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

  • Word of the Day
    carouse

    k@ raUz

    intransitive verb
    to revel in a boisterous and drunken manner.
    They’d been carousing in the bar and were now staggering home, still singing and shouting.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    notify

    no tih faI

    transitive verb
    to give notice to; tell or inform, esp. formally.
    The contest judges notified the winners by mail.
    Who should we notify in case of an emergency?
    The landlord notified the tenants that the water would be shut off in the morning.

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Feb
14
2014

modify

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

ma dih faI

transitive verb
definition 1:  to alter somewhat; make changes in.
example:  To save money, they had to modify their plans for the house.
example:  We objected to some of the things in the contract, so they agreed to modify it.
example:  He modified his appearance when he went to meet his girlfriend’s parents.

definition 2:  to reduce the extremity, quantity, or strength of; moderate.
example:  The workers modified their demands when they realized that they were getting nowhere with management.
example:  Her father took pity on her eventually and modified her punishment.

definition 3:  in grammar, to describe or limit or particularize the meaning of; qualify.
example:  “Extremely” modifies “hot” in the phrase “extremely hot.”
example:  “Heavy” modifies “traffic” in the phrase “heavy traffic.”

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