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August 2016

Word of the Day: flag

Word of the Day August 17, 2016 flag (noun, verb) /flæg/    LISTEN   The white flag is used in war to ask for a negotiation. Most commonly, a flag is a rectangular piece of cloth used as a symbol, usually of a country or other organizations. Figuratively, flag is used to talk about the values and feelings associated with your country. A flag is also any distinctive mark attached to a page to call someone's attention to it. In computing, a flag is symbol that identifies important data. As a verb, to flag means 'to decorate with flags,' 'to […]

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Word of the Day: space

Word of the Day August 16, 2016 space (noun, verb, adjective) /speɪs/   LISTEN     A space is an area of a particular size or used for a particular purpose. More generally, it is the three-dimensional area where objects are located, or what lies beyond the Earth's atmosphere. It is also a blank area in a text, such as those between the words. Space is also used to talk about someone's freedom to be herself. As a verb, to space means 'to put something at a distance from another thing' or 'to insert blanks in texts.' As an adjective, it […]

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Word of the Day: chip

Word of the Day August 15, 2016 chip (noun, verb) /tʃɪp/   LISTEN   We call these chips in the US and crisps in the UK. A chip is a small piece of food, such as chocolate, or a thin piece of something that has been broken by chopping, such as wood. It's also a mark or flaw left on something broken. A chip is a round plastic token used in games such as roulette or poker. In electronics, a chip is a thin and tiny piece of plastic on which a transistor or an integrated circuit is formed. As a verb, […]

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Word of the Day: still

Word of the Day August 12, 2016 still (adjective, adverb, verb, noun) /stɪl/   LISTEN     As an adjective, still means 'without moving,' 'silent or quiet,' and also 'calm and peaceful.' When referring to water, it means 'not flowing.' As a verb, still means 'to silence or calm something or someone' and also 'to reduce or lessen.' As a noun, still is a synonym for 'calmness,' and in photography, a still is a static photograph. As an adverb, still indicates that something that has begun in the past is continuing at the moment of speaking, that something that has happened […]

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Word of the Day: match

Word of the Day August 11, 2016 match (noun, verb) /mætʃ/   LISTEN A box of matches A match is a thin piece of wood with a chemical substance in its tip that produces fire when rubbed against a surface. A match is also a person or a thing that resembles or equals another in some way. It can also be someone that can cope with or treat someone or something else as an equal. In addition, a match is one of a corresponding pair and, in sports, a match is a competition between two teams. As a verb, to match […]

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Word of the Day: hang

Word of the Day August 10, 2016 hang (verb) /hæŋ/   LISTEN   Shoes hanging from a wall To hang means 'to attach something so that it's supported from the top,' 'to attach something to a wall,' or 'to be suspended, dangling.' It also means 'to kill someone by suspending them by the neck with a rope' or, as a reflexive verb, 'to commit suicide' in this same way. It means 'to lean forward' as well and, figuratively, 'to be dependent on something' or 'to be doubtful.' It also means 'to remain or persist,' 'to float over,' and, of a feeling, […]

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Word of the Day: wrap

Word of the Day August 9, 2016 wrap (verb, noun, adjective) /ræp/   LISTEN   A veggie wrap To wrap means 'to cover in paper or other soft materials' or 'to fold something around something else for cover.' It also means 'to surround something or someone' and 'to embrace someone.' Informally and in the UK, with around, to wrap means 'to crash a vehicle into something.' As a noun, a wrap is a piece of clothing, such as a shawl, used to cover the shoulders and arms for warmth, or material used for wrapping something. As an adjective, wrap means 'wraparound in […]

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Word of the Day: cheer

Word of the Day August 8, 2016 cheer (noun, verb) /tʃɪr/  LISTEN Cheering fans A cheer is a shout of encouragement and any other special shout or song used by fans of an athletic team or a contestant in a competition. Cheer is also a feeling of animation and optimism and something that gives comfort and joy. Sometimes it is also used to mean the hospitality provided by someone, such as food and drink served at a party. As a verb, to cheer means 'to encourage someone by shouting or chanting' or 'to make someone happy and give them comfort.' […]

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Word of the Day: wake

Word of the Day August 5, 2016 wake (verb, noun) /weɪk/   LISTEN     To wake means, as you probably already know, 'to stop sleeping' or 'to make someone stop sleeping,' and it also means 'to become aware of something.' These meanings are often followed by the preposition up. It also means 'to cause to come to life.' As a noun, a wake is a vigil by a dead body before the burial. A wake is also the track of waves left by a boat when sailing and, figuratively, the path of something that has passed or gone by.   […]

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Word of the Day: milk

Word of the Day August 4, 2016 milk (noun, verb) /mɪlk/   LISTEN   Milking a cow We think you probably know that milk is a white liquid that all mammals produce to feed their babies, and also the liquid produced by cows or other animals that we humans use as food or to make dairy products. It is also an edible liquid that looks like milk, like those made of coconut or soybeans. As a verb, to milk means 'to extract milk from udders' (the part of the cow shown in the picture above), and also 'to extract something as […]

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