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

Monthly Archives: January 2017

Jan
25
2017

cater

keI t@r

intransitive verb
1.  to supply food, service, or entertainment, esp. away from the main business premises.
The restaurant serves its customers at the restaurant, but it caters for weddings and other special events as well.

2.  to make efforts to supply anything needed or wanted (usu. fol. by “to”).
Stores near the campus cater to the student population.
He catered to all his wife’s needs when she returned from the hospital.
She resented having to cater to her sister-in-law, who never said a kind word to her.

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Jan
24
2017

harness

har nihs

transitive verb
1.  to put a harness on (an animal).
The stable boy harnessed the horse.

2.  to bring under control and make ready for use.
The state government will harness the power of the river to produce electricity.

noun
a set of connected straps and other parts by which a wheeled vehicle, such as a cart or carriage, is attached to a draft animal and by means of which the animal is guided and controlled.
He put the harness on the horse and hitched up the wagon.
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Jan
23
2017

lag

laeg

intransitive verb
1.  to fall behind an established or expected pace.
The industry lagged in adopting new technologies.
The other students would be finished with their tests, but I always lagged behind.

2.  to fail or weaken gradually.
Her energy lagged toward the end of the race.
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Jan
23
2017

maladminister

Posted in Word of the Day by Lynn

mae l@d mI nih st@r

transitive verb
to handle or manage poorly, inefficiently, or corruptly.
The state was maladministered during the former governor’s time in office.
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Jan
20
2017

monstrous

man str@s

adjective
1.  frighteningly hideous; frightfully ugly.
They screamed as they saw the monstrous creature emerge from the lagoon.

2.  shocking, horrible, or atrocious.
He received the death penalty for the monstrous crime he committed.
The guards’ monstrous brutality provoked a riot in the prison.

3.  extraordinarily or abnormally large; oversize; huge.
After the game, they ate a monstrous meal of burgers, pizza, and barbecued ribs.
Cleaning up after the parade was a monstrous job for the sanitation department.
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