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March 2018

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: lounge

You have probably heard people use the word lounge when talking about a room for relaxing or waiting, like the ones you might find in airports, train stations, or other public places. Mostly in UK English, a lounge is also a living room in someone’s home and, in US English, it’s a piece of furniture, an often backless sofa with a headrest at one end. All these senses relate to the verb lounge, which means ‘to spend…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: rag

A rag is a piece of cloth, especially one that is old or torn. In its plural form, rags are tattered or torn clothing. Informally, a rag is a newspaper or magazine thought of as being of low or poor quality. As a verb, also informally, it means ‘to scold’ and also ‘to tease,’ although…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: streak

A streak is a long, narrow mark or smear and also a strip, vein, or layer. Figuratively, an element of behavior or personality is also a streak, as are a number of occurrences or a spell. A flash leaving a visible line is a streak as well. As a verb, to streak means ‘to form streaks,’ ‘to lighten or…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: stride

To stride means ‘to walk with long steps’ or ‘to pass over or across something with a big step.’ As a noun, a stride is, of course, a long step and also the distance covered in one stride. Figuratively, a stride is a step forwards towards development or progress. In Australian English, always in the plural form, strides…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: worm

A worm is a long creature with no legs or backbone. More loosely, insect larvae and even some adult insects are sometimes called worms. Figuratively, a worthless, despicable person can be called a worm. In its plural form, worms is a medical disorder caused by worms living in the intestines of humans or animals. As a verb, to worm means ‘to creep, crawl or move slowly into or through a small or…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: bloat

To bloat means ‘to expand or distend’ and also ‘to become swollen.’ Figuratively, to bloat means ‘to make vain or conceited.’ As a noun, in US English, a bloat is a person or thing that is bloated, and figuratively, a wasteful use of space, or a useless person, though the last sense is no longer common. In veterinary…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: gender

Gender is a set of grammatical categories applied to nouns and any of the categories in such a set, masculine, feminine, neuter, or common. Outside grammar, gender is used to talk about either of the two sexes (male or female), especially when associated with cultural and social patterns rather than…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: strain

To strain means ‘to draw tight’ or ‘to use your effort or strength as much as possible.’ If you strain a muscle, it means that you stretched it too much. Strain also means ‘to make excessive demands on.’ As a noun, a strain is any force that tends to fracture, break, or alter shape, any strong physical effort, or pressure or tension caused by fatigue. An injury to a…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: ramble

To ramble means to wander aimlessly, for leisure or pleasure, especially in the countryside. If someone talks or writes in a wandering way, usually for a long time and without much order that’s also to ramble. If we are talking about a stream or path, it means ‘to have a course or direction with many turns or windings’ and if plants ramble, it means they…

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