Category: Vocabulary

Sep
29
2014

distort

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dih stort

transitive verb
definition 1:  to twist out of shape; deform the appearance or functioning of.
example:  The uneven surface of the mirror distorted his reflection.
example:  Having the volume too loud distorts the sound.

definition 2:  to falsify or misrepresent.
example:  The actor felt the newspaper article distorted what he had said in the interview.
example:  Exaggerating is often harmless, but it does distort the truth.
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Sep
29
2014

scoff

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skaf

intransitive verb

to speak with mild scorn or derision (often fol. by at).
He scoffed at my fear of the dark.

Bart blames Milhouse for snitching on him, and when Milhouse says he feared crows pecking at his soul for eternity if he didn’t tell, Bart scoffs at the very notion of having a soul, saying there is no such thing. (http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Bart_Sells_His_Soul)

noun

an expression of mocking disapproval.
Her arrogant boss responded with a scoff when she asked for a raise.

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Sep
26
2014

conscious

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kan sh@s

adjective
definition 1:  aware of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, and surroundings.
example:  The fighter was no longer conscious when the referee began counting.

definition 2:  aware of or sensitive to (often followed by “of”).
example:  She competed seriously, but she was also conscious of her limitations.
example:  He gradually became conscious of someone standing behind his chair.

definition 3:  fully intended; deliberate.
example:  Moving to a faraway city was a conscious choice on his part.
example:  She made a conscious decision to lead a healthier life.
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Sep
26
2014

redeem

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rih dim

transitive verb

1: to pay off (a debt).
His inheritance helped him redeem his debts.

2: to recover (property or the like) by paying off a debt.
As soon as he got his first paycheck, he redeemed his guitar at the pawn shop.

3: to convert (a coupon or securities) into cash or goods.
I redeemed my coupon for a free pizza.

4: to balance or make up for.
Her husband’s stodginess was redeemed by his good humor.

5: to buy or obtain the freedom or release of, as by ransom.

6: to restore the honor, worth, or reputation of.
Once hated, his successful reforms redeemed him in the eyes of the people.
She made a stupid remark as they were sitting down, but she redeemed herself during dinner.

7: to save or deliver from sin or divine retribution.

 

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Sep
25
2014

navigate

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nae vih geIt

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to plan, manage, or control the course of a ship, aircraft, or missile.
example:  The captain had turned off the automatic pilot and was navigating manually.

definition 2:  to make one’s way; find the correct path to a destination or goal.
example:  In the dark, it was difficult to navigate to where the candles were kept.
example:  It’s amazing how these bicyclists navigate through the city traffic.
example:  I had some trouble navigating through the website.
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