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November 2015

Word of the Day: nick

      Word of the Day   November 17, 2015   nick (noun, verb) LISTEN       Nick is not only a nickname for Nicholas. A nick is a small cut or mark on a person or a thing, and as a verb it means 'to cut or to make a small mark on something.' In British English, nick is a slang word for prison and, as a verb, it can mean either 'to arrest someone' or 'to steal something.'  Example sentences Do you want to buy my old cell phone? It has a few nicks but it […]

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Word of the Day: brush

      Word of the Day   November 16, 2015   brush (noun, verb) LISTEN       Most commonly, a brush is a tool or instrument used to style hair or to apply paint or makeup. As a verb, it is the act of using a brush (including a toothbrush). But brush can also mean 'a brief experience with something unpleasant,' or 'a light and gentle touch.' As a verb, it also means 'to touch lightly.' Example sentences Hannah used a small brush to paint the jewelry box. The kids brushed their teeth and got into bed. Mike had […]

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Word of the Day: chill

  Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your web browser     Word of the Day   November 13, 2015   chill (noun, verb, adjective) LISTEN       Chill as a noun means 'a piercing coldness,' or 'the feeling of cold in the body.' It is used figuratively to mean 'unfriendliness,' and it also means 'a sudden fear or alarm.' As a verb, chill means both 'to become cold' or 'to make cold,' and informally, 'to relax or take things easy.' Example sentences Winter is here; the chill at night is unbearable! I think I'm getting […]

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Word of the Day: tote

  Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your web browser       Word of the Day   November 12, 2015   tote (noun, verb) LISTEN       A tote, or tote bag, is a large shopping bag, usually made of fabric. As a verb, tote means 'to carry or transport something heavy' or 'to hold something, usually in your arms.' Example sentences I like to help the planet by taking my tote to the shops instead of using plastic bags. After Susan toted the boxes to the front door, she was ready to move out […]

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Word of the Day: stuff

  Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your web browser       Word of the Day   November 11, 2015   stuff (noun, verb) LISTEN       Stuff is a collective noun that means "a lot of unspecified objects." It also can refer to the things someone owns, or information about a particular subject. As a verb, stuff means "to fill something really tightly." It's used a lot in cooking and means "to fill with something." Informally, "to stuff yourself" means "to fill yourself with food." Example sentences There's too much stuff on my desk; I […]

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Word of the Day: nevertheless

      Word of the Day   November 10, 2015   nevertheless (adverb) LISTEN       Nevertheless means “however” or “even so.” Example sentences It may rain on Saturday. Nevertheless, we’ll go hiking. Danny’s salary is low, but nevertheless, he loves his job and has no intention of quitting. One of the main actors in the play is sick; nevertheless, the performance will begin at 7pm as usual.       Did you know?   Nevertheless is a formal word that is mainly used in writing. It is made up of three words, and used to be written with […]

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Word of the Day: zip

      Word of the Day   November 9, 2015   zip (noun, verb, adjective) LISTEN       You may already know that zip is a short word for "zipper" in the UK and is a format for compressing computer files. You also might know that a zip or "zip code" is a postal code in the US. But zip is also an informal way of referring to vitality and vigor, and in US English, it also means "nothing." As a verb, it means not only "to fasten or unfasten a zipper" (often as "zip up") and "to compress a file," […]

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Word of the Day: waste

      Word of the Day   November 6, 2015   waste (noun, verb) LISTEN       The word waste has several meanings. It can mean "to spend or use something without taking advantage of its full potential," or "to spend or use something recklessly." It may also refer to unwanted material or leftovers of certain processes, or even to garbage. Example sentences Trying to teach my cat to use the toilet turned out to be a waste of time. This job is beneath you. You're wasting your talent! Industrial waste is sometimes harmful to the environment and needs to be […]

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Word of the Day: freak

      Word of the Day   November 5, 2015   freak (noun, verb, adjective) LISTEN       As a noun, freak means "a very strange person, animal, or thing." It can also be a person with an irrational obsession, or someone who behaves unusually. As an adjective, it means "strange, odd or rare." As a verb, it means both "to become and to make someone nervous or excited," or "to lose control." In this sense, it's most commonly part of the phrasal verb "freak out." Example sentences   A freak rainstorm hit the town last weekend.   […]

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Word of the Day: scan

      Word of the Day   November 4, 2015   scan (verb, noun) LISTEN       To scan something is to take a look at it. Ironically, it can mean both "to look quickly at something" and "to look at something closely and carefully." It can also refer to using a scanner to read a code or copy an image. As a noun, scan is the act of scanning, the medical examination of a body part using a scanner, or the image obtained by a scanner. Example sentences John scanned his notes to find the answer to […]

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