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February 2016

Word of the Day: due

    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 […]

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Word of the Day: twist

    WordReference.com Online Language Dictionaries   Word of the Day   February 16, 2016   twist (verb, noun) LISTEN       Two wires twisted together.   As a verb, twist means 'to change the shape of something by turning it' or 'to wrap something around something else.' It also means 'to turn your body' or 'to turn something from one direction to another.' Figuratively, to twist also means 'to distort the meaning of something'. As a noun, a twist is a sudden change of direction or the act of twisting something around a point.   Example sentences Brenden […]

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Word of the Day: lean

Word of the Day February 15, 2016 lean (verb, adjective, noun) /lin/   LISTEN   A man leaning on a wall To lean means 'to stand something at an angle' and 'to rest on something for support.' Figuratively, it is used as a synonym for 'to rely on someone' and, used with toward, it also means 'to usually agree with something or someone.' It also means 'to bend in one direction.' As an adjective, lean can refer to something thin and without fat, whether it is a person, an animal, or a piece of meat. It also means 'lacking content.' As […]

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Word of the Day: wait

    WordReference.com Online Language Dictionaries   Word of the Day   February 15, 2016   wait (verb, noun) LISTEN       There's a 20-minute wait until the next train.   To wait means 'to remain in a place or state without doing anything until something expected happens.' It also means that something will be left for later, or postponed. In addition, wait means 'to look forward to something,' especially when used in the negative (eg, "I can't wait"). To wait on somebody means 'to serve food and drinks to someone.' As a noun, a wait is the period […]

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Word of the Day: skip

    WordReference.com Online Language Dictionaries     Word of the Day   February 12, 2016   skip (verb, noun) LISTEN       Two women skipping   To skip is 'to run in a childish way, with your knees high in the air,' or 'to hop from one foot to the other.' Skip also means 'to omit or miss something,' or 'to be absent from somewhere.' As a noun, a skip is the movement of hopping from one foot to the other. Example sentences Little Timmy was skipping down the road. Mary skipped the first chapters of the book, until […]

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Word of the Day: skip

    WordReference.com Online Language Dictionaries     Word of the Day   February 12, 2016   skip (verb, noun) LISTEN       Two women skipping   To skip is 'to run in a childish way, with your knees high in the air,' or 'to hop from one foot to the other.' Skip also means 'to omit or miss something,' or 'to be absent from somewhere.' As a noun, a skip is the movement of hopping from one foot to the other. Example sentences Little Timmy was skipping down the road. Mary skipped the first chapters of the book, until […]

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Word of the Day: bear

    WordReference.com Online Language Dictionaries     Word of the Day   February 11, 2016   bear (verb, noun) LISTEN       The columns bear the weight of the roof.   A bear is not only a large animal. As a verb, to bear means ‘to hold or carry something,’ or ‘to endure it.’ It also means ‘to give birth,’ or ‘to produce flowers or fruit.’ When you can’t bear something, it means that you really don’t like it. Bear also means ‘to go in a particular direction.’ Many of these meanings of bear are generally used in […]

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Word of the Day: odd

    WordReference.com Online Language Dictionaries     Word of the Day   February 10, 2016   odd (adjective) LISTEN       What an odd carrot!   Odd means 'strange,' 'unusual,' or 'unexpected.' It can also mean 'approximately,' as well as 'not regular' or 'occasional.' When talking about pairs, it can mean that one item of the pair is missing or that the two items don't match. If you want to indicate that a number is approximate, you can also write "-odd" after it. Example sentences He was an odd guy and you could never tell what he was […]

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Word of the Day: bluff

    WordReference.com Online Language Dictionaries     Word of the Day   February 9, 2016   bluff (verb, noun, adjective) LISTEN       Bluffing is an important element of poker.   As a verb, bluff means 'to deceive someone by acting as if you are confident.' A bluff is the act of bluffing or, in American English, a person who bluffs (in British English, such a person would be called a bluffer). As an adjective, bluff is used to refer to a direct and honest way of speaking.   Example sentences That guy at the bar told me […]

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Word of the Day: sake

WordReference.com Online Language Dictionaries Word of the Day February 8, 2016 sake (noun) LISTEN For Pete’s sake, don’t just stand there! Drive! Sake is a noun that means either ‘purpose’ or ‘benefit.’ It is used in the expressions “for something’s sake,” or “for someone’s sake.” It is also used in the expressions “for the sake of something” or “for the sake of someone.” Example sentences Robert thinks we should all support the army for the sake of national security. For her husband’s sake, Mary had to move across the country and start a new life. For the sake of our marriage, we […]

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