Intermediate+ Word of the Day: snub

To snub means ‘to treat with contempt, usually by ignoring.’ As a noun, a snub is such treatment, either the act or the instance of snubbing. As an adjective though, snub is not related to this. It is used to talk about a nose that’s short and turned up at the tip. Another meaning of snub as an adjective is ‘blunt.’ Snub can also mean…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: spruce

A spruce is a type of tree from the pine family with short, angled, needle-shaped leaves, and also the wood taken from it. As an adjective, spruce means ‘made from the wood of these trees.’ However, spruce, as an adjective, has another meaning, ‘tidy or trim in appearance,’ and the related verb…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: deploy

To deploy is a term used in the military to mean ‘to spread out troops so as to form an extended front or line’ and also ‘to arrange things so that they’re ready to be used’ and also ‘to come into a position ready for use.’ Although this is mostly used as…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: lair

A lair is a den or a resting place for a wild animal, but it can be used figuratively to refer to any hidden place, especially a secret retreat or base of operations or a place where someone seeks seclusion. As a verb, although rare, it means ‘to serve as a lair’ or…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: feeble

Feeble is an adjective that means ‘physically weak or frail,’ because of age or sickness, for example. It also means ‘morally or intellectually weak.’ If you use it to talk about a sound, feeble means ‘lacking volume or loudness’ and when you are talking about..

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