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

  • Word of the Day
    gratuitous

    gr@ tu ih t@s  [or]  grae tu ih t@s

    adjective
    1.  given or done without sufficient reason or justification; unwarranted.
    The movie’s gratuitous violence earned it low ratings from critics.

    2.  given or received without charge or cost.
    The company offers gratuitous shipping with large orders.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    pathetic

    p@ the tihk

    adjective
    1.  arousing feelings of pity, sorrow, or tender concern.
    The baby’s pathetic crying was due to both hunger and cold.
    The limping dog was a pathetic sight.

    2.  miserably ineffective or inadequate; worthy of arousing scorn or ridicule.
    You did a pathetic job of fixing this–look! It’s still leaking!
    I’ve always been a pathetic housekeeper, so I finally hired a cleaner.
    Your attempts to get our sympathy is pathetic!
    He’s pathetic at playing tennis; he’s always hitting the ball straight over the fence.

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Jul
22
2013

ambiguous

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

aem bIg yu @s

adjective
definition:  having two or more possible meanings or interpretations.
example:  Because the statement was ambiguous, it was understood differently by different people.

definition 2:  unclear; uncertain; obscure.
example:  His face wore an ambiguous expression.
example:  This sentence is ambiguous and leaves the reader confused.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the adjective ambiguous

ambiguous + NOUN:    ~ statement, ~ wording, ~ sentence, ~ meaning, ~ description,  ~ results, ~ ending, ~ poem, ~ definition

ADVERB + ambiguous:    somewhat ~ , rather ~ , slightly ~ , highly ~ ,  potentially ~ , inherently ~ ,  deliberately ~ , intentionally ~ , intriguingly ~ , syntactically ~ , structurally ~ , curiously ~