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January 2017

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: beat

Most commonly, to beat means ‘to strike something or someone repeatedly,’ ‘to smash against,’ and ‘to shape by hitting.’ However, beat also means ‘to stir ingredients vigorously,’ ‘to keep time by strokes,’ ‘to defeat something or someone,’ and, informally, ‘to be better than something or someone.’ Informally, it means ‘to confuse’ and ‘to avoid blame.’ As a noun, a beat is a stroke or blow and the sound it makes, the major rhythm in a music piece and a throbbing or pulsing. As an adjective,…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: roughly

Roughly is an adverb with two different meanings. It means ‘almost’ or ‘approximately’ and it also means ‘in a violent manner’ or ‘without precision.’ You may remember this second meaning from the adjective rough.

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