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February 2018

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: stream

A stream is a body of water that flows along a channel and, more broadly, any flow of liquid or fluid. Figuratively, a series of things can be called a stream of something. As a verb, to stream means ‘to flow in a stream,’ usually used when we are talking about a fluid, such as tears or blood, ‘to emit a fluid,’ and, when we are talking about light, ‘to extend in a beam or rays.’ It also means ‘to proceed…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: roost

A roost is a place where birds perch to rest, or any large cage or house for birds to rest in. Figuratively, any place to rest can be called a roost. To roost, as a verb, means ‘to sit or rest in a roost’ and, figuratively, ‘to settle or stay, especially to rest by…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: strut

To strut means ‘to walk in a overly proud and self-important way,’ with the head held up and the chest thrown out, usually in the expectation of impressing observers. The related noun strut is this kind of walk. Also as a noun, strut is a term used in engineering. A strut is the part used as a support in a structure and the verb to strut means…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: sway

To sway means ‘to move or swing from side to side’ or ‘to cause to move or swing from side to side.’ Figuratively, it means ‘to influence’ and, related to this, it can also mean ‘to dominate or direct’ or, as a literary sense and usually with the preposition over, ‘to rule or govern.’ As a noun, a sway is a swaying movement or a…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: goad

A goad is a rod with a pointed (or, nowadays, sometimes electrically charged) end for driving cattle or other animals. Figuratively, something that drives, urges, or encourages can also be a goad. The related verb to goad means ‘to drive or prick with or as if with a goad’ and, figuratively, ‘to encourage or incite’ or ‘to…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: hoist

To hoist is a verb that means ‘to lift or raise,’ especially with a mechanical device. In US English, it also means ‘to raise to one’s lips and drink,’ mainly referring to beer, whiskey or any other alcoholic drink. As a noun, a hoist is the apparatus used for hoisting and also the act of hoisting…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: flounder

To flounder means ‘to struggle to move or to gain balance,’ usually helplessly and quite clumsily. Related to this, it also means ‘to speak or act in a clumsy way or with hesitation’ and, more generally, ‘to struggle’ or ‘to be in great difficulty.’ You might have also heard that a flounder is a type of flatfish mostly found at the bottom of many oceans around…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: heap

A heap is a group of things thrown or placed one on top of one another, forming an untidy pile. Informally, any great or large number of anything can be called a heap. As a verb, to heap means ‘to gather in a heap’ or ‘to put in a heap.’ To heap also means ‘to accumulate’ and, if you give something in great amounts or supply something or someone with great deal of something, that’s also to heap and, in this sense, the verb is often used with…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: falter

To falter is a verb that means ‘to hesitate or waver in action, purpose, or intent,’ ‘to speak with doubt or hesitation,’ or, when we are talking about someone’s voice or speech, ‘to be unsteady or wavering.’ In relation to movement, it means ‘to walk or move unsteadily.’ If machines or other devices falter, it means that they stop working smoothly. As a noun, falter is a…

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