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December 2016

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: survey

To survey means ‘to study something in a general way’ and also ‘to view something in detail in order to know the condition or value of something.’ To survey also means ‘to study the opinions of a group of people’ and, related to this sense, the noun survey is the sample of facts and opinions gathered by surveying. A survey is also a general description or study of something and also…

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Intermediate+ Word of the day: stocking

A stocking is an item of clothing mostly worn by women, which tightly covers the foot and the leg up to the thigh. It can be made of cotton, nylon, or other materials. However, stocking can refer to Christmas stockings as well, those long socks that kids hang up on Christmas Eve waiting for Santa to fill them up with presents…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: cane

A cane is a short stick used to help someone walk (this is also called a walking stick). It’s also a long woody stem, such as the ones in some plants like bamboo, as well as the material of this stem used to make furniture or smaller objects. As a verb, to cane means ‘to hit with a cane’ or ‘to make something with cane’…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: trim

To trim means ‘to make tidy or neat by clipping or by cutting what’s unnecessary.’ Figuratively, it means ‘to reduce or cut down.’ Trim also means ‘to decorate or adorn with ornaments.’ As a noun, a trim is the action of trimming by cutting, or a material used for decoration. A trim is also….

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Word of the Day Holiday Poem Contest

The end of the year is almost here, and we’d like to celebrate by inviting you to write a poem inspired by our Word of the Day site.

Prize: The winner will receive a $100 global Virtual Visa gift card. Runners-up (those are the top people whose poems we like but who do not write the one winning poem) will receive $25 global Virtual Visa gift cards. Winning poems will also be published on our site, daily.wordreference.com. We will announce the winners on Friday, December 23.

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