|1||affordable||adj.||/əˈfɔr də bəl/||able to be paid for; not too expensive||a. The company’s first priority was to find an affordable phone system. |
b. Obviously, the computer systems that are affordable for a Fortune 500 company will not be affordable for a small company.
|2||as needed||adv.||/nid/||as necessary||a. The courier service did not come every day, only as needed.|
b. The service contract states that repairs will be made on an as-needed basis.
|3||be in charge of||v.||/kəˈpæs ɪ ti/||to be in control or command of||a. He appointed someone to be in charge of maintaining a supply of paper in the fax machine. |
b. Your computer should not be in charge of you, rather you should be in charge of your computer.
|4||capacity||n.||/kəˈpæs ɪ ti/||the ability to contain or hold; the maximum that something can hold or do||a. The new conference room is much larger and has a capacity of one hundred people. |
b. The memory requirements of this software application exceed the capacity of our computers.
|5||durable||adj.||/ˈdʊər ə bəl/||sturdy, strong, lasting||a. This printer is so durable that, with a little care, it will last another five years. |
b. These chairs were more expensive, in the long run, but also more durable.
|6||initiative||n.||/ɪˈnɪʃ i ə tɪv/||the first step; an active role||a. Employees are encouraged to take the initiative and share their ideas with management. |
b. Our technology initiative involves an exciting new database system 6nd will help us revolutionize our customer service.
|7||physical||adj.||/ˈfɪz ɪ kəl/||perceived by the senses||a. The physical presence of a computer expert is better than telephone support. |
b. The memory capacity of a computer doesn’t correlate to its physical size.
|8||provider||n.||/prəˈvaɪ dər/||a supplier||a. The department was extremely pleased with the service they received from the phone provider. |
b. As your health service provider, we want to make sure you are happy and satisfied with the service you are receiving.
|9||recur||v.||/rɪˈkɜr/||to occur again or repeatedly||a. The subject of decreasing sales recurs in each meeting, sometimes several times. |
b. The managers did not want that particular error to recur.
|10||reduction||n.||/rɪˈdʌk ʃən/||a lessening; a decrease||a. The outlet store gave a 20 percent reduction in the price of the shelves and bookcases. |
b. The reduction in office staff has made it necessary to automate more job functions.
|11||stay on top of||v.||to know what is going on; to know the latest information||a. In order to stay on top of her employees’ progress, she arranged weekly breakfast meetings. |
b. In this industry, you must stay on top of current developments.
|12||stock||n.; v.||/stɒk/||a supply; v. to keep on hand||a. The office’s stock of toner for the fax machine was quickly running out. |
b. The employees stocked the shelves on a weekly basis.