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

Monthly Archives: November 2015

Nov
19
2015

impediment

ihm pe d@ m@nt

noun
definition 1:  an obstacle or hindrance.
example:  Low income should not be an impediment to receiving a good education.
example:  His lack of confidence was an impediment to his advancement in the company.
example:  The island nation’s remoteness had long been an impediment to developing trade relations.
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Nov
18
2015

paramount

pae r@ maUnt

adjective
definition:  foremost in importance, power, or the like; chief.
example:  The safety of the citizens was the paramount concern of the mayor at that point.
example:  The usefulness of the plant in treating disease was of paramount interest to the researchers.
example:  It’s obvious that the health of her patients is paramount to the doctor.
example:  Of paramount importance is the issue of fairness in the hiring of new employees.
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Nov
17
2015

extricate

ek strih keIt

transitive verb
definition:  to free or release from difficulty, entanglement, or involvement; disengage.
example:  She knew she needed to extricate herself from this abusive relationship.
example:  We must somehow extricate our business from the mess it’s in right now.
example:  He desperately wished to extricate himself from his engagement to this woman.
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Nov
16
2015

flinty

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

flIn ti

adjective
1. made of or containing flint.
flinty soil.
2. hard and inflexible; stern; unyielding.



Nov
16
2015

confirm

k@n fuhrm

transitive verb
definition 1:  to prove or verify; show to be true or correct.
example:  The results appear to confirm the experimenter’s theory.
example:  Do you have any evidence to confirm your statement?

definition 2:  to certify formally; validate.
example:  The airline confirmed my seat on the flight.
example:  The experts confirmed the authenticity of the ancient skeleton.
example:  The police now confirm that no one was injured during the shooting.

definition 3:  to make strong or firm.
example:  Her responsible decision confirmed his faith in his daughter’s judgment.
example:  His desperate efforts to convince her only confirmed her in her skepticism.
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