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February 2017

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: tend

When we’re talking about something that happens, to tend means ‘to be likely or usual.’ If someone or something tends to or towards something, it means that they are disposed to it or that they have a particular tendency toward it. Tend also means ‘to lead in a certain direction or to a certain result.’ In a different sense, tend also means ‘to take care of’ or ‘look after’ …

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: jazz

Jazz is a music genre that originated in the early 1920s in New Orleans, US. However, jazz is also a slang word that means ‘liveliness, excitement, spirit,’ as well as ‘pep or enthusiasm,’ when talking about a person. It can also mean ‘unnamed things that are similar or related to another thing.’ In fact, that is why people started calling the music style jazz in the first place. In a negative sense, jazz means ‘insincere or pretentious talk.’ As a verb, to jazz means not only to play jazz music, but also…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: bit

A bit is the mouthpiece of a horse’s bridle and it is also a small thin shaft that can be used in a drill. Most commonly, however, a bit is a small quantity or piece of something, a very short time, and also an action associated with a particular situation or person. Unrelatedly, a bit is a single, basic unit of computer information, valued at either 0 or 1. It is also the past tense…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: wind

You probably already know that wind is air in motion and also breath. Colloquially, wind means ‘hint’ and ’empty talk,’ as well as ‘gas generated in the stomach’ in the UK. Related to this, the verb wind means ‘make short of breath.’ Unrelatedly, and with a different pronunciation, wind is also a verb that means ‘to take a twisting course,’ ‘to wrap around,’ and ‘to tighten the spring of something.’ As a noun, a wind is a…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: entertain

Most commonly, to entertain means ‘to hold someone’s attention’ usually by amusing them in some way. However, entertain has many other meanings, like ‘to have someone as a guest’ and ‘show hospitality.’ It is also a synonym for consider, in reference to an idea, and it also means ‘to harbor,’ in reference to feelings or thoughts….

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