Tristan Harris: How better tech could protect us from distraction

1) newsfeed noun [ C ]

also news feed /ˈnjuːz.fiːd/ /ˈnuːz.fiːd/

a web page or screen that updates (= changes) often to show thelatest news or information:

LabSpaces has all of the features of a social-networking site with the addition of adaily science newsfeed.

2) bulldoze verb [ T ]

UK /ˈbʊl.dəʊz/ US /ˈbʊl.doʊz/

to destroy buildings and make an area flat with a bulldozer:

The township was bulldozed in the 1950s.


to force someone to do something, although they might not want to:

She bulldozed her daughter into buying a new dress.

3) abrasive adjective

US UK /əˈbreɪ.sɪv/

rude and unfriendly:

She has a rather abrasive manner.
He can sometimes be abrasive in meetings.

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  1. tardy adjective

    UK /ˈtɑː.di/ US /ˈtɑːr.di/ formal

    slow or late in happening or arriving:

    Dinner was somewhat delayed on account of David’s rather tardy arrival.
  2. savour verb [ T ]

    uk us savor UK /ˈseɪ.vər/ US /ˈseɪ.vɚ/

    to enjoy food or an experience slowly, in order to enjoy it as much aspossible:

    It was the first chocolate he’d tasted for over a year, so he savoured every mouthful.
  3.  shave bits of time off everyday activities
  4. premise noun [ C ]

    UK /ˈprem.ɪs/ US /ˈprem.ɪs/

    an idea or theory on which a statement or action is based:

    [ + that ] They had started with the premise that all men are created equal
  5. judicious adjective

    UK /dʒuːˈdɪʃ.əs/ US /dʒuːˈdɪʃ.əs/

    having or showing reason and good judgment in making decisions:

    We should make judicious use of the resources available to us.
  6. sopping adjective

    UK /ˈsɒp.ɪŋ/ US /ˈsɑː.pɪŋ/ informal

    extremely wet:

    The bottle had leaked in my bag and everything was sopping.
    You’re sopping wet — go and get changed.
  7. putter verb

    UK /ˈpʌt.ər/ US /ˈpʌt̬.ɚ/

    putter verb (MOVE)

    [ I usually + adv/prep ] us uk potter to do things in a relaxed way, withoutrushing or trying very hard:

    He really enjoys puttering around in the garden.