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July 2017

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: bond

A bond is something that binds things together or an agreement or feeling that unites two people. A strong promise is a bond and so is an agreement in which someone guarantees to pay an amount of money before a specific day or the money paid as a promise to appear in court. In Chemistry, the attraction between atoms in a molecule is called a bond. To bond means ‘to bind or connect’ or ‘to establish…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: hump

A hump is a rounded lump that sticks up, like the one on the back of a camel. A low rise over the ground’s surface is also called a hump. As a verb to hump means ‘to raise the back as to form a hump,’ like some animals do when they’re scared or annoyed. Informally, in US English, it means ‘to hurry or exert yourself’ and, as a slang term, it means ‘to have sex.’ Related to this last sense, as a noun, hump is also slang for…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: ooze

To ooze means ‘to flow or pass slowly,’ when we are talking about a liquid or moisture or a wet substance, and also ‘to let out gradually.’ More generally and not only regarding liquid, to ooze means ‘to appear or disappear gradually.’ To show or display some quality is also to ooze, especially when the quality seems false or showy. As a noun, ooze is the act of oozing, something that oozes, or wet mud…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: brand

A brand is the commercial name of a product, often indicated by a stamp or trademark. It is also a mark put on skin with a hot iron (now this is usually only used on animals, but historically it was common to use it on human prisoners or slaves). A stigma, or any mark of disgrace, is also a brand. A brand can also be a distinctive kind or variety of something and a burned or partially burned piece of wood as well. As a verb, to brand means…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: cap

As you probably know a cap is something we use to cover our head or a hat that signals someone’s occupation or rank. The lid or top of a bottle or container is also a cap and a cap can also be a summit. The upper limit of something is called a cap. As a verb, to cap means ‘to provide with a cap’ or ‘to cover as if with a cap’ and also ‘to complete.’ To put an upper limit on something is also to cap and…

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