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June 2018

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: slit

To slit means ‘to make a long cut or opening in something’ and it is often followed by open. It also means ‘to cut into strips.’ As a noun, a slit is a narrow opening, like the ones some dresses or skirts have, for example. In medicine, a slit is a…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: limp

To limp means ‘to walk with difficulty because one foot or leg is dragging behind.’ Figuratively, often followed by along, it means ‘to progress slowly or with trouble and hesitation.’ A limp is the way someone walks if they limp. As an adjective, which may or may not be related to these first senses, limp means…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: stripe

A stripe is a a narrow band that’s different in color, material, or texture from the background parts and, generally, a long, narrow strip of anything, but especially of land. In the military, a stripe is a number or combination of strips, worn on a military, naval, or other uniform as a badge of rank. Stripe can also mea…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: stud

A stud is a head of a nail or part of something that sticks out from a surface, especially as an ornament. It is also a buttonlike object mounted on a pin and used to fasten a piece of clothing or earrings consisting of a small, buttonlike ornament mounted on a metal post. In construction, a stud is a slender piece of wood or steel that forms part of the frame of a wall. As a verb, to stud means…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: dust

As you probably know, dust is earth or other matter in fine powdery particles or any powdery substance. Figuratively, the remains of a body after disintegration are also called dust and, by extension, so can the physical body of a living human being. As a verb, to dust means…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: pat

To pat means ‘to strike gently with the hand, so as to smooth, shape, or flatten a surface’ and also ‘to stroke gently as a sign of affection.’ As a noun, a pat is a light stroke and also a small, flat piece of something formed by patting. Additionally, pat is an adjective that means…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: rift

A rift is a narrow crack or opening or an open space or clear interval, such as might be found in a forest or a cloud mass. Figuratively, a rift is a break in friendly relations and also a difference of opinion or belief that causes a such break in…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: prune

You might already know that a prune is a dried plum. But did you know that prune is also a verb? It means ‘to remove extra or unwanted twigs, branches, stems, or roots from a plant’ or, when we are talking about the unwanted parts, ‘to chop off.’ and, figuratively, ‘to remove anything that is…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: brood

A brood is a number of young creatures hatched at one time and also a family or the children of a family. Figuratively, any group of humans, animals, or things with common qualities can be called a brood. In this latter sense the term is often used pejoratively and it may sometimes be considered pejorative when referring to a family or children too. As a verb, to brood means…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: snub

To snub means ‘to treat with contempt, usually by ignoring.’ As a noun, a snub is such treatment, either the act or the instance of snubbing. As an adjective though, snub is not related to this. It is used to talk about a nose that’s short and turned up at the tip. Another meaning of snub as an adjective is ‘blunt.’ Snub can also mean…

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