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June 2018

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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