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Finding a partner

blind date

noun

an arrangement in which two people who have never met before spend some time together, in order to find out whether they like each other enough to start a relationship

dating agency

noun

a business that finds partners for people who want to begin a sexual or romantic relationship

computer dating

noun

the business of finding romantic or sexual partners for people using a computer database

marriage bureau

noun

an organization that arranges meetings between people who are looking for someone to marry

assignation

noun

a secret meeting with someone, especially someone you are having a sexual or romantic relationship with

matchmaker

noun

someone who tries to arrange relationships or marriages between people

fortune hunter

noun

someone who hopes to become rich quickly and easily, especially by getting married to a rich person

gold digger

noun

a woman who only wants relationships with men who are rich

date

noun

an arrangement to meet someone who you are having or starting a sexual or romantic relationship with

speed dating

noun

an event at which single people looking for a partner divide into pairs and have short conversations with each other and decide who among those they have met they would like to meet again

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the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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