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July 2016

Word of the Day: load

Word of the Day July 15, 2016 load (noun, verb) /loʊd/    LISTEN   A man loading crates of fish into a truck A load is anything that needs to be carried from one place to another, and it is also the quantity that can be carried at one time. This is usually used in combination with another noun. A load is also the amount of work that someone has to do and a thing that burdens or oppresses someone. As a verb, to load means 'to fill or put a load on or in something' or, usually with down 'to excessively supply something […]

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Word of the Day: spoil

Word of the Day July 14, 2016 spoil (verb) /spɔɪl/   LISTEN This milk has spoiled! To spoil something means 'to damage it to the point were it is no longer useful' or, more mildly, 'to reduce or affect the quality of something.' It also means 'to go bad' when we talk about food—although we would more often say go bad or, in the UK, go off in this context. To spoil someone, usually a child, means 'to be too indulgent and give in to all the child's wishes.' It is also used for adults with the slightly different meaning of giving them […]

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Word of the Day: kick

Word of the Day July 13, 2016 kick (verb, noun) /kɪk/   LISTEN   Getting ready to kick a soccer ball To kick means 'to hit with the foot' or 'to make quick and sudden movements with the feet.' In sports, such as football, kick means to score a goal. Informally, with at or against, kick means 'to resist or rebel against something.' As a noun, a kick is not only the act of kicking, but also something that excites and gives pleasure. It is also a stimulating quality in an alcoholic drink or drug or spiciness in food.   Example sentences   […]

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Word of the Day: fit

Word of the Day July 12, 2016 fit (adjective, verb, noun) /fɪt/   LISTEN   These jeans don't fit. They're too small. As an adjective, fit means 'suitable or appropriate' and is usually followed by for and a noun or to and an infinitive. It also means 'ready' and it is used to describe someone in a very good physical condition. As a verb, fit means 'to be suitable or proper for something' and also 'to be of the correct size' or 'to make something the right size for something or someone.' Finally, fit means 'to provide or equip something' and […]

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Word of the Day: lot

Word of the Day July 11, 2016 lot (noun) /lɑt/   LISTEN   The Millers are a friendly lot. A lot is one of a group of objects drawn from a container to decide something by chance or the method of deciding something this way, and it is also the decision made with this method. A lot is also a share of something or a piece of land and, figuratively, it means 'destiny or fate.' A lot is a number or things or objects or a large amount of something. Informally and mainly in British English, lot is used to talk about […]

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Word of the Day: stir

Word of the Day July 8, 2016 stir (noun, verb) /stɝ/    LISTEN   A woman stirring her coffee To stir means 'to mix with a constant, circular movement,' often with a spoon or stick. It also means 'to move in an irregular way' or 'to move very slightly.' Informally, it means 'to move around actively.' It also means 'to excite, affect or instigate someone or something.' As a noun, a stir is the movement made when stirring, and it is also 'a state of commotion and excitement' or 'an impulse or feeling.'   Example sentences   • You need to […]

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Word of the Day: drill

Word of the Day July 7, 2016 due (noun, verb) /drɪl/   LISTEN     A drill is a tool, often electric, used for making holes in walls and other hard surfaces. It is also a military exercise or another form of training exercise, often related to security and emergencies, as well as a repetitive and mechanical exercise. In addition, the drill can be the correct way of behaving in certain situations. As a verb, drill means 'to make a hole with a drill' and 'to pierce the earth looking for oil.' It also means 'to instruct in military marching' or 'to teach by repetition.' […]

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Word of the Day: scheme

Word of the Day July 6, 2016 scheme (noun, verb) /skim/   LISTEN   The scheme for a project A scheme is a plan to be followed or a project. It's also any policy adopted by a government or a company regarding a particular subject. It can also be a secretive and usually dishonest plot. Additionally, a scheme is a diagram or map. As a verb, scheme means 'to plan something' usually in a dishonest way.   Example sentences   • The workers devised a scheme to make things more efficient. • The government's scheme to get long-term unemployed people back into […]

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Word of the Day: flip

Word of the Day July 5, 2016 flip (verb, noun) /flɪp/   LISTEN   Flipping a coin To flip means 'to turn something over by tossing it in the air' or 'to move or turn something on with a sudden stroke.' It also means 'to turn rapidly,' when talking about pages, or, when used with through, 'to read quickly.' Informally, flip has many meanings, such as 'to react with great shock' and 'to become very excited or enthusiastic' about someone or something, usually followed by the preposition over. As a noun, a flip is a somersault in the air, as well as […]

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Word of the Day: munch

Word of the Day July 4, 2016 munch (verb, noun) /mʌntʃ/   LISTEN   A woman munching on a cookie To munch means 'to chew making a loud noise' or 'to chew steadily and strongly.' As a noun, munch is the act of munching or, informally, a small snack.   Example sentences   • At the movie theater, Melanie was annoyed that she could hardly hear the film because of all the people munching popcorn around her. • The old man sat on a wall, munching on a sandwich. • The little girl complained she was hungry, so her dad […]

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