Install these four links in your browser/bookmarks as a basis for exploring other terms and where, to use them, you replace “risk” with your term

Collins Reverso

  • Where the meaning of a term is explained as an action, in use, as implementing it will cause something to happen: “If … then …,” these are terms with consequences

Oxford DT

  • Where the meaning of a term is explained as an idea (that flowers), first in the fields of health, security, commerce, and administration
  • Additional meanings are “let 1,000 flowers bloom”

Economist Economist A-Z

  • Where the meaning of a term is precisely defined by bankers and lawyers preparing and enforcing contracts

Business Dictionary

  • Where the meaning of a term is explained first as an idea, and then in the particular ways one after another kind of business typically uses there terms

Learning how to learn definitions

  • Simple translation dictionaries are ok on the go, but likely fall short of the precision we need when writing, when no one is around to ask for clarification: as writers we need to anticipate our audience
  • Ideas are general, and we need them to explore the larger meaning of things, but any particular application involves discussion of use: look for how your new use compares to those discussed above
  • You can’t possibly look up and remember more than a few terms in a day, so set realistic expectations: choose terms that have a special meaning for you and that you can use in writing
  • Look up maybe two terms a day: better learn one term a day AND get into the habit of looking things up than try to memorize more at the last minute!

Things to do with a new term

  • Define using the advice on my Definitions page
  • Explore by looking things up
  • Embody your term, “someone is competitive when … ,“ and use it in action
  • Examples will help you check your understanding, clarify your thought, and make your definitions memorable, so include one
  • Explain and Remember by associating a term with other terms of use, for example, for “competition,” write about “developing a strategy …,” “market share competition (apple and android”, “better than the other firm/opponent”, “less costs, competitive advantage”, “differentiation”
  • Make relevant by associating the term with your business



  • For comparisons of English and German


  • for very new, special words (forget Leo)