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

Monthly Archives: October 2016

Oct
26
2016

herald

he r@ld

transitive verb
to announce or symbolize the approach of; proclaim.
The media heralded the next royal wedding, which would take place the following spring.
Each year the falling leaves herald the approach of winter.
The transistor heralded a new age in electronics.

noun
1.  a person who conveys or announces official news; messenger
The herald announced the arrival of the king.

2. a person or thing that signals the beginning or approach of something.
The daffodil is a herald of spring.
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Oct
26
2016

germinal

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juhr m@ n@l

adjective
1. of, concerning, or like a germ or germ cell.
2. of, concerning, or at a rudimentary level of growth or development.
The proposal is in its germinal stages and will not soon be ready for submission.



Oct
25
2016

fortify

for tih faI

transitive verb
1.  to provide with fortifications, as against military attack.
The structure was fortified with thick stone walls.
The castle was fortified with heavy canon.

2.  to provide additional strength, resistance, or energy to; reinforce or invigorate.
The concrete is fortified with steel.
The hearty soup fortified the patients.

3.  to encourage or strengthen mentally or morally.
Fortified by their discovery, the researchers increased their pace.
Early morning meditation fortifies me.

4.  to lend support to; confirm.
This new evidence fortified their theory.
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Oct
25
2016

raffish

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rae fihsh

adjective
1. carelessly unconventional or disreputable, sometimes appealingly so.
Two raffish sorts sauntered into the rustic tavern, wearing well-made Italian suits.
2. low-class or common; cheaply gaudy; vulgar.
It was perhaps the raffish green imitation-velours Homburg hat which did most to alter Dick Bellamy’s aspect.” (Ambrotox and Limping Dick by Oliver Fleming)



Oct
24
2016

amend

@ mend

transitive verb
1.  to formally change by rephrasing, or to add to or subtract from (a legislative bill, a contract, a treaty, or the like).
The bill will be amended so that it will affect more businesses than before.
A movement has begun to amend the constitution.

2.  to make better or make right; improve; rectify.
The prime minister pledged to amend the country’s labor practices.
The government has made promises to the victims but has done little to amend the situation that caused the disaster.
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