Category: Vocabulary

Sep
15
2014

alleviate

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@ li vi eIt

transitive verb
definition:  to make more bearable; ease.
example:  A good nurse alleviates suffering.
example:  The medication will alleviate the pain, but it will not eliminate it.
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Sep
12
2014

incur

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ihn kuhr

transitive verb
definition:  to become liable for or bring upon oneself (usually some unwanted or harmful consequence).
example:  The duchess incurred an enormous gambling debt.
example:  The teenager incurred his parents’ anger by telling them an outrageous lie.
example:  If you give false information, you could incur a fine or an even stiffer penalty.
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Sep
12
2014

slather

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slae thər

(informal) to spread or apply thickly; pile on.
The cake was slathered with whipped cream.

Word Combinations

(v.)slather + noun

butter, cream, gravy, honey, jam, ketchup, lotion, mayonnaise, moisturizer, mud, mustard, pesto, repellent,sauce, slice, spray, spread, strawberry, sunscreen, suntan

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Sep
11
2014

pertain

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p@r teIn

intransitive verb
definition:  to relate or refer to something; have to do with.
example:  The captain knows everything that pertains to the operation of the ship.
example:  My question pertains to the speaker’s first point.
example:  This matter doesn’t pertain to you, so I’ll ask you to please leave the room.
example:  Please bring all the documents that pertain to the case.
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Sep
11
2014

compunction

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kəm puhngk shən

noun

uneasiness about the propriety or suitability of an action; qualm.
He had no compunctions about stealing.

regret for doing something wrong or harmful; contrition.
He confessed to defrauding hundreds of clients, but showed no compunction.

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