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April 2016

Word of the Day: snatch

Word of the Day April 15, 2016 snatch (noun, verb) LISTEN   A robber is snatching a woman's purse. To snatch means 'to grab something quickly and with a sudden movement,' usually in quite an eager way. It is also used figuratively, meaning 'to take or get something quickly.' Informally, it is also used as a synonym for kidnap. As a noun, a snatch is a sudden movement to grab something and the act of grabbing it. It is also a tiny piece or part of something or a short amount of time or effort.   Example sentences   • […]

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Word of the Day: fond

Word of the Day April 14, 2016 fond (adjective) LISTEN   We're very fond of each other! Fond is an adjective with different meanings. If you are fond of something or someone, it means that you like that thing or person. When something is fond, that means that it is loving and affectionate. However, fond also has a negative sense; it can mean 'excessively nice and overindulgent.'   Example sentences   • I am very fond of chocolate cake. • All the neighbors were fond of the kind old man at the end of the street. • The little boy's […]

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Word of the Day: blind

Word of the Day April 13, 2016 blind (adjective, verb, adverb) LISTEN   Blind people sometimes have guide dogs to help them get around. As an adjective, blind means 'unable to see' or 'lacking the sense of sight.' Figuratively, it means 'not willing to understand or see something,' and it also describes something that is done without reason. As a verb, to blind means 'to injure someone and make them lose their ability to see' or 'to keep someone from thinking clearly.' As an adverb, blind means 'without the ability to see' or 'without guidance' and, informally, it means 'to an extreme […]

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Word of the Day: snap

Word of the Day April 12, 2016 snap (verb, noun) LISTEN   A woman snapping a selfie To snap means 'to make a sudden cracking sound,' 'to break something with a cracking sound,' or 'to move or strike with a loud noise.' To snap is also 'to speak sharply' or 'to lose control.' As a noun, a snap is a sudden sound from something breaking or striking something. It can also be a short period of time or, informally, a quick and easy task.   Example sentences   • Tom realized someone was behind him when he heard the snap of a […]

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Word of the Day: spur

Word of the Day April 8, 2016 spur (noun, verb) LISTEN   A spur on a cowboy boot A spur is a U-shaped device with a spike that is attached to the heel of boots and that was originally used to encourage horses to move faster. Figuratively, a spur is something that urges someone to action. In anatomy, a spur is a small bony growth on any part of the body. A spur is also a short road that leads away from a main one. As a verb, to spur means 'to touch a horse with a spur' or 'to urge […]

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Word of the Day: former

Word of the Day April 7, 2016 former (adjective, noun) LISTEN   Sometimes it can be difficult to let go of former partners. As an adjective, former refers to something that has once been or to something that was mentioned before. It also refers to something that happened earlier in time. As a noun, a former is someone or something that builds, forms, or influences something. It is also a tool designed to form shapes.   Example sentences   • Bill Clinton is a former president of the United States. • Your former comment was more accurate. • The event was more […]

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Word of the Day: wing

Word of the Day April 6, 2016 wing (noun, verb) LISTEN     Most commonly, a wing is the part of the body that allows birds, insects, and bats to fly. It is also the long arm on the side of an airplane. In sports, wing is one of the playing positions and, especially in politics, a wing is a group inside an organization. To wing means 'to fly' or, literally or figuratively, 'to move really quickly.' It also means 'to shoot a bird in the wing to prevent it from flying' or 'to shoot a person in the arm or shoulder.'   […]

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Word of the Day: toss

Word of the Day April 5, 2016 toss (verb, noun) LISTEN   Sometimes, the only way to decide is to toss a coin! Toss means 'to throw something carelessly and casually' or 'to throw something to someone,' as in a game. It also means 'to move irregularly from side to side' or 'to move your head suddenly.' When you toss a coin, you throw it in the air and decide something depending on which side coin lands on. It also means 'to mix food lightly' and is especially used with salads. As a noun, a toss is the act of throwing […]

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Word of the Day: relish

Word of the Day April 4, 2016 relish (noun, verb) LISTEN   A hot dog with relish. Relish is a mass noun that means great enjoyment or pleasure in something. It is also a topping for food that is usually made of chopped vegetables (often pickled, which means that they are preserved in vinegar). This kind of relish is added to food to make it more flavorful. As a verb, relish means 'to enjoy and take pleasure in something' or 'to like the taste of food.'   Example sentences   • The young man had a great relish for painting and hoped […]

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Word of the Day: mint

Word of the Day April 1, 2016 mint (noun, adjective, verb) LISTEN     Mint is an aromatic sweet herb used for cooking and infusion. We also call a mint-flavored candy a mint. As an adjective, it refers to anything flavored with mint. However, a mint is also the place where coins (ie, metal money) are produced and, informally, it means a lot of money. We say that something is mint when it is as good as new. As a verb, mint means 'to make coins' or 'to produce or invent something.'   Example sentences   • Ray chopped some […]

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