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plot noun [C]
UK /plɒt/ US /plɑːt/
plot noun [C] (STORY)
plot noun [C] (PLAN)
› a secret plan made by several people to do something that is wrong, harmful, or not legal, especially to do damage to a person or a government:The plot was discovered before it was carried out.[+ to infinitive] The police have foiled a plot to assassinate the president.
awkward adjective (DIFFICULT)
B2 difficult to use, do, or deal with:It’s an awkward corner, so take it slowly.Some of the questions were rather awkward.It was an awkward ascent, but we reached the top eventually.[+ to infinitive] My car’s quite awkward to drive.He’s an awkward customer (= a difficult person to deal with).
awkward adjective (EMBARRASSING)
B2 causing problems, worry, or embarrassment:an awkward position/situationThere followed an awkward silence while we all tried to think of something to say.
date noun [C] (MEETING)
B1 a social meeting planned before it happens, especially one between two people who have or might have a romanticrelationship:He asked her out on a date.She has a hot date (= an exciting meeting) tonight.› mainly US a person you have a romantic meeting with:Who’s your date for the prom?
amuse verb [I or T]
UK US /əˈmjuːz/
B2 to entertain someone, especially by humorous speech or action or by making them laugh or smile:I’ve brought an article from yesterday’s paper that I thought might amuse you.[+ obj + to infinitive ] I think it amuses him to see people make fools of themselves.Apparently these stories are meant to amuse.B2 to keep someone happy, especially for a short time:We amused ourselves by watching the passers-by.Shall I put on a DVD to amuse the kids?
loathe verb [T]
UK /ləʊð/ US /loʊð/
C2 to hate someone or something:From an early age the brothers have loathed each other.“Do you like fish?” “No, I loathe it.”[+ -ing verb] I loathe doing housework.
UK US /ˈtrɪv.i.əl/
B2 having little value or importance:I don’t know why he gets so upset about something so trivial.Sexual harassment in the workplace is not a trivial matter.› A trivial problem is easy to solve:Getting computers to understand human language is not a trivial problem.
UK US /mʌnˈdeɪn/
C1 very ordinary and therefore not interesting:Mundane matters such as paying bills and shopping for food do not interest her.
science fiction noun [U]
UK US (informal sci-fi, also SF)