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31 March 2011

personalize 1



Concise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 Oxford University Press:
personalize /ˈpɜːsənəlʌɪz/ (or personalise)
▶verb
    •    1 design or produce (something) to meet someone's individual requirements.
    •    2 make (something) identifiable as belonging to a particular person.
    •    3 cause (an issue or argument) to become concerned with personalities or feelings rather than with general or abstract matters.
    •    4 personify.

excursion 1


Concise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 Oxford University Press:
excursion/ɪkˈskɜːʃn/
noun
  • 1 a short journey, especially one taken for leisure.
  • 2 a deviation from a regular activity or course: the firm's disastrous excursion into the US electrical market.
    technical a movement along a path or through an angle.
– derivatives
excursionist noun.
– origin C16: from L. excursio(n-), from excurrere ‘run out’.

perspective 1




From the Concise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 Oxford University Press:
perspective/pəˈspektɪv/
noun
  • 1 the art of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to convey the impression of height, width, depth, and relative distance.
    ■ the appearance of viewed objects with regard to their relative position, distance from the viewer, etc.: a trick of perspective.
  • 2 a view or prospect.
  • 3 a particular way of regarding something.
  • 4 understanding of the relative importance of things: we must keep a sense of perspective about what he's done.
  • 5 an apparent spatial distribution in perceived sound.
– derivatives
perspectival adjective.
– origin ME (in the sense ‘optics’): from med. L. perspectiva (ars) ‘(science of) optics’, from perspect-, perspicere ‘look at closely’.