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May 2018

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: don

You might have heard Don used to mean Mr. or Sir when addressing men from Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries, where it is a title used for lords or gentlemen. In the UK a don is a member of the teaching staff at a university, especially Oxford or Cambridge. Don is also a title given to the head of a…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: blaze

A blaze is a bright flame or fire, or a very bright glow of light or color. Figuratively, a sudden outburst of passion or fury can also be called a blaze. As a verb, to blaze means ‘to burn or shine brightly, like a flame’ or ‘to flare suddenly with emotion.’ In addition, a blaze is a mark made on a tree to indicate a path or…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: lunge

A lunge is a sudden forward thrust, with a sword or knife, or any sudden forward movement. As a verb, to lunge means ‘to move with a sudden thrust’ or ‘to thrust forward’. Additionally, a lunge (or: lunge line, lunge rein, lunge lead) is a rope used in training or exercising a horse and the…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: strand

To strand means ‘to drive or run onto a shore’ and it’s used to talk about boats or water creatures such as whales. Figuratively, to leave in a helpless position is also to strand. As a noun, a strand is a shore or a beach, in particular the part of the shore between the tide marks. Unrelatedly, and also a noun, a strand is a a part of a rope or one string or thread that…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: gull

A gull is a water-dwelling bird you surely know if you have ever been to the beach. It’s also called a seagull and it’s usually white with gray or black upper wings. But did you know gull is also a verb? It is somewhat dated now, but it means ‘to deceive, trick or cheat.’ The related noun gull, also somewhat…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: peak

A peak is the pointed top of a mountain, the mountain itself or, broadly, the pointed top of anything. Figuratively, the highest or most important level or point of anything is also a peak. On a cap, the peak is the front edge that sticks out and covers the eyes. In US English, peak is also the name for a higher fare or charge you pay during a time period. As a verb, to peak means…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: whomp

Mainly in US English, a whomp is a loud, heavy blow, slap, or bang. The verb means, of course, ‘to slap or strike heavily’ or ‘to make a banging noise.’ Figuratively, and rather informally, it means ‘to defeat…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: froth

Froth is a mass of bubbles, such as on a liquid that has been shaken or whisked hard, like on lattes or smoothies or on fizzy drinks like soda or beer. Saliva that comes out of the mouth, such as sometimes happens as a symptom of some diseases, like rabies, is also froth. Informally, something unimportant or frivolous can be…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: forfeit

To forfeit means ‘to lose or become likely to lose, because of a crime, fault, or breach of engagement’ or ‘to give something up because of something else.’ As a noun, forfeit is the act of forfeiting and also something to which the right is lost, as for commission of a crime, neglect of duty, or…

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