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June 2016

Word of the Day: spike

Word of the Day June 16, 2016 spike (noun, verb) /spaɪk/   LISTEN     A spike is a nail-like metal fastener used in construction and, by extension, any sharp, pointed thing. A spike is also a sharp and sudden rise or increase. To spike also means 'to add alcohol to a nonalcoholic drink' or 'to add more alcohol to an alcoholic drink,' usually without the person whose drink it is knowing you have done so.   Example sentences   • The carpenter drove the spikes into the wood. • The fence was topped with spikes to stop people from climbing over […]

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Word of the Day: spot

Word of the Day June 14, 2016 spot (noun, verb) /spɑt/  LISTEN   There are some red spots in this watercolor painting. A spot is a stain, a mark on the skin, or part of a surface that is different from the rest. Spot is also a synonym for 'place' and is also a position in a hierarchy. Figuratively, a spot is a flaw, something that harms a person's reputation. A spot is also a brief commercial. As a verb, spot means 'to stain, or mark, something' or 'to get stained' or 'to harm someone's reputation.' It also means 'to detect […]

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Word of the Day: chop

Word of the Day June 13, 2016 chop (verb, noun) /tʃɑp/   LISTEN   Lots of people don't like chopping onions. Most commonly, to chop means 'to cut something with quick and sharp blows,' 'to hit with a heavy and sharp stroke,' or 'to cut into smaller pieces'; in this latter sense, it is often followed by up. Figuratively, chop means 'to reduce something severely.' A chop is not only the act of chopping, but also a thick individual piece of meat, usually including a rib. In North America, chop is also an uncountable noun and means ground grains used as animal food. […]

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Word of the Day: binge

Word of the Day June 10, 2016 binge (noun, verb) /bɪndʒ/   LISTEN   It's not a good idea to binge on junk food too often. A binge is a period of excessive indulgence when someone eats or drinks a lot. It can also refer to any other activity done excessively. As a verb, binge means 'to consume too much food or drink' or 'to do something in great amounts and excessively.' This is an informal term used both in US and UK English.   Example sentences   • The period from Christmas Eve to New Year's Day is just […]

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Word of the Day: utter

Word of the Day June 9, 2016 utter (verb, adjective) /ˈʌtɚ/   LISTEN   Sometimes what we are thinking can be hard to utter. As a verb, utter means 'to pronounce or speak,' 'to make cries or sounds with the voice' and also, for non-living things, 'to make a sound.' Utter also means 'to make something public.' As an adjective, utter means 'complete' or 'absolute.'   Example sentences   • As he uttered the words, Harry realized he was making a mistake. • The birds uttered cries of alarm when they saw the cat. • The car struggled up the hill, […]

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Word of the Day: rate

Word of the Day June 8, 2016 rate (noun, verb) /reɪt/    LISTEN   Interest rates are normally calculated as a percentage of the total amount of a loan or investment A rate is the amount of a payment, considered in relation to some basis, such as time or an amount of work done, or an amount of one thing in relation to another. A rate is also a degree of speed or progress. As a verb, rate means 'to estimate the value of something' or, informally, 'to think highly, or have a good opinion, of someone or something.' It […]

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Word of the Day: seize

Word of the Day June 7, 2016 seize (verb) /siz/   LISTEN     To seize means 'to take hold of something,' both literally and figuratively, as in understanding an idea or thought. Seize also means 'to take possession of someone or something,' and in law, it means 'to capture someone' or 'to confiscate something.' Seize also means 'to take advantage of something quickly and with no hesitation.'   Example sentences   • Helen seized the ball from her opponent and went on to score a goal. • No matter how much Jerry tried to explain, Edward was having trouble […]

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Word of the Day: crook

Word of the Day June 6, 2016 crook (noun, verb) /krʊk/   LISTEN   These days, a lot of crooks use the Internet to commit crimes. A crook is an instrument with a bent or curved part, such as a hook, or the hook part of anything. It is also a bend or curve, such as in the road, and, when we say the crook of the arm, we mean the inside part of the arm when we bend our elbows. A crook is also a dishonest person and a thief or robber. As a verb, crook means 'to bend.'   Example […]

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Word of the Day: slumber

Word of the Day June 3, 2016 slumber (verb, noun) /ˈslʌmbɚ/    LISTEN As a verb, slumber means 'to sleep,' especially 'to sleep lightly or peacefully.' Figuratively, it means 'to be calm or in a state of inactivity.' As a noun, slumber is a synonym for sleep, especially light sleep, and it is sometimes used in the plural form. It also describes a state of inactivity.   Example sentences   • John was exhausted after a long day at work and he slumbered by the fire. • The volcanoes slumber, but no one knows when they might awaken. • Being woken […]

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Word of the Day: tackle

Word of the Day June 2, 2016 tackle (noun, verb) /ˈtækəl/   LISTEN   A football player tackling his opponent As a verb, tackle means 'to start working or being able to work on a hard and difficult issue or problem' or 'to deal with a difficult person.' In sports, like rugby or American football, it means 'to force a player to the ground.' As a noun, a tackle is the act of tackling someone, as is done in sports, and also a player's position in American football. Tackle is also any system that uses pulleys or ropes to lift or […]

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