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January 2017

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: account

An account is a description of events and also a reason or judgment. In business, it is money deposited with a bank or, usually in the plural, a formal record of financial transactions. As a verb, to account means ‘to give an explanation’ or ‘to be the source or reason for something’…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: drop

A drop is a small amount of liquid in a globule or, figuratively, a small amount of anything. A drop is also a descent or fall, a decline in the amount of something, and a steep slope. As a verb, to drop means to fall in globules, as liquids do, and also to suddenly descend or reduce or to fall. Drop also means to let go of something, to stop or end something, to quit, to abandon or….

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: even

As an adjective and talking about a surface, even means ‘regular, with no bumps.’ It also means ‘constant and regular,’ ‘on the same level’ or ‘parallel,’ and also ‘equal,’ and ‘fair.’ In Mathematics, an even number is a number that can be divided by two without a remainder, and even describes something denoted by or having such a number. As an adverb, it is used to mean ‘still’ or ‘yet,’ as a way of emphasizing a comparison or used with if to suggest something is unlikely.’ To even means…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: pound

Pound is a unit of weight used in many English speaking countries, equal to 0.453 kg, and it is also the monetary unit of the UK, and other countries like Lebanon and Egypt. As a verb, to pound means ‘to hit with force and repeatedly’ and, often with the adverb out, ‘to produce something through striking something.’ If your heart pounds, it means that it beats heavily and repeatedly. Related to this, the noun pound…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: handle

A handle is a part of a thing made to be taken hold of by the hand. Unrelatedly, and colloquially, a handle is somebody’s name (this is especially used for usernames for apps and websites). To handle means ‘to take hold of something or use your hands on something,’ ‘to manage and be responsible for something,’ and also ‘to use something in a particular manner.’ In addition, to handle means….

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: horn

A horn is one of the bony, pointed growths on the head of certain animals, like goats or antelopes, or the similar single bone growing on animals, like rhinoceros. A horn is also the substance that such animal growths are made of and a similar substance that forms tortoise shells and nails. Additionally, a horn is a musical instrument originally formed from the hollow horn of an animal but now usually made of brass or other metal. A trumpet is sometimes called a horn colloquially…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: bill

A bill is a statement with the detail of how much money is owed to somebody and also, in US English, a piece of paper that is worth a specific amount (this is called a note in the UK). In politics, a bill is a proposal for a new law and, in show business, it is schedule for an entertainment event. As a verb, to bill means ‘to send a list of charges to someone’ and, in show business, ‘to advertise something or someone.’ Unrelated to this…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: charge

To charge means ‘to ask for a payment or a fee’ and also, mainly in US English, ‘to make record of a purchase to pay for it in the future.’ Charge also means ‘to accuse formally,’ ‘to attack or rush against someone,’ and ‘to give an instruction to someone.’ In addition, charge means ‘to fill or refill and make ready to use,’ ‘to put electrical energy into something,’ and figuratively, ‘to fill with emotion.’ As a noun, a charge is the fee or price that should be paid, an attack, an instruction, and…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: swing

To swing means ‘to move back and forth or round and round’ or ‘to move in a curve.’ It also means ‘to hang freely’ and ‘to die or kill by hanging’. Figuratively, swing means ‘to change opinions or interests’ and ‘to influence or manage something as wanted.’ As a noun, swing is the movement and instance of swinging or a change in opinion. It is also a seat hung by ropes on which…

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