Tag: WVI level 3

Jul
19
2013

anticipate

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anticipate

aen tI sÉ™ peIt

transitive verb

1. to look forward to; expect.
examples: We anticipated a pleasant outing in the country.
She anticipated being blissfully happy in her marriage, but she was disappointed.

2. to expect and prepare for in advance.
example: We anticipated the enemy’s attack.

3. to accomplish or fulfill in advance.
example: You’re lucky to have someone caring for you who anticipates your wishes.

 

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Jul
18
2013

flank

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flank

flaengk

noun

1. the part of a human or animal between the hip and the ribs on either side of the body.

2. a piece of meat cut from the flank.

3. any side or a part found on the extreme left or right.
example: the right flank of a military formation.

transitive verb

1. to be positioned at the flank of.
example: In the photograph, my father is flanked by his two brothers.

2. to go around the flank of, as to attack.

 

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Jul
17
2013

alloy

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alloy

noun

ae loI

1. a combined form of two or more metals, or of a metal with a nonmetal, sometimes using an inferior ingredient with a more costly one.
example: Brass is an alloy of zinc and copper.

2. the relative degree of purity of a metal; fineness.

3. something added that lowers quality or value.

Saving an occasional burst of impatience, or coarse assertion of his mastery, his good-humour remained to him, but it had now a sordid alloy of distrust; and though his eyes should twinkle and all his face should laugh, he would sit holding himself in his own arms, as if he had an inclination to hoard himself up, and must always grudgingly stand on the defensive. (Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend)

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Jul
16
2013

dispatch

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dispatch

dih spaech

transitive verb

1. to send off to a specific place or for a specific purpose.

2. to do or dispose of promptly and quickly.
example: She dispatches her chores faithfully.

3. to kill.
example: I dispatched the deer with one bullet.

noun

1. a communication sent with haste or speed, such as a news bulletin.

2. speed or promptness.
example: She acted with dispatch.

3. the act of sending off.

4. the act of killing.

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