Vocabulary lesson 43

Definitions and samples

  • proportion (n.) a part in relation to the whole

- The proportion of women graduates has increased in recent years.

  • rate (n.) the cost per unit of a good or service; the motion or change that happens in a certain time

- The unemployment rate held at 9.6% last month, the Labor Department said Friday.

  • sequence (v.) a series of related things or events, or the order in which they follow each other

- The questions should be asked in a logical sequence.

  • descend (v.) to go or come down

- Our plane started to descend.

  • circulate (v.) go around; go from place to place or person to person

- A fan may circulate the air in summer, but it doesn't cool it.

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