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June 2016

Word of the Day: file

Word of the Day June 30, 2016 file (noun, verb) /faɪl/   LISTEN   A stack of files In computing, a file is a collection of information, such as a word processing document or spreadsheet, stored under a particular name. A file is also a collection of papers, usually stored in a folder, and it is also the folder or a case where documents are kept for future reference. A file is also a line of things or people, one behind the other. As a verb, file means 'to put in a cabinet or folder' or 'to arrange papers or other records in […]

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Word of the Day: weary

Word of the Day June 29, 2016 weary (adjective, verb) /ˈwɪri/   LISTEN     As an adjective, weary means 'tired,' both physically and mentally, and also 'dissatisfied with something' or 'impatient.' It is also used to talk about something that causes tiredness. As a verb, weary means both 'to cause tiredness' and 'to become tired' or 'to become or make someone become impatient or dissatisfied with something.'    Example sentences   • Jenny felt weary after her long walk. • The student was weary after studying so hard for his exams. • Nancy's boss was growing weary of her excuses […]

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Word of the Day: slack

Word of the Day June 28, 2016 slack (adjective, noun, adverb) /slæk/   LISTEN   A slack rope When something is slack, we mean that it is not tight, that it is loose, and, figuratively, it means 'not busy or active.' It also means 'negligent, lazy, or careless' when referring to a person. As a noun, a slack is a reduction in activity or the period in which activity decreases. It is also the part of a rope that hangs loose, and in this sense it is uncountable. As a verb, slack means 'to loosen or make less tight' and, […]

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Word of the Day: rack

Word of the Day June 27, 2016 rack (noun, verb) /ræk/   LISTEN   A rack of shoes Most commonly, a rack is a fixture used for storage, usually attached to a wall and with many shelves, or a framework of bars or pegs where things are arranged or hung. Historically, a rack was a torture instrument. Nowadays, a rack is also a slang term used in the US to refer to a woman's breasts. As a verb, to rack means 'to torture or torment someone' or 'to strain both physically and mentally.'   Example sentences   • Rachel keeps all […]

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Word of the Day: drift

Word of the Day June 24, 2016 drift (verb, noun) /drɪft/   LISTEN   A paper boat drifting along a river To drift means 'to carry or to be carried along by a current of water or air' and, in reference to snow, it means 'to be driven into heaps.' Figuratively, it means 'to be carried along by circumstances.' To drift also means 'to walk without aim' or, in reference to someone's mind or attention, 'to lose concentration.' A drift is a driving movement, as of a current of water, and also a heap, or big pile, of something, usually snow. […]

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Word of the Day: hook

Word of the Day June 23, 2016 hook (noun, verb) /hʊk/   LISTEN A hook is a curved piece of metal or wood, used for holding something, and, in particular, the metal piece at the end of a fishing line. Figuratively, hook is any sort of trap and anything that catches someone's attention. In boxing it is also a punch, or hit, with a bent elbow. To hook means 'to curve like a hook' or 'to catch something with or as if with a hook' and informally, it means 'to steal something secretly.'   Example sentences   • Mike hung his […]

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Word of the Day: bust

Word of the Day June 22, 2016 bust (verb, noun, adjective) /bʌst/   LISTEN   A Roman bust To bust means 'to hit, burst, or break.' We also use bust, followed by the preposition up, to mean 'to damage or destroy' or to refer to a couple ending their relationship. Informally, it means 'to arrest someone' or 'to enter a house in a police raid.' As a noun, a bust is a failure, a sudden economic depression, or a police raid. As an adjective, it means 'bankrupt.' The past tense and past participle of bust can be either busted or bust.   Example […]

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Word of the Day: patch

Word of the Day June 21, 2016 patch (noun, verb) /pætʃ/   LISTEN A heart-shaped patch on a pair of jeans A patch is a piece of material used to repair something or to cover an injured part of the body, usually an eye. It is also a small area or piece of something. It can also be a piece of material added to clothing for decoration. In British English, a patch is also a period of time. As a verb patch means 'to fix or restore something in a quick way' and 'to mend something, such as clothing, with […]

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Word of the Day: grind

Word of the Day June 20, 2016 grind (verb, noun) /graɪnd/   LISTEN   A coffee grinder To grind means 'to crush into small particles' or 'to produce by crushing,' as mills do with grains. It also means 'to sharpen something' or 'to make it smooth' by rubbing it. It can mean to 'rub together' as well. Informally, to grind means 'to work or study for long hours,' usually with the adverb "away," and also 'to move your hips suggestively against another person when dancing.' A grind is the size to which particles are ground and, informally, it is really tedious […]

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Word of the Day: rule

Word of the Day June 17, 2016 rule (noun, verb) /rul/   LISTEN   You can use a ruler to help you rule lines on a piece of paper. A rule is a principle that says how things are to be done and how people are to behave, and it is also a normal practice or way something is. Rule also means 'control' or 'domination' and is also the code of regulations for a religious community. As a verb, rule means 'to control or use power over something or someone,' 'to declare with authority,' and 'to be prevalent'. It also means […]

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