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

  • Word of the Day
    balmy

    bal mi

    adjective
    1.  gentle, mild, and soothing.
    They prefer the balmy climate of the South Sea Islands.

    2.  fragrant, like a balm.
    The tropical air was balmy with the scent of gardenias.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    dainty

    deIn ti

    adjective
    1.  small and delicate.
    In her hand she held one dainty blossom.
    We drank small amounts of tea in my grandmother’s dainty cups.
    Taking dainty steps, she entered the room without a sound.

    2.  having delicate and refined manners or taste, esp. with respect to cleanliness or food.
    She is always so dainty in the way she eats;  I just shovel food into my mouth and spill things on my shirt.

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Aug
19
2014

stimulate

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

stIm y@ leIt

transitive verb
definition 1:  to incite or rouse to activity, action, or increased action.
example:  The speech stimulated the crowd.
example:  This medicine stimulates the heart.
example:  The professor asked questions to stimulate discussion.
example:  None of the books stimulated my interest.


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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the transitive verb stimulate

stimulate + NOUN:    ~ imagination, ~ creativity, ~ curiosity, ~ interest, ~ desire, ~ thought , ~ thinking, ~ appetite, ~ demand (e.g., The advertisers hoped to stimulate demand for this new type of product),  ~ growth, ~ healing, ~ development, ~ formation, ~ discussion, ~ debate, ~ dialogue, ~ participation, ~ involvement, ~ activity, ~ economy, ~ investment