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May 2016

Word of the Day: state

Word of the Day May 17, 2016 state (noun, adjective, verb) /steɪt/   LISTEN   The world is made up of many states. A state is a political unit of people occupying a defined territory, and it is also the authority and administration of that territory. In addition, a state is also the condition of something or someone. When we say that someone is in a state, we mean that they are nervous and worried or upset about something. As an adjective, state refers to everything related to or under the control of a political state or something involving some official […]

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Word of the Day: push

Word of the Day May 16, 2016 push (verb, noun) /pʊʃ/    LISTEN If your car breaks down, you might need to push it! To push means 'to move something or someone away from yourself using force.' It is also used figuratively meaning 'to urge someone to do something' or 'to promote or demand something with energy.' Informally, to push means 'to sell drugs.' As a noun, a push is the act of pushing, a strong and determined effort to achieve something, or a military attack.   Example sentences   • The father pushed his child on the swing. • My husband always […]

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Word of the Day: scoop

Word of the Day May 13, 2016 scoop (noun, verb) LISTEN   Three scoops of ice cream. A scoop is a utensil that looks like a spoon but has a deeper bowl and is used for measuring ingredients and, most commonly, for serving ice cream. It is also the amount held by a scoop. As a verb, scoop means 'to take out with a scoop.' But a scoop is also an exclusive piece of information first published or broadcast by a particular media outlet, like a newspaper or TV news channel, and therefore to scoop means 'to reveal information before your […]

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Word of the Day: thin

Word of the Day May 12, 2016 thin (adjective, adverb, verb) LISTEN   Thin is the opposite of fat. Thin is the opposite of thick when we talk about objects and, when we talk about people, it is the opposite of fat. When we talk about clothes, thin means 'of light material' and, in relation to vegetation or hair, 'not dense.' Related to liquid food such as soup or sauces, it means 'quite watery.' As a synonym for superficial, thin also means 'lacking substance.' As an adverb, thin means 'in a thin manner' and, as a verb, it means 'to make thin.'   Example […]

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Word of the Day: bounce

Word of the Day May 11, 2016 bounce (verb, noun) LISTEN   Being able to bounce a ball is an essential skill in basketball. Bounce means 'to hit a surface and rebound, or go back,' as balls usually do. It can also mean 'to move or walk in a happy and lively way.' If we say that a check bounces, it means that the payment has been refused because there is not enough money in someone's account. As a slang term, it means 'to expel or dismiss someone.' As a noun, a bounce is a rebound or the ability of […]

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Word of the Day: rear

Word of the Day May 10, 2016 rear (noun, adjective, verb) LISTEN   Horses sometimes rear if something scares them. As a noun and especially in the UK, rear is the back of something or the space located at the back of something (for example, a car). In the US we often just say back instead. Informally, rear means 'butt' or 'buttocks.' As an adjective, rear refers to anything located at the back of something. As a verb, rear means 'to raise or take care of a child until he or she is mature' or 'to breed and raise animals.' It can […]

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Word of the Day: hack

Word of the Day May 9, 2016 hack (verb, noun) LISTEN   A woman hacking her way through vegetation. You may know that hack means 'to gain unauthorized access to a computer system or data.' However, hack also means 'to chop or slice with rough and irregular blows' and also 'to clear a path by cutting branches and trees.' Figuratively, it can mean 'to cut severely.' Informally, it means 'to tolerate' and, in this sense, it is mostly used in the negative form. As a noun, a hack is a rough or irregular cut and also a mediocre and uninteresting […]

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Word of the Day: gutter

Word of the Day May 6, 2016 gutter (noun, verb) LISTEN   A man clearing a gutter A gutter is a channel for transporting water that we usually find running parallel to a street. It is also the channel that carries off rainwater just below the roof of a house. Figuratively, the gutter is the condition of people who live in degrading and poor conditions. As a verb, gutter means 'to flow in streams.' When we talk about lights or candles, gutter means 'to flicker and burn really low, almost going out.'   Example sentences   • Water ran along the […]

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Word of the Day: counter

Word of the Day May 5, 2016 counter (noun, verb, adjective, adverb) LISTEN   A man standing at a counter As a noun, a counter is a flat surface found in stores or banks, where payment is taken or transactions are carried out. It is also a kind of long table or bar in a restaurant where customers can sit to eat, or, mainly in US English, the surface used for preparing food in kitchens (in the UK, this would more commonly be called a worktop). As an adverb, counter means 'in the opposite direction' or 'in oppostion' and, as an adjective, […]

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Word of the Day: counter

Word of the Day May 5, 2016 counter (noun, verb, adjective, adverb) LISTEN   A man standing at a counter As a noun, a counter is a flat surface found in stores or banks, where payment is taken or transactions are carried out. It is also a kind of long table or bar in a restaurant where customers can sit to eat, or, mainly in US English, the surface used for preparing food in kitchens (in the UK, this would more commonly be called a worktop). As an adverb, counter means 'in the opposite direction' or 'in oppostion' and, as an adjective, […]

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