Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
1. to mix, knot, or entwine (one or more things), making separation or straightening difficult.
He somehow tangled all the computer cords.
The cat tangled the yarn completely.
2. to involve in a complicated, confused, awkward, or unmanageable situation or undertaking; entangle.
I don’t want to tangle myself in these matters that have nothing to do with me.
1. to become knotted or entwined in a disorderly mass.
I tied my hair back for the boat trip so it wouldn’t tangle in the wind.
2. (informal) to quarrel or fight; engage in conflict.
The two guys were tangling over a woman in the bar.
He’s big and scary, and I wouldn’t want to tangle with him.
1. to travel over, esp. while looking for something.
Police scoured the area for the missing girl.
2. to examine thoroughly.
The historian scoured old newspapers for first-hand accounts.
to travel around an area, esp. while looking for something.
We went to the beach and scoured for seashells all morning.
1. to propel abruptly or forcefully into a substance, esp. a soft or liquid one.
He plunged his burned hand into cool water.
2. to bring abruptly into a drastic change of condition.
The eclipse plunged the land into darkness.
The leaders plunged the country into war.
1. to throw oneself into something.
The diver plunged into the pool.
They plunged into a furious debate.
2. to move abruptly forward or downward.
When the train stopped suddenly, he plunged into another passenger.
On Friday, the temperature plunged to zero.
1. to stop or discourage from some action by arousing doubt or fear.
No arguments or pleas could deter him from taking on this dangerous task.
2. to prevent; inhibit.
The mayor issued a statement that he hoped would deter criticism of his recent actions.
1. to make an estimate of or a judgment concerning; judge.
The speaker incorrectly gauged the reactions of his audience.
It is impossible to gauge the size of an iceberg by looking at the part that is above water.
The engineers gauged the bridge to be safe.
2. to measure exactly the size, amount, or contents of.
This instrument is used to gauge the speed of the rotation.