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April 2017

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: rave

To rave means ‘to talk irrationally’ or ‘to talk or write enthusiastically about something.’ As a noun, it’s an enthusiastic appraisal or review of something and the act of raving and, as an adjective, it means enthusiastic. Informally, a rave is a wild and often illegally held party where electronic dance music is played…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: notch

A notch is a V-shaped cut or indention made on a surface and also a cut made on a stick or other object in order to keep count of something. It is also the indentation made in the end of an arrow, so that the arrow will fit onto the archer’s bowstring. A notch is also a degree in a scale. As a verb, to notch means ‘to cut or make a notch,’ ‘to keep a record using notches,’ ‘to fit an arrow to a bowstring,’ and ‘to score,…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: prime

You might know that as an adjective, prime means ‘of top quality,’ ‘of great importance,’ ‘of great value,’ and ‘first in order.’ It also means ‘basic, fundamental.’ As a noun, prime is the most flourishing state of something or someone or the time of early adulthood. As a verb, to prime means ‘to prepare someone for something’ and also ‘to supply a gun with powder.’ When painting, prime means’…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: scramble

To scramble means ‘to climb using both your hands and your feet’ and also ‘to compete with others’ and ‘to move quickly, with a purpose.’ Scramble also means ‘to organize or mix things in a hurried and disorderly way’ and, when talking about eggs, ‘to cook them while stirring them constantly.’ As a noun, a scramble is a climb or any movement over irregular ground. It’s also a struggle to obtain something or a disorderly and hurried way…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: pawn

To pawn is ‘to deposit something valuable with a pawnbroker,’ a person who takes objects as a deposit and, in exchange, lends money, keeping the object until the money is repaid. Figuratively, it means ‘to pledge or stake,’ although this meaning is rather literary. As a noun, a pawn is the act of pawning, the state of being deposited, and the object being deposited with a pawnbroker. It can also mean ‘hostage.’ Unrelatedly, a pawn is a chess piece,…

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