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Monthly Archives: December 2015

Dec
29
2015

coalition

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ko ə lI shən
noun
1. an alliance, esp. a temporary one, of various factions, parties, or nations.
Without a majority party, a coalition often governs.
2. the act or condition of unification into a single group or mass.
If we can prevent the coalition of the two factions, we still have a chance at victory.



Dec
28
2015

primogeniture

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praIje nih chər
noun
1. the legal right of the first-born, esp. the oldest male child, to the entire inheritance of one or both parents.
2. the state or fact of being the first-born.



Dec
28
2015

debate

dih beIt

noun
definition 1:  a discussion of two opposing viewpoints, usu. in a formal meeting or assembly.
example:  The debate in Congress over the issue of voting machines continues.

definition 2:  a formal, structured, and usu. public contest in which two speakers, or two teams of speakers, argue opposing viewpoints on a specific proposition.
example:  Tonight’s debate will be on the topic of the future use of coal as an energy source.
example:  Their team argued brilliantly, and they won the debate easily.

intransitive verb
definition:  to discuss or argue different points of a matter.
example:  There is no use debating with them; they’ve already made up their minds.

transitive verb
definition 1:  to discuss or argue (an issue or issues)
example:  The town council will be debating the issue of whether or not to build another parking garage downtown.

definition 2:  to ponder or consider; think over.
example:  I am debating whether to go or just stay home.
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Dec
25
2015

gather

gae th@r

transitive verb
definition 1:  to bring together into one place or assembly.
example:  As it began to rain, we quickly gathered all the picnic things.
example:  He gathered all his wife’s friends for the surprise party.

definition 2:  to collect from various sources; amass.
example:  The reporter gathered information for her story.

definition 3:  to accumulate or build up.
example:  The sled gathered speed as it descended the hill.
example:  The idea eventually gathered support from the public.

definition 4:  to pick or harvest (plants or crops).
example:  It was time to gather the crops.

definition 5:  to conclude or infer.
example:  From the look of disappointment on your face, I gather that he’s not coming.
example:  He did not respond to her greeting, and she gathered that he’d rather be alone.
example:  I gather that you’re not from this area.



Dec
25
2015

accost

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ə kawst
transitive verb
1. to confront and speak first to, often aggressively.
A man accosted me at the train station and asked me for money.
A talkative woman accosted me at the party, and I couldn’t get away.
2. to solicit (someone) sexually.
She was accosted by a strange man as she was walking home.