1 extremely unpleasant [= terrible]: We've had some dreadful weather lately. Michelle felt absolutely dreadful (=very ill).
2 [only before noun] used to emphasize how bad something or someone is [= terrible]: a dreadful mistake
to ask someone for information: 'Why are you doing that?' the boy inquired.
inquire about I am writing to inquire about your advertisement in The Times.
inquire whether/why/how etc The waiter inquired whether we would like to sit near the window.
inquire something of somebody 'Where's the station?' she inquired of a passer-by. Toby would have liked to inquire further (=ask more questions).
1 to hide something carefully: The shadows concealed her as she crept up to the house. The path was concealed by long grass. a concealed weapon
2 to hide your real feelings or the truth: She tried to conceal the fact that she was pregnant. conceal something from somebody She was taking drugs and trying to conceal it from me. —concealment noun [uncountable] deliberate concealment of his activities
1 [uncountable] when you form ideas or opinions without having very much information to base them on: What she said was pure conjecture. There has been some conjecture about a possible merger.
2 [countable] an idea or opinion formed by guessing [= guess, hypothesis]: My results show that this conjecture was, in fact, correct.
to leave somewhere very quickly, in order to escape from danger: His attackers turned and fled. Masaari spent six months in prison before fleeing the country.
flee to/from/into Many German artists fled to America at the beginning of World War II.
strive past tense strove past participle striven [intransitive] formal to make a great effort to achieve something
strive to do something I was still striving to be successful. strive for/after We must continue to strive for greater efficiency.