, etc by making it more modern or simple
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