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Unit 11 Language Lesson Terms

addicted

adjective

Unit 11 — Language Lesson

Definition
The need or strong desire to do or to have something.

Example
David is so addicted to using e-mail that he checks to see if he has new e-mail every ten minutes. He can't stop himself from checking it.

appropriate

adjective

Unit 11 — Language Lesson

Definition
Correct or right for a particular situation or occasion.

Example
It’s appropriate to use an informal style of writing when composing an e-mail to a friend.

communication

noun

Unit 11 — Language Lesson

Definition
The process by which messages or information is sent from one place or person to another.

Example
Sometimes communication by e-mail can be less personal than talking to someone in person.

complex

adjective

Unit 11 — Language Lesson

Definition
Having many parts related to each other in ways that may be difficult to understand.

Example
Computers are very complex because there are many parts that are necessary for computers to function properly.

concept

noun

Unit 11 — Language Lesson

Definition
A principle or idea.

Example
The concept of sharing files over a network is very clever. Who would have thought that was possible?

development

noun

Unit 11 — Language Lesson

Definition
Growth or change into a more advanced form.

Example
The development of the Internet has made a great impact on the world of communication.

job fair

phrase

Unit 11 — Language Lesson

Definition
A special event where employers set up booths for people who are interested in getting a job.

Example
People can go to the job fair and learn about new companies and potential jobs.

prefers

verb

Unit 11 — Language Lesson

Definition
Choose or want one thing rather than another.

Example
My friend prefers to leave her computer turned on all the time rather than shutting it off.

protection

noun

Unit 11 — Language Lesson

Definition
Keeping someone or something safe from injury, damage, or loss.

Example
If you want protection against identity theft, it is best not to give out personal information on the Internet or telephone.

purpose

noun

Unit 11 — Language Lesson

Definition
An intention or aim; a reason for doing something or for allowing something to happen.

Example
The purpose of using a password when you log on to the computer is to make sure your information will remain private and protected.

undetermined

adjective

Unit 11 — Language Lesson

Definition
Something that is not known.

Example
Our company is moving to another building, but the location is undetermined. We don't know where the new building is yet.