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

Monthly Archives: November 2016

Nov
23
2016

verge

vuhrj

intransitive verb
1.  to approach or be on the limit or border of (often followed by “on”).
That land verges on the city park.
After her death, his mental condition verged on insanity.
Her first novel verged on brilliance.
This rare species of bird is now verging on extinction.

The crowd’s anger verged on hysteria.

noun
1.  the point or limit beyond which something occurs, begins, or comes into effect; brink.
The astronomers are on the verge of a major discovery.
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Nov
22
2016

malfunction

mael fuhngk sh@n

intransitive verb
1.  to fail to operate or function.
Many soldiers died when their parachutes malfunctioned.

2.  to function or operate poorly.
The lawnmower has been malfunctioning recently, and I need to have somebody take a look at it.

noun
the act or an instance of malfunctioning.
The malfunction of the lighting system caused a delay in the performance.
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Nov
18
2016

torment

tor ment

transitive verb
1.  to inflict great physical or mental anguish on.
The guards were known to mercilessly torment the prisoners.

2.  to agitate, annoy, or pester.
As a child, her brother tormented her with his teasing.
Just give the dog the bone and stop tormenting him!
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Nov
17
2016

obstruct

@b struhkt

transitive verb
1.  to clog or block.
Boulders obstructed the path.
The people standing in front of us obstructed our view.

2.  to interrupt, delay, or hinder the passage or progress of.
The dam obstructs the flow of the river.
The fallen tree obstructed the morning traffic.
Protesters did their best to obstruct the proceedings of the conference.
By destroying evidence, he was guilty of obstructing justice.
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Nov
16
2016

mourn

morn

transitive verb
1.  to grieve over (a death or the dead).
He deeply mourned the death of his mother.
The children mourned their father in different ways.

2.  to feel or show great sorrow or regret over; deplore; bemoan.
She mourned the loss of her only close friendship.
The citizens mourned the closing of the old town hall.

intransitive verb
1.  to feel or show deep sorrow or grief, esp. for the dead; grieve.
The city mourned for the people who had lost their lives in the explosion.
Fans of the rock-‘n’-roll idol mourned over his death.

2.  to abide by conventional forms for acknowledging the death of a person, as by wearing black or the like.
The widow mourned for six months, avoiding all social gatherings and wearing only black.
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