Intermediate+ Word of the Day: bit

A bit is the mouthpiece of a horse’s bridle and it is also a small thin shaft that can be used in a drill. Most commonly, however, a bit is a small quantity or piece of something, a very short time, and also an action associated with a particular situation or person. Unrelatedly, a bit is a single, basic unit of computer information, valued at either 0 or 1. It is also the past tense…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: wind

You probably already know that wind is air in motion and also breath. Colloquially, wind means ‘hint’ and ’empty talk,’ as well as ‘gas generated in the stomach’ in the UK. Related to this, the verb wind means ‘make short of breath.’ Unrelatedly, and with a different pronunciation, wind is also a verb that means ‘to take a twisting course,’ ‘to wrap around,’ and ‘to tighten the spring of something.’ As a noun, a wind is a…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: entertain

Most commonly, to entertain means ‘to hold someone’s attention’ usually by amusing them in some way. However, entertain has many other meanings, like ‘to have someone as a guest’ and ‘show hospitality.’ It is also a synonym for consider, in reference to an idea, and it also means ‘to harbor,’ in reference to feelings or thoughts….

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: chest

The chest is the front part of a human’s body, from the neck to the abdomen. A chest is also a box with a lid used to store things or, especially in the UK, a small cabinet, usually hung from the wall, used for keeping small things such as bottles of medicine. In a public institution….

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: groom

Groom is a shortened version of bridegroom–a man who is about to get married or just got married. A groom is also someone whose job is to look after horses. As a verb, to groom means ‘to brush or clean an animal’ and it is also what animals do to each other or to themselves when they remove dirt or parasites from their fur or skin. It can also be used to describe people….

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