Intermediate+ Word of the Day

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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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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