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

Monthly Archives: October 2016

Oct
31
2016

eerie

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

i ri

adjective
mysterious and frightening; weird.
Eerie laughter was coming from the rooms upstairs.
We witnessed an eerie light in the sky.
She suddenly had an eerie feeling that she was not alone in the room.

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Oct
28
2016

underestimate

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uhn d@r e stih meIt

transitive verb
to appraise at too low a quantity, rate, strength, value, or the like.
The press underestimated the boxer’s endurance and wrongly predicted the outcome of the fight.
The building collapsed because the weight of the roof was underestimated.
Don’t underestimate yourself; you are smart enough and qualified enough to do this job.
The government underestimated both the extent of the damage and the cost of the repairs.
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Oct
28
2016

manque

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

mang keI
adjective
(French) falling short of one’s goal; unfulfilled; frustrated.
A job in retail was not what this rock star manque had in mind.



Oct
27
2016

penalize

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pi n@ laIz  [or]  pe n@ laIz

transitive verb
1.  to inflict a penalty on (a person or group).
The skater was penalized for omitting a required jump.
The judge penalized the company for unfair hiring practices.

2.  to declare punishable or inflict a punishment for (an act, offense, or the like).
This type of offense is penalized severely in this state.

3.  to impose a disadvantage or handicap on.
The educational system penalizes children whose parents are unwilling or incapable of giving them extra help.
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Oct
27
2016

cadre

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ka drə
noun
1. in the military, a core group of experienced personnel who can set up and train a new unit.
2. a group of trained people who can get new projects and organizations started.
A cadre of scientists was selected to begin the moon-landing project.