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December 2020

Intermediate+ Word of the Day: tune

A tune is any of a series of musical sounds that form a melody and also a state of harmony, both in terms of music and figuratively. The verb to tune means ‘to adjust a musical instrument to a pitch.’ Followed by in, it means ‘to adjust a radio or TV to receive a signal’ and followed by out it means…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: coarse

Coarse is an adjective that refers to textures. It means ‘made up of large or relatively large parts or particles’ and also ‘having no delicacy or smoothness to the touch.’ Figuratively, it means ‘lacking refinement or taste’ and it can be used to refer to people or actions. It also means ‘common,’ ‘of…

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Intermediate+ Word of the Day: sock

You probably already know that socks are the pair of short, or long, stockings we wear on our feet. However, did you know that sock is also a verb? It is a colloquial term and means ‘to hit or strike very hard’ and, related to this meaning, the noun sock is ‘a hard strike or blow.’ In US show business slang, a sock is a great and…

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Intermediate+ Word of the day: roast

To celebrate Christmas, today’s word is “roast.” Whether you are roasting in the summer of the Southern Hemisphere or roasting chestnuts over an open fire in the chilly Northern Hemisphere, WordReference wishes you all a very merry Christmas!

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