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November 2016

Word of the Day: rout

A rout is a defeat that is followed by a retreat and dispersal, usually a disorderly one, or more generally, any overwhelming defeat or disorderly group of people. As a verb, to rout means to defeat completely and to make a group disperse in a disorderly way. Rout has another unrelated meaning as a verb, ‘to dig up or turn over something’ like animals do with their snouts (a snout is the nose of animals like pigs). More generally, usually followed by out, it means ‘to find or get by searching or…

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Word of the Day: grease

Grease is the melted fat of animals, especially when it’s in a soft state, which can be used for cooking, for example. It is also any oily matter used as a lubricant. As a verb, to grease means to lubricate or to put grease on, and more figuratively, to make something easier and smoother…

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Basic+ Word of the Day: mood

Your mood is the way you feel at a certain time. If you are in a good mood, it means that you are happy and friendly to people. If you are in a bad mood, it means that you are unhappy and become angry quickly.

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Word of the Day: deal

To deal, always followed by with, means ‘to be concerned or to have to do with something,’ ‘to conduct oneself toward people,’ and ‘to take the necessary action regarding something or someone.’ To deal also means ‘to deliver’ and ‘to do business’ and, particularly with drugs, it means ‘to buy and sell ilegally.’ When talking about playing cards, deal means ‘to distribute.’ As a noun, a deal is an arrangement, a business transaction, and, informally, the treatment received by another…

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Word of the Day: trade

A trade is the act of exchanging goods for money, or without payment, and a business deal. A trade is also an occupation and manual or mechanical work. Trade is also a synonym for ‘market.’ As a verb, to trade means ‘to buy and sell’ or ‘to exchange things.’ Trade also means ‘to use something or someone to your advantage, for illegal or immoral purposes.’ As an adjective, trade refers to anything related to commerce…

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Word of the Day: gobble

To gobble means ‘to swallow or eat quickly,’ especially when you’re very hungry. Figuratively, often with up, and mainly in US English, we use it to talk about reading material or information, meaning ‘to read eagerly and quickly.’ However, to gobble is also ‘to make the sound of a male turkey.’ As a noun, a gobble is the sound turkeys make…

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