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June 2018

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: spruce

A spruce is a type of tree from the pine family with short, angled, needle-shaped leaves, and also the wood taken from it. As an adjective, spruce means ‘made from the wood of these trees.’ However, spruce, as an adjective, has another meaning, ‘tidy or trim in appearance,’ and the related verb…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: deploy

To deploy is a term used in the military to mean ‘to spread out troops so as to form an extended front or line’ and also ‘to arrange things so that they’re ready to be used’ and also ‘to come into a position ready for use.’ Although this is mostly used as…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: lair

A lair is a den or a resting place for a wild animal, but it can be used figuratively to refer to any hidden place, especially a secret retreat or base of operations or a place where someone seeks seclusion. As a verb, although rare, it means ‘to serve as a lair’ or…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: feeble

Feeble is an adjective that means ‘physically weak or frail,’ because of age or sickness, for example. It also means ‘morally or intellectually weak.’ If you use it to talk about a sound, feeble means ‘lacking volume or loudness’ and when you are talking about..

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: peep

To peep means ‘to look through a small opening or from somewhere secret without others knowing you’re looking.’ By extension, peep also means ‘to look curiously and playfully, or quickly and furtively.’ It also means ‘to begin to appear’ or ‘to come slowly into view.’ As a noun, a peep is a quick and secret look or a quick glimpse of something. Unrelatedly, a peep is the short…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: preen

To preen is what birds do, when they clean their feathers using their beaks, though it can also be used to talk about how other animals clean themselves using their tongues. If we’re talking about a person, to preen means ‘to take care of your appearance.’ Preen can also mean…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: whop

To whop means ‘to strike or beat with force’ and, figuratively, in contests or games, it means ‘to defeat soundly.’ Followed by out, it also means ‘to pull out violently,’ as well as ‘to drop or fall heavily.’ As a noun, a whop is a powerful blow or strike, a bump or heavy fall, and also the…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: gulp

To gulp means ‘to gasp or swallow air,’ in the same way that we would take a large swallow of something liquid. It also means ‘to swallow eagerly,’ when we’re talking about food or drink. When we are talking about emotions, to gulp, usually followed by back or down, means ‘to suppress or…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: twinkle

To twinkle means ‘to shine with a flickering gleam of light’ or ‘to sparkle in the light’. Figuratively, if we say someone’s eyes are twinkling, it means they are shining with joy, pleasure, or excitement. As a noun, a twinkle is a flickering light or brightness, or a sparkle in…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: reap

To reap means ‘to gather or take’ and it is mostly used as an agricultural term to talk about harvesting crops, although it is also used figuratively to mean ‘to get as a result of or in return for something.’ This last sense usually refers to money or…

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