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March 2016

Word of the Day: dish

Word of the Day March 30, 2016 dish (noun, verb) LISTEN We need to do the dishes! A dish is a plate for serving food and also the food contained in it, or a meal. Dishes, always in the plural, refers to all the plates, cups, and cutlery used when eating, as well as the pots and pans used to cook the food—in other words, everything that needs to be washed at the end of the meal. As a slang term, dish means 'an attractive person.' Informally, as a verb, dish means 'to tell somebody the gossip about something.'   Example sentences […]

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Word of the Day: beckon

    WordReference.com Online Language Dictionaries   Word of the Day   March 4, 2016   beckon (verb) LISTEN       A woman beckoning   To beckon means 'to invite somebody to come close or follow you by making a gesture with your hand, head, or finger.' Beckon can also mean 'to entice somebody' and it can be used to indicate authority, but it doesn't always have this connotation. It can also be used figuratively about dreams or wishes that seem to be calling to someone. It can be used with a direct object ("beckon someone") or with the preposition "to" ("beckon […]

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Word of the Day: pitch

    WordReference.com Online Language Dictionaries   Word of the Day   March 3, 2016   pitch (verb, noun) LISTEN       A man pitching a baseball.   To pitch means 'to set up a tent or a camp' or 'to be at an incline or cause to be at an incline.' It also means 'to throw something,' especially the ball in baseball. Figuratively, it means 'to aim for something' and is mostly used in the expression pitch your hopes. Pitch also means 'to fall.' As a noun, pitch is the degree of intensity of something and, in music, it refers to […]

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Word of the Day: sort

    WordReference.com Online Language Dictionaries   Word of the Day   March 2, 2016   sort (noun, verb) LISTEN       You can sort recyclables according to their material.   As a noun, sort means 'kind' and refers to a particular group or type, and when talking about people, especially in British English, it means 'of a particular character or nature.' As a verb, sort means 'to arrange something in groups' or 'to classify it in a particular order.' In computing, a sort is the arrangement of data.   Example sentences   • The new city zoo is full of […]

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