WOTW: symptom

| - Tim Lake |

triplo word of the week - symptom

“Symptom” is a noun with only one meaning. It is a really useful word when you are sick. Let’s have a look.


The noun “symptom” means an obvious physical or mental sign that a person has disease or illness.


+ Could you tell me what symptoms you are experiencing?

+ She had all the symptoms of the flu.

+ Heavy drinking can be mistaken for a symptom of depression, rather than its cause.

+ Sometimes Doctors treat the symptom but not the patient.

+ He had no obvious symptoms.

+ The main symptom is short-term memory loss.


The noun “symptom” is sometimes used in non-medical conversations. It means a sign of a problem.


+ The government leaks were a symptom of bigger problems.

+ He is a symptom of the country’s problems, not the cause.

+ This is a further shameful symptom of the failure of the company to innovate.

+ Some writers have seen this as a symptom of Mozart's unhappiness with his marriage.


The pronunciation is / ˈsɪm(p)təm /. In British English the “p” is often not pronounced.


This word is in the New General Service List, a list of the 3,000 most common words in English communication. You can get the full list on our website by clicking here.


この単語は、英語で最もよく使われる3,000の単語のリストであるNew General Service Listからのものです。完全なリストはこちらから。



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