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

  • Word of the Day

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

    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

    p@ the tihk

    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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m@ nIp y@ leIt

transitive verb
definition 1:  to handle or operate skillfully with the hands.
example:  He manipulated the clay to form a tiny sculpture.
example:  Do you know how to manipulate the controls?

definition 2:  to manage, influence, or use skillfully to achieve a desired end.
example:  The parents manipulated their son into marrying this woman so that they could establish ties with her wealthy family.

definition 3:  to tamper with or adjust to one’s own advantage, esp. by devious means.
example:  He manipulated the figures in his report to make it appear more impressive.

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