Intermediate+ Word of the Day

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: hedge

A hedge is a row of bushes or small trees that forms a barrier or boundary or, more generally, anything that forms a boundary or barrier. It is also an action taken to protect something, such as an investment, from risks and a statement that does not commit the speaker to something or does not answer a question directly. As a verb, to hedge means ‘to enclose with a hedge’ or, often followed by in or about, ‘to restrict as if putting up a hedge.’ To hedge is also to reduce the negative effects of a possible loss by favoring or supporting more than one side, most often…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: sop

A sop is a piece of solid food, usually bread, used for dipping in liquid food like soups or gravies. Figuratively, anything completely soaked can be called a sop. Something of little value given to someone to keep them satisfied or quiet is also called a sop. Colloquially, a weak and foolish person is also a sop. As a verb, to sop means ‘to soak in liquid’ and, figuratively,…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: droop

To droop means ‘to hang down loosely or sink,’ as from weakness, exhaustion, or because there’s no proper support. Figuratively, when we talk about spirits or morale, it means ‘to fade or flag’ and, poetically, when we talk about the sun, it means ‘to descend.’ A droop is a sagging, sinking, or hanging down…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: bulk

Bulk is great size or weight and also the greatest part of something. We also use it, usually with a possessive adjective, to talk about someone’s body, especially a large and heavy body. As an adjective, it refers to the transportation of cargo in large volumes, rather than individual packages, or anything bought or sold in large quantities. To bulk means ‘to swell or increase in size,’ usually with the adverbs up or out, and, often with large, ‘to be of great…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: strip

You might know already that strip means ‘to remove your own or someone else’s clothes.’ More generally, it means ‘to remove the covering from something’ and even simply ‘to remove.’ It also means ‘to clear out, empty.’ Unrelatedly, a strip is a long, narrow piece of material, land, or water and, in US English, often with a definite article, also a commercial area along a road. The related verb to strip means ‘to cut something into…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: drip

To drip means ‘to fall in drops’ or ‘to dribble.’ As a noun, a drip is the act of dripping, the liquid that drips, and also the sound made by the drops. Colloquially, we call someone boring or dull a drip. In medicine, a drip is the continuous introduction of a fluid into the body…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: flock

A flock is a group of animals or birds that live or travel together and, figuratively, a large group of people or things. In religion, a flock is a church congregation. As a verb, to flock means ‘to gather or go in a group.’ Unrelatedly, flock is also wool or cloth refuse, usually used to stuff mattresses or upholster furniture. The verb means…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: snoop

If you snoop, it means that you go around in a sneaky way trying to get information or see something that would usually be kept private. As a noun, a snoop is the act of snooping. Informally, someone who does this is also called a snoop, or a snooper, and sometimes a private detective can also be called a snoop..

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: pass

As a verb, to pass means ‘to move past or go by’ or ‘to cross or go over.’ It also means ‘to experience or undergo.’ In reference to time, it means ‘to elapse’ or, in reference to a situation, state, or feeling, it means ‘to come to an end.’ When we’re talking about objects, to pass means ‘to transfer or convey’ or ‘to cause to go through or over or under somewhere.’ As a noun, a pass is the action of conveying or transferring something, especially the transfer of a ball between players on the same team in sports, but it is also a narrow road or path across part of a mountain range, written permission to enter somewhere, and a state of affairs. Informally, a pass is an action….

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