Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Monthly Archives: August 2015

Aug
27
2015

fulsome

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fUl səm

adjective

offensive, esp. because of excessiveness or insincerity.
His fulsome flattery did little to win her favor.



Aug
26
2015

regress

rih gres

intransitive verb
definition:  to go back or backwards, as in reverting to an earlier form or stage of development.
example:  The child was making good academic progress, but he regressed after moving to a different school in a new city.
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Aug
26
2015

froward

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fro w@rd

adjective
unwilling to agree or obey; stubborn; perverse.
Her froward children would not sit down to dinner if the menu was not to their liking.



Aug
25
2015

colloquial

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lo kwi əl

adjective

characteristic of or suited to informal or familiar conversation or to writing that is imitative of conversational tone.
Some people disapprove of the President using colloquial expressions like “You betcha!” in a formal speech.



Aug
25
2015

encroach

ihn kroch

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to exceed the established or intended limits, usu. gradually.
example:  Farming families were forced to move to the cities as the desert encroached on their lands.
example:  The commercial district is encroaching on the residential zone.

definition 2:  to intrude or trespass.
example:  My roommate was always encroaching on my privacy.
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