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

Monthly Archives: July 2016

Jul
27
2016

permeate

puhr mi eIt

transitive verb
1.  to pass or diffuse through; penetrate
These large molecules cannot permeate the cell membrane.

2.  to spread or be diffused throughout; pervade.
These exciting ideas permeated her thoughts.
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Jul
27
2016

calcify

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kael sih faI
transitive verb & intransitive verb
1. in physiology, to make or become bony or hard by the deposit of calcium salts.
2. to make or become inflexible, as an opinion.



Jul
26
2016

vitriol

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vI tri ol or vI tri əl
noun
1. sulfuric acid.
2. any of several metallic sulfates, such as copper sulfate or zinc sulfate.
3. a very biting or harsh quality, as in criticism, or language having such a quality.
The losing candidate’s concession speech, far from being gracious, was dripping with vitriol.



Jul
26
2016

obliterate

@ oblI t@ reIt

transitive verb
1.  to erase or make unrecognizable by erasing.
Harsh weather had obliterated the statue’s features.

2.  to destroy entirely.
The bomb nearly obliterated the city.
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Jul
25
2016

allay

@ leI

transitive verb
1.  to quiet or lay to rest (fears, doubts, and the like).
Their son’s message allayed their fears that he’d been injured.
Hearing her read from the script allayed the director’s doubts that the actress was right for the part.

2.  to relieve or mitigate.
As the house burned, the sight of everyone safe outside allayed their sense of loss.

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