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Monthly Archives: September 2016

Sep
30
2016

nourish

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

nuhr ihsh

transitive verb
1.  to supply with food or other essential nutriments.
Mammals nourish their young with milk.
Rain and sunshine nourish the plants.

2.  to maintain, support, or provide for; nurture.
Poor families often struggled to nourish their children.

3.  to encourage the growth or development of; strengthen; promote.
Their business relationship was nourished by this joint project.
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Sep
30
2016

soporific

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

sa p@ rI fihk

adjective
1. causing sleep or sleepiness.
The drug is highly soporific and should only be taken at bedtime.
2. sleepy or drowsy.

noun
a drug, medicine, or the like that causes sleep or sleepiness.



Sep
29
2016

withhold

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

wIth hold

transitive verb
1.  to deliberately hold back; restrain.
Although she was furious at work, she withheld her anger until she got home.
Please withhold judgement on the matter until you’ve considered all the facts.
Knowing how sensitive he was about his appearance, she withheld comment on his strange new haircut.

2.  to refrain from giving.
They withheld food and water from the prisoner until he told them what they wanted to know.
The company withheld his pay while he was in the hospital.
Her mother had been a cold and stern woman who had withheld affection from all of her children.

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Sep
29
2016

misanthrope

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mI s@n throp

noun
someone who hates or distrusts humanity.
He’d become a misanthrope, estranged from his family and preferring to live in seclusion.



Sep
28
2016

scrutinize

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

skru tih naIz

transitive verb
to look at closely and carefully, with attention to detail.
The lawyer scrutinized the contract before pronouncing that everything was in order.
The researcher’s methods were scrutinized by colleagues unconvinced of his results.
She scrutinized his face for any signs of remorse.
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