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February 2016

Word of the Day: cope

    WordReference.com Online Language Dictionaries   Word of the Day   February 29, 2016   cope (verb) LISTEN   Many students find it hard to cope with the stress of final exams.   Cope is a really common verb among native English speakers. It means 'to deal with something difficult' or 'to face something hard effectively or calmly.' You can also use it in the negative form, when you want to say that it's too difficult to deal with something.   Example sentences   • She is a strong woman and copes with rude clients on a daily basis. • It has […]

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Word of the Day: pun

    WordReference.com Online Language Dictionaries   Word of the Day   February 26, 2016   pun (noun, verb) LISTEN   A pun is a kind of joke.   A pun is a joke made with words that have multiple meanings or with words which have the same sounds but different meanings. As a verb, to pun means 'to make a pun.'   Example sentences   • Last night Uncle Joe told a pun: "Did you hear about the man who had his whole left side amputated? He's all right now!" • We all think he should be a stand-up comedian; he's constantly […]

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Word of the Day: crunch

    WordReference.com Online Language Dictionaries   Word of the Day   February 25, 2016   crunch (verb, noun) LISTEN       A man doing crunches.   To crunch means 'to chew something while making a loud crushing sound.' It also means 'to crush noisily.' As a noun, it is the sound of crushing and also an exercise for the abdominal muscles.   Example sentences   • I just can't stand eating with him; his constant crunching is so annoying! • The mountains were so peaceful that we heard nothing but our boots crunching the snow as we walked. • Brenda heard […]

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Word of the Day: dodge

    WordReference.com Online Language Dictionaries   Word of the Day   February 24, 2016   dodge (verb, noun) LISTEN   In the game dodgeball, people dodge out of the way when balls are thrown at them.   To dodge means 'to avoid something by moving suddenly to one side.' It also means 'to avoid a debt or a responsibility in a dishonest manner,' or simply 'to act evasively in response to something.' As a noun, dodge is a quick and sudden movement, as to avoid something, or a dishonest trick or scheme used for deception.   Example sentences   • Fiona dodged her […]

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Word of the Day: wicked

    WordReference.com Online Language Dictionaries   Word of the Day   February 23, 2016   wicked (adjective) LISTEN   The devil is wicked.   Wicked is used to refer to something evil and morally bad, dangerous, or unpleasant; however, it can also mean that someone is playfully mischievous or a little bit naughty. As a slang term, it means 'excellent' or 'cool,' and it is also used as an interjection.   Example sentences   • The judge sentenced the murderer to life in jail for his wicked acts. • Tom knew Anna was joking from the wicked glint in her eye. • It […]

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Word of the Day: shade

    WordReference.com Online Language Dictionaries   Word of the Day   February 22, 2016   shade (noun, verb) LISTEN       A tree provides shade.   Shade is the darkness and coolness of a place that is protected from sunlight. A shade is something that reduces light or heat, like on a lamp or a window. A shade is also the degree of darkness or lightness of a color or, figuratively, a degree or amount of something. As a verb, shade means 'to darken by blocking sunlight,' or in the art world, 'to create light and shadow in a drawing or painting.' […]

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Word of the Day: blast

    WordReference.com Online Language Dictionaries   Word of the Day   February 19, 2016   blast (noun, verb) LISTEN           A blast is an explosion, a strong and violent wave of air, or a loud sudden noise. Figuratively it means 'a harsh critique or attack' and informally, a blast is a very enjoyable experience. As a verb, to blast means 'to make something explode.' It also means 'to attack and criticize severely.'   Example sentences   • A gas pipe exploded and the blast broke all the windows on the street. • Every time a customer opened the […]

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Word of the Day: trunk

    WordReference.com Online Language Dictionaries   Word of the Day   February 18, 2016   trunk (noun) LISTEN       I keep my winter clothes in a big brown trunk.   A trunk is the main stem of a tree, the part of the body between the legs and the head, and the main part of a nerve or artery. The nose of an elephant is also called a trunk. In addition, a trunk is a large box used to store or transport belongings and, in the US, it is also the storage area in the back of a car. […]

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2 COLUMN CHECK PICS

WordReference.com Online Language Dictionaries Word of the Day February 17, 2016 due (adjective, noun, adverb) LISTEN My final project is due on November 22! My final project is due on November 22! Due is an adjective that means ‘owed’ or ‘deserved,’ or expected to happen at a particular time. If a bill or a piece of work is due, that means it needs to be paid or submitted immediately. As a noun, due refers to something that you have to pay or give someone. Dues, always in the plural, is a regular fee or contribution, normally paid to an organization. As an […]

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TEST AFTER VIDEO

WordReference.com Online Language Dictionaries Word of the Day February 17, 2016 due (adjective, noun, adverb) LISTEN My final project is due on November 22! Due is an adjective that means ‘owed’ or ‘deserved,’ or expected to happen at a particular time. If a bill or a piece of work is due, that means it needs to be paid or submitted immediately. As a noun, due refers to something that you have to pay or give someone. Dues, always in the plural, is a regular fee or contribution, normally paid to an organization. As an adverb used before a direction, like “north” or “south,” due […]

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