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October 2015

Word of the Day: numb

Word of the Day by WordReference.com       Word of the Day   October 16, 2015   numb (adjective, verb) LISTEN       Numb is an adjective that has two meanings: unable to feel physical sensations, and without emotion. It is also a verb that means to remove the ability to feel sensation, either physically or emotionally. Example sentences After Jane got anesthesia at the dentist's office, her lips were numb. Max was numb after receiving the news of his father's sudden death. The anesthetic cream numbed Arthur's finger. The shock numbed Rebecca's emotions.   Similar expressions   You […]

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Word of the Day: plummet

Word of the Day by WordReference.com       Word of the Day   October 15, 2015   plummet (verb, noun) LISTEN     Plummet is a verb that means "to fall straight down" or "to become much less." The verb can be used literally or figuratively. Example sentences   The company's sales have plummeted this year.   A strange object plummeted to the earth from the night sky.   The number of full-time jobs has plummeted since the economy crashed.     Additional Information   As a noun, a plummet is a tool used to see if something is completely […]

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Word of the Day: creepy

Word of the Day by WordReference.com       Word of the Day   October 14, 2015   creepy (adjective) LISTEN       Creepy means spooky, eerie, or scary. It can also mean that something causes unpleasant feelings, repulsion, or uneasiness. When used for a person, it means abnormal, weird, or possibly dangerous. Example sentences   The creepy old house on the hill has been empty for years.   A creepy man followed me home from the subway.   The children told creepy stories around the campfire.   I think Amy's constant smiling is creepy.     Multi-word forms   […]

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Word of the Day: hover

Word of the Day by WordReference.com       Word of the Day   October 13, 2015   hover (verb) LISTEN       Hover means to remain in the air in the same position. When used for people, it means to wait or linger near somebody or something for more time or at a closer distance than is expected. When referring to a number or value, it means to stay around a specific level or amount. Example sentences   A yellow butterfly was hovering above the fence, and I couldn't resist taking a picture.   I can't decide what to […]

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Word of the Day: grown-up

      Word of the Day   October 12, 2015   grown-up (noun, adjective) LISTEN       A grown-up is a fully grown adult person. Grown-up as a noun is mostly used by children. As an adjective, grown-up refers to a mature style or taste. Example sentences   Betsy dislikes when grown-ups ask her about school.   The children know that they should find a grown-up if they see a suspicious person.   The teacher thought the twelve-year-old girl's lipstick was too grown-up.   Additional information   Grown-up as a noun is mostly used by children or when […]

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Word of the Day: handy

        Word of the Day   October 9, 2015   handy (adjective) LISTEN       Handy is an adjective describing an object that is practical and easy to use. It may also describe anything that is close enough so you can reach, or get, it easily. Lastly, it can be used for people who are very skilled at something–especially tasks involving the use of their hands. Example sentences   This is a really handy blender; it prepares anything from pesto to baby food and mashed potatoes.   The dictionary I bought turned out to be very handy.   When I travel, I like to keep […]

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Word of the Day: awkward

    Is this email not displaying? View it in your web browser     Word of the Day   October 8, 2015   awkward (adjective, interjection) LISTEN       Awkward is an adjective that can mean clumsy, unskillful, embarrassing, or physically uncomfortable. In addition, it is often used in everyday conversation to mean emotionally uncomfortable and causing unease, and it is also an interjection used in situations that cause emotional discomfort or embarrassment. Example sentences Although Jessie loves soccer, she is awkward on the field. It was an awkward moment when John's pants fell down. The box is not […]

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Word of the Day: mug

  Is the email not displaying correctly? View this email in your browser.     Word of the Day   October 7, 2015   mug (noun, verb) LISTEN             Mug can be a noun or a verb, with completely different meanings. As a noun, mug is a large cup used for beverages, or the amount contained in it. In everyday language, it can also be used to refer to someone's face and is often preceded by "ugly." As a verb, mug means to attack and rob someone in public, or to make strange expressions with your face. Example sentences   […]

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