Category: Vocabulary

Nov
25
2016

haunt

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hawnt

transitive verb
1.  to inhabit or frequent as a ghost.
It is said that ghosts have haunted the castle since the fifteenth century.

2.  to come persistently and painfully to the mind or memory of.
The tragic scene still haunts her.
What happened was an accident, but the man’s death haunted him forever.
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Nov
24
2016

uphold

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uhp hold

transitive verb
1.  to support or affirm, esp. in the face of a challenge.
The court upheld his right to free speech.

2.  to keep from sinking or falling; support.
His principles and unfailing optimism upheld his spirit in difficult times.
Our town upholds some of the old village traditions that are disappearing elsewhere.
The concrete columns uphold the building.
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Nov
23
2016

verge

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vuhrj

intransitive verb
1.  to approach or be on the limit or border of (often followed by “on”).
That land verges on the city park.
After her death, his mental condition verged on insanity.
Her first novel verged on brilliance.
This rare species of bird is now verging on extinction.

The crowd’s anger verged on hysteria.

noun
1.  the point or limit beyond which something occurs, begins, or comes into effect; brink.
The astronomers are on the verge of a major discovery.
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Nov
22
2016

malfunction

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mael fuhngk sh@n

intransitive verb
1.  to fail to operate or function.
Many soldiers died when their parachutes malfunctioned.

2.  to function or operate poorly.
The lawnmower has been malfunctioning recently, and I need to have somebody take a look at it.

noun
the act or an instance of malfunctioning.
The malfunction of the lighting system caused a delay in the performance.
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Nov
18
2016

torment

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tor ment

transitive verb
1.  to inflict great physical or mental anguish on.
The guards were known to mercilessly torment the prisoners.

2.  to agitate, annoy, or pester.
As a child, her brother tormented her with his teasing.
Just give the dog the bone and stop tormenting him!
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