Category: Vocabulary

Dec
19
2014

intervene

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In t@r vin

intransitive verb
definition 1:
 to enter a situation so as to change what is happening.
example:  The teacher intervened in the children’s quarrel.
example:  If the neighbor had not intervened, a tragedy might have occurred.
example:  I’m sorry to intervene, but you both have got your facts wrong.

definition 2:  to occur between certain other events or points of time.
example:  Several events intervened between the beginning of the negotiations and the actual signing of the document.
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Dec
19
2014

curt

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kuhrt

adjective

1. unpleasantly abrupt; brusque.
a curt greeting

2. short; terse.
a curt speech

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Dec
18
2014

stringent

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strIn j@nt

adjective
definition 1:  rigorous or exacting; strict.
example:  Day care centers must maintain the stringent standards of cleanliness set by the state.
example:  The school has stringent requirements for graduation.

definition 2:  tight or severely limited, as in time or money.
example:  Her stringent schedule doesn’t allow much time for exercise.
example:  The city is operating on a stringent budget.
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Dec
18
2014

debility

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dih bI lih ti
noun

a state of unusual physical weakness, esp. as the result of disease.
His debility prevents him from working.

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Dec
17
2014

besot

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sat
transitive verb

to confuse or make foolish with, or as if with, strong drink (sometimes used reflexively).
He was besotted by love.

As long as they faithfully discharge their obligations to the paramount power, they are permitted to dispose of large revenues, to fill their palaces with beautiful women, to besot themselves in the company of their favourite revellers, and to oppress with impunity any subject who may incur their displeasure. (Thomas Babington Macaulay, The History of England, from the Accession of James II: Volume 1)

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