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First Address to Irish Parliament From a British PM

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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
approached the city
We can understand the emotions generated by Northern Ireland's troubles, but we cannot really believe, as we approach the 21st century, there is not a better way forward to the future than murder, terrorism and sectarian hatred.
approach = come near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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2  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
We have had different approaches to agriculture, to monetary union, to defence.
approaches = ways of doing something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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bestow
1 use
Members of the Dail and Seanad, after all the long and torn history of our two peoples, standing here as the first British prime minister ever to address the joint Houses of the Oireachtas, I feel profoundly both the history in this event, and I feel profoundly the enormity of the honour that you are bestowing upon me.†
bestowing = giving
DefinitionGenerally bestow means:
to give — typically to present as an honor or give as a gift
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colleague
1 use
The Taoiseach and I will meet again next spring in London, with key ministerial colleagues, to give this the necessary impetus and agenda, and will thereafter meet at least once a year to review progress.†
colleagues = fellow workers — especially in a respected profession such as teaching, medicine, or law
DefinitionGenerally colleague means:
fellow worker — especially in a respected profession such as teaching, medicine, or law
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democracy
1 use
The programme of the new Labour government: driving up standards in education; welfare reform; monetary and fiscal stability as the foundation of a modern economy; massive investment in our public services tied to the challenge of modernization; a huge programme of constitutional change; a new positive attitude to Europe — it is a program of national renewal as ambitious as any undertaken in any western democracy in recent times.†
democracy = a system of government in which citizens have power with equal votes
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diverge
1 use
Those urges to belong, divergent as they are, can live together more easily if we, Britain and the Irish Republic, can live closer together too.†
divergent = to move apart; or be or become different
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diverse
1 use
Our ties are already rich and diverse: — the UK is the largest market for Irish goods.†
diverse = varied (having variety with differences)
DefinitionGenerally diverse means:
varied (having variety amongst things of the same kind) — especially with regard to ideas or members of a population group
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enmity
1 use
But now, the UK and Ireland as two modern countries, we can try to put our histories behind us, try to forgive and forget those age-old enmities.†
enmities = hatred toward someone or between people — typically long-lasting
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
Time for North/South bodies to be established to start a new era of co-operation between you and Northern Ireland — I hope agreement on these is now close.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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flexible
1 use
But increasingly we share a common agenda and common objectives: completion of the Single Market and structural economic reform; better conditions for growth and jobs in Europe; successful enlargement; a united and coherent foreign policy voice for Europe; a more effective fight against crime, drugs, illegal immigration and environmental damage; flexible, open and accountable European institutions.†
flexible = bendable or adaptable
DefinitionGenerally flexible means:
bendable or adaptable
in various senses, including:
  • easily bent without physical damage or injury — as of a hose or gymnast
  • able to adjust readily to different conditions — as of a plan
  • willing to make concessions — as of a negotiator or a boss
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juncture
1 use
The peace process is at a difficult juncture.†
juncture = where things come together — especially a point in time with a critical event
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migrate
1 use
Even now, in my constituency of Sedgefield, which at one time had 30 pits or more, all now gone, virtually every community remembers that its roots lie in Irish migration to the mines of Britain.†
migration = movement from one place to another

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally migrate means:
move from one place to another — sometimes seasonally
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nonetheless
1 use
And I reflect on those, who though untouched directly by violence, are nonetheless victims — victims of mistrust and misunderstanding who through lack of a political settlement miss the chance of new friendships, new horizons, because of the isolation from others that the sectarian way of life brings.†
nonetheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nonetheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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optimistic
2 uses
But I have been optimistic the whole way through.†
optimistic = expecting the best; or focusing on the good part of things
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persecution
1 use
There were, after all, many in Britain too who suffered greatly at the hands of powerful absentee landlords, who were persecuted for their religion, or who were for centuries disenfranchised.†
persecuted = treated very badly and unfairly
DefinitionGenerally persecution means:
very bad and unfair treatment of others — usually because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political beliefs
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positive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a positive attitude
The programme of the new Labour government: driving up standards in education; welfare reform; monetary and fiscal stability as the foundation of a modern economy; massive investment in our public services tied to the challenge of modernization; a huge programme of constitutional change; a new positive attitude to Europe — it is a program of national renewal as ambitious as any undertaken in any western democracy in recent times.†
positive = optimistic or agreeable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
optimistic (expecting or focusing good things); or agreeable
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prosperous
1 use
But we will be stronger and more prosperous working together.†
prosperous = successful or good — especially with regard to finances or wealth
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republic
2 uses
Those urges to belong, divergent as they are, can live together more easily if we, Britain and the Irish Republic, can live closer together too.†
republic = a system of government in which a majority of citizens elect representatives to make laws
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virtual
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
virtual organization
We spent virtually every childhood summer holiday up to when the troubles really took hold in Ireland, usually at Rossnowlagh, the Sands House Hotel, I think it was.†
virtually = to almost be so, but not so strictly speaking
DefinitionGenerally this sense of virtual means:
to almost be something; or to effectively be something without entirely being it in a traditional sense
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yearn
1 use
Just as we must understand your yearning for a united Ireland, so too must you understand what the best of unionism is about.†
yearning = strongly desiring; or a strong desire
DefinitionGenerally yearn means:
have a strong desire — often for something difficult or impossible to have
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